Keystone XL Delay Tactics

Reuters: “The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama’s liberal-leaning base before fall elections.”

“Approval of the pipeline would also have risked dampening the enthusiasm of wealthy donors such as billionaire investor Tom Steyer, who is spending tens of millions of dollars to boost environmentally-friendly candidates.”

Steyer: “This is rotten eggs for TransCanada and good news on Good Friday for those who oppose Keystone as not being in our nation’s best interest.”

Josh Lederman of the Associated Press argues that the delay “is doing little to quell posturing over the project, which has taken on a life of its own as climate change activists battle with energy advocates from both parties.”

Celinda Lake: “There’s no winning decision here … In a situation where you’re between a rock and a hard place, it’s better to postpone and then let everybody complain.”

Washington Post: “As much as Landrieu, Pryor, Hagan, Begich and company have said how frustrated they are by Keystone XL delays, secretly they are probably sighing in relief, too — at least if the administration is leaning toward rejecting the pipeline.”

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