Obama Will Evaluate Keystone XL Solely On Its “Climate Change” Effects

In a long, boring interview with the NY Times, in which (NMP) Obama dishes forth the same old failed policies, engages in lots and lots of Blamestorming as if this wasn’t his second term in office, patronizes, and offers little in the way of new policies, we find this bit on page 5 (via Tom Nelson)

(NY Times) MR. OBAMA: Well, first of all, Michael, Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator. There is no evidence that that’s true. And my hope would be that any reporter who is looking at the facts would take the time to confirm that the most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline — which might take a year or two — and then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 [chuckles] jobs in a economy of 150 million working people.

It’s heartening to read that Obama chuckled about the notion of creating 50-100 permanent jobs directly, and 2,000 construction jobs. At least it would create permanent jobs, unlike his “green” energy jobs. Oh, and the Stimulus was almost solely about short term jobs. It’s also interesting to note that Obama has his talking points down pat from lefties against Keystone. The builders say this will require 9,000 people to construct it. Plus 7,000 to manufacture the parts. 4,000 are employed building the Gulf Coast Pipeline project in reality. And

The Canadian Energy Research Institute predicts that Keystone XL will add $172 billion to America’s gross domestic product by 2035 and will create an additional 1.8 million person-years of employment in the United States over the next 22 years.

I guess Obama would prefer his own method, which is turning America into a wasteland of part time jobs and people giving up on ever obtaining a job in despair.

Now, having said that, there is a potential benefit for us integrating further with a reliable ally to the north our energy supplies. But I meant what I said; I’m going to evaluate this based on whether or not this is going to significantly contribute to carbon in our atmosphere. And there is no doubt that Canada at the source in those tar sands could potentially be doing more to mitigate carbon release.

NYT: And if they did, could that offset the concerns about the pipeline itself?

MR. OBAMA: We haven’t seen specific ideas or plans. But all of that will go into the mix in terms of John Kerry’s decision or recommendation on this issue.

So, he won’t base his recommendation on it based on jobs, the economy, our need for energy, no, the Man With The Largest Carbon Footprint In The World will based it on hotcoldwetdry. But, also, apparently outsource the decision to Secretary of State John Kerry, another guy with a huge “carbon footprint”. Even though the State Department has signed off on Keystone XL several times. It’s latest assessment essentially said the pipeline would make barely any difference, because Canada is going to exploit the tar sands regardless. Oh, and the State Department just approved a different pipeline from North Dakota to Alberta to carry Ethane (which is extracted from natural gas).

Obama doesn’t even get the science right: it’s CO2, not “carbon”. I think we can all see that this climahypocrite will hold off on the decision as long as possible, then find a way to say “Nyet”, simply because of politics and in the face of other pipelines being built.

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