Hyperliberal MSNBC host Ed Schultz rejected the conventional left-wing wisdom this week when he embraced construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and boy is he paying for it. On Thursday, seeking to mollify his outraged liberal viewership, Schultz brought two environmental activists onto his program for a debate that seemed right out of “The Twilight Zone.”
Schultz outlined the reasons behind his support of the Keystone Pipeline — held up for five years by the Obama administration — by emphasizing American energy independence and the safety of people living near rail lines carrying crude oil. He also dismissed environmentalist arguments that the pipeline will lead to more climate-alterning emissions.
“Like it or not, oil is still the major driver of our economy,” he said, later adding, “I’m not here to debate whether or not the oil should come out of the ground. The way I see it, there’s no doubt about it. It’s gonna be comin’ out of the ground. The Canadians are gonna get it moved.”
It was a point so convincing that neither Friends of the Earth’s Erich Pica or BOLD Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb even bothered to address it, laying aside environmental arguments to attack the Keystone Pipeline with — well, whatever they thought might stick.
“[Farmers] don’t think that a foreign corporation should be able to use eminent domain on American landowners,” Kleeb said. “You might think it’s fine for a Canadian company to do that, but what about tomorrow if it’s China or Saudi Arabia or Venezuela?”
“When a train spills, it spills much less liquid than when a pipeline ruptures,” she later added. “And both are dangerous. And I will tell you, when a family experiences an oil spill they don’t think, ‘Goddamn that train,’ or ‘Goddamn that pipeline,’ they think,’My land was just destroyed, my water is now polluted.’ And so we as a country have to get serious about putting money into upgrading infrastructure, whether that’s train or pipeline.” (Uh, isn’t that the point of Keystone?)