letters | weighing future of keystone pipeline

Who are we kidding? Decision is out of his hands

Your front-page story “All sides pressing Kerry on pipeline: Environmentalists, unions try to sway Keystone decision” (May 28) fantasized that it is Secretary of State John Kerry’s decision to approve or disapprove the Keystone pipeline. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Kerry is now a member of the Obama administration, and I expect that he will do as he is told by President Obama, just as the previous secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, did.

Certainly Kerry can try to persuade Obama about which option to choose, but the policy decision itself rests with the president who is in charge of the executive branch for which Kerry works.

Richard Chamberlain