22 Jan '12, 3am

Pipeline Politics Hit Illinois: Leaders' Keystone XL booterism also advocates for higher gas prices

I was surprised to see Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady had been scheduled to take part in a big Keystone XL pipeline rally this week in the Quad Cities . Given the decision to deny the ill-conceived project’s permit this week, I have no idea if the event is still on. But it begs the immediate question about Mr. Brady’s announced intention to participate in the event, which is: “what is a politician from Illinois doing promoting a project that has almost no impact on the state--aside from raising our gas prices ?” Oh, he probably wouldn’t be talking about that unfortunate economic impact on Illinois citizens. My guess is that he has been recruited to join the chorus of the pipeline pushers who parrot the line of the multimillion-dollar American Petroleum Institute ads that have been blanketing the airwaves to claim fantastic things for the pipeline and demonize efforts to h...

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