President Obama has vetoed Congress’s bill that tried to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline! But the president still has to make his final decision on whether KXL is in our national interest. Let’s face it. It isn’t.
Estimates are that building the pipeline will bring a few hundred to a few thousand permanent jobs to the United States, but the potential environmental impact is massive. On the other hand, the battle over the pipeline is a battle between heavyweight billionaires.
In one corner are the Koch Brothers. Warren Buffett is in the other corner. The Koch Brothers have a sizable investment in the pipeline and the tar sands. Buffett owns the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, which is the largest transporter of crude oil in the United States.
If Obama approves of the pipeline, Buffett loses and the Koch’s win. If Obama disapproves of the pipeline, the Koch Brothers lose and Buffett wins.
The Koch Brothers are big investors in the Republican Party. Buffett is a big investor in the Democratic Party. Obama will make his decision based on the priorities of the Democratic Party, just like a Republican president would make this decision based on the priorities of the Republican Party.
Expect Buffett to win.