After more than a dozen years on the TUSD school board, 14 years on the Pima County Board of Supervisors and nearly 12 years in Congress, Raul Grijalva has already accomplished a lot, and for the better rather than worsein the eyes of his many supporters. Given his overwhelming victory margins in most elections, their view is the majority in this community.
But this week, Grijalva rose for the first time to one of the pinnacles of influence in the Eastern establishment. His blast at the proposed Keystone pipeline hit the New York Times Op-Ed page.
Already a fixture on the liberal MSNBC network, he made the Times with an attack not so much on the pipeline itself, but on what he sees as the flawed process that's been used to push it along toward ultimate approval. He warned that approval would spell a return to what he sees as the disastrous, pro-corporate policies of President George W. Bush toward the environment.
"That’s why Keystone is about more than one pipeline," he wrote. "It is about establishing once and for all whether we have moved on from the disastrous Bush-Cheney view of environmental policy. President Obama’s own Environmental Protection Agency has said in no uncertain terms that the pipeline will contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. That should be the end of the conversation. . . "