Keystone delay is all politics [Letter]

Here is what President Barack Obama said on Good Friday when he announced that he was again, after four years, delaying a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline until after the election:

"Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation's interest. And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution."

The Sun's editorial describes a groundbreaking for the project this summer as "...a pipe dream anyway. Nebraska's highest court isn't expected to hear a lawsuit ... until September." ("The Keystone delay," April 22).

Did The Sun not notice when President Obama earlier made the case that he would delay the Keystone pipeline because of concerns about the path through Nebraska? Then when Keystone was rerouted to sidestep that problem, he started belittling the project as an insignificant number of jobs. He even made the laughable claim that it would lead to "only 50 permanent jobs."

Actually, there is no such thing as a "permanent" job in the private sector. Those exist only in government. But a $3 billion-plus construction project with some 1,500 miles of pipeline running from the Canadian border to Texas is expected to create upward of 10,000 direct and indirect jobs while the project is built.

And didn't this same White House spend $830 billion of taxpayer money on a stimulus plan to create millions of temporary jobs, most of which never materialized at all?

Yet the president says that the key to putting America to work is to spend $100 billion of taxpayer money on infrastructure projects while he ridicules an urgently-needed infrastructure project that will cost taxpayers almost nothing because it is privately funded.

On Monday, John Harwood, a left-leaning political commentator for CNBC, called the delay decision "not the White House's finest hour" and then was brutally honest about Mr. Obama's motivation: "One hundred percent politics."

Could it be that billionaire Tom Steyer, who is a radical green and has promised the Democrats $100 million this election season if they do his bidding may be behind this latest Keystone delay? One wonders why The Sun never makes a reference to this honest assessment of the latest White House delay.

The reality is if the Keystone pipe line is not built, rail will be the "pipeline" running from the Canadian border to Texas.

Benedict Frederick, Jr., Pasadena

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