On the Keystone Oil Pipeline, Obama Punts

Posted on Mar 2 2012 - 1:00am by Harrison

Is the glass of Keystone half full as Obama will assert in his re-election campaign or is it half empty as Mitt Romney, his likely opponent, will say?

Shakespeare might have pondered “[w]hether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them” but what America really needs is a president who doesn’t go for cynical half measures.

Obama has seemed, since his presidency began, to neither want to “suffer the slings and arrows” or to “take arms against a sea of troubles.”

As many of us know, the Keystone XL oil pipeline was to have run from Canada’s tar sands (immature oil fields) all the way across the border and down to the Gulf of Mexico.  But when the U.S. State Department refused to approve the cross-border permit (environmental concerns were cited) the project appeared to be dead and China jumped it to take America’s place.

But now the Obama administration announced that the Southern end of the pipeline will be built, from Cushing, Oklahoma to Texas.

Three cheers or nay?

The approval is simply yet another cynical Obama ploy to appear as a moderate without actually being one and, like his slogan of “Hope and Change” appears to give people the opportunity to view him any way they want.

The mini pipeline which was approved will be completed next year, in 2013 just as TransCanada’s new application for the Keystone XL project comes up for re-evaluation.

But 2013 is so long from now and, more importantly, it’s after the elections.

And since Obama’s Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, said he doesn’t want to see gas prices come down, why would the full pipeline be approved?

It may be rather cynical for me to believe that this is all a shell game being played by the Obama administration because it means that, as leader of our country, he’s not interested in securing a key strategic energy resource (Canada’s tar sands) but hasn’t everything he’s said and done shown this to be the only rational conclusion?

Even Bill Clinton thinks the damn pipeline should be built.

6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Steve Dennis March 2, 2012 at 2:42 AM -

    Obama feels like by doing half of a job he can take the heat of until after the election, and then make the tough decision when he doesn’t face the prospect of reelection. The Republicans forced his hand on this issue and now he is blaming them for making him kill the pipeline because more research needs to be done. Of course he is neglecting the fact that a three year study showed no conserns. It really is all politically motivated instead of doing what is best for the country.
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  2. Dean March 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM -

    Except for calling in drone strikes to whack people, including American citizens, this guy is incapable of making difficult decisions.

  3. LD Jackson March 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM -

    Is it stating the obvious to raise the point that if the oil doesn’t come down from Canada, the mini pipeline from Cushing to Texas isn’t going to do any good? As it is with most things President Obama does, this makes no sense. Why waste the money and the time if there is no oil to put in the pipeline?
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    • Harrison March 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM -

      Why? Because it gives him political cover to say he is doing something and it is the fault of the Republicans that the pipeline failed.

  4. KP March 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM -

    I am thinking Obama will listen to Clinton and the entire pipeline will be okayed before the election.

    • Harrison March 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM -

      That’s not how he rolls. Obama will be more interested in trying to switch the conversation to social issues unless events force his hand.