Rep. Kristi Noem continues to cry that letting TransCanada seize American farmers' land to raise our gas prices is "Right for America."
At least one Texas landowner and one Texas judge disagree. County Judge Bill Harris has blocked construction on a farm where TransCanada seized easement rights through eminent domain for its Keystone XL pipeline. That farm is one of at least 89 instances in Texas where this foreign private company has used eminent domain against American landowners. Is that right for America, Kristi?
TransCanada just reported quarterly revenues rising from $2.06 billion to $2.36 billion at the end of 2011. Their Q4 profit was $375 million. That's $4 million a day. Keep dickering, landowners: TransCanada can afford more than they're offering you.
Our Congresswoman is at least tamping down her job claims about the Keystone XL pipeline. Last month she was Tweeting that Keystone XL would bring 130,000 jobs. She now just says "thousands." Getting warmer... the pipeline may support just 127 permanent jobs.
Oh yeah, and Kristi voted to rush President Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. She wanted to truncate the regulatory process and require a decision on the State Department permit for the pipeline by the end of this month. TransCanada says they're still working with Nebraska to determine the best alternative route around the ecologically sensitive Sandhills. Effectively, Kristi would have wanted State to make a decision on Keystone XL with less than two weeks to analyze a new alternative route. That's why it's her fault that President Obama had to reject TransCanada's application last month.
Read more! Media Matters summarizes the five big angles of the Keystone XL story to which Kristi Noem and much of the press have not been paying enough attention. (You, dear readers, will not be surprised, since you've read about all of them here):
- TransCanada used aggressive tactics with landowners.
- TransCanada didn't deliver on previously promised tax revenue.
- TransCanada reversed its position on rerouting.
- TransCanada will import much of the steel for the pipeline.
- TransCanada said its pipeline would increase oil prices in the Midwest.
Read, Kristi. You might learn something.
Update 20:01 MST: Watch Congressman Bobby Rush, liberty-loving Demcorat from Illinois, speak up for American property rights. Listen to Congressman Lee Terry, oil-sodden Republican from Nebraska, try to drown out Rep. Rush's words of truth. Rep. Terry and Keystone XL are both out of order.