Truth be told, the pipeline would reduce carbon emissions in the transport of oil, because the pipeline is far more energy efficient than shipping by truck or by rail, with less likelihood of a disastrous spill.
As was pointed out here, in 2012, what is being called the Keystone pipeline is actually an extension of the Keystone pipeline, which was approved in 2008 by George W. Bush, and built in 2009. As I pointed out then, had there been any sizable spill, or environmental damage caused by the initial pipeline, we would have heard all about it. The silence is deafening.
In addition to bringing in imported oil from a friendly ally to be refined (that's value added, Mr. President), the extension passes by the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, whose oil is being trucked from there on our nation's highways.
The Keystone XL pipeline will not increase pollution, will decrease carbon emissions on the transport of oil, will provide immediate jobs in the construction of the pipeline, addition jobs in maintaining it and adds to the world oil supply, which can increase energy independence for not only our country but perhaps Europe and beyond can reduce their dependence on hostile governments to provide their energy needs and increased prosperity for our neighbor and ally Canada.
You said you had a pen and weren't afraid to use it? Now's the time. Show that vocal minority of environmentalist wackos that you care more for the well being of the country and strengthening our economy than for their petty provincial, boutique politics.
Sign the agreement. It will create shovel ready jobs immediately, at no cost to the taxpayer. If your party wants to use it as a campaign issue in 2014, blame the Republicans for making you sign it, but show a little spine and sign it anyway.
Cross posted at Proof Positive