President Obama’s supporters figure he will have time to offer a political peace pipe to some of those angered by his denying a permit for the TransCanada XL pipeline -- the one that would have hauled Canadian tar sand oil across the Sand Hills and a portion of the economically important and ecologically sensitive Ogallala Aquifer.
Obama’s critics naturally enough blasted the decision not to grant the permit for the route requested.
They made it sound as though everyone in the middle of the country was, by virtue of the decision, deprived of a high-paying, long-lasting job.
Central to the president’s decision was his assertion that he was denying the permit because of the route it would have taken.
He all but announced that if a more environmentally friendly path were to be selected, the pipeline could be carrying that coal tar stuff to the Gulf Coast of Texas in a couple of years.
Of course, that move would cause consternation among the scientists and others who say the mining and use of tar sands is, in itself, an assault on the environment.