President Obama’s former national security adviser, retired Marine Corps Commandant James Jones, makes a strong argument for U.S. energy polices that include oil, natural gas, and the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Take a look at this short interview with Gen. Jones, published last week in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Oil industry adviser makes the case for pipelines
His viewpoint on the environmental issues surrounding Keystone XL makes a lot of sense:
I’m not a scientist, but I take environmental concerns very seriously, as we all should. The State Department concluded in an environmental impact statement, however, that there is no appreciable impact on our climate as a result of this pipeline. I would also say that I believe in the “all of the above” energy strategy, including renewables. Fundamentally, I believe that keeping our economy strong and our innovation system vibrant — which requires energy security — will position us best to meet the economic, security, and environmental challenges ahead, as sound science and good sense dictate.
This is what Keystone XL detractors seem to miss. The Keystone XL Pipeline, which has passed credible environmental assessments, can play a significant role in a well-rounded energy policy that supports economic, national security, and environmental progress.