President Obama’s Dangerous Wrong Turn on Energy

Rushing oil projects will result in costly consequences

03-22-2012 // Tony Iallonardo
Obama speaking in front of flag

Speaking on energy policy yesterday, President Obama said, “You have my word that we will keep drilling everywhere we can, and we will do it while protecting the health and safety of the American people." Today he heads to Cushing, OK, site of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline’s southern leg, where he will announce efforts to rush its review, and those of future pipelines. A thorough review process is critical for protecting clean water from flawed oil projects.

The new emphasis on rushing oil companies’ projects comes on the heels of devastating oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, Yellowstone River, and the Kalamazoo River. A 2010 NWF report found thousands of spills on and offshore have occurred over the last decade, with Oklahoma ranking seventh for most pipeline spills.

NWF President and CEO Larry Schweiger said:

“President Obama has taken a dangerous wrong turn on energy. Oil companies are drilling like never before, and spilling like never before, yet we are paying at the pump like never before. Rushing pipelines and drill rigs for rich oil executives will only delay the investments we need in renewable energy and create long-lasting damage to our waters and lands.”