Surprise: Obama to fast-track approval for Keystone pipeline’s, er, southern half

posted at 8:15 pm on March 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

I’ve got to hand it to him. This is so shameless and predictable a pander that it really did make me laugh when I read it. Well played, champ. As far as every low-information voter in America who barely scans the headlines is concerned, you just “approved the Keystone pipeline.” You really do care about gas prices.

President Obama plans to announce in Cushing, Oklahoma Thursday that his administration will expedite the permit process for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, a source familiar with the president’s announcement tells CNN.

In January, the Obama administration denied a permit for the 1,700 mile long Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would stretch from Canada’s tar sands development to the U.S. Gulf Coast. That decision was met by persistent Republican criticism that the president has not been doing everything possible to create jobs and combat high gas prices…

Senior administration officials would not confirm the president’s plan to unveil the effort to cut red tape for the project, though one senior administration official acknowledged the need to deal with the glut of oil in Cushing, where oil from the Midwest hits a bottleneck as it is transported to the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s the northern half of the pipeline, particularly the section that was originally set to be routed through the Nebraska Sandhills (and which was re-routed by TransCanada months ago), to which environmentalists object most vehemently. Oh, minor footnote: TransCanada announced weeks ago that it was planning to start building the southern half of the pipeline by late spring or early summer at the latest. It doesn’t even need approval from the State Department to do so because no international boundary is implicated. All it needs are regulatory approvals from whichever federal agencies are in charge here. (Bureaucracy being what it is, no one’s quite sure yet who that might be.) All The One is doing here is making sure there’s a little less red tape in the way of a project that’s already a fait accompli. And he’s doing it, conveniently, just in time for his big photo op at the oil storage complex in Cushing, Oklahoma on Thursday.

It will be a strange and remarkable visit considering that Obama in January denied a permit for the northern section of the pipeline that would have crossed the Canadian border. The strangeness wasn’t lost of Harold Hamm, the chief executive of Continental Resources, Mitt Romney’s new energy advisor, and a first-rate oil tycoon, worth $11.5 billion by Forbes’ most recent reckoning.

“It’s so hypocritical and so ironic after everything he’s tried to do against the industry,” said Hamm in a phone interview with me today. “He’s trying to take credit for all the gains we’ve made against the backdrop of the biggest oil storage complex in the world.”…

The southern stretch of the Keystone XL will be instrumental in opening up the bottleneck that has prevented Bakken oil from getting to market. Bakken producers have had to rely on tanker trucks and trains (especially those operated by Obama buddy Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe) to get crude to market.

Follow the progression here. The polling on gas prices generally and Keystone in particular is horrific. No less than Bill Clinton gives a speech three weeks ago urging Democrats to “embrace” the pipeline. McConnell forces a Senate vote on approving the pipeline and gets 11 Democrats to switch sides; so close is the final margin that The One himself is forced to lobby skittish Dems to stick with him. And then that CBS poll drops last week showing his job approval suddenly in a tailspin, with gas prices the only obvious explanation. He had to do something so this is what he did — a cosmetic gesture to help speed the construction by a few months of a pipeline that was always going to be built anyway. I bet it’ll help him in the polls, too. Coming soon: Obama signs executive order instructing IRS to send refunds to people who overpay their taxes.


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No deal, Barry.

Those who stupidly voted for you are now feeling the wrath of your very deliberate polices.

You can count on their votes, right? They’ll be so broke by November they won’t have the money to make it to the polls.

turfmann on March 20, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Oh! Surprise!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Screw you, you dirty commie.

Do what is in your heart, not what is politically expedient.

Stand on your word.

/Oh, wait. There’s an election. Or something.

Man with no standards stand in own Pew.

Key West Reader on March 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Robert Redford hardest hit.

Rixon on March 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Obama`s “Pipeline To Nowhere.”

ThePrez on March 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

“This isn’t news” -Whitehouse

MechanicalBill on March 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Do worry Dr. Chu will fix the problem

Kini on March 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM

You have got to be kidding me.

changer1701 on March 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Talk about splitting the baby in half.

ButterflyDragon on March 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

So instead of looking bad to the Nation for the sake of the base, he’s decided to just piss off EVERYONE?

er…..well played.

Tim_CA on March 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Shameless. Everything they do is politics. Never what’s best for the country.

Spliff Menendez on March 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

How does half a pipeline work? Who would fund half a pipeline?

rbj on March 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Coming soon: Obama signs executive order instructing IRS to send refunds to people who overpay their taxes.

Great line….and he would be just the guy to do it, and all the disciples would applaud.

Tim Zank on March 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

and of course our state media will be trumpeting the story of Obama approving the pipeline, waiting to mention the empty, symbolic nature of his photo-op until the 19th paragraph, if at all…

DavidW on March 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

From a linked poll above:

10/13-18/10

Can someone decode this for me?

MadisonConservative on March 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Do worry Dr. Chu will fix the problem

Kini on March 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Exactly:
If the Chu fits, wear it…
He has to Chu on it first…
If it goes through Tennessee, will it be called the Chattanooga Chu Chu?
Fool man Chu…

right2bright on March 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM


Obama`s “Pipeline To Nowhere.”

ThePrez on March 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Winner!

El_Terrible on March 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

He is going to promote the new Volt next week, it only has the back tires…

right2bright on March 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I hear he’s also working on the implementation of a 40 hour work week. Not that many will be affected, but nonetheless…

BKeyser on March 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Talk about a half measure.

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

So instead of looking bad to the Nation for the sake of the base, he’s decided to just piss off EVERYONE?

er…..well played.

Tim_CA on March 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

I really hope he does…it would be magically delicious.

thebrokenrattle on March 20, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Normally I enjoy being pandered to as much as the next person but come on. And anyway, is this even going to lower gas prices? I thought that Canada had already promised its oil and gas to China?

cynccook on March 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Talk about a half measure.

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Maybe it’s actually Solomon-like in its wisdom…now Obama will be able to tell who really loves the pipeline because those people will be willing to let it go — or something…

cynccook on March 20, 2012 at 8:31 PM

“The Republicans are trying to block new sources of energy!

I wanted the Keystone Pipeline!”

OBAMA 2012- As Bill Clinton
Once said: The Job’s Not Done!

profitsbeard on March 20, 2012 at 8:33 PM

And politics will never enter into our healthcare decisions under ObamaCare…never underestimate how low this guy will go.

d1carter on March 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Only a liberal would think that half a pipeline is some kind of grand compromise. Maybe we could call it the “pipeline to Nowhere”?

Socratease on March 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Evidently Warren hasn’t contributed ENOUGH to Barry’s re-election campaign.

GarandFan on March 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Can someone decode this for me?

MadisonConservative on March 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

The results are listed for a series of polls asking the same question. “10/13-18/10″ refers to a poll done 10/13/10 through 10/18/10. :)

cam2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I bet it’ll help him in the polls, too.

LOL, you’re almost as cynical as I am. Every time I thought the majority of people weren’t stupid enough to fall for something I’ve been mistaken.

bernverdnardo1 on March 20, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Mike Cantrell with the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance says, “For the last three years he’s been anti-fossil fuels.”

Mickey Thompson, an energy industry expert and political analyst, says, “He calls our industry an industry of the past and they’d like us to go away.”

The President is expected to mention his support for a pipeline running from Payne County to the gulf; it’s the southern end of the “Keystone XL Pipeline.”

Industry experts say while his support for the southern end is welcome, it’s not needed.

They build pipelines in the country all the time without needing presidential approval.

The President’s “green light” is only needed for approximately 50 feet on the northern end of the pipeline; that segment would cross the Canadian border.

Obama is going to approve the part that doesn’t need approval and not approve the part that needs to be approved.

Wigglesworth on March 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

The propaganda machine (the legacy media) will go into overdrive to help his poll numbers…

d1carter on March 20, 2012 at 8:45 PM

How much oil will flow through a half of a pipeline again?

mouell on March 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

“Well played, champ” …. Much too kind, change the “a” out for a “u” or …. all vowels included ….

BHO is a fraud, phony and consummate liar …. wants everything, his way …. Guess he is the new “Burgher King” ….

dawndawn on March 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

http://www.kfor.com/news/local/kfor-energy-workers-protest-pres-obamas-visit-20120320,0,6801959.story

MW33MI at 5:37 PM March 20, 2012
Kathy, why this pipeline? I have one name, Warren Buffet.

I live and work up here in the ND oil patch, in a railyard nightly, a railyard full of Warren Buffet’s BNSF rail cars. Guess who hauls the bulk of all of the crude oil out of ND via the railway? Well, BNSF of course!

That XL Pipeline was not just carrying oil out of Canada, another dirty little unreported secret. ND had plans in the first year of the XL completion to send over 1 million barrels of ND crude down that line to Houston. Now we are at the mercy of one railway and a few already existing smaller pipelines that cannot handle our production right now. God knows what we will do when production hits 2 million barrels in the very near future. Word is that we will ship to Canada and sell to the Chinese, we have to take and sell it somewhere… Shaking head…

reshas1 on March 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Pipe to nowhere?

Sgt Steve on March 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Wow, when real headlines are crazier than anything you’d read in the Onion. Just wow.

22044 on March 20, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Well played, champ.

AllahP—I was going to suggest “chump” instead but then I realized he thinks we’re the chumps.

arnold ziffel on March 20, 2012 at 8:54 PM

dawndawn on March 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Not helpful.

bernverdnardo1 on March 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Speaking purely as a would be political hack this isn’t enough.

He needs gasoline prices to crash as fast as they spiked and unemployment to crash.

This ain’t gonna do it Baroque.

His campaign is still banking on half-measures and an imploding GOP. It’s a hard bet, but not fanciful.

CorporatePiggy on March 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM

There’a only one reason he would do this -fear of losing. perhaps he won’t declare marshall law and cause civil war II after all?

Don L on March 20, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I see he’s going off “half” cocked. He does things “half” @ssed. We could do this all night.

D-fusit on March 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM

So … like … Obama is building a half pipe?

The Dude is totally Radical!

BRunner on March 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

How much oil will flow through a half of a pipeline again?

mouell on March 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I think it depend upon whether Obama builds the top half or the bottom half -oil doesn’t flow well on the tops of the pipe…heh, sorry , I couldn’t resist (elderly re-childhood)

Don L on March 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

This is just another cynical political ploy by the ShamWow President. What a gutsy call!

This reminds me of something that I read yesterday in an Ethan Canin novel. When the Dems took pride in eliminating child labor laws, the legislation was enacted to get Depression-unemployed men back on the labor rolls, not because of a bleeding heart concern for children.

onlineanalyst on March 20, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Well played, champ. As far as every low-information voter in America who barely scans the headlines is concerned, you just “approved the Keystone pipeline.” You really do care about gas prices.

Wait Allah, it’s going to get better. My husband said, the only reason the contraception mandate is being used as a crudgle against the republicans N.O.W. is so at the last minute Obama saves the day for Catholics, with some last minute miracle opt out for the Catholic Church. Grateful Catholics across the country see Obama as their, wait for it…..Savior. They turn out and vote en-mass for Obama in November.

Obama…. Obama…. Obama…. Oh No Four More Years Obama.

Dr Evil on March 20, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Obama shows such blatant pandering. Wonder who he’s going to impress by this campaign kibuki dance?

itsspideyman on March 20, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Oh, you hate to see a true adult taking responsibility for politically difficult decisions to protect people, drinking water and environment.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Well, it’s pretty obvious what has happened here. Newt’s support at 7% shows that a significant number of his supporters have peeled off and jumped to Romney. Newt has fewer votes in IL than Ron Paul.

He’s toast and should just get out of the race at this point.

crosspatch on March 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Dang, wrong thread

crosspatch on March 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Hey, the Ryugyong Hotel is back under construction after 20 years.

theperfecteconomist on March 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Because hard working middle class Americans depend teh Wons leadership to bypass the do nothing Congress.

antipc on March 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

My husband works for a small shipping rail.
This ‘might’ benefit his company. Might.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

The fact that any significant number of voters could even theoretically be fooled by something this patently asinine is proof that America’s experiment with democracy is nearing an end.

logis on March 20, 2012 at 9:21 PM

See right thru ya

cmsinaz on March 20, 2012 at 9:24 PM

So Obama is OK with a ONE-ENDED PIPELINE:

…a pipeline capable of getting oil to the Texas refineries from….

…from….from….oh, wait!!!

landlines on March 20, 2012 at 9:26 PM

As far as every low-information voter in America who barely scans the headlines is concerned, you just “approved the Keystone pipeline.”

The only line in the entire article that really matters. Obummer knows this is the case; actually, he depends on it.

Dopenstrange on March 20, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I agree with you on this one Allah. “Stupid.”

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Dang, wrong thread

crosspatch on March 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I hate when that happens.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 9:28 PM

As if we didn’t already know Obama has no shame. Wow.

WannabeAnglican on March 20, 2012 at 9:29 PM

How much oil will flow through a half of a pipeline again?

mouell on March 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Actually, a bunch, because the companies aren’t stupid enough to waste their $$$ on a line that could only be used if Obama approves the northern half, which he’s not going to do because he’s scared shirtless of his environmental loon base.

Thanks to the process that those same groups hate — fracking — there’s been a huge boom in shale oil production in the southwest, to the point that in some areas, there isn’t enough pipeline capacity to ship the oil; it either gets sent out via tanker truck (far more expensive) or it just sits in storage tanks waiting for lines to free up. The southern section of the pipeline can be used to get some of that oil to the coast, at least until (and if ever) the northern section is build so that the heavier Canadian tar sand oil can be shipped down to the Texas Gulf Coast refineries that can process it.

jon1979 on March 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

He was against it before he was for it?

He was for it before he was against it?

Southern half?

But don’t we need the northern half to get the oil from Canada through Nebraska?

slp on March 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

You can count on their votes, right? They’ll be so broke by November they won’t have the money to make it to the polls.

turfmann on March 20, 2012 at 8:18 PM

A voter actually BEING at a polling place has never stopped Democrats from receiving votes. Then again, not actually being alive has never been a hindrance either.

TugboatPhil on March 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Its become comical watching this administration as of late.

newportmike on March 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

So da dinero from the contractors reached the WH huh ?

burrata on March 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

How much oil will flow through a half of a pipeline again?

mouell on March 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

As much as Buffett will allow !

burrata on March 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Too little too late. Oh who am I kidding? I wasn’t going to vote him anyways.

multiuseless on March 20, 2012 at 9:43 PM

“Present!” /PBHO…

Khun Joe on March 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Oh, you hate to see a true adult taking responsibility for politically difficult decisions to protect people, drinking water and environment.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I know it happened long before your Public School-Educated Grandparents were even born, but the EPA was created on Dick Nixon’s watch.

G-

Del Dolemonte on March 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

As far as every low-information voter in America who barely scans the headlines is concerned, you just “approved the Keystone pipeline.”

BHO’s most critical constituency. He is betting on the likelihood that a majority of voters are ignoramuses. Or worse.

novaculus on March 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Potemkin pipeline.

bloviator on March 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Bipartisanship à la King Solomon from our Dear Leader…
Cut it in half!

Glenn Jericho on March 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Coming soon: Obama signs executive order instructing IRS to send refunds to people who overpay their taxes.

Excellent!

jaime on March 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

CUSHING, Okla. — The President is scheduled to speak in Payne County this Thursday morning. It may be rural Oklahoma, but when it comes to pipelines, it’s the Capitol. The President is expected to talk about energy, though many in that industry are not impressed.

They are even planning to protest his visit, calling it a political ploy more than a genuine interest.
Mike Cantrell with the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance says, “For the last three years he’s been anti-fossil fuels.”
Mickey Thompson, an energy industry expert and political analyst, says, “He calls our industry an industry of the past and they’d like us to go away.”
The President is expected to mention his support for a pipeline running from Payne County to the gulf; it’s the southern end of the “Keystone XL Pipeline.”
Industry experts say while his support for the southern end is welcome, it’s not needed.
They build pipelines in the country all the time without needing presidential approval.

J_Crater on March 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Wonder how many Okies are going to be at the ceremony in Cushing considering he lost Oklahoma by over 30 percentage points.

sammus on March 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I posted this link this morning, but it’s worth a re-post. Obama has some serious algae crony buddyship feeding into his campaign coffers, and he is ready to reward the favor.

Between this outrageous debt burden imposed by Obama and his squelching the revenues that could be added by allowing us to develop our own natural resources, this administration is responsible for the decline in our credit rating.

Now, check out how his “algae solution” is just another crony effort to expand his election coffers and pay back his friends in low places.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/03/crony_capitalism_and_algae_energy.html

onlineanalyst on March 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM

onlineanalyst on March 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

his administration will expedite the permit process for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline

Why does Obama hate Northerners?

Wyznowski on March 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Instead of the Pipeline to Nowhere it should be the Pipeline From Nowhere.

Mirimichi on March 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM

What permission does Obama have to give for a pipeline to go through STATES? The entire thing could be built up to 1 foot away from the Canadian border without his permission.

cptacek on March 21, 2012 at 12:15 AM

On a more serious note here are some nice maps for the consumption of AP and my fellow commentors

The Keystone Pipeline Project:
http://www.transcanada.com/keystone_pipeline_map.html

Phases 1 & 2 are complete, Obama has “blessed” Phase 3 (or XL part I-which as AP noted was going ahead ANYWAYS) and Phase 4 (XL part II) which is the problem is STILL on hold

All of the Major U.S. and Canadian Pipeline Routes
http://www.capp.ca/canadaIndustry/oil/Pages/PipelineMap.aspx

ALL of the U.S. and Canadian Pipelines both Oil & NG
http://www.usfunds.com/investor-resources/frank-talk/?i=7318

SgtSVJones on March 21, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Yep, shameless, predictable, pander. So within the first week or two after he’s approved it, before even the first shovelful of dirt has been dug on the project, if gas prices haven’t budged, he’ll be waggin’ that familiar finger and crowing about how he was right. But there will be jobs, so wonder how far the U3 jobless rate will drop that week.

stukinIL4now on March 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Also Canadian ECONOMIC objections to Keystone are here:
http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2011/11/why-isnt-keystone-pipeline-extension.html

Perhaps I should back up a bit for those who are scratching their heads because they know that Canada is a large oil exporter. Canada is indeed a large oil exporter. First, let’s note that Canada’s total petroleum production was 2.9 million barrels per day in 2010. Canadians consumed only about 1.8 million barrels per day that year. So, how is it possible that 43 percent of their needs had to be imported? (The number was 65 percent for the provinces from Ontario eastward.) The answer is straightforward once you get a glimpse of the North American oil pipeline system. Notice that the one lone pipeline going from Montreal to Sarnia is flowing away from eastern Canada.

SgtSVJones on March 21, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Pipeline to nowhere is now Obama’s great hope?

drfredc on March 21, 2012 at 2:25 AM

This is the essence of the article for the above links.

In a matter of days, Saudi Arabia has hired the largest number of super-tankers in years. When the tankers load their cargo in Ras Tanura, the world’s largest oil terminal, in the next couple of weeks and start a 40-day voyage towards the US Gulf coast, they will deliver a wall of oil with a single aim: to bring prices down.

“This is the first time in several years for [Saudi Arabia] to hit the market with such volume – and in such a short time frame,” says Omar Nokta, a shipping expert at specialist investment bank Dalham Rose & Co.

Last week, Vela, the shipping arm of Saudi Aramco, hired over a few days 11 so-called very large crude oil carriers, each capable of shipping 2m barrels, to deliver to US-based refiners. “In 2011, Vela fixed one VLCC to the US every other month,” Mr Nokta says.

The hiring spree was the most public move by the kingdom in a series of efforts aimed at bringing down oil prices from $125 a barrel towards $100. “They want to bring prices down. That is it,” says a former Western oil official.
Saudi Oil Minister Says “High Oil Prices Unjustified”

Please consider Naimi calls high oil prices ‘unjustified’
Saudi Arabia’s powerful oil minister Ali Naimi sought to cool overheating oil markets on Tuesday, saying high oil prices were “unjustified” and that the kingdom could boost its output by as much as 25 per cent if necessary.

Supply was much more robust than it had been in 2008 when crude rose to $147 a barrel, he said.

As the west’s nuclear stand-off with Iran escalates, oil prices have rallied this month to a post-2008 peak of $128 a barrel with markets bracing for European Union sanctions on Iranian crude that could knock out a chunk of global supply. Jitters have been fuelled by supply outages in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.
High quality global journalism requires investment.

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said on Tuesday that rising energy prices had now overtaken Europe’s sovereign debt crisis as the biggest worry for the global economy. Speaking in New Delhi, she said that while the world financial system had strengthened over the past three months, volatile oil prices would have “serious consequences”.

But Mr Naimi insisted that supply was “much more firm today than in 2008”, the time of the last big oil increase. Saudi Arabia had 2.5m b/d of additional production capacity, which it could bring online if necessary.

Saudi Arabia is likely to be producing about 9.9m b/d of oil in April and exporting roughly 7.5m-8m b/d of that, he said. Asked if the kingdom could ease prices by exporting more oil, he said customers were not asking for additional crude. “We are ready and willing to put more oil on the market, but you need a buyer,” he said.

~From Global Trend Analysis~

DevilsPrinciple on March 21, 2012 at 4:57 AM

No surprise here. He just figured out how small his “base” really is. They’ll be hoisting the signs today in front of WH. Can’t wait to hear how he explains it to ‘em.

Jabberwock on March 21, 2012 at 6:21 AM

We wanted shovel-ready jobs so he made a giant pile of “I saved the energy pipeline” manure for the little folks to vote for him-

The jobs president!

I’m certain occupy will flood 1600 Penn ave this weekend to save the planet from Obama…groan.

Don L on March 21, 2012 at 6:41 AM

what will darryl hannah do?

still vote for him despite her disappointment, guaranteed

cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 7:23 AM

I bet it’ll help him in the polls, too.

Never underestimate the sheer level of stupid that permeates all levels of the United States of America.

MNHawk on March 21, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Rumor is he is first going to head to Denver to expedite the signing of Manning by the Broncos.

‘As everyone knows, I am dedicated to teams with names that start with ‘B’ and wanted the people of Colorado to know that I will do whatever it takes to lower unemployment in this great state.’

NeoDawg on March 21, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Everybody in OK, especially Cushing, already know that the pipeline is going to be extended on the southern half. Zero is just doing what he’s always done, swoop in after a deal has been made and jump on board to get the credit.

Kissmygrits on March 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

This is so 0dumbo can say that he approved the pipeline and the oil companies aren’t going to build it, just to make him look bad. Who would build half a pipeline?

cristof on March 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Obama approves a pipeline from Oklahoma to the Gulf coast refineries. Yippee!!!

Gee, Mr. President, how will the oil get from Alberta to Oklahoma?

Ever heard of supply chain management?

Steve Z on March 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

What would Rutherford do?

RobertE on March 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Have you read this over at Michelle Malkin’s site?

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/03/21/obamas-algae-racket/

reshas1 on March 21, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Hamm (quoted above), and other CEO’s from the big oil & gas companies here in Oklahoma, posted an open letter to the President in today’s Oklahoman. It’s a good read.

teffertoes on March 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Well, Barry certainly was not there to campaign for Oklahoma votes. He lost that state to McCain by about 30 points in 2008.

Colony14 on March 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

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