I realize the cloud that hangs over the SS funding issues, but my perspective on this will be different than most other M'boro readers. I advocate the construction of pipelines in the US and any benefit given to those who are involved with it's construction and usage as our family receives dividends from TAP...Trans Alaskan Pipeline, the largest pipeline in America. My husband has a small % Tlingit Indian blood which is the tribe which owns the pipeline. The US is taking a step in the right direction in using AMERICA's natural resources avaliable in one territory and expanding it across the mid-west with the Keystone XL pipeline.
Protector, the Keystone XL would pipe CANADIAN oil sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. It would not be a step toward using "...AMERICA'S natural resources." This is not an argument for or against (I'll leave that for others), just a correction.
Also, President Obama has promised to veto the payroll tax extension, which by the way was his idea, if the House Republicans added any unrelated provisions regarding Keystone XL. When he does so, Republicans will claim he's raising your taxes. Of course, it is the House Republicans who are threatening to punish working Americans in an attempt to serve the interests of the big oil companies.
The pipeline is not a bad idea, it just goes over America's largest aquifer. Why not move it to a safer route. This pipeline benefits Canadians and America. as for Diane Black really she's for the middle class.