Breaking: Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline

posted at 12:05 pm on January 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Big deal or just a paperwork shuffle?  The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin breaks the news that the Obama administration will reject the application for the Keystone XL pipeline — but with a caveat:

The Obama administration will announce this afternoon it is rejecting a Canadian firm’s application for a permit to build and operate a massive oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, according to sources who have been briefed on the matter.

However the administration will allow TransCanada to reapply after it develops an alternate route through the sensitive habitat of Nebraska’s Sandhills.

There had already been talk of adjusting the pipeline route to satisfy some concerns over the risk being taken with aquifers in Nebraska.  The permit application would have had to be amended in order to make those adjustments.  Did that require a rejection from the State Department?  Probably not, although it’s unclear whether the law would have allowed for a change in the current application.  Perhaps some EPA-experienced attorneys could address that point.

Here’s an even more interesting question.  The rejection allows Obama to fulfill the requirement in the compromise 60-day payroll-tax holiday bill for a decision on Keystone.  If Republicans want to force Obama into a decision on the new application, they’ll have to force it into another bill, probably the eventual compromise bill that extends the payroll-tax holiday for the entire year.

Update: Looks like the recommendations of Obama’s own jobs council got as much attention from Obama as the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission, huh?  “Drill, drill, drill” just got changed to “delay, delay, delay.”  Leadership!


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It’s in Canada’s interest to do the deal with the US so there is no way he will burn any bridges.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Actually Canada would rather sell the oil to us because we are both closer AND an ally, rather than an eventual enemy like the ChiCOMS.

That is, unless we keep electing Obamas.

wildcat72 on January 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I hope Harper comes through with a big GFY.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

i kinda do too

cmsinaz on January 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Barack Hussein Obama ummmm ummmm umm, however has chosen to strangle those very energy supplies…purposefully. That is the act of someone that is purposefully sabotaging their country.
MNHawk on January 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Nope. He actually believes all the green nonsense.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Have you seen any indication that they are capable of using any good election issues?

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The GOP:
Fast and Furious? move on, nothing to see here
Solyndra? move on, nothing to see here
Unconstitutional recess appointments? move on, nothing to see here…
feel free to add to the list, I don’t thing we’ll run out of examples.

neuquenguy on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I am in the aviation business in Louisiana. Thanks to Obama’s over reaction to the oil spill & his war on corporate aviation, my business has decreased over 50%. My largest customer is TransCanada aviation. Their management tells me that their board is so disgusted by this administration, they my just divest all U.S. operations.

Who do I go see when the president and his party finish destroying my 29 year-old business?

Seaplane Driver on January 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

You’re just the 1% don’t you know. It would be better for the 99% to have your business fail so rich fatcats will have to take the high speed rail with everyone else.
And everyone working for you will be available er.. unemployed so they can take the train too!
This country is going over the falls and the occupier in chief is going full speed ahead. He’s going to be like the captain of the Costa Concordia and hop aboard a life boat and watch while the ship sinks.

LeftCoastRight on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Asked about the imminent decision expected from the State Department that sources say will call for a rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to Texas, Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry said it’s no surprise, but it doesn’t make the decision any better.

It doesn’t surprise me but it’s again — the president’s focused more on the next election than on the next generation.

“Getting this country independent of foreign sources of crude from countries that are not our friends is really problematic. So this Canadian oil, there’s a possibility we could lose it to China with that decision so I hope Americans will really become unhinged with that decision because it is a really bad decision for our country, for energy independence and sends a horrible message at a time that were headed to $4 and $5 oil or excuse me $4 or $5 gasoline, to have a neighbor who’s willing to sell us crude that is available.”

Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/01/18/rick-perry-americans-should-be-unhinged-decision-reject-keystone-pipe-path#ixzz1jphAe3Js

workingclass artist on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Here’s what’s going to happen: When gas goes to $5.00 per gallon this year, the MSM and Administration will blame the “greedy” oil companies and Obama will get a complete pass. Watch.

I’d love to be wrong on this.

totherightofthem on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Just another foreign relationship that was destroyed by Bush being repaired by obozo.

Flange on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

What was his term for utility costs? “Necessarily skyrocket”, I believe. This is my big problem, none of our candidates sufficiently loathe this man.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

He bought them off with the recess appointments that stacked the NLRB with union stooges.

SC.Charlie on January 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Yup.

cicerone on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

One good thing – he just handed the GOP a heck of an election issue.

gophergirl on January 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Have you seen any indication that they are capable of using any good election issues?

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

g-girl, got to agree with Cindy. GOP leaders are so lame they would get their asses kicked and their eyes blacked in a game of pattycakes.

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

If only Keystone were a green energy company selling, say, thin solar panels, then, THEN, there would be jobs.

Lily on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Ugh. If I were TransCanada, I would be completing the deal with China and telling Obama to shove it where the sun don’t shine.

Gotta give the guy some credit though, it’s a pretty smart out-maneuver of the House GOP. He managed to once again delay the decision in such a way as to make the delay a decision in itself to satisfy the requirement in the payroll tax extension. And he can spin it to keep the support from both constituencies of unions and enviros. He will loudly tell the enviros he denied the pipeline permit, and leave out the part where they can reapply. He will quietly go to the union bosses and tell them that it’s just delayed, and assure them it will be approved later on in a reapplication.

I can’t stand Obama or his policies, but one has to admit that he knows how to be a political weasal and come out smelling like roses. You don’t get through the machine of Chicago politics without knowing how to maneuver through the minefields. He continues to completely outplay the House GOP every time they think they have him boxed in. He manages to sell class warfare and win moderate voters over with it. He manages to keep very high personal likability while the vast majority believe he is failing at his job. He manages to make the House GOP look like tax-hikers on the middle class and tax-cutters on the rich. he manages to convince the electorate at large of the meme of a ‘do-nothing Congress’, heaping the blame for it on the House GOP, while the whole time they are passing bills and it’s really Reid’s Senate doing nothing.

And somehow we think that Mitt Romney is going to beat him with his “appeal” to moderates? Obama/Axelrod/Plouffe are killing the House GOP at political tactics, and come general election they are going to make Mitt Romney look like a corporate raiding, empty suit, filthy rich 1%’er while taking the biggest legislative club the GOP had in the election (Obamacare) off the table.

Party of Stupid indeed.

gravityman on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Newt already brought up this lunacy at a prior debate.

John the Libertarian on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Like everything else…the media won’t report on it much…and if some, like a FOX News does…well, you know–”FOX NEWS LIES!-FOX NEWS LIES!”

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

tru dat

cmsinaz on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Gee. Barky strangles America’s energy supply. Shocker. He’s already gotten one contempt citation for that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Nope. He actually believes all the green nonsense.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

None of them Liberals or Rinos believe the AGW tripe but they have a lot of money wrapped up in the agenda.

workingclass artist on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

How does a pipeline interfere with an aquifer anyway??

He’s just doing this to delay the pipeline. The GOP are incompetent if they don’t run with this.

PattyJ on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

let’s talk about those evil gop instead

cmsinaz on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

neuquenguy on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

The rely to heavily on a media with an opposing agenda. Maybe it’s because it is too soon but there need to be ads. Blistering ads. About someone else besides another Republican.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Actually Canada would rather sell the oil to us because we are both closer AND an ally, rather than an eventual enemy like the ChiCOMS.

That is, unless we keep electing Obamas.

wildcat72 on January 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Not “Canada”. It’s the Canadian Conservative Party … Canada is a workers paradise and the current government has to finesse everything.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

He doesn’t give a flying rats behind about jobs or putting people back to work. Or energy independence for that matter.

For anyone that is still singing the praises of BO, wake up!

JennM111 on January 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Figures

tacodawn on January 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

totherightofthem on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

but you won’t be

cmsinaz on January 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Nope. He actually believes all the green nonsense.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I don’t believe that for one minute. He’s an extreme demagogue when it suits him to be. He has one goal, and one goal only: to destroy this country and everything it stands for, whether for his own personal edification or to enrich another’s power I can’t say. Maybe both.

totherightofthem on January 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Mitch McConnell, you got played…again.

SouthernGent on January 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Barky is just making it so that no reasonable nation can trust dealing with America. It is pretty much irreparable damage. It’s what he’s been doing very a very single pea-brained purpose since his first day Occupying the White House.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

If this guy is reelected, I think the process will begin of seeing fewer stars on the flag, and who can blame them? It’s like we’re living with Spain as our conjoined twin. This act is really unconscionably stupid.

The Count on January 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

None of them Liberals or Rinos believe the AGW tripe but they have a lot of money wrapped up in the agenda.

workingclass artist on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I’m certain Obama believes the whole thing. Pure evil is not sufficient to explain the stupidity.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

It lends credence to the theory that the only difference between the parties isn’t how much of our money they will take but how they will spend it and neither will be to the advantage of the public (revenue providers).

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

So, the Democrats got the payroll tax extension that they wanted and also the tax increase (2% for people making over 110K). The only compromise they made was an announcement on the pipeline. Now, Obama will come out and oppose it, so where’s the compromise? I hope the Republicans don’t extend it for the remainder of the year and use the last extension to portray the Democrats for what they truly are – far-left liberals.

djaymick on January 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Also today Jerry Brown’s State of the State.
Oh goody

/

tacodawn on January 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Party of Stupid indeed.

gravityman on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I am beginning to think that Newsweek is on to something.

Why Are Obama’s Critics so Dumb?

Lily on January 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

I am in the aviation business in Louisiana.

Who do I go see when the president and his party finish destroying my 29 year-old business?

Seaplane Driver on January 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

BOA Stadium in Charlotte, NC–when he once again accepts the Dem nomination. He is destroying us all, one small business owner at a time.

On purpose.

With a gleeful heart.

I despise him.

herm2416 on January 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

It’s what he’s been doing every single day with a very single pea-brained purpose since his first day Occupying the White House.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

A couple of words were left out, though it still ain’t pretty.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I’m certain Obama believes the whole thing. Pure evil is not sufficient to explain the stupidity.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I always like to say “never underestimate the stupidity factor”, but in this case I have to say pure evil is more than sufficient to explain this. I loathe this administration and actually am beginning to feel nostalgic for the Clinton years. Horrifying, but true.

totherightofthem on January 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Message to my Representative just sent:

Mr. Cantor, after reading just minutes ago about the cancellation of the Keystone pipeline, it has become clear that new leadership in House of Representatives is required.

Speaker Boehner does nothing for the people of this country. It is time for you to stand up in the House, for the people, and take over as Speaker.

There is no more time.

BobMbx on January 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I don’t believe that for one minute. He’s an extreme demagogue when it suits him to be. He has one goal, and one goal only: to destroy this country and everything it stands for, whether for his own personal edification or to enrich another’s power I can’t say. Maybe both.

totherightofthem on January 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Destroying the country is not in his best interest. He needs it to live off when he retires.

He learned everything he needed to know in his teens and he’s out to save the country … from the constitution … from the evils of the corporations … All he learned after that was the “truth” from the wacko academics who yearn to become Plato’s philosopher kings.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Sadly, the fools that support Obama won’t know of or have a clue how this decision will affect their life’s and will vote for him anyway.

JP Mewley on January 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

My contempt for Obama is necessarily skyrocketing again.

Mr. Wednesday Night on January 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

He doesn’t give a flying rats behind about jobs or putting people back to work. Or energy independence for that matter.

For anyone that is still singing the praises of BO, wake up!

JennM111 on January 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

The key word is independence. That is what Obama is most against, and is at war with. If you get a new (non government) job, you gain independence from him. If we have all the energy we want, we gain independence from him.

People who don’t have jobs and who can’t afford gas have to depend on Obama for their very survival. DEpendence. Exactly what he wants. If you depend on that check from Emperor Hussein to eat or to heat your home who are you going to vote for, especially when you are told the other guy wants nothing more than for you to starve?

THAT is the evil of liberalism. And that is what they think will gain them permanent electoral majorities: get enough people depending on government checks.

To Obama, independent people with jobs= unlikely to vote for him.
dependent= MUST vote for him.

Therefore he has no interest whatsoever in allowing job creation.

wildcat72 on January 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

oh the lib talking heads are just so gosh darn happy about this….

cmsinaz on January 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

neuquenguy on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

*sigh*

cmsinaz on January 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Drums are banging in Ratville today!

Roy Rogers on January 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Can the R bashers at least wait until the announcement is made and IF they screw it up. Geez folks giving up before the game starts is not a winning formula.

VegasRick on January 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Hey, where is “Liberal4Life” to explain all of this for us?

JPeterman on January 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

If you have not noticed JP…Lobotomy4life can only recognize threads with picures of Mitt Romney on the front.
It’s a big step up, from the coloring books in moms basement,from a month ago.
It is major progressive progress in Lobotomy’s rehabilitation!

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

As much as I disagree with Obama and his policies, I have to place at least part of the blame on Nebraska for delaying the XL Pipeline project. Aquifers are like giant lakes running deep under the ground and are used to supply water to the center-pivot irrigation used throughout the state. Nebraska is ranked third behind California and Texas for the highest level of irrigation in the country. The Sandhills are a protected area due to the migration of hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes annually through that part of the state. That part of Nebraska is flat but otherwise I don’t know why they didn’t choose an alternate route to begin with or why they haven’t been able to develop one since.

HoosierStateofMind on January 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Scum bag.

therightwinger on January 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

What was his term for utility costs? “Necessarily skyrocket”, I believe. This is my big problem, none of our candidates sufficiently loathe this man.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Yes, those are his exact words regarding energy costs under his agenda, “necessarily skyrocket”. The Democrat propaganda machine a/k/a the MSM suppressed it to the extent possible.

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Somewhere……out there…..Wyatts’ Torch is burning brightly.

MichaelGabriel on January 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Sorry if this is a duplicate from the headlines. Good stuff.

Canada is a worthless country anyway. Why haven’t we invaded them?

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Good grief people, think of the aquifers! Those evil corporations will let any pipeline spill go on for months, even though they control the flow! And it’s not like the natural ecosystems of the earth can handle oil being dumped into it.

Farmers better hope the greenies don’t find about the fertilizers they use on top of precious aquifers! We’ll all starve.

blah blah blah on January 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

1812.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

If I vote for Obama…I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car.

Electrongod on January 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Wow. What a dumb ph#ck. Can we get the labor unions to turn on him?

El_Terrible on January 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Do you think we could talk about this at the debate Thursday night?

Probably not.

JPeterman on January 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM

With Chicken Noodle Network (CNN)? Are you kidding?

onlineanalyst on January 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Hey, where is “Liberal4Life” to explain all of this for us?

JPeterman on January 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

It showed up in the Headlines version of this thread.

Said Canada was a worthless country, and wondered why we hadn’t invaded it yet.

Del Dolemonte on January 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

If gasoline hits $5 this summer, which I anticipate, Obama will get plenty, if not most, of the blame.

matthew8787 on January 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Another OMG!(Obama Must Go) moment…

albill on January 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Dear leaders lackeys are putting the blame on the gop natch

cmsinaz on January 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Whose side is this guy on?!?! Iran is threatening to shut down the Straight to prevent oil shipments from going through. (1 out of every 6 barrels of oil in the world go through that straight.) Iran is also threatening its neighboring countries, like Saudi, to prevent other nations from producing more and limiting the impact of their potential closing of the Straight. Iran’s action is a direct threat to our national security.

At our disposal is this oil in Canada, who has just been waiting for the approval to be given and the pipeline to be built to ship it to us. Environmental studies have been going on for quite a while and have come back to report no danger. Now, at a time when our economy is already in the toilet, unemployment is still extremely high, and our national security is being threatened by Iran, all of which can be improved by the building of this pipeline, Obama is going to REJECT the plan?!

As a result, 1) he has reject a plan to partially mitigate Iran’s threats of closing the Strait thereby putting our national security at greater risk, 2) The rising oil prices that are a direct result of Iran’s actions with no other/additional option now in place will further continue to hurt our already-suffering economy, 3)Despite declaring at his mid-term point that ‘job creation’ was his number 1 priority, Obama has rejected/prevented Job Growth! In one move, by rejecting this pipeline, he has jeopardized our national security, hurt our economy, and prevented jobs from being created.

He promised to fundamentally change the US before he was elected. So far he has done JUST that: Over $6 TRILLION added to the deficit in 4 years – more deficit added to the debt than all presidents from Washington to Clinton COMBINED, more Americans on food stamps than ever before, high unemployment, struggling economy, SUED SC/Boeing to prevent job creation/groeth, helped Al Qaeda (perpetrators of 9/11) obtain their own nation (Libya) thereby making not only the US but the WORLD less safe, & Helped the Muslim Brotherhood (Terrorist Organization) take over Egypt! Again, WHOSE side is Obama on?

easyt65 on January 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Just like his decision to side with the EPA against the middle class. Can we finally say that the Democrat’s rhetoric claiming to care about the middle class is hallow? Democrats only care about us when they are scheming ways to make us more dependent on the government, and killing good paying blue collar jobs is a great way to do it.

Blue Collar Todd on January 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

It lends credence to the theory that the only difference between the parties isn’t how much of our money they will take but how they will spend it and neither will be to the advantage of the public (revenue providers).

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I have said it before. Class warfare is a reality, but it isn’t rich against poor, or the 99% against the 1%.

The real class war is between the Political Class and the Productive Class. The Political Class includes both parties and their dependents, the Welfare Class and those dependent on government paychecks and government contracts and government grants, the public employee unions and Big Labor. The Productive Class consists of taxpayers who are being fleeced like sheep for the benefit of the Political Class and its dependents.

We can’t afford to lose. The Political Class are parasites who will eventually destroy the country if they are not stopped.

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I loathe this administration and actually am beginning to feel nostalgic for the Clinton years. Horrifying, but true.

totherightofthem on January 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

If you are getting nostalgic for the Gingrich years, then vote for Gingrich. Clinton had nothing to do with the good things that happened back then. If it had been up to Bill and Hillary, they would have run the 1990′s the same way Obama is running us down now.

fadetogray on January 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

WHOSE side is Obama on?

easyt65 on January 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

He’s an internationalist. As was Trudeau.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

And oddly enough our vehicle in the fight is the Republicans. I vote we get them in and get loud.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

We had best see ads from the RNC, Crossroads, AFP, etc., before the end of this day. Hammer, hammer, hammer this issue. It’s deserved.

sybilll on January 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Outrageous! How anyone can even think about re-electing this jerk after this is beyond me! This is what we get from a community organizer who says he spends every waking minute trying to create more jobs for Americans??!! Obumbles hasn’t the faintest idea of how to create jobs. What he’s just done – preventing 20,000 new jobs and sending Canadian oil to China – should qualify as “high crimes and misdemeanors” and get him impeached. What an idiot! What an a$$ kisser for tree huggers! This is a president! No f*****g way! If the Republicans can’t win in November after this debacle, then the Republican Party is in a coma.

JayVee on January 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

….not only did Obama tack on $6+ trillion to the deficit (money we owe to China et al), he also just gave China the oil Canada was waiting to give to us! Mybe Obama’s plan is for China to purchase Canada’s Oil, load it onto their Super Tankers from a Canadian Port, then sail a couple hundred miles down south where they will sell us that same oil for twice the price and have it off-loaded at a US Port by Union workers?! Sorry, China – we don’t have the money…just put it on our Tab!:(

easyt65 on January 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Obama is shipping thousand of jobs overseas.

El_Terrible on January 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

When does politics segue into treason?

Old Country Boy on January 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

gh on January 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

LOL! You can’t get weirder than a lib asking for a redo.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

The Sandhill area of Nebraska is worthless scrub prairie that would be improved by a nice new pipeline.

slickwillie2001 on January 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

We have to take control of the Republican Party and use it to change course. Otherwise, it will soon be time to head for the hills.

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

How many years of new study will be required for an alternate route? Come on, this kills the pipeline- no doubt about it. Which, of course, was the plan from the outset. Darryl Hannah wins, union pipefitters in particular and Americans in general lose. In the end though, will this decision force union workers to stay home or vote for Mitt Romney? I doubt it. Safe play by the administration.

The GOP should capitalize on the job-killing nature of this decision though.

BKeyser on January 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

What I find funny is the fact that most folks who oppose the XL pipeline don’t have any clue regarding how many miles of crude oil piplines already exist in this country. In fact many of them don’t even know that there are already quite a number of pipelines from Canada running into the US. If stopping the XL is such a victory for them, what about the other 50,000 or so miles of already existing pipelines?

http://www.pipeline101.com/Overview/crude-pl.html

climbnjump on January 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

GOP leaders are so lame they would get their asses kicked and their eyes blacked in a game of pattycakes.

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I also equate them to a one-legged guy in an a$$ kicking contest.

Mirimichi on January 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

He’s an internationalist. As was Trudeau.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Anyone remember, though the Liberals and media tried to hide it (and did so successfully, it seems) that Obama was tutored by one of the most prominent Communists in the US, Marshal Davis?! Yeah, as we can see now, reporting that information would have been insignificant and wasn’t needed back in 2008. (I just wonder how big of an issue the media would make it to be if it was discovered that one of the GOP nominees today were tutored by a prominent Communist, Socialist, or Mrxist?!) I KNOW the answer to my question already – he sure isn’t on OUR side! I wonder if Michelle Obama is proud of our country (and her husband) today?! Then again…who cares!

easyt65 on January 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Canada is a worthless country anyway. Why haven’t we invaded them?
liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Translation:
I got nothin’,so I’m going to make a hopelessly stupid, non sequitur comment.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

If the weeper of the house and the waffler of the senate had any cajones, they would impeach this POS communist. Watch the oil go to China….. what is it about this clown?

ultracon on January 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

GOP leaders are so lame they would get their asses kicked and their eyes blacked in a game of pattycakes.

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I also equate them to a one-legged guy in an a$$ kicking contest.

Mirimichi on January 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I protest! Unfair to one-legged guys!

GOP leaders would lose to a one-legged guy in an ass-kicking contest.

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM

the process will begin of seeing fewer stars on the flag
The Count on January 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Nice filter workaround. I agree BTW. If Obozo gets reelected, declaration of fewer stars may be the only thing that will keep me from jumping out the window.

txsurveyor on January 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I just fired off an email to my representative and told him that if he didn’t actively hold Boehner’s feet to the fire on this, up to and including ‘open rebellion’ in the House, he would see another one of his constituents working to actively replace him. Even if it is a dim.

belad on January 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

He’s an internationalist. As was Trudeau.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

No, he’s not. Barky views himself as The Avenging Angel of the Third World, brought to rain pain and destruction on the US and the West for our humiliation of his people (third worlders) by our great wealth and productivity and freedom and creativity. Every single thing he’s said or done since sliming into office has been consistent with this view. The idea that he actually wants to build anything … lies at odds with his penchant for destruction.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Bbbbbbbut I thought Boehner and Co. scored a major win by forcing Obama to make a decision on this within 60 days. Once again, RINO incompetence leads to failure.

A nice preview of what a Romney presidency will look like.

angryed on January 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

GOP leaders would lose to a one-legged guy in an ass-kicking contest.

novaculus on January 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I think you might be right about that.

Mirimichi on January 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Barack Hussein Obama ummmm ummmm umm, however has chosen to strangle those very energy supplies…purposefully. That is the act of someone that is purposefully sabotaging their country.
MNHawk on January 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Nope. He actually believes all the green nonsense.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

These are not necessarily mutually exclusive

OneFreeMan on January 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

No, he’s not. Barky views himself as The Avenging Angel of the Third World, brought to rain pain and destruction on the US and the West for our humiliation of his people (third worlders) by our great wealth and productivity and freedom and creativity. Every single thing he’s said or done since sliming into office has been consistent with this view. The idea that he actually wants to build anything … lies at odds with his penchant for destruction.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Same thing.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

These are not necessarily mutually exclusive

OneFreeMan on January 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Correct. My quibble was the motivation. In Obama’s view he’s doing God’s work.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

This country is going over the falls and the occupier in chief is going full speed ahead. He’s going to be like the captain of the Costa Concordia and hop aboard a life boat and watch while the ship sinks.

A great point, with a footnote:

He’s already in the life boat. And we’re all paying for it.

Barack Obama is set for life, whether or not he’s reelected. I firmly believe he could care less (aside from the smudge his super-sized ego might take from losing at something that wasn’t fixed for him).

If he loses, the King and his Queen can retire to Chicago and party down with Commissar Rahm Emanuel, the Ayers Family Bombers and the rest of the Central Committee of the U.C.S.R. (“United Chicago Socialist Republic”).

IndieDogg on January 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Same thing.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Opposite things. Same result when leftist policis are the tool, but you ascribe honest intention to the most dishonest, ill-intentioned person to ever sit in the Oval Office, and the only America-hater there, ever – in addition to his having violated the Constitutions more times than all of the “other Presidents on the dollar bills” and the rest of them put together … times 5.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I think it’s clear that:

1) He believes the green nonsense, at least to the point where he’s amenable to rejecting this source of ‘ethical oil’. To him, and them, there is no ethical oil.

2) The Chinese getting this oil, and the attendant advantages to them, are a feature, not a bug, because he also wants to continue to see the US taken down in the eyes of the world.

The strategy may very well be to keep stringing this along until the Canadians cut bait and sell to the Chinese. At which point he says he tried, but hey, they just wouldn’t wait while we did all our appropriate due diligence. It may very well be that this is a miscalculation on his part. It wouldn’t be the first. But he may think he’s got enough control over the national narrative that he can sell it.

OneFreeMan on January 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The project pioneered by then-governor Sarah Palin, the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will create 20,000 construction jobs, plus another 350,000 ancillary jobs and will not only significantly reduce US imports of oil from the Middle East and Latin America, but it will also help open up huge new oil resources in the United States by providing the confidence to develop oil reserves in the Rocky Mountain region, is READY FOR FINAL APPROVAL but the eco-nut extremists (ie., the same clueless cult that brought us the GloBULL Warming HOAX) are demanding that their d-cRAT socialist puppets STOP its construction – and “job-killer” OBOZ is all to happy to follow their orders. Instead, American must ensure its energy independence, create jobs and STOP d-cRAT socialism by building the critical Keystone XL pipeline.

TeaPartyNation on January 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

From a January 17th CBC interview with Canadian Prime Minister Harper-

“But just because certain people in the United States would like to see Canada be one giant national park for the northern half of North America, I don’t think that’s part of what our review process is all about.”

Harper said news the Obama administration would delay a decision on whether to approve extending TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline was a wakeup call about the degree to which Canada is “held hostage” to U.S. decisions. He has since pressed for Canada to seek out new markets in Asia.

POTUS Mile Wide Inch Deep is going to get his $8 a gallon gas……

HatfieldMcCoy on January 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

A great point, with a footnote:

He’s already in the life boat. And we’re all paying for it.

Barack Obama is set for life, whether or not he’s reelected. I firmly believe he could care less (aside from the smudge his super-sized ego might take from losing at something that wasn’t fixed for him).

If he loses, the King and his Queen can retire to Chicago and party down with Commissar Rahm Emanuel, the Ayers Family Bombers and the rest of the Central Committee of the U.C.S.R. (“United Chicago Socialist Republic”).

IndieDogg on January 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Unlike past presidents (in general) he’d probably also be perfectly happy living out his days in some other venue, where he’d be hailed as a hero. Any number of European countries come to mind. Or Venezuela, for that matter. Think the wife wouldn’t love that? You know, someplace she could be proud of.

OneFreeMan on January 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Is this the Tea Party extremists fault, or Bushs’ fault?

shanimal on January 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Bad news. This is a major energy infrastructure project that should have been a no-brainer … rejecting this project is a mistake.

TouchdownBuddha on January 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

How about a grass roots campaign from all us regular folks to send letters to Canada urging them to not make a deal with the Chi-coms until we elect a sane person? The new pres would be able to declare, by executive order that the Canadian oil supply is essential to national security and make it happen couldn’t he?

BTW: Once the pipeline is in place, couldn’t the stupid cranes fly over it? I mean it’s not like all those millions caribou that were killed off by the interference in their migration routes of the Alaskan pipeline, right? …..oh, wait…..

Personally, I would like the pres to double the size of the strategic reserve, nationalize the ANWR site, have the Army Corps of Engineers sink the well and pumping station and dedicate the output of ANWR to the production of all fuels and lubricating oils the military needs once the reserve is toppped off.

Yeah, blue sky thinking I know….but it solves a couple of huge problems doesn’t it?

Anti_anti on January 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Enlighten me here Hot Gassers:

If all the states that this pipeline goes through say Yea, why does the Feds get to say Nae?

cajun carrot on January 18, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Opposite things. Same result when leftist policis are the tool, but you ascribe honest intention to the most dishonest, ill-intentioned person to ever sit in the Oval Office,
ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Not at all.

Obama’s idea of “honesty” is completely different from yours. Unlike you, he knows the truth. The fact that his “truth” is at odds with the real world is due to his ignorance.

When Obama lies it is for the greater good. In fact such mundane concerns as “telling lies” are not even important when his mission is to save us all.

By the way, the word “internationalist” is synonymous with “communist” in the context I was using it.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

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