And this puts the President in a tight spot, because he has other powerful allies who are strongly in favor of the pipeline.
Byron York of The Washington Examiner explains:
A brief moment on Wednesday showed why
President Obama can't win when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. In
front of the White House, protesters led by actress Daryl Hannah and the
head of the Sierra Club demanded that Obama kill the project. Just a
few blocks away, the head of the AFL-CIO's powerful Building and
Construction Trades Department joined with the American Petroleum
Institute to demand that Obama approve it.
Obama's friends in the environmental movement
and Hollywood on one side. Obama's friends in Big Labor allied with his
enemies in Big Oil on the other. What's a Democratic president to do?
Both sides were unhappy that Obama, who took
the time to talk about wind power, solar power, fuel efficiency, global
warming and all sorts of other related topics in his State of the Union
speech, did not mention Keystone at all. Not a single word.