A few month ago I opined that President Obama couldn't be moved by environmental activists to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Sure, he needed to shore up his base for the 2012 election. But I thought he'd treat people who cared about climate and pollution as in the bag, so frightened by any Republican that he could ignore them.
Evidently not so. Perhaps he got tired of having his campaign fundraising events dogged by protesters. Maybe he found it sleazy that the "environmental assessment" of the project was contracted out to a company with big contracts with the pipeline builder.
But for whatever reason, the administration has delayed a decision for more review. Bill McKibben, who has been leading the opposition via 350.org, believes we should take this as a victory.
McKibben isn't joking about that. People aren't about to let this abomination be built.