Boehner Slaps Obama's 'Tour de Farce' on Keystone XL Pipeline

By Susan Jones | March 22, 2012 | 10:35am EDT
( - "It takes a special kind of politician to be able to hold a photo-op for a project he’s rejected – twice – and personally lobbied members of Congress to block. The American people are in for just such a spectacle today, as the president continues his tour de farce public relations adventure," House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.

President Barack Obama, making a campaign stop in Cushing, Okla., will declare his support for the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline -- which will not connect to Canada's oil supply unless Obama approves the critical northern portion, which he has twice refused to do.

According to Boehner, Obama "will strain all credibility" on Thursday "by declaring his unwavering support for a private-sector project that he’s single-handedly prevented from being completed."  

Republicans say Obama, by declaring support for an isolated section of the pipeline, is trying to give Americans the impression that he supports the job-creating project.

"In reality, the situation is the opposite," Boehner said.

TransCanada, the company that's hoping to build the entire Canada-to-Texas pipeline, is moving forward with the southern portion, which doesn't even require Obama's approval, Boehner said. "So, cue the political opportunism," he added.

Regardless of what Obama says on Thursday, TransCanada plans to start construction on the southern leg of the pipeline as early as June, Bloomberg news service reported. The only part that needs Obama's approval is the northern leg, because it crosses from Canada into the United States.

"It doesn’t take an engineering degree to understand pipelines are significantly more effective when they actually connect to the energy resources they’re built to transport," Boehner said.

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