Bipartisan group of senators looking for a meeting with Obama on Keystone pipeline

posted at 3:31 pm on November 16, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I’ve wondered before about how this new, more “flexible” second-term Obama is going to approach climate change, energy policy, and environmental isues — I remain unconvinced that “all of the above” was anything more than a rhetorical stalling tactic. I’m betting that we’re going to see President Obama’s more zealous nature re-reveal itself — and the Keystone XL pipeline battle that the administration left unresolved before the election is likely to force the issue pretty quick here.

Environmentalists (who long ago determined that the pipeline proposal warranted their especial fanatical attention) are planning demonstrations in DC next week to ask the administration to axe the whole thing. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, however, sent a letter to the White House today reiterating their vociferous support for the project, via The Hill:

In a letter to the president, sent Friday, a group of 18 senators urged Obama to create thousands of jobs by approving the pipeline, which would transport oil from North Dakota and Montana through the United States for processing at refineries in Texas and Louisiana.

“Setting politics aside: Nothing has changed about the thousands of jobs that Keystone XL will create,” the letter stated. “Nothing has changed about the energy security to be gained through an important addition to the existing pipeline network built with sound environmental stewardship and the best modern technology. Nothing has changed about the security to be gained from using more fuel produced at home and by a close and stable ally. And nothing has changed about the need for America to remain a place where businesses can still build things.” …

“The election is over, people want us to work together to create jobs, and one sure way we can create jobs right now is by moving forward with construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline,” Baucus said in a statement Friday. “We’ve spent more than four years producing studies and addressing environmental and property concerns — there’s no excuse to keep Keystone jobs on hold any longer.”

The project has passed every environmental benchmark the administration has thrown at it, and lawmakers’ refusal to let the issue die underscores just how much of an economic boon the pipeline would be to the states through which it would pass. Can the Obama administration really afford to let such an opportunity for jobs, economic growth, and energy security to pass them by? It’ll be amazing to see what kind of excuses they try to throw at us if they do.


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…who cares?

KOOLAID2 on November 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Baucus is up for reelection in 2014. ‘Nuff said.

rockmom on November 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

…JugEars does not want to do anything that would be good for the country.

KOOLAID2 on November 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I will honestly be shocked if Obama doesn’t ax it forever.

The Rogue Tomato on November 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Democrats and jobs? Have to work for their benefits? Please. Ole Saint Marxist comes bearing gifts, not jobs…

hillsoftx on November 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Boehner sliding into Obama’s azz with cameras presents, at the moment. He’s crying, he’s so smitten and overcome.

Your enemies at the moment: Boehner and McConnell.

Focus, focus, focus.

Schadenfreude on November 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

present

Schadenfreude on November 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

These environmental extremists must be challenged on the impact their obstructionism has on the poor and middle class. We have to stop letting them get away with driving up costs without any responsibility or repercussions. They are never challenged on these grounds.

Charlemagne on November 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Environmentalists (who long ago determined that the pipeline proposal warranted their especial fanatical attention) are planning demonstrations in DC next week to ask the administration to axe the whole thing.

I’ll have it in by Thursday.

Axe on November 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM

“…electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” – Obama

FireFly on November 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Pipe dream…

Glenn Jericho on November 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Why does this need White House approval? This is intra-state and has nothing to do with the socialist in the White House.

darwin on November 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Pipe dream…

Glenn Jericho on November 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Aye see whut u did thar.

The Rogue Tomato on November 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

LOL, all but 3 of the Dems who signed the letter are up for reelection in Red states in 2014, and the other 3 are Tester, Manchin, and Webb who is a lame duck.

Hilarious.

rockmom on November 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

These environmental extremists must be challenged on the impact their obstructionism has on the poor and middle class. We have to stop letting them get away with driving up costs without any responsibility or repercussions. They are never challenged on these grounds.

Charlemagne on November 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM

You’re right, but since the courts are corrupt and always side with the left, there’s only one way to stop these people …

darwin on November 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Why does this need White House approval? This is intra-state and has nothing to do with the socialist in the White House.

darwin on November 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

You didn’t get the memo? We live in a banana republic dictatorship now. One that fixes elections and bypasses congress when congress doesn’t do what it wants.

The Rogue Tomato on November 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Why does this need White House approval? This is intra-state and has nothing to do with the socialist in the White House.

darwin on November 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

The border crossing part of it requires U.S. government approval, I think by treaty with Canada. Some parts of it are already being built within the U.S.

rockmom on November 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Rendezvous With Disaster

M2RB: Molly Hatchet

Resist We Much on November 16, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Ellis Wyatt unavailable for comment.

LegendHasIt on November 16, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Can the Obama administration really afford to let such an opportunity for jobs, economic growth, and energy security to pass them by?

Rhetorical question, right.

chemman on November 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Can the Obama administration really afford to let such an opportunity for jobs, economic growth, and energy security to pass them by?

This is the same man that believes the way to grow the economy is through tax hikes, so yes.

YES to tax hikes, YES to closing loopholes, NO to spending cuts, and NO to the keystone pipeline.

HarryBackside on November 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Can the Obama administration really afford to let such an opportunity for jobs, economic growth, and energy security to pass them by?

Absolutely. When your objective is destruction of the US as constituted, this is an opportunity, not a problem.

AZfederalist on November 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM

In North Dakota, our roads and railroads are clogged with trucks and trains transporting that oil across the state to pipeline accesses (mostly in Fargo, the nearest pipeline access to the Bakken, where access points are already operating at capacity). The oil companies are going to continue getting the oil and gas from the ground whether there is a pipeline or not.

In light of that, perhaps someone should ask the greenies if they would rather all that oil continue to travel by truck and rail (with the far greater spillage danger that creates) or by the much safer pipeline route? And don’t forget to tack on the note that those trucks are not electric or hybrid vehicles, but good ole’ deisel burning internal combustion engines.

gravityman on November 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Why would Hussein do anything that would hurt the money-flow to his moozie owners ?

burrata on November 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

The states involved should just go ahead and build it anyway. Take the revenue for themselves. What’s Barry going to do about it? Say mean things about them from the White House Rose Garden? Take them to court? Good luck with that. Threaten to shut off federal money? Go for it. Send troops to stop the construction? Yeah, that’ll look good on the evening news.

They can tell the EPA to pound sand while they’re at it.

It’s high time someone grew a pair and started calling Dear Leader’s bluff.

He’s used to people folding like a cheap lawn chair when he starts running his mouth. Time for that to change. Ignore his jug-eared @$$.

CurtZHP on November 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM

He’s used to people folding like a cheap lawn chair when he starts running his mouth. Time for that to change. Ignore his jug-eared @$$.

CurtZHP on November 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM

He’s already set the precedent that the rule of law doesn’t matter: recess appointments when there is no recess, not demanding a budget from the Senate when the Constitution requires one, military action in Libya beyond the statutory limit without notifying Congress, Fast and Furious, refusing to enforce the border with Mexico, unilaterally granting amnesty with no congressional law, ignoring court orders to re-instate offshore drilling permitting, targeting US citizens without trial (that’s a gray area that I will grant), and promoting the law that allows holding US citizens without trial in the US (that’s not a gray area). So I see no problem with states ignoring federal laws that are inconvenient to them. As a matter of fact, it is probably time for states to do the same thing.

AZfederalist on November 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

They should just build the pipeline and tell the feds to go to hell.

dczombie on November 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Obviously I know my above comment isn’t possible. It just felt good to say.

dczombie on November 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

AZfederalist on November 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Exactly. An administration that shows such contempt for the rule of law can hardly speak up when the states decide they simply aren’t going to listen to it.

CurtZHP on November 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

The project has passed every environmental benchmark the administration has thrown at it, and lawmakers’ refusal to let the issue die underscores just how much of an economic boon the pipeline would be to the states through which it would pass. Can the Obama administration really afford to let such an opportunity for jobs, economic growth, and energy security to pass them by? It’ll be amazing to see what kind of excuses they try to throw at us if when they do.

ReWrite™ engaged, because you know full well the second word of the two-word answer is “yes”.

I’ll leave it to you to decide whether the first is the H-word or the F-bomb.

Steve Eggleston on November 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Blocking Keystone is the slob Warren Buffett’s payback, they aren’t going to kick him in the nuts now that the election is over. Not going to happen.

slickwillie2001 on November 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

In North Dakota, our roads and railroads are clogged with trucks and trains transporting that oil across the state to pipeline accesses (mostly in Fargo, the nearest pipeline access to the Bakken, where access points are already operating at capacity). The oil companies are going to continue getting the oil and gas from the ground whether there is a pipeline or not.

In light of that, perhaps someone should ask the greenies if they would rather all that oil continue to travel by truck and rail (with the far greater spillage danger that creates) or by the much safer pipeline route? And don’t forget to tack on the note that those trucks are not electric or hybrid vehicles, but good ole’ deisel burning internal combustion engines.

gravityman on November 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Hmm, business for greedy-union Teamster truck drivers and greedy-union railroad workers, or pipeline. That’s a tough decision.

slickwillie2001 on November 16, 2012 at 5:03 PM

The productive people of America will go into hibernation, while the greedy takers end up cannibalizing each other. Time to flee not only the cities, but the suburbs.

The urban vultures won’t dare to venture too far out into the countryside, but will return to the cities to kill or die.

Meanwhile, better keep looking for ammo, before the Feds buy it all.

I foresee an awesome rise of America from the ashes, after all of this has played out. When that time comes, we’ll be rid of a lot of nasty urban population. I’m talking liberals.

disa on November 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Can the Obama administration really afford to let such an opportunity for jobs, economic growth, and energy security to pass them by?

In a word, YES!

GarandFan on November 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Can the Obama administration really afford to let such an opportunity for jobs, economic growth, and energy security to pass them by?

Of course they can – and will. Obama doesn’t want to create jobs, he wants to create a beggar class.

disa on November 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM

AZfederalist on November 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Exactly. An administration that shows such contempt for the rule of law can hardly speak up when the states decide they simply aren’t going to listen to it.

CurtZHP on November 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

…there are 30 states with republican governors…if we could get a united front?

KOOLAID2 on November 16, 2012 at 7:09 PM

just how much of an economic boon the pipeline would be to the states through which it would pass.

The problem is that this would be a boon to those states through the private sector, not through the government and the left can’t stand people being successful and doing something unless it is through the omnipotent government.

Theophile on November 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Note to “bipartisan group of Senators”:

Prepare to Impeach the idiot or just pass a legislative mandate which forbids any obstruction of Keystone or any other job-producing domestic energy project without explicit Congressional authorization.

landlines on November 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM