21 Nov '14, 6pm

My new post: Keystone “trade” talk is still empty nonsense

My new post: Keystone “trade” talk is still empty nonsense

Several people have asked me to comment on the notion, flying all over political media at the moment, that Obama might use Keystone XL as a bargaining chip to trade in exchange for Republican support for … something else. This kind of talk has been around for as long as Keystone XL has been on the political agenda. All along, Very Serious People have been sure that Obama doesn’t really care about Keystone and that he’s just waiting for the right opportunity to give it away, which will happen any second now. The fact that Obama has defied their predictions has not dented their certainty. Now trade talk is once again in the air, kicked off by a New York Times piece citing the rock-solid “people familiar with the president’s thinking.” It’s as dumb as ever, for two reasons that ought to be obvious to anyone paying attention. First, as Jonathan Chait says , Republicans don’t a...

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/keystone-trade-talk-is-still-em...

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