Barack Obama says no to the Keystone Pipeline
The last order of business which the Congress was charged with before they adjourned was extending Barack Obama’s payroll tax cut. The House had passed a one year extension of the tax cut and sent it to the Senate where a two month extension was passed. The Senate then promptly adjourned–they did not go into recess–and forced the House to vote on the two month extension, and eventually the House agreed to this extension but not before getting a small concession.
That concession was setting a deadline of February 21st for the president to make a decision on the Keystone Pipeline–a decision which he did not want to make before the 2012 election because he knew he could not win no matter what his decision was. This was a no-win proposition for Barack Obama; if he ruled in favor of the pipeline he would upset the environmentalists and if he ruled against the pipeline he would draw the ire of the right, so he would have rather postponed this decision until it could not hurt his chances politically.
Today Barack Obama made that decision: Siting his concern that the deadline imposed on him by the Congress did not allow for an adequate review of the pipeline, Barack Obama killed the Keystone Pipeline and quickly blamed House Republicans for forcing him to make this decision. There are some legitimate concerns about this pipeline, specifically in Nebraska, where the pipeline would extend over a waterway which supplies eight states with drinking water. But is there more to Barack Obama’s decision?
Suddenly Barack Obama is concerned about waiting for a review to be completed before he made a decision, when in the case of Solyndra the Obama regime fast tracked a review for political reasons? Barack Obama knew there were legitimate concerns over the solvency of Solyndra yet the regime fast tracked the review in order to create a backdrop for Joe Biden to announce Barack Obama’s “green energy initiative” and hand the now defunct company $500 million in taxpayers dollars to promote his political agenda. And by the way, Barack Obama rewrote the loan terms in order to protect a Solyndra investor who just happened to be a major donor to both he and his party. In this case he wasn’t concerned about the review process whatsoever.
Barack Obama defended his decision on Solyndra by stating that the $500 million loan was still justified because it saved 1,000 jobs for six months, yet the Keystone Pipeline would have created 20,000 new jobs so something doesn’t quite jive here if we are to believe his explanations on both issues.
One could say he might have learned from the Solyndra debacle and decided to wait until a review was completed before making a decision on the Keystone Pipeline, but if this was the honest answer why did Barack Obama make his decision on the pipeline a full month before the deadline if it wasn’t to ensure that the review couldn’t be completed and an alternative route for the pipeline found, thereby creating a self fulfilling prophecy?
Barack Obama purposely ignored the concerns over the poster child for his “green energy” agenda while at the same time protecting his donors in one case, and then ensured that the concerns wouldn’t be assuaged in this case by cutting the review process short and we are supposed to believe that this wasn’t agenda driven?
Barack Obama wants to gain support for his “green energy initiative” and what better way to do that than by implementing policies which ensure the price of oil remains high?