Just two weeks ago at a San Francisco fundraiser you said, “We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam and unleashed all the potential in this country.” Yesterday you announced that you’re postponing — until after the 2012 election — the decision on whether to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,700 mile pipeline would convey approximately 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta, Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast. It’s estimated that pipeline construction would produce 20,000 jobs directly and up to 100,000 indirectly.
The decision on the Keystone XL pipeline has been under consideration since the beginning of your administration.
How were you able to make the decision to transform one-seventh of the U.S. economy in far less time than it’s taking to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline?
What aspects of the pipeline construction are more problematic than restructuring the entire U.S. health-care system?