Energy & Environment

Keystone pipeline postponed…again

Keystone pipeline postponed…again

I always thought President Obama’s style of speaking was similar to the way a parent talks when breaking difficult news to a child. He mollifies everything he says by talking around the truth with such artful vagueness that by the end, you’re not sure if he just told you, “Mommy and Daddy aren’t going to be living together anymore,” or, (actual excerpt from one of his speeches): “There are going to be some glitches. No doubt about it. There are going to be things where we say, you know what, we should have thought of that earlier. Or this would work a little bit better. Or this needs an adjustment. You will be able to…find occasions where you say, ah-ha, you know what, that could have been done a little bit better.”

Following his usual course of poorly parenting a young country in the depths of difficult times, Obama has mastered the art of elusively stringing us along with the oldest pacifying “promise” in the book: “We’ll see.”

“We’ll see” if you can get a dirt bike for your birthday. (This actually means no way in hell will you get a dirt bike for your birthday.) “We’ll see” about approving the Keystone Pipeline. (This actually means “haha! Fat chance.”)

Obama has again given Republicans (by now on the verge of teen angst) the “We’ll see” line on Keystone. A final decision on the fate of the pipeline has been delayed, like so many other Obama provisions, until 2014.

The latest hurdle in the pipeline’s quest to be approved comes in the form of “conflict of interest complaints” which will be under the investigation of the inspector general until at least January. According to the Daily Caller, “Environmentalists are claiming the contractor used by the department to do the Keystone review had ties to the oil industry.”

Dan Simmons, director of regulatory and state affairs at the pro-pipeline Institute for Energy Research, told the DC that Obama and company are being “quite creative, using every tactic they can to continue to delay and stall the pipeline.” If they can’t figure out after 1,800 days of review whether or not the pipeline is in the national interest, Simmons said it “means that they’re intentionally stalling.”

Teresa Mull is the managing editor of Human Events. 

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