Great news! Yesterday, President Obama announced that he is taking complete ownership of the decision whether or not to approve Keystone XL, and that he'll be looking seriously at the environmental and health impacts of the pipeline. This comes after months of the White House passing the buck on the pipeline decision, and it's a major milestone in the ongoing fight against the pipeline.
Here's what he said during an interview with a Nebraska TV station:
"The State Department is in charge of analyzing this, because there's a pipeline coming in from Canada. They'll be giving me a report over the next several months. My general attitude is, what is best for the American people? What’s best for our economy both short term and long term? But also, what’s best for the health of the American people? We want to make sure that we're taking the long view on these issues...I think folks in Nebraska like all across the country aren’t going to say to themselves, 'We’ll take a few thousand jobs if it means that our kids are potentially drinking water that would damage their health.'"
This is HUGE and is a great sign that all the work is paying off. President Obama is taking ownership which means he is considering rejecting the pipeline and wants the credit if he does so.
What a day! The General Strike in Oakland with a Solidarity March in NYC and this great news!
UPDATE: according to this post http://www.dailykos.com/... GWB was inside Goldman Sacks tonight speaking for the XL pipeline. Once an oil man always an oil man.