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Demonstrators carry a replica of a pipeline during a march against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Richard Clement via NewsCred

EDITORIAL: Schumer’s Keystone fight: Demagogic ignoramus

In their zeal to obstruct progress, Democrats yet again are being exposed as the economics ignorami and hypocrites that they are. And Sen. Chuck Schumer is their ringleader.

The New York Democrat — on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday — claimed his party has the votes to sustain a presidential veto should the newly controlled Republican Senate approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport Canadian crude oil 1,200 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.

“Imagine building a pipeline that ships Canadian oil across America to be exported to other countries from Texas,” he said. “That makes no sense at all in terms of American working people’s interest.”

But given the facts of the myriad domestic benefits, that’s pure demagogic misrepresentation.

Mr. Schumer says Democrats will load the bill with amendments — poison pills in the guise of palatability. Among them, requirements for “clean energy jobs” (a gift for crony capitalists), that the oil not be exported (an exercise in market-perverting command economics) and that U.S.-made steel be used (which likely would raise the cost of the project).

Even then, Schumer says President Obama should veto the bill. The ruse is exposed.

Alas, it turns out that Schumer isn’t a very good vote counter: it appears a veto-proof (i.e., bipartisan) supermajority is prepared to approve Keystone. That dried egg on Chuck Schumer’s face will be quite the visual.

In related news, Protests planned in SD against Keystone pipeline.

This article was from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.