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Rally against the the Keystone XL pipeline
Rally against the the Keystone XL pipeline rally outside the State Department hearing at the Ronald Reagan building, October 7th, 2011.

Before tackling that issue, however, there are a couple other entanglements Obama is facing: now that Republicans control the House, Obama has apparently decided to move forward on his own with climate change initiatives, which include plans to engage federal agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency. National regulations will inevitably involve the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The problem is that Obama has failed to appoint a single judge to this powerful court that decides cases challenging agency regulations — making him the first full-term president in over half a century to fail do so, and in effect hobbling his own agenda.

Even though Obama has twice thwarted the Keystone project, the Senate has just endorsed its construction, and House Republicans have vowed not to wait for Obama, but to sidestep the White House and vote on legislation to approve the Keystone project by Memorial Day.

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Now that Obama has finished playing relationship counselor in the Middle East, he returns to the U.S. to face serious challenges coming in from Canada and from Congress. Environmentalists have already started branding the Keystone pipeline as the “Obama Pipeline” and the “Obama Legacy on Keystone,” and are asking questions such as: “What happens if it leaks?” The surrounding heat being generated from the Keystone controversy may well have had an influence upon Obama’s gaffe in comparing U.S.-Canada relations with Israeli-Palestinian relations, even though in reality there is no comparison.

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I would more liken the Israeli/palestinian relationship to my family's relationship with the drug dealers on block south of us. We are decent law-abiding people who just want to live at peace, but we had to push these criminals off our block for the safety and security of our (then) children and decent, law abiding neighbors. The police (UN) wouldn't do anything, and still haven't. I'm just glad our crminals don't scud missiles to launch at us from afar. Up until now, they haven't had any women and children to hide behind, so that's good. I get the feeling, that the police would just as soon have them back on our block so we can babysit them. In my mind, I think that having Canada next door instead of them would be a thing of wonderment. Maybe Obama and his security detail actually are alien shape shifters in disguise as humorously suggested by Yori Yanover, or maybe Obama is just the light-weight he appears to be, as he makes one laughable lunder after another. And, Arie, are you really trying to take over the Jewish Press blog with seven oomments on one opinion piece? I did have something cogent to offer there, but when I saw that, and the Richard Barnes self-promotion, I thought, "why bother," and left it alone.

  2. Ed Karesky Spare us ed! Every post you put up is your fealty to the "second coming." I would bet you have a picture of him and candles as your altar at home. Pathological? A good descriptor of the church of the holy democrat and its faithful – you.

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