Symbolism Over Substance: Canceling Keystone XL Pipeline Is a No-Brainer — If Your Name Is Joe Biden, That Is

(Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

As hypocritical, irrational, and maddening as the Left might be, it somewhat helps the sane among us (the operative word being “somewhat”) to keep in mind three basic realities.


Liberalism is driven, in large part, by emotion rather than facts, data, history, logic, or common sense. Liberalism is more often than not about symbolism over substance.

And, most critically, virtually everything Democrats support, oppose, accept, or reject can be connected to the voting booth with no more than two dots.

Joe Biden’s cancelation of the Keystone XL Pipeline permit is a perfect example.

In canceling the pipeline — on day one, of course, solely as a signal to environmental extremists — it’s all there: symbolism, illogic, and irrationality, given the facts.

Canada will not stop extracting oil from the tar sands of northern Alberta simply because Biden killed the permit, as noted by the Washington Examiner. It will, instead, ship oil through existing pipelines and/or across the Pacific Ocean to China. The latter, of course, will necessarily push Canada toward greater economic cooperation with China.

Both of those options are potentially more damaging to the environment in the event of spillage or other accidents, given the safeguards built into Keystone XL. Moreover, the Keystone Pipeline was set to become the first to be fully powered by renewable energy.

Understanding environmentalists.

Given the logic of Keystone XL, illogic must be the driving force to kill it. Enter, as Rush Limbaugh calls them, the environmentalist whackos.

Not all environmentalists are whackos, mind you. On one hand, the conservationists, who are dedicated to working to keep our air and water clean and safe, which any rational American should support. On the other hand, we have the whackos; led by “geniuses” (hypocrites) like John Kerry, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, et al. It’s safe to say that the whacko crowd, unfortunately, outnumbers the rational crowd — in terms of clout.


It’s also safe to say that the environmentalist whackos outnumber unionized Keystone Pipeline workers and construction workers who lost their jobs in a flash on day one of Biden’s presidency; as he symbolically signaled loud and clear to the whackos: “I got this!”

Hypocrite much?

As anyone who pays even a modicum of attention to the Democrat Party is aware, the hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds. While “blue-collar” Joe from Scranton was more than willing to throw unionized Keystone workers under the bus on his first day in office, when it comes to the nation’s teachers’ unions vs. a return to in-school learning, not so much. As the Wall Street Journal put it last week, The Teachers Unions Roll Over Biden.

Remember how Biden promised that a majority of schools would reopen in his first 100 days in office? Welp, according to Jen “Circle Back” Psaki, last week, Joe’s definition of “reopen” is “at least one day a week.”

So what happened? As the WSJ op-ed correctly pointed out, ol’ Joe figured that his support for the teachers’ unions’ agenda, along with more money, would get the unions to reopen the schools. Instead?

He’s discovering what America’s parents have learned in the last year: Unions run the schools, and no one—not parents, not school districts, not mayors, and not even a new Democratic President—will tell them what to do. So it’s one day a week, pal. Get used to it.


Like it or lump it, Biden is all about lumping it. Know why? Of course, you do. Money.

Via Fox News:

Biden received more contributions from teachers unions than any other candidate during the 2020 election cycle by a wide margin. […]

Biden’s campaign raked in just over $232,000 from teachers unions during the 2020 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ “Open Secrets” website. The site says the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) “account for practically all” political spending from teachers unions.

The second-highest recipient was Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who got $50,996.

The amount of money that went directly to any one candidate, however, pales in comparison to the money teachers unions donated to liberal groups in general — over $23.5 million from the NEA and over $14 million from the AFT. Combined, those two groups spent $43 million in political expenditures during the 2020 election cycle, according to Open Secrets.

They both endorsed Biden for the presidency in March 2020.

Sorry, kids. Despite multiple studies that have found no significant transmission of the virus among children or from students to teachers, and despite record numbers of suicides of school-age children as draconian school lockdowns continue across America — both of which I reported on over the weekend in my article ‘Mental Health Crisis’: San Francisco Sues Its Own School District as Student Suicides Skyrocket, Biden is beholden to the unions — not America’s school kids.


The bottom line is always the bottom line.

Money and votes.

The environmentalist whackos outnumber the unionized Keystone Pipeline workers. On the other hand, the teachers’ unions’ campaign contributions and the donations they make to liberal groups, in general, are far greater than those made by the parents of children who continue to suffer — or worse —due to the intransigence of teachers’ unions.

Oh — I almost forgot. On a humorous note [sarc], Biden does support a Trans-Afghanistan oil pipeline that would funnel millions of dollars into Taliban coffers.


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