Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on November 6, 2015
Anyone who has been paying attention over the past seven-plus years never once believed that Barack Obama would approve the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
That POTUS is justifying his decision to halt construction by proclaiming that the pipeline would not create a significant number of American jobs and that it would worsen anthropomorphic global warming/climate change (the myth that keeps on giving) is just plain laughable.
The Obama quote in the tweet below speaks volumes:
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 6, 2015
Reported by New York Times, Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline:
President Obama announced on Friday that he had rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that had become a symbol of the debate over his climate policies.
Mr. Obama’s denial of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, comes as he seeks to build an ambitious legacy on climate change.
“America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,’’ Mr. Obama said in remarks from the White House. “And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership.’’
Both sides saw the Keystone rejection as a major symbolic step, a sign that the president was willing to risk angering a bipartisan majority of lawmakers in the pursuit of his environmental agenda. And both supporters and critics of Mr. Obama saw the surprisingly powerful influence of environmental activists in the decision.
Republicans and the oil industry criticized Mr. Obama for what they have long said was his acquiescence to the pressure of activists and environmentally minded political donors.
“A decision this poorly made is not symbolic, but deeply cynical,’’ said Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Republican who leads the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “It does not rest on the facts — it continues to distort them.’’
Jack Gerard, the head of the American Petroleum Institute, which lobbies for oil companies, said in a statement, “Unfortunately for the majority of Americans who have said they want the jobs and economic benefits Keystone XL represents, the White House has placed political calculations above sound science.’’
Obama vacationing on Air Force One has contributed more to climate change than a pipeline ever would.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 6, 2015
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) November 6, 2015
— RNC (@rncmall) November 6, 2015
— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) November 6, 2015
This tweet nails it:
— Nat Shupe (@NatShupe) November 6, 2015