Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 2 years ago

    Same deceptive garbage the Obamanation and other libs always pull. It was why they held off implementing that idiotic, disastrous Obamanationcare as long as they did. They knew the instant people started to find out what a miserable failure it was they were going to lose support.

  2. greyolddave

    greyolddave said, over 2 years ago

    Y’all should look a little into how much waste is created when the shale oil is refined. Great big piles of char that if used for fuel would turn the US air into what you see in China, smog so thick you cannot see the buildings across the street. And they never planned to sell the good part of the product in the US.

  3. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Tell me again why the US needs to build a pipeline to ship Canadian petroleum products to China?

  4. Random Nick

    Random Nick GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Nebulous – We need to build the pipeline so we can use our water resources to let the Canadian oil magnates export their pollution to us, while the refined product is sold overseas raising our prices for the same product. Its’ a win for the rich in several countries and we get screwed as usual.

  5. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Random Nick et al – I think you are saying that only the rich benefit from shipping Canadian oil here to be refined. Let me poke a few holes in that.

    1) The pipeline is built by hardworking blue collar men and women that make a decent wage doing difficult work. They then take those wages back to their communities and spend it locally improving the lives of their neighborhood businesses.

    2) The pipeline is made OF Steel, Weld wire, bolts, pumps, etc. Much of which is manufactured in America by the same types of hardworking people.

    3) Refineries in the US employ thousands of people: pipefitters, engineers, cleaning crews, managers, accountants, etc. That oil doesn’t crack itself.

    There are many jobs and livelihoods on the line because Obama and his cronies have dragged their feet.

    Yes, the owners of the pipeline will make money. But so will many others.

    With the Economy still in the doldrums I would think you would be more supportive of good work out there.

    Obama talks a good game about wanting good jobs for America but when it comes to making decisions he is in the back pocket of big green.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    A digression from the cartoon follows.

    “Earth to clueless faux minion the ACA (Obamacare) is a success. 8.1 million served and growing strong.”

    If the number enrolling were the only criteria for success, yes, the PPACA has done well, but there was some criteria built into that number that was essential. They needed 40% of those enrolling to be in the 18-34 age group. As of the March report, that group was only 25%. Unless there was a significant change in the rate of enrollment within the three groups, there will be a serious monetary shortfall. There is yet no solid information on those that have paid. There is yet no information on the acceptance of the medical community. Just not enough time has passed so give it a little time before declaring success.

  7. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, over 2 years ago

    Frakking idiots!

  8. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    There really is a question of the benefit to the US. It is not at all clear that there is a long run benefit other than the short term jobs to build it. Perhaps the pipeline oil will reduce even further the available refining capacity on the Gulf Coast and drive the price of gas up some more.

    Gas prices are high because this time of year the oil companies run up the price at the start of the summer driving season. It is even higher because of the crazy, fractured summer additive laws which are different from state to state. If prices lag, there will be a refinery break down some where or a hurricane to blame it on.

    Unfortunately the Administration is dedicated to reducing the use of fossil fuels so we see real cooperation between GOP oil interests and the Dem renewable energy effort. Washington really can compromise!

  9. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago


    “……Tell me again why the US needs to build a pipeline to ship Canadian petroleum products to China?…..”
    The pipeline transports oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast and storage facilities at Cushing, OK (major trading hub and price settlement point) where it is sold on the open market to any customer, including the U.S. Except the U.S. has a price advantage over off-shore customers because of lower transportation costs.

  10. snarky39

    snarky39 said, over 2 years ago

    Big Rail & Warren Buffett are very grateful for the stalled Keystone pipeline, and have extended gratuities to the Obama administration. Not so much the people of Lac-Mégantic (égantic,_Quebec).

  11. stevenjohns

    stevenjohns said, over 2 years ago

    The pipeline may create thousands of jobs for the duration of building it; but, once its built the number of jobs to maintain it will drop considerably, perhaps to the less than 100. And then the benefit to US will be virtually nil.

  12. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    Deferring a decision on the XL is pure and simple a political decision. The Obama administration should not play politics with something so vital as energy and economic development.
    - The oil from the oil sands will get to market one way or another and it is no worse a pollutant than numerous other heavy oil deposits around the world.
    - Oil from the third largest deposit in the world should stay in North America, not be transported to China and India via Northern Gateway which it will be if the XL is not built.
    - The U.S. will continue to be a large net importer of oil. If heavy oil is not imported from Canada, heavy oil will be imported from Mexico, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia, but at higher transportation costs and greater overall pollution. (Venezuela has the largest deposits of heavy oil on the planet.)
    - If the pipeline is not built, oil from Canada and the Williston Basin of ND will be transported to the Gulf refineries by rail and truck but at higher cost, higher risk, and greater pollution.
    - Refineries on the Gulf Coast have been refitted to handle the larger volume of heavy oil from Canada as well as off-shore sources. These refineries are not set up to refine increased supplies of lighter grade shale oil, and thus will sit with unused capacity.
    - The development of Alberta’s oil sands adds about one-tenth of 1% to global emissions. By comparison, coal burning by the U.S. and China are responsible for about 40% of emissions.
    - If the environmentalists are serious about greenhouse gas emissions, they should shut off their furnaces and air conditioners and go after coal burning electrical generation in the U.S. where about 40-50% of U.S. electricity is generated by coal fired plants. Then go after the huge exporters of coal to India and China where even more coal burning pollution is generated.
    Numerous scientific and environmental impact studies have determined that the project needs to go forward. But, it is unfortunate that wealthy individuals with their own personal agenda, like billionaire former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, can buy political influence for $100 million to the detriment of the public good.

  13. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    “…..“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Henry David Thoreau…..”
    “What is the use of house if you are unable to heat it, cool it, and stock it with food?” – Gypsy8

  14. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, over 2 years ago

    “……For the faux media impaired you do know we here in America have been sitting on a glut of oil since 2007……”
    The U.S. does not have a surplus of oil and are heavily dependant upon imports (approx. 6-7 million barrels per day). There have been temporary bottlenecks because of imbalances in transportation and storage facilities.

  15. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 2 years ago

    Finally after over 5 years in office, Barry can actually create his first “shovel-ready jobs” and he plays politics.

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