Monday, April 21, 2014

Keystone Delayed - Again

According to Roll Call, the Obama administration's Good Friday news dump included news that a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline will be delayed again.
“On April 18, 2014, the Department of State notified the eight federal agencies specified in Executive Order 13337 we will provide more time for the submission of their views on the proposed Keystone Pipeline Project,” the State Department said. “State Agencies need additional time based on the uncertainty created by the on-going litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court which could ultimately affect the pipeline route in that state.”
Pure politics by the administration, but this political ploy might strike closer to home.  It seems that out ranking senator, "Katrina" Mary Landrieu, is in the political fight of her life and is also the chair oc the Senate Energy Committee.

 “Today’s decision by the Administration amounts to nothing short of an indefinite delay of the Keystone Pipeline. This decision is irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable,” Landrieu said. “By making it clear that they will not move the process forward until there is a resolution in a lawsuit in Nebraska, the administration is sending a signal that the small minority who oppose the pipeline can tie up the process in court forever. There are 42,000 jobs, $20 billion in economic activity and North America’s energy security at stake.”
This gives senator Landrieu a magnificent platform to distance herself from the Administration and come down on the side of energy, jobs, the economy, and national security all in one fell swoop.  It will shore up her support in the state and make it look like Mary is coming down for the good of Louisiana. 

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.  Mary sides with the Obama administration when it is convenient for her to do so.  She cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, and she votes with her Democrat buddies even against the best interests of the state   She votes with Obama and Harry Reid about 97% of the time.

The Washington Post has another good article on the pure politics of this decision, along with some background about the blatantly transparent attempts by Obama to shore up support during the mid-terms.

No, this latest delay is politics, pure and simple.  Obama needs Mary in the Senate, and will do anything to keep her there.  Even if the delays mean keeping Americans out of work and making it more difficult and dangerous for mid-country Americans. 

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

You're right, it's ALL politics...