Daily Archives: Jan. 21, 2012

Pro-con: Was Obama correct to block pipeline?

The Obama administration has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline for tar-sands oil. This decision puts the health and safety of the American people above the interests of Big Oil. And it confirms President Obama’s commitment to combating the threats of climate change, air pollution and oil addiction. Obama’s decision represents a victory of truth over misinformation. Here in the United States, oil companies trumpet false job claims and promise a secure supply of oil. But in the Canadian press, oil companies talk freely about using the pipeline to export oil to Asian markets and charge more money for the oil they do sell in the U.S. The facts reveal this pipeline was never in America’s national interest. It would have endangered our people, our air, our water and our lands for the benefit of oil companies. The Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline for all the right reasons. – Natural Resources Defense Council

The central conflict of the Obama presidency has been between the jobs and growth crisis he inherited and the president’s hell-for-leather pursuit of his larger social-policy ambitions. The tragedy is that the economic recovery has been so lackluster because the second impulse keeps winning. Proof positive was the White House’s repudiation of the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada’s $7 billion shovel-ready project that would support tens of thousands of jobs if only it could get the requisite U.S. permits. Those jobs, apparently, can wait. The State Department claimed that the two-month congressional deadline was too tight “for the president to determine whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest.” The White House also issued a statement denouncing Congress’ “rushed and arbitrary deadline.” This is, to put it politely, a crock. Keystone XL has been planned for years and only became a political issue after the well-to-do environmental lobby decided to make it a station of the green cross. – Wall Street Journal