Great work Obama – delay delay delay. The State Department announced last week that it was extending the Keystone XL pipeline’s five-year stay in purgatory — this time, indefinitely.
A departmental review scheduled to end in May has been pushed back while the Nebraska Supreme Court decides a case that could affect the pipeline’s path. It seems unlikely that the issue will be resolved before polls are cast in the 2014 midterms, meaning another controversial policy that could affect this year’s closest Senate races is in limbo.
Regardless of how politics figures into the president’s decision, all these delays have clearly figured into everyone else’s electoral calculus, whether it had left them for or against them. And if the Keystone XL decision is pushed back to next year, the debate over whether it should exist is sure to infect the next round of elections, too.