“If President Obama once thought it politically savvy to kick the Keystone XL pipeline decision down the road, he’s surely ruing that strategy today,” writes the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel. Having delayed a decision on Keystone for more than 1700 days, Strassel notes that the president’s political allies are dialing up the pressure to reject the pipeline, “vowing to turn his base against him if he moves ahead with a win-win project that will boost the economy.”
So, will President Obama stand with the vast majority of Americans who support Keystone, seeing it as “a sensible and obvious” opportunity to create jobs? Or will he bow to the political pressure?
His track record leaves little room for optimism.
After rejecting and personally lobbying against Keystone – and the tens of thousands of jobs and increased energy security it would create – the Obama administration is now delaying a final decision “until November, December or even early 2014,” Reuters reports. The White House’s stalling tactic is costing jobs, hurting manufacturing and making it more likely Canada will have to “look elsewhere, particularly to China, for new energy markets.” American workers and employers have rallied in support of Keystone, calling the project an “economic engine” and “a lifeline” to out-of-work Americans. Unfortunately, it’s a lifeline President Obama is refusing to extend.
That’s why the House passed the Northern Route Approval Act last month to greenlight the Keystone pipeline and remove legal and regulatory hurdles that could tie up its construction for years. It’s part of the Republican Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs, along with several other measures that will increase access to American energy to help address high gas prices and create jobs.
Read the entire plan at http://gop.gov/jobs, and learn more about the energy and jobs bills that are making their way through the Republican-led House by liking the American Energy Initiative on Facebook: Facebook.com/AmericanEnergy.