Rasmussen is reporting that the majority of voters want to see the building of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas happen:
Most voters still favor building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas and think it will be good for the economy despite President Obama’s decision last week to delay the project for environmental reasons.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor the pipeline, with 36% who Strongly Favor it. Just 27% are opposed, including 12% who Strongly Oppose the project. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided.
President Barack Obama has been on the other side of labor union members, a key constituency of the Democratic Party, on this issue. More importantly, the president is dismissing the opportunity to create thousands of jobs.
Furthermore, Canada is threatening to take it’s oil pipeline project to China and President Obama appears to be okay with that. In the meantime, Americans have seen the price of gas and food rocket since President Obama took office.
Once again, President Obama will not take the blame for this huge pipeline debacle and is throwing back to the GOP: (bolding)
As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment. As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied. And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.
This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people. I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my Administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil. Under my Administration, domestic oil and natural gas production is up, while imports of foreign oil are down. In the months ahead, we will continue to look for new ways to partner with the oil and gas industry to increase our energy security –including the potential development of an oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico – even as we set higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and invest in alternatives like biofuels and natural gas. And we will do so in a way that benefits American workers and businesses without risking the health and safety of the American people and the environment.
In short, Mr. Obama is actually saying he would rather continue to be cozy with his environmental interests and supporters who are more than likely to be helpful throughout his campaign (Remember that Solyndra bundler?) than agree to a pipeline that will actually help the American economy.
President Obama will speak before the nation tonight and accuse Republicans on the hill as being “do-nothing” congressional lawmakers who are obstructing his agenda. How about doing something about that Canadian pipeline that will actually create real jobs—not the p.r. spin “saved” jobs you enjoy talking about so much, Mr. President.