Here’s the White House Chief of Staff on NBC’s Meet the Press last Sunday lying is arse off about the President’s position on the Keystone Pipeline.
Let’s be clear about one thing.
This particular fact holds true whether you are in favor of or you are opposed to building the Keystone Pipeline. The oil that is being extracted from the Canadian tar sands that would be moved in the Keystone Pipeline will be refined and used whether the pipeline is built or not. If we don’t build the Pipeline and reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, the Canadians will sell it to the Chinese.
Building or not building the pipeline will have about zero net impact on “greenhouse gas emissions”.
That said, let’s take a look at what happened last week. It’s important to remember that President Obama has been kicking this can down the street for the last five years and he still doesn’t seem poised to make a decision. He charged the State Department with producing an environmental impact statement – the pipeline crosses our northern border so State gets their two cents in – about the impact of the pipeline. That report was issued last week.
WASHINGTON — The State Department released a report on Friday concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project.
The department’s long-awaited environmental impact statement appears to indicate that the project could pass the criteria Mr. Obama set forth in a speech last summer when he said he would approve the 1,700-mile pipeline if it would not “significantly exacerbate” the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. Although the pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the Gulf Coast, the report appears to indicate that if it were not built, carbon-heavy oil would still be extracted at the same rate from pristine Alberta forest and transported to refineries by rail instead.
OK, so the State Department’s study meets the President’s criteria for moving ahead with construction of the pipeline. But of course, you know that’s not the whole story as far as this administration goes.
The report sets up a difficult decision for Secretary of State John Kerry, who now must make a recommendation on the international project to Mr. Obama.
Wait a minute. Out here in the real world, a “difficult decision” is one that you have to make with incomplete or questionable information. That’s not the case here. It’s also not the first environmental impact statement that has said “no harm, no foul”, it’s at least the third. So, what could be hard about the decision?
Mr. Kerry, who hopes to make action on climate change a key part of his legacy, has never publicly offered his personal views on the pipeline. Aides said Mr. Kerry was preparing to “dive into” the 11-volume report and would give high priority to the issue of global warming in making the decision. His aides offered no timetable. [/quote_box_center]
Oh, we understand now. It’s a political decision. Without regard to what the White House’ CoS has to say. How do we know that? Well, for starters, Ken Salazar, the President’s former Secretary of the Interior, had this to say.
President Obama’s former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says he thinks the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada should be built, calling it a “win-win” project despite the objections of environmentalists.
“At the end of the day, we are going to be consuming that oil,” Salazar told the conference. “So is it better for us to get the oil from our good neighbor from the north, or to be bringing it from some place in the Middle East?”
And then there’s former Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu. Here’s what he had to say.
Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Monday the decision to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline is a political one, and not one founded in science.
“I don’t have a position on whether the Keystone pipeline should be built. That is for the secretary of State and the president. But I will say that the decision on whether the construction should happen was a political one and not a scientific one,” Chu said.
We think that’s pretty clear. Obviously, the White House is lying about Keystone.
Again. And among lots of other things.