TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross
Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are pushing the Keystone Pipeline, while Texas farmers fight to keep it off their land. (AP image)

The other side of the Keystone pipeline story

In that debate Wednesday... remember this comment:

"We're going to bring that pipeline in from Canada. How in the world the president said no to that pipeline I will never know," Mitt Romney said.

Romney made the Keystone Pipeline project a campaign promise, and President Obama defended himself by trying to out-pipeline him:

"We've built enough pipeline to wrap around the entire earth once," said Obama.

So no matter who wins, America will be a pipeline friendly country. But you know who's not pipeline friendly when it comes to the Keystone pipeline? Texans! And in particular, the farmers whose land it would cross.

According to an AP report, farmers along the right of way are fed up with the company building the pipeline -- Trans Canada, because, it's a foreign company, it uses a lot of foreign steel, and it hires NON-local workers.

And it won't guarantee that the oil will remain in the United States.

But what really steams them is that this private company is allowed to use the power of the state to force them to sell their farmland. And so those delays you're hearing about -- part of the blame goes to Eleanor Fairchild, age 78, arrested two weeks ago for blocking a bulldozer on her own farm.

"I am mad, this land is my land," she said.

She was standing there Tiananmen Square style.

"This is not just about my land, it's about all of our country," she said

I wonder what she thought about these guys:

"I'm all for pipelines, I'm all for oil production," said Obama.

"And part of that is bringing in a pipeline of oil from Canada," Romney said.

Out of the way, old woman!

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
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