3 articles Rush referred to:
Rejecting the Keystone Pipeline is An Act of Insanity
President Obamaâ€™s rejection of the Keystone XL pipelinefrom Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity. It isnâ€™t often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and â€” beyond the symbolism â€” wonâ€™t even advance the goals of the groups that demanded it. All it tells us is that Obama is so obsessed with his reelection that, through some sort of political calculus, he believes that placating his environmental supporters will improve his chances.
Aside from the political and public relations victory, environmentalists wonâ€™t get much. Stopping the pipeline wonâ€™t halt the development of tar sands, to which the Canadian government is committed; therefore, there will be little effect on global-warming emissions. Indeed, Obamaâ€™s decision might add to them. If Canada builds a pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific for export to Asia, moving all that oil across the ocean by tanker will create extra emissions. There will also be the risk of added spills. ….. Read more
Rejecting Pipeline Proposal, Obama Blames Congress
WASHINGTON â€” President Obama on Wednesday rejected, for now, the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the $7 billion project could not be adequately reviewed within the 60-day deadline set by Congress. While the presidentâ€™s action does not preclude later approval of the project, it sets up a baldly partisan fight over energy, jobs and regulation that will most likely persist through the November election.
The president said his hand had been forced by Republicans in Congress, who inserted a provision in the temporary payroll tax cut bill passed in December giving the administration only until Feb. 21 to decide the fate of the 1,700-mile pipeline, which would stretch from oil sands formations in Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast….
Robert Redford, actor and outspoken environmentalist, applauded President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday. In a column on the Huffington Post, Redford â€“ who questioned the president’s commitment to the environment a few months ago â€“ wrote:
Let’s face it: Big Oil is used to getting its way. But not today… and we have President Obama to thank for standing up to them in spite of the political risk.
President Obama has just rejected a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline â€” a project that promised riches for the oil giants and an environmental disaster for the rest of us.
His decision represents a victory of historic proportions for people from throughout the pipeline path and all across America who have waged an uphill, years-long fight against one of the most nightmarish fossil fuel projects of our time.