- - Tuesday, October 15, 2013


According to famed oil and energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens, if the United States were to build the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it would eliminate the U.S. dependence on foreign oil and make OPEC “obsolete.” Hasn’t that been an elusive, stated goal of every administration since the 1973 oil embargo, which first introduced Americans to the quality-of-life detriment known as gas lines?

In my lifetime, a Democratic president did the unthinkable by challenging the nation to “put a man on the moon and bring him back safely before the decade [1960s is] out.” And amazingly, American ingenuity, innovation and determination rose up and met the awesome challenge. Imagine if Mr. Pickens‘ prediction is true — that if we were to build this pipeline we would become energy independent. Imagine how having energy prices slashed dramatically by eliminating OPEC’s constant supply manipulation and price gouging would positively affect the average American family and the economy. Imagine these American-hating nations not receiving American petroleum dollars anymore and the money being reinvested back into America.

What is the problem? What is the delay? Why isn’t President Obama leading the JFK-like charge and looking to rightfully take credit for being the president who finally conquers the energy-independence goal that has eluded his previous seven predecessors dating back to Richard M. Nixon?

Freeing ourselves from foreign oil would be the greatest economic and political goal in American history — and it is right there on a silver platter for Mr. Obama to feast on.


Medford, N.Y.

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