According to the latest issue of the Patriot Post, deciding whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline has been one of the toughest challenges of the Obama presidency.
However, Obama may have already made up his mind to sell out the tens-of-thousands of American jobs to the left environmentalists because it has been reported that the Obama administration is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects.
Under the current National Environmental Policy Act, federally approved projects had to consider only potential impacts like dangerous spills or air pollution, not global warming.
Directing all federal agencies to take climate change into account under NEPA will transform environmental policy in this country, putting a huge new drag on the economy in the process.
NEPA allows citizens and environmental groups to file claims against projects even after they win government approval. Obama could publicly ‘approve’ Keystone, while simultaneously handing the left the tool they need to put the project on semi-permanent hold.
Environmentalists would take the political heat, while Obama would get off by blaming them for the loss of union construction jobs in America!
Canada and China have made it clear that if the U.S. doesn’t allow the pipeline to go south, across the U.S., they’ll make one that goes west to the Canadian coast.
In other words, the oil is going to be pumped out no matter which country does it and if the left thinks they are reducing carbon pollution by denying construction in the states, they must then believe that the surface air stays only over the country using the oil.
All around the world, governments are expanding their oil and gas operations. Meanwhile, thanks to technological advances, the International Energy Agency predicts the U.S. could be the world’s largest oil producer by 2017 and a net exporter by 2030 – less likely under the Obama regime.
Whatever oil we’ve denied ourselves has been made up for by development in other countries. All that we’ve done is make oil prices higher than they needed to be and denied ourselves billions of dollars that would have stayed here rather than go to the Middle East.
Only the U.S. seems to be in a self-destructive mode by denying itself and/or the world much-needed economic growth by letting oil and gas remain in the ground. We are even bad-mouthing fracking that would eventually allow our country to become energy independent of our enemies in the Mideast.
This decision by Commander in Chief Obama would reduce the security of America by continuing to make the U.S. dependent upon our enemies for energy so vital to our country’s national defense!