Politico: Obama to delay Koch Bros–Keystone pipeline until after 2012 election

Politico has the news, just out:

The Obama administration will delay a decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline while it takes another look at the route of the project, Reuters reports, citing “sources briefed on the matter.”

The report goes on to credit “greens” (take a bow) for making Koch Bros–Keystone support a campaign deal-breaker for Obama.

According to Reuters, the adminstration had decided one day earlier to reroute the pipeline (my emphasis):

The State Department is considering rerouting TransCanada Corp.’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline to avoid ecologically sensitive areas of Nebraska, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

The State Department has been weighing issues raised in public meetings and talks with officials in six states that would be affected “including whether to consider a rerouting of the Keystone XL pipeline away from an environmentally delicate area of Nebraska,” the official said.

A decision to consider an alternative route would require an environmental impact study on the new segment of the pipeline, the official said. Such a move could delay a final decision on whether to go forward on the pipeline.

A cynic could read that phrase “avoid ecologically sensitive areas” as “avoid politically resistant areas” — but that’s not us. We live in Hope (and politely ask for Change).

Two notes: (1) Obama thinks this delay is an argument for voting for him in 2012. (2) That assumes he won’t hand you your hat the minute he never has to face another voter — for the whole of the rest of his life.

So a question for you: Is Obama’s decision to delay a Tar-Sands decision a reason to support him in 2012, or just the opposite?


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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