Despite the best efforts of environmental extremists staging sparsely attended protests across the nation, more Americans than ever support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The project is heralded not only for its job-creation potential, but also for the fact that it would lessen America’s dependence on oil from nations that want to destroy the U.S.
Barack Obama previously spoke out against the pipeline; however, he is expected to announce an updated opinion on the issue later this year. Meanwhile, even some of his most ardent supporters are joining the ranks of those who believe the pipeline is in this nation’s best interest.
In a recent CNBC appearance, Obama acolyte and famed investor Warren Buffett expressed a fairly strong defense of the project. Even though the pipeline would in some ways compete with his own company, Berkshire Hathaway, he said the trade-off would be worth any losses he incurs.
“It’s not that big a competitor,” he said, sharing his belief that “probably the Keystone pipeline is good for the country.”
He said he would cast a vote in favor of the project, though the impact it would have on the nation’s chronic unemployment was not a major concern.
“I don’t believe in the Keystone pipeline because of the jobs you’d make building it,” he said. “You can build anything and create jobs. I just believe it’s a useful pipeline.”
Berkshire Hathaway’s rail subsidiary BNSF has suffered in its transportation of crude recently, he explained, noting that “oil from the Bakken, and from the Eagle Ford as well, turned out to be more volatile than people anticipated,” leading to slower progress and the need for updated vehicles.
“We have found in the last year or so that it’s more dangerous to move certain types of crude certainly more than was thought previously,” he concluded.
With the Keystone pipeline, oil could be moved much easier, prompting Buffett’s recent plea for the project’s completion. Though he possesses significant influence in leftist spheres, specifically within the Obama administration, he stated that he has “no idea” if the president will ultimately come around to his side on this issue.
Considering the countless ways America has grown weaker under this regime, it would hardly be surprising for Obama to maintain his opposition to this important project. Its completion, however, would be a major boon for the U.S. during a period in which it is needed most.
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