Canadian minister: Obama rejecting Keystone would be a “serious reversal in our long-standing energy relationship”

posted at 8:41 pm on April 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Environmentalists went into fits of delight when the EPA left some critical comments on the State Department’s draft environmental impact review of the Keystone XL pipeline on Monday (apparently, “the State Department is incapable of doing a proper analysis of the climate, wildlife, clean water, safety and other impacts of this disastrous and unneeded project” because, woe betide them, they didn’t come up with the answers the eco-radicals wanted to hear); but as you might imagine, members of the House GOP were less amused.

House Republicans are livid that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is objecting to the State Department’s plans to proceed with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and accuse the regulatory agency of trying to shut down the project by saddling it with endless delays and analysis. …

“EPA’s comments yesterday on the State Department’s draft EIS are the perfect example of government run amok,” said a statement from Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), who in March introduced a bill that would force the State Department, which is reviewing the pipeline proposal, to approve the project.

And if American lawmakers in favor of the pipeline’s construction are peeved by the administration’s neverending environmental reviews and limitless stalling maneuvers, I’d think that was nothing to how the Canadians must be feeling. Part of the environmentalists’ crusade rests on the notion the blocking the pipeline will slow down climate change, but as one Canadian government minister put it during a visit to D.C. on Wednesday, the only thing the United States would accomplish with shutting the project would be undermining our own economy. Those oil sands are getting developed, whether the green lobby likes it or not:

Canada’s minister for natural resources, Joe Oliver, said Wednesday that U.S. rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline “would represent a serious reversal in our long-standing energy relationship.” …

“Make no mistake: Canadian resource development and export, including from the oil sands, will continue, Keystone or no Keystone,” he said, taking direct aim at environmentalists who hope that blocking the high-profile pipeline will be a death knell for future development of Canada’s heavy crude.

“Anyone who equates the rejection of Keystone XL with some kind of body blow to the oil sands is just plain wrong,” Mr. Oliver said, talking up the prospects of pipelines within Canada that could carry oil-sands crude to the East or West coasts where it could be exported.

The Keystone XL pipeline really is pretty unremarkable, as far as our already existing pipeline network goes, and these endless delays signal just how thoroughly the eco-radicals and green lobby have succeeded in trumping it up into some kind of environmental bogeyman.


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Obama is the biggest azzhole the US ever had as president.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

JugEars: …tough shit!…eat shit!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

…we have other things to do… like pay for welfare…disabilities…etc. so we can blow ourselfs up!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Canada’s minister for natural resources, Joe Oliver, said Wednesday that U.S. rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline “would represent a serious reversal in our long-standing energy relationship.” …

and the downside for Idi Hussein is ?????

burrata on April 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Well, my Canadian friends, across the lake…it is your oil…do with it what you will.

Our current government is hell-bent on shutting down oil, coal and any other fossil fuel here in the States.

Can’t upset the Saudis, you know.

But do for Canada what is best for Canada.

Most of us rational Americans will understand.

Besides, there are a few countries who will pay you in cash…not promises.

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM

In the not so distant future..

Ever seen that satellite photo of North/South Korea at night?

Just rotate that photo 180 degrees..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Whatever. We will soon have wind-powered submarines ships that go under water.

Bishop on April 24, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Ahuh. Sure. Right. I’m sure you’d be sooo mad at your fellow socialist…

In the not so distant future..

Ever seen that satellite photo of North/South Korea at night?

Just rotate that photo 180 degrees..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Only if we’re very, very, fortunate.

MelonCollie on April 24, 2013 at 8:56 PM

He’ll do anything to hurt the economy. Obamaphones and food stamps. The new norm…and all to plan.

CW on April 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Whether you agree or disagree with the policy, you must understand his intention is noble.

nonpartisan on April 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

nobar on April 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Only if we’re very, very, fortunate.

MelonCollie on April 24, 2013 at 8:56 PM

I didn’t mean that.

I was implying a satellite photo of a future North America compared to the photo of the Korea’s today but rotated.

Canada has an abundance of light..
U.S. not so much..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Canadians (Canadiens for Quebecers) have gotten more feisty since their NHL teams are playing better.

bw222 on April 24, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Oh. Thank you for clarifying.

MelonCollie on April 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM

House Republicans are livid that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is objecting to the State Department’s plans to proceed with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and accuse the regulatory agency of trying to shut down the project by saddling it with endless delays and analysis. …

Who let Richard Windsor off the hook, huh? You morons hold the purse strings, don’t just do something, stand there. At least the Canucks understand how energy affects the economy.

antipc on April 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM

If it causes embarrassment or detriment to our great nation, Barry definitely will do it. It’s his mission to destroy our economy and turn our allies into foes. What part of this does Canada not understand?

Philly on April 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Oh. Thank you for clarifying.

MelonCollie on April 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM

No prob

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Then it’s a sure thing.

vityas on April 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Whatever. We will soon have wind-powered submarines ships that go under water.

Bishop on April 24, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Every ship can go under water. The really cool ones can come back up.

BobMbx on April 24, 2013 at 9:13 PM

House Republicans are livid that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is objecting to the State Department’s plans to proceed with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and accuse the regulatory agency of trying to shut down the project by saddling it with endless delays and analysis. …

Boehner and Cantor…MIA on this?

BobMbx on April 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Annoying our allies is Dear Liar’s intent.

rbj on April 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Someone needs to tell our Canadian friends in very easy and clear language that Hussein will never ever do anything to financially hurt any of the 57 states of the OIC .

burrata on April 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM


We are still in the various stages of beat-down.

By the end of President Downgrades reign of terror they will be telling us to be cheering for Dear Leader because when we flip the light switch, the one, cold, flickering bulb in the house lights up.

NoKo has got nothing on BO

.
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cntrlfrk on April 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Canada’s minister for natural resources, Joe Oliver, said Wednesday that U.S. rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline “would represent a serious reversal in our long-standing energy relationship.”

Which is precisely why Teh SCOAMT is going to ultimately reject Keystone XL.

Steve Eggleston on April 24, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Ok, seriously, how do we stop these damn eco-Marxists who have been successfully crippling our energy economy for years and have only accelerated their destruction under Obama?

It would be a start if the GOP would cut the EPA budget in half. I’ve read multiple sources that say that 50% of EPA’s budget goes to environmental groups as grants.

It would also be nice if environmental groups coud be stripped of standing so they’re unable to sue on behalf of the public.

GOP, pease stop complaining about the EPA and do something.

Charlemagne on April 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I keep coming back to the same old question (as do others)… Why hasn’t the House cut off funding to the EPA…?

fabrexe on April 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

When will Congress finally have enough of the EPA and DEFUND them?

Let’s see the eco-freaks work for “free”.

GarandFan on April 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

just licking my chops waiting for EPA/State to become the domestic Sunni/Shi’a…

affenhauer on April 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I see the slob Warren Buffett cackling demonically, flat on his hairy back in a garden of $100 bills.

slickwillie2001 on April 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Obama is the biggest azzhole the US ever had as president.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Thread winner!!..:)

Dire Straits on April 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

I don’t understand why this pipeline is such a big deal, it’s not like we don’t have a ton of them.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Canadian minister: Obama rejecting Keystone would be a “serious reversal in our long-standing energy relationship”

Maybe I’m wrong, but I seem to remember at least one report here some months ago that said the Keystone was a “go”? But it’s not…?

Nineteen Eighty-Four
to be sure.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 25, 2013 at 12:17 AM

I don’t understand why this pipeline is such a big deal, it’s not like we don’t have a ton of them.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

It’s designed to pump the oil down to the refineries here in the US which are equipped to handle it.

Right now, that crude is being hauled by train to the refinery. A train owned by Warren Buffet.

Canada intends to sell this crude. It can either come here and create jobs in the USA, or it can be put onto supertankers and taken to China where it will make jobs for them.

The supertanker route is far more apt to cause problems in the long run. The environmentalists have problems with spills in the 50,000 barrel range, but a supertanker hauls 3,000,000 barrels, and those would be sailing off our coast on the way to China.

unclesmrgol on April 25, 2013 at 1:47 AM

unclesmrgol on April 25, 2013 at 1:47 AM

If they start digging a pipeline straight to China, straight down…will be a pretty deep hole, of course…but it should pop out in China, if my recollection of those old Saturday morning Looney Tunes cartoons is correct. And oil spills? No problem, they’ll just run down to China, right?

Problem solved.

coldwarrior on April 25, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Reversal? By telling Obama that, it might just make his day. This president is tearing everything else to pieces so why not our long standing relationship with Canada also.

Pardonme on April 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Canadian minister: Obama rejecting Keystone would be a “serious reversal in our long-standing energy relationship”

Just Canadian PR prepping the way to build a pipeline to BC and sea-ship all that crude to China.

Marcola on April 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM