COMMENTARY | With the barriers to the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline falling one by one and the president actually promising a decision in a couple of months or so, opponents of the project have become increasingly desperate.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA is now claiming that the pipeline will cause cancer, according to The Hill. She is claiming that President Obama’s State Department is ignoring this fact. Mind, she did not seem to offer any scientific evidence to support this assertion.
“As tar sands oil flows to our gulf coast refineries it will increase toxic pollution that already plagues communities like Port Arthur Texas, which is near many refineries that will process tar sands,” the senator stated.
In other words, “Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!”
The concern that Boxer is expressing about the health of the good people of Port Arthur is rather charming, but is somewhat intrusive. Texas has their own senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who do not need to have their fellow senator from California interfering. Boxer should confine her gentle attentions to the problems faced by the good people of her own state.
There is some method to the madness of Senator Boxer. If she can persuade the Obama administration that the alleged health effects of refining Canada tar sands crude needs investigating, then she has handed it an excuse to delay the project for a few more years. There will be another study, which no doubt in the end will conclude that Boxer is full of herself, but by that time the Canadians may just give up and sell the oil to the Chinese.
States have the right to elect whomever they want to represent them. The annoying part of that is that people like Boxer can be so destructive on a nationwide scale as a result of California exercising that right foolishly.