Keystone XL win: Dems, Greens furious

Congressional Republicans finally do something right!

President Obama will have 60 days to disapprove the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline under the payroll tax extender bill that Congress will pass tomorrow — and the Democrats and their green masters are angry. Here’s a sampling, courtesy of Politico:

  • Adam Jentleson, Sen. Harry Reid’s office. “It’s unrelated. It’s clearly designed to stick it to the president. The administration has made clear if they’re not given the time they need to make a decision, if they’re forced to make a decision for a shortened time frame that doesn’t give them the time they need, they’re going to say no. So in effect, Republicans are killing this project… I presume they wanted this project killed,” Jentleson said. “It looks like it’s going to lead to this outcome.”
  • Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director. “It’s bulls***. This is no way to run a government. We’ve got Republicans in Congress who are willing to hold the entire government hostage simply to give a Christmas present to industry.”
  • Bill McKibben, 350.org. “I think everyone will try to take a breath and see what the language is and what the State Department can do. But I think everyone will also feel really upset. Profoundly upset. People literally put their bodies on the line and they thanked the president when they took him seriously. And the president said he was acting on principle and that it was important and if that resolve lasts five weeks and that’s it, if all it takes is Newt Gingrich getting up and expostulating San Francisco and environmental extremist for him to turn around, that’s really sad.”
  • Jabe Blumenthal, a 2008 Obama donor and former Microsoft executive. “If [Obama] caves and supports the pipeline, it’s game over for both the climate and my support of the president.”
  • Betsy Taylor, a philanthropic adviser to several climate donors and foundations. “If the president waffles on this or fails to act decisively, it will send a huge chill through the community. Will people vote for him? Yes. Will they work for him, raise money for him and activate their networks for him? Not likely.”
  • Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Hollywood). “I think it’s shortsighted for the Republicans to force a decision without giving the president enough time to fully consider it. And if they force him to do that, it’d seem to me, the only logical thing for him to do is to say no to it.”
  • Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). “We expect the president to still reject the commencement of the construction of the pipeline until there is a full completion of an environmental review. The 60-day deadline should not lead to the White House approving the actual construction to begin.”

4 thoughts on “Keystone XL win: Dems, Greens furious”

  1. I would love to see the president say that he cares more about the left wing glitteratti and his support among them than the economic security of the U.S. The reaction of the zero growth myopics shows that the review is irrelavent as they want the pipeline killed no matter what. Gotta wonder what chance there is for approval there is with head enviro- nazi Lisa Jackson in charge.

  2. The Dem pols are screaming because they can’t kick the can down the road until after the election, assuming this bill gets passed and signed. No time to get the unions in line for the no-job, non-decision. Quite a farce and people take this administration seriously.

  3. I really have a hard time comprehending the ignorance of these people…the pipeline has gone through all the studies, it only requires final approval.

    Canada has made it perfectly clear that they will build a pipeline, if not this one, they will build to their west coast and put the oil on a slow boat to China, and they’ll be more than happy to receive it.

    The oil WILL come out of the ground, it WILL be refined and it WILL be burned. Any objection to the XL pipeline is pure myopic political posturing.

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