Video: We should embrace the Keystone pipeline, says … Bill Clinton

posted at 9:02 pm on February 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Daily Caller. Alternate headline: “Bill Clinton helpfully offers talking point to Democrats for eventual cave on Keystone.”

“One of the most amazing things to me about this Keystone pipeline deal is that they ever filed that route in the first place since they could’ve gone around the Nebraska Sandhills and avoided most of the dangers, no matter how imagined, to the Ogallala [aquifer] with a different route, which I presume we’ll get now, because the extra cost of running is infinitesimal compared to the revenue that will be generated over a long period of time,” he said.

“So, I think we should embrace it and develop a stakeholder-driven system of high standards for doing the work,” Clinton added.

Yeah, that’s why Obama and Mrs. Clinton rejected Keystone initially. Just a little quibble over the proposed route. Easily fixable; nothing to do with the environmentalist lobby and the upcoming campaign. Over to you, Joe Nocera:

As it turns out, the environmental movement doesn’t just want to shut down Keystone. Its real goal, as I discovered when I spoke recently to Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, is much bigger. “The effort to stop Keystone is part of a broader effort to stop the expansion of the tar sands,” Brune said. “It is based on choking off the ability to find markets for tar sands oil.”

This is a ludicrous goal. If it were to succeed, it would be deeply damaging to the national interest of both Canada and the United States.

The route is a secondary concern to hardcore greens. In fact, TransCanada already proposed changing it to avoid the Nebraska Sandhills back when the Keystone issue first blew up. So why is Clinton suddenly pushing this phony argument? Because, silly, he’s read the polls. Heavy majorities support building Keystone, and they’re only going to get heavier as gas prices rise. And it’s not just Republicans: Support among independents is net +39 and even among Democrats it’s net +5. Clinton knows that unless gas prices ease, this issue will become increasingly potent for the GOP, so here he is shoving Obama towards a reversal.


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Bishop!

Who is John Galt on February 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

No kidding, Billy Jeff.

Slainte on February 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Racist!

JPeterman on February 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

It’s not even about tar sands, not really. The environmentalists don’t want us to have cheap gas and portable democracy. It would be a whole lot easier to save this darned planet if those darned carbon producers had no choice but to stay put in our eco-huts and keep quiet… Oh, I suppose they’d let us drive our Volts to the organic farmers’ market once a month or so, but that would be it.

cynccook on February 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Bill, you’re a racist!

rik on February 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Right now you could slap an (R) beside his name, disregard that Constitution thingy, and I would go out knocking on doors for him. He is better than anything we are currently offering.

Southernblogger on February 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

“One of the most amazing things to me about this Keystone pipeline deal is that they could have just said they were going to use it to Canadian Strange straight to my ranch in Arkansas, which I presume we’ll get now, because the extra cost of running is infinitesimal
-Billy Jeff

CorporatePiggy on February 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

funnel Canadian Strange.

CorporatePiggy on February 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

JPeterman on February 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

beat me

rik on February 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I miss Bill.. Ah, the days when the worst thing a Democratic president did was mess around with an intern instead of screwing up the entire country.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on February 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

We should embrace the Keystone pipeline, says … Bill Clinton

He even has a nickname for his stuff..

Oh…wait…

Electrongod on February 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Southernblogger on February 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Maybe he could come up with another CRA

rik on February 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Billy Jeff is trying to save your a$$ for you, Barry.
*I hope he fails*

predator on February 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Is there anything BJ won’t embrace…or worse..?

affenhauer on February 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Obama makes me miss Clinton. And that’s saying a lot.

Waggoner on February 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Is there anything BJ won’t embrace…or worse..?

affenhauer on February 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Dry Cleaners.

CorporatePiggy on February 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

“One of the most amazing things to me about this Keystone pipeline deal is that they ever filed that route in the first place since they could’ve gone around the Nebraska Sandhills and avoided most of the dangers, no matter how imagined, to the Ogallala [aquifer] with a different route, which I presume we’ll get now, because the extra cost of running is infinitesimal compared to the revenue that will be generated over a long period of time,” he said.

“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

Flora Duh on February 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Sooo….Obama got his share of bribes now ,
and everything is ok I’m guessing :D
Isn’t that why he was holding off on the pipeline ?

burrata on February 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Give that man a cigar!…er….well..

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

After all these years…BJ still lets the polls control his mouth.

KOOLAID2 on February 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

i sense a stained blue dress joke in here somewhere…..*searching..**

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Getting paid maybe?

BobScuba on February 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Billy Jeff is all abouts layin’ da pipe…

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

You know it’s sad in Obamaville when Bill Clinton becomes the common sense energy republican in the room. At this rate Dear Leader will have the Clinton years looking like Reagan’s pretty soon.

Mr. Mike on February 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Waggoner on February 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I really wish you people would remember all the times that the clintons gave Obama cover. He’s only trying to help the dems now!
Do not trust this man

rik on February 29, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Oh Allah, you friggin’ RINO you, you just jarred my memory on something regarding Billy Jeff–

According to a review in London’s Guardian newspaper, Clinton pulled out of an early run for Arkansas governor due to his involvement with multiple girlfriends — with one campaign chief recalling having to deal with “25 women a day.”

When aide Betsey Wright offered him a list of women he had to nix prior to becoming governor, “It became clear it was not the time to do it,” she says in the documentary.

Clinton’s mojo spigot kept running after he left Arkansas for Washington, D.C. Dick Morris, Clinton’s longtime adviser and a prominent Democratic pollster, speaks of the moment Clinton told him about his indiscretion with Lewinsky.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/13/clinton-documentary-to-reveal-closest-aides-reaction-to-lewinsky-affair/#ixzz1npN0qKGw

Dude, I gotsta hand it to the dude that coined the term “mojo spigot” in reference to Billy Jeff!!!

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Bill is on an even keel as long as he gets his Lewinsky polished every so often. Plus he won’t pass a chance to slap the “loser in chief” as often as possible.

MJZZZ on February 29, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Obama makes me miss Clinton. And that’s saying a lot.

Waggoner on February 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Not as much as I miss this guy!

But, you’re right – Obama makes me pine for Bill Clinton…

massrighty on February 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I’m kind of surprised (well, more than kind of) he’s doing this — saving Obama’s bacon was my first thought as well, and I’m wondering, why? Isn’t there more than a part of Bill Clinton that woulnd’t LOVE to see Obama go down in flames, come November?

lizzieillinois on February 29, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Can you imagine the First Black President sittin down at the table across from the first Half black President over a couple of beers.

FBP: “hey, hey I gotta hand it to ya son ya sure pulled one over on those liberals and my wife, ya know I wish ya would take it easy on the constitution there tho son and calm down on taxin us rich guys a little, I still got the record for number of times doin it in the oval office don’t I?”

F1/2BP: ” Looky here Oky doky keep that wife of yours outta my country, cause when me and Billy Ayers is done we’re gonna have all the cash and that constitution is gonna be confetti, the tax deal is for the dumb asses that pays and if you ain’t figured how not to pay not my problem, as far as the Oval office thing reggie gets spooked in there so we keep it to the gym shower room. Now piss off old man I got games ta watch”

ConcealedKerry on February 29, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Pipe Layin’ Czar, Billy Jeff — FTW!

A perfect fit (that’s what she said).

When’s the press conference that Obama can duck out of???

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Thanks Bubba. I knew there was a good reason I cast my vote for you in 92. (before i saw the light and became a right wing nutjob)

sbvft contributor on February 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Obama makes me pine for Bill Clinton…

massrighty on February 29, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Wasn’t it Newt who kept Clinton in line ?
Afterall, Clinton initiated the Cloward-Piven chaos with
motor-voter, IIRC

burrata on February 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Last!

Bishop on February 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

…broken arrow…

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 9:38 PM

For all of Obama’s ‘priorities’, highest on his list is laziness. I f it is going to work in a pinch, he’ll set aside his ‘beliefs’ and do it, like he’s done it before. He can do it for the Keystone XL Pipeline too, once push comes to shove.

The Nerve on February 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Last!

Bishop on February 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Not yet…

Last!

Electrongod on February 29, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I didn’t even get an “LOLz” for my nomination of Billy Jeff as Pipe Layin’ Czar…..

dat sucks.

ted c on February 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM

rik on February 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

He didn’t invent it although he did push for more lax rules. It still boils down to responsible regulation. I am not declaring that he was wonderful, but miles ahead of Obumbler or what the GOP is offering.

Southernblogger on February 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

After all these years…BJ still lets the polls control his mouth.

KOOLAID2 on February 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I see what you did there.

(Last.)

climbnjump on February 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

How do you legally fondle the Keystone pipeline for $1000 Alex?

egmont on February 29, 2012 at 9:52 PM

The route is a secondary concern to hardcore greens. In fact, TransCanada already proposed changing it to avoid the Nebraska Sandhills back when the Keystone issue first blew up. So why is Clinton suddenly pushing this phony argument? Because, silly, he’s read the polls.

With all his faults, Clinton always understood the importance of the energy business, not only to fill his election coffers, but how the price of gasoline was the one thing that voters would bring with them inside the voting booth. They might not know right off the top of their heads the price of a loaf of bread or a pound of beans or bacon, but they, by God, know what they paid yesterday to those big, bad oil companies to fill up their tanks.

This is what he’s trying to tell Obama, et al., though it seems they’re doubling down, what with Sec. of Energy Chu telling a congressional committee that they want the price of gasoline to go up so as to make “green energy” more attractive financially.

The good news politically, Obama won’t listen to Clinton here, he’s got his balls and soul owned by the greenies, all to our advantage.

TXUS on February 29, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Southernblogger on February 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

crack dealers didn’t invent crack but it don’t make em good guys.
I’d take any of our canidates over clinton. Clinton is the quintessential credit grabbing rooster.

rik on February 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Al Gore crushed.

KillerKane on February 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

The good news politically, Obama won’t listen to Clinton here, he’s got his balls and soul owned by the greenies, all to our advantage.

TXUS on February 29, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Unless Clinton continues to stray from the reservation, I don’t know if the contrarian-Obama is to OUR advantage.
Obama knows that a huge part of his base hears that dog whistle about globull energy and that we are complicit in a ‘world’ bigger than ourselves – and that ‘we’ are too stupid to know it unless he tells us.

egmont on February 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Al Gore crushed.

KillerKane on February 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Naah, fat Al has made his hundreds of millions off the AGW scam and can retire now. I expect he will fade away.

slickwillie2001 on February 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Romney-Clinton 2012!!

Bill wants to Drill!

Bradky on February 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

It’s not even about tar sands, not really. The environmentalists don’t want us to have cheap gas and portable democracy. It would be a whole lot easier to save this darned planet if those darned carbon producers had no choice but to stay put in our eco-huts and keep quiet… Oh, I suppose they’d let us drive our Volts to the organic farmers’ market once a month or so, but that would be it.

cynccook on February 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

It’s never about anything Democrats say it’s about.
If wind power worked, they’d ban it. If tomorrow someone found a way to make electricity simple and cheap, they’d ban it. If tomorrow they discovered how to heat our homes and run our cars off of a cup of dirt mixed with a teaspoon of warm spit, they’d claim dirt mixed with warm spit was destroying the planet and it needed to be banned.

It’s not about the object. It’s about the object making America strong and free. So whatever objects make America strong and free are the enemy.

This is what far too many people do not understand.

JellyToast on February 29, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Right now you could slap an (R) beside his name, disregard that Constitution thingy, and I would go out knocking on doors for him. He is better than anything we are currently offering.

Southernblogger on February 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Lolz. I agree.

Lightswitch on February 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Just setting the stage for the kabuki. Around August Obama will “come around” to the idea for the “good of the people” and show what a reasonable moderate he is. This will be just more conniving to pull in some moderate votes from some moderates who still want to feel that ‘ol Obama Love.

Timing is everything.

Mimzey on February 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Sometimes reality bludgeons Democrats into doing the right thing, but first it has to penetrate that concrete skull.

Drill baby drill.

NoDonkey on February 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

It’s a big fairy tale and Bill is trying to write a happy ending.

profitsbeard on February 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

No matter what any of us think about Bill no one ever said he was stupid. Obama on the other hand is, which is why he is doubly dangerous.

William Eaton on February 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I am shocked….BJ Clenis is all in favor of laying some more pipe.

David in ATL on February 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Bill and Hillary Clinton should be in prison for crimes against humanity for what they did to their fellow citizens at Waco, TX, on April 19, 1993. The Waco Massacre and church burning (it was a church, not a “compound”), was the most brutal, heinous violation of civil, human and Constitutional rights in this nation’s history. Innocent men, women and children were attacked with tanks, poison gas (CS gas turns to cyanide when heated) and burned alive. Those who ran from the church were machine-gunned as documented in the movie “Waco, The Rules of Engagement.” If you doubt how bad this was consider that you never hear the left stream media talk about it. They want it erased from history but this memorial site will remain forever: http://www.wizardsofaz.com/waco/waco2.html
And if that weren’t bad enough, Clinton’s thugs then stuck a machine gun in the face of a 5 year old boy and sent him to the communist gulag known as Cuba: http://www.therealcuba.com/elian_gonzalez.htm
Let’s hope Clinton isn’t teaching President Prompter too many of his old tricks!

devan95 on February 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Are Lib-tards completely immune to whiplash caused by High-speed, High-G changes in direction?

Somebody really should dissect one.

Tim_CA on February 29, 2012 at 11:30 PM

So how is this story related to the screen-cap of an old Flock of Seagulls video? I don’t get it…

anuts on March 1, 2012 at 1:09 AM

BS……Obama uses the same arguments Clinton did. “Even if we drill now, it’ll take 10 years to get the oil”.

RADIOONE on March 1, 2012 at 7:40 AM

they could’ve gone around the Nebraska Sandhills and avoided most of the dangers, no matter how imagined,

Interesting that even a big lib like Clinton is willing to admit that the supposed environmental dangers of the pipeline are mainly leftist fantasies.

AZCoyote on March 1, 2012 at 7:44 AM

This is why this guy is at least neutrally if not fondly remembered by both sides, because he does recognize the interests polls of the population rather than obstinately pushing through with ideology.

Ukiah on March 1, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Coming from a Prez that knows how to lay pipe…

ChuckTX on March 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Slimy Clinton is a lot smarter than the fool in the white house now.

jqc1970 on March 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM