There are seven states President Obama has yet to visit. But only one of them is the heart of an almost miraculous energy boom that has resulted in the nation’s lowest jobless rate. Obama not going to North Dakota and the Bakken area is like Bill Clinton going out of his way to stiff Silicon Valley in the 1990s. National Journal’s Amy Harder offers several possible explanations, including this one:
Going to a state to tout domestic oil production could also further inflame Obama’s environmental base, which is already worked up over his pending decision on the Keystone XL pipeline (which would ship some Bakken oil, if approved).
But, as Harder notes, Obama could use the visit to highlight both the opportunities and challenges of this energy revolution. Life is about trade-offs, after all. Hope the president sees this one as a net positive.