Boehner’s State Of The Union Guest List Highlights Keystone Advocates: House Speaker John Boehner’s guests at tonight’s State of the Union address include proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline that President Obama rejected earlier this month.
Boehner’s decision to invite backers of the controversial $7 billion, 1,700 mile underground oil pipeline is meant to hammer home Republican opposition to Mr. Obama’s decision to block the construction of the trans-national pipeline, which would link the tar sands fields of northern Alberta to oil refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Early look at Mr. Obama’s State of the Union speech:
Republicans say the TransCanada Pipeline would create 20,000 jobs (though that figure is hotly contested) and lessen America’s dependence on foreign oil. They vowed at their annual Republican retreat last week to keep up the pressure on Mr. Obama to approve the pipeline.
Boehner says the president is responsible for “destroying tens of thousands of American jobs and shipping American energy security to the Chinese” by blocking the pipeline, at least temporarily. At a news conference today, he said “The president’s policies have made our economy worse.”
Mr. Obama decided last week to block the pipeline from moving forward, saying there was not enough time for an environmental review of the project by a Congress-enforced deadline. The administration originally planned to put off a decision until after the 2012 elections, but Congress forced his hand in December when Mr. Obama was seeking an extension of the payroll tax cut, setting a short-term deadline for a decision. Continue Reading…