Senate falls four votes short of overturning Obama’s Keystone pipeline rejection

posted at 5:25 pm on March 8, 2012 by Allahpundit

Don’t be discouraged. Sixty votes was always unlikely given that Reid and the caucus are naturally loath to kneecap O on a hot-button energy issue in an election year. The final tally was darned close, though, at 56, which tells you all you need to know about how eager centrist Dems are to be on the GOP’s side of this with gas prices rising.

The Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure Thursday that would have bypassed the Obama administration’s current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to move forward immediately…

Obama personally lobbied wavering Democrats to block passage of the amendment.

“He made some calls,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters before the vote. “The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project whose (exact) route has yet to be proposed.”…

Democratic opposition to the Republican measure was complicated by reports last week that former President Bill Clinton came out in favor of building the pipeline.

The 11 Democratic defectors: Baucus, Begich, Casey, Conrad, Hagan, Landrieu, Manchin, McCaskill, Pryor, Tester, and Webb. Four of those are up for reelection this year and two others are retiring and free to vote their consciences. I’m surprised Ben Nelson, another retiree and frequent aisle-crosser, didn’t join them. He was probably cowed by local objections in Nebraska to the pipeline’s threat to the Sandhills, but according to CNN, this bill explicitly barred any work from beginning in Nebraska immediately. I’ll bet it was a close call for him; sounds like Mark Warner was a close call on voting no too. I never would have guessed before the vote that Zeus might be forced to pick up the phone on Mount Olympus in order to avert a crushing betrayal by his own party, but evidently he was in more trouble here than expected.

Anyway. The pipeline will be approved and eventually built; the only question is whether today’s vote will pressure O into approving it before the election or if he’s set on making them wait so that he doesn’t have to be hassled by environmentalists during the campaign. The strategy, as usual, is procrastination with an eye to election day. So much for “Bold Action.” Exit quotation from Politico: “The company is in its fourth year of the permitting process for the pipeline, a timeline Pourbaix said is becoming increasingly common.”


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He made some calls,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters before the vote. “The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project whose (exact) route has yet to be proposed.

Aw.

did he offer boxes of rubbers to these guys to just to assuage their …*sniff* ….pain?

ted c on March 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

This was a “show vote.” All rigged up so that some Dems could save face during their reelection campaign.

PattyJ on March 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

to=too

and. bishop of course.

ted c on March 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Business as usual in the White House.

Marcola on March 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

It will be approved 2 weeks before the election and shut back down by the EPA a week after the election.

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The Democrats need to stop their War against Private Sector Jobs.

rbj on March 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Maybe Obama can go jawbone the Saudis?

“I’m here today to say if there was no deal, if there was no agreement, then stand up today and jawbone OPEC to lower the price,” Kerry said. “They could up that production tomorrow. We need to have them answer why they won’t do that.”

Old hotness, democrats say talk can increase oil production in foreign countries.

New hotness?

democrats believe that all the domestic drilling and production of oil wouldn’t change a thing.

tom daschle concerned on March 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project

Lol

O/t: This is the headline at Drudge. I’m sure Team O has long been looking at Apple’s cash and licking their chops. Looks like they aim to jab their finger in the pie.

Kataklysmic on March 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Making calls, and chastising those ‘political’ actions at the same time.
Yup, that’s our prez .. yahoo !
God help us.

pambi on March 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I have to respectfully ask: Can you PLEASE stop running that hideous image of Obama? It makes my blood curdle. Thank you.

jmpickett on March 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

With all that has happened since The One took office, I’m still dumbfounded why ANYONE with a brain would vote for these fools.

Good grief.

Common Sense Floridian on March 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

This administration continues to do everything possible to insure that it will lose in November.

Go Obama!

BierManVA on March 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

4 votes away from Keystone. Just like we were 5 votes away from CCB. How in the hell to these Senate Dems sleep at night?

Kataklysmic on March 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

It will be approved 2 weeks before the election and shut back down by the EPA a week after the election.

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

And when it is approved 2 weeks before, David Frun. David Brooks, Ann Coulter and the rest will praise Obama for being a pragmatist.

angryed on March 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Lsm will be giddy about this especially tingles

cmsinaz on March 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Will they still love him in the north eastern states when fuel is rationed and sky high this summer due to the refineries closing.

docflash on March 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I wonder if we will see the headlines in the media that :

“DEMOCRATS FILIBUSTERS PIPELINE”

Somehow, I don’t think so. Party of obstruction? We have a bill that reclaim a tiny amount of the power back for Congress that the executive branch has usurped. Who stops it? The Democrats in the Senate.

JeffVader on March 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Every day leftists confirm they WANT higher gas prices. But since the public doesn’t, leftists should be voted out of office.

Now, where are the Republican ads that publicize this???

Allendundit on March 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Well, so much for the “the right is preventing the Keystone” meme, from now on.

pambi on March 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I guess Keystone hasn’t funneled enough money to the Obama re-election yet.

profitsbeard on March 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM

With all that has happened since The One took office, I’m still dumbfounded why ANYONE with a brain would vote for these fools.

Good grief.

Common Sense Floridian on March 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

That’s the key ….. appeal to those without a brain, i.e. the Obamabots. Awful lot of those in this country. Our educational institutions should be so proud.

Bitter Clinger on March 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM

They have already started blaming the r’s for this and will till the cows come home to make bho look good! I do really ha!e bho and d’s!
L

letget on March 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM

O/t: This is the headline at Drudge. I’m sure Team O has long been looking at Apple’s cash and licking their chops. Looks like they aim to jab their finger in the pie.

Kataklysmic on March 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Saw that too. Too many people using iPhones/iTunes to have them not coveting the money and information.

BakerAllie on March 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

WTF?
PARTY OF NO !

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Anyway. The pipeline will be approved and eventually built; the only question is… whether today’s vote will pressure O into approving it before the election

…how much money changes hands under the table between now and then and how much the GOP will trade for what you are calling a done deal.

kunegetikos on March 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Well, so much for the “the right is preventing the Keystone” meme, from now on.

pambi on March 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Actually, the meme will be that the right keeps forcing votes when the project hasn’t been studied enough yet. Thus, Carney saying “The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project whose (exact) route has yet to be proposed.”…

Bitter Clinger on March 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Why is he still the President. He is so foul and evil

chai on March 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Well, so much for the “the right is preventing the Keystone” meme, from now on.

pambi on March 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

You have faith in the MSM?

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

“I’m here today to say if there was no deal, if there was no agreement, then stand up today and jawbone OPEC to lower the price,” Kerry said. “They could up that production tomorrow. We need to have them answer why they won’t do that.”

So it looks pretty clear to me that Kerry is admitting the Dems want to keep us dependent on middle east oil.

dentarthurdent on March 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Tester and Baucus are not surprising–the pipeline would go through Montana. Neither is McCaskill, since the Keystone XL pipeline would ocnnect up with an existing pipeline serving Missouri. Begich (AK) and Landrieu (LA) are from oil states.

But if 11 Democrats voted Yea, why were there only 56 Yea votes? There are 47 Republicans in the Senate–which two either voted No or didn’t show up?

Steve Z on March 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Great optics for Republicans to run on:
Those evil Democrats don’t care how much you pay for gas.

redguy on March 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

They have merely demonstrated once more that they are the enemies of the United States. This is not a game, people.

rjh on March 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

S L U T S!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM

No Canadian crude…..fuel closing in on $5 gal.

Own it Dems the party of no!

antipc on March 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

O/t: This is the headline at Drudge. I’m sure Team O has long been looking at Apple’s cash and licking their chops. Looks like they aim to jab their finger in the pie.

Kataklysmic on March 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I’m with the DOJ on this one and hope AP writes something about it.

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Yeah, I understand the media spin stuffs.
Just made me feel good to type what I did, above.
Small, minute pleasures, y’know ??
;-)

pambi on March 8, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Great optics for Republicans to run on:
Those evil Democrats don’t care how much you pay for gas.

redguy on March 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Mitt Romney will tell us (March 7, 2012-12:10 PM): It’s not like the ‘Senate’ can “precisely set the price at the pump”!

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2012 at 5:53 PM

But if 11 Democrats voted Yea, why were there only 56 Yea votes? There are 47 Republicans in the Senate–which two either voted No or didn’t show up?

Steve Z on March 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

What are the odds it was Snowe and Collins, the pair of sore hands?

Wade on March 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Baucus may have been drunk.
Manchin is looking to somehow win reelection. That gun backfired on him.
Ben Nelson still wants to eat Pizza.

antisocial on March 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I’m with the DOJ on this one and hope AP writes something about it.

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Try paper. Cheap, durable, and looks good on the book shelf. Made from renewable resources, and does not require environmentally-bad batteries.

You think the Greens would have done this a long time ago. Wait…its the Greens who financed the Apple empire.

“The irony is strong in this one”

BobMbx on March 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I wonder how much all those ‘calls’ cost us? It will take years to figure out who got what…well, if the press cared.

r keller on March 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I’ve noticed today at HA, the anti-Romney rhetoric has been minimal and the anti-Obama rheteric has increased…….as it should be. Don’t forget, Romney is on our side; everyday since his first run for MA senator he has become more and more conservtive.

Tater Salad on March 8, 2012 at 5:57 PM

It’s all about the O. My dem senator nelson in florida is a complete hack and sycophant. I could not have a lower opinion of him and i hope he is retired with obama.

aniptofar on March 8, 2012 at 5:57 PM

But thanks to his policies we have more oil production than evah. /s

Grunt on March 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Well, we can always blitz Obama into a nervous breakdown. There’s just so much damage control a person can handle. Do you think he’s close?

jeanie on March 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

“The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project

Which is why he’s hellbent on delaying a decision on it until after his re-election.

AZCoyote on March 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Bomba won’t be happy till we resemble N. Korea at night.

SMACKRUNNER on March 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Allahpundit, I beg of you, please stop using that photo of Obama. I hate that smarmy look on his face so much…!

WesternActor on March 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

This was a “show vote.” All rigged up so that some Dems could save face during their reelection campaign.

PattyJ on March 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Well it was bi-partisan. I thought we were supposed to go for compromise and end the partisan bickering.
here we have the Republicans offering up a popular bill that allows some embattled Rats to scurry for cover.
No wonder the repunks are the minority party, they had better be screaming about the lack of civility and compromise

ConcealedKerry on March 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Don’t forget, Romney is on our side; everyday since his first run for MA senator he has become more and more conservtive.

Tater Salad on March 8, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Do you pleasure yourself to a picture of Mittens,
what the hell does Mittens lack of conservativism have to do with this thread?

ConcealedKerry on March 8, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I’m with the DOJ on this one and hope AP writes something about it.

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Without commenting on the merits, I question the timing. Rush (who is a big Apple fan as every one knows) was talking some inside baseball about the company the other day and it was very interesting from a political standpoint.

Kataklysmic on March 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Tater Salad on March 8, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Do you pleasure yourself to a picture of Mittens,
what the hell does Mittens lack of conservativism have to do with this thread?

ConcealedKerry on March 8, 2012 at 6:04 PM

And to make matters worse he stole Ron White’s jail alias. What is HA coming to?

arnold ziffel on March 8, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I wonder what it will take for the unionistas to admit that Obama doesn’t give a darn about real jobs. He would rather continue his stalling until after the election and then kill any real progress except for his pie in the sky alternate fuels. The man is dangerous.

Alferd Packer on March 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

…and so, the slob Warren Buffett dashes off another check to the White House. Business as usual.

slickwillie2001 on March 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Ya know, the nervous breakdown was a crack, but maybe it’s close to home. The level of semi-desperate behavior escalates daily.His people seem hell bent on protecting him from truths and this new movie is borderline neurotic. And if he’s bribing Bibi,sweating over the pipe line,calling Ms Fluke, calling out talk show hosts,crying on camera in this movie and ousting a woman from speaking at a woman’s college and sending Axel to Maher et al…the man sounds close to the edge. We can only hope and continue a relentless attack.

jeanie on March 8, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I wonder what it will take for the unionistas to admit that Obama doesn’t give a darn about real jobs. He would rather continue his stalling until after the election and then kill any real progress except for his pie in the sky alternate fuels. The man is dangerous.

Alferd Packer on March 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

The narrative is that the only real jobs are government jobs. A lot of the liberals want the state to take over everything anyhow and then this will be the natural state of things. Destroying private industry is a bonus.

BakerAllie on March 8, 2012 at 6:14 PM

The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project

Shut it, Carney. The only thing in the entire world he’s never played politics with is a crack pipe.

TXUS on March 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Without commenting on the merits, I question the timing. Rush (who is a big Apple fan as every one knows) was talking some inside baseball about the company the other day and it was very interesting from a political standpoint.

Kataklysmic on March 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

It’s been a pretty big story over in Europe for quite a while as are the “customer reviews” over at Amazon. The fact that Apple was involved in the price fixing is a new revelation.

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM

It will be approved 2 weeks before the election and shut back down by the EPA a week after the election.

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Not a bad guess.

kunegetikos on March 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Can we finally state that President Downgrade wants you to pay higher gas prices?

Can we finally just come out and say that?

Chip on March 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Things postponed until after the election:
1: Keystone pipeline
2: Obamacare full implementation
3: Letting Israel handle Iran fo US
4: Tax On Tax off
5: Coming out of the closet

Feel free to add yours we need a list for whichever of the three stooges wins
Paul/KookSpinach 2012 3/4

ConcealedKerry on March 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

They knew the pipeline was not going to pass making their vote purely symbolic. Now these 56 Socialist (I’m not using Democrat anymore) Senators can tell their constituents “See I tried to create jobs. See I want us to be energy independent. Keep voting for me.” Their natural instinct is self-preservation and their voting for the pipeline was in the interest of job preservation rather than ideology.

leftcoastrighty on March 8, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Wow! Hagan (NC) voted for it and she’s not up for re-election this cycle. Good for her and I just wrote her and thanked her. Think it is good to let them know we are paying attention and to acknowledge when they do the right thing.

Dingbat63 on March 8, 2012 at 6:20 PM

“I’m here today to say if there was no deal, if there was no agreement, then stand up today and jawbone OPEC to lower the price,” Kerry said. “They could up that production tomorrow. We need to have them answer why they won’t do that.”

So it looks pretty clear to me that Kerry is admitting the Dems want to keep us dependent on middle east oil.

dentarthurdent on March 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Seems like Kerry is also admitting that more supply means lower prices … at the same time Obama tells us that increasing domestic supply would do nothing.

toby11 on March 8, 2012 at 6:23 PM

But if 11 Democrats voted Yea, why were there only 56 Yea votes? There are 47 Republicans in the Senate–which two either voted No or didn’t show up?

Steve Z on March 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

No Republicans opposed the measure, but two senators — Mark Kirk of Illinois and John Thune of South Dakota were absent.

Mr. Arkadin on March 8, 2012 at 6:24 PM

No Canadian crude…..fuel closing in on $5 gal.

Own it Dems the party of no!

antipc on March 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

..you have nailed it, sir or madam (a.t.c.m.b.), and this becomes a talking point from now until November if gas prices stay up. And if gas prices stay up — ATTENTION BUTT-SUCKING LIBTURD CONCERN TROLLS — then unemployment and the economy will tank and this scumball will be handed his walking papers on 6 November.

There! I said it! And I do not regret it!

(However, my apologies to those out here who are unemployed. I really, really feel badly for you and you have my prayers.)

The War Planner on March 8, 2012 at 6:24 PM

“centrist Dems” That should be changed to CYA-Dems. Claire McCaskill votes against Obama??? Only in an election year.

RADIOONE on March 8, 2012 at 6:26 PM

antipc on March 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

..oh, by the way, $4.30 today in Orange County, California.

The War Planner on March 8, 2012 at 6:26 PM

The 11 Democratic defectors: Baucus, Begich, Casey, Conrad, Hagan, Landrieu, Manchin, McCaskill, Pryor, Tester, and Webb.

Ahaha…Kay Hagan ramping up early for her re-election FAIL in 2014.

SouthernGent on March 8, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Let’s hope Obama also loses the Keystone state.

profitsbeard on March 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Manchin is looking to somehow win reelection. That gun backfired on him.

antisocial, I’m sorry to say this election will be a cakewalk for Manchin.

humdinger on March 8, 2012 at 6:33 PM

It doesn’t surprise me that my senator, Mark Weakling D-VA, voted no on this amendment, even though he has stated that he supports the pipeline. He’s a newbie, and Reid probably threatened to take away his gas allowance if he strayed.

He was a governor once, you know. In charge and stuff.

Mr. Arkadin on March 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I wonder how it feels to be hated more than George W was. Poetic justice.

jeanie on March 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM

If prices increase, then obummer owns it. Ben Nelson is probably getting a boatload of crank calls on his vote. I bet Ben moves out of state after the election when he retires.

jake49 on March 8, 2012 at 6:42 PM

“I’m here today to say if there was no deal, if there was no agreement, then stand up today and jawbone OPEC to lower the price,” Kerry said. “They could up that production tomorrow. We need to have them answer why they won’t do that.”

So it looks pretty clear to me that Kerry is admitting the Dems want to keep us dependent on middle east oil.

dentarthurdent on March 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Hey, Thurston is a Realist. He knows his fancy yacht won’t run on green algae!

Del Dolemonte on March 8, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Prices for food are so high right now that the shelves at a nearby super market sit untouched for many items. Today we went through one of the busiest intersections in town and there were no cars coming in either direction. But I guess this is Obama’s aim from what his people tell us. Things are bad but he seems unaware–agenda at all costs,it’s for our own good. Of course it’s business as usual for him and his. When’s the next vacation,anyone know?

jeanie on March 8, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Both my Senators in Colorado voted against this… good to know they want our fuel to be delivered at higher costs with more spills and more wasted oil getting it here.

that’s a vote to stand behind… We want higher costs, fewer jobs, more oil spills, and more waste!

Or is there some other reason to vote against both the economy and the environment here?

If anyone would care to claim pipelines aren’t the safest way to move oil I’d like to see some numbers. The ones I’ve seen show them to be the best environmental choice. But we’ll keep getting our oil from more risky sources… can’t let the environment be too clean.

gekkobear on March 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM

4 votes away from Keystone. Just like we were 5 votes away from CCB. How in the hell to these Senate Dems sleep at night?

Kataklysmic on March 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Because vampires don’t sleep at night.

GrannyDee on March 8, 2012 at 6:59 PM

antisocial, I’m sorry to say this election will be a cakewalk for Manchin.

humdinger on March 8, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Pretty much. He will campaign yet again this fall as an opponent to Obama (just like two years ago), and the voters will buy it.

Myron Falwell on March 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM

4 votes away from Keystone. Just like we were 5 votes away from CCB. How in the hell to these Senate Dems sleep at night?

Kataklysmic on March 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Payoffs and kickbacks. All you need to know.

Myron Falwell on March 8, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Can’t wait to see these votes in campaign ads this summer when gas prices are breaking records.

Caiwyn on March 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

“The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project whose (exact) route has yet to be proposed.”…

…while he calls Dem politicians!
Obamateurism of the week just wrote itself!

indyvet on March 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

“Management Theory” by Barack Obama:

“Never decide today what you can kick down the road. Some situations will resolve themselves, therefore you can take credit for your ‘restraint’. Other situations get worse, forcing you to either make a decision or kick the can further down the road. If the situation resolves itself, you take credit for your ‘restraint’. If the situation continues to deteriorate, you either make a decision or kick the can down the road……………..”

Oh, and if you do make an actual decision, the MSM will cover for you, whether the decision was good or bad.

GarandFan on March 8, 2012 at 7:43 PM

77% say gasoline prices most important in election.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2012 at 7:52 PM

.oh, by the way, $4.30 today in Orange County, California.

The War Planner on March 8, 2012 at 6:26 PM

And up here in Napa County I paid $4.37 for diesel nearly 3 weeks ago.

BTW he will do, sir……not so much.

antipc on March 8, 2012 at 8:21 PM

I remember a Senator, who change political parties because he was going to be primaried and he said it was so he could be re-elected. HE LOST. You can only avoid so much when seeking re-election and Obama is avoiding anything and everything. My bet is he doesn’t get re-elected anyway. Who would want to elect someone who put the country second to his re-election plans. Everyone knows we need the pipeline, the jobs it creates, and the oil it brings. For Obama to refuse to let it go ahead, just so he can have the support of environmental groups, is a travesty.

bflat879 on March 8, 2012 at 8:43 PM

CA Congressional Office: ““The environment is much more important than jobs”.Congresswoman Karen Bass seems more interested in re-electing Obama and promoting “Critical Race Theory” that either job creation or environmental protection. Details, with video and graphic, at link.

Mutnodjmet on March 8, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Just when I think my hatred for Barack Obama can’t grow, he does something like this.

NoDonkey on March 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM

If Obummer is reelected that pipeline will never be built. The Canadians will build a pipeline west and sell to China.

sherrimae on March 9, 2012 at 12:17 AM

I have to respectfully ask: Can you PLEASE stop running that hideous image of Obama? It makes my blood curdle. Thank you.

jmpickett on March 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

+1000 AGREED!

And it makes my eyes bleed blood…

OldWeaselKeeper on March 9, 2012 at 5:27 AM

This needs to be blasted night and day:

Obama and Democrats block American jobs.

Obama and Democrats raise gas prices.

The Republicans can’t let Obama and the media get away with blaming “The Republican Congress” for blocking the Keystone pipeline. They will try to do this. They’ve never let truth or facts stand in their way before.

talkingpoints on March 9, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Senate Democrats, to include Harry Reid who leads them, just spit in the face of 100,000 Americans who would have gotten jobs as a result of the Canadian Pipeline Deal. They also voted to put our National Security in jeopardy by voting to continue the dependency on foreign oil, especially from terrorist/terrorist-connected nations. Americans should find out who voted this down and vote THEM out!

easyt65 on March 9, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Ben Nelson is a sellout to the people of this state and it will be good to be shut of him here in Nebraska. Same with the carpetbagging Bob Kerry, go back to New Yawk Bobbyboy, we don’t need your kind here!

serenity on March 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Why are Congress and the President even involved in this discussion?

There is far too much power in Washington if they can approve a pipeline that runs through the center of the country without the states even approving.

That is what started this whole nontroversy.

Nebraska Governor Heineman was swayed by pressure within Nebraska to ask for the President to hold off on the decision because those in Central/Western Nebraska were objecting to the proposed route. This was a big mistake.

Now, no matter what the Governor says, the project cannot move forward without Federal Approval. Federal Approval can’t happen until the new route is finalized and the Environmental Impact on the new route is completed. The Governor opened a can of worms and now we are all paying the price.

I hate to admit it, but Obama is right that we are attempting to force his hand on something that he cannot, by law, do until the new route and environmental studies are completed.

What should scare us even more is that if Governor Heinemann hadn’t put the brakes on the proposed route, the Federal Government could have approved a pipeline going from Canada to Texas through several states, without the states having any say in the matter. This should be the real issue. The Feds should get the heck out of the way and leave it up to the States to approve the route through each of their states. We should not be allowing the Federal Government to dictate the route of a a job-supplying pipeline through states.

We really missed the boat on this issue, and Obama is going to make us look like fools. Anyone screaming for Obama to approve the pipeline is admitting that they are anti State’s Rights. The Feds should only be involved with whether or not the pipeline can cross the Canadian Border, and then what to do where it crosses state lines. To have them involved with approval of the whole route is crazy and against state’s rights.

weaselyone on March 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM