The Keystone XL setup

January 19th, 2012

By now, you’ve likely heard the news that Pres. Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline; though rejected may be too strong a word. Punted is more like it, since the pipeline’s builder, TransCanada, will be allowed to reapply for a new permit. But for now, it’s a victory, and everyone who protested and marched and called their Congressperson certainly deserves a thank you.

The Republicans deserved this, of course. They were the ones who placed a rider in the payroll tax cut extension forcing Obama to either reject or approve the pipeline by Feb. 21. What a ridiculously short and arbitrary deadline. Did they think Obama (and the State Department) would approve such a far-reaching project without having adequate time to study its potential risks?

The rub is: Of course not. It was a setup.

The Republicans put that provision in the legislation because they knew that Obama — or any sensible person, for that matter — would be forced to reject it, and then they could call him out for being a job-killer and make him look bad in his bid for reelection.

Nevermind that Cornell University says the pipeline could actually cost us jobs. Look for Republicans to stick to those ridiculously inflated TransCanada numbers in the months ahead.

Is anyone else insulted that the Republicans think we’re that stupid?

–Jennifer Grayson

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2 Responses to “The Keystone XL setup”

  1. Alice Says:

    Jennifer, I am tweeting with my Rep right now about this. He says that KXL has been studied for three years. Is that true?

  2. Jennifer Grayson Says:

    It has been studied, but not impartially. One major study was done by a company that has ties to TransCanada (the pipeline operator). See NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/08/science/earth/08pipeline.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

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