If President Obama set out to try to slow the economic recovery and hamper national security, it’s not clear he could do a better job of it.
A day after his very own jobs council recommended an aggressive “all-in” energy strategy – and he pretended to agree – his administration essentially shut down a major job-producing oil pipeline.
“President Obama is about to destroy tens of thousands of American jobs and sell American energy security to the Chinese,” a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner correctly noted of the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
This has become a pattern with this president: Form a committee to create the appearance of progress and moderation, and then ignore its recommendations. He also famously did it with his deficit-reduction committee, known as Bowles-Simpson.
It’s a sham. Anyone cooperating with it is merely wasting his or her time and contributing to the president’s Potemkin village. It’s clear he never intended to budge on the pipeline. He has chosen environmental extremists, who promote paralysis and human inaction, over desperately needed jobs and energy.
In so doing, he has once again weakened America’s national security by continuing our over-dependence on energy from hostile nations, while he chokes off domestic energy production and oil from our best trading partner.
You have to wonder how long America can sustain a White House occupant so antithetical to American interests.
Again, Mr. Obama is ignoring the considered recommendations of his very own President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
The country, the council said, “should allow more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands.”
While diplomatically leaving the Keystone project unnamed, the council’s recommendation was clear to all involved, using words such as pipelines, energy projects and “all-in.”
“The council recognizes the important safety and environmental concerns surrounding these types of projects, but now more than ever, the jobs and economic and energy security benefits of these energy projects require us to tackle the issues head-on and to expeditiously, though cautiously, move forward on projects that can support hundreds of thousands of jobs,” its report said.
The Keystone project has been studied ad nauseam. The only reason to block it is political at this point; the president appears unwilling to anger his far-left base in an election year.
He’s perfectly willing to step over thousands of jobs and the country’s energy security to get there.