Obama Puts Election Politics Ahead of Jobs, Energy Security

Obama Puts Election Politics Ahead of Jobs, Energy Security
November 10, 2011

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)

The New York Times and other media outlets are reporting that the Obama administration is likely to delay an approval decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 presidential elections.

The Keystone XL pipeline promises to increase energy security, lower energy prices, and create much-need jobs during a time when millions of Americans are desperately seeking work. If the Obama administration follows through on apparent plans to delay an approval decision on the pipeline, this will merely show voters that the Obama administration cares more about appeasing its environmental activist allies than doing what is right for our economy and our nation's energy security.

Moreover, by delaying an approval decision until after the 2012 elections, the Obama administration is demonstrating that it considers electioneering and its own political interests as being more important than the good of the nation.

James M. Taylor

James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, and... (read full bio)