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June 25, 2013

Full Bullworth: Obama Set to Announce Killing the Keystone Pipeline, Jacking Up Electricity Rates

@johnekdahl notes the "Full Bullworth" promise -- Obama told a New York Times reporter a month or so ago that he sometimes wished he could just go "Full Bullworth" and tell the American people How It Really Is.

Well, this isn't the Full Bullworth, but it could be called the Modified Limited Hangout Bullworth.

First, killing Keystone. And I do mean killing.

President Barack Obama will ask the State Department not to approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline unless it can first determine that it will not lead to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions, a senior administration official told The Huffington Post. …

The new Obama policy somewhat splits the difference — not killing the project outright, but ensuring that it meets a basic environmental standard. …

No, that is killing the project outright. Any action that makes it more efficient, more economical to use fossil fuels will, by necessity, cause more of them to be burned, and this in turn will cause more carbon emissions. The whole point of the pipeline is to bring Canadian oil to American markets.

Rather than announcing this decision himself, he pawns it off to a third party who can take the heat while he once again pretends to have nothing to do with his own government.

Cowardly, as usual.

But you'll also be happy to know that the Empowered EPA will be going Bullworth on your electricity rates.

Mr. Obama on Tuesday will sign a presidential memorandum directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start engaging with states, the private sector and other stakeholders to set carbon pollution standards for both new and existing carbon power plants.

The president, a senior administration official said, has “made it very clear his preference would be for Congress to act.” At this point, however, he is ready to rely on the existing authorities in the executive branch.

…

Go to Hot Air if you're unconvinced this will hit your pocketbook.

Yes, I just said you carry a pocketbook. What are you going to do about it, Sissy?


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