Let’s face it: No matter what, Barack Obama will not go for it on third fourth down. From Bloomberg:
The Obama administration will reject TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline and let the company file a revised route that avoids an environmentally sensitive area in Nebraska, according to two people familiar with the decision. … The State Department said the review [of a revised route] could be completed “as early as the first quarter of 2013.”
TransCanada, Bloomberg adds, applied for a permit in 2008. Which means Obama will have spent his entire first term deciding whether a) to placate his supporters in environmental groups who want the pipeline scuttled for good; b) to please his supporters in labor unions who want it built … or c) to keep the issue alive for one more election year of fund raising.
But, like many of his other punts — continuing the Bush-era tax rates for just two years and implementing only half a surge in Afghanistan, to name a couple — this one seems likely to leave him open to worries and hurt feelings on his left while leaving plenty of fodder for effective criticism on his right. To which his political opponents, at least, can only say:
– By Kyle Wingfield