ATP nearing Keystone signatures goal

Americans rallying around 342,000-job energy project, despite multi-million dollar enviro opposition campaign

WASHINGTON — With 48 hours left to submit comments and petition signatures supporting the proposed Keystone XL energy pipeline to the State Department, American Tradition Partnership was only 31,728 petitions short of its coalition goal of 750,000 Americans officially affirming support for the project.

“We’ll make it, but only if Americans keep up the pace of signing our petition at,” said ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson.

“Americans support the safe, clean Keystone XL jobs pipeline,” said Ferguson.  “People are sick of environmentalists targeting jobs for elimination.  The safe, clean Keystone XL pipeline means 342,000 new jobs and 700,000 barrels a day of oil to U.S. refineries, lowering gas prices.” is a project of American Tradition Partnership (ATP,) the nation’s largest and fastest growing advocate of rational, pro-growth energy policies.  ATP is supported entirely by grassroots members.

Citizens have until a government deadline of Oct. 6 to go to and sign the petition to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will decide whether or not to approve the project.

43% of independents 'strongly disapprove' of Obama

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza reports:

Four in 10 Americans “strongly” disapprove of how President Obama is handling the job of president in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the highest that number has risen during his time in office and a sign of the hardening opposition to him as he seeks a second term...

...Forty-three percent of independents — a group the president spent the better part of the last year courting — strongly disapprove of the job he is doing...

...43 percent of self-identified Democrats said they “strongly” approve of the job Obama is doing, while 74 percent of Republicans strongly disapprove. That’s a 31-point disparity for you non-math majors out there.

The poll data provide empirical evidence for the recent switch in Obama’s rhetoric from a focus on compromise (aimed at independents) to one that accentuates the differences between his approach and the one advocated by Republicans (aimed at Democrats).