Obama throws vulnerable Dems under the bus with indefinite delay of Keystone XL pipeline

With careful management of the news cycle, Obama chose Good Friday to announce an indefinite delay of the Keystone XL pipeline. He won’t face questions until Monday when other news may shadow the gravity his decision. The Keystone XL pipeline project has already been exhaustively reviewed and has passed environmental scrutiny. If it’s ever allowed to be built it will create thousands of high-paying jobs. Several Democrats are in favor of approval, but Obama seems to care more about his dream of making the United States into a socialist dystopia utopia than allowing the private sector to create jobs. “Jobs? We don’t need no stinking jobs!” seems to be the thinking. I guess endless unemployment checks will just have to be good enough.

Several Democrats facing election challenges in 2014 are not happy.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat-North Dakota: “It’s absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time,”

Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat-Louisiana : “This decision is irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable,…By making it clear that they will not move the process forward until there is a resolution in a lawsuit in Nebraska, the administration is sending a signal that the small minority who oppose the pipeline can tie up the process in court forever. There are 42,000 jobs, $20 billion in economic activity and North America’s energy security at stake.”

Landrieu is chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She threatened to “take decisive action to get this pipeline permit approved.”

Environmentalists are all wrong on the Keystone XL Pipeline. It is safer and more environmentally sound to transport oil by pipeline than by rail or truck because the latter are prone to accidents. Walter Russell Mead has written on this: The Opaque Dangers of Oil by Rail.