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If you love the environment, Teapublican Texas Senator Ted Cruz says you should love the Keystone XL pipeline too, during a speech that likely set records for the most lies per second from a United States senator, including this whopper:

"We are seeing the environment improve in unprecedented levels based on the expansion of natural gas." (16:10 into the video)

“If you’re a Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging Greenpeace activist, you should love the Keystone pipeline,” said Cruz while speaking at the Heritage Action for America’s Conservative Policy Summit in D.C.

Cruz continued this faux concern for the environment, adding a dash of fear-mongering:

“The Canadians are not going to leave the tar sands unmolested. They’ll send it to China to be refined there and it will be refined in a much, much dirtier way.

If your concern is the environment, the last thing you want to do is send that oil to China to be refined there, which will be far more damage to the environment than refining it in the U.S., where it would generate good, high paying jobs."

You can't tell that among his top supporters are the oil and gas industry, now can you?

Among the deadly agenda Cruz outlined during his diatribe  that will be incorporated into a bill  called the "American Energy Renaissance Act" that he intends to introduce in the senate are:

1) Prevent Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing.

Leave regulation of hydraulic fracturing in state hands

2) Improve Domestic Refining Capacity.

Streamline the permitting process for upgrading and building new refineries

Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard

3) Improve Process to Develop Energy Infrastructure.

Approve and allow private sector to build the Keystone pipeline

Remove barriers to developing and approving additional national pipelines and cross-border energy infrastructure

4) Stop EPA Overreach and the War on Coal.

Exclude greenhouse gases from regulation by EPA and other federal agencies

Stop certain EPA regulations that will adversely impact coal and electric power plants

5) Force Congress and the President to Vote on EPA Regulations that Kill Jobs.

Require both Congress and the President to approve any EPA regulation that has a negative job impact

Support passage of the REINS Act, separate piece of legislation not included in this bill, which would require congressional approval of all major rules and regulations.

6) Broaden Energy Development on Federal Land.

Increase energy development on federal land

Provide states the option of leasing, permitting and regulating energy resources on federal lands within their borders; or

If states do not wish to manage energy development on federal lands within their borders, the federal leasing, permitting and regulating will be reformed to increase energy development by:

Streamlining permitting for development on federal lands

Improving certainty in the leasing and development process

Expanding development of energy on federal lands

Expand energy development in National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska

Expand energy development on Indian lands

Open up the Coastal Plain of Alaska (ANWR) for development

7) Open Offshore Exploration.

Expand the offshore areas of the Outer Continental Shelf available for development

Streamline the permitting process for additional offshore exploration

8) Expand U.S. Energy Exports.

Expand LNG exports by facilitating permits

End the crude oil export ban

Prevent excessively broad environmental review of coal export terminals

9) Dedicate Additional Revenues to a Trust Fund for Debt Reduction

Direct all additional revenues generated by exploration and drilling on federal lands (excluding the share allocated to the states) exclusively to national debt reduction—‘Debt Freedom Fund.’”

The Ted Cruz energy policy makes me think of the "Door To Hell", in Derweze, Turkmenistan. While drilling in 1971, geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. It was hoped that the fire would go out in a few days... but it has been burning ever since:

Let's not allow the U.S. to become another portal to Hell.

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  •  I can't think of a comment on Ted Cruz that hasn't (6+ / 0-)

    been said.
    The one thing I can think of is his consistency. The energy he expends on twisting truths and twisting lies appears to be of equal measure.
    He is the poster boy for the expression,"You can tell he's lying because his lips are moving."
    He is very helpful when difficult decisions arise. All you need to do is find out what he thinks is the best decision and do the exact opposite.
    I would like to say there should be a moratorium on posts about Mr. Cruz. All it does is spread his voice further than the room in which he is speaking and that is not a positive thing.

    "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

    by Cruzankenny on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 02:42:40 AM PST

  •  Is Cruz running for POTUS or CEO of Exxon? (3+ / 0-)
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    Desi, skepticalcitizen, CenPhx

    Not only is global warming because of GHG a lie by 98% of scientists to him but he plain vanilla likes to just destroy the environment.  In the back of his hellish mind he is probably thinking like James Watt who defended his carelessness about the environment in Congress;

    "I do not know how many future generations we can count on before the Lord returns, whatever it is we have to manage with a skill to leave the resources needed for future generations."
    If Ted Cruz didn't exist no one would believe he could.  Then again, this new improved Tea Party/GOP keeps surprising me every day.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 03:45:20 AM PST

  •  This man's brain is seriously deranged. (4+ / 0-)

    First of all, typically of the instinct-driven, he only perceives what he can see. That is, he gets all his information from superficial optics -- what things look like. If he can't see it, he pretends that he does. So, he says
    "We are seeing the environment improve..."

    The environment is a concept. It is not possible to see it. Just as it isn't possible to see value.  We all talk about "seeing" because our eyes are our primary input mechanism and the other senses are secondary. For some people, it seems, their eyes are their only source of information. This is problematic because, of course, "appearances are deceiving." So these vision limited people are often wrong in the perceptions and that makes them, understandably, insecure. Imagine if you were blind, deaf and dumb and nobody took the trouble to instruct your sense of touch.

    Cruz's use of the word "unmolested" is downright scary. He thinks molestation, and probably also manipulation, are positive or neutral actions when, in fact, to molest is to violate the integrity of whatever comes to hand. To molest is to do violence.
    We should do it because if we don't the Chinese will?  That's the kind of attitude that leads to incest, methinks. This kind of thinking is evidence of a person whose behavior is directed by internal and external prompts. It's reactive and not subject to any cognitive review which would caution there are some things we just don't do.

    by hannah on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 03:51:53 AM PST

  •  The environment around Cruz's mansion may... (5+ / 0-)

    have improved, as he moved up from the 55th richest to the 45th richest in the Senate from 2011 to 2012--but in the real world where the rest of us live, things aren't as pure--we are suffering the consequences of Congressional-approved pollution of the air and of water by fracking,   by agricultural run-off and serial oil spills and unregulated chemicals, etc, etc.  

    But, it's all good, because Cruz and his fellow Congress critters are getting richer and richer with a little help from their polluting friends.  It's obviously very rewarding for "public servants" like Cruz to be a pushers for corporate sponsors in the pollution oil and gas industries, and to be  wealth protectionists for themselves and their super-rich cronies.

    Then, the bought-and-paid for politician, crazed Cruz,  tops off his selling out the environment for profit by spewing double-talk, sprinkled with lies, to try to convince the gullible that he's some sort of crusader for a clean environment.  

    Arrogant and greedy "representatives" like Cruz are collecting the salary we provide while enriching themselves in office and destroying the environment and the Constitution in the process.  

  •  Sure, let the states set their own regulations (5+ / 0-)
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    DRo, Desi, CenPhx, BlackSheep1, julesrules39

    regarding energy development. What could go wrong. They've done such a good job of protecting the health of the citizens and the environment in the past. And by all means open up all federal lands to energy development. Why leave all that unspoiled wilderness just sitting there going to waste. It's un-American.

    I found his statement about China processing the tar sands

    in a much, much dirtier way
    interesting. Since China's primary industry fuel is coal, is he inadvertently admitting how bad coal really is. Fucking asshole.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 05:42:33 AM PST

  •  This guy thinks he is sooo smart he can lie (3+ / 0-)
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    CenPhx, BlackSheep1, julesrules39

    Right to your face, Cruz thinks he is so smart that there is no way you can see through his lie because your aren't nearly as smart as he is. Or so he thinks.

    And thus you get statements like this. A good bullshitter never bullshits himself. Cruz is the kind of bullshitter who thinks he can go outside naked and then convince you that YOU are the one who is naked when you object.

    A total loon. Thanks TX-GOP

    Regulate banks, not vaginas

    by MinistryOfTruth on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 06:44:31 AM PST

  •  KXL transports oil, not natural gas does it not? (2+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, julesrules39

    Ted lies comfortably, easily, pathologically.

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