BigSkyBob, the pipeline is in the nation's best interest, but the original Nebraska path is unacceptable, and now that a new path was proposed, there's NO good reason to rush the approval before the Environmental Impact Study is done.
Yes there is: if we continue to dick the Canadians around they plan to build a pipeline to B.C. and sell the oil to China.
Waiting 10 more months to complete the EIS is dicking the Canadians around? I disagree.
In ten months the election is over, and with it any political pressure on Democrats to do the right thing. Those that claim that the question is approving the pipeline this year, or approving the pipeline next year are simply wrong. First, we may very well not have the option of approving the pipeline next year because the Canadians may have decided to build their own pipeline to the Pacific [and sell the oil to the Chinese.] Second, there is no more finality to an alleged deadline ten months from now than there is to the one that just passed this winter. The strategy of those opposed to the pipeline is to kill it by repeated delay because they know the vast majority of the American people are against them, including both business interests and labor unions. That will still be their strategy ten months from now. Either Obama, and the Democrats will muster the political courage to do the right thing, or the Canadians will build their own pipeline. If they do, Canadians will build it, and the Chinese will buy the oil.
The person who benefits from delays is Warren Buffet.
The Environmental Impact Study hasn't been done yet, and won't be done until at least close to the end of this year.
And, the litigation of that report will go beyond that, and, after that, the Obama adminstration [technically "State Department"] will have to consider yet another application to cross the border.
Obama has had numerous opportunities to state that building a pipeline is in the national interest. He has refused. Instead, he has been trying to delay the issue until after the electorate has a say.
The simple fact is that the pipeline is in our national interest. The alternative of the Canadians building a pipeline to B.C. and selling the oil to the Chinese is not.