Refuting Robert Hurt’s lies – VA5

Robert Hurt (R-VA) 5th CD Representative. has consistently put out statements that are false and misleading. His latest newsletter is no exception, as he talks about benefits of the Keystone Pipeline (KXL) and tries to say that it is a matter of national energy supply policy to accept this pipeline.

KXL will not make one bit of difference in the oil supply in this country. Not one penny of reduction in gas prices would be due to KXL.

On with the show.

April 29, 2014

We Must Increase Our Energy Independence and Create Jobs with the Keystone XL Pipeline

Dear Friend,

As I have traveled across the Fifth District, I consistently hear about the variety of negative impacts that high fuel costs create. High gas prices hurt families trying to pay their bills, making it more expensive to fill their tanks and increasing the price of groceries and other goods. Rising fuel prices harm small businesses and farms that need reliable energy to operate their machinery, inhibiting their ability to succeed and grow. And energy costs impact schools, as filling up school buses takes more and more resources away from teachers and classrooms.

The United States now produces more energy than it uses. We regularly export gasoline, natural gas and crude oil. Schools have lost more money from budget cuts than they ever will from school buses filling up.

These examples and many others clearly demonstrate that our failure to adopt a strong national energy strategy is hindering our economic growth and burdening families at a time when we can least afford it.

We have a national energy policy. It is “all of the above”, as you have mentioned elsewhere.

As the summer months with traditionally higher fuel costs approach, Washington needs to move forward with pro-growth energy policies that focus on the needs of families, small businesses, and farms.

Why are you talking about Washington like it is some foreign place? You live and work there. Let’s not forget that you are to blame every time you say this.

One important step we could take right away is approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. It is a key piece of an all-of-the-above energy strategy aimed at reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy and giving Americans more affordable domestic energy choices. This project represents an opportunity to make our nation’s energy future more secure and will create an estimated 20,000 American jobs while investing billions into our struggling economy.

As you well know, Congressman, the net result in long term jobs connected to the pipeline is 50 jobs. Short term jobs for thousands of people is part of a boom and bust cycle we can’t afford.

The application to build the Keystone XL Pipeline was submitted over five years ago, but the Obama administration has used a variety of tactics to delay and frustrate the project’s progress. Numerous exhaustive reviews have been performed by the administration showing that the project will have limited environmental impacts and meets the requirements for approval. The House has voted to approve this project seven times with strong bipartisan support, but the president will not budge. Making matters worse, the administration recently announced that a decision on the pipeline will be postponed indefinitely. The overtly political nature of the delay likely postpones a decision until after this year’s midterm elections if not longer.

You are always quick to blame the current administration when the truth is this House is the most feckless, useless body, now more than ever. Republicans have ground the business of the country to a halt to argue over whether an existing law is one we should keep, while simultaneously arguing that other laws should be ignored. Your House, your so-called “Leadership” has done more to damage this country in the last 5 years than any other single factor.

If the United States refuses to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, China will instead seize the opportunity to access Canada’s rich supply of oil and the economic growth associated with possessing greater energy resources. In this highly competitive global economy, we cannot pass up this dynamic opportunity to increase our economic output and instead allow a competitor to capture that growth.

To make this statement means you are either uninformed, lying, or both. China’s energy needs are well documented, and to try tactics that would scare people into approving of this boondoggle is disingenuous and untruthful.

It is time that the President and the Senate join the House in supporting the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline as the first step of an all-of-the-above energy approach that will lower gas prices, create new American jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, strengthen our national security, and make life easier for our families, Main Street businesses, and small farms.

I would posit that nothing in this paragraph is actually true, and is pablum for the Republican masses, with all the catchphrases included. The KXL pipeline project would do none of what you claim. It would pollute, destroy ecosystems, and possibly (as all do) leak. Nothing with the pipeline will change gas prices, create lasting job growth or strengthen anything except the pockets of Congressmen and women lining their pockets with Koch Brother’s money and toadying to their tune.

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Mark Brooks

Independent Journalist/Photographer --- Retired Land Surveyor originally from Colorado. USN Veteran. Involved as a citizen and journalist in politics and open government locally and sometimes statewide. Interests: photography, music, justice and equality for everyone.

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