09 Jan '12, 10pm

Memo to @BarackObama: Denying the #KeystoneXL is good politics.

Memo to @BarackObama: Denying the #KeystoneXL is good politics.

ElvertBarnes via Flickr /CC BY-SA 2.0 If you recall, Republicans inserted a rider into the payroll tax cut bill (the one that they bizarrely opposed despite being the self-proclaimed party of tax cuts) that forces Obama to decide whether to approve or deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by the beginning of March. The clock is now ticking. When the GOP first proposed the rider, the administration said it would then be forced to deny the pipeline, since it wouldn't have time to carry out the environmental review it had promised. But administrations say a lot of things, and then do a lot of different things, especially in election years (pretty trenchant political analysis, I know!). Especially after moneyed interests like the oil industry start making public threats to besiege the president if he doesn't play ball. So, everybody in the environmental community is now abuz...

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