Yet her latest protest may be a bit far afield for the position she was elected to serve. Without any approval (as far as we know) from her colleagues on the City Council or a vote in favor by her constituents, Hosterman joined an outspoken coalition of American mayors in an effort to block the transport of Alberta's tar sands oil across the U.S. to the Texas Gulf Coast through a $13 billion Keystone XL pipeline. Hearing the mayors and other protestors, President Obama last week put the project on hold until after the 2012 national elections.
A much-relieved Hosterman wrote on Facebook this week: "I spoke against this project and think it needs to be canceled all together. But this is a good start."
Earlier, Hosterman expressed her concerns in a letter signed by 103 mayors: "When the President said recently that he thought 'folks in Nebraska like all across the country' aren't going to trade putting our kids' health at risk from contaminated drinking water, or potentially harming agriculture in our heartlands all for 'a few thousand jobs,' he hit the nail on the head. In fact, we don't need to make the trade at all. Jobs that are actually good for the environment can employ people across the country, whereas the Keystone XL pipeline will create jobs only for a small number of people in a few states, and not necessarily where jobs are needed most."
We're not pipeline or tar sand specialists, so we won't weigh in on whether the Keystone project would help reduce the country's dependence on overseas oil resources as its proponents argue or if it's too dangerous to cross the Sand Hills region of Nebraska, as that state's governor suggests. But at the same time, the issue may also be too far a stretch for Mayor Hosterman's expertise, even with her law degree. It certainly seems disingenuous for her to speak on behalf of the people of Pleasanton about tar sands and oil pipelines when there's so much more at stake right here at home.