In political campaigns, it's always best to "play to your base."
Which might explain a recent release from Democrat Irv Halter
urging President Barack Obama to build the Keystone XL Pipeline
. It's hard to imagine such a position will earn Halter much love from his fellow Democrats — but Democrats aren't the majority in El Paso County. Halter, keenly aware of this fact, has sought to distinguish himself as a firmly conservative Dem.
In fact, the press release goes so far as to point out that his "Position Puts Him at odds with Obama & Democrats."
It remains to be seen whether Halter's aisle-swapping will pay off in the November election against Republican incumbent Rep. Doug Lamborn.
Major General (Ret) Irv Halter: It's time to build Keystone XL Pipeline
Position Puts Him at odds with Obama & Democrats
Colorado Springs, CO - Today Major General (Ret.) Irv Halter called for the Obama Administration to immediately approve plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline.
"This project will create jobs, spur economic growth, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It has been long-planned and thoroughly reviewed, and it is time to build the pipeline," Halter said.
Halter continued, "I'm disappointed that President Obama has continued to hold up approval of this important project. In my Air Force career, once we had the necessary information, we moved forward and made difficult decisions. After two thorough reviews by the State Department, the President has the information he needs."
The State Department review released in January found that building the northern section of the Keystone XL pipeline will have a negligible impact on the environment. The review noted that regardless of whether the pipeline is built, the oil will still be extracted from the ground. Without the expanded pipeline, this new oil will be transported by rail greatly increasing the risk of accidents.
The report found that construction of the pipeline would create 42,000 jobs, both direct and indirect, over a two-year period. And the project would contribute an additional $3.4 billion to the economy.