Obama spurns jobs

Now the president must appease his labor constituency. In rejecting construction of an important pipeline, US President Barack Obama has foreclosed employment for thousands of workers and stalled if not killed a project hugely beneficial to energy security. But he made environmentalists happy. He needs their political support. “Today’s announcement delivers a well-deserved blow to a project that would shuttle dirty tar-sands oil through America’s heartland for export to the global market, and it defies political threats issued by Big Oil and its cronies in Congress,” declared Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program in a statement typical of activist groups responding to ...

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