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Obama Has/Hasn’t Decided To Kill Keystone Pipeline

First we have this excerpt from a long and meandering piece in Rolling Stone:

Obama’s Last Shot

By Jeff Goodell | April 23, 2014

President Obama is not even halfway through his second term yet, but you can almost feel the cement hardening around his feet. The glory days of hope and change have faded, his approval rating has flat-lined below 50 percent, and jockeying for 2016 has begun in earnest. But for Obama, the game ain’t over yet. In the next few months, he will take one of the biggest gambles of his presidency by testing the radical proposition that even SUV-loving Americans believe that global warming is real and are ready to do something about it…

It’s a gamble that could have a profound impact on energy politics, our economy and our ability to stabilize the climate. But if the president is wrong, it could not only cost his party control of the Senate this fall but also blow the last opportunity we have to save ourselves from life on a superheated planet…

How many last chances have we had now?

The springboard of Obama’s big leap is to use his presidential powers to effectively hasten the phase-out of dirty coal from America’s energy system. Right now, coal-fired power plants generate about 40 percent of the electricity… These rules, which the EPA will make public in early June, are fraught with political peril, not least because they will stoke up talk of a War on Coal, which Republicans will argue is code for a War on the American Way of Life.

At the same time, the president is likely to announce his decision on the northern leg of the Keystone XL, the hugely controversial 1,179-mile-long pipeline that would bring tar-sands oil down from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries. Although no final decision has been made, two high-level sources in the Obama administration told me recently that the president has all but decided to deny the permit for the pipeline – a dramatic move that would light up Democratic voters and donors while further provoking the wrath of Big Oil…

We suspect Obama ordered this ‘leak’ so the environmental whackos and fat cats like Tom Steyer would contribute to the Democrats, even though the State Department’s decision has been put off until after the midterms. That way Obama and the Democrats can continue to get money from those who want to buy their support for the pipeline extension, as well.

The White House just didn’t count on so many people noticing the leak, which was buried in a long meandering piece at Rolling Stone. So they had to issue a statement.

From National Journal:

White House Disputes Report on Keystone XL Decision

By Jason Plautz | April 23, 2014

The White House is pushing back against a Rolling Stone magazine story that cites two "high-level" Obama administration sources saying President Obama intends to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

"Nobody who knows POTUS’ thinking on Keystone is talking and nobody who is talking knows," White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said on Twitter Wednesday evening.

In the Rolling Stone story published online Wednesday, veteran climate writer Jeff Goodell writes that the unnamed administration sources told him Obama has "all but decided to deny the permit for the pipeline," although the piece notes "no final decision has been made." … "The only question now is the timing of the announcement," the insider is quoted as saying.

But Lehrich continued the pushback in a second tweet, arguing that the outcome of the ongoing review hasn’t been decided…

The Rolling Stone story, which is broadly about Obama’s work on climate change, spread like brushfire on social media within hours of publishing Wednesday…

The State Department announced last week that it would extend the deadline for review of the permit, citing an ongoing Nebraska court battle over the state law used to approve the route through that state. That will likely push the decision past the November midterm elections and guarantees that for months to come, all sides will be clamoring for a hint of the final call.

Which, again, will allow Obama and the Democrats to get donations from both sides of the issue before the midterm elections.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Has/Hasn’t Decided To Kill Keystone Pipeline”

  1. untrainable says:

    It’s a gamble that could have a profound impact on energy politics, our economy and our ability to stabilize the climate.

    Our energy politics : Destroy the coal industry… Destroy the oil industry… waste billions on solar panels and windmills to redistribute taxpayer’s money to lickspittle Obama lackeys, bundlers, and democrat political friends (who need to be rewarded).

    Our Economy : In the crapper and steadily swirling because of the political foolishness perpetrated on the American people by Obama, not the least of which is the “Affordable” “Care” “Act”.

    Our Ability to Stabilize the Climate : We don’t have the ability to change the climate one way or another. As an old friend used to say, “When the Earth is done with us, she’ll shake us off like a bad cold”. The chicken little imitation has been performed for us for the last 40 years, and the sky is still up there. Why these people are believed to have ANY credibility is beyond comprehension.

    If Oblameless and his minions wanted to have a successful energy policy, a booming economy, and stabilize the climate, I have a solution. Approve the Keystone pipeline… then set the central air to 72°.

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