In a post a couple weeks ago I noted that President Obama, through his hapless spokesman, Jay Carney, made the absurd claim that he didn’t scuttle the Keystone XL Pipeline:
According to Carney, Obama never did turn the Keystone Pipeline down. It was really the Republicans who did. All the fanfare we saw in January when Obama turned it down was just a figment of our imaginations. The reality, according to Carney, is that Obama wanted to go forward with the project but was thwarted in his efforts to do so because Republicans insisted he go forward with the project. Those Wascally Wepublicans, you see, ”forced” Obama to turn down the project even though his spokesman now avers he didn’t actually turn it down.
Today the Senate is scheduled to vote on an amendment to revive the vitally important infrastructure project. But Obama, naturally, is doing all he can to reject the project. Again:
President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices.
Obama’s efforts to reject the Keystone Pipeline appear to have succeeded as Dingy Harry just announced that he has the votes to kill the project:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that Democrats have the votes to defeat a GOP-backed measure to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
"The answer is yes," Reid said when asked if Democrats would kill the measure.
But not to worry, says Dingy Harry, Obama really supports Keystone; he merely rejects any legislation that would result in its construction:
The majority leader stressed that President Obama opposes the GOP amendment, but does not oppose the pipeline itself.
“So the president has not come out saying, ‘I oppose Keystone,’ ” Reid said. “He opposes doing it in the manner that’s been jammed down our throats.”
Jammed down our throats? You mean like the Porkulus? Or ObamaCare? I digress. A few weeks ago when Obama first rejected Keystone (before he said he didn’t), Charles Krauthammer methodically destroyed this utterly fatuous claim by Obama and his minions:
The fact is, as Krauthammer notes, this project has been studied to death and there is no reason, other than Obama’s desire to appease his kook-fringe Hollywood re-election benefactors, to further delay this crucial energy project. None. Obama now claims to be for an "all of the above approach" to energy development. Right. Governor Palin had it exactly right the other day when she noted, via Twitter, that Obama’s defintion of "all of the above" much more closely resembles "none of the above":
And ANWR MT
@jimgeraghty Obama endorses an "all of the above approach." Except Keystone & new refineries & new nuke plants & m/b fracking…
Indeed. Obama’s hilarious position of killing the project while claiming to be for it reminds me of someone. I can’t quite put my finger on it, though. Oh yeah.
Obama’s case, though, is slightly different than John Kerry’s. Obama was against the Pipeline in January, for it in February, then both for and agianst it today if we take Dingy Hary at his word. It’s difficult to keep track. I guess Obama’s preparing to take on Mitt Romney, heh.
I’ll close with this great video I posted back in January in which Canadian talk show host Ezra Levant eviscerates Obama over his Keystone calumny. As I noted then, pay attention to the map Levant presents which depicts the alleged “pristine, environmentally sensitive area” through which the pipeline will pass.
Update: Via CNN, As promised, with Obama’s help, Harry Reid secures enough votes (42) to stop the Keystone Pipeline:
The Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure Thursday that would have bypassed the Obama administration’s current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to move forward immediately.
Fifty-six senators voted in favor of the amendment — four short of the 60 required for approval. Eleven Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus in backing the plan.
The proposed 1,700-mile long pipeline expansion, intended to carry crude oil from Canada’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has become a political lightning rod. Supporters, including the oil industry, say it’s a vital job creator that will lessen the country’s dependence on oil imported from volatile regions.
All part of Obama’s "all of the above" approach to energy, I guess.