The Keystone XL pipeline gets the Senate’s endorsement

posted at 5:31 pm on March 23, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Just FYI, President Obama is officially the last man standing in the trumped-up battle over the Keystone XL pipeline’s construction; the state of Nebraska, the State Department, the House, and now even the Democrat-controlled Senate have all given the project very much on-the-record green lights. As fond as the president is of intoning on the need for bipartisanship and of imploring Congress to come together and really do some stuff, there’s finally bipartisan agreement on the pipeline from all sides and he just can’t take yes for an answer:

The Senate on Friday voted 62-37 to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in an amendment to Senate budget.

Sen. John Hoeven’s (R-N.D.) amendment was largely symbolic, but served as a clear statement that the Senate backs the pipeline.

“It puts the Senate on record in support of the Keystone pipeline project. And that’s just appropriate,” Hoeven said. “The Department of State has done four environmental impact statements over the last five years — four — and said there are no significant environmental impacts. And it’s time that we in the Senate stepped up with the American people.”

All Republicans voted in favor. The Democrats who supported the measure were Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Chris Coons (Del.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Tim Johnson (S.D.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W. Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Mark Warner (Va.).

Again, I’m inclined to think that the most probable reason for Obama’s ongoing noncommittal attitude is because they’re cooking up some big Climate-Change-Championing scheme with which to assuage the eco-radical crowd and maintain his environmentalist creds to introduce around the same time as the pipeline’s ultimate approval (something in the same vein as his recent “I’m trying to please everyone, so let’s drill more oil and use the revenue to get off of oil”-initiative, but bigger and even more partisan).

Our esteemed Green Knight in Recyclable Armor mused yesterday that the “time has come” for a carbon tax at last — is that what the Obama administration is up to?


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The Senate on Friday voted 62-37 to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in an amendment to Senate budget.

“Just paint the pipes white.” – Steven Chu

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Want a glimpse into the average mentality of the Low-IQ Democrat Voter? The Hill comments are mostly weapons-grade stupid, and there are also plenty like this howler:

The only ones who will make money off of this are the Koch (sucking) Bros. that have an addiction to it and smoke $100 bills like crack.

Del Dolemonte on March 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

The Senate on Friday voted 62-37 to approve the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in an amendment to Senate budget.

Yet there still aren’t enough votes to ratify the treaty needed for its construction.

RickB on March 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

…JugEars will figure a way to throw more wrenches into having it built…or maybe his people have found a way for them to profit personally from it by now…

KOOLAID2 on March 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Just tell Obama it’s Deficit Spending of Carbon Credits. Therefore it should stimulate the green economy or something.

trubble on March 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

…JugEars will figure a way to throw more wrenches into having it built…or maybe his people have found a way for them to profit personally from it by now…

KOOLAID2 on March 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Genius!!

Just build a pipeline to Britain, France, Spain..
We can launch the First Lady (and Biden when needed) via the pipeline and save thousands in Air Farse One costs..

Maybe a pipeline to Tiger Woods…

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Again, I’m inclined to think that the most probable reason for Obama’s ongoing noncommittal attitude is because they’re cooking up some big Climate-Change-Championing scheme

Me too. He’ll hold the pipeline hostage for a carbon tax, or some such bullsh*t.

I say screw it. No deal, scooter. Putting the pipeline on hold is preferable to a carbon tax.

petefrt on March 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

For all of their claims to love the little guy and hate lobbyists, the left sure loves long battles and decisions made after a complicated analysis and the everlasting wet finger in the wind to check public opinion.

Imagine trying to work new technology or a project with impact on federal regulations if you are just an ordinary Joe.

IlikedAUH2O on March 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

The Sierra Club must have made the checks out too early this year.

IlikedAUH2O on March 23, 2013 at 5:57 PM

He’ll sign off on it. He won’t want anyone else to be able to claim credit for the resulting benefits and it’ll help his approval ratings. As mentioned above, I’m worried about the bone he’ll throw to the greenies to soften the blow.

a capella on March 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Maybe a pipeline to Tiger Woods…

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Oh..
And Aspen..
And Las Vegas..

And Martha’s vineyard..

Dang…

OK..
Just build the Keystone pipeline so we can fuel AirForce Won..

Cleaner..

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

If Barry is waiting for a carbon tax, he’ll wait until hell freezes over.

GarandFan on March 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I think Obama is hoping that if he delays long enough, the Canadians will get tired of waiting and cancel it.

Then it doesn’t get built, and his green base is happy, but he can avoid the blame for actively killing it.

Steven Den Beste on March 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

When I lived in Paterson, NJ, years ago, we were all waiting on the city to approve cable TV. The only reason we were forced to wait was because the kickbacks had to be decided.

Same here. Except this time the added question is, “How much spite can I wring out of this.”

That’s our Obama! Mmmm…mmmm…mmmm

Liam on March 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Now that zero is a limp wristed dead warrior with no forseeable elections in sight he can afford to endlessly kneepad his masters the Saudis and the enviro whackos. Unless we can figure out how signing on to Keystone will buy him more votes/payoffs it probably won’t happen.

rodguy911 on March 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

F o l l o w t h e m o n e y!

Plain and simple.

PappyD61 on March 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

O/T What I’m enjoying around here of late is that the writers are posting threads the trolls and other liberals don’t want to engage.

Liam on March 23, 2013 at 6:48 PM

The Bitumen oil is hundreds of millions of old and it can wait the 4 years in the ground until it is needed. It will be 4 years before the go ahead is given and then the pipeline will have 40 years of use without incident.

tjexcite on March 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Probably will never happen. And who’s supposed to fund it? Are the oil companies really in need of it? The Greens will probably lawsuit it to death anyway.

rickv404 on March 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Keystone will finally be approved. I predicted it at the very beginning, and my predictions are very seldom wrong. This is just another brick in the wall.

tommy71 on March 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

as usual the Left is light years ahead, driving the chaanges needed to make them more powerful and richer

“By priming or framing personal behavior as part of a larger social goal, the public and private sectors can induce people to behave in more environment-friendly ways, particularly when they act as groups, as group decisions have been found to be made with less selfishness than individual decisions (Milch and others 2007). By framing environmental protection as a “social project,” policy makers can make individuals think in terms of social and collective goals. … However, their willingness to do so depends partly on what the surcharge is called: simply relabeling a carbon “tax” as a carbon “offset” increases its acceptability (Hardisty and others 2010).

In addition, people are more likely to accept increases in energy prices if they perceive them as needed to reach an ambitious and positive social goal than if they perceive them as top-down government decisions to reduce oil imports or protect the climate…. This framing makes it more likely that the public will accept the resulting increases in the price of electricity. It also reduces the risk that the decision will be reversed by the next government.”

our betters are swimming in $$$$$$$$$ and have grand visions of the future…and they have great and deeply thought out papers and conventions on this stuff

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTSDNET/0,,contentMDK:23192335~menuPK:64885113~pagePK:7278667~piPK:64911824~theSitePK:5929282,00.html

meanwhile a handful of people like Chris Horner try to dig up what they are doing

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/22/foia-and-the-coming-us-carbon-tax-via-the-us-treasury/#more-82615

the Left wants $$$$$$$$ and control, warming or not, they will push their agenda hard

so yeah, barry says lets have a common sense, balanced approach. I’ll give you Keystone, you give me $$$$$$$$$$ in carbon taxes for the children

r keller on March 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

r keller on March 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Hey, that quote nails it. Got a link? If it’s from a book, I may want to read it.

petefrt on March 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

World Bank

r keller on March 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

If you people had more efficient cars, rather than your gas-sucking SUV’s, with your ever-so macho gun racks, say something like a Volt; or if like me, you took the BUS…You wouldn’t need to worry about the price of oil.

But of course, that wouldn’t occur to you Right-Wing Death Beasts, would it?

JFKY on March 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

But of course, that wouldn’t occur to you Right-Wing Death Beasts, would it?

JFKY on March 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

sigh. Where to start.

there are so many that are throwbacks to an earlier time. I remember the same venom in the 70s. People were EVIL for driving toooooo much, and wasting precious bodily fl….oh, wait, I mean precious resources from Mother Earth…and the US was the most EVIL devouring 25 percent of the precious resources.

Puritans must have someone to scold, some behavior to scold….and they must always have a cause, or a G_d, with which to justify their scolding

r keller on March 23, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I found it~

The problem is that the liberals have some way of removing decency and compassion from themselves and injecting it into Republican candidates!

Then the Republicans are on a Candide – like overload of Boy and Girl Scout values whilst the Dems can just punish the population like they are Czars.

The Romney campaign* and what I just saw of Senator McCain on Game Change vividly illustrate the enervating and almost somnolent effects of the transfer.

Speaking of sleep, I couldn’t have a good night if the American people were being shafted like this. I would love for someone to explain to me how they would.

God help us.

IlikedAUH2O on March 23, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Well r keller:
You didn’t refute a bit of what I said, did you uncaring RWDB.

Again, be like me, take the bus; I don’t worry about the price of oil. Or buy a Volt, and don’t worry about the price of oil….
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or just realize your leg is being pulled….”Right Wing Death Beast” really ought to have been a clue. That phrase is soooooo George Bush; it’s totally passe.

JFKY on March 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

If you people had more efficient cars, rather than your gas-sucking SUV’s, with your ever-so macho gun racks, say something like a Volt; or if like me, you took the BUS…You wouldn’t need to worry about the price of oil.

But of course, that wouldn’t occur to you Right-Wing Death Beasts, would it?

JFKY on March 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Well, write to the Democratic leadership with your very reasonable suggestion.

I am sure that there are Democrat leaders who would love to push the whole population into buses and trains despite the attendant suffering and economic dislocations such a great idea may have.

I have a New England friend who loves buses and he rides a bike to his job as a teacher.

It warms my heart that some people have the luxury of riding a Chinese made street bike to work for a government paycheck. And I also know that his hours of work are much less and certainly less intense that many people face. They can’t waste time on a bike!

Shocking ain’t it?

Meantime, people like me are having heart attacks and sometimes working 80 hours a week trying to pay the stupid taxes for his ivory tower and getting a joy from something as minor as larger rental car at the airport or a lack of traffic.

Remember the poor slobs, the out of shape plebs who pay the bills and have to focus on petty stuff like making TSA happy. Remember them when you see the rental car commercials talking about the “business pro”. That is their solace.

And your adoption of a public transport monopoly will not work even if anyone with a real life and normal brain could stand moving like cattle.

Do some operations research on population dynamics, traffic and economic activity, genius.

IlikedAUH2O on March 23, 2013 at 8:23 PM

JFKY on March 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Got me.

IlikedAUH2O on March 23, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Want a glimpse into the average mentality of the Low-IQ Democrat Voter? The Hill comments are mostly weapons-grade stupid, and there are also plenty like this howler:

The only ones who will make money off of this are the Koch (sucking) Bros. that have an addiction to it and smoke $100 bills like crack.

Del Dolemonte on March 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I’ve ran into several poster on The Hill that have no profile to click on to see their record of posts (nada), but they are posting. How, I don’t know except that I’m convinced these are employees of The Hill posting silly comments such as the above just to gin up posts. All of these invisible posters post garbage such as the above, and worse.

I questioned one poster about this and asked if he was an employee of The Hill and using their computers to post his political opinions anonymously., and about 15 minutes later…….all of a sudden he had a profile (with one post to his name).

I’m grown weary of cheap tricks such as this, but on a national site like “The Hill”???

avagreen on March 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Again, be like me, take the bus; I don’t worry about the price of oil. Or buy a Volt, and don’t worry about the price of oil….

or just realize your leg is being pulled….”Right Wing Death Beast” really ought to have been a clue. That phrase is soooooo George Bush; it’s totally passe.

JFKY on March 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Good aping of typical eco-facist talking points. You’ve got the tone down perfectly.

My usual response to these, BTW, is,


A bus uses a lot more gasoline per mile than a car does, and the vaunted Chevy Volt, being electric, is fundamentally a coal-powered vehicle and will be so until such time as we have n effective, reliable non- coal-fired electrical generating grid. Say, one powered by nuclear and hydroelectric.

Most eco-fans, in my experience, are incapable of processing the concept. But then, most progressives have about the concept of “cause and effect” I generally associate with pagan shamanistic religions.

The Black Wolf is eating the Moon Goddess! We must sacrifice a virgin and a score of children to drive him off! (Every new moon, regular as clockwork)

Had to put up with this sort of sh!t in my own family. Only the UFO contactee garbage was worse.

cheers

eon

eon on March 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Oh, C R A P ! . . . . . . . . . . .

If the Senate endorsed it, then I’ve got to rethink my position, on it.

Decisions … decisions …..

listens2glenn on March 23, 2013 at 9:09 PM

or just realize your leg is being pulled….”Right Wing Death Beast” really ought to have been a clue. That phrase is soooooo George Bush; it’s totally passe.

JFKY on March 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

well, that is funny….satire is a little tricky, and you did well. Like another commenter said the tone was just right

r keller on March 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

If you people had more efficient cars, rather than your gas-sucking SUV’s, with your ever-so macho gun racks, say something like a Volt; or if like me, you took the BUS…You wouldn’t need to worry about the price of oil.

But of course, that wouldn’t occur to you Right-Wing Death Beasts, would it?

JFKY on March 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Excuse me, but who put YOU in charge of MY transportation????

I count UTILITY, SAFETY, and TOTAL COST/MILE and life cycle impact as part of “EFFICIENCY”: VOLT is an EPIC FAIL on all counts.

I’m not willing to burn my house down and sacrifice my family just to pander to your self-destructive, enviro-wacko illogical thinking!!! And in any event it’s NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS what I choose to drive, shoot, buy, eat, etc!!!

landlines on March 23, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Genius!!

Just build a pipeline to Britain, France, Spain..
We can launch the First Lady (and Biden when needed) via the pipeline and save thousands in Air Farse One costs..

Maybe a pipeline to Tiger Woods…

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Good plan, I’ve heard of “pigging” a pipeline.

mike in NV on March 24, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Wow, Mark Begich? B.O. ain’t gonna like that!

tbear44 on March 24, 2013 at 3:37 AM

Our Senate, experts in construction and economy along with the House have over 23,000 staff to advise them; check it out, it’s well hidden but google it as (number of staff for congress) for the shock.

mixplix on March 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Canada needs an outlet for the rise in produced crude oil (10 API gravity) set to occur over the next several years. There are three main routes.

1. Enbridge to IL, thence down Capline to the Gulf Coast (1.2 million BPD). permits already issued to enlarge an existing pipeline.

2. Keystone XL, yet to be permitted and built.

3. Several proposed pipelines to Canada’s west coast where 75% will be laden aboard tanker headed to CA refineries.

The two main leaseholders (1 million acres) in California’s Monterey Shale were Obama and Brown campaign contributors. Oil from Canada would compete with their production.

Kermit on March 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Obama will never greenlight Keystone. Not only because he doesn’t want to offend his base on the eco-fascist left (hey, I spelled it correctly this time!), but also because it conflicts with his own unicorns-pooping-Skittles-powered worldview.

Like James Hansen, he is committed to “decivilizing” the West, in the belief that a kinder, gentler world will result. Any sort of effective energy development is anathema to both of them.

They want everyone living in caves and being forced to work in the rice paddies. While they live in castles with their iPods and Crackberries, and lord it over the peasants, while spending eternity preening themselves in mirrors;

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the most powerful one of all?

And spending the rest of their time arguing about which one of them is the One, Single, Most Perfect Socialist Who Ever Lived, Or Ever Will.

Stop expecting this man to do anything sensible, or beneficial, even by accident. You cannot reason with the irrational.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM