Well, isn’t this a stunner?
Former President Jimmy Carter came out against the Keystone Pipeline on Wednesday with a group of Nobel laureates.
“You stand on the brink of making a choice that will define your legacy on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced – climate change,” Carter and the others wrote in an open letter to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Carter becomes the first former president who has publicly opposed the construction of the northern leg of the pipeline, which would run 1,179 miles from Canada into the United States.
Former President George W. Bush once called the proposal a “no-brainer,” The Washington Postnotes.
Carter and the other Nobel Prize winners suggest to Obama that rejecting the $5.4 billion project would help the environment.
“You know as well as us the power of precedence that this would set,” states the letter, published in Politico. “This leadership by example would usher in a new era where climate change and pollution is given the urgent attention and focus it deserves in a world where the climate crisis is already a daily struggle for so many.”
Rejecting Keystone XL “would signal a new course for the world’s largest economy,” added the group of Nobel laureates, which includes South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and landmine activist Jody Williams.
Well, since we know Obama cares only what’s best for Obama, his decision will hinge on polls showing how badly Democrats will do this fall; judging by the reckless behavior of the left recently their internal polling must be devastating. So expect Obama to throw the fringe extremists in his party overboard and give Keystone the green light. Americans overwhelmingly support this logical step to help free us of foreign oil and, if anything, Obama lives and dies by the polls.