Obama in 2009: If I canít fix the economy in three years, you can call me former President Obama
The U.S. is a distant 6th in world proven natural gas reserves ( List of countries by natural gas proven reserves - Wikipedia )
However, that would not have given them a campaign issue, so they did something that they knew he would fight back on -- in order to give them the campaign issue they wanted. So, in effect, the only people to blame if the pipeline is not built is -- the GOP, who, once again prove that they will throw America under the bus for political gain.
"Republican leaders have been signaling they want to get the tax issue off the agenda quickly this time, following a public relations disaster last month when they were viewed as standing in the way a temporary tax cut extension that ultimately was enacted.
Earlier this week, Obama rebuffed Republicans when the White House announced that a 60-day fast-track approval imposed by Congress was inadequate for weighing the environmental impact of the proposed pipeline route. As a result, the administration turned down the application but said new requests to build the project would be considered.
Republicans see Keystone as a pivotal campaign issue to use against Democrats in November’s presidential and congressional elections, arguing that the pipeline will create thousands of much-needed jobs while helping secure the country’s energy future.
“We are committed to keeping it on the front-burner,” said Representative Fred Upton, who chairs a House committee that oversees U.S. energy policy.
Upton also holds another important position as a negotiator on payroll tax cut legislation that is expected to move through Congress in coming weeks. In December, Republicans successfully attached the 60-day Keystone approval clock to a two-month extension of Obama’s payroll tax cut.
Congress has until February 29 to either continue a two percentage point cut in payroll taxes for 160 million workers or be blamed for raising taxes during an election year.
At a press conference, Upton expressed his desire to again try to force the construction of Keystone by attaching legislation to the next payroll tax cut bill. With fellow Republican Greg Walden, another payroll tax bill negotiator, standing with him, Upton said, “I’ve got to believe that at least two of us will be pushing for that.”
But Upton would not say whether House Speaker John Boehner, who will have a say in the final deal on the payroll tax cut legislation, also wants Keystone included in the tax bill again. Earlier this week, Boehner said many options were possible.
Representative Lee Terry, whose home state of Nebraska would host part of the pipeline, told reporters that a highway construction funding bill Congress is likely to consider this year is one of the other measures that Republicans are thinking of using to target for Keystone."
By attempting to Bully the President of the United States, the GOP pretty much forced Obama to grow some balls if he wants to seem Presidential in November...this miscalculation has likely not only backfired, but possibly started Obama on the offensive.