Sen. Tammy Baldwin, (D-WI), issued this statement in an attempt to “include several oil train provisions she has championed to increase safety and transparency along Wisconsin’s oil train routes.” The reason why oil train safety is a hot topic is because environmental activists like President Obama, Sen. Al Franken, (DFL-MN) and Sen. Baldwin, (D-WI) have sided with environmental extremists in stopping pipeline projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Texas or the Sandpiper Pipeline from the Bakken Oil Field in western North Dakota to Wisconsin.
Baldwin, Franken and Obama have done everything that the environmentalists have wanted. Hillary Clinton is following that path, too. They’ve shut down the pipeline projects. They’ve supported the EPA’s rules that’ve decimated the coal industry in western Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
It’s especially disgusting to hear Sen. Baldwin say that she’s “been sounding the alarm for two years on the need to put in place strong rail safety reforms. These two train derailments in Wisconsin are more evidence why Congress needs to take action on the reforms I have proposed.”
Why hasn’t Sen. Baldwin lifted a finger to get more pipelines built? Why has Sen. Baldwin insisted that she’ll listen to national environmental organizations like the Sierra Club but she won’t fix Wisconsin’s public safety issues?
Today I am calling on the House and Senate conference committee to include the reforms I have proposed in the final transportation bill. We need to put in place rail reforms that provide safety, transparency, and better communication between the railroads and local first responders and communities.
It’s fine to provide “better communication between the railroads and local first responders and communities.” That’s a worthwhile goal. It’s just that it isn’t fixing the problem. It’s just treating a symptom. Fixing the problem will require building pipelines.
That’s something that the Democratic Party, whether it’s President Obama, presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, or senators like Tammy Baldwin and Al Franken, won’t support because they’re afraid that if they built pipelines, Tom Steyer and other environmentalists would stop writing checks to the DNC and to Democratic candidates.
The inescapable truth is that the Democratic Party is essentially owned by environmentalist organizations like the Sierra Club.