Just as the Obama Administration has delayed the Keystone XL oil pipeline again, the project is now more popular than ever with Americans. A new survey from Rasmussen Reports shows 61% of Likely U.S. Voters support the pipeline, with just 27% opposed. That is the highest in the survey's history, and up four points from January. In addition, 62% of those surveyed believe the pipeline will be good for the economy, with only 10% saying it will be bad. And just 32% feel the project will be bad for the environment, against 54% who think it will do no harm.
The overwhelmingly positive numbers come as no surprise to Keystone supporters like Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance. He tells KTRH the benefits of the project are endless. "It will strengthen our security here at home with respect to energy production, it will strengthen our trade relationship with Canada, our most valued partner, and oh by the way great jobs, union jobs, unions support this," says Pyle. "This thing is a no-brainer by any standard."
But apparently the project is not such a "no-brainer" to the ObamaAdministration, which announced last week an indefinite delay for a final decision on the Keystone XL project. With Obama in the White House, it seems Keystone opponents are succeeding in holding up the project. "What we're seeing is a small vocal minority of environmental extremists who are opposed to the production of any type of fossil fuel," says Pyle. As for the large majority of Americans, including many Democrats, who support the pipeline, Pyle says the President simply isn't listening to them. "He's looking at this as a way to motivate that very, very narrow, rigid ideological left, that he needs to rally to help him with the midterm elections."