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Editorial: Obama fails to lead by delaying decision on pipeline

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Posted on November 14, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



President Obama’s decision last Thursday to postpone action on the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to Gulf ports in Texas is a smart political calculation only if he wins re-election. Otherwise, he fails as president to protect the environment, wean Americans off their over-dependence on oil-based energy, and sets in motion an energy policy (assuming any Republican president would approve the project) that favors the consumption of carbon-based energy rather than move toward an economy based on renewable energy.

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