Sen. Heitkamp: The Keystone pipeline is like the “Kim Kardashian of energy”

posted at 12:41 pm on June 12, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Accurate.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) on Wednesday compared the hyperactive lobbying and political battle over the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to tabloid press coverage of socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

“It’s the Kim Kardashian of energy,” Heitkamp said at a Washington, D.C., tax policy conference held by law firm BakerHostetler. “I don’t know why we care.”

Heitkamp is a fan of the pipeline — though clearly not of Kardashian.

Keystone would bring oil sands from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast. It also would jar loose a bottleneck of shale oil shipments from the Bakken formation in her state.

But, really. The eco-radicals have managed to turn an otherwise unremarkable pipeline proposal into the cause célèbre of denizens of self-fancied environmentalist crusaders when, in the grand scheme of U.S. energy policy, there are so many bigger, less commonplace fish that they could be attempting to fry. The Keystone pipeline proposal is coming from a company from a friendly U.S. ally; said company all too happy to comply with the strictest safety standards; it would transport materials that almost everyone in the U.S. uses everyday; and we as a country are well past due for some serious upgrades to our energy infrastructure. It really shouldn’t be a problem, except that killing it would provide a very visible and symbolic victory for the hardcore eco-crowd — which is a shame, because pipelines are actually one of the more efficient, safe, and environmentally sound methods of transport for the constantly growing oil-and-gas industry. From Diana Furchtgott-Roth at NRO:

Pipelines have been used to transport natural gas and oil, including from Canada to the United States, for three-quarters of a century. Almost 500,000 miles of interstate pipelines crisscross America, carrying crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas, and over 2 million miles of natural-gas distribution pipeline send natural gas to businesses and consumers. …

U.S. oil and natural-gas production is outpacing the transportation capacity of our inadequate national pipeline infrastructure. The Keystone XL pipeline is only one of many pipelines that will need to be constructed in the years ahead. …

If personal injuries and environmental damage caused by accidents in the transportation of oil and natural gas were proportionate to the volume of shipments, one would expect the vast majority of incidents to occur on pipelines. But the opposite is true — the majority of incidents occur on road and rail, as shown by Transportation Department data, even though more road and rail incidents go unreported.

And why is it, exactly, that the Obama administration is aggressively pushing the bounds of credulity by once again preposterously claiming they need still more time to really, truly make an informed decision about a pipeline that is wildly unpopular among wealthy progressives but relatively innocuous and run-of-the-mill in and of itself? I suspect that the president’s busy schedule might have a little something to do with it:

10:00 am The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews…
11:25 am The President arrives Boston, Massachusetts
1:45 pm The President delivers remarks at an event for Ed Markey for Senate and the Massachusetts Democratic Party
5:40 pm The President arrives Miami, Florida, Miami-Dade International Airport…
7:05 pm The President delivers remarks at a DNC event, Florida, Miami Beach, Private Residence…
8:55 pm The President delivers remarks at a DNC event, Florida, Miami Beach, Private Residence


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We would all be living in peat huts if the leftist trash had their way.

Ok maybe not ALL of us, the libs themselves would be exempt.

Bishop on June 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Well, when it comes to Kardashian and laying pipe …

M240H on June 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Sorry to go off thread immediately but FEMA has decided not to give disaster designation to West Texas where the fertilizer plant blew up.

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

We would all be living in peat huts if the leftist trash had their way.

Ok maybe not ALL of us, the libs themselves would be exempt.

Bishop on June 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

No. Peat huts mean you disturbed a bog or wetland. Adobe – that’s just dirt.

oldroy on June 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

It is interesting that the opposition to the pipeline is coming from ignorant idiots that do not live in the states it will cross. This is another religion to them. Shouldn’t someone go to federal court to declare that the only people with standing in this fight are those in the states affected. I think we should start lobbying for a law to ban mostly nakid people from kalifornika (only) beaches. That doesn’t affect us in Oklahoma, but we have just as much standing to force that on those creeps as they do prohibiting our pipeline.

Here is a solution. Let the Canadians build the pipeline right to the border to a new rail tanker loading yard. A mile across the border, start the keystone pipeline at another rail loading yard. This takes the foggy bottom dishonest pukes out of the picture and increases the wealth of obama pal warren buffet. A quick shuttle back and forth would get the oil across the border.

Old Country Boy on June 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

The Keystone pipeline is like the “Kim Kardashian of energy”

Is that good or bad?

KS Rex on June 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I suspect that the president’s busy schedule might have a little something to do with it:

What a life. He never does anything before 10 am and days like today, he doesn’t work either. And he gets paid for it.

Bitter Clinger on June 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

The Keystone pipeline is like the “Kim Kardashian of energy”

Will the Keystone pipeline have a big rear end on it?

Bitter Clinger on June 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

The problem is there is a multi-tiered opposition we are contending with.

At the top level the environmentalists want the oil to stay in the ground and oppose this project on those grounds.

Underneath that, on a more rational level (I said more rational, not rational) they are opposing this on many grounds:

-Landowners are force to give easements
-It can contaminate the aquifer
-It will increase CO2 emissions

Too many people have taken the underlying issues as serious concerns. It doesn’t matter what you do on all those concerns, they are still going to oppose it because they oppose the oil in the first place. There is no room for a rational discussion and expending more time and energy on their “reasons” for opposition is a waste. At the end of the day, they are going to oppose this project NO MATTER WHAT.

The environmentalists need to be forced to present options, instead they just raise as many BS issues as possible and then force others to sort it out. They know that their solution of leaving the oil in the ground will not have the popular support of Americans, because it is not based in reality. Instead we get squirrel after squirrel with these folks.

weaselyone on June 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

We would all be living in peat huts if the leftist trash had their way.

Ok maybe not ALL of us, the libs themselves would be exempt.

Bishop on June 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

No. Peat huts mean you disturbed a bog or wetland. Adobe – that’s just dirt.

No adobe – digging for it disturbs the fragile ground surface as well as disturbing the fragile creatures that make that dirt their home.

Tents made from naturally grown fibers, or caves as long as we are sure there have no wild creatures inhabiting them….can’t infringe upon their right to an abode, nor disturb them either.

hawkeye54 on June 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

I suspect that the president’s busy schedule might have a little something to do with it:

10:00 am The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews…
11:25 am The President arrives Boston, Massachusetts
1:45 pm The President delivers remarks at an event for Ed Markey for Senate and the Massachusetts Democratic Party
5:40 pm The President arrives Miami, Florida, Miami-Dade International Airport…
7:05 pm The President delivers remarks at a DNC event, Florida, Miami Beach, Private Residence…
8:55 pm The President delivers remarks at a DNC event, Florida, Miami Beach, Private Residence

I see the problem. Clearly, no time has been set aside for the president to read the newspapers and find out there is a pipeline controversy.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM

The Keystone Pipeline is pregnant and will spawn many little pipelines? I’m good with that.

vityas on June 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Clearly, no time has been set aside for the president to read the newspapers and find out there is a pipeline controversy.

Come now, give Barry some credit….he’s devoted time to read and watch the news…….one hour, on Friday, just before Letterman comes on.

hawkeye54 on June 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM

I thought Kardashian was gonna be the donkey party’s compromise candidate for 2016. You know, to unite the party behind someone whose appeal is wide enough to encompass the entire political spectrum.

That’s not correct? Well then, I’ve been deceived.

platypus on June 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Guys, I’ve got a simple solution: Just promise to install high-speed rail tracks on top of the pipeline, and it’ll get approved within a week.

Fabozz on June 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Whenever the left gets the collective vapors over a certain buzzword, hyperbolic lunacy sets in. Whether it’s Walmart, Halliburton or the Koch brothers, they suddenly see that thing as one of the roots of all evil in the world.

So it is with Keystone XL. They already hate big oil in general, and any sort of profitable energy production in particular, even if this is coming from Canada. Though, as far as the Kardashian comparison, given their feelings about stuck-up Americans and their moral values, they might actually like the pipeline a lot better if some sex tape with it showed up on YouTube.

jon1979 on June 12, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Is it Because they’ve both have allot of fluids pumped through them?

Minnfidel on June 12, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Just promise to install high-speed rail tracks on top of the pipeline, and it’ll get approved within a week.

Fabozz on June 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Or fiber lines for millions of phone logs daily.

faraway on June 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Fat, bloated and full of gas, I would have assumed fracking would have earned that distinction.

ButterflyDragon on June 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Fat, bloated and full of gas, I would have assumed fracking would have earned that distinction.

ButterflyDragon on June 12, 2013 at
……No, Chris Christie has that all taken care of.

Minnfidel on June 12, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Sen. Heitkamp: The Keystone pipeline is like the “Kim Kardashian of energy”

Senator Heitkamp please don’t do the whole LIV cultural reference thing. It demeans you and your office.

Happy Nomad on June 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM

What’s LIV?

Minnfidel on June 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM

The environmentals only have to run out the clock. Soon Canada (run by a conservative realist) will give up and run their own pipeline to Vancouver. I pretty amazed that they have not already done so.

jukin3 on June 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM

On report. Pack a small bag. Bring valuables and jewelry only.

oldroy on June 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

LIV= Low Information Voter.

Invariably, they’re liberals.

Liam on June 12, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Well, that all went wrong…

Liam on June 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

He will stall until there is no more campaign money to rake in.

docflash on June 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

What’s LIV?

Minnfidel on June 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM

To get it right…

LIV= Low Information Voter.

Invariably, they’re liberals.

Liam on June 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Got it. So true sadly. Thanks

Minnfidel on June 12, 2013 at 1:29 PM

O.K. I am still going to say they both like fluids pumped into them or option B. Want to be laid?

Minnfidel on June 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I suspect that the president’s busy schedule might have a little something to do with it:

What a life. He never does anything before 10 am and days like today, he doesn’t work either. And he gets paid for it.

Bitter Clinger on June 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Don’t be so hard on him, getting the Autopen to do his signature just right probably took him more than a couple of minutes. Maybe three or four.

Fenris on June 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Liam on June 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Oldroy and the NSA are living rent free in your head.

oldroy on June 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

As long as Ogabe’s good friend Warren is making bundles of money by moving Canada’s crude by rail, Ogabe isn’t going to sign off on Keystone.

catsandbooks on June 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I thought Kardashian was gonna be the donkey party’s compromise candidate for 2016. You know, to unite the party behind someone whose appeal is wide enough to encompass the entire political spectrum.

That’s not correct? Well then, I’ve been deceived.

platypus on June 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

You’re confusing her wide appeal with her butt. It’s an easy mistake to make.

I know, I know, but it was just hanging out there, I had to say it.

Fenris on June 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM

As long as Ogabe’s good friend Warren is making bundles of money by moving Canada’s crude by rail, Ogabe isn’t going to sign off on Keystone.

catsandbooks on June 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Rockefeller and Vanderbilt would be proud, and envious.

oldroy on June 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Admit it, Erika ….. you were trying to provoke all of these sexually explicit comments about Kim Kardashian.

listens2glenn on June 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM

barry is the salesman. He has an extensive support staff in DC and in the rest of the country. The czars and czarinas, the apparatchik who do the daily grind of running the country. There are many ways to run a leftist country…many lever of power…the peasants know nothing.

Buried in a little-noticed rule on microwave ovens is a change in the U.S. government’s accounting for carbon emissions that could have wide-ranging implications for everything from power plants to the Keystone XL pipeline.

The increase of the so-called social cost of carbon, to $38 a metric ton in 2015 from $23.80, adjusts the calculation the government uses to weigh costs and benefits of proposed regulations. The figure is meant to approximate losses from global warming such as flood damage and diminished crops.

The apparatchik never cared about ‘science’…that was simply a tool to agitate and propagandize. (cf. Abbie Hoffman, Fenton communications)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-12/tougher-regulations-seen-from-obama-change-in-carbon-cost.html

btw, i note that the left is still riding the Gore Won!!!! pony. The goofball leftist that sits as VP seems to be in charge of that effort…soon enough, say 10 years, the meme will be that barry saved the country not only fiscally but from the crisis of having a junta in place for 8 years…opening up the government to the people

r keller on June 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Keystone XL is moving ahead within the US, as it really doesn’t need Obama, except for the tiny portion that actually crosses the border.

J_Crater on June 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Kim Kardashian…Beautiful girl…Got that Mediterranean look that I like…Horrible taste in “men” though…

Keystone Pipeline…Yes please.

Battlecruiser-operational on June 12, 2013 at 1:48 PM

as it really doesn’t need Obama, except for the tiny portion that actually crosses the border.

J_Crater on June 12, 2013

Well heck we all know they don’t care about our borders anyway or what crosses it so it shouldn’t be an issue.

Minnfidel on June 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM

but it’s butt is a lot smaller

kirkill on June 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Both are empty and hollow?

Minnfidel on June 12, 2013 at 2:11 PM

The pipe-laying jokes just write themselves.

CurtZHP on June 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I consider myself an environmentalist, but I find the so-called environmental movement to be just weird. How did these environmentalists get to the point where opposing the Keystone Pipeline makes sense? From what I read, it seems like they have talked themselves into thinking by opposing the pipeline, they will force people to use alternative energy and thus thwart global warming. This is awfully magical thinking.

thuja on June 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Good ol’ ethical oil from Canada arriving via the Keystone will displace oil arriving on ships (oh that’s so much better a way to transport crude, eh?) from Barry’s buddy buddy state Venezuela. That source of income is the only thing from keeping that pos socialist state from collapsing into a heap of economic ruin. The prezzy will never allow this to happen. I’d be gobsmacked if the pipeline gets the green light from this POTUS during this his presumably final term. It’s all politics, the environmental concerns are just a white wash.

Schwarze Tulpe on June 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

The only reason why Obama hasn’t done anything yet is Buffett gets the financial benefit of a policy that effectively requires shipments via rail as Berkshire Hathaway owns the railroad that transports the oil sands.

blammm on June 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Here is a solution. Let the Canadians build the pipeline right to the border to a new rail tanker loading yard. A mile across the border, start the keystone pipeline at another rail loading yard. This takes the foggy bottom dishonest pukes out of the picture and increases the wealth of obama pal warren buffet. A quick shuttle back and forth would get the oil across the border.

Old Country Boy on June 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Another option would be to flush domestically drilled oil through the pipelines to show no leaks. The Department of State would have no say in the matter. Then, when all the concerns vanish, pressure DOS to allow Keystone to connect the pipeline to Canada.

blammm on June 12, 2013 at 3:16 PM

The environmentals only have to run out the clock. Soon Canada (run by a conservative realist) will give up and run their own pipeline to Vancouver. I pretty amazed that they have not already done so.

The natives, left wing BC provincial government and special interest groups funded by US special interest groups are making sure that won’t happen anytime soon. I think running it North, through the territories and to Alaska might be the ultimate pipeline path.

Danno on June 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

I still believe that every opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline should have to wait at a railroad crossing, twice every day, for a 200-car train of tank cars carrying crude oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.

In fact, I believe that every presidential motorcade should have to wait at one of these railroad crossings.

J Baustian on June 14, 2013 at 1:34 AM