There is no doubt that America needs more jobs and needs to become more energy self-sufficient. President Obama has been pushing his jobs bill and parts of it, over the past few months giving Americans the impression that he is genuinely concerned about them.
But once again, Obama’s actions speak louder than words.
The Keystone XL pipeline project would bring millions of barrels of crude oil from Alberta, Canada to the gulf refiners in Texas, creating an estimated 20,000 jobs in the process, both of which the nation needs. If the pipeline became a reality, it would go a long way to reduce US reliance on Middle East and Venezuelan oil.
However, environmentalists have lobbied against the approval of the pipeline because of fears of a possible leak and subsequent pollution of a large aquifer. The protesters just didn’t want to make sure that the pipeline would have adequate safety measures to prevent an accidental spill, they want to stop the project altogether.
Earlier this month, Obama said that he wanted a little more time to study the proposed project before making a decision. He was aware of the controversy and seemed to be weighing what was more important, energy and jobs or hypothetical environmental concerns.
Then a protest with over 12,000 people encircled the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6 demanding that Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
The protest was organized by a number of youth leaders from a coalition of nearly fifty different youth environmental groups. Those youth, of voting age, made up a large percentage of the White House protest.
Evidently they got their message through to the man in the Oval Office because he has announced that he has postponed the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election.
The only possible conclusion to Obama’s postponement is that he values the votes of the young environmentalists over the 20,000 jobs at stake and the large influx of friendly oil. So if you believe that Obama really cares for the American people and the country’s future energy needs, you’re crazy. After all, the proof is in the actions, not the words.