House to consider (and very probably pass) pro-Keystone pipeline bill this month

posted at 7:31 pm on May 3, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Presumably hoping to light a fire underneath the Obama administration’s fully political dilly-dallying on the issue, the Senate went on record in support of the Keystone XL pipeline with a (frankly symbolic) 62-37 vote on an amendment in March — and now the House is getting ready to move on the (not just symbolic) Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3), which would move to pull and end-run around President Obama’s authority and pretty much approve the pipeline for him. Via The Hill:

The House will consider — and likely pass — a bill this month to expedite construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a Friday memo.

“In line with our underlying principles for legislation and our goal of helping make life work for American families and businesses, I expect the House to have a full legislative agenda in May. We will push the administration to finally approve the Keystone pipeline delivering much needed jobs and lower energy prices for families,” the memo said.

The legislation would circumvent President Obama’s authority to issue a cross-border permit needed to complete Keystone’s northern leg.

It’s expected to pass with full Republican support and the backing of some centrist Democrats who say Keystone will create jobs and bring oil from an ally.

Although the Keystone pipeline has plenty of majority and bipartisan support, I don’t know how many Democrats will actually be willing to vote to pull the rug out from underneath Obama, as trying to trump the president would be too much of an embarrassment for their party; the bill will very likely pass the House, but I doubt the measure would get nearly as much support in the Senate as did their earlier purely symbolic vote in favor of the pipeline.

The point, however, is that the longer the White House waits to finally make a decision, the worse it’s going to be for them, because nobody on either side is going to let the debacle fade away; honestly, I don’t know what it is the White House is waiting for… unless, of course, it’s to squeeze every last dime they can from zealously ‘green’-inclined Democratic donors who have managed to turn the relatively innocuous issue into the crusade du jour:

“Keystone is so tempting because if you stop it, it’s so visible. It’s such a scalp to have that I can see why some in the movement have said, ‘This is where I draw the line,’” the official said. “But it’s a very high-risk strategy. If they manage to stop the pipeline, then what’s next?”

Paul Bledsoe, a former Clinton White House climate aide, called the anti-pipeline crusade misguided.

“The Keystone pipeline is a target of organizing convenience rather than a viable long-term strategy to curb oil sands emissions and thus, risks making mainstream environmental groups seem naive and misguided if it’s approved, as seems likely,” said Bledsoe, who’s now a senior energy fellow with the German Marshall Fund.


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Obama, the penultimate energy no nothing.

VorDaj on May 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

What they’re waiting for is the Canadians losing patience and cancelling the project. Then the Obama administration can boast that they prevented it (to their green supporters) while denying any responsibility for doing so (to everyone else).

Steven Den Beste on May 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Embarrassment for their party??? So, our representatives represent the party and not us. Ok.

brothertrav on May 3, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Adding fuel to the fire.

Burning carbon-based, fossil fuel … that’s a good thing, right?

:)

Paul-Cincy on May 3, 2013 at 7:41 PM

OT/ Fox is reporting the Israeli Air Force has struck inside Syria.

trigon on May 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

…JugEars will throw in more roadblocks…

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Name a SINGLE policy decision/program change Inept-In-Chief has done where at least 55% of all Americans would agree was beneficial for the populace…ONE!

hillsoftx on May 3, 2013 at 7:58 PM

OT/ Fox is reporting the Israeli Air Force has struck inside Syria.

trigon on May 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Not on the website yet.

VegasRick on May 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM

OT/ Fox is reporting the Israeli Air Force has struck inside Syria.

trigon on May 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Not on the website yet.

VegasRick on May 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM

CNN and Drudge have it. Though it was discussed here yesterdayish.

cozmo on May 3, 2013 at 8:06 PM

No wonder Obongo is begging Buzzy to let him replace her with Supreme Court Just-Us nominee / campaign bundler Warren “puppetmaster” Boofay?

/s

viking01 on May 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

I want SOMETHING to be passed against an Obama veto. Anything. ANYTHING. It would make him bounce against the walls!

kurtzz3 on May 3, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Obama, the penultimate energy no nothing.

VorDaj on May 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Penultimate means “next-to-last”, so I’m kind of curious to know what you meant by this. It seems to be a trifle optimistic. Perhaps he’s merely the antepenultimate energy know nothing.

HTL on May 3, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Yes, the Senate 62-37 vote was purely symbolic.

Because The One will veto any act that would start the XL pipeline across the border. Since it takes a 2/3rds majority of both houses of Congress to override a Presidential veto, he knows he can do it and get away with it, thereby flipping off all us peasants.

On the plus side, our heirs who live in mud huts and burn dung to keep warm will at least know exactly what percentage of their leaders don’t give a rat’s a$$ about them, as said leaders keep exhorting said peasants to keep spreading the night soil by hand in those rice paddies.

As they watch from their palanquins carried by husky, strapping young men. (Don’t ask where they’ll get them from, you wouldn’t like the answer.)

clear ether

eon

eon on May 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Obama, the penultimate energy no nothing.

VorDaj on May 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Penultimate means “next-to-last”, so I’m kind of curious to know what you meant by this. It seems to be a trifle optimistic. Perhaps he’s merely the antepenultimate energy know nothing.

HTL on May 3, 2013 at 8:22 PM

The title of ultimate know-nothing remains a heated battle between Slow Joe Biden and Al Gore.

viking01 on May 3, 2013 at 9:03 PM

What they’re waiting for is the Canadians losing patience and cancelling the project. Then the Obama administration can boast that they prevented it (to their green supporters) while denying any responsibility for doing so (to everyone else).

Steven Den Beste on May 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

The sun will rise in the West before Canada stops exploiting the natural resources that they are blessed with because of some foolish ‘greens’ in the USA.

slickwillie2001 on May 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

The vote probably won’t happen. The Republicans are too damned stupid to put the Democrats on center stage and say GO AHEAD, VOTE AGAINST JOBS! VOTE AGAINST ENERGY INDEPENDENCE!

GarandFan on May 3, 2013 at 9:59 PM

It’s time for Congress and this arrogant administration to listen to the constituents, not push polls or special-interest groups.

Scott Rasmussen has a good commentary about why Americans are skeptical about the political class and how most in the nation prefer real choice making, not top-down government.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_scott_rasmussen/voters_don_t_like_political_class_bossing_them_around

Hat tip to a “Best of the Web” commenter.

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It’s time to put an end to the tyranny of the “Greens” whose “science” is a muddle of emotionalism and selectively self-serving data that has been refuted.

The alternative-energy scams have enriched Obysmal’s cronies and bankrupted the nation. Enough already!

What is the point of antagonizing our good neighbor to the north?

onlineanalyst on May 3, 2013 at 10:19 PM

onlineanalyst on May 3, 2013 at 10:32 PM

…JugEars will throw in more roadblocks…

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Yeah he will. I will believe this when I see it. Why are we still dependant on foreign oil? It ain’t just this worthless administration either. We should have been energy independant long ago.

tbear44 on May 4, 2013 at 4:07 AM

I think Obama’s keeping it in his pocket as a bargaining chip for when the budget is finally negotiated.

Social Security/Medicare/Obamacare cuts = no pipeline.

PattyJ on May 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

About time that “circumvention of authority” thing worked in the opposite direction, for a change.

PJ Emeritus on May 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM