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March 8, 2012
Obama ''Personally Lobbying' Democrats to Reject' Keystone PipelineTopics: Political News and commentaries
Never mind the fact that the Keystone XL pipeline would create an estimated 20,000 jobs, would likely drive down the price of gasoline in the long run, postpones the flow of an estimated $5 billion in new property taxes to state and local governments along the pipeline route, result in the Canadian oil going to China, and seems to be the right thing to do at a time of high unemployment and high gas prices, Barack Obama is digging his heals in on Keystone and, according to Politico, "personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction":
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.A November Rasmussen poll of likely U.S. voters shows that 60 percent "at least somewhat favor building the pipeline which President Obama has delayed until at least 2013 because of environmental concerns." Yet rather than do what the American people clearly want, the president is lobbying for sending North American energy to China, lobbying against American jobs, and lobbying against American independence from foreign oil.
The amendment, proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), states that Obama would have no role in such cross-border permitting decisions since, in this case, the pipeline would originate in Canada. The measure would need 60 votes to pass, and Obama has already lost two Democrats who back the proposal - Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mary Landrieu - and is at risk of losing more moderates and vulnerable Democrats.
On the other hand, high gas prices is exactly what the Obama administration wants to see ... and his own Energy Secretary Steven Chu has said so.
Meanwhile, resident clown and WH Secretary Jay Carney claims that Keystone has "no impact on the price of gas" ... even though Obama has touted the southern portion of the pipeline being built as one development helping slow the rise in gas prices.
Posted by Hyscience at March 8, 2012 10:40 AM
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