Bipartisan senators to Obama: Come on with the Keystone pipeline already

posted at 11:31 am on January 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed off on TransCanada’s revised route through his state earlier this week, effectively clearing what the Obama administration has cited as a major hurdle to green-lighting the entire Keystone XL pipeline. Having already been through years of multiple State Department reviews, and with the southern portion of the project already under construction, it appears that bipartisan members Congress in fact can agree on at least one thing: The administration’s level of well-orchestrated stalling on this thing is starting to get downright ridiculous.

A letter signed by 53 senators said Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of a revised route through his state puts the long-delayed project squarely in the president’s hands.

“We urge you to choose jobs, economic development and American energy security,” the letter said, adding that the pipeline “has gone through the most exhaustive environmental scrutiny of any pipeline” in U.S. history. The $7 billion project would carry oil from Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

“There is no reason to deny or further delay this long-studied project,” said the letter, which was initiated by Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., and signed by 44 Republicans and nine Democrats. Another Democrat, Jon Tester of Montana, supports the pipeline but did not sign the letter.

Judging from the president’s second inaugural address, perhaps he’s forgotten that our economy is still weak and our unemployment rate is still awful, and that Americans are eagerly waiting for the type of productive, private-sector jobs that approving the pipeline would readily provide — but then again, he set himself up for this conundrum by banging the climate-change drum so hard during that same speech. The well-monied environmentalists will be quite happy to hold him to that, but it’s all too clear that this pipeline is what the people want:

PRESIDENT OBAMA rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline this time last year, a result that Canada had every reason to be dismayed by, as did Americans whom the project would have employed. The issue is coming back, and the president has even less reason to nix the project than he did last time.

After years of federal review, there was little question last year that construction of the pipeline, which would transport heavy, oil-like bitumen from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico coast, should proceed. Thousands of miles of pipeline already crisscross this country. An environmental analysis had concluded that the risks of adding this new stretch were low. An economic review had found that Canada would get its bitumen to the world market — if not via pipeline to the gulf, then very likely by ship to China. Supply would make it to demand, one way or another.


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Bipartisan senators to Obama: Come on with the Keystone pipeline already

Obozo to bipartisan Senators: That’s not the proper way to address me.

Flange on January 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Yes, cause Daryl Hannah looks awesome in handcuffs.

hillsoftx on January 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

“I already said ‘no’ and I don’t compromise. Now be quiet and finish are arugula!”

–Obama

Liam on January 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Obama has this one sitting at State Dept.
As leadership in transition, they will NOT do anything.

I do not agree with that, but it is what they’ll say.

Jabberwock on January 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Supply would make it to demand, one way or another.

That is beyond the comprehension of the liberal mind. Won’t sink in.

iurockhead on January 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

He’ll eventually sign off on it. Needs some drama first.

a capella on January 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Obama will finally approve Keystone. And the environmentalists will whine.

tommy71 on January 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Has Canada actually made any committment to China or anyone else regarding this? Just wondering if doors had actually closed yet, or if not, when likely to?

bofh on January 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM

“We urge you to choose jobs, economic development and American energy security,”

Don’t worry. He won’t.

GarandFan on January 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Maybe if they files a bill requiring the labor force to be 50% minority, 25% illegal immigrants and 25% females with combat experience he would?

Don L on January 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM

He needs his evil minions to create another false flag oil disaster so he can justify denying it.

The Rogue Tomato on January 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I read too that Keystone is back at State and the window extends now to March ’13 for decision.

CoffeeLover on January 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I think he’s gonna do it. Nothing is sacred to him but him.

thebrokenrattle on January 24, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The guy has been the most unserious President we’ve ever had – he has no intent of actually accomplishing anything from here on out. It’ll just be 4 more years of golf interrupted by more perpetual campaigning, with his willing accomplices in the Senate & KPM along for the ride.

And we have only ourselves to blame for it.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on January 24, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Yes, cause Daryl Hannah looks awesome in handcuffs.

hillsoftx on January 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

She sure doesn’t look good in anything else.

CurtZHP on January 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM

…perhaps (Obama’s) forgotten that our economy is still weak and our unemployment rate is still awful, and that Americans are eagerly waiting for the type of productive, private-sector jobs that approving the pipeline would readily provide

Seriously Erika, he doesn’t give a rat’s ass.

woodNfish on January 24, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Yes, cause Daryl Hannah looks awesome in handcuffs.

hillsoftx on January 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Daryl Hannah hasn’t looked awesome for at least 20 years.

bw222 on January 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Approve it, and let’s see how the Sierra Club “hearts” civil disobedience when it is laid at the front door of their plush offices.

djtnt on January 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

He’s lied and misled the left for 4 years.What makes them think he wouldn’t about this?

docflash on January 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Won’t happen under Obama. For one thing, Warren Buffet’s choo-choo right now has a monopoly on transporting this oil… And he’s at least half owner of Obama, along with George Soros.

Secondly, the last thing Obama wants is cheaper energy or more jobs. People who have jobs don’t need to depend on Obama nor do they have to vote democrat out of fear of having their check taken away.

wildcat72 on January 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Yes, cause Daryl Hannah looks awesome in handcuffs.

hillsoftx on January 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

In the 80′s she was a dumb blonde who was hot.

Now she’s just a dumb blonde.

wildcat72 on January 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM

53 Senators sounds like a lot (and it is) but let us remember that in a Senate where the Dems ironically hold 53 seats, there were only nine Dems who signed this letter. It isn’t as bipartisan as it looks like on first blush.

Happy Nomad on January 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Why does one person have the right to stop this??

PattyJ on January 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

…And we have only ourselves to blame for it.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse

Can’t blame me…I didn’t vote for him!

:)

Gothguy on January 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM