A Canadian company will start working on part of a pipeline that could bring oil from our neighbors to the north to the Gulf Coast, and Rep. Bill Owens wants everyone to know that he's all for it.
“This is a good first step toward a project that will create jobs and enhance our reliance on our trusted allies in Canada for our energy needs,” Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, said in a news release. “Conflict and demand overseas are driving up prices at the pump for commuters, farmers and families, and projects like this have the potential to bring some relief."
Support for the Keystone pipeline will help Mr. Owens shore up his moderate image, but it won't do him any favors among the environmental set. Jennifer Caddick, who recently resigned as the head of Save the River, tweeted her disapproval of Mr. Owens on the issue.
Matt Doheny, a possible general election opponent to Mr. Owens, has a whole section in his typical stump speech about oil drilling.
But Mr. Owens is going to try his best not to let his opponents get to the right of him on the issue. The rise in gas prices, which are nearing $4 a gallon for regular in the north country, is poised to become a national election issue.