By John M. Broder, The New York Times

06 July 13


obama-5he political ground may be shifting under the Keystone XL pipeline.

Just weeks ago, the smart money in Washington had President Obama approving the cross-border oil pipeline later this year, perhaps balanced with a package of unrelated climate change measures. The seemingly inevitable decision would leave the pipeline’s opponents – a group that includes a large number of Mr. Obama’s most ardent supporters and generous donors – dispirited and disillusioned by what one called the president’s half-a-loaf centrism.

But Mr. Obama threw that calculation into doubt last week when he unexpectedly added a brief passage on the pipeline project to a major address laying out his second-term climate change agenda. Mr. Obama said he would approve the remaining portion of the 1,700-mile pipeline from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries only if it would not “significantly exacerbate” the problem of carbon pollution. He added that the pipeline’s net effects on the climate would be “absolutely critical” to his decision whether to allow it to proceed.

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0 # Edwina 2013-07-06 07:11

Has Mr. Broder noticed that Pres. Obama’s “progressive” statements are rarely followed by any action? Rather they seem designed to confuse the public about what course of action he will take. Then, when the spotlight is on other issues, he takes actions that support the oil industry (or banks, etc).
0 # indian weaver 2013-07-06 07:57

Does anyone believe a word this slime ball, this lying cowardly bullshit artiste says?
0 # RnR 2013-07-06 08:01

Hopey Changey Obama makes me sick anymore. I’m tired of his bs, inaction and thinly veiled support of wall street/the corporate control of the federal government/mons anto et. al; and total callous disregard for the environment/fam ily farmers/livesto ck/wildlife. I wish I could take back my vote.

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