However stupid they think we are, they're right.
Many environmentalists are celebrating a 'victory' over the Keystone Pipeline delay.
In a stunning reversal of a “done deal,” the Obama administration has sent the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline back to review at the State Department...There will be a “supplemental” environmental impact statement — presumably one that isn’t rigged
Reversal would usually be applied to a 180 degree turn. What's been announced is merely a delay. There's no reversal at all. So no, I'm not stunned.
In fact, I'm the opposite of stunned. This move looks like the time-honored tactic of delaying an unpopular action until after an election. What a surprise that this is exactly what's taking place here.
Presumably, the new impact statement will be whatever is needed to proceed with the pipeline, adjusted for minimum delay and maximum obfuscation. Then the pipeline deal can be safely whisked through for approval after the campaign.
Why spend time arguing over a done deal when you're just going to piss off some of your voters? Now, the issue is completely off the table and can be ignored. The environmentalist vote has been secured due to this Phyrric victory. Who cares what they think or do a year and a half from now?
Is this a case of willful ignorance or are we really too stupid to see through this obvious political ploy?