If I was a card-carrying Republican, the last thing I would want is that President Obama’s State Department would okay the Keystone XL pipeline. Every time that President Obama has taken the Republican position on energy, there has been a disaster. It is Gaia’s revenge. The disasters are getting worse and the intervals between the policy change and the disasters are getting shorter.
|February 3, 2010
President Obama announces his "clean coal" initiative.
|Two months later...||April 5, 2010
Upper Big Branch Mine disaster
|March 31, 2010
President Obama announces offshore oil drilling expansion
|Twenty days later...||April 20, 2010
The Deep Water Horizon oil rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico.
|February 14, 2011
President Obama's budget request asks for investment in nuclear energy.
|Less than a month later...||March 11, 2011
An earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan hits the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the subsequent tsunami hits the facility which causes the reactor core to fail.
The Republican position should be to back away slowly. "No thanks, nothing to look at here. We will find something else. With friends like you..."
As I am not a Republican, if I were Secretary of State I would say, "Sure, go ahead with the pipeline - as soon as the Kalamazoo River is cleaned up. I mean pristine!