If Wishes were Fishes…

…I’d never go hungry. Jim, there are so many “ifs” that are utterly impossible in today’s politics, that your qualified support of the pipeline kind of seems meaningless. And if there is some question as to how many jobs it will create, then I need to see some evidence beyond Boehner’s endless repeating (with no evidence given) that it will create “tens of thousands” of jobs. The Times has a great opinion piece on it today. They point out that even the pipeline company itself says it will only create 6,500 jobs annually, and most of them temporary. And Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute has done the only independent study and concluded there might only be 50 permanent jobs when the work is done. There is no evidence that it would help our dependence on foreign oil; indeed, if it went through most of the oil would likely be exported. And while the right brands him as crazy, James Hansen was NASA’s foremost climate scientist, and he has famously said that if the pipeline goes through it is game over for the climate. We ignore warnings at our own peril. (Meanwhile, wind power is a proven job creator. Fodder for another post, and you can’t look at the evidence and make a case that oil produces more jobs than wind.)You are right that it shouldn’t be attached to any other bills. I think all legislation should be stand alone, and I don’t envision that radical a change in our politics in my lifetime, though I’d rejoice to see it.
If all your ifs were answered the right way, I might be able to reconsider my opposition. And if Michelle Bachmann came out tomorrow for an increase in the minimum wage, an expansion of the EPA and renewable energy, for cutting the defense budget and ending our wars, for greater equality in America, and for a single payer health care plan, then I might support her too.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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