Poll: Two-thirds of Americans are ready for the Keystone pipeline

posted at 4:41 pm on April 2, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Question: In one of his “charm offensive” meetings with Republicans on the Hill a few weeks ago, the president reportedly dismissed the value of the Keystone XL pipeline as a job creator, claiming that most of the jobs wouldn’t be permanent and that the Canadians would be the only ones to really benefit from the project. But, once again, President Obama is pushing Congress to approve of more spending, theoretically to encourage private investment for construction and infrastructure projects, as an economic stimulant. Are we therefore meant to conclude that only the federal government is capable of fostering auspicious infrastructure projects and selecting the proper sort of “shovel ready” jobs, or could it be that the president is talking out of both sides of his mouth?

The  green lobby and friends have been trying to make an especial, symbolic, and ultimately futile cause out of the pipeline’s construction, but even after all of the inexcusable delays, interminable impact reviews, and the increasing politicization, Americans are hardly dissuaded. Shock poll from the Pew Research Center: The only people still railing against the Keystone XL pipeline are the eco-radicals and the politicians who love them.

Two-thirds of Americans (66%) favor building the pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada’s oil sands region through the Midwest to refineries in Texas. Just 23% oppose construction of the pipeline. …

Substantial majorities of Republicans (82%) and independents (70%) favor building the Keystone XL pipeline, as do 54% of Democrats. …

The survey also finds that 69% say there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades. That is little changed from last October (67%), but up 12 points since October 2009.

At the same time, however, the percentage of Americans who say that global warming is a very serious problem has slipped six points, from 39% to 33%, since last October.

If President Obama really wants to create jobs via infrastructure projects, he’s got one ready and waiting that needs only his mere approval to get started — and Americans are a-okay with it.


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The son of Lenin and Mussolini doesn’t give a damn.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Two thirds, huh? That is going to give Valerie a headache. How can Barry benefit most?

a capella on April 2, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I’d bet the percentage is higher than that. But what difference would it make to our current President?

listens2glenn on April 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

2/3 majority for Keystone pipleine: ‘No clear mandate for this’
56% majority for SSM: ‘This must be enacted now!’

/LSM
/LIV
/libtards

RDH on April 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Obama cut a deal with Repubs to approve Keystone XL if and only if he went 22 for 22 on the White House basketball court.

Christien on April 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

They’ve got most of this done and already underground here in my area.

trigon on April 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

And yet when President Obama arrives in San Francisco for ANOTHER fundraiser tomorrow night, he will be greeted by protesters who oppose the Keystone Pipeline.

The last time we protested the President’s San Francisco fundraiser we shocked the President with a huge crowd of 1,000 people. We know from insiders that we caused a big buzz in the White House, and our pressure worked.

Now, with the President again considering Keystone XL, we need a huge crowd outside his San Francisco fundraiser to deliver the message:

WHEN
April 03, 2013 at 5:30pm – 7pm
WHERE
Fundraiser – Exact Location TBD
2870 Broadway at Baker
San Francisco, CA 94123
United States

http://www.350bayarea.org/protest_obama_sf_4_3

Only in San Francisco, would President Obama be protested because he is not Liberal enough!

wren on April 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

The slugs in action

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Even IF, I said IF, bho did approve the pipeline he would have the epa going out to find anything they could to put a stop to it? That bunch needs to BE gone, defunded, and put a stake through that horrible agency!
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letget on April 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Sign Guidance

On March 3, 2009 President Obama made the commitment that all projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will bear a recovery emblem to make it easier for Americans to see which projects are funded by the ARRA. To meet this commitment, FHWA strongly encourages agencies to use the economic recovery signs on all projects funded by the ARRA. The following factors should be considered with respect to design and placement of these signs:

Just waiting for his sign!!

fourdeucer on April 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

The Keystone Pipeline is a work in progress now and will probably be moving oil from Ok. to Tx. next year. They need to just go ahead and build the northern half and stop 20′ shy of the border and wait for Odumbo to make up his tiny mind… on the last little bit that crosses the border. The states have given approval for the rest of it and I don’t think Obummer can’t stop it… if push comes to shove, except for the actual crossing.

jffree1 on April 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

can’t = can

jffree1 on April 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Did I read this article correctly? The simple act of building a pipeline–not a refinery, rather the process of connecting pipe for oil to flow through–is related to the global warming myth?

Erich66 on April 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

It will be ready only when Barry tells us its ready.

hawkeye54 on April 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Erich66 on April 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Only because it is intended to, eventually, move dirty, filthy “tar-sands” oil from Canada. Google “tar-sands”.

jffree1 on April 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

And it will be built with private money, not tax dollars. I know this really baffles Obama. How could anything worth doing be done without the government paying for it and running it?

bartbeast on April 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

It will be built when mcgilla says it can. She’s still too busy mandating our kids eat apples and salads while she devours every crustacean in a 5 square mile radius.

Bozo just keeps campaigning. He’s not even aware there is a pipeling discussion going on. He is a good bball player however.

acyl72 on April 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

But the climate has not been getting warmer over the past few decades. Was that not the story last week? If so, then it is true, “The generality of men are ignorant”. Those who wish to propagate a lie can do so easily.

jake49 on April 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

jffree1 on April 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

I hear there are Mexican contractors very good at tunneling under international borders. Let them build the final 20-foot section.

Christien on April 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans are ready for the Keystone pipeline

But…. but…. 40% of gun purchases are done without background checks or something. We must focus on banning guns!

UltimateBob on April 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM

The survey also finds that 69% say there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades. That is little changed from last October (67%), but up 12 points since October 2009.

Well, those 69% would be wrong, but then those 69% probably aren’t climatologists or meteorologists. The actual evidence indicates that for the past 15 or so years, the average temperature for any particular five year span has been flat.

gravityman on April 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Two thirds, huh? That is going to give Valerie a headache. How can Barry benefit most?

a capella on April 2, 2013 at 4:49 PM

When logic, math, law, and the will of the people are against you, take the high ground: “Its the right thing to do”

BobMbx on April 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Did we tell these dolts in the survey that Obama is against the pipeline? If we had, you can be sure the number in support would be significantly less.

happytobehere on April 2, 2013 at 5:23 PM

The survey also finds that 69% say there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades. That is little changed from last October (67%), but up 12 points since October 2009.

0.7C +/- 2C for the 20th Century and nothing for the past 12 years.
Yep, we’re really getting warmer.
BTW with those large error bars for the 20th Century means the actual rise in temperature is statistical noise.

chemman on April 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Another Shovel-Ready Job(s),gets the slow death by Team HopeLessNess/ChangelessNess!!

canopfor on April 2, 2013 at 5:33 PM

jffree1 on April 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

But it won’t affect GW if a pipeline is build to British Columbia and those dirty tar sands are shipped to China? AGW nuts want to kill Americans.

chemman on April 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM

BTW with those large error bars for the 20th Century means the actual rise in temperature is statistical noise.

chemman on April 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Or they built a parking lot or a bar-b-que next to the monitoring station.

BobMbx on April 2, 2013 at 5:45 PM

There is one difference between Obama and God..God does not think he is Obama

logicman_1998 on April 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM

BREAKING:

DHS purchases 15k pipeline-buster bombs for drone fleet.

BobMbx on April 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

If 2/3′s are for it, you know Barry will oppose it.

GarandFan on April 2, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Follow the money…….which side will provide Obama and his buddies with more of it?

BINGO, You’ll have a winner.

PappyD61 on April 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

jffree1 on April 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

But it won’t affect GW if a pipeline is build to British Columbia and those dirty tar sands are shipped to China? AGW nuts want to kill Americans.

chemman on April 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM

They think they can stop the BC pipeline, too.

I forgot my / tag. They’re loonatics and deserve to live in a wasteland (the Gobi Desert comes to mind) without all their petroleum based accoutrements. I’ll just stay in Texas and hope I get an oil well.

jffree1 on April 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Two-thirds of Americans (66%) favor building the pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada’s oil sands region through the Midwest to refineries in Texas.

The Midwest? The proposed Keystone XL pipeline route passes through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Aren’t they considered Great Plains states?

But if 66% of the people really want the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, why did at least 17% of them vote for Odumbo?

Steve Z on April 3, 2013 at 10:51 AM