#TBT: Two Years Ago, President Obama Takes Victory Lap for Supporting Fraction of the Keystone XL Pipeline - Fools No One

March 20, 2014

Click Here to Watch last year’s E&C Studio video that highlighted the one-year mark of President Obama’s empty promise tour in Cushing, Oklahoma

On March 22, 2012, President Obama traveled to Cushing, Oklahoma, to call for an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy and to take undue credit for accelerating a section of the Keystone XL pipeline that did not technically require his approval. He stood in front of steel pipes and called for action to cut red tape and promised to make energy projects like the Keystone XL pipeline a priority. Here are some highlights from that speech:

“Now, right now, a company called TransCanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from Cushing to state-of-the-art refineries down on the Gulf Coast. And today, I'm directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done. …

“But the fact is that my administration has approved dozens of new oil and gas pipelines over the last three years -– including one from Canada. And as long as I’m President, we’re going to keep on encouraging oil development and infrastructure and we’re going to do it in a way that protects the health and safety of the American people. We don’t have to choose between one or the other, we can do both. …

“I don’t want the energy jobs of tomorrow going to other countries. I want them here in the United States of America. And that’s what an all-of-the-above strategy is all about.  That’s how we break our dependence on foreign oil.”

Despite the president’s promises and lofty rhetoric, little has changed. In the two years since President Obama’s Cushing, Oklahoma, photo op, the Keystone pipeline application continues to gather dust, and the 42,100 jobs the landmark project would support have still yet to be realized. The delays continue, despite more rounds of State Department environmental studies giving the pipeline project the green light, the House passing bipartisan legislation to get the project moving, and recent polls showing more and more Americans support building the pipeline project.

It has now been 2,008 days since the application to build the Keystone XL pipeline was first filed. It’s time for President Obama to finally fulfill the promises he made in Cushing two years ago. To learn more and join the discussion on social media, use the hashtag #TimeToBuild.