Questioning Keystone XL's obligations to America
“Election behind him, Obama should approve Keystone XL” (Dallas Morning News, Dec. 3) says common sense should override politics. The article is well written and makes perfect “common sense” as long as you have your head in the sand and you're satisfied with assumptions. The oil and pipeline are owned by Canadians and therefore they're under no obligation to buy pipe from an American company, employ American workers or ultimately sell their product to Americans.
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I contacted U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and asked how much of the refined oil we were going to be guaranteed and was told this matter hadn't been discussed either in the Senate or House. My “common sense” tells me that's very strange! If we're going to let a foreign country pump their oil across our lands, we should be guaranteed a specified percentage of their product and at a specified cost compared to the world market.
Donald D. Meyer, Oklahoma City
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