Ed Henry to Carney: If the president wants to use his pen so badly, why not approve Keystone XL?

posted at 5:21 pm on January 27, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

I merely post this as a reminder of at least three of the blatant hypocrisies I’m sure we’re all looking forward to hearing from President Obama during State of the Union address tomorrow night, especially in light of the executive-action-heavy, “I’ve got a pen and a phone“-and-I’m-not-afraid-to-run-around-Congress attitude he’ll apparently be touting throughout: 1. That President Obama is quite partial to touting government-sponsored infrastructure projects as a perfectly wonderful method for creating lots and lots o’ jobs, but for some murky reason, private-sector ones like the Keystone XL pipeline are somehow not significant or worthwhile job creators; 2. That President Obama is fully supportive of the oil-and-gas industry and recognizes its lasting importance for our national security and economic prosperity, but is choosing to delay on a project that would help us take better advantage of our own shale revolution as well as greasing the wheels for Canada; and 3. That President Obama is super-duper eager to bridge the partisan gridlock, if only those mercilessly spiteful Republicans would let him — but when it comes to a project that already has on-the-record and overwhelming bipartisan support, he’s so oddly reluctant and obfuscatory.

You can watch the vid at RCP, but the gist of the White House’s usual putting-off is readily apparent in the same old-and-tired dialogue to which we’re all now quite jaded:

ED HENRY: On executive action, if the president wants to move quickly to create jobs why not take that pen today and approve the Keystone pipeline?

JAY CARNEY: Ed, as you know, as has been the practice for many years now of administrations of both parties, the reviews involved in an international pipeline like this, a pipeline that crosses an international boundary, are done or run by the State Department and that process continues at the State Department.

HENRY: But you would be involved in the decision. The State Department handles it, but they’ve had it on their desk, for what, two years?

CARNEY: Well, what the president is doing is what his predecessors did, presidents of both parties, which is allowing the State Department to oversee a process where this pipeline is evaluated and when that process is done I’m sure we’ll be made aware of it. But what the president believes is that it’s important to maintain a process that was devised, again, and utilized by White Houses of both parties in order to assure that the right decision is made.

And etcetera, but most unfortunately for the administration, the issue is quickly turning into a bona fide campaign issue, and who knows if that kind of blather will be enough to keep it at arm’s length through the midterms. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell mentioned it on Sunday as a possible issue with which the GOP would be prepared to pass a debt-ceiling hike (the better to highlight the vulnerability of a certain handful of red-state Senate Democrats up for election), and the greens, unsurprisingly, are determined to carry on with their woefully misguided campaign against it:

Green groups hope to get President Obama’s attention by parading a giant inflatable pipeline around the Capitol Tuesday before his State of the Union address.

It’s the latest push by environmental groups, including 350.org and the National Wildlife Federation, to persuade Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

The 100-yard inflatable pipeline will have the message “Climate Champion or Pipeline President” scrolled across it.

“President Obama has all the information he needs to reject Keystone XL and he should do so in the State of the Union,” the groups said in a statement on Monday.


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Cause he would catch hell from the left.
What else matters?

LeftCoastRight on January 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

CARNEY: Well, what the president is doing is what his predecessors did, presidents of both parties

They also occasionally worked with Congress.

ThePrez on January 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Why not scratch out the 2nd Amendment and save gajillions of lives.

Bishop on January 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

He only has a few more years to kick the can on this one.

Murphy9 on January 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

The fact is the the Democratic party is led by people who have never had a job in their life that didn’t require them to ask rich guilt-ridden white people for money so that they can join the party in Washington.

They are pathetic people who use children as shields against facts.

Washington Fancy on January 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

A frigging pipe. It’s so ridiculous.

But everything is political.

wolly4321 on January 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

It won’t be long till Obama finds out about this pipeline thing and then he’ll be mad as hell.

HiJack on January 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

As a Canadian, I hope he continues to dither or even better, cancel. Canada has been lazy about building oil movement infrastructure being content to sell all its oil to America at a wholesale discount. This has forced us to begin pipelines to both coasts where anyone, including America, can buy it at world prices. You have done us a backhanded favor.

BL@KBIRD on January 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

That labor participation rate is still “too damn high”.

antipc on January 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Well, what the president is doing is what his predecessors did,

Name those predecessors please.

Bmore on January 27, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Well, I’ll tell you why, because of “climate change.”

Who cares whether we’ve had 17 years of no warming, and over the last 10 the trend is down, and right now, yeah, as Drudge is linking to the story of yet another “poloar vortex:” http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/next-polar-plunge-could-be-win/22527373

Maybe hot causes cold. Actually, that’s exactly what the fear mongering Chicken Littles seem to be trying to say. A commenter on Steven Goddard said this:

FLASHBACK: NASA says CO2 to cause sudden stratospheric warming events and FEWER polar outbreaks!

“As the abundance of greenhouse gases gradually increases, planetary waves no longer break up the Arctic vortex as often. The frequency of Northern Hemisphere sudden stratospheric warmings is reduced.”

[Background: in the 1980s an 1990s there were few SSW event and polar outbreaks…so they blamed it on CO2…WRONG!
http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/shindell_02/

My reply: To make things easier for them in the future, NASA and the climate nerds should offer up just one blanket prediction now: “whatever happens it is because of man made global warming, or, if not by that, by climate change.” So if in 2020 after this “pause” has turned into an obvious decline that they just can’t hide, and their “models” are looking worse than pasted together plastic airplanes, they can say that “this is the weirdness of global warming, it’s freezing our balls off. Cut CO2, by 80% now! Stop with the pipeline, or it will be game over for the climate!!”

anotherJoe on January 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Look for BO and the dems to jump all over this as we get closer to election day.

Wade on January 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM

I get so tired of Carney’s lies.

sadatoni on January 27, 2014 at 6:01 PM

so if congress wont act on an issue he’s ready to charge the barricades and do what’s needed. if the state dept wont act on an issue he’s utterly powerless to do anything?

chasdal on January 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

It’s a Mexican Standoff – they’re squeezing for some payola. Si?

Tsar of Earth on January 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

“But what the president believes is that it’s important to maintain a process that was devised, again, and utilized by White Houses of both parties in order to assure that the right decision is made.”

Kind of like the Constitution??

jsmith on January 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Just tell the left it’s a giant marijuana pipe, f*cker be built overnite with occupy labor.

msupertas on January 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

BL@KBIRD on January 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

When you say “you”, remember the majority of us are against this vile POS, and what he’s doing. Most of us think highly of our Canadian friends. This d*ck is an aberration.

msupertas on January 27, 2014 at 6:58 PM

The answer is obvious – this Administration isn’t interested in solving problems.

It’s entire focus is on expanding and implementing the red / green ideological agenda – expanding government and it’s authoritarian control combined with pissing off our friends / allies and encouraging our enemies.

This is ‘fundamental change’ at work.

Athos on January 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

It was my understanding that State had already signed off on it and all it required was Obama’s signature, but he suddenly needed more “reviews” before he was comfortable.
Carney’s a snotty little douchebag. He throws in that “as you know” bit to treat correspondents with disdain. He used to be a reporter. I hope after the little turd leaves his post, he goes to a party of his old comrades and they take him out back and beat the bejeezus out of him.

tpitman on January 27, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I bet if that pipeline was illegal and voted democrat they would approve it crossing the international border into the US in a heartbeat.

MH53J on January 27, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Thank you Canada for Lost Girl and Continuum, two of my favorites.

Canadian television is so fresh, I even learned what “gitch” means.

MichaelGabriel on January 27, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Ed Henry to Carney: If the president wants to use his pen so badly, why not approve Keystone XL?

…he would have to sign that with his right hand…he can only use…his left!

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I, for one, never look forward the president’s speeches, nausiating, as they always are.

virgo on January 27, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Ed Henry to Carney: If the president wants to use his pen so badly, why not approve Keystone XL?

The honest answer would be because Warren Buffet’s oil trains wouldn’t run anymore.

jpmn on January 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM