Obama, environmentalists slammed as hypocrites over presidential library location
President Obama’s plan to bulldoze a sensitive Chicago lakefront park in order to build his presidential library is meeting with outrage — but not from environmental groups.
Even as local environmentalists say they will not challenge the library in spite of concerns, others are accusing Mr. Obama of hypocrisy, pointing to his record of aggressively blocking badly needed development elsewhere in the name of ecological protection.
Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid, whose coal-producing northwest Colorado community is threatened with economic devastation as a result of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, said the decision shows that Mr. Obama doesn’t play by his own rules.
“Apparently, Obama is a radical environmentalist, until it is inconvenient or applies to him,” said Mr. Kinkaid. “He has used the [Environmental Protection Agency] to pound down good-paying American jobs for almost eight years. Nowhere is that more in evidence than in coal country.”
Instead of building the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, said Mr. Kinkaid, “I suggest that he locate his library in Wyoming. He has single-handedly killed the entire state, and they could use the jobs.”