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Obama can’t wait on Congress for jobs, but can wait on the Keystone XL pipeline decision
While President Obama continues to claim that he and America can’t wait on Congress to act on his jobs bill, he apparently might delay a decision that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs till after the next election:
The Obama administration is considering a move that could delay a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline by requiring sponsors to reduce the project’s environmental risks before it can be approved, according to people with knowledge of the deliberations.
The step might put off a decision until after the 2012 election and be a way for the White House to at least temporarily avoid antagonizing either the unions that support the pipeline or the environmental activists who oppose it as President Obama gears up for his campaign.
That’s right, it’s about politics. Need a job? Keystone XL pipeline might be the very project to provide that. But to heck with you, your President has an election to win and he can’t afford to alienate or antagonize anyone in his base. And this decision is going to hack off some of his supporters. He’s either going to make the environmental extremists that populate the left very unhappy or the labor unions that back the Keystone project and the jobs it will create.
So, in typical Obama style, he’ll just delay the decision till after the November 2012 election. He apparently can wait on that.