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Obama To Expedite Approval Of Southern Half Of The Keystone XL Pipeline

Wait so Obama finally realizes that high gas prices do greatly affect the outcome of an election! Who would’ve thought!

This is just a political play, to what I assume is to lower the price of gas and create jobs. You know this will piss of Obama’s environazi-base of liberals, but he needs to win reelection and we sure as hell know they aren’t going to vote red in 2012.

President Obama plans to announce in Cushing, Oklahoma Thursday that his administration will expedite the permit process for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, a source familiar with the president’s announcement tells CNN.

In January, the Obama administration denied a permit for the 1,700 mile long Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would stretch from Canada’s tar sands development to the U.S. Gulf Coast. That decision was met by persistent Republican criticism that the president has not been doing everything possible to create jobs and combat high gas prices…

Senior administration officials would not confirm the president’s plan to unveil the effort to cut red tape for the project, though one senior administration official acknowledged the need to deal with the glut of oil in Cushing, where oil from the Midwest hits a bottleneck as it is transported to the Gulf of Mexico.

As Allahpundit points out, the northern half of the pipeline, the section that was supposed to be routed through Nebraska, is the one that the environazi-liberals vehemently disapproved of. In the case of the southern half of the pipeline, Obama is just clearing the red tape for TransCanada:

Oh, minor footnote: TransCanada announced weeks ago that it was planning to start building the southern half of the pipeline by late spring or early summer at the latest. It doesn’t even need approval from the State Department to do so because no international boundary is implicated. All it needs are regulatory approvals from whichever federal agencies are in charge here. (Bureaucracy being what it is, no one’s quite sure yet who that might be.) All The One is doing here is making sure there’s a little less red tape in the way of a project that’s already a fait accompli. And he’s doing it, conveniently, just in time for his big photo op at the oil storage complex in Cushing, Oklahoma on Thursday.

A recent New York Times poll shows that 54% think the president “can do a lot about” the rising price of gas. An old Fox News poll from February showed that 67% of registered voters wanted Barack Obama to approve the keystone pipeline.