Politics, not environmentalists, the oil slick that skidded the Keystone XL pipeline into a ditch

The end of the line, specifically the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, came today.
Which is the tar pits for America.
Republicans are about six exits beyond livid that the Obama administration killed Canadian energy company TransCanada’s $7 billion 1,700-mile pipeline linking the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.
The GOP party line (seems to be a lot of line references in this post) is that Barack Obama in so doing is destroying thousands of American jobs and selling American energy security to the Chinese.
The irony here is that Obama didn’t cave to environmental activists. In fact, Obama was not opposed to the pipeline outright. He seems to have gotten over his aversion to dirty energy.
Politics killed the pipeline, which had been the heart of an oily squabble between Democrats and Republicans:
Republicans had long been trying to get a decision on the pipeline and attempted to force a decision prior to approving the payroll-tax cut — but eventually Republicans agreed that the White House had to come to a decision by February.
The primary reason for Obama’s rejection was because of the bed that Republicans made him, demanding a decision before the State Department could facilitate a full review of the pipeline‚Äôs environmental impact.
Beds usually are only bad news when they come with bed bugs. The bite by this bed bug created an itch too big to scratch.
Of course, another motive is that because the political fight had become so intense that approving the pipeline would have been branded a win for Republicans. Which is why the Keystone XL project became an election-year lightning rod in the first place.
And now that lightning rod has flipped the switch on an electrocution.

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