Let the greens gripe, the Keystone XL pipeline is a lock

Have fun watching the greens howl.

Keystone XL is a done deal.

In Baltimore Friday — a helicopter hop away from all-scandal-all-the-time D.C. — President Obama announced he is “directing agencies across the government to do what it takes to cut timelines for breaking ground on major infrastructure projects in half.”

Actress Darryl Hannah is arrested during a pipeline protest in Washington.
Actress Darryl Hannah is arrested during a pipeline protest in Washington.

Obama never mentioned Keystone by name, but at 1,700 miles long and expected to create about 16,000 jobs, the pipeline to carry Canadian oil to the Gulf Coast  is about as “major” as infrastructure gets. And the only agency “across the federal government” standing in its way is the Obama State Department.

It will do what it takes.

On Friday, congressional Republicans noted that the president made the speech at a Baltimore company — Ellicott Dredges – that’s run by a man who testified before Congress on Thursday about how important the pipeline is to the economy.

“For us, it’s all about jobs,” Ellicott Dredges President Peter Bowe told the House Committee on Small business, according to the Los Angeles Times. The project will mean jobs “every year for decades to come, all related to the production of oil from the Alberta oil sands deposits.”

Think that never came up while Bowe was showing Obama around the plant on Friday? Or that Bowe’s business was the only place on the Eastern Seaboard that Obama could have spent the afternoon?

But even before Friday — and last week’s storm of scandal in D.C. that gave Obama a reason to seek TV time out of town — the real tea-leaf tipoff on Keystone came in the May 8 New York Times.

An article about Keystone that day led with the likelihood that the pipeline would be approved, “profoundly disappointing environmental advocates.”

It included the usual whining — “climate change” etc. – but the story was built around one paragraph:

“But could some kind of deal be in the offing — a major climate policy announcement on, for example, power plant regulation or renewable energy incentives — to ease the sting of the pipeline approval?”

The story knocks down one possible trade-off after another, but as the unofficial mouthpiece of the Obama administration, the Times wouldn’t even have published it if the pipeline weren’t going through.

Obama’s Baltimore speech was the clincher.

Keystone’s a lock.

Have fun watching the greens howl.


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