The Obama administration hasn’t officially decided what to do about the Keystone XL pipeline yet but recent statements made at a fundraising indicate the President is leaning towards approving it. From the New York Times:

Mr. Obama appears to be leaning toward the approval of the pipeline, although he did not specifically mention it to the donors. But he acknowledged that it is hard to sell aggressive environmental action — like reducing pollution from power plants — to Americans who are still struggling in a difficult economy to pay bills, buy gas and save for retirement.

“You may be concerned about the temperature of the planet, but it’s probably not rising to your No. 1 concern,” Mr. Obama said. “And if people think, well, that’s shortsighted, that’s what happens when you’re struggling to get by.”

It is ironic that the man who claims to be worried about saving the planet for future generation being a “tough sell” while people are struggling is the same man working incredibly hard to cut Social Security for long-term budget concerns.

Obama thinks the mere possibility of long-term budget issues justifies imposing serious immediate pain, but relatively modest steps to stop the certainty of significant climate change are too much to make.

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