A nice bit of mental jujitsu, but Ted forgets that Keystone XL isn’t about environmentalism: it’s a cause celebre with the “climate change” cult, and they will not let go (especially as they drive their fossil fueled vehicles to the protests)
(ABC News) If you love the environment, Sen. Ted Cruz says you should love the Keystone XL pipeline too.
“If you’re a Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging Greenpeace activist, you should love the Keystone pipeline,” Cruz said at the Heritage Action’s Conservative Policy Summit on Monday.
Cruz, R-Texas, focused his remarks on a push to deregulate the controversial practice of hydraulic fracking and expanding offshore exploration, and in the process, appealed to any environmentalists listening in on his remarks.
“The Canadians are not going to leave the tar sands unmolested,” Cruz said. “They’ll send it to China to be refined there and it will be refined in a much, much dirtier way.
“If your concern is the environment, the last thing you want to do is send that oil to China to be refined there, which will be far more damage to the environment than refining it in the U.S., where it would generate good, high paying jobs,” he added.
Warmists do not care. They’ve found a physical item to protest (strange that they do not protest their own fossil fueled vehicles), and reality be damned. Much like their support of Doing Something about “climate change”. And by “Doing Something”, they mean laws, rules, and regulations that affect Other People, not themselves.
Cruz also suggested that by refusing to allow drilling on American Indian reservations and other untapped federal lands, the Obama administration has been crushing low-income workers.
“There are considerable natural resources on Indian lands, [yet] many Native Americans, tragically, live in crushing poverty … The resources are right there to improve their standard of living. And it is only the federal government that is keeping them in that condition of poverty,” Cruz said.
Excellent point. While Democrats have been worried about the “mean” name of the Washington Redskins, conditions on quite a few Indian reservations are pitiful. Allowing drilling would certainly help increase the standard of living. But that would harm the “climate change” narrative.