A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about the latest situation with the Keystone XL pipeline. After President Obama would not approve the entire pipeline, TransCanada decided to go ahead and build the southern portion of the pipeline because that project does not need the approval of the federal government. Today, President Obama was in Cushing, Okalahoma where he gave an 11-minute speech. Obama told workers, who were present, “The southern leg of it, we’re making it a priority.”(1) Obama was referring to the Keystone XL pipeline.
Following the president’s speech, House Speaker John Boehner released a statement that the president’s announcement was meaningless because the project was going ahead without any action from the federal government. I cannot ever remember agreeing with anything John Boehner has said in the past. However, I agree with what he said today.
I looked back at some of the promises that President Obama made when he was campaigning for president back in 2008. I found an article on CNN(2) that provides a comparison between the policies of John McCain and Barack Obama. For overall strategy, Obama made the following statement. “If I am president, I will immediately direct the full resources of the federal government and the full energy of the private sector to a single, overarching goal — in 10 years, we will eliminate the need for oil from the entire Middle East and Venezuela.” Apparently, Obama believes that we can accomplish this by just extracting more oil from North America.
When it comes to becoming more energy self-sufficient, in 2008, Obama said he would do the following.
- Provide $4 billion in loans and tax credits to American auto plants and manufacturers so that they can retool factories and build fuel-efficient cars.
- Put 1 million 150-mpg, plug-in hybrids on U.S. roads within six years.
- Give consumers a $7,000 tax credit to buy fuel-efficient cars.
Well, I don’t see any of these happening.
I think many people, who voted for Obama in 2008, thought he would really try to steer this country toward energy independence with renewable energy. But what I found when I looked more closely at his energy policy statements in 2008 was that he is in favor of letting oil companies drill more here at home and he is in favor of so-called clean coal. In my opinion, there is no such thing as clean coal.
Obama disapproved the entire Keystone XL pipeline project because there were a lot of voters who opposed it. Now that voters are complaining about high gasoline prices, Obama is in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline. I wonder which way the political wind will be blowing tomorrow?