GOP: Obama running out of excuses on Keystone

posted at 1:01 pm on May 5, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The patience of the folks at TransCanada Corp. may not be infinite, but it’s lasting far longer than I would have expected them to continue putting up with the nonsense coming out of the White House. On Friday, they filed yet another permit to move forward on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, complying with the latest round of demands from the Obama administration that they revise the route through Nebraska and include the results of the last environmental impact study. (Both benchmarks are achieved and the study indicates that any environmental impact will be “minimal.”)

So we should be all set, right? President Obama should get right on the job quick like a bunny and light this candle. According to Republican leaders in congress, you might not want to schedule the victory parade just yet.

“Today there is just one person standing in the way of tens of thousands of new American jobs: President Obama,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.

“After nearly four years of review, delay and politics, he is out of excuses for blocking this job-creating energy project any longer.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that the president has run out of excuses to delay approval of the pipeline.

“With millions of Americans out of work in the Obama economy and a growing need for a stable supply of energy, the president turned his back on the Keystone XL pipeline that would have helped with both,” McConnell said in a statement.

“The Obama administration cited a need for a new application from TransCanada and a new route in Nebraska. Now that he has both, what will his excuse be?”

Their skepticism may be prudent. The president has repeatedly indicated that he doesn’t want to have to deal with this particular thorn in his side until the election is safely behind him. Plus, he needs to keep his base in line, and environmental groups still don’t feel like the West Wing has tossed them enough bones these past three years. Some of the usual suspects were quick to remind Obama that they are watching.

And the project still faces opposition from the same critics who say that TransCanada’s jobs estimates are inflated and that tapping Alberta’s oil sands would ratchet up greenhouse gas emissions and imperil the Earth’s climate.

“I feel like we’re stuck in some terrible zombie movie about pipelines that won’t die,” the Sierra Club’s Kate Colarulli told reporters Friday.

TransCanada’s new application “might be the same old, same old,” added the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Susan Casey-Lefkowitz. “But the State Department’s review needs to take a fresh look.”

I’ve pretty much given up hope of ever cutting through the blanket of noise and trying to impart some reality to these people. They keep insisting that if the pipeline is built, all of this nasty old oil will get burned and the elk will begin growing extra antlers or something. But they are apparently willfully ignorant of the fact that China is lobbying like mad to get their own pipeline to ship all of that oil to Asia if we don’t take it. Perhaps if we just told them in a slightly louder voice?

THE OIL IS GOING TO BE PRODUCED AND BURNED ANYWAY! HELLO? HELLO? IS THIS ON?

Oh well. Another day, another delay. What’s a few trillion barrels of energy between friends?


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He is the DOTUS……………

……..Progressing us back to the freegin stone age if the Communist leaders of the Democrat party could do it.

Who needs oil where we’re being taken?

PappyD61 on May 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Well yeah but The One is pumping more oil than any other leader in world history.

minnesoter on May 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

“Oil is bad. I take the bus Air Force One.”

Kenosha Kid on May 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Count de Monnay Warren Buffett is thrilled because as desperation grows so will his payoff gained from coddling Obungler.

viking01 on May 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

The first thing the new president should do (are you listening, Mr. Romney?) is to issue exit visas for those now occupying the White House and the aforementioned Environazis with the stipulation that they shall not be allowed re-entry.

Let them go clean up someone else’s country. I’ve had enough of their nonsense.

turfmann on May 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

minnesoter on May 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

How do you figure?

Neo-con Artist on May 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Obama running out of excuses

 
That’s hilarious.

rogerb on May 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I predict he will block the pipeline again. He will say the new plan requires more study.

dogsoldier on May 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM

He is the DOTUS……………

PappyD61 on May 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM

DOTUS ? ? ? ?

Dufus Of The United States ? ?

Dillhole Of The United States ? ?

Douche Of The United States ? ?

Dumbass Of The United States ? ?

Downfall Of The United States ? ?

oldfiveanddimer on May 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Obama can’t claim to be “all of the above” on energy because he is an impediment to “all of the above”. He blocks oil pipelines; he destroys the West Virginia coal industry; he shuts down coal fired power plants; he blocks oil production in the Gulf; and now he is trying to shut down fracking.

The only reason why Obama calls his energy policy “all of the above” is because the Democrat Media Complex allows him to lie with impunity.

OxyCon on May 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I’ve pretty much given up hope of ever cutting through the blanket of noise and trying to impart some reality to these people.

LOL….they’re not interested in reality in the least JS. They never will be.

Just keep printing the truth….it’s fun to watch them sputter and spin and make excuses.

Tim_CA on May 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Anyone else see Greta furiously defending little Bammie’s administration on Keystone the other night?

In her mind if they had just done a better job of the initial environmental study and application, it would have just sailed happily through two years ago.

Sometimes that woman is just so dense.

slickwillie2001 on May 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I predict he will block the pipeline again. He will say the new plan requires more study.

dogsoldier on May 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I think he’ll sign it, timed for maximum campaign leverage. He knows it is a major, measurable, black mark against him, even unpopular with the unions. Also, keep an eye on Israel….Bibi is calling for elections a year early, allegedly to free himself up for when Obama is most focused on November. If that balloon goes up, look for Obama to bigfoot it and try to garnish his foreign policy credentials a bit.

a capella on May 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Every network in the Nation should have an advert on this every hour during prime time…

[Remember how Obama recently said he, as President, really couldn’t do a thing about the price of gasoline?]

It is Obama’s fault.

[Remember a little while back when Timmy Geithner and Obama were thinking about opening up the strategic oil reserve to keep the price of gas from going up too high too fast?]

Obama could, if he wanted to, bring the price of gasoline down to $1.75 a gallon or less simply by announcing that he is authorizing drilling in the Gulf, has directed that leases off-shore have been opened up and immediately, and Keystone is a go…not only that, any person who obtains employment building Keystone or works the oil shale gets a one-year abatement on income tax. Gasoline could drop to $1.50 a gallon at that point.

And the US dollar would soar.

But this is not what Obama wants.

No matter how many times he gets out there and tells us that we all need to sacrifice, and he inherited this mess, and as President he can’t do a rthuing about oil prices, Haliburton, BushHitler, Cheney….evil GOP…

Can we hold Obama’s feet to the fire on this?

Show the nation, hell, show the world, that Obama is nothing but a strutting stutterin’ empty suit and always has been?

coldwarrior on May 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM

UNFREAKINGBELIEVABLE!

FoxNews just now broadcast live the first couple minutes of 0bama re-election announcement speech in Ohio:

First, he blamed the failure to control the deficit on Bush

Then, he just told the crowd that the REPUBLICANS run Congress!

YOU LIE, Mr. President!

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Repeat, 0bama just said that “the Republicans that run Congress” have stopped his efforts to improve the economy and reduce the deficit!

And the students cheered.

LIAR

BLATANT FRICKIN’ LIAR

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM

coldwarrior on May 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Bingo!
You’re my idol cw.

Rio Linda Refugee on May 5, 2012 at 1:33 PM

He has painted himself into a corner and is in a double bind. If he approves it, it comes across as a failure during an election year. If he denies it, he comes across as killing jobs.

Warren Buffett makes millions hauling that oil by rail and isn’t keen on seeing the oil go by pipeline. It STILL actually travels roughly the same path the pipeline would travel, but Buffett and Soros will inject cash into agitation groups to prevent it being built.

Obama is just their puppet. He’s owned by them.

crosspatch on May 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM

And the students cheered.

LIAR

BLATANT FRICKIN’ LIAR

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM

He needs an epic turnout by the ignorant school children of his as$ is dirt in November. An average turnout for the election will not do him any good.

Rio Linda Refugee on May 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Any president trying to actually lead, would forge a compromise on the “environmentally sensitive” areas at issues, re-route a couple things to mollify those objecting on environmental grounds, sign the damn thing, and get started on construction. Do we really want Canada going to China as their customer?!?

This is a national-security issue and, again, 0bama gets a FAIL.

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:37 PM

IF barry approves this, are the enviro-nazis gonna vote for Romney? I don’t think so. They’ll be out stuffing ballot boxes either way.

hutch1200 on May 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Those there probably think that the r’s are in charge? Afterall some can’t even name who the vp is? They are so flippen stupid they believe every word out of bho’s forked tongue snake mouth!

BTW, IS BHO’s massive ‘war chest’ finally funding these campaign speeches now? Will the taxpayers finally be off the hook for millions upon billions bho has spent campigning on our dime since he was last elected?
L

letget on May 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Then, he just told the crowd that the REPUBLICANS run Congress!

YOU LIE, Mr. President!

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Beginning to think he actually believes this !!!

pambi on May 5, 2012 at 1:42 PM

He needs an epic turnout by the ignorant school children of his as$ is dirt in November. An average turnout for the election will not do him any good.

Rio Linda Refugee on May 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM

But what bothers me immensely, is the bald-faced lie he just told to the students.

Not only did the Democrats have total control of Congress for his first two years, when the deficit was initially blown out of control, but then, after Jan. ’11, the Dem-controlled Senate has not passed a budget. Furthermore, his own budget was rejected without a single vote from his own party.

So, if he’s going to blames anyone, he needs to target the Democrats who completely abandoned him and refused to vote for his budget.

This is bad…. soooooo bad.

We have a bald-faced, divisive liar who has just wasted four years of America’s time as he fixes to drive us off the cliff…. and is now blaming the party that has been trying to stop him!

This is the breathtakingly dishonest president in American history.

We are witnessing the ugliest time in America since the Civil War, with a domestic enemy of the Constitution sitting in the Oval Office and lying to our children.

/shakes head

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

If that balloon goes up, look for Obama to bigfoot it and try to garnish his foreign policy credentials a bit.

a capella on May 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

He’s floundering so badly though one would think he’d do it sooner to start some momentum building.

dogsoldier on May 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Well-played, Canada. Obama probably thought he’d appeased his base/the Chinese by making the icky oil pipeline project thingy go away/their way, only to have our northern neighbors come back and offer another chance. Again, well-played and very good timing, too.

Christien on May 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

First, he blamed the failure to control the deficit on Bush

Then, he just told the crowd that the REPUBLICANS run Congress!

YOU LIE, Mr. President!

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

CRIPE

the dems controlled congress since 2007 screwing up this country with dear leader being a senator…

i guess those 2 years of a filibustered proof congress NEVER occurred huh…

*shaking the head*

i can believe him using the bush and race card with the lsm’s help

cmsinaz on May 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

We are witnessing the ugliest time in America since the Civil War, with a domestic enemy of the Constitution sitting in the Oval Office and lying to our children.

/shakes head

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The Progressives have had the majority of our children for 12 years or more and if we weren’t paying attention to what they were being taught they are for the most part lost.

Rio Linda Refugee on May 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Obama is going after the youth vote…again…but younger youth vote…high-school seniors, college freshmen and sophomore, maybe juniors…and in a big big way.

They are naive, easily fooled…and most important none of them remember at all the promises made in 2008…nor have a clue about the real issues around us today…and have no connection with the last crop of the same age group that unfortunately listened to Obama in 2008, and now can’t find a stinkin’ job if they volunteered to pay for ine.

Problems in America?

It ain’t the GOP, Barry….you putz…it is YOU.

coldwarrior on May 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Out of 300-million people, America elected this lying piece of garbage.

As a nation gone silly and watching American Idol and texting away and chatting banalities on Facebook, we deserve it. If he’s re-elected, we deserve a second helping.

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

It’s Bush’s fault? More like it’s bullshit’s fault. But maybe that is a quaint mispronunciation of his, like “corpse-men.”

sistrum on May 5, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Next up – the Dems will put up an illegal alien from south of the border, playing the brown card instead of the black card, and refuse to allow us to question his constitutional right or to demand any proof that he/she is eligible to be installed as president.

cane_loader on May 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

You know, if 0bama really wanted to make a great leap forward we wouldn’t need no steenking pipelines.

He would have us all drill for oil and install a backyard refinery as Mao did for China’s steel production.

Despite us calling Maobama occasionally, it is obvious that 0bama isn’t even as serious about economic development as Mao was.

LegendHasIt on May 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

But they are apparently willfully ignorant of the fact that China is lobbying like mad to get their own pipeline to ship all of that oil to Asia if we don’t take it.

If I wanted America to fail, I wouldn’t change a thing.

“If I wanted America to fail”

petefrt on May 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM

RIO AND CANE LOADER…..

last week I had occasion to stop at our local elementary school and really got an eyeful. Every hallway had a green street sign screwed to the ceiling……names like “FAIRNESS BLVD.”, “EUTOPIA WAY” AND “THE PEOPLE’S LIBRARY”. I was stunned! You’re right Rio, the kids are long lost. All we can do is allow them to fail on their own and try to change things for the following generations. I’d be all for getting rid of all electives….sports, cheerleading, etc. Nothing but reading, writing and math. You know, actually educate for a change. And no calculators to smooth the way. AND FOR GOD’S SAKES BRING BACK COURSES ON GOVERMENT…..P.O.D., CIVICS, HOW GOVERMENT WORKS, ETC. And monitor who is teaching and what slant they are trying to instill into our children. So glad my kids are grown but I’m mourning for my grandkids. And it is our fault….this has been going on for years and none of us ever gave it a thought. We’ve allowed the Progressives free-reign with our children and this is the result.

MONACO1121 on May 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM

DOTUS.

Destroyer (accidental or intentional, same result)

Dismantler

Disabler

You could almost make up your own. :-)

PappyD61 on May 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

If that balloon goes up, look for Obama to bigfoot it and try to garnish his foreign policy credentials a bit.

a capella on May 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

..with the greatest of respect, a.c., you meant burnish not garnish, didn’t you? I am not trying to be an officious grammar Nazi; just wanted to understand your pithy comment.

The War Planner on May 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

The French are set to return to their sit around all day eating cheese and drinking wine while someone else pays….

This excerpt about the upcoming elections….

François Hollande, the Socialist candidate who leads the presidential race after the first round of voting last week, wants to impose a tax rate of 75 per cent on income above €1m and at the launch of his bid in January said: “My true adversary in this battle has no name, no face, no party … It is the world of finance.”

This will give the Progressive/Communists a thrill up their legs if Hollande wins (as expected).

Viva le France
Viva le Obama
Viva le destruction of the capitalist pigs.

PappyD61 on May 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

….and just think Obama and the Communist Democrats already have a head start.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/23/allen-west-communists-naacp-event_n_1445242.html

…..an automatic 45% of the voters.

PappyD61 on May 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

It’s Bush’s fault? More like it’s bullshit’s fault. But maybe that is a quaint mispronunciation of his, like “corpse-men.”

sistrum on May 5, 2012 at 1:54 PM

..or his goddam speech impediment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9uJDfNjywB8

(Disclaimer: Sorry for the repetitiousness. I found this link in another thread on HA today and think it’s an absolute scream.)

The War Planner on May 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

THE OIL IS GOING TO BE PRODUCED AND BURNED ANYWAY! HELLO? HELLO? IS THIS ON?

Oh well. Another day, another delay. What’s a few trillion barrels of energy between friends?

Excellent blog post Jazz Shaw!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Yes, the oil is going to be burned anyway. After it’s been transported halfway around the world on diesel-burning tanker ships. And then it will be burned in much less efficient power plants in a country with looser air emission and toxic waste laws and almost no enforcement of what few they do have.

So the “environmentalists” are actually requiring MORE pollution and MORE CO2 emissions through their actions. Why are they arguing on the wrong side of their own issue? Because, while they’re inconsistent in reducing the damage to the environment, they are consistent on one other motivation: their loathing for America and western civilization.

And Obama is fine with that, either because he shares their motivation, or wants their votes, or both.

Socratease on May 5, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The Keystone XL issue sheds telling light on the motivations of the left. Jazz is 100% correct: it’s not like the US shunning the pipeline is going to cut down on the global use of oil.

But for the left, that’s not the point. The point is to impose the left’s version of sanctimony on the people. The point is to feel righteous even if what you’re doing is entirely meaningless, and to prevent whomever you have control over from violating your ukases on righteous living.

J.E. Dyer on May 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Now this may get some bad reaction but has anyone else noticed that most of these left wing organizations are run by women????

Pomai on May 5, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Now this may get some bad reaction but has anyone else noticed that most of these left wing organizations are run by women????
Pomai on May 5, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Yeah, and about the only ones with any bal… Uh… testicular fortitude in the GOP are women.

LegendHasIt on May 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

left wing organizations are run by women????

They are all ‘little julie’s’ all grown up?
L

letget on May 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

J.E. Dyer on May 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

+ 100..Excellent point..:)

Dire Straits on May 5, 2012 at 2:44 PM

About the original route in Nebraska –

The review process went on for more than 3 years and no one noticed that it crossed that part of NE? I’m not buying it.

If the area’s that sensitive, TransCanada never would have put it there in the first place but if for some reason they did, some one in Nebraska would have pointed it out immediately.

Robin Banks on May 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

We heard all these doomsday predictions with the Alaska Pipeline too.

Today? It’s a haven for wild animals.

BP spill? Cleaned up.

Exxon Valdez spill: Cleaned up.

It’s hatred for human development, pure and simple.

PattyJ on May 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

There’s an old high school acquaintance of mine who recently linked to one of those banners on Facebook that says “The Biggest 5 Oil Companies Made 135 Billion Profit Last Year” and “Why in the world are we giving them at least 10 billion in subsidies while we are closing public schools?”

It’s from http://priceofoil.org, and among other supporters, there are a few of the usual suspects: the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Tar Sands Group of the Tides Foundation, another of Soros’s stealth groups.

Their blogroll reads like the Stars of the Left blogosphere and includes the Daily Kos, Friends of the Earth, Coal is Dirty (! yeah, sure), the Huffington Post and Think Progress.

I want to ask my Facebook pal if he enjoys paying $3.71 per gallon at the pump rather than the $1.50 he used to pay back in 2005, and whether he thinks the oil companies were making just as much, if not more, profit then. But he’s just the kind of non-discerning type who believes everything he sees on MSNBC, that is, impossible to reason with.

PatriotGal2257 on May 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM

J.E. Dyer on May 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Absolutely excellent comment. You nailed it, J.E.

PatriotGal2257 on May 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Like he’s going to tell everyone that the ChiComs have told him, ‘hands off our oil or we stop buying your worthless T-bills.’

CPT. Charles on May 5, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Barry will never run out of excuses.
Barry will never run out of blames for others.
Barry will never run out of lies.
Barry will never run out of divisive tactics.

But he will run out of luck, and Affirmative Action will only take you so far.

galtani on May 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Oct 10, 2012: Hussein signs pipeline deal.
Oct 25, 2012: The One lobs a few cruise missiles into Iran in token support of Israel.

Election result: Hussein 55%, Willard 45% + Dem Senate withe the House a tossup but if the Supreme Court scraps Obamacare it will most probably be an all blue government again.

Annar on May 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

THE OIL IS GOING TO BE PRODUCED AND BURNED ANYWAY! HELLO? HELLO? IS THIS ON?

Not only that, but China doesn’t care as much about the pollution generated when burning that fuel.

The Rogue Tomato on May 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

.

It’s hatred for human development, pure and simple.

Precisely, and America as the inspiration of much of that development.

drunyan8315 on May 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

So, how does it (the pipeline) poll? That’s all that matters to these morons in DC….

n0doz on May 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

He is the DOTUS……………

PappyD61 on May 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM

DOTUS ? ? ? ?

Dufus Of The United States ? ?

Dillhole Of The United States ? ?

Douche Of The United States ? ?

Dumbass Of The United States ? ?

Downfall Of The United States ? ?

You left out Dumbsh*t of the United States

skatz51 on May 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

“Today there is just one person standing in the way of tens of thousands of new American jobs: President Obama,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.”

This point should be one of the main talking points by Romney…

… All of the pain and suffering that we are feeling today, ALL OF IT, has been caused by one man.

Seven Percent Solution on May 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

More lies from the right, Keystone will NOT create 10′s of thousands of jobs.

The U.S. State Department calculated last year that the underground pipeline would add 5,000 to 6,000 U.S. jobs. One independent review of Keystone puts that number even lower, with the Cornell University Global Labor Institute finding that the pipeline would add only 500 to 1,400 temporary construction jobs. The authors of the September report also said that much of the new employment stemming from Keystone would be outside the U.S.

damian1967 on May 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM

“Today there is just one person standing in the way of tens of thousands of new AmericanMexican jobs: President Obama,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.”

I have no confidence this pipeline would do the country much good at all…I still remember how the Alaska Pipeline was supposed to make us virtually independent of OPEC…that’s what they sold us anyway and it ended up going to Eastasia instead.

Smoke and mirrors from both parties. I’m thinking that Obambi hasn’t figured a way to profit from Keystone-once or if he does, I’m sure it would be full steam ahead. They have to package it into some kind of great Socialist Works Administration project or the like, you know, make it all their idea, then it will proceed.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

THE OIL IS GOING TO BE PRODUCED AND BURNED ANYWAY! HELLO? HELLO? IS THIS ON?

Not only will it be shipped to China, but a lot of extra energy will have to be produced (and wasted) in order to ship it all the way to China. Also, China will use it in a much, much less efficient manner and in a much more pollutive manner. All the environmentalists are doing is insuring the worst possible outcome for their own cause.

Theophile on May 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Obama is such a jerk. I think his anti-energy policy frustrates me more than anything.

TarheelBen on May 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Smoke and mirrors from both parties. I’m thinking that Obambi hasn’t figured a way to profit from Keystone-once or if he does, I’m sure it would be full steam ahead.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

At the moment I think he’s concerned about key environment whacko groups withholding donations. That’s why he wants to delay until after the election.

TarheelBen on May 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM

About the original route in Nebraska –

The review process went on for more than 3 years and no one noticed that it crossed that part of NE? I’m not buying it.

If the area’s that sensitive, TransCanada never would have put it there in the first place but if for some reason they did, some one in Nebraska would have pointed it out immediately.

Robin Banks on May 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

They can always find a reason, it’s what they do. The most barren and empty and worthless piece of land where nothing grows or lives can also be called ‘sensitive and delicate’ for the same reasons.

slickwillie2001 on May 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM

You’ll have to pardon Barry, what with him being in the trenches and under fire every day with the ‘war on women’ going on.

GarandFan on May 5, 2012 at 6:11 PM

As usual, Barry wants to kick the can down the road so it doesn’t interfere with that whole little election thing. I hope he breaks his foot on it.

Xyz22 on May 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

THE OIL IS GOING TO BE PRODUCED AND BURNED ANYWAY! HELLO? HELLO? IS THIS ON?

Not only will it be shipped to China, but a lot of extra energy will have to be produced (and wasted) in order to ship it all the way to China. Also, China will use it in a much, much less efficient manner and in a much more pollutive manner. All the environmentalists are doing is insuring the worst possible outcome for their own cause.

Theophile on May 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

…he’ll say the pipeline is a go…gas prices will drop, and you know it is not shovel ready… and when he is elected…he’ll pull the rug out!

KOOLAID2 on May 5, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Well-played, Canada. Obama probably thought he’d appeased his base/the Chinese by making the icky oil pipeline project thingy go away/their way, only to have our northern neighbors come back and offer another chance. Again, well-played and very good timing, too.

Christien on May 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The Canadians aren’t stupid. When you’ve got a huge oil-importing nation with huge demand immediately to your south, it’s a lot cheaper to build them a pipeline and pump the oil than to ship crude halfway around the world to China. Middle East crude is “sweeter” (lower sulfur) and closer to China than Canadian crude, so the Chinese get more bang for the buck (or yuan) from the Middle East.

Besides, how would the Chinese pay the Canadians for their oil? Canadian oil salesmen wouldn’t accept the artificially devalued yuans, and any dollars the Chinese have came from the United States anyway–why not get them directly from us?

But if Obama is re-elected, the Canadians probably WILL sell their oil to China. This is why they’re pushing the pipeline NOW, in the hopes that American voters will throw out Obama, and Romney will permit the pipeline, and the Canadians can make a better profit from the oil by reducing the shipping costs.

Steve Z on May 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM