Obama the Keystone Kop

‘Any effort to try to tie Keystone to the payroll-tax cut, I will reject,” President Obama said last Wednesday. “Everybody should be on notice.”

Obama might have had at least a plausible case against the Keystone XL Pipeline if it had been the first one to cross from Canada into the United States. Whether you agreed with the president or not, he credibly could have argued that protecting America’s pristine habitat is so important that we should not lay a pipeline to carry 1.1 million barrels per day of friendly oil across America’s northern frontier to refineries on Texas’s Gulf Coast.

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