TransCanada, a Calgary based company, is suing the Obama Administration for the rejection of their application for a permit to allow the KeystoneXL pipeline to cross the American/Canadian border. Their lawsuit claims President Barack Obama overstepped his authority by taking action to deny the permit. Their suit also seeks the recovery of damages in the amount over $15 billion. The suit was filed in federal court in Texas yesterday under authority from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
TransCanada claims that when the president stepped in and swashed the KeystoneXL project he made an unconstitutional move that should be left to the Congress. The Constitution grants authority of the regulation of commerce to the Congress, not the president.
The biggest issue here should be the fact that it took 7 years for the decision on TransCanadas permit to be decided. That is ridiculous. That long of a wait should be seen as a clear violation of Due Process. The Obama Administration may have taken the strategy of just trying to wait out TransCanada knowing that every day they waited was another day the company was losing money. If that was Obamas plan then that is dirty pool. He deserves to be called out for it.
Obama really shot himself in the foot when he offered his explanation for the rejection. He told us he needed to worry about his image as a leader on climate change saying, Frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership. Or in other words, if he had accepted it then it would make him look bad with the green lobby. TransCanada is correct in their description of the rejection when they said, misplaced symbolism was chosen over merit and science rhetoric won out over reason.
Obama had his head in the clouds on this one. Dont you just love to hear the liberal left cry about special interest groups? The green lobby controlled the president on this one and Obamas explanation proves it. It is tough to take Obamas words as anything other than a political job where symbolism was chosen over merit.