January 18th, 2012
06:47 PM ET
Washington (CNN) - Why did the Obama administration announce the Keystone XL pipeline decision Wednesday? Why not.
It was already a foregone conclusion that they were going to deny the permit, according to multiple Democratic sources. They had made clear they couldn't approve it within the 60 day deadline set by Congress. With the State of theUnionlooming next week, this allowed them an opportunity to address the controversy and move on.
Republicans have argued it is politically damaging for the President to be seen as opposing the pipeline and the jobs and oil it could bring into theUnited States. The president's team said they believe he already took the political heat over Keystone when he announced in November that he'd delay the decision to approve it until 2013 and Wednesday's announcement doesn't cause additional political damage, according to the Democratic sources.
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