Part of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will be built, and the White House thinks that's great. Apparently President Barack Obama's idea of a good pipeline is one that doesn't carry a drop of Canadian oil to help the United States.
Obama has refused to grant permission for the full Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. A Calgary company, TransCanada, wants to build the line to pipe Canadian oil to U.S. refineries.
White House rejection of the plan clearly is an attempt by Obama to gain support and votes from radical environmentalists.
TransCanada has announced it will go ahead with the first leg of the pipeline, from Texas to Oklahoma. Because that section does not cross the U.S.-Canada border, the company doesn't need the president's approval.
But approve it he did. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama supports the Texas-to-Oklahoma pipeline because it will ease a bottleneck in domestic shipments of petroleum.
Never mind that the pipeline, without extending into Canada, will not bring a drop of oil from that country to the United States.
At least TransCanada is doing something. That is more than can be said about Obama's energy policy - which seems to be to starve Americans of the fuel we need to beat back rising gas prices and resume growing the U.S. economy.