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We have moved one step closer to another war with the Senate having passed a resolution on Iran, most likely SR-380 or some variation ( the title might have changed but the language won’t).  They recite rehearsed lines about not authorizing an attack, but there are people trying to diminish options that are not military.  This resolution serves no other purpose.  The next step is to draw a “red line” in a way that Iran has already crossed it with their enrichment “capability”.   The word capability will already be in the resolution, but to some it is not just about the capability to build a bomb.  For them, the term ‘capability ‘ means  that Iran can not be  allowed  to even  make fuel for their own power reactors.  That conveniently  guarantees that Iran can never come to an agreement.   So, with the line having been crossed already, then the language will change to “must be strong” and “no remaining options”.  Then the bombers and missiles can take to the air.

Pay attention .  The people who push most for having a “clear line” or a”clear definition” about capabilities are the ones who want to see the end of discussion and the start of the bombing.  And as we have all heard before, it will be an operation which should take only a few weeks of precison strikes beginning with air defenses.  (These same people will also be heard complaining about the rising  price of oil and the urgent need for the Keystone pipeline).

Remember:  red line,  capability,  no alternatives.

A trans-US pipeline will not reduce dependence on foreign oil, if the goal is to move oil to Houston for refining and/or export elsewhere.  That does appear to be the plan.

My suggestion is to bring the oil to the Midwest and refine it no farther south than Kansas, maybe even Nebraska or the Dakota’s .  This should accomplish several things:

  •  It should limit the environmental impact by reducing exposure to breaks and spills.
  •  Facilities would be easier to secure from attack compared to an unnecessarily long pipe.
  •  Seeing that the oil is used here in the U.S.A. should truly reduce foreign dependence, more so than refining it in Houston only to ship it abroad.
  •  Refining the oil in the Midwest, and distributing gas from there, could help to reduce the price disparity at the pumps from state to state (provided that is not all due to taxes).
  •  There should be less energy required to move oil through a shorter pipe.
  •  The project should still result in significant job creation.   Jobs and investment in refining and fuel transport would replace jobs building an indefensible long pipe.

My 2 cents worth

–  Sheldon R

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