The White House announced on Wednesday that it would expedite the approval process for the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, but the company building the pipeline says the move will do nothing to speed its construction.This is a cheap political stunt designed to fool people who aren't paying attention, and unfortunately there are a lot of those. We have over 55,000 miles of pipelines in this country that operate safely every day, and with modern technology there's no reason to believe that the Keystone XL project would have been any less safe than any other. Obama rejected it because his environwacko base wouldn't let him support anything that brings more oil to our refineries.
President Obama looked to use the stunt as a way to counter critics who say he has stymied the development of fossil fuels even as gas prices are at record highs. But as Heritage’s Nick Loris noted Wednesday, you can’t expedite a project by rejecting it. If the president were concerned with the country’s oil supply, his State Department shouldn’t have rejected the larger pipeline project.
This pipeline will be built. Every part of can be built without presidential approval except the section that crosses the international border. The rest of it is on private land out of the control of the federal government. Obama thinks he can stop progress. He can't.