Inhofe Op-Ed: Holding Obama to his word on energy projects (The Hill)
January 24, 2012
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The president should do everything in his power to expedite the process because "we can't wait" for the 1,200 jobs the pipeline will bring to Oklahoma immediately. We also can't wait to strengthen our energy security by transporting the wealth of resources that our state possesses. Cushing's pipeline infrastructure can't accommodate the current volume of crude oil needed for distribution - this new pipeline will greatly improve our ability to get these resources out of Cushing.
While Obama's apparent willingness to build the pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf is most welcome, this smaller pipeline in no way replaces the larger Keystone project, which would create thousands more jobs - and we will continue to fight to get it built.
The president gave several excuses for rejecting Keystone. He blamed Republicans for giving him an arbitrary deadline, knowing full well that the pipeline, as well as congressional action that forced the president to make a decision, had widespread bipartisan support. Even the unions and the president's own jobs council asked him to approve the project. In fact, as the jobs council's interim report states, "What's gotten less attention ... is the number of jobs at stake" and the Keystone pipeline could "support or preserve hundreds of thousands of jobs in the next few years."
Amid the president's phony excuses, it was ironically the environmental left that cut through the rhetoric and told us the truth. One of the global warming movement's main leaders said his decision was the biggest climate "victory" in years.
That's right, Obama rejected the Keystone pipeline because of global warming - and his well-known desire to do away with fossil fuels. But of course, he won't say that because he's gotten the message loud and clear that the American people no longer care about global warming - they care about creating jobs and strengthening our energy security. That's why Obama tried to punt his Keystone decision until after the election; when Congress forced him face up to it, he chose to side with his radical environmental friends and their job-killing global warming agenda instead of a majority of the American people who want these tens of thousands of new jobs.
Of course, the global warming alarmists think that by preventing the pipeline they are helping to bring down carbon emissions. Well, like all their so-called "solutions," including cap and trade, stopping the pipeline will only increase emissions as Canada sells and ships its resources half way around the world to places like China with dismal pollution controls.
Someone close to the president said, "There was never the slightest bit of doubt we were going to say no" to the Keystone pipeline and that no one should be surprised by his announcement. It's true - we shouldn't be surprised.
That's why I will be watching Obama's decision on this new pipeline proposal closely. Even as we fight to get the Keystone project approved, I will also be working to make sure the president makes the right decision on the pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf, because Oklahomans will be holding him to his word.
Inhofe is the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.