Democrats again target Koch Industies over Keystone pipeline

President Obama made a poor political and economic decision in deciding to delay the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But he and his Democratic allies haven’t stopped there. They now seem to be on a crusade to bully companies that might even be thinking about developing domestic energy.

Politico reports:

Democrats want Koch Industries to testify at Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline.

But don’t hold your breath.

Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry Waxman and Energy and Power Subcommittee ranking member Bobby Rush on Monday wrote their Republican counterparts to request a Koch representative as part of their months-long probe into whether the company expects to profit mightily from the project. . . .

Koch Industries officials told Democratic staff last May that the Keystone pipeline has “nothing to do with any of our businesses.” The officials also insisted that the company has “no financial interest” in the pipeline and neither supports nor opposes the bill the House panel is considering.

At the time, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said the Democratic request was based on an “outrageous accusation” and was a “blatant political sideshow.”

This is the left’s anti-Koch paranoia run amok. They want to haul representatives of a company having nothing to do with the pipeline before Congress while the president has already nixed the project, at least for now.

Waxman has been on this witch hunt for months now. Now that the White House has delayed the project, the inquest looks even more bizarre.

And let’s assume that the Koch’s do have an interest in the pipeline. I have no reason to believe so, but let’s say hypothetically Koch Industries wants to participate in the pipeline project for some reason. So what? The notion that Democrats would find it nefarious that the Koch’s would be looking to develop domestic energy sources to minimize our dependence on foreign oil speaks volumes about how unhinged the anti-Koch attacks have become. It also tells you all you need to know about how unserious the Democrats are in breaking our dependence on foreign oil.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.
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