President Obama and his administration have a history of politically based decisions. This has been substantiated by his stand on gay marriage, where he evolved, the constant changes to the Affordable Care Act, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, NSA scandal and immigration reform. The XL Keystone pipeline is no different.
The president, with his rhetoric, touted earlier this week that his top priority was the growth of the economy and jobs, a common refrain. His actions and policies do exactly the opposite. If the president was really interested in jobs and economic growth, the approval of the XL Keystone pipeline would be a no brainer.
Gary Doer is Canada’s ambassador to Washington said that the Canadian border is between Alberta and Montana, which is the real requirement for the presidential permit. He suggested the administration should focus on the border and let Nebraska figure out the specific route in that state. As an irony Obama did not block the southern construction of the pipeline, which runs between Oklahoma and Texas.
The ambassador also shot down Obama’s remarks earlier this year, after a meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in which he spoke about the impact on green house gases (GHG) on the laborious approval process.
“I said previously that how Keystone impacted greenhouse gas emissions would affect our decision. But frankly, it has to affect all of our decisions at this stage because the science is irrefutable. severe weather patterns” has “consequences for our businesses, for our jobs, for our families, for safety and security. It has the potential of displacing people in ways that we cannot currently fully anticipate and will be extraordinarily costly. So I welcome the work that we can do together with Canada.”
Gary Doer pointed out that each day the approval of the pipeline is delayed it decreases the opportunity for blue collar workers on both sides of the Canada/US border. Since Alberta crude is already transported via trucks and rail, it also increases GHG emissions. Doer feels that the pipeline would also ease rail transport of the oil produced in the Bakken Basin in North Dakota.
“We believe that every day they delay the pipeline approval, they will have less opportunity for employment for blue-collar workers, and more greenhouse gases and more safety risk and higher cost with rail and trucks.”
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) released a statement that Canada was disappointed with the delay. There are also several Democratic Senators, in touch re-election battles. With ObamaCare already weighting down of their chances, Keystone is just another burden.
As an example, Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La. found the decision irresponsible, unnecessary and irresponsible. She said that this decision to delay the process over a lawsuit in Nebraska is an indication that a small minority that oppose the project can delay the process forever.
“This decision is irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable,” she said. “By making it clear that they will not move the process forward until there is a resolution in a lawsuit in Nebraska, the administration is sending a signal that the small minority who oppose the pipeline can tie up the process in court forever. There are 42,000 jobs, $20 billion in economic activity and North America’s energy security at stake.”
There can be no doubt that this is a decision solely based on politics and has absolutely nothing to do with facts. Two State Department Environmental Impact Statements saw no significant impact on the environment. It is common knowledge that rail transport is more dangerous than the thousands of miles of pipelines already transporting all types of resources in the US.
President Obama has made this decision to satisfy his far left environmental base, who he hopes will turn out for the mid-term election. It’s time to face up to reality and make this decision and for once the president should get out of the campaign mode.