White House: Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is still a possibility

posted at 4:15 pm on February 27, 2012 by Tina Korbe

TransCanada, the company behind the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, has resubmitted its application for approval from the administration — and the Obama administration today announced that the president just might say “yes” to the plan this time around.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney used the announcement to hammer Republicans, saying, “House Republicans forced a rejection of the company’s earlier application in January, by not allowing sufficient time for important review or even the identification of a complete pipeline route.”

“But as we made clear, the president’s decision in January in no way prejudged future applications. We will ensure any project receives the important assessment it deserves and will base a decision to provide a permit on the completion of that review,” Carney added.

Republicans remained cautious in their response, arguing the news that a new pipeline route is being considered raises fresh questions about the administration’s previous opposition.

“It’s good news that progress is continuing on a project that would create tens of thousands of American jobs and keep Canada from selling North American energy to the Chinese, but it also makes the Obama administration’s refusal to approve it even more disturbing,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (Ohio).

Boehner’s spokesperson is right: All politics aside, this is good news. Remember: This is a project that would create — by the State Department’s own estimate — 5,000 to 6,000 U.S. jobs. TransCanada suggests it would create 20,000 jobs in the United States — 13,000 in construction and 7,000 in manufacturing. Other estimates put the number even higher — up to the hundreds of thousands.

KXL would yield benefits beyond jobs, too. Construction of the pipeline would bring us closer to energy independence and leave us less reliant on “unethical oil.”  According to one source, the pipeline would carry more energy to the United States than the sum of all the green energy projects funded by the Obama administration — and it would do it at no cost to taxpayers. Contrary to environmentalists’ claims, the pipeline might actually be better for the environment than no pipeline at all. After all, if it isn’t constructed, oil companies will still transport oil — but by low-speed rail, which poses its own environmental risks.

The president should have approved the construction of the pipeline in the first place, but at least his “no” didn’t completely deter the company behind the proposed project.

Still, nobody should be so naive as to think the president will move swiftly on this. He hasn’t agreed to make a decision on this new application within any specific time frame, as he did on the last one. He can — and probably will — delay a final verdict until after November 2012. TransCanada’s second application merely allows the president to play this both ways. As high gas prices call attention to the president’s awful energy policies, he needs to be able to say he’s doing something — anything – to make affordable energy accessible to Americans. Reconsidering KXL is that “something.” Actually approving it would cost him support with environmentalists — but delaying a decision while dangling the possibility of approval in front of overwhelmed U.S. energy consumers does absolutely nothing to hurt his reelection chances.


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Why does OBLahBLah hate unions and union jobs?

ConcealedKerry on February 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

meanwhile in Montreal Gazette, today…

jimver on February 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Is the Won dangling a carrot by this announcement? Doesn’t he know it’s too late, the Canucks already sold the oil to China.

Kissmygrits on February 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Can anyone explain to me how he gets away with this? He blames Republicans, for telling him he had 2 months and then before 2 months is up, he starts putting out feelers that a yes is still possible? There’s a way to replace the MSM, just refuse to buy their product. It’s not happening fast enough to suit me.

bflat879 on February 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

delaying a decision while dangling the possibility of approval in front of overwhelmed U.S. energy consumers does absolutely nothing to hurt his reelection chances.

An therein lies the idiocy and stupidity of a significant portion of the voting public–legal and illegal voters, including the dead.

stukinIL4now on February 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Oh boy! can i have a bite of that carrot?

heshtesh on February 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Obama will approve it, and the environmental fanatics/communists will immediately sue to halt it.

darwin on February 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

With money from an EPA grant. Do some digging around and look at how many of the lawsuits brought against he EPA are funded BY the EPA.

Nathan_OH on February 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Obama will approve it, and the environmental fanatics/communists will immediately sue to halt it.

darwin on February 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

How right you are!

Fuquay Steve on February 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Is the Won dangling a carrot by this announcement? Doesn’t he know it’s too late, the Canucks already sold the oil to China.

Kissmygrits on February 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Little Bammie has no regard for those filthy capitalist documents called ‘contracts’.

slickwillie2001 on February 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM

The handlers have figgered out this pipeline embargo will cost votes.

seven on February 27, 2012 at 7:27 PM

this is really bad news for warren buffet. all those railroads he owns will be used to transport the oil, meaning more money for him that he wont be paying as much tax on as he feels he should.

chasdal on February 27, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced this morning that the southern portion of the pipeline from Cushing to Port Arthur, TX, refineries will be completed by TransCanada pipeline. We have a pro-active Governor so Oklahoma will be getting the shovel ready jobs to complete the pipeline through Oklahoma to Port Arthur. Press Release from her office this morning:

Governor Fallin Applauds TransCanada Decision to Begin Construction of Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today applauded TransCanada’s decision to proceed with the construction of an oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The pipeline represents the southern leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline project that would transport oil from Canada and various U.S. markets to the Gulf Coast.

“Connecting Cushing to oil markets in the Gulf Coast will provide both an immediate economic jolt to the state of Oklahoma as well as a long term boost to our energy sector,” Fallin said. “Construction of the pipeline alone will create 1,200 jobs, while increasing access to the important markets along the coast will help energy producers for many years to come. This is an important, positive step forward for Oklahoma, and my thanks go out to TransCanada for its leadership on this issue.”

TransCanada also announced today that it plans to file a Presidential Permit application (cross border permit) in the near future for the Keystone XL Project from the U.S./Canada border in Montana to Steele City, Nebraska. Fallin once again called on President Obama to quickly approve the project.

“The Keystone XL pipeline is exactly the kind of shovel-ready project that President Obama should be supporting,” Fallin said. “If the project is approved in its entirety, we can expect up to 20,000 construction jobs and as many as 250,000 total jobs to be created. Furthermore, the substantial upgrade to our energy infrastructure would help bolster the production of North American energy and wean the United States off its dependence on hostile oil regimes overseas. It’s a win-win project that is important to both our national security and our economic security.”

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PhiKapMom on February 27, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Lemme guess. The pipeline will meet Scotty, Spock, and Kirk at the border. ZAP the oil lands in Texas refineries and not a cricket, Amerian Indian, or black smoker under the sea ever notices.

Limerick on February 27, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Once again ANOTHER “pundit” really misses the boat on the importance of Keystone XL.

Buffett ain’t transporting crude from Canada in any serious quantity. That is an impossibility!

What Buffett is transporting and will transport is Bakken crude.

There are not nearly enough railcars to extend transport to Canada. That would require an additional 30,000 tank cars and yes a Buffett controlled company is the largest tank car manufacturing and only recently doubled its capacity to 30 tank cars per day. Think about that for a second, 30 tanks cars per day to replace retiring tank cars and fulfill the required 30,000 additional ones.

Any person with a logical mind sees the ignorance in such faulty analysis.

Kermit on February 27, 2012 at 7:37 PM

PhiKapMom on February 27, 2012 at 7:34 PM

There already is a right of way and pipeline from the southern terminus at Nederland, TX to Cushing. The only thing really needed is reversing the flow and pumping stations.

BTW, that terminal used to receive 4 each ships at 400,000 bbl per tanker (28 hrs to offload) back in 1980. It never had less than two of the 4 berths occupied in those days of mostly Saudi crude from lightering tankers offloading supertankers off the coast.

Kermit on February 27, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Tina Korbe like all other uninformed about refining process depend on statements from oil producers rather than refiners. Keystone XL is needed for the product stream and configuration of several refineries in Corpus Christi, Port Arthur, Lake Charles, Norco & Chalmette, Oh and one small refinery in Houston.

Kermit on February 27, 2012 at 7:44 PM

So 3 years, 60 days, and a just bit more is enough for Presidebt 0bama to figure the KXL pipeline out.

More SMART Power!!!11!!!eleventy

jukin3 on February 27, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Leading from behind. I really hope that the American people aren’t too stupid to see through this charade…

To any liberals out there: I really would like to know if any of you are actually ashamed of this guy yet, or are you all just BS-ing yourselves into buying this nonsense?

ghostwriter on February 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Harper should tell dear leader to pound sand…

cmsinaz on February 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Approving the pipeline with zero change in the proposal (ignore that crap about a “new route”…it’s all nonsense) will only make O’Bozo look even stupider and weaker than normal. Look for him to apologize to someone soon on behalf of America … probably the Chinese.

I wonder what his nitwit Green supporters are going do when he passes it … lash themselves in public?

Jaibones on February 27, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Actually approving it would cost him support with environmentalists — but delaying a decision while dangling the possibility of approval in front of overwhelmed U.S. energy consumers does absolutely nothing to hurt his reelection chances.

I’m not so sure about this. So-called “environmentalists” would not turn around and vote for Romney or Santorum if Obama approved the Keystone XL pipeline, because Romney or Santorum would never throw Government money down ratholes like Solyndra power or algae power.

But with gasoline and oil prices skyrocketing NOW, and predicted to rise higher later this year, people might make the connection that depriving ourselves of relatively easy oil from friendly neighbors (or from the Gulf) CAUSES prices to rise, and give “undecided” voters a reason to vote Republican, if the Republicans promise to approve the pipeline and open up drilling if elected.

Obama would probably IMPROVE his re-election chances by actually approving the pipeline, so that oil-futures traders would anticipate increased oil supplies and bid DOWN prices before the election, and take this issue off the table. By obstinately refusing to approve the pipeline, Obama gives Republicans the chance to hammer him with this issue from now until the election.

Obama is fond of blaming George W. Bush for everything that’s wrong with the nation. But how much worse would the recession and housing crisis have become if gasoline was still $4.50 a gallon in 2009? Re-opening the Gulf for drilling in July 2008 is something Bush did right–is Obama willing to admit it, and do what Bush did? Or will he stay “stuck on stupid”, and pay the price in November?

Steve Z on February 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Whiplash much, Mr. Pres’?

davisbr on February 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

“… by not allowing sufficient time for important review or even the identification of a complete pipeline route.”

What disgusting liars Carney and his awful boss are!

1. The project was studied for THREE YEARS by Ozero’s own state department. And approved.

2. They know exactly what the route is. This ridiculous lie it too stupid to even discuss.

This is nothing more than politics and, fortunately, enough people realize it. The Forces of Darkness are obviously getting desperate. Besides, does anybody really believe that Ozero would approve the pipeline <> his re-election? ABO, ABO, ABO.

Samantha on February 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM

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