Monday, July 6, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found


VideoGerman Shepherd lost in the BlueCreek/Warncke/Church Rd area. Last seen Tues 6/23. Very Friendly, purple collar. If found, please call or text 210-792-7875.

VideoFound dog, cream white and black male w/ blue collar walking on hwy 181 by new richardson chevy last night call 2102863515
Lost: Cow, black with white face, female, west of La Vernia, near 2831 FM 1346, weighs about 1000 lbs., she is a fence jumper. Anyone with information call 830-534-4675.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Lawn company seeking workers and a driver with previous experience, great pay.Call for interview 512-423-8687.
ON-CALL CRISIS POOL WORKERS NEEDED. Part-time positions are available for after hours “on-call” crisis workers to respond to mental health crisis for Wilson and Karnes Counties. Duties include crisis interventions, assessments, referrals to stabilization services, and referrals for involuntary treatment services according to the Texas Mental Health Laws. You must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, sociology, social work, nursing, etc. On-call hours are from 5 p.m.-8 a.m. weekdays, weekends and holidays vary. If selected, you must attend required training and must be able to report to designated safe sites within 1 hour of request for assessment. Compensation is at a rate of $200 per week plus $100 per completed and submitted crisis assessment, and mileage. If interested call Camino Real Community Services, 210-357-0359.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
Richardson Chevrolet homeTNMCRE/MAX home
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Section A: General News


Editorial: Keystone XL opposition: All cause, no benefit




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
May 28, 2014 | 1,791 views | Post a comment

By Robert L. Bradley Jr.

Despite environmentalists’ efforts to stall the approval of Keystone XL, some real progress could soon be made.

The State Department just released its long-awaited analysis of the project’s environmental impact. The study’s key finding: Building and maintaining Keystone would have virtually no effect on global carbon emissions. Indeed, without the pipeline, emissions could rise because the oil will be transported by more carbon-intensive means.

So the Obama administration’s justification for stalling approval collapses. Environmental activists now find themselves in an ironic place. They’re staunchly opposed to Keystone XL, but after going all out politically to block construction, activists are realizing that crude oil is still making it from Montana, North Dakota, and Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

If the environmentalists’ primary goal was to discourage the production of Canada’s oil sands and prevent its importation, they have failed miserably.

Their staunch opposition has actually encouraged entrepreneurs to use less environmentally friendly surface modes of transportation to deliver Canadian and Upper Midwest crude to southern refineries. Now, this new report may finally force the federal government to act on Keystone XL.

Canadian oil companies plan to develop the oil sands with or without Keystone XL. If the oil sands are moved via rail and tanker instead of pipeline, the result will be a 28 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Similarly, transporting to existing pipelines via rail instead of Keystone will create almost 40 percent more emissions. Using only rail to transport the oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico will increase emissions 42 percent.

In the last six months, several Canadian oil companies have announced rail projects designed to avoid Keystone opposition. They’re building three large terminals in western Canada, which will be able to load an estimated 350,000 barrels of oil daily -- about 40 percent of Keystone’s planned capacity on U.S.-bound trains. Overall, Canada is expected to quadruple its oil-loading capacity to 900,000 barrels daily.

The blockage of Keystone XL has also encouraged barging Canadian oil to the United States. In fact, one firm already plans to upgrade a dock on Lake Superior where Canadian crude will be loaded onto barges for shipment through the Great Lakes.

In the Northwest, refining giant Tesoro and oil service company Savage are seeking permits to construct a 42-acre facility at the Port of Vancouver on the Columbia River that could handle 380,000 barrels of oil a day.

Furthermore, it appears that a pipeline to carry Canadian crude to the Lower 48 will be built anyway, despite the environmentalists’ best efforts. Enbridge has received permission to begin construction of its Flanagan South Pipeline stretching from Illinois to Oklahoma.

Unlike Keystone XL, Flanagan South will not cross the U.S.-Canadian border and does not need presidential approval. The Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation recently sought an injunction to stop construction, but a U.S. District Court Judge ruled against them, noting that the environmental groups failed to prove “irreparable harm” would result if construction proceeded while litigation to stop the pipeline continued.

President Obama has delayed deciding on Keystone XL for five years, choosing instead to conduct study after study. With the State Department putting environmentalist hysteria to bed, he has 90 days to determine if the project is in the nation’s interest.

While his delaying tactics may have shored up his base, the president can no longer refuse to choose the best energy option for America. Government data projects that oil and natural gas will continue to account for 60 percent of America’s energy needs and more than 90 percent of its transportation fuels for years to come.

So long as the president continues to delay and environmentalists focus on short-sighted political gains, America is missing out on an economic-environmental win-win.

Robert L. Bradley Jr. is CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research and the author of seven books on energy history and public policy.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Section A: General News Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Corner Store grand opening is set for July 2 (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Court Update (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Crouch Memorial Bull Riding (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Dan Patrick weighs in on same-sex marriage decision (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Disabled veteran license plates available for widows (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Does the EPA control your stock tank? (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. East Central ISD decisions will save taxpayers millions (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: Changing the past to fundamentally transform America (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: Donald Trump tries to put his brand on GOP (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: Hillary and history: Best-known is not the same as best-qualified (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Event highlights seniors, vets, services July 17 (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FELPS aims to improve reliability systemwide (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville ISD adopts $39M budget (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville keeps city manager, 'extravaganza' (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free July training for business owners (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Guadalupe deputies hunt fugitive after bar fight near Seguin (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. H-E-B recalls burger buns (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. La Vernia approves $26M-plus budget (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Frightened aging bones (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meeting Watch: Falls City City Council (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Miles Svoboda earns saddle in chute dogging event (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. New battalion commander recalls Floresville roots (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Nixon residents respond to shooting with prayer (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Parkside Homes wins planning and zoning approval (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Scam email: Pay up or die (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Skloss retires after four decades with Karnes Electric (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Tanker, tow truck crash on U.S. 181 (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Tour vintage aircraft at Stinson Municipal Airport (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Traps to avoid after graduation (July 1, 2015)