The Keystone Pipeline

Where the Presidential candidates stand in 2012

The Issue

The issues that the candidates must consider when forming their opinion are:

  • Expense

If the people responsible want to build the pipeline all the way from Canada to

Houston, TX they would have to lease the land either from private owners or

public land from the government, also they need to buy all of the supplies

needed to build it, and pay all the workers, so it will cost quite a bit.

  • Jobs

According to Republican Candidate Mitt Romney the building of the pipeline will

create hundreds of jobs for people, but in reality it will only last while thepipeline

is actually being built after that it will me monitored by computers and clean up

crews will be called in if it leaks.

  • Environmental Impact

While the pipeline is being built, of course, the environment will be effected (the

grounds where it will be built will be disturbed). Also during the maintenance of

the pipe it will have to release pressure by venting gas into the air, and

obviously if the pipe leaks the area around it will be effected.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama is against the building of the pipeline. He is focusing on the problems and seems to think there are more cons than pros on the building of the pipeline.

"Earlier today, I received the Secretary of State’s recommendation on the pending application for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment. As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied. And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.

This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people... In the months ahead, we will continue to look for new ways to partner with the oil and gas industry to increase our energy security..."
~Barack Obama
January 18, 2012

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is for building the pipeline, generally Republicans fallow the recommendations of the petroleum industry. Mitt Romney believes that the pipeline will offer many jobs and seems to be ignoring all the problems that may arise from it.

In my opinion it seems that Mitt Romney hasn't really thought much about this issue, he may have, but he defiantly had way less to say than Barack Obama.

“When someone says we want to bring in a pipeline that's going to create tens of thousands of jobs to bring oil in from Canada, how in the world could you say no?"
~Mitt Romney
March 1, 2012