Harper to Obama: I’ve got plenty of buyers for our oil

posted at 10:45 am on December 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Canada has patiently waited for Americans to help themselves improve our energy policy by installing a pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to our refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, but this week Prime Minister Stephen Harper signaled that their patience has limits.  Speaking to CTV, Harper reminded the US that they have a very thirsty China as a potential customer, too:

Canada could sell its oil to China and other overseas markets with or without approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in the United States, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In a year-end television interview, Harper indicated he had doubts the $7-billion pipeline would receive political approval from U.S. President Barack Obama, and that Canada should be looking outside the United States for markets.

“I am very serious about selling our oil off this continent, selling our energy products off to Asia. I think we have to do that,” Harper said in the Monday interview with CTV National News.

Harper’s comments were released a day after the White House sent signals it might kill TransCanada’s oil sands pipeline if it is forced to make a decision on the project in 60 days, saying there wasn’t sufficient time to complete a new environmental review.

Clearly, Harper isn’t enamored with Barack Obama’s stalling on the Keystone XL pipeline.  Kelly McParland got the same impression, and writes at the National Post that Harper kept it friendly but made no mistake about playing political and economic hardball if Obama continues to stall:

Stephen Harper sent a none-too-subtle shot across the bow of  our American friends and allies Monday when he indicated he’s dead keen on selling Canadian oil to buyers in Asia. He didn’t put it in so many words, but  he was telling Washington this: “You don’t want our oil, no problem. We’ve got lots of markets across the Pacific where we don’t have to beg to get a sale.”

It was a timely message and a good one for the Prime Minister to send. There is no need to be rude to the U.S., which is and always will be Canada’s best market. But there’s also no need to sit around and wait for the political circus in Washington to pause long enough to recognize the attractiveness of the opportunity Canada is offering. Given the state of absurdity that has the U.S. capital in its grip, there’s no telling how long that could take.

Of course, the compromise in the Senate over the payroll tax “holiday” would have solved the Keystone XL issue, or at least forced Obama to bite the bullet and make a decision on it.  Unfortunately, the House GOP has thrown that solution into doubt with its rebuke of their GOP colleagues in the Senate this week.  McParland aces the description of the standoff:

The ins and outs are too complex to get into, but it comes down to this: President Barack Obama wants to extend a tax break he introduced to offset the effects of the recession. Despite supporting tax cuts, Republicans don’t want him to get credit for this one. So they’re opposing the extension, even though they support it. In search of a compromise, the Senate voted on the weekend to extend the break for just two months, meaning everyone could go home for Christmas and renew the battle later. But Republicans in the House couldn’t bring themselves to accept the deal approved by Republicans in the Senate, insisting the extension should be for a full year, not just two months. But rather than vote down the deal — which would let Obama blame Republicans for refusing a tax cut, they simply refused to vote at all. The just cancelled a vote scheduled for Monday, and did nothing at all. Nice work, guys. Another vote was held Tuesday, which led to a House demand for negotiations, but the Senate has already left town.

Meanwhile, China is growing thirstier, and Canada grows impatient to sell its bountiful oil to someone who really wants it.  Maybe everyone should concentrate on the real economic benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline instead of the illusory differences between a 2- and 12-month extension of a tax holiday that produced no economic stimulus at all over the past year.


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So who’s going to hammer 0bama when he pi$$es this thing away? We apparently can’t expect the GOP to do it.

CurtZHP on December 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Well…he is the smartest president we have ever had EVER!

crazywater on December 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

I’m cutting Scooter some slack on this one. He’s already assured us that unemployment is the first thing he thinks about in the morning and the last thing at night. What more do you want from the man?

a capella on December 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Is it just me, or does it seem that November is never coming???

txdonboy on December 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Canada seems more American than America these days. No Fannie/Freddie government-induced financial crash, actual real drilling for oil, and a sound currency even with national health care!

We are becoming a third world nation, and the GOP is part of it.

PattyJ on December 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Mr thin skin?
Won’t do a bloody thing….

Thanks Canada,we have an idiot in chief running the show

cmsinaz on December 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Our President is a joke to the rest of the world. How in the world did 52% of the American people vote this jackwagon into office? He’s inept, corrupt, dangerous, and pompous! The majority of the idiots in DC need to be voted out in 2012 or this country is going down the tubes.

AmayasNana on December 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I think obozo is just concerned that if he trains his laser like focus on this pipeline, the oil might ignite and cause a massive disaster.

Flange on December 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Maybe some Hollywood stars can fly their private planes into Washington to explain to us why we don’t need any more oil.

RBMN on December 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Two months or twelve months, makes no difference. Obama is never going to allow that pipeline to be built. To do so would if not correct the downfall of America it would at least stave it off until Americans can come to their senses and elect an actual American as president.

Obama has no, nada, zip, zilch, zero interest in anything that helps America.

clippermiami on December 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Canada seems more American than America these days. No Fannie/Freddie government-induced financial crash, actual real drilling for oil, and a sound currency even with national health care!

We are becoming a third world nation, and the GOP is part of it.

PattyJ on December 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Canada has also cut taxes on their GST TWICE since Harper has been in office. It was 8% when he came in, and I think it is now 3%.

Canada right now has the fastest growing economy in the world.

ConservativePartyNow on December 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Clusterfark. Why would Senate Repubs vote for a 2 month extension! Come to think of it, why vote for any extension when the last one did diddly!

LeftCoastRight on December 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM

AmayasNana on December 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Because more than 2% of the population didn’t want to vote for the other jackwagon.

Obama wants us to pay higher energy costs, remember?

Logus on December 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM

So who’s going to hammer 0bama when he pi$$es this thing away? We apparently can’t expect the GOP to do it.

CurtZHP on December 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM

This should be the simplest thing in the world for the GOP to hammer SCOAMF on with regards to Keystone XL. Why won’t they?

The fact that the Canucks are just going to turn around and sell the oil to the ChiComs if Keystone doesn’t happen should be the only rebuttal you need to these environmental bedwetters. In other words, the oil sands project is still going to move forward and it’s only going to go to a country that isn’t going to burn it as cleanly.

If anything, we’re only contributing more to “AGW” if we DON’T build Keystone XL.

Watch bedwetters’ heads explode.

Red Cloud on December 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

So who’s going to hammer 0bama when he pi$$es this thing away? We apparently can’t expect the GOP to do it.

CurtZHP on December 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM

No one. Seriously. Do you think the media will do it? Will the GOP?

Washington Nearsider on December 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Barry is probably unaware that the country runs on oil.

GarandFan on December 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Phhhhhhttt!!!! We don’t need no steenkin’ oil! Obammy’s gonna buy us all $250,000 Chevy Volts!

/powned by Canada…that’s gonna leave a mark

ornery_independent on December 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM

There is no need to be rude to the U.S., which is and always will be Canada’s best market.

Oh please do. As long as the Boy King is pretending to be president, be as rude as you want to be.

Flora Duh on December 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM

This country is being held hostage by the 1%

The 1% of the population who are environmental wackos

Van124 on December 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Maybe some Hollywood stars can fly their private planes into Washington to explain to us why we don’t need any more oil.

RBMN on December 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM

They’ll caravan from Hollywood in stretch Humvees.

BuckeyeSam on December 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Here’s an idea: How about tapping into our own oil reserves? America has plenty of oil, but most of it has been put off limits. We need to stop importing oil and DRILL, BABY, DRILL!

Pork-Chop on December 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Obama: I’ll make energy prices “skyrocket”

Don’t worry folks, the smartest President evah knows what he is doing. His plan is right on track…

ornery_independent on December 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

We have a president of the US that is turning down the chance to create up to 200,000 jobs and he’s putting reelection first? WTF?

Hawkerflyer on December 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Obama runs on banana oil.

profitsbeard on December 21, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Yes, Prime Minister Harper and his Conservative government are doing things right and Canada’s financial stability is all the better for it. Canada’s vast oil holdings, combined with the fact that they have more fresh water than any other country in the world, places them in a very enviable position. Throw in a very skilled Prime Minister in Harper and you have a pretty successful trifecta.

Obama, on the other hand….

Syd B. on December 21, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Doesn’t everyone know, bamster is concerned that the US will flip over if the pipeline is constructed.
This is why they need to do more studies to calculate the overall weight to land mass ratio.

ouldbollix on December 21, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Could switching to GEICO really save you 15% on your car insurance?

Does a community organizer make a baaaaad president?

hoofhearted on December 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Here’s an idea: How about tapping into our own oil reserves? America has plenty of oil, but most of it has been put off limits. We need to stop importing oil and DRILL, BABY, DRILL!

Pork-Chop on December 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

If we’re going to import any oil, maybe it’s a good idea to do it from a country that doesn’t hate us.

Red Cloud on December 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I’m cutting Scooter some slack on this one. He’s already assured us that unemployment is the first thing he thinks about in the morning and the last thing at night. What more do you want from the man?

a capella on December 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Well, for starters, if he would just move his worthless butt a slight tad out of the Thinking stage, and maybe slide it over a smidgen into the Doing stage, that would be a step up.

pilamaye on December 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

We have a president of the US that is turning down the chance to create up to 200,000 jobs and he’s putting reelection first? WTF?

Hawkerflyer on December 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

I try not to hate but these folks make it impossible. No further comments from me as I really like it here at HA and don’t want to get KO’d.

VegasRick on December 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Yeah, they do, but our deeply flawed House is too busy throwing a tantrum that will screw it all. If the House stopped stomping it’s feet long enough they might realize they do not have GOP support for their stand.

jeanie on December 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Canada has also cut taxes on their GST TWICE since Harper has been in office. It was 8% when he came in, and I think it is now 3%.

It was at 7% but reduced to 5%.

Catoclysmos on December 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

If we’re going to import any oil, maybe it’s a good idea to do it from a country that doesn’t hate us.

Red Cloud on December 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Pretty good idea. You would think one of our “betters” in DC would have the balls to come out and say that.

VegasRick on December 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM

I try not to hate but these folks make it impossible. No further comments from me as I really like it here at HA and don’t want to get KO’d.

VegasRick on December 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Let it fly. I think almost everyone here hates Ol’ Jugears. And with very good reason.

hoofhearted on December 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Amazing that Obama is finding a way to screw this up. Just amazing. It’s like he is too incompetent to unwrap his Christmas present or to chew his own birthday cake.

V7_Sport on December 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM

If he has plenty of oil tell him to shove it where the sun don’t shine. We don’t want any of it.

liberal4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Milkquetoast GOP….. not worth the air they breathe. They should be all over this with a vengeance, and all over the idiot senate for coming up with the BRILLIANT idea of a two month hiatus for the payroll tax…… morons, absolute morons. And odumbo is a communist bent on the destruction of our country.

ultracon on December 21, 2011 at 11:26 AM

“there wasn’t sufficient time to complete a new environmental review”

Because the original 3 year enviro review just wasn’t quite enough. #GreenFAIL

shanimal on December 21, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Imagine that …
A “leader” actually leading his country – and it just happens to be our sometimes wimpy neighbors to the north. Ironic, eh?
Someday soon, America just might have a POTUS who has America’s best interests at heart, in mind, and corroded soul.
Harper has been playing hockey while BHO was curling.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on December 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Of course, the compromise in the Senate over the payroll tax “holiday” would have solved the Keystone XL issue, or at least forced Obama to bite the bullet and make a decision on it. Unfortunately, the House GOP has thrown that solution into doubt with its rebuke of their GOP colleagues in the Senate this week

I call BS on this. There is no reason on earth the GOP should have to compromise on this deal. No one should have even offered this in the first place. I’m sorry, but why is it the GOP who always has to compromise? The House is right on this one. Either approve the damn pipeline or don’t. The payroll tax cut shouldn’t have had anything to do with it.

Deanna on December 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM

McParland aces the description of the standoff:

The ins and outs are too complex to get into, but it comes down to this: President Barack Obama wants to extend a tax break he introduced to offset the effects of the recession. Despite supporting tax cuts, Republicans don’t want him to get credit for this one…..

Huh?? How can you say he aced the description? This has nothing to do with the House not wanting Obama to get credit for the tax cut. It has everything to do with the House wanting the pipeline Obama wants to veto.

Conservatives accepting leftist spin is what keeps killing us.

fadetogray on December 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM

All while we presumably partially finance further Euro insanity -3year loans at 1%, to benefit banks and prop things up till 2015, with no guarantee on how the money is spent?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16282206

tomg51 on December 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM

If he has plenty of oil tell him to shove it where the sun don’t shine. We don’t want any of it.

libtard4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Who is “we,” paleface?

CurtZHP on December 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

At least he’s not bowing or waving his hand in someone’s face, in that picture.
Someone needs to give Present JugEars, an oil enema! Republicans can’t do it, they have absolutely, no family jewels!

KOOLAID2 on December 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Unless the Hosue caves, all Canada has to do is wait 13 months and we’ll be their best customer again.

Or does anybody doubt that Obama’s forced decision will be, “Let the ChiComs have it.”?

Steve Eggleston on December 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM

If he has plenty of oil tell him to shove it where the sun don’t shine. We don’t want any of it.

liberal4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Briliant analysis. Now go back into the basement.

VegasRick on December 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Amazing that Obama is finding a way to screw this up. Just amazing.

It also seems like the House Republicans found a way to screw this up. Why not vote a two-month extension of the tax holiday WITH a legislated approval for the pipeline, and tell Obama take it or leave it, with Harper telling Obama to take or leave Canadian oil?

Steve Z on December 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM

If he has plenty of oil tell him to shove it where the sun don’t shine. We don’t want any of it.

liberal4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

*******************************************************************
I was just suggesting that for someone at 11:32 PM
Maybe you should join the Congo line. Hold onto his hips and bend over…then grunt “fill ‘er up!”

KOOLAID2 on December 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Im thinking about moving to Canada where the Leader Loves his country.

lisa fox on December 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

liberal4life: You sir or madam are what the Polish people call a balwan (snowman). They refer to people who are so stupid they are beyond reach of dialogue.

celtic warrior on December 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Unless the Hosue caves, all Canada has to do is wait 13 months and we’ll be their best customer again.

Or does anybody doubt that Obama’s forced decision will be, “Let the ChiComs have it.”?

Steve Eggleston on December 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Harper “Hey America! We are going to get started on our part of the pipeline, you need to get your end of the deal done in November 2012. See you then”.

VegasRick on December 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Yeah, they do, but our deeply flawed House is too busy throwing a tantrum that will screw it all. If the House stopped stomping it’s feet long enough they might realize they do not have GOP support for their stand.

jeanie on December 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

No. This shouldn’t have even been considered as a compromise. And what “GOP support” are you referring to? No one I know thinks this so-called compromise was a good idea.

Deanna on December 21, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Every Republican Presidential candidate needs to publicly announce that he will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on January 20, 2013 if it hasn’t been approved earlier. They should also meet with Stephen Harper and reassure him of their commitment, with a photo-op shaking hands with him if Harper agrees.

Steve Z on December 21, 2011 at 11:41 AM

If the House had passed the bill, Obama was going to veto it, pointing to the ‘failure’ of ‘Congress’ to make the extension for the full year, and demanding Congress ‘do the right thing’ next time it was in session.

Then Reid would refuse to include Keystone XL in the one year extension, again.

This is all typical political deceit and demagoguery by the Democrats, using their control of he Senate, the Presidency and the media to make whatever happens look like it is the Republican House leaders playing with politics.

fadetogray on December 21, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Maybe everyone should concentrate on the real economic benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline instead of the illusory differences between a 2- and 12-month extension of a tax holiday that produced no economic stimulus at all over the past year.

Ed, I’ve disagreed with you as it concerns Gingrich, but on this point you and I are of one mind my good man.

WealthofNations on December 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Where are the usual trolls that defend this incompetent President Present?

/crickets…

ornery_independent on December 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM

liberal4life: You sir or madam are what the Polish people call a balwan (snowman). They refer to people who are so stupid they are beyond reach of dialogue.

celtic warrior on December 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM

In my world we are a little more subtle. We call them “F’ing morons”.
/

VegasRick on December 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Canada has also cut taxes on their GST TWICE since Harper has been in office. It was 8% when he came in, and I think it is now 3%.

Canada right now has the fastest growing economy in the world.

ConservativePartyNow on December 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Actually the Canadian GST has been reduced to 5% from 7. The Provicial sales taxes on top of that still bring sales tax up to 13-17% or so depending on province. Plus they add it to gas, which is already taxed up the wazoo. So sales taxes in Canada are still higher than the US. That didn’t stop me from moving back here this year since they still have more governmental and electoral sanity. For now.

Plus, most Canadians expect to work for their money.

contrarian on December 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

It also seems like the House Republicans found a way to screw this up. Why not vote a two-month extension of the tax holiday WITH a legislated approval for the pipeline, and tell Obama take it or leave it, with Harper telling Obama to take or leave Canadian oil?

Steve Z on December 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM

An outright approval of the pipeline wouldn’t get through the Senate, which is still controlled by the democrats/Harry Reid. He wouldn’t have brought it to a vote.

V7_Sport on December 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM

If he has plenty of oil tell him to shove it where the sun don’t shine. We don’t want any of it.

liberal4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

You know, boy, back before you were born, liberalism may have been about incompetence, but not about actually standing in the way of progress.

Jimmy Carter didn’t desire to starve America of energy, he was just too incompetent to do anything about it.

Bill Clinton wouldn’t have dared get in the way of the energy intensive IT boom. He was smart enough to use the riches of that for various pet causes of his, and was even smart enough to take credit for the balanced budgets it produced (with a little help from Newt.)

When did leftism in American become nothing more than a mechanism for holding back, and even putting down America?

When did trash like yourself wake up and decide to devote your life to actively destroying the country you were blessed to be born in?

MNHawk on December 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM

VegasRick on December 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Idiots, imbeciles, troglodytes, ignoramus, fool, or even nincompoop. Really, the English language is so full of so many way to call people stupid, and it’s a beautiful thing.

WealthofNations on December 21, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Because the original 3 year enviro review just wasn’t quite enough. #GreenFAIL

shanimal on December 21, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Environmental reviews are never long enough unless they’ve found definitive proof that said process or project will definitely fark up the environment.

They could spend 20 years on a review, and if they haven’t proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the project is going to cause the end of the world, the study needs to continue.

Red Cloud on December 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Can’t blame this on the gop champ

You had 3 yrs to study this

cmsinaz on December 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Speaking of pipelines, does anyone know if Palin’s enemies in Alaska have succeeded in killing the Palin Pipeline? A quick Google search for “Palin’s Pipeline” revealed lotsa negative items from the DNC, er, the MSM.

ornery_independent on December 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Idiots, imbeciles, troglodytes, ignoramus, fool, or even nincompoop. Really, the English language is so full of so many way to call people stupid, and it’s a beautiful thing.

WealthofNations on December 21, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Adding the adjective “F’ing” just adds to the moment.

VegasRick on December 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM

profitsbeard, how about some ethical oil/h/t instapundit

lukespapa on December 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Harper will have a bit of trouble getting his wells drilled and a pipeline built to Vancouver without the equipment going through Idaho and Montana. The battle over allowing the really big rigs going through these states to get to his oil is being fought in the courts right now and things aren’t looking too good for him.

Kissmygrits on December 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

This s*** really makes me sick! Even if Carter was in office he’d be offloading the pipes himself! This -man- has no clue at all. There is no doubt he’s trying to destroy this country! He should be arrested and charged with being a traitor.

angrymike on December 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

The house should just pass the thing and put XL back into Obama’s court. Make president do nothing do something. Two months from now we can fight it out again over the payroll tax and other issues. When that happens hopefully the GOP’s leadership’s right and left are on the same page again.

William Eaton on December 21, 2011 at 11:56 AM

VegasRick on December 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Agreed.

WealthofNations on December 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

liberal4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

you know liberal4life-I’ve only been posting for a short time on Hot Air but there is no question you are the biggest whack-a-doodle on this forum

gerrym51 on December 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Please, please, please, Canada, give us a chance to kick that incompetent, Marxist prince out of office before you give up on us! Our next president will be better, we promise!

RebeccaH on December 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Where are the usual trolls that defend this incompetent President Present?

/crickets…

ornery_independent on December 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Most of them were replaced by the sub-par batch we have now.

CurtZHP on December 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM

The ideological, Hyper-Partisan, jug-eared healer of the nation (and stuff) isn’t interested in helping America with new REAL sources of energy.

It has to be “green” and heavily subsidized by the electorate to be viable to this walking, talking d*uchebag (it’s a control thing).

And the “Rich” need to pay their fare share of it too.

I’ll be so friggin’ happy when the “Kindergarten Presidncy” is over, and we put someone in place due to the “content of his charachter….not the color of his skin”…..oh wait.

Tim_CA on December 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I’ve always described Washington DC as a sandbox with a bunch of selfish 3 year olds fighting over the toys. This time we are going to force our most faithful trading partner to sell oil to our enemy. That oil has to go somewhere, and the needs of the Canadian economy trumps waiting until 2013 for us to make changes.

My warning to the House and Senate GOP? Stand up for what we elected you to do, or start packing!

SubDoc on December 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Are you kidding me? House Republicans are just cutting off their noses to spite their faces here. I could understand the need to “get” something that fueled their resistance during the debt ceiling deal (though I understand it was more involved than that) but if the only difference here is a 2 or 12 month extension of a tax credit that didn’t do diddly squat in the first place, why the heck are they giving Obama a cudgel to bludgeon them over the head with so easily?

RRRGH. Just when you think they’ve got something (XL Pipeline decision one way or another) they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Times like these I’m reminded why I’m independent.

Aquarian on December 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Our President is a joke to the rest of the world. How in the world did 52% of the American people vote this jackwagon into office? He’s inept, corrupt, dangerous, and pompous! The majority of the idiots in DC need to be voted out in 2012 or this country is going down the tubes.

AmayasNana on December 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM

DING! DING! We have a winner

Because at least 52% of American voters are clueless and stupid, plus they vote themselves freebies.

they lie on December 21, 2011 at 12:08 PM

If he has plenty of oil tell him to shove it where the sun don’t shine. We don’t want any of it.
liberal4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Oh dear, the ignorance – it burns.

Hon, the US imports almost 20% of your petroleum from us so obviously the we you claim to speak for doesn’t just want it but needs it.

Robin Banks on December 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Yes, Prime Minister Harper and his Conservative government are doing things right and Canada’s financial stability is all the better for it. Canada’s vast oil holdings, combined with the fact that they have more fresh water than any other country in the world, places them in a very enviable position. Throw in a very skilled Prime Minister in Harper and you have a pretty successful trifecta.

Obama, on the other hand….

Syd B. on December 21, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Actually the financial stability is the work of previous liberal governments, who highly regulated the banks. You know, the kind of regulations that “kills” jobs.
Canadian banks were prohibited from securitizing mortgage debt to the extent that was widely practiced in the United States. Canada’s banks also were banned from taking on high levels of leverage to make larger and riskier loans. The opposite was happening in the US financial market. Unfortunately the US banks become giant gambling casinos. The riskier the better (see MF Global)
As a result the Canadian GDP is growing 20% faster than the US and it’s housing market is strong.

Salahuddin on December 21, 2011 at 12:15 PM

The environmental movement is public enemy number one. We have to fight them tooth and nail. We have to demand that they stop receiving taxpayer funding. We have to demand that the states ignore the diktats of the unconstitutional EPA. These people are strangling our economy and our citizens.

Charlemagne on December 21, 2011 at 12:15 PM

liberal4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM
you know liberal4life-I’ve only been posting for a short time on Hot Air but there is no question you are the biggest whack-a-doodle on this forum

gerrym51 on December 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
He’s in my top 5!
Brain cells die off with no oxygen.

KOOLAID2 on December 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Why the heck didn’t McConnell and the rest of the RINO brigade in the Senate challenge Reid and remind him that Obama wanted a 1-year extension??? Instead the GOP senate caved by pretending they had Obama over a ‘barrel’ by forcing him to a decision on Keystone in 60 days in exchange for a crap sandwich expiring in 2 months that robs money from the so-called social secruity trust fund, raise mortgage and refi rates in the future, grants billions more in porky earmarks, and screws up the payroll processes for business. Sure Obama will make a decision in 60 days and it will be same if it was 90 or 120 days – No on Keystone. That isn’t rocket science folks; he means to keep the Greenies on the reservation because there are more of them than in the construction unions. Also, the pipeline goes thru red states that aren’t exactly in his corner. The House wins!

Bob in VA on December 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Could someone please explain to me how Obama agreeing that if the 2 month extension passed, he would make a decision on the pipeline in the next 60 days is any kind of victory?

The idea that was a victory is so incredibly stupid I did not understand the deal. Of course Obama will agree to do things down the road in order to get concessions now. Then, when we are 59 days down the road, it is time to start ‘negotiating’ again … unless those horrible Republicans won’t ‘compromise.’

No wonder Reid pounced on the 2 month ‘compromise.’ No wonder the Democrats were on board with it.

fadetogray on December 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM

If he has plenty of oil tell him to shove it where the sun don’t shine. We don’t want any of it.

liberal4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

please refrain from using electricity. no lights, heat, or modern conveniences for you. no public transportation, no driving. walk from now on.

unless you live in a “off the grid” home and truly live off the land, you can STFU about not needing Canada’s oil.

Coolidge_Conservative on December 21, 2011 at 12:28 PM

If he has plenty of oil tell him to shove it where the sun don’t shine. We don’t want any of it.

liberal4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

The “liberals4life” in Canada are alone, leaderless and lost in the political wilderness of irrelevance for the next four years. Is it their pain you share? (snort!)

BL@KBIRD on December 21, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Uhoh….

Keystone XL. The Devil’s In the Details

“But jobs really aren’t the important issue. There’s an issue brewing that could derail the pipeline, and it’s an issue conservatives really should be taking a hard look at: eminent domain. (emphasis added)” – Ace

http://minx.cc/?post=324928

workingclass artist on December 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Coolidge_Conservative on December 21, 2011 at 12:28 PM

;-)

Tim_CA on December 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM

It wasn’t just the pipeline or payroll tax…

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) issued the following statement on the Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act:
“This is not complicated. The House bill keeps everyone’s payroll taxes stable for one year. The Senate bill allows everyone’s taxes to go up in two months.
“The House bill requires people who get an unemployment check to prove they are looking for work or completing a GED or college degree. The Senate took this out.
“The House bill allows states to require you to submit to a drug test to receive unemployment benefits. The Senate took this out.
“The House bill permits business owners to immediately expense 100 percent of new investments, dollar-for-dollar, in the current year tax return. The Senate took this out.
“The House bill protects American industrial boiler manufacturers from being shut down by unachievable Obama EPA restrictions. The Senate took this out.
“The House bill stops welfare recipients from using their Lone Star-type cards at ATM machines in casinos, strip clubs and liquor stores. The Senate took this out.
“The House bill cuts off unemployment and food stamps payments to millionaires. The Senate took this out.
“The House bill requires people to produce a Social Security number before receiving a refundable child tax credit. The Senate took this out.
“The House bill protects doctors from a 27 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement payments for two years. The Senate only protects them for two months.
“These are dramatic and important differences that are unacceptable under any common sense standard. I agree with Speaker Boehner that we should always do the right thing for the right reason. The House bill is the right thing for the right reason.
“We must follow the rules everyone learned in Civics 101. When there is a difference in the bills in the House and the Senate, we go to Conference to work them out as soon as possible. I am ready to do just that and I am prepared to stay for as long as it takes to make sure that no one’s taxes go up; and we preserve as many of the House-passed common sense provisions as possible.”

Let’s remember that most of our GOP senators voted to kill all of this as well.

DanMan on December 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Obama is STALLING. More Americans should be pissed.

This was proposed by TransCanada Corp. (NYSE:TRP) in 2008, the 1,700-mile Keystone oil pipeline would carry 700,000 barrels of crude per day from the Canadian oil sands in Alberta to refineries in Port Arthur, TX.

Any opportunity come with inherant “RISKS”. The real question is whether, for any given project, that risk is acceptable.

IMHO,its acceptable….

Also, TransCanada in November reached an agreement with Nebraska officials on an adjustment to the pipeline route that would detour around the Sand Hills region, which was a point of contention.

mr_west on December 21, 2011 at 12:33 PM

The sad thing is………..THERE IS ALREADY PIPELINE THERE!!!!

All the Keystone XL is….is EXTRA PIPELINE added to the EXISTING pipeline!

Phase I of the pipeline started construction in 2008 and was online in early 2010

Phase II started a year later and has been online since Februrary of this year (2011)

http://www.transcanada.com/docs/Key_Projects/keystone.pdf

There’s a map….and oh yea it’s not even fully accurate anymore as there is discussion to route the pipeline AROUND the Ogallala Aquifer in Nebraska (Phase IV and where most of the sticking point is anyways)

SgtSVJones on December 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM

If he has plenty of oil tell him to shove it where the sun don’t shine. We don’t want any of it.

liberal4life on December 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

You’re Boring.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Harper has his priorities straight and it would be good for Barack Hussein Obama to do business with him:

Canadian PM: I Will Defend Israel ‘whatever the cost’

apocalypse on December 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM

It’s not just that there is a pipeline there already, as SgtSVJones points out, and that Keystone XL simply adds capacity (that’s what the XL is for, and that is something every conservative commentator should be saying).

We have NUMEROUS pipelines criss-crossing the US. We have dozens of pipelines connecting the US to Canada. We deliver crude oil, refined oil, gasoline, jet fuel and natural gas in these many, many pipelines. We have pipelines all over the place.

The technology to build them properly, operate them safely, and monitor them responsibly is known. It’s not rocket science.

That’s what we should be saying. It’s just ONE MORE pipeline. We know how to do this. Why can’t we do it?

We all know why: it’s the ideology of the progressive left that growth is bad, and anything that allows growth therefore is bad: energy is bad, oil is bad, pipelines are bad.

We need to keep pushing to the American people: we have pipelines. This is just one more. We know how to do it. We need the energy to grow, and growth is good.

Steve White on December 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Dear Prime Minister Harper,
I would like to apologize for our President. Please be patient, as I’m sure you already know, the man is a moron.
–America

JusDreamin on December 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Oil? We don’t need no stinkin’ oil. We got the taxpayer subsidized Chevy Volt, Mr. Harper!

they lie on December 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM

All we hear about is Jugears, has put a countdown clock on the WH website, warning the GOP when the quote “PAYROLL TAX CUT” unquote will run out. Its a 2 month tax vacation ! Barry !
How about the GOP put up a countdown clock for Keystone ? Call it the lost jobs timer. When it
ticks the last second, have a Chevy VOLT, catch fire, and a sign popup” Rides over Barry” !

stormridercx4 on December 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM

DanMan on December 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Thanks for the clarification on the differences between the bills. This is also why I stopped watching news and canceled my cable…I don’t believe anything on the boob tube news anymore. In fact, that was all it was good for…boobs!

/but the intarrwebs are better for that :P

ornery_independent on December 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM

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