- The Washington Times - Monday, August 12, 2013

Since President Obama has proven more determined to please his environmental base than serve the American people, and since he now mocks building the Keystone XL pipeline for the “50 jobs” he says it would create, maybe it’s time to listen to him and give up (“Obama scoffs at construction jobs for Keystone after embracing them for his stimulus,” Web, July 31).

Clearly, Mr. Obama cares more about Warren Buffett and the money the billionaire is making hauling all that oil to Louisiana by train than about the union folks who hope to build this “shovel-ready project.” And if the unions who support Mr. Obama won’t fight him to secure those jobs for their folks, why should we?

Maybe there is a better approach, one Mr. Obama can’t block. Why ship all that oil south at all? Why not build new refineries in the northern states where the oil already is? Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas already have an oil boom in progress, and Canadian oil already flows to the border. Building refineries in the north would allow the oil to be refined in states already favorably disposed to the business, and their economic boom would expand further. Costs to ship refined oil products to the surrounding area would drop because it would be cheaper than paying to ship it twice, to and from the south. And the state governments shouldn’t need Mr. Obama’s approval to go ahead.

It might take a little longer to build refineries than a transcontinental pipeline, but never longer than one that will never get built. If Mr. Obama won’t help do what is best for America, it’s time for America to do it without him. After all, what has he actually done for us? After more than 4 years in office, we’re still waiting for him to start. Let’s get on without him.


THOMAS VETTER

Dumfries, Va.