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I only post his as there has been talk about the XL pipeline which is about oil, which is what COP is about. I do think concerns about lack of jobs creation is important but i also think there is wisdom in re-routing it around the ogallala aquifer which extends over most of nebraska south to the texas panhandle. The latter is what Obama's decision was about - not killing the pipeline but inviting a re-route. An oil spill in that aquifer would potentially be a multi-state, long-term, economic disaster. Sadly, it looked like the jobs would have to wait, as unfortunate as that is in these times. The good news comes today: TransCan is so intent on building that they will start building the lower half, from northern Oklahoma to Port Arthur Texas!!

You are speculating upon facts not in evidence and upon your assumptions about the president's unstated intentions.

The facts are:
He cancelled the project
There are already oil pipe lines over this aquifer
But he recently approved the building of a segment of THIS pipeline over THIS aquifer
The president encouraged this company to reapply for the permit sometime before the election in the fall...

We can spend all day guessing at his intentions but the facts do NOT support the administrations stated position and reasoning. So I assume the president makes these decisions based upon cold political calculation on how to get votes and not the best interests of the environment, water, or the country as a whole. My assumptions do a better job at predicting his behavior than the altruistic assumptions do.
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