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President Obama didn’t kill the Keystone pipeline?

February 22, 2012

Yesterday, I wrote:

If I were running for Prez, I’d promise to reverse U.S. policy on the Keystone pipeline immediately upon taking office.

Reason being, people are predicting $4.50 a gallon gasoline this summer. With President Obama opposing the Keystone pipeline; opposing new drilling in Alaska; making life hard for offshore rigs in the Gulf, this seems like a good opportunity to blame him for something that’ll make lots of people mad.

And now, I discover:

White House spokesman Jay Carney had the audacity to say, “the President didn’t turn down the Keystone pipeline” even though that’s exactly what he did.

My man Sean Hackbarth is rolling his eyes like he’s desperate to win his baby’s shoes back.

Let me go into the not-so-way-back-machine to last November when Mark Green at Energy tomorrow laid out how much this administration has studied the Keystone XL pipeline:

The project has had three environmental assessments, each concluding that risk from the pipeline would be minimal. In addition, State held a series of public hearings across the country. This issue has had a full airing. Questions have been asked and answered, fears dispelled.

Facts and actual history obviously don’t matter to Carney…

But, hell, maybe this isn’t some Orwellian (or maybe Stalinist?) attempt to Photoshop history. Maybe it’s a breach in the dam.

Maybe the administration is starting to understand: gas prices will be a big issue in the election this year, and they’re on the wrong side of that issue.

One Comment
  1. Mark permalink
    February 25, 2012 4:46 pm

    To refuse the construction of the pipeline was a big mistake and the first consequences of this terrible step can be seen right now. Obama gave up the opportunity to benefit from the Canadian energy sector that has recently been on the rise and now he is forced to look for other solutions such as higher taxes for the rich and the biggest corporations to reduce the budget deficit. After a series of unreasonable steps comes outright discrimination. What a policy!

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