Pres. Obama: Jobs? No Thanks
To be fair, President Obama does want jobs to be created here in America, but apparently only if the government creates them. By delaying the decision of whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the President has effectively said that he only wants to create jobs that will benefit him politically. Note to the President, this pipeline is expected to create 18,000 – 20,000 construction jobs, many of which would ironically go to union workers.
The President has clearly given in to environmentalists’ threats. The Sierra Club warned that it would not mobilize its supporters for the President’s re-election, and environmentalists have been protesting outside the White House for weeks.
President Obama claimed that:
“Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.”
The thing is, all these questions were already answered. This $7 billion project has been under review since September 2008 and the State Department already issued a final Environmental Impact Statement on the pipeline. An editorial in The Detroit News also says that:
“TransCanada has already submitted 10,000 pages of environmental studies of 14 possible routes, and the one selected was deemed safest.
“And the State Department, clearinghouse for the permitting process, concurred, determining there was little risk posed to water supplies or the overall environment by Keystone XL.”
Fourteen routes were considered. And now the President wants the pipeline developer to spend an additional $1 billion, just to placate his environmental base.
This clear avoidance just to help his campaign gained a sharp rebuke from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH):
“By punting on this project, the President has made clear that campaign politics are drivingU.S.policy decisions — at the expense of American jobs. The current project has already been deemed environmentally sound, and calling for a new route is nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt to avoid upsetting the President’s political base before the election. It’s a failure of leadership.”
Remember, this pipeline is entirely funded by private companies and not the U.S. government, which may also be another reason the President doesn’t want to make a decision – because it goes against his party’s belief that government is the only one who can create jobs now. Allowing this pipeline to be built would prove that jobs can be created if the government would just get out of the way.
By delaying this decision until after the 2012 election, the President has insulted the 14 million Americans who are looking for work, especially construction workers, whose unemployment rate is much higher than the national average, at 13.7%. President Obama constantly talks about the plight of unemployed construction workers, citing them as justification for an economic stimulus. Now, given a chance to create tens of thousands of jobs, he says no. It begs the question; does the President care about them?