The latest example is barry's action on the Keystone pipeline.
President Obama announced Friday that he has rejected Canadian energy giant TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline..."Aggressive action on the environment" ... "crowning jewel for his legacy"
The announcement caps a 7-year saga that has become one of the biggest environmental flashpoints of Obama’s presidency... (I'm not sure why it took seven years to resolve this, but that's a different story. Anyway...)
Killing the pipeline allows Obama to claim aggressive action on the environment. That could strengthen his hand as world leaders prepare to finalize a major global climate pact next month in Paris that Obama hopes will be a crowning jewel for his legacy.
Not so fast there, big boy. Let's take a closer look at that jewel-encrusted legacy.
If you want to understand how people will remember the Obama climate legacy, a few facts tell the tale: By the time Obama leaves office, the U.S. will pass Saudi Arabia as the planet's biggest oil producer and Russia as the world's biggest producer of oil and gas combined. In the same years, even as we've begun to burn less coal at home, our coal exports have climbed to record highs.As for his hypocrisy, compare and contrast the following quotes from obama in 2008...
"Time to end the tyranny of oil"...with his remarks in Cushing, Oklahoma, last year.
"In my administration, the rise of the oceans will begin to slow."
"Over the last three years, I've directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states. We're opening up more than 75 percent of our potential oil resources offshore. We've quadrupled the number of operating rigs to a record high. We've added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth, and then some. . . . In fact, the problem . . . is that we're actually producing so much oil and gas . . . that we don't have enough pipeline capacity to transport all of it where it needs to go."In fact, obama's veto of the pipeline will do little to help the environment. It might actually harm it, given that the oil will now most likely end up in China, where there are little to no environmental concerns or regulations.
If President Barack Obama does not approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, the crude oil would go directly to refineries in China and other Asian countries.
"It's going to come out of the ground, it's going to get processed," (said) Bill Day, a Valero spokesman ... "We think it would probably be better to be processed here under our environmental rules rather than China."
Almost $30 billion was invested in the oil sands in Alberta in 2012 by Chinese companies, and investments are expected to increase.Well, what else can we expect from a spineless loser who bows to the Chinese?
Here's obama's true legacy.