Never mind the Keystone pipeline for a moment–could Obama have opened the door to drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)? If he did that, environmentalists would literally (meaning, in this case, actually) riot in the streets, rather than just getting arrested as a a symbolic gesture as they have done with Keystone.
The Washington Free Beacon (which I always want to render as the Washington Free Bacon, even though no DC pork products are actually free of course) notes this morning that the bipartisan energy report he cited in his State of the Union speech actually calls for opening ANWR. This is a bit embarrassing; Obama doesn’t want to be accused of cherry-picking, does he? From the Free Bacon:
A report cited by President Obama during this week’s State of the Union address as a possible basis for national energy policy also calls for increased offshore drilling and oil production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)—two policies the administration has opposed.
President Obama proposed establishing an “energy security trust” during his speech and referred to the report by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE).
“If a nonpartisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we,” Obama said. “Let’s take their advice and free our families and businesses from the painful spikes in gas prices we’ve put up with for far too long.”
Meanwhile, our friends at Reason.tv are out with this short video (just 2:30 long) on the three reasons we should go ahead with Keystone without delay. Go Nick!
And did I forget to mention . . . bacon, mmmm.