All that money. All that effort. All the sermonizing and bloodcurdling imagery and still, Americans don’t seem to be evolving quickly enough on the environment.
A new poll by Pew Research Center, for instance, finds that a wide majority of Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport Canadian oil to refineries in Texas. Sixty-six percent of Americans favor finishing the pipeline, with only 23 percent in opposition. Strong support cuts through every political distinction – other than “liberal” Democrats.
The Obama administration, which likes to count every organism that’s even tangentially connected to a clean-energy project as a “green job,” has dismissed the job-producing prospects of the long-delayed pipeline as overblown. Perhaps. But cheap and abundant energy certainly helps save and/or create more jobs than any stimulus that was dreamed up in Washington.
Nearly half of Americans also support the increased use of fracking – a major innovation in productivity that helps protect the environment. This is a remarkable percentage when you consider the widespread scaremongering we’ve witnessed on the issue.