Sure, the State Department put out a report Friday asserting that building the Keystone pipeline would have no significant impact on global warming. The State Department’s view is supposed to be determinative. But not for this White House.
“The Friday report is an important input,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday, going on to detail the horrors of climate change. “We have one department with a study, now we have other expert agencies – the EPA and many others . . . ”
Here’s McDonough’s testy little exchange with David Gregory on Meet the Press.
Uhh boy. It’s never been clear to me what Obama gets at this point from approving the Keystone pipeline. His perceived claim to history is as the liberal messiah. He’s not going to get there by walking on oil.
I love McDonough’s assertion, which really drew a tear to my eye, that Obama wants to “insulate this process” from politics. “Washington loves the politics,” he said.
Yeah, Washington indeed loves the politics. But no one in Washington loves the politics more so than Obama.
Remember, the Keystone pipeline had already been given the go ahead by State, and Obama delayed the decision further in late 2011 after the enviros he’d need in 2012 – and their very rich backers in Hollywood and elsewhere – erupted in paroxysms of bereavement, despondent that more cheap oil might be coming to the United States.
According to Reuters, it’s the leftist EPA that could be calling the shots here, not State:
Friday’s State Department report contained the EPA’s evaluation that crude produced from Canada’s oil sands, which the pipeline would carry, are 17 percent more greenhouse gas intensive than average oil used in the United States.
“The EPA has been very consistently critical. If the report does not make significant changes from the draft version released last March, the EPA would be in a position to be critical in its review,” said Danielle Droitsch, Director of the Canada Project with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a green group.
“I don’t think Obama would ignore the EPA being critical,” she said.
I don’t either.