Now, just little over a week after President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on January 18th, Boehner is at it again. It doesn’t matter that Keystone can reapply, it matters even less the reason given for the rejection: not enough time for EPA to review the proposal and for EPA to make sure the environmental impact of this pipeline is minimal… We all know that the GOP doesn’t care for the environment; all that matters to them is the mighty buck.
But Boehner has to have balls bigger than Newt’s ego! Maybe that is why he cries so much; the mere weight of those balls would make anyone cry! After being exposed to his real interest in the Keystone XL Pipeline – he owns stocks in TransCanada and other tar sands companies – he still is pressing and planning to hold hostage any other bill, no matter the urgency of it for the American citizen, unless his ‘baby’ project is included. Boehner said a week ago, that he might try to tie the Keystone XL project to the Payroll Tax bill, again. Today, the news are that he will include the project with the GOP’s Transportation Bill as well as to the New Jobs Bill, the American Energy and Infrastructure Job Act. In other words, if Obama administration wants a bill to pass that will benefit the working class the House of Representatives under the skillful guidance of Boehner will insert the Keystone XL Pipeline project as part of that bill, even if it has nothing at all to do with it. That is a way to manipulate and bully their way in Congress; if there is a bill that will create permanent jobs for the unemployed, or that will benefit students, teachers, the veterans or anything that is essential for the people, the GOP will hold it hostage to force Obama to sign their evil projects. If Obama rejects the bill with the pipeline in it, the GOP has absolutely nothing to lose, they never cared for the working class so if these citizens are kicked to the curb, they will not lose any sleep over it on the other hand, if Obama signs it because of the urgency of the bill for the good of the people or the country, then they did a slam dunk, they got their wish that benefits themselves as well as their multimillion dollars ‘friends’ and Obama will look bad to those that supported his decision of rejecting the pipeline and chances are, or at least is what the GOP is expecting, that Obama’s base will blame him for it and not the real culprit: the GOP.
It is imperative that we demand that this Pipeline doesn’t cross our borders, at least not without EPA’s complete and thorough investigation. I would prefer that it is once and for all permanently rejected, but if it can’t be, we must not rush into it, overlooking the necessary reviews and studies to ensure, as much as possible, the safety of our land and our environment. Write to Congress, call your representatives, and don’t wait for others to do what you can do. Don’t leave the burden on Obama’s shoulders alone, let’s back him up and show our support for his decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline!