President Obama decided to drag his teleprompters to a pipe yard near Cushing, Oklahoma yesterday to take credit for something he had nothing to do with and to blame everyone but himself for stalling a pipeline project where he was the sole decision-maker.
In short, he did what he always does: takes credit for the sun rising and blaming some other kid when he throws a rock through a little old lady’s window.
The above is a satellite view of oil storage tank farms in Cushing. While it looks like a truly huge amount of storage, it really only acts as a buffer between different pipelines and different loads within the same pipeline.
The southern portion of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline will run from Cushing to Port Arthur, relieving a crude bottleneck in the midwest caused by the recent increase in production primarily in North Dakota.
Obama claimed he is and will be removing roadblocks to the pipeline’s construction. TransCanada said “Meh.” in response.
But TransCanada Vice President Robert Jones told reporters after the President’s speech their timeline remains the same.
“What I think I heard today was the administration will continue with their cooperation and that schedule we have to start full construction by midyear remains the secure.”
A spokesman for John Boehner made a couple of cutting remarks about Obama’s jump to claim unearned credit.
“After rejecting and personally lobbying against Keystone XL and thousands of new jobs, the president plans to tout that he’s now interjecting himself on behalf of a routine permit that is normally handled by bureaucrats,” aides to the House speaker, John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. A Boehner spokesman, Brendan Buck, added, “This is like the governor holding a press conference to renew my driver’s license.”
The man makes an empty suit look like a genius,