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New Pipeline to Challenge Obama’s Promises.
Op-ed by Bill McKibben. tarsandsaction.org
Of course, Obama can say with some justification that his weak record on the environment results in part from having to work with a Congress so dominated by the fossil fuel industry that it voted earlier this year to deny the very existence of global warming. Which is why this pipeline question is so politically key: this time, Obama gets to make the decision all by himself. He doesn’t have to answer to Oklahoma Senator Inhofe (“global warming is a hoax”) or Rep. Michelle Bachmann (“It’s all voodoo, nonsense, hokum”)
Because the pipeline crosses our border, he needs to sign a finding that it’s in the national interest - and if he doesn’t, then the Tea Party can’t force him. The right wing has made it clear it wants the pipeline built, but unlike the recent debt ceiling negotiations, it has no leverage. It’s all on Obama this time.