posted on Mar, 24 2013 @ 01:50 AM
While I am adamant in my belief that we need to be switching over to renewable energy sources, this is a good thing for the US at the moment, as we
need to stop depending on other nations for our oil needs. Plus, this takes away some of the major excuses the oil companies have been using to jack
up prices. I still cannot believe they have gotten away with it thus far, and I am hoping that this pipeline will cause a drastic reduction in fuel
prices. But, knowing American capitalism and those who dominate the system, this is doubtful. They will simply come up with some other excuse to keep
the prices where they are, if not raise them even more, lol.
The government should have regulated the oil business and their price gouging a long time ago, but unbeknownst to many, there are quite a number of
high-ranking government officials, including members of Congress, who have a whole lot of money either invested in these oil companies, or coming in
as income from these companies. Just look at our last president. Does anyone actually know how much money he made on gas alone, not to mention all of
the contracts Haliburton received overseas in Iraq. And these types of people, in politics I mean, usually attempt to keep their involvement with
these companies hidden from the public, but many became aware after the banking crisis, which led to talk about all of these treasury secretaries and
other government members getting jobs, or having had jobs, with the major financial institutions. It is all connected where money is concerned.
Another reason we need to get away from countries like Saudi Arabia is that they are no allies of the US. They finance terrorism moreso than Iraq ever
did, and their value is mind-blowing, as they receive so much income from countries like the US. As far as environmental concerns, there of course are
some. However, if everything is planned and executed correctly, the risk is much, much less than an offshore drilling rig, considering there is not
hundreds of feet of water to contend with. A big downside is that of terrorism. Although the threat of terrorism on US soil by foreigners is minimal,
big projects like this draw a lot of attention, and allow any radical group the chance to sabotage the pipeline, as well as receive much attention,
considering that everyone will already be focusing on this project.
So, I would think security jobs may increase as well. But, not for the average guy. The security contracts will be given to the firms that are already
in bed with the government, companies like Blackwater, who do overseas security for both the military and private contractors. Or, watch the
government use this to their advantage by stationing military personnel all throughout the middle of the US, under the guise of security, but for some
other nefarious purpose. That is not likely, but I figured I would mention it as a possibility, however remote. But for too long things in America
have not been about benefiting the little guy, and hopefully this pipeline will be something that does benefit the majority. Of course there are going
to be companies and individuals who get even richer from this project, but there is nothing that can be done about that at the moment. Their time will
come someday, I am sure of it.