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US incoherence on energy policy

January 18, 2012

It is very hard to call these two reports anything but incoherent.  First, the President’s jobs council recommends an “all-in” policy on energy to include expanded drilling, development of unconventional resources, and new pipelines and refineries (although it does not specifically mention Keystone XL).

Next, early reports indicate that the State Department is going to reject the Keystone pipeline.  This is a foolish policy decision for many reasons which we have detailed before, but it is utterly incoherent when juxtaposed with the pronouncement from the jobs council the day before.  To paraphrase a favorite line of US liberals, it appears that the left hand doesn’t know what the far left hand is doing.

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