Lose Friends By Influencing People
I don’t want to talk about Congress Behaving Badly. I’d said before the election that if anything got passed it’d be worse than what we already had, and this is pretty close to that.
However… I caught this on Fox Business this morning, so I checked it out when I got the computing moving. From the NY Post:
EPA chief Lisa Jackson suddenly resigned last week because she was convinced that President Obama is planning to green-light the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, The Post has learned.
“She was going to stay on until November or December,” said a Jackson insider. “But this changed it. She will not be the EPA head when Obama supports it [Keystone] getting built.”
Mind you, the State Department is the agency that actually decides what to do on this, but having one of this administration’s cabinet leave in a huff over what we all know should have already happened…
Now with that said, this is not some huge change in energy policy for the administration. Canada has already decided to build its own pipeline out to the Pacific, and they’ll be selling as much oil to China as to anywhere else at this point once everything is completed. The US had a chance to lock up a very friendly supply of oil, and we dithered until it became a public works project for the unions. The fact that this pushed out a cabinet member is just amusement on top of things.
I still view this as a strategy mistake on the part of the government, in that we’ve missed out on exclusivity, but it’s probably going to disappear down the memory hole with all the other strategy mistakes going on now. I’d have to guess that a minor flub on energy policy will be nothing compared to some of the junk State will be doing (or not doing) in the Middle East over the next few years.
But for now, let’s at least celebrate a little chaos while we look on the bigger chaos on Congress is creating. Hang on for a wild ride.