Allen B. West

Can’t understand Obama’s Keystone veto – even ISIS knows there’s money in oil

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A critical aspect of the 21st century battlefield is energy resources. If you have the ability to control and monopolize energy, you can hold others hostage — as exemplified by Russia. Along with Russia, you have the international mafiosos known as OPEC — the oligarchy of Oil and Petroleum Exporting Countries.

So why at this critical time, when even ISIS realizes they could make millions of dollars on the black market selling oil, would the president of the United States veto the Keystone XL pipeline project?

This endeavor has gone through all the machinations and obstacles presented and resolved them all — in other words, every single obstruction the progressive socialist environmental left erected have been overcome. It really does seem President Obama cares less about policy than the politics of hearing the voices of those who lost the midterm election in 2014.

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What amazes me is how the corrupt liberal progressive media attempts to make this a GOP endeavor — there were quite a few Democrats in the House and Senate who supported Keystone. And it’s funny, how when Democrats thought it could save the reelection of former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La) they brought it up for vote last December.

Why does Obama believe we should not be energy independent in producing, consuming, and exporting our own energy resources? I tend to believe if you truly loved this country, you’d want to see more Americans at work and enjoying the individual economic freedom I’ve seen firsthand in Midland, Texas and Carlsbad, New Mexico — and what I’ve read about in North Dakota and Cushing, Oklahoma.

However, as reported by USA Today, “President Obama vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, making good on a threat to reject a proposal embraced by Republicans as a jobs measure but opposed by environmentalists as contributing to climate change. “The presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously,” Obama said in his veto message to the Senate. “But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people. And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto.”

First of all, there are many folks who are freezing right now and don’t want to hear about global warming or climate change – as a matter of fact, many are looking forward to climate change, warmer temperatures and the coming of spring.

And what is President Obama’s responsibility to the American people? You mean the politics of the environmental leftists — such as billionaire Tom Steyer and his NextGen initiative. I thought this wasn’t about “big money” special interest. And how does President Obama speak to our brothers and sisters to the north in Canada? They gave in to every requirement and yet had the door slammed in their face.

Recently I wrote about a plan for our energy independence — what is the current administration’s policy for full spectrum energy development? Energy security is part of our economic security and it contributes to our overall national security – but that fact seems to escape the left. Every single GOP presidential candidate should be hammering that message home when they speak this week at CPAC.

And lastly, how does President Obama find the compunction to state, “this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment.”

I tend to believe Solyndra acted and conflicted against the interest of the American taxpayer. Thorough consideration? Goodness gracious, how long have we been debating and studying this project? It has passed every single environmental study. And what established executive branch procedures? Oh yeah, sucking up to the cronyism trough of the environmental left and its high rollers. This is not about the American people, it’s about progressive leftist special interests.

That is why coal industry workers in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and elsewhere are suffering with job losses because the president once claimed he would “bankrupt” their industry. Low and middle income Americans will suffer from higher energy prices, and they just don’t want to hear about global warming from a bunch of overly intellectual rich liberal progressive elites. The fracking nonsense and other false narratives laid down by the leftists are threatening our future and rendering us incapable of battling our enemies on this critical aspect of the battlefield.

USA Today says “this was only the third veto of his presidency, but likely to be the first in a series of vetoes as he parries a Republican-controlled Congress in the last two years of his presidency.”

Previously Obama had Harry Reid as his veto, who held up nearly 370 pieces of legislation. Apparently Obama took no consideration and sought no analysis — just an immediate repudiation of the Keystone vote.

“Obama vetoed the Keystone bill shortly after it arrived at the White House from the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had held up its transmittal so that Congress could be in session when it went to the president. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president vetoed the bill almost as soon as it arrived at the White House, “without any drama or fanfare or delay.” An override of the Keystone veto is unlikely. The bill passed the House 270-152 and the Senate 62-36, margins well short of the two-thirds majorities needed to override. McConnell said a veto override vote will be scheduled by March 3.”

Of course we’re going to hear from the left that Keystone was not needed — sure. We’re going to hear how dangerous it will be to the environment, — but it’s much safer than trucks transporting fossil fuels. We’re going to hear it wouldn’t make a difference for our domestic energy situation — I was just down in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and they don’t seem to agree.

Then again, what do I know? Liberal progressives know what’s best for us all. Don’t believe me? Just ask them. This time, they were horribly wrong and the American people should recognize that. We can ill afford to have another progressive socialist residing at 1600 Pennsylvania. Their policies are not about furthering the economic, energy, and national security of our Constitutional Republic. Their collective vision for our nation will only advance shared misery, not prosperity, and broader dependency, not individual economic freedom.

President Obama’s veto provides just another reason why 2016 will indeed be a “time for choosing.” Do we have a rendezvous with destiny or will we continue down the road to perdition — with an empty tank of gas?

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