House Speaker and professional Tard the Cat look-a-like John Boehner shot orange soda all over the place when he pouted about President Obama’s promised veto of the environmentally devastating (and nil job creating) Keystone Xl Pipeline.
Following through on a promise, President Obama swiftly vetoed the Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, essentially killing the project for an extended period of time.
“Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest,” President Obama wrote in his veto message. (Reuters)
President Obama’s veto could only mean that John Boehner would be leaking Cheeto dust everywhere as he stomped and kicked at the president’s rightful veto. And that’s precisely what he did.
Here was Boehner’s statement:
“The president’s veto of the Keystone jobs bill is a national embarrassment. It’s embarrassing when Russia and China are plowing ahead on two massive pipelines and we can’t get this one no-brainer of a project off the ground. The president is just too close to environmental extremists to stand up for America’s workers. He’s too invested in left-fringe politics to do what presidents are called on to do, and that’s put the national interest first.
“For the president, Keystone may just be today’s politics, but there are workers and unions who have spent years counting on the 42,000 jobs this project will support. There are small business owners counting on the promise and opportunities this project will bring to their towns. There are governors in both parties counting on the revenue and growth this project will bring to their states. There are manufacturers clamoring for the development of North America’s resources. And there’s an overwhelming majority of Americans who want us to put politics aside and get this done.
“So we are not going to give up in our efforts to get this pipeline built – not even close. We pledged to make the people’s priorities our priorities, and we will keep working every day to deliver on that commitment.”
You don’t have to exactly be a Washington insider to know that the pipeline deal would only create 50 permanent jobs. So basically, we need to risk killing the planet to sell dirty oil to China and have a workforce the size of a summer a hot dog stand? Of course John Boehner is totally cool with mounting petty fights over the debt ceiling and shutting down the government. Nah, that wasn’t a national embarrassment at all.