the White House (Obama) gambit to delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline was, in part (okay, mostly) political, because the decision was being delayed until after the midterms, so blue dogs could get out there and pretend they were as copacetic with fossil fuels as they thought their homefolks needed them to be.
But now that the midterms have come and gone, and the GOP will have control of both the House and the Senate, well...
LA Senator Mary Landrieu (D) would now like there to be no more delay. This is because she believes she hasn't lost yet. The Democratic Party, however, has a clear opinion. And if she thought that this would tip the president to authorizing the pipeline so she can get a little credit, well, it's likely Obama will actually veto such a bill if it lands on his desk. And maybe it would be a little unpopular.
But fuck it, Obama is not running for another term, and the pipeline is kind of dumb. To recap, as I always will--it sends tar sands oil, which is the dirtiest fuel Canada has to offer, through the heartland--the breadbasket! of the US, so it can be easily shipped to China and who knows who. It will create temporary jobs while being built--but the US jobs for maintaining and monitoring the thing--do not exist as such, because what oil companies even do that stuff? (See--Enbridge. Or check out this list.)
Since Democrats already don't have the majority in the Senate, feh. I'd rather not have the pipeline, all things considered. Sure, Bill Cassidy would be an opponent of reproductive choice and a vocal opponent of the PPACA. But he isn't a total weirdo and his record on fossil fuels is...pretty much what we're getting from Landrieu anyway. I really can't support the pipeline to save one Senate seat.
I almost want this to backfire on her for going for it. (Although if Obama could veto the damn thing and Landrieu could win a run-off anyway, I wouldn't be opposed. I'm just saying--priorities. And that's a longshot.)