President Obama faced a tough political decision this week on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. He could order the State Department to approve it, thus alienating his environmental activist supporters, or he could kill the pipeline, thus angering his union allies.
Obama chose to do what he had done 130 times while he was in the Illinois state Senate. He voted present.
The State Department announced Thursday that it would begin developing a second, redundant environmental impact statement for the 1,700-mile pipeline that traverses six states on its route from Alberta, Canada, to Houston, Texas. This buys Obama time well past November 2012. The first environmental assessment, three years in the works, was completed in August. This second assessment will take at least as long the first.
This president isn't serious about changing the dire economic situation this country is in. Instead he's trying to raise a billion dollars so buy the 2012 election.