The ghost of the Keystone XL pipeline returns to haunt Obama

posted at 1:01 pm on January 19, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

We spent almost all of last year peering at the Swing States… so much so that some of us will be quite happy to not hear about them again for a long time. (Unless, of course, the Cleveland Indians make the playoffs, in which case we’ll make an exception for Ohio.) But with the election over and a new year upon us, hopefully we can look at some different states. And there’s no better place to start than Nebraska.

Out in the Cornhusker State, Governor Dave Heineman is currently facing a decision on a topic which some people may have thought had died with the last election results… the Keystone Pipeline. Yes, it’s back.

One of the first challenges Obama will face is an old problem: whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Obama blocked the pipeline last year, citing uncertainty over the conduit’s route through environmentally sensitive land in Nebraska. Gov. Dave Heineman is considering a new route; he is expected to make a decision next month.

The State Department has federal jurisdiction because the $7 billion pipeline begins in Canada.

Perhaps the Governor’s decision will become a bit easier when he gets a look at the latest study on both the environmental and economic impacts of the project.

A new study commissioned by supporters of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline says Nebraska could reap close to $2 billion in economic benefits if the project were built.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, hired to conduct the analysis, said pipeline construction would create several thousand Nebraska jobs while ongoing operations would result in several hundred positions. Over the next 16 years, the pipeline would generate close to $60 million in property tax revenue for the counties where it would be located, Goss said.

In addition to addressing lingering environmental protests and the jobs and tax revenue mentioned above, it provides additional specifics.

- TransCanada will spend about $580 million in the state during the two-year construction phase and $570 million more during subsequent years of operation.

- The project would create 5,500 jobs during construction and 302 jobs afterward. The figures include both direct and indirect jobs, paying an average annual salary of $38,000

- Pipeline construction would produce $418 million in economic benefits and 4,560 jobs.

Given the still stumbling nature of the economy and the economic uncertainty facing most states these days, it is difficult to imagine how any governor could look at this offering and walk away. (Not if they hope to survive another election cycle, anyway.) And if it’s approved at the state level, the President will have the same old dilemma back on his plate. Will he choose to make good on his campaign claims that he favors an “all of the above” energy policy which allows us to take charge of our own energy future? Or will he wait around for that car that runs on algae to finally make it into production?

Place your bets.


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Obama will continue to be stubborn.

22044 on January 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Let me pipe in as a Canadian here. This has really been a non-issue, media wide up here. There will always be buyers. Harper seems to agree:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/19/no-keystone-no-problem-i-am-very-serious-about-selling-our-oil-off-this-continent-harper-says/

can_con on January 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Better ask Michelle. It’ll be on her plate when she wins the Dem nomination in 2016.

Barry? He’s got more important things to tend to. Besides, it was just grist for the political mill back when Obama was tryin’ hard to be re-elected and all that.

Romney tied his dog to the roof of his car, remember?

That’s what Americans think is important these days.

And, he’s still a Mormon.

Keystone?

Isn’t that that cheap beer out of Chico back in the 80′s? Yeah, that one. $2.00 a six pack in the ghetto or something? Made by Coors?

Obama not gonna mess with that is he?

Not gonna like that. Not one bit.

coldwarrior on January 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

if Obama gets this decision right it will be the old “even a stopped clock is right twice a day” routine.

gsherin on January 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

…does JugEars go there to golf?
…thenforgetaboutit!

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Why don’t the States between Canada and Texas(?) just…”go rogue” and just permit the thing in defiance of Obama.

ParisParamus on January 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

…I think JugEars jobs council has been discussing the Keystone Pipeline for over a year now!

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Will he choose to make good on his campaign claims that he favors an “all of the above” energy policy which allows us to take charge of our own energy future? Or will he wait around for that car that runs on algae to finally make it into production?

“Mr. Presidint Obama,

Please build the pipe so my daddy can go back to work.”

BobMbx on January 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

He will approve Keystone. The enviro nutjobs will screech and whine. But O wants to maintain his Preezy legacy.

tommy71 on January 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Why don’t the States between Canada and Texas(?) just…”go rogue” and just permit the thing in defiance of Obama.

ParisParamus on January 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

…there’s no ba11s in that pipe?

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Michelle says “Let them eat seaweed”

birdwatcher on January 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

“Mr. Presidint Obama,

Please build the pipe so my daddy can go back to work.”

BobMbx on January 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

“Mr. Presidint Obama,

Please build put down the crack pipe so my daddy can go back and get to work.”

coldwarrior on January 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Its all about politics to the Dear Leader.
He could care less what is good for the country. And if the jobs produced are not govt. jobs he hates it even more.
Problem for ozero is that if he passes on the piepline the chicoms will get it and he loses politically.He can’t take that.
His regime is running on borowed stale air. Even one hit like the pipleine could collapse his over inflated balloon.
What will probably happen is what has already happened. He(Valerie Jarrett the real potus) will bribe a governor of some state to stop it. Easy to do these days.

rodguy911 on January 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

One of the things I don’t understand here…

I remember in Obama’s first year. He came out one day, totally caught everyone by surprise and said he wanted to open up the east coast to more drilling. Out of the blue he said that was what he was going to do.

Then, one month later that oil rig down in the Gulf had an explosion on it and caught fire dumping oil in the Gulf. What unfortunate timing, because then Obama had to stop all the drilling. There was nothing he could do about it, see. He tried to expand drilling but an oil rig blew up one month after he announced he was going to expand drilling, and then he just couldn’t do it. In fact, since that oil rig blew up, he’s pretty much almost put all the drilling out of business down there. Strange he would do that.. since just a month before it blew up he was going to expand the drilling. Oh well.

OK.. if he wanted more drilling then… why not support the Keystone pipeline? It really doesn’t make any sense. Here is a way for him to bring more oil into America, like he said he wanted to one month before the oil rig unfortunately and mysteriously blew up in the Gulf.

It almost seems like he never really wanted to bring more oil into America. But that’s ridiculous, because for about 30 days he did want to… right up until that oil rig blew up. Almost seems like…. that would would be crazy.

JellyToast on January 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

(Unless, of course, the Cleveland Indians make the playoffs, in which case we’ll make an exception for Ohio.)

I spent a few days in Ohio over News Years. I would be happy to not hear from them again, ever. Except maybe if the USAF want to move their museum…to Texas.

cozmo on January 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Our energy abundance could turn this economy around almost overnight. Maybe that’s why Obamabots, intent on downsizing this country and redistributing its wealth to third world countries, are keeping it scarce.

My bet: Obama will block the pipeline, probably by some indirect, sneaky way.

petefrt on January 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Warren Buffett, Obongo supporter + Burlington Northern Santa Fe + rail tank cars + $ = No XL.

philoise65 on January 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Keystone?

Isn’t that that cheap beer out of Chico back in the 80′s? Yeah, that one. $2.00 a six pack in the ghetto or something? Made by Coors?

Obama not gonna mess with that is he?

Not gonna like that. Not one bit.

coldwarrior on January 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Convince the young crowd that 0bama is blocking a beer pipeline from Canada and not only will it pass; he’ll be impeached if he tries to block it.

cane_loader on January 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

oil pipeline with 1000s of job – disapproved

mud huts with open trench sewage and dung burning stoves – approved and fast tracked.

acyl72 on January 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Right, yet as soon as a final decision needs to be made, another EnviroWhackJob group will come up with the Purple Toed White Crested Endangered Newt and the POS-in-chief will have his excuse to continue trying to damage this country, by shutting down the pipeline.

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on January 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

“Hell, I even thought I was dead ’til I found out it was just that I was in Nebraska.”

-Little Bill Daggett

novaculus on January 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

It almost seems like he never really wanted to bring more oil into America. But that’s ridiculous, because for about 30 days he did want to… right up until that oil rig blew up. Almost seems like…. that would would be crazy.

JellyToast on January 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Caligula and Nero were bat-guano crazy, too.

Interesting to correlate the fall of the Roman Empire with the crazy Caesars….. did the crazy Caesars draw their mores from the moral rot of the citizens, or did the citizens draw validation and license for their moral rot from the crazy Caesars?

cane_loader on January 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

China doesn’t have it nailed down already?

Speakup on January 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Our energy abundance could turn this economy around almost overnight. Maybe that’s why Obamabots, intent on downsizing this country and redistributing its wealth to third world countries, are keeping it scarce.

My bet: Obama will block the pipeline, probably by some indirect, sneaky way.

petefrt on January 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

When the country finally crumbles and sinks into the black pit of debt and anarchy… Obama will board his helicopter and land on a shiny new Chinese aircraft carrier somewhere off the coast. Chris Mathews will be there. Some other useful idiots, maybe. They will all applaud as he gets off and a banner will be draped across the bridge “Mission Accomplished!”

JellyToast on January 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

China doesn’t have it nailed down already?

Speakup on January 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I don’t think so. I think this is a bargaining position by the Canadian goverment.

I defer to Drywall.

Where is he, anyway? Is he still stuck in the waiting room for a Canadacare medical procedure?

cane_loader on January 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

One of the first challenges Obama will face is an old problem: whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

What is he, a freaking king??

PattyJ on January 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

obama will wait around for a car that runs on algae. Although, if he is as much a deity as he thinks he is, he could just snap his fingers or wiggle his nose and make it happen.

Old Country Boy on January 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

OT, sort of:

The title of Roman Emperor, although in some ways a modern concept, effectively summarises the position held by those individuals who wielded power in the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire developed from the Roman Republic after its ascent to the dominant power in Europe, and is characterised by the concentration of power in one individual, rather than the “Senate and People of Rome”. However, Augustus, universally accepted to have been the first emperor, was careful to maintain the facade of republican rule, and took no specific title to mark his rule (which began in 27 BC).[1] Instead, he simply concentrated the pre-existing powers of Roman magistrates upon his own person, taking the existing honorific of ‘Princeps Senatus’ (the first man of the senate).[1] This style of government, which lasted for nearly 300 years, is thus called the ‘Principate’. The modern word ‘emperor’ derives from the title ‘Imperator’, which was granted by an army to a successful general; as such, during the initial phase of the Roman Empire, it still had to be earned by the ‘Princeps’. The term ‘emperor’, though modern, is used when describing rulers of the Roman Empire, since (a) it emphasises the strong links between the ruler and the army (on whose support the ruler’s power depended), and (b) does not discriminate between the style of rule in different phases of the Empire.

In the late 3rd century AD, after the Crisis of the Third Century, Diocletian formalised and embellished the recent manner of imperial rule, establishing the so-called ‘Dominate’ period of the Roman Empire. This was characterised by the explicit investment of authority in the person of the Emperor, and the use of the style ‘Dominus Noster’ (‘Our Lord’). From Diocletian onwards, there were often multiple simultaneous emperors, dividing the rule of the vast territories between them. After 395 AD, and the death of Theodosius I, the Empire became more firmly split into Western and Eastern halves[2] They were not legally separate however, and the Emperor of the more stable Eastern Empire often imposed his authority over the Western half. The Western Empire was heavily troubled after 395 AD, and collapsed completely after 455 AD, the last Western Emperor abdicating in 476 AD

The Crisis of the Third Century (also “Military Anarchy” or “Imperial Crisis”) (A.D. 235–284) was a period in which the Roman Empire nearly collapsed under the combined pressures of invasion, civil war, plague, and economic depression. The Crisis began with the assassination of Emperor Alexander Severus at the hands of his own troops, initiating a fifty-year period in which 20–25 claimants to the title of Emperor, mostly prominent Roman army generals, assumed imperial power over all or part of the Empire.

By 258–260, the Empire split into three competing states: the Gallic Empire, including the Roman provinces of Gaul, Britannia and (briefly) Hispania; the Palmyrene Empire, including the eastern provinces of Syria Palaestina and Aegyptus; and the Italian-centered and independent Roman Empire, proper, between them. Later, Aurelian (270-275) reunited the empire; the Crisis ended with the ascension and reforms of Diocletian in 284.

The Crisis resulted in such profound changes in the Empire’s institutions, society, economic life and, eventually, religion, that it is increasingly seen by most historians as defining the transition between the historical periods of classical antiquity and late antiquity.[1]

cane_loader on January 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio-Claudian_dynasty

The Julio-Claudian dynasty normally refers to the first five Roman Emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula (also known as Gaius), Claudius, and Nero,[1] or the family to which they belonged; they ruled the Roman Empire from its formation, in the second half of the 1st century (44/31/27) BC, until AD 68, when the last of the line, Nero, committed suicide.[2]

None of the Julio-Claudians were succeeded by their sons; only one of them had a legitimate son survive him. The ancient historical writers, chiefly Suetonius and Tacitus, write from the point of view of the Roman senatorial aristocracy, and portray the Emperors in generally negative terms, whether from preference for the Roman Republic or love of a good scandalous story.

Tacitus wrote this of the Julio-Claudian Emperors and history:

But the successes and reverses of the old Roman people have been recorded by famous historians; and fine intellects were not wanting to describe the times of Augustus, till growing sycophancy scared them away. The histories of Tiberius, Caius, Claudius, and Nero, while they were in power, were falsified through terror, and after their death were written under the irritation of a recent hatred.

OK, enough OT!

cane_loader on January 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Given the still stumbling nature of the economy and the economic uncertainty facing most states these days, it is difficult to imagine how any governor could look at this offering and walk away. (Not if they hope to survive another election cycle, anyway.) And if it’s approved at the state level, the President will have the same old dilemma back on his plate. Will he choose to make good on his campaign claims that he favors an “all of the above” energy policy which allows us to take charge of our own energy future? Or will he wait around for that car that runs on algae to finally make it into production?

I believe Governor Heineman will come down on the side of XL. All of the usual suspects in wester Nebraska and their econut supporters will go ballistic and stage temper tantrum after temper tantrum.

I don’t think Ogabe will approve for two reasons: 1)to the best of my knowledge, TransCanada is not a major donor to the Dem party, while his “green” buddies are. 2) Anything that advances American interests or prosperity needs to be nipped in the bud in order to put the US in its proper place in the world — failed third-world state.

Ogabe has his second term. He isn’t thinking about “getting things done”. He’s thinking about another four years of grandstanding — leading up to untold riches as an ex-president. It would not surprise me in the least to discover that an “unofficial” contract already exists between Ogabe and a major publisher. And just imagine the fees he will command once he goes out on the lecture trail. (Eight years of practice! He should be a phenominal guest lecturer!)

catsandbooks on January 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

and fine intellects were not wanting to describe the times of Augustus, till growing sycophancy scared them away.

Last thought:

This sentence doesn’t mean what it means in modern English.

By “not wanting,” it means that fine intellects DID describe Augustus’ times accurately, until sycophancy and worship of Augustus – cult of personality – scared them away from writing accurate histories.

cane_loader on January 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

When you read what the House gop so called leadership (including the genius Paul Ryan) has decided to do for the next two years you can see why Obama wheels more “aggressive”.

Keystone Pipeline?………nope.

Opposition from any republican in Congress?…….nope.

The only thing standing in the way of our God King?

PappyD61 on January 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

JellyToast on January 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Obama will board his helicopter and land on a shiny new Chinese aircraft carrier somewhere off the coast, where he will be sworn in as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

petefrt on January 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

We can’t let the pipeline interfere with Warren Buffet’s
choo-choos can we?

jeffinsjvca on January 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

What is he, a freaking king??

PattyJ on January 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

A freak-king.

FIFY.

cane_loader on January 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Just think…..the INFRINGEMENT of the right to bear arms is under direct assault and the gop takes this approach?

Can someone please show me how we have ANYTHING but ONE PARTY RULE in America today?

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/278051-republicans-lower-expectations-as-democratic-majority-flexes-new-muscle-

An to think Paul Ryan and the others in the gop leadership were promoted as “Young Guns”?

VOMIT!!

PappyD61 on January 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Gov. Heineman should simply issue an executive order to approve it.

behiker on January 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I spent a few days in Ohio over News Years. I would be happy to not hear from them again, ever. Except maybe if the USAF want to move their museum…to Texas.

cozmo on January 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

We’ll keep the USAF Museum right here in Dayton, thank you very much.

Bitter Clinger on January 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

An to think Paul Ryan and the others in the gop leadership were promoted as “Young Guns”?

VOMIT!!

PappyD61 on January 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

The more I discover about Paul Ryan, the more I realize what a fraud he is. He added nothing to the ticket in 2012. But, he is handsome and has great pecs, which goes a long way in some quarters.

bw222 on January 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

We’ll keep the USAF Museum right here in Dayton, thank you very much.

Bitter Clinger on January 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Neat place. I was stationed at WPAFB and lived in Bellbrook after that.

bw222 on January 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

We can’t let the pipeline interfere with Warren Buffet’s
choo-choos can we?

jeffinsjvca on January 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Very true.

bw222 on January 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

O’s supporters think a pipeline is where you stand to take your turn to hit the choom.It’s only a few thousand jobs and a little tax income so what’s the big deal?

docflash on January 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Bronco Bomba and his cronies own a boatload of Pipeline stock. I guarantee you he’s going to approve it. Election is over…BABY GOTTA EAT !

birdhurd on January 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

I think Obama will make some proclamation implying that XL is “approved,” the Legacy Media will regurgitate the White House memo word for word, and then behind the scenes the administration will drag their feet via new “studies.”

New Media will ring the alarm: “What is going on with XL?” But by then the Legacy Media will have moved on, satisfied that Obama is “doing something” and the issue is dead.

visions on January 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

One of the first challenges Obama will face is an old problem: whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

Let’s get this straight. President Obama has had no say whether the pipeline will be built between the Canadian border and Texas … and it had been under construction since before most people ever heard of “Keystone XL.”

The Administration’s entire duties regarding “keystone XL’ is whether to grant cross border rights for the pipeline.

J_Crater on January 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Slightly OT: When Bush left office the average gas price was around $1.85. Remember that? How sweet would that be right about now?

Oh well. Better get used to the new normal. Forward!

visions on January 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

No worries, Barry won’t permit it.

GarandFan on January 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

“Who cares, I am saving me the money for one them ‘lectric cars”…

Libiot

hillsoftx on January 19, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Keystone?

Isn’t that that cheap beer out of Chico back in the 80′s? ….

coldwarrior on January 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Naw, it’s a town in South Dakota where they carve President’s head on a mountain nearby. Knowing the culture that elected him, they’ll probably re-carve Teddy Roosevelt’s head (he hunts)with the messiah, someday–though it’s hard to carve Photo-shopped halos into granite.

Don L on January 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

an “unofficial” contract already exists between Ogabe and a major publisher.

Like the $500,000 he got from a publisher a few months before his first inauguration, (for a children’s book a staffer probably wrote)?

PattyJ on January 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Naw, he isn’t going to approve it. He is intent on destroying the USA and besides the pipeline would be built in red states.

Mirimichi on January 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I hope they run Keystone up Obama’s arsehole and open up the valves.

Sherman1864 on January 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Unless, of course, the Cleveland Indians make the playoffs, in which case we’ll make an exception for Ohio.

Cleveland is the reason Obama won Ohio.

Here’s to rooting for their teams to continue losing for a long time.

Moesart on January 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM

I hope they run Keystone up Obama’s arsehole and open up the valves.

Sherman1864 on January 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

At this point, about all we can hope for is that he gets cancer and dies quickly. Deus ex machina.

cane_loader on January 19, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Yeah, I know that’s cold. I also love my country, which took a lot of years and toil and blood to build, and so I won’t be heartbroken if the one guy destroying it wins the cancer lottery like Chavez.

Hope he eats lots of Japanese fish at his feasts.

cane_loader on January 19, 2013 at 8:17 PM

In case any are wondering, yes I’m in curmudgeon mode tonight.

0bama sux.

cane_loader on January 19, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Maybe if it were called the Choom Pipeline it would have a better chance of being supported by Dear Dog-Eater.

HiJack on January 19, 2013 at 9:09 PM

If Obama has his feet held to fire by the country and the MSM it will be a first. Everything he did that he didn’t want to in the first term was because they were political losers that could cost him re-election. The only thing the pipeline has going for it is that vetoing it could have severe consequences for the Democrat party but we have a simple solution for that called Harry Reid and the country’s lack of interest in what happens in the Senate. If you can force a vote and pass it, it’s a problem but Good Luck with that

Conan on January 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM

There will be no approval of this project from the WH.
The President is an ideologue, and no amount of factual data can change his pre-conceived position.

The Canadian tar-sands oil will be transported by pipeline to the Pacific Coast (Prince Rupert BC, most likely) for ocean shipment to China.
America will stumble through another four-years of its edition of the Lost Decade.
Heaven Help Us.

Another Drew on January 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM