Keystone XL And Its Effects on Obama’s Re-election

Posted on January 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

At the recommendation of the State Department, the Obama administration rejected the application of TransCanada Corp to build the Keystone XL on Wednesday. In November, the State Department had tried to postpone the deadline for a decision until after the 2012 elections, citing the need for further study. However, In December, the GOP won passage of legislation that required U.S. President Barack Obama to make a decision on the pipeline within 60 days.

President Obama stated that “the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment”.

An early decision on the pipeline could have helped President Obama get ahead of the story before Thursday’s Republican debate in SC and next Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

The Administration could potentially have deflected blame if there is a significant increase in gasoline prices in the next few months. A significant jump in gasoline prices was anticipated this summer anyway, even before the problems with the Iran embargo began. The Administration is, understandably, very concerned about the potential for high gas prices to hurt their re-election effort.

The State Department further clarified that the book isn’t closed on this deal in a statement; “denial of the permit application does not preclude any subsequent permit application or applications for similar projects.” While disappointed with the outcome, TransCanada’s CEO, Russ Girling, remains committed to the construction of the Keystone XL and plans to complete a proposal for a new pipeline route by September or October.

The Washington Post provides a good summary of reasons as to why this decision will be a non-issue for re-election of the Administration.

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Thank you Karen for posting this

The job creation and economic development accomplishments of the Administration stand in bold contrast to the Republican record. A potentially rushed and damaging pipeline project will not revise the public’s knowledge: the GOP favors the rich -“job creators” while the real Job Creators– the average citizen who spends money and creates jobs- has been ignored by the GOP.

There is a case that the GOP has damaged the real job creators- cutting union rights, education for their children, promoting the disappearance of jobs and careers in the US. Cutting public service employment, undermining job security by ‘right to work’ theories that would make us all employees at will and depress wages.

The job creators of America are the people who have been trampled since the midterm and Republican control of the House- the people who want jobs, careers in healthcare, new industries, public service employment, and independence from petroleum- which drains the life out of our economy.

Thank you for your thoughts and ideas on this…. If one listened to Boehner on Fox last night, he says the R House has passed dozens of job creating bills that have died in the Senate.

Yes The GOP has a different view from the facts on job creation, They wish to benefit upper income, corporations because they say these people/ entities create jobs. However, poll after poll, bodies of research, views to economic history- reveal theta he job creators are the public and their spending patterns– in other words the people Obama has tried to help, and the same people the GOP have tried to ignore–are the job creators. CEO’s have for several years now in the various stages of the recession and recovery- stated they look to the public’s spending to signal the time and extent of expansion. The job creators are the teaches, workers, professionals all of us who occupy the US economy. When we spend the economy grows, when we do not it shrinks–so what was it the GOP has been doing to help create jobs– putting beneficial programs and spending to stimulate employment? Too liittle to defend a record of incredible largesse to the corporate sector and the wealthy–those who have probably done more to send jobs away than to bring new jobs in to the US economy. HD Moore

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