The Big Stall
1:33 PM, Feb 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Keystone Pipeline, which has been studied for more than five years, will be studied some more. A State Department study was generally thought to be the conclusive and it has now been delivered. But we are told by the White House chief of staff, Denis McDonough, that there is more studying to be done. McDonough said, on Sunday morning television, that President Obama:
One wonders why the studies could not have been done simultaneously with EPA, the Energy Department, the State Department, and the White House all working against the same deadline. Maybe in a basement, somewhere, with pizza sent in for dinner. In most of the world, deadlines are a means to getting things done or determining that they shouldn’t be done. And deadlines are helpful to those with an interest in the decision. But Washington operates according to its own rhythms. When asked about the timing:
Meanwhile, as Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason of Reuters, are reporting:
Lest one think that Washington cannot get anything done speedily, there is the example of a tax increase on home heating fuel which Congress slapped onto its mammoth farm fill last week. In the midst, incidentally, of a nationwide cold spell.
Why the farm bill? Because it:
That audit, according to Waxman, suggested that the agency which would be getting the money from the tax increase, the National Oilheat Research Alliance, had a record of using such funding, “... primarily to run public relations campaigns.”
And that’s how they do business in Washington.
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