Billionaire media titan Rupert Murdoch took aim at the transnational Keystone XL pipeline, revealing his opposition to the controversial oil route, in a multi-Tweet rebuke of U.S. energy and economic policy that began on Friday.
The magnate, whose media empire News Corp. owns FOX News Channel and The Wall Street Journal, took an environmentalist view of the proposed pipeline, criticizing the “heavy, dirty oil” that it would carry from Canada’s oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. The southern leg of the pipeline is under construction. The northern route, which needs federal approval to cross the Canadian-U.S. border, has been embroiled in a political war over its economic and environmental impact.
Murdoch has been a vocal proponent of developing U.S. oil and gas resources and a critic of renewable energy. In August, he called shale gas the “greatest news of the decade.”
“Gas means half carbon emissions and no need for ridiculous windmills,” he tweeted.
While opposing Keystone XL, Murdoch has trumpeted the potential economic benefits of building up the nation’s infrastructure. Just last month, he tweeted, “Why not switch from useless renewable energy investments to real job creating infrastructure projects. Many great possibilities waiting.”
They are the latest in a string of Twitter pronouncements on energy issues from the 81-year-old mogul. In July, he wrote “Climate change very slow but real. So far all cures worse than disease. Shale gas huge breakthrough for US. Half carbon of coal and oil.”
Read previous FuelFix coverage of the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline:
Texans join activists at Keystone XL rally in D.C. (Feb. 17)
Keystone for climate: Could Obama craft a horse trade? (Feb. 15)
Pipeline protesters arrested at White House (Feb. 13)
Man walking route of Keystone XL (Feb. 6)
Obama faces angry liberals over pipeline (Feb. 1)
Despite injunction, activists continue plans to thwart Keystone XL (Jan. 29)
Keystone XL activists arrested outside TransCanada Houston office (Jan. 7)
Texas tree protesters to descend as Keystone XL moves on (Dec. 19)
Texas judge dissolves restraining order on Keystone XL (Dec. 13)