The Obama administration’s decision that it would not decide until after the 2012 election whether to allow construction of the Keystone Canada-U.S. pipeline is a cynical effort to preserve support by environmentalists for the president’s re-election — even at the price of killing jobs.
The president had a clear choice between two parts of his coalition, organized labor and environmentalists. Organized labor lost.
Let’s be clear about what the pipeline decision is not about. It isn’t about stopping development of Canada’s tar sands oil.