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Special Report Panel Bashes Obama Over Pipeline Decision

Reported by Guest Blogger - November 14, 2011 -

By Brian

On the November 10, 2011 Special Report "All-Star" panel, the topic was the delay of the Keystone XL pipeline project. All the guests attacked Obama for his decision. Not a single person representing the other side was present.

Charles Krauthammer teed off on the decision. "On the merits, it’s a terrible decision. It's not going to have any effect on the climate… All the excuses about it are bogus. It would reduce our dependence on unstable regimes abroad. But it's the process that's really amazing… The Washington Post reports that the political arm of the administration has said that had they approved the pipeline, it would not have gotten them one vote. It also reports that the head of the Wildlife Federation has said they and others who have opposed this project will now support Obama in 2008. (sic) This is a President who goes around accusing the Republicans every day of putting the nation over party, politics over the national interest. This is an egregious example of that, the most egregious that I think this administration has made yet."

Charles Lane, of the Washington Post criticized Obama by saying, "It’s an awfully long time to make this decision…18 months to go through this thing. What couldn't be figured out or understood in that much time?"

Steve Hayes of the Weekly Standard called it "a punt." If it was a political decision, Hayes said, it was "incredibly short sighted… You see estimates of 20,000 jobs lost in the immediate construction of it,100,000+ jobs, potentially, down the road."

Hayes and host Bret Baier acknowledged that the estimate was “according to the people who want to build the pipeline.”

As Media Matters showed, Hayes’ figures came from a flawed study by the Texas-based Perryman group. The Washington Post noted that, based on TransCanada's figures, the number of jobs created would be closer to 6,500 new jobs. The Post noted that that figure comports with the State Department’s estimate.

But nobody – not even the Post’s Lane – challenged Hayes’ assertion.

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