Punt: White House to “reassess” Keystone pipeline, postpone decision

posted at 8:45 pm on November 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

Any guesses on how long the decision will be postponed? Here’s a hint: Remember how Obama steadfastly refused any short-term deals during the debt-ceiling standoff, even while he was warning Americans daily that not raising the ceiling would bring about the apocalypse? Oddly enough, he was willing to risk fiscal ruin in order to avoid dealing with the issue again before November 2012.

November 2012 seems awfully important on his calendar for some reason.

The Obama administration will reassess the proposed route through Nebraska for a major pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to Texas, the State Department announced Thursday afternoon, a move that will delay a final decision beyond the 2012 election.

In a statement, the State Department said it has determined it “needs to undertake an in-depth assessment of potential alternative routes in Nebraska … given the concentration of concerns regarding the environmental sensitivities of the current proposed route through the Sand Hills area of Nebraska.”…

Proponents of the pipeline, meanwhile, said the delay would cost Americans jobs and do nothing to address the country’s ongoing dependence on imported oil. Stephen Brown, vice president of government affairs for the Tesoro oil refinery, said Obama was lucky that Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) had come out against the pipeline.

“Terrible decision for the energy future of the country; brilliant decision for the President’s re-election campaign,” Brown wrote in an e-mail. “And the administration owes a debt of thanks to the Republican leaders of Nebraska for providing an escape hatch on this.”

Nebraska Republicans were skittish about the pipeline because it would have crossed an aquifer, but needless to say, it’s the green lobby that’s making Obama nervous, not pressure from the GOP. The Hill minced no words in reporting on this on Sunday: “Environmentalists say a federal permit for TransCanada would sap their appetites for door-knocking, political giving and other work on behalf of Obama next year.” If he ignored them and approved the pipeline, he’d be creating jobs — but then he’d have to make do with maybe $950 million in campaign donations next year instead of a full billion. So he did what he always does: He put his reelection first. No one should be surprised by this. Remember back in February when he rolled out his terrible, terrible budget proposal, which was so timid on entitlement reform that even number-one Obama fan Andrew Sullivan went nuclear on him for it? This guy’s priorities are crystal clear, and top priority is not taking any unnecessary political risks. Same here.

Here’s Krauthammer marveling at how political our pragmatist, post-partisan president can be. Click the image to watch.

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Outcome:
Obama will want a Kill switch installed.

Electrongod on November 10, 2011 at 8:47 PM

You know what the white stuff in chicken $#!+ is?

More chicken $#!+.

davidk on November 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Here’s a thought: reroute it around the aquifer?

John the Libertarian on November 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Dick.

Vince on November 10, 2011 at 8:50 PM

P R E S E N T !

GarandFan on November 10, 2011 at 8:52 PM

How can anyone with half a brain not simply loathe this empty suit?

Tim Zank on November 10, 2011 at 8:53 PM

In a statement, the State Department said it has determined it “needs to undertake an in-depth assessment of potential alternative routes….

State Department? Hillary’s gang? WTF?

What happened to Interior and Energy?

BobMbx on November 10, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Lemme guess,Hopey doesn’t want to upset his
Environmentalist Wacko Voter Base!!

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 8:58 PM

How feasible will this thing be when we have a conservative president who opens the spigots on our own oil capacity? When the market is supersaturated with US oil and gas is under two bucks a gallon, is this Canadian oil sand still profitable or do we just have an unused pipeline running the entire width of the US?

Buddahpundit on November 10, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Question…Obama’s every decision revolves around getting reelected and not leading the country for the country’s sake from now until 2012. So what will a second term of Obama look like should we be unfortunate to have enough dolts putting him back in the Oval office for another 4 years, when he won’t have to run again?

chickasaw42 on November 10, 2011 at 9:02 PM

How can anyone with half a brain not simply loathe this empty suit?

Tim Zank on November 10, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Now you stop that young man. The prez. is doing the best he can. He just wants to take his time and consider all the options as he has always done.

Seriously though, the manchild is genuinely evil.

arnold ziffel on November 10, 2011 at 9:03 PM

worst. president. ever.

sbvft contributor on November 10, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Focused laser-like on the issues, I see.

Putz.

coldwarrior on November 10, 2011 at 9:06 PM

If Obama wins next November 6, more evil will begin occurring on November 7 than this country has ever dreamed of.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 10, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Focused laser-like on the issues, I see.

He is..just that the laser won’t be turned on until sometime in 2012.

Putz
coldwarrior on November 10, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Thumbs up…
….oh wait…
Obama did that already in the pic.

Electrongod on November 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Suddenly just made it a campaign issue. Right after the EO to cancel Obamacare implementation in its tracks would be to green light the pipe line. They could have gave it the green light but the add to the red tape that is to be almost as long as the pipe even longer.

That is if China has not already built the Trans-Pacific Pipeline all 10,000 miles of it.

More Proof that the Hover Dam would never be built again. As long as Democrats are in charge.

tjexcite on November 10, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Keystone pipeline fight: Wall Street is watching
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White House approval could spur investments in dirtier fossil fuels and worsen global warming
1:08 pm, September 1, 2011 Updated: 2:55 pm, November 4, 2011
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Actresses Darryl Hannah and Margot Kidder and hundreds of less well-known activists are ending a two-week civil disobedience campaign focused on preventing Obama administration approval of a pipeline to ferry oil extracted from Canadian tar sands to U.S. refineries. They say it threatens forests, water supplies, and will radically worsen global warming.

But climate scientists and oil industry analysts say more is at stake than the fate of the so-called Keystone XL project. It is among a handful of energy projects in North America whose approval could boost investment and create momentum for unconventional sources of fossil fuels. Many scientists believe increased use of such dirtier energy could make it harder to avert a climate crisis.

While protestors want White House officials and the public to notice, investors already are watching developments closely – and the pipeline’s builder, whose chief lobbyist has deep connections in Washington, is spending heavily to influence the outcome. To Wall Street, approval of extending the pipeline to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico would be more than symbolic.

“It could give a signal that the U.S. isn’t necessarily going to step up regulations” on new and dirtier forms of fossil fuels, said Jacob Correll, a commodities analyst at Summit Energy, a consulting firm. “It might give investors more comfort that it’s going to be a country that’s more conducive to continuing these drilling investments going forward.”

If TransCanada Corp., a Calgary, Alberta-based energy company, receives administration approval to build the $7 billion pipeline expansion, it “could add incentives for refineries” to process dirtier grades of crude, said Sparsh Khandeshi, a refineries law fellow at the Environmental Integrity Project, an advocacy group founded by former Environmental Protection Agency enforcement attorneys. The organization noted in June 2008, before the financial crisis sapped the global demand for oil, that U.S. refineries already were “placing a major bet on a fuel source which is dirtier to mine, process and refine.”

Keystone XL backers in the oil industry claim the pipeline project would create tens of thousands of American jobs while reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s lobbying arm, argues that the environment will be better safeguarded if the oil sands crude flows to the U.S. rather than to other nations.

“It could be exported to other countries, many of which do not have the same stringent environmental regulations that are in place here in the United States,” API asserts. “China, for example, has been actively seeking energy resources.”

Environmental groups dispute industry claims that the project will create so many jobs, and also the assertion that the environment will be better off with shipments to U.S. refineries.

Pipeline opponents, including some former Obama campaign volunteers, are warning the president that if he does not support them now, they may not be there for him in his 2012 reelection campaign.
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http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/09/01/6106/keystone-pipeline-fight-wall-street-watching

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Has he actually sat at his desk in the White House in the last several months..?

d1carter on November 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM

He is the DOTUS.

No doubts.

The left is completely absorbed with their religion of FORCING/NUDGING the dumb farm animals (us) to do what is right in their eyes (saving the polluted earth).

What they fail to see is that their belief in their way being the ABSOLUTE TRUTH is no different than the Crusaders hundreds of years ago.

They are consumed with what they condemn others for (belief in one way or the highway).

Lefties don’t have a religion? Oh yes, they most certainly do (money, power and cronyism to name a few of their tenents).

He’s going to punt on this so he can see who will be willing to belly up to the DNC CASH BAR and pay the most to get it done. Will GE kill it in favor of the wind farms they own or will the oil companies play ball and pay the piper you might say?

Time will tell……….but one thing is for sure.

He is the DOTUS.

PappyD61 on November 10, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Here’s Krauthammer marveling at how political our pragmatist, post-partisan president can be. Click the image to watch.

CK is nothing more than a CARTER-MONDALE Conservative Poser.

I’m done listening to any of these talking heads from D.C.

ALLRED THEM.

PappyD61 on November 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

August 26, 2011
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Timeline of U.S. Department of State Environmental and National Interest Determination Review Processes

Further Information

For updates and further information please visit: http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/08/171084.htm

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Who needs fresh supplies of energy? We have the sun!

SouthernGent on November 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Kicking the can down the road,er,driving the
Keystone Pipeline into da ditch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 9:24 PM

It’s the progressive way! One step forward, and five steps backwards, into the stone ages.

Rovin on November 10, 2011 at 9:29 PM

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM

The is the leader of the Western World?

Cheeerist, how we have lowered our standards.

(I’d call him a putz again, but have been getting hate mail from putzes who ask that they not be demeaned anymore by my associating Obama with putzes.)

coldwarrior on November 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM

O/T
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Shooting in Oakland Occupy Thingy!
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Update: Man shot near Occupy Oakland camp; Campers say they don’t believe shooting is related to encampment – @SFGate
40 Min ago
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Man shot near Occupy Oakland encampment; Photo by @JesseJenkins purported to be of scene
33 Mi.ago
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@abc7newsBayArea
VIDEO: An ABC7 camera was rolling when gunfire broke out near the #occupyoakland camp tonight – http://t.co/k1lYJOlh
13 Min ago
update

http://www.breakingnews.com/
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Video of Shooting
Shots fired near ‘Occupy Oakland’camp
Updated at 06:15 PM today
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ABC7′s Laura Anthony was at the Occupy encampment and heard the gunshots. An ABC7 photographer and another individual were assaulted when they attempted to gather video of the shooting scene.

A crowd quickly formed a human chain around the individual who was shot until police arrived. Oakland police are currently interviewing eyewitnesses to determine what happened.
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http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=8427634#&cmp=twi-kgo-article-8427634

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..

isn’t this pipeline a massive INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT…… and isn’t Barry always harp’n on how we need to spend money and create jobs…with massive INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS…….

roflmmfao

donabernathy on November 10, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Maybe there wasn’t enough payola offered?

coldwarrior on November 10, 2011 at 9:38 PM

2012

rob verdi on November 10, 2011 at 9:39 PM

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM
The is the leader of the Western World?

Cheeerist, how we have lowered our standards.

(I’d call him a putz again, but have been getting hate mail from putzes who ask that they not be demeaned anymore by my associating Obama with putzes.)

coldwarrior on November 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM

coldwarrior:Putz’s,lol,hey,I’m at least one Canadian,that knows
Obama,is not the average American,nor does he repre
sent,”America”,this clown,is sumpin special!!:)
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WANTED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CONTACT THE STATE DEPARTMENT if you have seen POTUSA!

MIA….COMMANDER IN CHIEF

MIA…LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD

DERILICTION OF DUTY

TREASON

IF you know the where abouts,please….contact
FBI,CIA,ICE,or your State Local Authorities!!!
(snark).

canopfor on September 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM

canopfor on June 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 9:39 PM

What happened to Interior and Energy?

BobMbx on November 10, 2011 at 8:57 PM

President Ron Paul wiped them out.

Oh, wait…

JohnGalt23 on November 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Obama makes Romney look like a sincere and principled candidate.

novaculus on November 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Why the hell is it being piped all the way to Texas in the first place? Why can’t we build refineries closer? Like New York, or Maine?

Am I just being dense here? We need new refining capacity as it is. Are the NIMBYs holding us hostage in that respect, too?

F*cktards, the lot of them.

nukemhill on November 10, 2011 at 10:36 PM

When do the Canadians say enough is enough and build a pipeline to Vancouver to start selling that petroleum to China?
Building a pipeline across the Rockies will be tougher than going south through the Great Plains, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chinese will subsidize it.

mjzman on November 10, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Jobs? We don’t need no steenking jobs!

profitsbeard on November 10, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Simply stated, we have a president who is stuck on STUPID!!!

SC.Charlie on November 11, 2011 at 6:52 AM

They should build refineries in ND and not build a pipeline to TX. Of course, the greenies won’t go for that either. Why is State involved again? Don’t we already have enough govt alphabets involved in strangling the energy of this country.

Kissmygrits on November 11, 2011 at 7:37 AM

P.O.S.

petefrt on November 11, 2011 at 7:37 AM

You know, Dave Heineman (R) is also part of the problem. He is also trying to stop jobs from being created in Nebraska. There is a huge vacuum of leadership in this nation from both parties.

BigGator5 on November 11, 2011 at 7:55 AM

How can anyone with half a brain not simply loathe this empty suit?

Tim Zank on November 10, 2011 at 8:53 PM

It’s easy -just think of that liitle kid being led off into the bushes by that nice man who gave her candy and your understand the power of the presidency. Like that poor little girl, they’ll find out later what the real cost of taking free candy (of any type) from nasty men.

Don L on November 11, 2011 at 8:24 AM

My understanding is that since the pipeline crosses borders, the State Department gets the final call; at least that’s how General Axlerod made the effort to deflect the blame from Obama on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ today.

Whatever! If I were Canada, I’d tell the U.S. to forgettaboudit! They need jobs in Canada just like in the U.S.

If the Pubbies don’t play this up big from now until Nov 2012, they should be accused of dereliction of duty. With this and NLRB’s actions in South Carolina, it’s obvious that Obama is a Job Killer! Thousands of jobs going begging from the one that said he was going to focus like a laser on job creation, over and over and over again. Utterly pathetic!! Hope those construction unions are having heartburn; they’ve been sold out to the eco-wackos!! But then again, Obama favors public sector unions over private sector ones.

Bob in VA on November 11, 2011 at 9:01 AM

mjzman on November 10, 2011 at 11:24 PM

That is exactly where this is heading.
Another knife in the back for his most despised country,the U.S.A..

nimrod on November 11, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Here’s a thought: reroute it around the aquifer?

John the Libertarian on November 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Great idea! Here’s another idea: In the sections over the aquifer, require the use of double-walled pipe–one inner pipe carrying oil, with a larger pipe surrounding it with air in the annular space between them, with hydrocarbon sensors to detect leaks.

This might make the pipeline more expensive, but we could import cheap Canadian oil AND preserve the aquifer.

Steve Z on November 11, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Why the hell is it being piped all the way to Texas in the first place? Why can’t we build refineries closer? Like New York, or Maine?

Am I just being dense here? We need new refining capacity as it is. Are the NIMBYs holding us hostage in that respect, too?

nukemhill on November 10, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Most of the Canadian “tar sand oil” is in the province of Alberta, north of Montana, and Maine or New York would be much farther from Alberta than Texas would be. Piping the oil to Texas would enable the use of the existing refineries in the Houston / Baytown / Beaumont area, which were built to handle oil from the East Texas oilfields.

http://www.eia.gov/neic/rankings/refineries.htm

The above link to the Energy Information Administration gives the list of the 142 largest refineries in the United States. Most of the largest refineries are in TX, CA, and LA, but there are four fairly large refineries in IL, two in MN, and three small refineries in MT.

If running a pipeline through Nebraska is a serious problem, what about approving a shorter pipeline which could supply existing refineries in MT, MN, and IL (which wouldn’t have to pass through Nebraska) now, with the possibility of extending it further south to refineries in TX and LA later? Of course, the Keystone pipeline people would have to negotiate with these refineries to buy their crude oil once the pipeline is built, based on market conditions…

Large-scale oil refineries need a large supply of WATER for cooling and steam generation, and a nearby navigable river is very helpful for shipping products out by barge or tanker. Once a pipeline is built from Alberta into St. Paul, MN (two refineries), or Illinois, it could later be extended (as the production from Alberta increases) along the Mississippi River to supply refineries further south along the river, or eventually to those in Louisiana and Texas, without affecting the aquifer in Nebraska.

Steve Z on November 11, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Stephen Brown, vice president of government affairs for the Tesoro oil refinery, said Obama was lucky that Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) had come out against the pipeline.

They should build refineries in ND and not build a pipeline to TX. Of course, the greenies won’t go for that either. Why is State involved again? Don’t we already have enough govt alphabets involved in strangling the energy of this country.

Kissmygrits on November 11, 2011 at 7:37 AM

From the EIA link above, Tesoro owns 7 refineries in the USA, one of which is in Mandan, ND. Tesoro would be first in line to receive crude oil from Alberta, whether or not the pipeline went through Nebraska!

If the pipeline could be approved as far as ND or SD, then other refineries could be built as needed along the Red River of the North, able to ship products southward by barge, and not affect Nebraska…

Steve Z on November 11, 2011 at 1:42 PM

How does Obumbles spin this into “jobs created or saved?”

JayVee on November 11, 2011 at 7:46 PM