Barack Obama Lobbying Democrats to Reject GOP Amendment for Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline (Dems in Senate Vote Down Bill)
So much for President Barack Obama’s so-called all of the above approach to energy. Obama nixed the XL Keystone Oil pipeline and all of the jobs that would be created from his project, now “The One” is looking to lobby Democrats to reject the GOP amendment that would build it. Obama actually had the audacity to accused Republicans of playing politics with the issue. Actually Mr. President, playing politics would be pandering to the LEFT-wing enviro’s rather than crate jobs for Americans.
President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices.
The amendment, proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), states that Obama would have no role in such cross-border permitting decisions since, in this case, the pipeline would originate in Canada.
Right Wing News reminds us that Obama’s “all the above” approach rally is just about tax subsidies and credits for “green” and alternative energy. Great Barack, but how do we get to an alternative energy solution? I would think that some one so smart as Obama would understand that to get from point A to point C, one has to go to B first. Unless one just hates fossil fuels and will do anything to destroy it. But of course Obama is not playing politics or have any agenda here.
Meanwhile, he announced he’s pushing for $1 billion in tax credits and grants for alternative energy cars and trucks, as he said in that same speech in North Carolina at a Daimler truck plant, because “We can’t just keep on relying on the old ways of doing business. We can’t just rely on fossil fuels from the last century. We’ve got to continually develop new sources of energy.”
UPDATE I: Democrats reject amendment in US Senate that would have started construction of XL Keystone pipeline 56-42. The bill needed 60 votes to pass. All who voted nay were Democrats or Independents who caucus with Donkeys. Eleven Democrats crossed party lines in a bipartisan effort to pass the bill that would have created thousand’s of jobs. However, Obama’s direct lobbying against the measure was too much in the end for partisan Dems to follow the party line no matter how high gas prices are.
Despite Obama’s efforts, 11 Democrats brushed off Obama on the vote and sided with Republicans.
The 11 Democratic defections were Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Bob Casey (Pa.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Jim Webb (Va.).