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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“What I think I’d make clear is that I believe selling our energy products to Asia is in the country’s national interest.

It is in our interests for all kinds of reasons, that we diversify our exports, particularly our energy exports. It’s one thing in terms of whether Canadians, you know, want jobs, to what degree Canadians want environmental protection. These are all valid questions.

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. Our process is there to determine what the needs and desires of Canadians are.

And I think, ultimately, because it’s Canadian jobs that are at stake, that Canadians have to be the ones who make the decisions.

I think what’s happened around the Keystone is a wakeup call, the degree to which we are dependent or possibly held hostage to decisions in the United States, and especially decisions that may be made for very bad political reasons.”

- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Heckva job, Barry!

Resist We Much on January 18, 2012 at 1:52 PM

This decision by Soetoro, if it stands, will drive up gas prices, cost the US jobs, and benefit Communist China while not actually stopping any oil sand exploitation in Canada:

Odds on the RNC actually making effective political hay out of this?

MidniteRambler on January 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

HatfieldMcCoy on January 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Keep in mind that Harper is talking to the Canadian Pravda here and his remarks are intended for Canadian domestic consumption. He just got us out of Kyoto and the greens are mad at him. He’s playing to the anti-American audience. If you get someone sane into the whitehouse in 2012, he’ll reconsider. I hope.

gh on January 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

The green lobby is destroying this country. Global warming, now this. One of the main complaints they make (besides Nebraska), is that in Canada the production of the tar sands will add to greenhouse gases. As if this decision would have any impact on that. The production will still take place, the product will just go elsewhere. They have no grasp on logic and these are the people we have allowed to take control of our government.

jazzmo on January 18, 2012 at 1:56 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

I think, Lobotomy4life gets paid by the response to it’s posts…(volume bonus)…so the last few days I have been trying to make ‘it’ rich! Then…I will cry to see its tax returns!

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

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

Don’t you guys love their “worthless” Medicare-for-All system?

Resist We Much on January 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Three letter word – J-O-B-S, jobs.

Joe Plugs

D-fusit on January 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Resist We Much on January 18, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Makes me long for a time when the United States elected Presidents that didn’t work for their country’s destruction.

MNHawk on January 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Go climb a tree, President Tre Arrow.

/

Christien on January 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Shipping the oil to China?
Loss of Jobs?
Fuel prices?
Easy, a lay-up.
May the battering begin. This was a no-brainer.
Zero, having no brain, stepped right in.
Crush him with it.

PaleoRider on January 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Wonder when Richard Trumpka will have pickets surrounding the White House and the State Department, showing his anger towards this anti-business, anti-union, anti-American decision on the pipeline. The voters will get their chance to get their revenge in the voter’s booth soon. We must get a president who makes decisions to help our country, not to purposely hurt our country.

Amazingoly on January 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

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

“Globalism”/”internationalism” are just other words for international crony capitalism.

International crony capitalism is better than communism. Under communism, the Vanguard of the Proletariat shoots all the “greedy capitalists” who are the only ones who know how to provide goods and services that are actually needed at a reasonable real cost. That “unexpectedly” works out badly every time.

At least under international crony capitalism the people who know how to provide goods and services still run the businesses for a while, while the government stooges selling out the People to the crony capitalists grab more and more of the pie.

That eventually leads to the same result as communism, of course, but the plan is that by then we will all be flying between the stars on the Starship Enterprise, so everything will be okay.

Yes, the globalists/internationalists really are that shallow and stupid.

fadetogray on January 18, 2012 at 2:15 PM

2. Energy prices must necessarily skyrocket so that green initiatives become affordable.
NickelAndDime on January 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

BINGO!!! WE HAVE A WINNER.

timberline on January 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

This decision by Soetoro, if it stands, will drive up gas prices, cost the US jobs, and benefit Communist China while not actually stopping any oil sand exploitation in Canada:

Odds on the RNC actually making effective political hay out of this?

MidniteRambler on January 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Actually, This oil was always intended for China and Asian markets. It was a smart move from the Canadians, they wanted to ship their oil from a tax-free international trade zone in Texas and the profits were going to Transcanada. The US jobs you are talking about were always temporary (building the pipeline)but the prime beneficiary is Transcanada not the US. BTW the so called Northern Gateway pipeline, which is supposedly an alternative to Keystone XL pipeline is finding it hard to get approved in Canada. It goes from Alberta oil sands to The West Coast but its getting a lot of resistance from Canadians themselves.

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Oh, well, energy if fungible. I am sure when China’s demand is met than everyone’s prices will go down. Until the next sword rattles or threat is made. Why would North America want to have any domestic insurance?

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

The man is so anti-America is it unbelievable. They say “pay back is *ell” and we will have our chance in November!!!! I hope we are still standing!

phoebe1 on January 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

yeah go ahead and reapply..so we can reject it again! — obama administration

he hates jobs and progress..especially in the oil industry

sadsushi on January 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Finally, a fellow supporter of those who would destroy this country by sabotaging it’s energy supply. And how does this particular piece of leftist garbage go about doing that? By following the treasonous leftist line, making up a story about the oil being headed for China anyway…because it would be cheaper to tanker it around South America (tankers being too big for the canal). Yes…really. On top of being treasonous garbage, leftists aren’t particularly bright.

I share no common bond with trash like you, Salahuddin.

MNHawk on January 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

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

Go away libtard4life. No one wants to play.

itsspideyman on January 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

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.

Republicans have no idea how to street fight. Note who they are pushing to be their Presidential candidate.

Republican = Romney = Fluff = Obama re-election.

timberline on January 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Let’s make a bet: if the United States doesn’t want the oil, the Chinese will take it. Second, Canada will get the approval, despite the wailings of their greenies.

itsspideyman on January 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Me? I am waiting for the penny to drop…for people to finally realise just what this Obama is all about.

Are people so blind?

Some of you may have gathered I am not from America, I am from the UK (God help my birthplace)

I am in two minds to scarper off to Canada in spite of the many restrictions they have placed on their populace…too many and numerous to mention, I am sure many here know what I am mentioning.

I never in all my born days thought I’d live to see the day when America is no longer the nation I came to love and cherish.

This is worse to me than losing a dear loved one…I am singing a death dirge…

Little by little I see freedoms eroded, people becoming more and more dependent on the Govt. for their livelihood, people being called racist for no good reason other than to slowly whittle away ones confidence in ones self, it’s horrific to me.

Yet I see no one coming forth that will do what is necessary to save this once great and good country…

I have seen it said here many many times, “we will get what we deserve”…

I believe we deserve much more than what we are currently getting, but someone HAS to step up to the plate and really and truthfully believe they can defeat this Obama…and make the needed corrections to right this great land.

I had thought it was Ron Paul, but I am having doubts…

Obama is far too slick and wily and crafty for that…

When he said he was going to ‘fundamentally change’ America, I had little idea what he meant, oh but I see the handwriting on the wall now, and unless somthing miraculous happens, it is going to get worse, much much worse…

I am sick of hearing the ‘talking heads’ making the case for this person or that person, and why this one or that one isn’t right.

Good God! ANYONE would be better than what we now eh? Get him out, and someone new in and then sort things out from that point.

I do not get any sense from anyone here who that person COULD be, but I do know who is WON’T be!! None of them…

I am sick to death of what is happening…I wish I had the answer.

Scrumpy on January 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Sorry, bad post….

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Let’s make a bet: if the United States doesn’t want the oil, the Chinese will take it. Second, Canada will get the approval, despite the wailings of their greenies.

itsspideyman on January 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Actually, This oil was always intended for China and Asian markets. It was a smart move from the Canadians, they wanted to ship their oil from a tax-free international trade zone in Texas and the profits were going to Transcanada. The US jobs you are talking about were always temporary (building the pipeline)but the prime beneficiary is Transcanada not the US. BTW the so called Northern Gateway pipeline, which is supposedly an alternative to Keystone XL pipeline is finding it hard to get approved in Canada. It goes from Alberta oil sands to The West Coast but its getting a lot of resistance from Canadians themselves.

Regardless of where most of it may have been sold, is it really better to empower Nigeria, Saudia Arabia, and other un-stable or despotic nations over Canada?

And maintaining a pipeline will create permanent jobs long after it is built. There is also no need to permanently divert that oil to China once it reaches Texas.

Plus, Soetoro did this to shore up the green vote, but this move doesn’t actually stop the extraction of oil from Canadian oil sand, nor does it stop the transportation of that oil to Canada via Evil Oil Tankers. It does kill American jobs, though.

MidniteRambler on January 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Thanks Barry, for reminding everyone what a failure you are.

Minnfidel on January 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Shocked, I tell you. Shocked I am – not.
November 2012 cannot come too soon.

IrishEyes on January 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

The communist Obambi administration is lying through its teeth.

I know, I know, hard to believe. But, it is.

An alternate route for the pipeline east of the Sandhills here in Nebraska has already been found and approved.

And “reapply” merely means this un-American SOB will simply delay, delay, delay.

This country is going to be in critical condition if this usurper-traitor isn’t voted out of office come November.

“Hey, Barry, reapply THIS!”

Horace on January 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

This is silly. I don’t know if any other Nebraskans on here have already mentioned this, but the Unicameral and Trans-Canada agreed on a compromise route that routed the pipeline around the Ogallala Aquifer at least a month ago.

It’s certainly possible that this Administration doesn’t recognize Nebraska’s right to negotiate like this, but there was definitely an agreement in place. The Legislature held a special session on the issue and it was all over the news.

LukeinNE on January 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Serprize! Serprize! Serprize! Gee, what a surprise–just Obumbler playing more election year politics that he’ll hold the Repubs responsible for.

stukinIL4now on January 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Just. Friggin’. Stupid. President!

Kenz on January 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

LukeinNE

Grand Island reporting in.

Odd that Barry thinks us Bible-thumping, bitter clinger, semi-toothless folks here in Nebraska will simply accept his lies.

Needs a “Ben Nelson” training session.

Horace on January 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

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

Yeah, says Obama, let it go through Uranus.

I say, let it go through his.

smellthecoffee on January 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM

LukeinNE had a good point.

The controversy here in Nebraska had little or nothing to do with the “sensitive habitat” of the Sandhills. Just liberal “green” lies.

The key factor was protection of the Ogallala Aquifer, Nebraska’s underground water wealth. Nebraska and TransCanada agreed to move the pipeline route a bit to the east and problem solved.

Also, think of the thousands of jobs that would be created in building the pipeline.

This Indonesian/Kenyan clown is determined to wreck our country one way or another.

Horace on January 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

So the anti-American chooses in favor of Venezuela and later Brazil , instead of Canada ?
And we have candidates who wouldn’t even call him a socialist ?

burrata on January 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM

you know I always took the line of “never assume malice, where plain and simple incompetance will suffice” with this administration. Not so much anymore.

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Yeah your full of it.

The Northern Gateway, which takes the oilsands oil from Bruderheim Alberta over to Kitimat BC, is going to be approved. The reason why the process has decended into farce is becuase some mid-level beurocrat allowed literally thousands of groups and individuals to sign up for testimony on the issue. Groups that have no bearing at all except to stop the process from moving at all. Citgo, the venezulean state oil company and thousands of individuals living as far away as South America who should have been rejected based on not being affected at all. I wouldn’t be suprised if John and Jane Doe or Micky Mouse were on the list to tesitfy before the hearing. It probably resembles a voter registration list for ACORN.
This a classic case of collapse the process that leftists like to use when something offends them, simply use obstruction to get in the way of legitimate hearings or debates. The minister of Energy here has already said the process will be limited to only those actually interested groups, not some blogger in Amsterdam who heard “Tarsands oil kills baby polar bears” and who has no legal standing in Canada.

darkannulus on January 18, 2012 at 3:07 PM

burrata on January 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM

FINALLY!!!!!! an intelligent poster who understands that Canadian Syncrude is not the same as Middle Eastern crude!!!!

Kermit on January 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM

The key factor was protection of the Ogallala Aquifer, Nebraska’s underground water wealth. Nebraska and TransCanada agreed to move the pipeline route a bit to the east and problem solved.

Horace on January 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Yep. Not to denigrate the western part of the state (I grew up in Minden, currently living in Lincoln), but the Sandhills are nothing more than sparsely populated ranching country. The cattle will not mind, and neither will most of the ranchers who stand to make a pretty penny on the small swath of land Trans-Canada needs.

Like you said, the Aquifer is the only thing anyone in this state (who’s not a batsh!t crazy environmentalist) cares about with regard to the pipeline route.

LukeinNE on January 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Actually, This oil was always intended for China and Asian markets. It was a smart move from the Canadians, they wanted to ship their oil from a tax-free international trade zone in Texas and the profits were going to Transcanada. The US jobs you are talking about were always temporary (building the pipeline)but the prime beneficiary is Transcanada not the US. BTW the so called Northern Gateway pipeline, which is supposedly an alternative to Keystone XL pipeline is finding it hard to get approved in Canada. It goes from Alberta oil sands to The West Coast but its getting a lot of resistance from Canadians themselves.

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

If this is correct, we should just tell the Canadians “No.” Since when is our government in the business of helping businesses in OTHER countries while we are still up to our necks in trouble?

(Forgot momentarily about Zero’s busses. And where are they now?)

dogsoldier on January 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I share no common bond with trash like you, Salahuddin.

MNHawk on January 18, 2012 at 2:28 PM

WRONG Mr Minnesotan, first of all I’m not a lefty nor am I a greeny. I was actually supportive of the pipeline as long as it’s not going in an environmentally sensitive area. I don’t hate the evil filthy oil, quite the opposite I believe as long as we live oil is here to stay. And as far as the green alternative goes, we are a long way from a green affordable energy right now. I am all for drilling and exploring oil responsibly, but I was just pointing out the exaggeration and the inflated numbers of jobs that this pipeline is supposedly creating for the US workers. Again Obama is still open to the pipeline once Transcanada re-apply with their new route that avoids the Sandhills in Nebraska. So lets tone down the name calling and see the facts for what they are. Obama has approved more than 35 new offshore drilling permits and that’s just only permits issued after the Gulf of Mexico moratorium.

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Resist We Much on January 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

This type of crude would only affect Hugo, not the Middle East.

Kermit on January 18, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I’m telling you, I find it harder every day to forgive my friends who voted for this evil commie lunatic.

Alana on January 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM

This is another reason why we need Newt. He will be relentless on this in debates and on tv.

Decoski on January 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM

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

Excellent formulation. I may have to steal it.

MrLynn on January 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Troll alert! Get out of mommy’s basement and get a job.

Decoski on January 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM

He hate Americans and loves welfare queens/kings.

p.s. you can call me a “racist” fools, based on nada.

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Homophobe…

affenhauer on January 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I don’t see why Obama made the announcement to ‘reject’ the pipeline outright – correct me if I’m wrong with the following:

- due to the requirement he made a decision within 60 days on Keystone in the payroll cut bill, he had to make a choice which would energize the environmental-left base rather than completely alienate him from their votes/support (his original decision to delay until after the 2012 elections only infuriated them)
- Rather than approve the pipeline with a requirement that it go around the aquifer (which, as someone already pointed out, was done by Nebraska state government) and lose even more support he instead rejected the pipeline but says TransCanada can reapply
- This further placates the environmental left base (“See? I rejected the pipeline and listened to you!”) while simultaneously handing out a talking point to the MSM (“President Obama protects environment, and lays groundwork for future jobs for our citizens”) at the same time
- doesn’t give the GOP much to work with – the arguement will go that “Obama’s not stopping jobs, he’s performing due diligence in protecting America’s environment and water resources from the very real risk of pollution” (and, as also has been pointed out, the GOP hasn’t done much with what he has given them so far – why would this change?)
- if the Neb. state government wouldn’t have already made an agreement with TransCanada on XL’s new path (actually, it wouldn’t matter if they had), he can kick to the State and say to both detractors AND supporters that its in Nebraska’s court all the while having the EPA demand more studies on the new path of the pipeline, tying it up even further. This doesn’t include the litigation-happy left/greens and what they’ll do, either.

The ball doesn’t end up in the GOP’s court on how to handle this – it ends up on the Canadian side; I’m sorry to say (being in Alberta) that we’re looking at the ball in disgust and instead of picking it up and throwing it back a little harder than normal, we’re turning around to see if Asia would like to play hockey instead.

Northern Gateway will get done – projections being what they are, TransCanada will probably look at their balance sheet and what they’ve spent on XL so far, eye what Northern Gateway will cost, and realize that it maybe instead of dealing with regulations/governments in two countries, they’ll just stick with one.

Believe me, I’d rather our oil be sold to the United States.That choice was removed from the table by the Obama administration. It’ll be..interesting to see what the consequences of that decision is.

Karthanon on January 18, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I am sick to death of what is happening…I wish I had the answer.

Scrumpy on January 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

The answer is to toss this fool out of office and to wage war on the socialist infrastructure so it cannot ever inflict someone like Obama/Pelosi/Reid on us again.

V7_Sport on January 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Let’s make a bet: if the United States doesn’t want the oil, the Chinese will take it. Second, Canada will get the approval, despite the wailings of their greenies.

itsspideyman on January 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I’m not into bet business as Berry would say, but you first point is a non issue as I said it was always going to the overseas markets at least most of it. Second, The US has become under Obama a net exporter of petroleum products in 2011 for the first time in 62 years. So I don’t think there’s a shortage of oil in here.
Your second bet I agree with you the Northern Gateway Pipeline will get approved.

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Actually, This oil was always intended for China and Asian markets.

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

That’s not true, it was primarily intended for US markets. Per NAFTA the USA gets first look, last refusal on their oil as long as it’s being sold at fair market price.

V7_Sport on January 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

as I said it was always going to the overseas markets at least most of it.
Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Provide a link from a reliable source that states that.

V7_Sport on January 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

yes, you are exactly right!! because the quickest cheapest route from canada to china is via Houston. of course the rothchilds first take their cut,

chasdal on January 18, 2012 at 3:49 PM

There go some union jobs. His base will be so pleased.

WhatNot on January 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Unions vote Democrat even though liberal policies send more and more jobs overseas for the sake of the environment or whatever.

Heck, look at all those coal producing States that still went for Obama. There is a lot of STUPID in this country and we got plenty of STUPID in the Oval Office.

It’s not just a matter of agreeing to disagree anymore and I honestly wish it were that simple. You have to have a very self depreciating mentality to be a liberal it seems and it’d be one thing if they only impacted themselves but their stupidity is hurting the whole nation and I’m sick of it.

Yakko77 on January 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I’m telling you, I find it harder every day to forgive my friends who voted for this evil commie lunatic.

Alana on January 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Even my friends and family who regret voting for Obama I could walk up to them and smack them over the head right now. I’m that fed up.

Yakko77 on January 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

This would also have provided a direct link to the bulk of the US refineries. Anyone who doesn’t think this is a calamity is kidding themselves.

V7_Sport on January 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Oh, and this Nebraska voter is buying the whole “protect the aquifers” BS either.

Yakko77 on January 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Even my friends and family who regret voting for Obama I could walk up to them and smack them over the head right now. I’m that fed up.

Yakko77 on January 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I have a special anger for the supposed conservatives who voted 3rd party or stayed home because “you have to go through carter to get to Reagan” and “the frog will jump out of the boiling water”, etc.

V7_Sport on January 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I have a special anger for the supposed conservatives who voted 3rd party or stayed home because “you have to go through carter to get to Reagan” and “the frog will jump out of the boiling water”, etc.

V7_Sport on January 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

It’s OK. Ron Paul will save us. Don’t believe me? Just ask his cult followers. They’ll tell you.

Yakko77 on January 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Yeah, the Senate really won a victory by forcing the Democrats to require a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days.

Don’t get me wrong. It does put Obama on the spot and force him to make an unpopular decision rather than hide and stall. But it just didn’t gain that much for all the hype, and it came at the expense of Republicans in the House.

didymus on January 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

approved more than 35 new offshore drilling permits and that’s just only permits issued after the Gulf of Mexico moratorium.

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Zero permabanned gulf drilling and when a judge told him that he did not have the authority, Zero REPEATED THE BAN.

Can you tell us which 35 permits have actually been issued so we go look at them?

dogsoldier on January 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

No, you were copy/pasting the lunatic leftist argument that the oil was destined for China anyway, via Texas. An argument that has no basis in fact. And deserves no amount of respect.

MNHawk on January 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM

We’re going down. I wonder why none of the candidates brings up the price of gas and what that’s doing to American families. If you have a job and if you don’t live in a metropolitan area, you have to buy gas to get to work. Gas increases = food price increases, and someone needs to remind Obama how expensive arugula is, which is perhaps the reason so many rely on starches for food: it’s cheap.

BTW, the price of commuting in a metro area isn’t cheap. I have one friend who spends almost $20 a day for a subway ride.

Portia46 on January 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

It’s the Teaparty backed Repub.freshman’s fault

falsecast on January 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Awesome. Another fabulous gift from dipsh!t Obama to the GOP candidate – who will be promising to call Canada on Inauguration Day to approve the pipeline and begin construction.

Jaibones on January 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Portia46 on January 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Imagine a single Republican with the stones to run an ad, calculating how much it takes to fill up Imelda’s separate private jet.

I know, I know, that would be in the same world where we really could power our society with rainbow tarts & unicorn farts

MNHawk on January 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Can you tell us which 35 permits have actually been issued so we go look at them?

dogsoldier on January 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Well, after the BP oil spill there has to be some new safeguards to make sure that does not happen again.

In terms of permits you can check out the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement website

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

dogsoldier on January 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM

http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Permits/Status-of-Gulf-of-Mexico-Well-Permits.aspx

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

This is a two-fer for The Fraud from Abroad.

He simultaneously is able to serve his Muslim Masters in the Middle East and scrape and bow to the EnviroNazi extremist Watermelons (Green out the outside Red on the inside), all the expense of the United States of America.

Seriously, is ANYONE surprised by this decision?

glcinpdx on January 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Somewhere in a tent in Washington DC some twit sits convinced that it was his smoke bomb yesterday that put the fear of Gaia into our Beloved Leader so he would Do the Right Thing.

He listened to us. He finally listened to us! Gaia is SAVED!!!!

Lily on January 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

To me it’s not just about our dependence on foreign oil. It’s about the terrorists dependence on our petro dollars.
Obama denies, soldiers will die.

mike_NC9 on January 18, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Somewhere in a tent in Washington DC some twit sits convinced that it was his smoke bomb yesterday that put the fear of Gaia into our Beloved Leader so he would Do the Right Thing.

He listened to us. He finally listened to us! Gaia is SAVED!!!!

Lily on January 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

..uncommonly hilarious post! Bravo!

The War Planner on January 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Meh, whatever. At least China’s checks won’t bounce.
The upside is that somewhere Jimmy Carter is doing the happy dance ’cause he just lost the title of “worst president evah!”

G-man on January 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

“The oil was going to be sold to China anyway.”

That’s not true, it was primarily intended for US markets. Per NAFTA the USA gets first look, last refusal on their oil as long as it’s being sold at fair market price.

The trade deal includes a “proportionality clause” that bars Canada from reducing its oil and gas shipments to the U. S. while increasing its domestic supply.

“We looked at whether Canada could reduce exports for the sake of conservation or environmental policy . . . or even for household heating. We cannot,” said John Dillon, co-author of a report on the issue published by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

We get 900 million barrels of oil from Canada and 600 million from Mexico each year. Under NAFTA, we get first dibs…NOT China or India.

Resist We Much on January 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Maybe the Chinese will use the intercontinental railroad to get the oil.

Jasper61 on January 18, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I’m shocked he didn’t blame the republicans the same way he has with every other failed policy of his.

Ellis on January 18, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Maybe the Chinese will use the intercontinental railroad to get the oil.

Jasper61 on January 18, 2012 at 5:44 PM

No need. The Canadians will build the pipeline to the Pacific Ocean and then the Chinese will pick it up in a tanker…just ask Canadian PM Stephen Harper has said.

Resist We Much on January 18, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Carney on the tube saying “Obama couldn’t make a decision based on an arbitrary date on the calender”…….but pull troops out of Iraq and leave a bloody mess?…”calender says “GO!”

I can’t stand that pig.

Mimzey on January 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Yeah, Barry’s sure showing a lot of energy leadership, isn’ he? Almost as if he’s TRYING to cripple the country.

GarandFan on January 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Kermit on January 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Thanx to your informative posts about this subject the other day.
I ended up doing a little research myself after reading them, and I’m glad I did.
Makes me understand the jihad against America which is being waged from within , and the media is not even reporting it :(

burrata on January 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

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

What a stupid thing to say.

zoyclem on January 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Obama must want to lose the presidency.

Frikkin’ pompous boob.

Let him get his wish.

profitsbeard on January 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

How corrupt are the Greenies? Look at this letter posted at WSJ’s “Best of the Web”:

Dave Mulligan Wrote:
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Speaking of domestic terrorists and smoke bombs…

It’s the law that appointments to the California Air Resources Board’s Scientific Review Panel are supposed to be for just 3 years, to introduce new ideas into the process and try to prevent ossified junk science group think from turning CARB into a terrorist hit squad bent on destroying the California economy. (…yeah, how’s that working out?)

John Froines has been allowed to sit on the panel for TWENTY SIX years (and remains there still, according to the CARB website).

So who is John Froines?

Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, Lee Weiner and JOHN FROINES, The Chicago Seven, were charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot and other offenses for their activities at the 1968 democratic convention in Chicago. Froines, the chemist, was charged with with making incendiary devices (stink bombs).

And this guy Froines is running environmental policy in California. Any question about why these policies are so destructive?

onlineanalyst on January 18, 2012 at 9:08 PM

What I find amazing is that you would think this is the only pipeline in the US. There are DOZENS of pipelines that cross this country. Why THIS one?

There are 168,000 miles of pipelines in the US. This one isn’t going to make any difference from an environmental perspective. You would think this is the first one or the only one. It isn’t even the only one to Canada!

http://www.aopl.org/

There are already several crude oil pipelines between the US and Canada.

This is such a non-issue, I can’t even believe it has been hyped to this extent.

crosspatch on January 18, 2012 at 9:10 PM

According to the Dept. of Transportation, we have 2.3 million miles of pipeline in this country. Here is the web site where I found that number:DOT web site.

Jasper61 on January 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Obama is going to appease a minuscule portion of his base to anger independents and a larger portion of his base? Unions have given their blessing on this project and he needs them much more than he needs a few environmentalists out in LA.

The GOP were just given one of their best political policy wins in a while. If they were smart they would start rolling the adds out now.

Blu3Yeti on January 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

The only sense this makes is Obowma wants Americans to pay more for gasoline and oil so we MUST buy Chevey Volts and curly cue light bulbs that last half as long and are filled with mercury. He wants us beholden to green energy that donates to democrat groups exclusively and promotes his crony capitalism.

Obowma is no leader, he is a destroyer and a scumbag for hurting Americans economically and he doesn’t give a rip.

dthorny on January 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM

No real surprise here. I wouldn’t blame the Canadians if they start construction on that pipeline to the west coast asap. Why should they bother waiting to see who wins in November when they have China willing to buy now?

sherrimae on January 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Trump is so right. We are fools.

Schadenfreude on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Well, the thing is the oil is GOING to move. Canada WILL sell that oil on the world market so once that oil reaches the market, it has an impact on global oil prices. So even if the pipeline isn’t built, the oil will go somewhere. It’s probably time for Canada to simply build a refinery for that oil in Canada instead of shipping it to ours.

But that oil will move by truck and/or train which is a lot more hazardous for the environment than a pipeline. And that aquifer that they are claiming they are trying to “protect” in Nebraska and Kansas already has several pipelines through it.

The whole thing is nonsense.

crosspatch on January 19, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Way to go B.O.

tbear44 on January 19, 2012 at 4:08 AM

http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Permits/Status-of-Gulf-of-Mexico-Well-Permits.aspx

Salahuddin on January 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I read the data at the website. If the information is accurate then oil production in gulf is actually underway again andhopefully people will be getting jobs.

Zero did say that extending unemployment benefits would create more jobs than this pipeline though. He may be expecting the unemployed to spend their benefits on things that will boost the economy.

Alas, that hasn’t worked in forty plaus years.

dogsoldier on January 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Let’s see, President Obama has had THREE YEARS of “review” on the Keystone Project—yet, he says the GOP House has only given him two months to review this! The OMB stated, already, that NO NEW STUDIES WERE NEEDED; and I believe it was the State Dept. who also said NO MORE REVIEW IS NECESSARY before going forward with this project. So, what is it that Obama needs to “study further”? I’ll tell you what it is. This rejection to Keystone by Pres. Obama. is NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL MOVE!

DixT on January 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Obama is going to appease a minuscule portion of his base to anger independents and a larger portion of his base? Unions have given their blessing on this project and he needs them much more than he needs a few environmentalists out in LA.

The GOP were just given one of their best political policy wins in a while. If they were smart they would start rolling the adds out now.

Blu3Yeti on January 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

The GOP Presidential candidates need to HAMMER Obama on this!!!

So far, they’ve been stressing that building the pipeline would create about 20,000 jobs, which is a good start.

But the bigger issue is that the pipeline could deliver 700,000 BPD of Canadian crude directly to American refineries, which would mean that much less crude we need to import by super-tanker from unfriendly countries.

The price of crude at a refinery gate is equal to the cost of production, plus the cost of transportation, plus some profit for the producer. It’s a LOT cheaper to transport crude 1,000 miles by pipeline than 6,000 or 8,000 miles by supertanker, so that crude prices at refineries in the US will DROP once the pipeline is built. Once the crude is refined, those savings will be passed along to consumers of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and home heating oil.

For the average American, this means lower gasoline bills and home heating bills. For travelers, this means lower air fares. If diesel fuel becomes cheaper, retail prices for anything delivered by truck from a warehouse to a retail store become cheaper. The benefits to the economy of this pipeline could be tremendous.

This is what the GOP candidates need to be talking about!!!

Steve Z on January 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

This would also have provided a direct link to the bulk of the US refineries. Anyone who doesn’t think this is a calamity is kidding themselves.

V7_Sport on January 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

A lot of the hype is that an extension of the Keystone XL pipeline would link Canadian oil to large refineries in southeast Texas, particularly Texas City, Baytown, and Beaumont.

But the new pipeline would also link to an existing pipeline from Nebraska into Missouri, which could also supply existing refineries in Missouri and Illinois. Crude coming to these northern refineries would be a lot cheaper from the pipeline than crude coming into New Orleans from overseas, and shipped up the Mississippi River by barge.

The proposed pipeline would pass through Montana and Nebraska, and link to an existing pipeline in Missouri, and vulnerable Democrat Senators are up for re-election this year in all three states (Tester, Ben Nelson, and McCaskill, respectively). I wonder what they might have to say about Obama’s decision…

Steve Z on January 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I am stunned that each of the Republicans running for the party’s nomination for President has not been screaming “I will move Heaven and Earth to get that pipeline built! I will personally fire any darned agency bureaucrat who gets in the way of its construction! We will address ecological concerns without unduly slowing the pipeline’s construction!”

etaoinshrdlu on January 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM

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