In a perverse way, President Barack Obama could be described as courageous for making such a cowardly decision. Environmental studies have been made, plans have been drawn and construction was ready to begin on a vital link in America's energy grid--until Obama stepped on it for political reasons that are so obvious that even he should be embarrassed. He'll need a tough skin for the criticism that will rightly bedevil him.
I'm referring to his decision to halt the U.S.-Canadian Keystone XL oil pipeline that will bring oil (and a ton of jobs) to American refiners and consumers. Responding to political pressures from environmentalists and Nebraska, through which the underground pipeline would traverse, the Obama administration called for more studies that wont be completed until--guess when--after the 2012 election.
Even the reliability liberal Washington Post found fault with the decision, calling it "unwelcome." Said the Post:
The United States must reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, from any source, and it should encourage nations such as China to lower the carbon intensity of their economies, too. Even if that happens, though, the world will continue to use oil, with all the dirty realities that entails. Rejecting Keystone XL would not change that fact. But it would help China lock up more of the world’s oil production, cost infrastructure jobs in the United States and offend a reliable ally. More delay after three years of review is insult enough.