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Keystone represents taking of private lands for private profits

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To The Daily Sun,

RE: Keystone pipeline again
The bottom line here is, I think, that it would be unconstitutional to build this pipeline. The 5th Amendment concerns itself with, along with other issues, eminent domain which is, to make it short, the seizure of private property with just compensation for public use. So, Congress says land can be taken with or without the owners consent. That is exactly what is happening out west with the Keystone pipeline. The only requirement is that the taking of private property be for public use. It is a violation if the state takes the property for any other reason than public use. So far it seems like there will be a lot of private profits or gains from this.

Another question here is whether the oil will be exported — Trans Canada says NO but everyone else says YES, it will be exported and we get no benefit or use from it. It will not reduce our dependency for foreign oil because this will be deported to Europe, Latin America and wherever else and the profits, of course, will be TAX FREE. The Koch brothers, who own two million acres in Canada under the name Koch Exploration Canada or KEC, will not be held responsible for any clean-up but will profit from any sale of the product. Gas prices will also increase, especially for the farmers due to the fact we have an abundance of oil stockpiled out west. The issue of job creation is all over the board but the equation used is the strangest part. If 10,000 jobs are created for two years then that would equal 20,000 construction jobs created per year overall. Most of the jobs created are only short term jobs or less than two years. Long-term or permanent jobs created are forecast at about 50-100. There will be numerous short-term transient jobs created but those are just low paying short term jobs like the food industry or those that will follow the work. The steel industry also gets the short end of the stick with 50 percent of steel pipe made outside of the USA or maybe all of it. A company called Wellspun from India made pipe for Keystone and they also have a factory in Little Rock Ark with a stockpile of piping. This is turning into a very tricky and strange scenario. So its a good chance the steel made will not have the made in the USA logo on it therefore another loss of jobs.

Another factor is the unknown or jobs lost, small communities destroyed, pollution clean-up after spills, crop failures, possible destruction of the water supply and who knows what else. All this just to bring the oil to the USA for refinery and export because the Canadian laws are to strict to do it up there. Some of the oil companies involved here are EXXON, Royal Dutch and BP — all very profitable companies. So, the ones who do benefit, TAX FREE, are the Koch Brothers and the people they distribute their money to but not the general PUBLIC. As a footnote (Rand Paul pay attention here), most of this information was taken from a Cornell Law School article along with other pro and con Keystone sites.

Jon Hoyt