Blocking Keystone: President Obama “Personally Lobbying” for Higher Gas Prices, Sending Jobs to China

Amid skyrocketing gas prices, President Obama is “personally lobbying” Senate Democrats to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, which would create 20,000 American jobs and improve the nation’s energy security:

President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.  The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices.” (POLITICO, 3/7/12)

This revelation contradicts President Obama’s public support for Republicans’ ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy.   As part of that shift, the president indicated last week in a meeting with Republican leaders that there was room for bipartisan common ground on an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach.   Just yesterday, he said “we’ll do whatever we can to speed up construction” of the pipeline. 

Privately, however, it appears the president remains firmly committed to killing the Keystone pipeline, despite the fact that it enjoys strong support from the American people. 

What’s worse, by lobbying against American jobs, President Obama is pushing North American energy closer to China.  Just yesterday, Alberta’s premier stressed that her province plans “to pursue exports to Asia rather than rely on the uncertainty in the U.S. market.”   “We certainly want the United States to be our natural customers.  But we are an exporting nation,” she said. 

The Senate votes on the Keystone pipeline later today.