Oil pipelines? A wonderful idea, according to President Obama’s own job council:
President Obama’s jobs council called Tuesday for an “all-in approach” to energy policy that includes expanded oil-and-gas drilling as well as expediting energy projects like pipelines.
“[W]e should allow more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands,” states the year-end report released Tuesday by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness…
“The Council recognizes the important safety and environmental concerns surrounding these types of projects, but now more than ever, the jobs and economic and energy security benefits of these energy projects require us to tackle the issues head-on and to expeditiously, though cautiously, move forward on projects that can support hundreds of thousands of jobs,” the report says.
But not the Keystone pipeline project apparently:
The Obama administration will announce this afternoon it is rejecting a Canadian firm’s application for a permit to build and operate a massive oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, according to sources who have been briefed on the matter.
However the administration will allow TransCanada to reapply after it develops an alternate route through the sensitive habitat of Nebraska’s Sandhills. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will make the announcement, which comes in response to a congressionally-mandated deadline of Feb. 21 for action on the proposed Keystone pipeline.
That’ll kick the can down the road past the national elections in November, helping to protect the most important job in the world for the man who holds it by ensuring he gets the environmentalist vote. At least until the election is over.
And all those other jobs, tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands that must go waiting?
They’re only for the little people. They’ll just have to wait.
As will the important national security benefits of untrammeled access to petroleum products from a trusted neighbor.
VX, cue Lilly Tomlin.