Is The Keystone XL Pipeline Decision A “Shit Or Get Off The Pot” Climate Crossroads For President Obama?

Keystone XL Pipeline decision and President ObamaWith tar sand oil, I truly believe that nature was trying to tell us to leave the stuff in the ground by making the franken-oil so costly to extract. Tar sand’s oil is the shit sandwich of liquid fuels and we’ll be sucking on it for 50 years if the 2000 mile Keystone XL pipeline is approved. President Obama volleyed the decision forward into his second term but he’ll soon have to make a tough choice that environmentalists believe will show what side of the climate change issue he’s on.

But wait – are members of his own party who oppose Keystone XL already giving him preemptive out?

Here’s a quote from Henry Waxman on President Obama’s upcoming decision (Guardian):

“This [Keystone XL] is only a small issue compared to the overall objective that the president and we want to achieve. What would you like me to do? Should I say to the president, ‘If you don’t agree with me on Keystone, I’m not going to work with you on solving the climate change issue’? That would be a little bit childish and counterproductive.”

Henry Waxman… really? Sure sounds like Rep. Henry “Future of our economy lies in clean energy, not increasing our reliance on the dirtiest source of gasoline imaginable” Waxman, who is political bros. with President Obama, is giving him a free pass on this issue and that worries me.

If I were to place a bet today, I would put my money on President Obama approving the Keystone XL pipeline. I think Rep. Waxman’s current take on the decision is very telling – it’s like he’s readying himself for the bad news from the President he normally supports. We’ll see how it plays out. [Guardian]

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