For someone who has been focused “like a laser” on job creation, Barack Obama is instead focused “like a laser” on his re-election and shoring up the Democrat base as we head closer to November. In what would have created roughly 13,000-20,000 new jobs with tens of thousands of supporting jobs, the new Keystone XL project was denied permitting by the White House, and in typical Obama fashion, the president blamed congressional Republicans who supposedly forced his hand. Obama had until February 21 to make his decision but who cares about that small tidbit of information. Instead he released the following statement on January 18 because he was so “rushed” by Republicans:
Earlier today, I received the Secretary of State’s recommendation on the pending application for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment. As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied. And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.
Now given the wording in the beginning of this statement, you would think that we have no existing pipelines anywhere in the country and that this was the first decision ever made to construct a pipeline. The president is so deeply concerned about our well-being and the well-being of our precious environment, yet I would like to offer the following chart in response to this ludicrous statement by the president:
Does anyone want to take a guess as to what all those red lines represent on the map. Wait for it……Wait for it…..Pipelines! After taking a brief glimpse at this map, I’d say it’s probably a little late to be concerned about the environment, Mr. President.
Barack Obama could care less about you and me or the environment. He flatly denied the permitting for the Keystone XL because he is a political hack. He knows that his support has been waning, even amongst his leftist base. They believe he hasn’t done enough to destroy the country or as candidate Obama referred to it: bringing about the “fundamental transformation of America”. The denial of this permitting is nothing more than a way to appease the environmentalist nut jobs who have had their heads up his rectal cavity since 2008 and will just as hurriedly follow him over the cliff at some point in the near future; taking our country’s economic well-being down with them.
I digress. Let us continue with the president’s statement:
This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people. I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my Administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil. Under my Administration, domestic oil and natural gas production is up, while imports of foreign oil are down. In the months ahead, we will continue to look for new ways to partner with the oil and gas industry to increase our energy security –including the potential development of an oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico – even as we set higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and invest in alternatives like biofuels and natural gas. And we will do so in a way that benefits American workers and businesses without risking the health and safety of the American people and the environment.
The president claims that natural gas and oil production is up under his watch. According to a piece out today at Bloomberg.com: “Since Obama took office, U.S. natural gas production averaged 1.89 trillion cubic feet a month through October (2011), 13 percent higher than the average during President George W. Bushs’s two terms, according to Energy Department data. Crude oil production is 2 percent higher, the department said.”
In the very next paragraph the story points out the misleading nature of Obama’s claim: “Onshore oil and gas production on federal lands directly under Obama’s control is down 40 percent compared to 10 years ago, according to Spencer Pederson, a spokesman for Representative Doc Hastings, a Washington Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. In 2010, the U.S. signed the fewest number of offshore drilling leases since 1984.” The fact of the matter is that the administration has basically shut down American oil production in the Gulf of Mexico by hijacking the permit process. We’re not allowed to drill in the Gulf but Obama has no problem with the Cubans, Chinese, and Brazilians doing it. As we know, the president is never one to let a crisis go to waste. So naturally, he used the gulf oil spill of 2009 as a way to shut down oil production in the Gulf and now he’s using these same environmental concerns as a way to stop the pipeline project with TransCanada Corp. before it even gets started.
Jobs would be created overnight for this project but the president would rather play politics and curry favor with the environmentalist movement; a group personified by their longing for cultural and technological regression. Obama would rather cater to the folks who want us traveling by horse and buggy while he gives the finger to out-of-work and struggling Americans. Even the liberal press corps can’t cover for the president on this embarrassing decision. The Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson published an op-ed on January 19 that took Obama to task over the decision: “President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity. It isn’t often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and — beyond the symbolism — won’t even advance the goals of the groups that demanded it. All it tells us is that Obama is so obsessed with his reelection that, through some sort of political calculus, he believes that placating his environmental supporters will improve his chances.”
You’ve hit it on the head, Mr. Samuelson. Your president is so concerned with re-election, he’s willing to sacrifice real job opportunities for votes. He has made his decision and how he has to live with it. Voters will remember this come November.
If the Republican candidate for president – whoever it ends up being – does not make this an issue during the general campaign, he’s a fool. For that matter, the candidates need to start talking about this decision right now and continue to bring it up during the primary process. It will be the clearest way to illustrate just how divisive and politically partisan this president is. His number one goal is to retain power, not put Americans back to work.