White House Press Secretary: Obama didn’t cancel Keystone pipeline, GOP did

By , Spokane Conservative Examiner, via The Examiner

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing.

According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, President Obama didn’t  cancel the Keystone XL pipeline – Republicans did.

Carney made the claim on Tuesday, after saying that Republicans  “forced” the President to cancel the permit for the pipeline.

“In terms of Keystone, as you all know, the history here is pretty clear. And  the fact is because Republicans decided to play political with Keystone, their  action essentially forced the administration to deny the permit process because  they insisted on a time frame in which it was impossible to completely approve  the pipeline,” he told ABC’s Jake Tapper.

“How can you say that you have an all of the above approach if the President  turned down the Keystone pipeline? And you blame the Republicans for making it  political,” Tapper asked.

Carney responded: “But the President didn’t turn down the Keystone pipeline.  There was a process in place, with long precedent, run out of the State  Department because of the issue of the pipeline crossing an international  boundary, that required an amount of time for proper for review after an  alternate route was deemed necessary through Nebraska at the request of the  Republican Governor of Nebraska and other stakeholders in Nebraska and the  region that needed to play out, to be done appropriately. You can’t review and  approve a pipeline, the route for which doesn’t even exist.”

A post at the conservative blog Hot Air notes:

Essentially Carney wants you to believe that if Obama’s environmentalist  allies had told him the postponement was unacceptable, O would have shrugged and  said, “Oh well. State’s gotta do what State’s gotta do.” What ended up happening  was that, after the decision was postponed, the House GOP squeezed Democrats on  the payroll-tax extension until they agreed to include a provision requiring the  White House to make a firm decision on the pipeline within 60 days. O’s decision, of course, was  to cancel it, ostensibly because “the arbitrary nature of the deadline” left  State with little time to consider greener pipeline routers but in reality  because he’s not about to alienate a core constituency in the middle of the  campaign money war to end all campaign money wars. Not even the NYT op-ed page is willing to spin this  crap for him. But then, they don’t get paid to. Well, not by the White House, I  mean. I think.

Republicans have attacked Obama’s decision to cancel the pipeline that would  have created thousands of jobs.

The Daily Caller noted:

Rising gas prices threaten to derail Obama’s re-election campaign as they  remind voters of the stalled economy, high unemployment and rising national  debts. The pain of the rising price is especially strong in Midwest swing states  where voters drive long distances between their homes, shops and work.

On Tuesday, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said the “dirty little secret”  is that Obama wants high gas prices.

“High gas prices will push people out of their cars and into electric cars  and hybrids, mass transit. A high gasoline price is exactly what Obama wants.  Obama wants pain. He wants interruptions to normalcy,” Limbaugh said.

Now that Obama’s record on domestic energy is coming under scrutiny by  Republicans, the White House seeks to blame Republicans for something the  President himself did – a familiar tactic.

“The Republicans were the ones who unfortunately decided because they were  looking for scalps, I guess, or wins in a situation where they somehow found  themselves on the wrong side of cutting taxes for 160 million Americans last  December,” Carney said, seeking to blame the GOP.

“They decided to play politics with this decision and attack the payroll  tax cut extension. Even though it was made clear by the State Department that  doing so would make it impossible for them to conduct the review responsibly,  they did it anyway knowing what the result would be,” he added.

But during the time Republicans were pushing the issue, President Obama was  telling America “we can’t wait” to produce jobs.  The president was given a  program that would create thousands of jobs, but balked.  Suddenly, “we  can’t wait” turned into “not so fast.”

Now, thanks to Obama’s inaction, thousands of jobs are not being created  and the price of gas continues to climb.  According to an article at Forbes, gas prices could hit $6 per gallon by summer, and  thanks to Obama, oil from Alberta will likely go to China instead of the  U.S.

“Some people believe that rising gasoline prices are a sign that the  economy is strengthening but one sure way to knock the  economy back into recession is a $6 or even $4 per gallon gasoline price.   And this, in turn, could have an impact on this year’s elections.  Stay  tuned,” Steve Odland wrote.

No doubt, the White House will try to blame Republicans for that, as  well.

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