In the chaos that passes for governance in Washington, the Keystone XL pipeline project looms as a seemingly supreme issue. But it is not. To view it as such is to miss the overall, something our media excels at.
I'm still not sure why the White House let things get to the point where supporters had to threaten to withhold their time, money and effort -- all over a boondoggle that wouldn't have dropped gas prices at all.
Obama may blame inaction on the Republicans, but the Keystone pipeline project will be a test on whether he chooses to commit the next few decades to an energy plan based on fossil fuels or whether he really wants to begin the transformation to building a renewable energy future.
What those "ordinary citizens" protesting the unnecessary Keystone XL pipeline did in Washington is what I wish we all were willing to do more often: Remind our government that it is in the service of the people -- and not big business.