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Because of his dismal record, approval of the environmentally disastrous Keystone pipeline should come as a surprise to no one. Recent reports such as the one from his own State Department will be relied upon and curiously, the effects of sequestration, should it be allowed to continue, will give the president yet another reason to approve the pipeline. He has traveled the country talking about the thousands of jobs that will be lost in the coming months, so he may now claim, erroneously, that the construction and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline will provide thousands of jobs. Now while that may be true in the short term, it won’t be anywhere near the amount lost due to government bungling, and once the pipeline is completed those jobs will vanish.
A long-awaited State Department report on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline is proving to be a bitter disappointment to environmentalists, reports Politico. The draft report issued late this afternoon does not give President Obama a clear yes-or-no recommendation on whether the project should move forward, but it generally plays down the environmental risks of the 1,700-mile pipeline from Canada, reports USA Today. The newspaper calls it a “largely positive” review.
On December 27, 2012, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson resigned, citing, among other things, the president’s reluctance to pursue the cap and trade bill, designed to address climate change. The beltway grapevine, however, suggests that Obama had indicated he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and this was the final store for the embattled Jackson.
This latest report will be the smoking gun for pipeline approval, and since it was conducted by the administration, albeit an administration friendly to Big Oil, and not Big Oil itself, the president will point to it as proof that the project will not be damaging to the environment, thus attempting to neutralize the arguments and objections from the Green side of the nation.
So, if you’re waiting for President Obama to do the right thing when it comes to the environment you might be waiting a long time. Barack Obama is from Chicago, and you don’t find a lot of trees, clean air, wolves or whales in the Windy City.