State Dept: Er, we’re gonna’ need to delay that Keystone pipeline another few months

posted at 7:31 pm on February 1, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

A couple weeks back, Nebraska Governor Heineman approved the portion of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would run through his state, obliterating the Obama administration’s last, best excuse for continuing to delay on what has become a politically explosive project. After what have already amounted to years of various reviews with positive results, the State Department insisted that they just needed a little bit longer to finalize yet another one of these reviews, and that if everyone could just wait until the end of March, they should have their final decision by around then.

Yeah. About that. Reuters reports:

The Obama administration’s decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will not be made until at least June, a U.S. official said, which would delay the project for months and frustrate backers of Canada’s oil sands.

“We’re talking the beginning of summer at the earliest,” said the source, who did not want to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the TransCanada Corp project, which has been pending for more than four and a half years. “It’s not weeks until the final decision. It’s months.” …

“The fact the administration is taking its time suggests … that it wants to succeed with an airtight story that pleases the primary concerns of both sides,” said Kevin Book, an analyst at ClearView Energy Partners in Washington. …

The delay is painful in Canada which is suffering persistent, discounted prices for its oil because tight pipeline capacity. The premier of the Western Canadian province of Alberta warned last week that it faced a $6 billion revenue shortfall due to current pipeline constraints.

Blergh. Typical. Faced with the warring factions of vociferous environmentalists versus the pipeline’s various wealth-and-jobs-favoring proponents pulling them in both directions, the Obama administration just can’t seem to make the tough decision (which, by the way, will only decide whether the oil sands in question are purchased by us or China, not whether they will be used at all).

I have serious doubts that they’ll ultimately shut the project down, and I’m guessing they’re just searching for another awesome greenie-project or major regulatory announcement with which they can assuage and distract the environmental lobby when they finally do say yes — but if they’re hoping that the high-profile project will somehow lose steam among the public in the meantime, I think they’re going to be disappointed.

After a six-year campaign by green activists to brand them as a climate change villain, two major decisions will either validate the campaign against the oil sands or rehabilitate their reputation are expected this spring: U.S. president Barack Obama’s ruling on the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, and a European Union vote on whether to label the oil sands as more polluting than other oils in its Fuel Quality Directive. …

The decisions will open or close markets, help fix or entrench the deep discounting of Canada’s oil because of insufficient pipeline capacity and uncertainty about future markets, show how far jurisdictions are prepared to go to shape — and shame? — others’ economic choices and environmental standards in the name of the climate.


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Gosh, it’s Friday afternoon and we’re down in the news-dumps.

Drained Brain on February 1, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Who here thought the State Department would be any different under Ketchup Boy than Hiliary?

Steve Eggleston on February 1, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I know, form some sort of Pipeline Commission to study the matter and make recommendations. Then when they finally produce a report, Bark can ignore it, dissolve the council, and blame everything on someone else. What a pathetic joke he is.

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Obama isn’t just satisfied with harming the American economy, he’s going after Canada’s, too.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Jobs? What’s that? — Barrack Obama

sadsushi on February 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM

You know, I was extremely excited on November 6th 2012 when Barack Obama got re-uh-lected again.

/

Drop Kick Me Jesus Through The Goal Post Of LIfe.

Amen.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Jobs? What’s that? — Barrack Obama

sadsushi on February 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM

A three-letter word to be avoided at all costs. – Joe Biden

Steve Eggleston on February 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Approval delay to wait for the normal gas price spikes in summertime when the cave on the pipeline can be explained away…

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Warren “Union Pacific” Boofay is displeased with his White House puppet.

viking01 on February 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

It’s getting more and more tempting to write the Canadian embassy to learn the requirements for work and residency there.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Obama is hte awesome……..

Death to America!

dmann on February 1, 2013 at 7:44 PM

It’s getting more and more tempting to write the Canadian embassy to learn the requirements for work and residency there.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Eh, it will be so much more fun to be a partisan working behind the lines. Canada will become like Cambodia was during the Vietnam War, a place for us to set up training camps; Bark will have to order in the Buffs to secretly bomb them.

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

A frosty, ice cold mug of melena to the Obama administration and its State Department. This one’s for you!

Mason on February 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Eh, it will be so much more fun to be a partisan working behind the lines. Canada will become like Cambodia was during the Vietnam War, a place for us to set up training camps; Bark will have to order in the Buffs to secretly bomb them.

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

It’s going to be interesting to see how many rich Americans move elsewhere and renounce their citizenship here. I think Tina Turner is the most recent one, who became a Swiss citizen and returned her American passport.

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

State Dept: Er, we’re gonna’ need to delay that Keystone pipeline another few months

…HE Won!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Obama is hte awesome……..

Death to America!

dmann on February 1, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I’m kinda pissed. Cuz we keeped Obama in president but I still don’t have an ObamaPhone(tm)

I want a refund.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Appropriate Thread Presidential designation: “President Present”.

He is after all our FIRST big eared, green, black, mulatto, gay, socialist, marxist, NFL Hating, Pipeline killing, ChiCom loving, Dictator-in-waiting President. But this time…..he votes “present”.

PappyD61 on February 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

“The fact the administration is taking its time suggests … that it wants to succeed with an airtight story that pleases the primary concerns of both sides,” It wants to give it some more time so they can find a reason/study/impact analysis/investor driven reason to KILL IT. said Kevin Book, an analyst at ClearView Energy Partners in Washington. …

FIFY.

PappyD61 on February 1, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Change. Huh, I mean, stalemate.

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

PappyD61 on February 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Well, Pappy.. Just think of it this way. After Barack is done being president, then Mooch (BANGs BANGs) Obama will be uhhh-lected.

::::::::DUCKING::::::::::

/:o)

Key West Reader on February 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Key West Reader on February 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Thats why Hillary said she is down with China rising……..its all about cheap-free-obama-shiite!

dmann on February 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

P.O.S.

hillsoftx on February 1, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Ahhh, Ummmmmmm. I vote present.

Hummer53 on February 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

dmann on February 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I think we all need to laugh at this point. I mean, the circus in DC pretty much consists of a bunch of DemClowns. One thing I learned in 2012 was that the D_Clowns and the R-Clowns are one and the same. And they don’t seem to like us People.

/Yes, of course they do.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

the sad thing is that the Agitprop press will spike anything about this. Or like the story about the obama.care train wreck that’s coming.

it really is stunning. We get used to seeing stuff on the web and HA, but we’re a small fraction of the electorate. The left-wing press will do a number on this country, and the people won’t know what’s hit them.

r keller on February 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Eh, it will be so much more fun to be a partisan working behind the lines. Canada will become like Cambodia was during the Vietnam War, a place for us to set up training camps; Bark will have to order in the Buffs to secretly bomb them.

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Quiet!!

Don’t give the little peckerwood any ideas.

Solaratov on February 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Thats the same tactic all anti American despots use..North Korea leading up to nukes..Iran the same..Hezbollah or Hamas when they start to get their ass beat, etc.

Mimzey on February 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Back in the Sixties, there was an anti-war poster that read What if they gave a war and nobody came?

The Keystone Gang should resurrect that slogan and update it:

What if the Feds gave an order and nobody obeyed?

Seriously, what could they do? Call out the National Guard? Send in the Interior Department SWAT team? Use the 82nd Airborne?

The Jugeared Indonesian would have to take a North shore vacay to figure it out.

platypus on February 1, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Yesterday was warm. Today it is cold. The climate has changed. The evil oil companies are wrecking this pwanet. The oil companies need to stand down. Stop what they are doing. We don’t need any more of that.

anotherJoe on February 1, 2013 at 8:26 PM

What does the State Dept. have to do with it?

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

In my cartoon bubble -

A bunch of angry hippies holding signs and placards and chanting:

“No to Coal! No to Gas! We want you to freeze your ass!”

(c) all rights reserved

Bruno Strozek on February 1, 2013 at 8:42 PM

The Obama administration’s decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will not be made until at least June the twelfth-of-never, a U.S. official said,

FIFY

The idea is to delay, delay, delay, until the Canadians give up and build their own pipeline to the west coast. Then Barry can say, “Sorry, guess they changed their minds about selling to us, oh well!”

GarandFan on February 1, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Go East Young Bitumen!

Ottawa gives Irving Oil tentative approval for west-to-east oil pipeline

OTTAWA — The federal government is firming up its support of two projects that would see oil from Alberta piped to Atlantic Canada.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver says he has given tentative approval of one proposal to industry giant Irving Oil.

“I met with Arthur Irving (Irving Oil’s CEO) and expressed the support of the government of Canada, in principle, for this initiative,” Oliver said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) wants to convert an existing, underused natural gas line to bring oil from western Canada to Quebec and New Brunswick.

http://business.financialpost.com/2013/02/01/ottawa-gives-irving-oil-tentative-approval-for-west-to-east-oil-pipeline/

Keystone isn’t the only game in town.

can_con on February 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

It’s outrageous that a small, elitist, very wealthy eco-Marxist fringe movement can hold the entire economy hostage.

How much money does the EPA give away to environmental groups annually? They shouldn’t get a dime from taxpayers. If they can’t block, harass, intimidate, sue, etc. without taxpayer money then they don’t have broad public support and should go out of business.

How can we fight back?

I strongly suggest going after their public funding. Any other recommendations?

Charlemagne on February 1, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Why are the Canadians still dealing with us?

Ukiah on February 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Keystone isn’t the only game in town.

can_con on February 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

That is good news. I live about 30 miles from the Irving refinery. It is in the top ten in North America. A few years back Irving partnered with BP to double the size of the facility. Then BP backed out and left Irving with a pile of cash and no where to go. Every thing is still in place for this pipeline east to happen. This last delay may well seal it now that a viable option to refine it here and export it has appeared.

BL@KBIRD on February 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

BL@KBIRD on February 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Glad I could pass it on to you.

Yes i hope it goes through as well for the benefit of the East coast. Hopefully not just a bargaining chip used to nudge Obama on Keystone. Between this news and Harper’s many declarations about selling to Asia, it may just be too much hassle for Keystone. Why fight when there are other willing buyers.

can_con on February 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Typical for Obama. Getting something done with Keystone takes months&years, gun control has to be done in a matter of weeks.

TulsAmerican on February 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

State Dept: Er, we’re gonna’ need to delay that Keystone pipeline another few months

= the oil companies and other concerns haven’t ponied up enough of the extortion money.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

State Dept: Er, we’re gonna’ need to delay that Keystone pipeline another few months

= the oil companies and other concerns haven’t ponied up enough of the extortion money.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

The Administration believes that “extortion” is such a vulgar word. They much prefer something like “revenue’. And they will be requiring more “revenue”. If it helps, you peons may think of it as an ‘investment’.

/

ghostwalker1 on February 1, 2013 at 10:59 PM

When Obama said ‘you didn’t build that’ what he really meant is… I can prevent jobs.

DANEgerus on February 2, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Obama will hide behind EU vote against oil from Democracies as ‘dirty’ & oil from Islamofascist terror states as clean

DANEgerus on February 2, 2013 at 3:06 AM

f(/$&. This pos administration.

losarkos on February 2, 2013 at 5:27 AM

“But to better protect our children and our communities from tragic mass shootings like those in Newtown… then we need to act. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love.”
 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence

 
Silly stuff like jobs can wait. Say, how long ago was Newtown?

rogerb on February 2, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Nobody has crossed their palms with any silver. Come on, guys, you know this is how it works in Chicago and politics everywhere. See Menendez as the latest blatant example.

Kissmygrits on February 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Warren Buffett + Burlington Northern Santa Fe + Campaign Donations + Warren’s Bullsheet Supporting More Taxes = No XL Pipeline. It is a simple math formula. Oh, and a political formula for greed and power also.

philoise65 on February 2, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Blergh. Typical. Faced with the warring factions of vociferous environmentalists versus the pipeline’s various wealth-and-jobs-favoring proponents pulling them in both directions, the Obama administration just can’t seem to make the tough decision (which, by the way, will only decide whether the oil sands in question are purchased by us or China, not whether they will be used at all).

Kerry (who served in Vietnam), already stated that he would need ‘to review’ the pipeline proposal. Why is this a surprise?

ChuckTX on February 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Remember when Boehner gave away the farm for a promise to get a decision on the pipeline within 60 days…in December 2011?

munseym on February 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM