Pew Research Center’s new poll encouraged the gas price-conscious with its headline, “Keystone XL Pipeline Draws Broad Support,” and a score box showing 63 percent supporting and only 23 percent opposing the pipeline that would transport oil from Canada’s Alberta oil sands through the Plains states to refineries in Texas.
However, the report quickly deflated that optimism with a terse note identifying the minority: “except among liberals.” We have seen time and again that the liberal 23 percent can be a majority to executive-order-wielding President Obama.
As his administration approaches a decision, lame-duck politics says he could go either way — even with his own State Department’s favorable environmental impact report on the XL’s construction permit.
And even with Alberta Premier Alison Redford saying that an Obama rejection would damage U.S.-Canada relations. “Canada relies on the U.S. for 97 percent of its energy exports,” Redford said, and “sees the new pipeline as critical to its economic well-being.”
Read more at The Washington Examiner. By Ron Arnold.