Well when push comes to shove . . .
President Obama makes all kinds of noise about creating jobs and pursuing domestic energy sources to wean us off dependence on lunatics living above vast oil reserves overseas. He is proposing to turn every stick he can find on your lawn into ethanol. And he’s criticizing Republican at every turn for not wanting to raise taxes to fund his new stimulus program – the last one having worked so well.
He had a chance to bring both real jobs and usable, affordable fuel into the country one stroke by approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would stretch from Canada, where people are generally sane and friendly, to the Gulf Coast.
Labor unions and businesses backed the project, which they said would create 20,000 jobs. The State Department, which had to approve the pipeline because it crosses international lines, was on track to give its OK, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton making positive noises.
And then, amid sonorous protests by environmentalists, the White House stepped in, choosing enviros already angry about new drilling, delayed greenhouse gas regulations, no cap and trade – and other matters – over the unions.
The enviros needed a bone to gnaw on, and Obama threw one over the White House fence for them
This has nothing to do with politics, insisted White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today just before the decision was announced. Which is why, of course, a final decision was delayed until early 2013, right after the election.
In the meantime, my sources tell me the administration has plans to put a windmill up on Pennsylvania Avenue to make use of all the hot air emanating from the Oval Office.