Get excited: Obama promising Keystone opponents new climate measures come July

posted at 1:21 pm on June 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama administration’s otherwise inexplicably drawn-out dithering over the approval (or disapproval, as the case may be) of the Keystone XL pipeline actually makes a lot sense when put into the larger context of the pipeline’s significance to the self-anointed environmentalist community that also happens to have to a lot of green lining their pockets. Although stopping the Keystone pipeline wouldn’t actually do anything to prevent Canada from developing their oil sands and shipping them via rail, road, and sea — and never mind that there are already almost 500,000 miles of (heavily regulated) interstate pipeline infrastructure already crisscrossing the continental United States which need updates and still more additions to cope with our rising production capacity of oil and natural gas — the eco-lobby has worked long and hard to to turn the otherwise commonplace pipeline into a completely symbolic battle royal for what they claim is the fate of planet earth.

Ergo, the years of environmental impact reviews to which the pipeline proposal has already been subjected are all for naught as long as there is still campaign cash to be wrung from highly vocal, wealthy, and Democrat-donating true believers to which things like the Keystone pipeline and not — oh, I don’t know, the economy — are of the utmost importance. One theory is that the administration has been holding off on the pipeline until they can first come up with a different but major climate victory with which to quell the inevitable outrageous outrage of the eco-crowd when they finally do approve the pipeline, and it sounds like that’s what the president has been promising during his string of high-dollar fundraisers over the past few weeks, via Bloomberg:

With his administration under pressure from environmentalists to reject the Keystone XL pipeline project, President Barack Obama plans to unveil a package of separate actions next month focused on curbing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

At closed-door fundraisers held over the past few weeks, the president has been telling Democratic party donors that he will unveil new climate proposals in July, according to people who have attended the events or been briefed.

Obama’s promise frequently comes in response to pleas from donors to reject TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL project, a $5.3 billion pipeline that would carry tar-sands oil from Canada to U.S. refineries. Opponents of the pipeline say it would increase greenhouse-gas emissions by encouraging use of the tar sands.

While Obama has not detailed the specifics of his plan to the donors, pipeline opponents anticipate the package will include a plan from the Environmental Protection Agency to issue final rules to limit greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants.

Earlier this week, Al Gore and Robert Redford aptly demonstrated the type celebrity-level pressure the green lobby is laying on thick; since the current Congress isn’t likely to agree to any of the rules and regulations they would like to see happen, they want the president to assert more of his executive authority on the matter, no matter how unpopular further regulations might be with the general public — which is precisely why the Obama administration feels the need do things like sneaking pretty darn important carbon-pricing rules into under-the-radar measures about microwave ovens. It ain’t easy being green, you know?


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The first measure, surely, will be punishing taxes.

Liam on June 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Obama won’t approve the pipeline. He’s not concerned about he economy. Why should he? It’s not like he’ll be running for reelection any time soon.

GarandFan on June 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

All for the massive fraud called man-made ‘global warming’. Our nation is becoming an international joke.

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

It’s obvious by now, even to amoeba’s, that the dreaded climate change isn’t happening. Plus, when the entire premise for the dreaded climate change has been proven false, it exposes the environmental movement for what it really is … green on the outside and red on the inside.

darwin on June 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Will I be able to afford to heat my Indiana home next winter?

With the 100% increase on my medical insurance, this could be a problem.

esr1951 on June 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

See Gulf Drilling as an example of eco nuts trumping economic sanity, all for Gaia.

Odie1941 on June 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Poor Erika is mostly stuck to report Obama’s weasely Utopian pipedreams.

Schadenfreude on June 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Step 1: Obama announces new rules which will include punishing taxes Liam mentioned. It’s all about the revenue and redistribution!

Step 2: Obama “approves” the pipeline – but the approval is so full of legal holes that enviro groups can tie it up in court indefinitely, and the O administration will go all rope-a-dope in defending the approval. So, nothing gets built anytime soon.

Marcola on June 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The US has soooo much oil that she could wipe out the debt, in NO time.

Obama is the enemy of the USA.

Schadenfreude on June 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

In the Bizzaro world only illegals and false Gaia religions matter, while America is burning.

Oil Can on June 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The US has soooo much oil that she could wipe out the debt, in NO time.

Obama is the enemy of the USA.

Schadenfreude on June 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

We have enough oil to become entirely independent. Of course Obama doesn’t want that because he wants us to buy oil from places like Brazil. It’s just another type of Marxist wealth redistribution. Force us to buy everything from other countries.

darwin on June 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

The first measure, surely, will be punishing taxes.

Liam on June 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

But, he doesn’t want to tax ALL business out of business.

Some, but not all.

iurockhead on June 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Back in the 70s I was big time into the environmental movement. I left after seeing it taken over by communists and anti-human wackos. I would like nothing better then to round them all up and stick them in the Amazon or the plains of Africa buck naked so that they can live one with nature. These people will not give up and I actually fear the anti-human ones more than any other group. Many are working towards the extermination of humans so that the Earth can have its perfect existence without the plague of humans infesting it.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

…..it exposes the environmental movement for what it really is … green on the outside and red on the inside.

darwin on June 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Watermelons, unite!

iurockhead on June 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

All climate records show: No statistically significant warming for last 17 years, 4 months.

Socratease on June 14, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I actually fear the anti-human ones more than any other group. Many are working towards the extermination of humans so that the Earth can have its perfect existence without the plague of humans infesting it.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Not all humans. The leftists will still need people to supply their food and luxuries.

The rest they would exterminate.

darwin on June 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

…..it exposes the environmental movement for what it really is … green on the outside and red on the inside.

darwin on June 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Watermelons, unite!

iurockhead on June 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Alert MSNBC! That is sooooo racist!

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ROCnPhilly on June 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM

All for the massive fraud called man-made ‘global warming’.
slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I could use a little global warming. It has been in the low 50s every night and Thursday morning I woke up to 49 degrees. I realize it is only the middle of June and a week away from official summer but, I remember swimming during this time of the year. No so much for the last decade or so.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM

This is the side of money and politics I don’t like. That a few super rich Leftists can basically bribe the federal government into punishing via higher energy prices the overwhelming majority of Americans is outrageous.

Where the heck is our voice in this? Why are we continually fighting against a wealthy elite who have theirs and want to deny others opportunity to get theirs?

Charlemagne on June 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Will I be able to afford to heat my Indiana home next winter?

With the 100% increase on my medical insurance, this could be a problem.

esr1951 on June 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

You might be able to warm yourself by the torch fires on the National Mall if this s*** keeps up.

The tar will have to be warmed up to be sufficiently viscous, so you can warm yourself there as well, but if you’re allergic to feathers…

The exercise will get your blood going, too.

turfmann on June 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Oba-mao is a loathesome, illegal alien, and an America hater. He deserves impeachment and prison for what he has done and has allowed to be done.

ultracon on June 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

YEP… FOCUSED LIKE A LAZER ON jOBS

ROFLMMFAO

donabernathy on June 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

sOILyndra!

hillsoftx on June 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Will I be able to afford to heat my Indiana home next winter?

With the 100% increase on my medical insurance, this could be a problem.

esr1951 on June 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

It’s going to get much worse when the REB shuts down all electricity generation that uses coal.

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Hummmm

Clan leaders in Afghanistan justify their traditions as safer for women, and in their best interests. Curiously, that’s the same excuse given by the ruling goons in D.C.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on June 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Bill McKibben, SCOAMF and all their rich lib friends are really looking forward to the day when the 99% can no longer heat their homes or drive their cars economically. Heck, why not go the full Monty: I’m thinking we should start a 501 c 3 whose avowed purpose will be to advocate the development of a disease to kill masses of people and relieve the environmental pressures all those extra people cause. I bet lots of lefties would join this cute little organization.

MTF on June 14, 2013 at 3:09 PM

inexplicably drawn-out

erika tries her hand at a little snark

this has been building of course. The price increase for carbon is how much the carbon tax will be. But don’t worry, those taxes buy the best leadership the world has every know.

the 400ppm people are all set to get hysterical…so we just need a few hot days in the DC/NE and that’s all barry needs for some EOs

also, OFA has put together its ‘targets’ (cough, cough) for the congressional Deniers…the most evil of people.

Of course the ROW isn’t real thrilled..Bonn collapsed. But barry plugs away…he and biden need the cash.

r keller on June 14, 2013 at 3:22 PM

So let me do the math:

1: 60% increase in my insurance premiums.
2: 50% increase in energy cost.
3: Pay raise of .25%

Boy I come out ahead of this deal/

watertown on June 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM

While Obama has not detailed the specifics of his plan to the donors, pipeline opponents anticipate the package will include a plan from the Environmental Protection Agency to issue final rules to limit greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants.

Good f’n grief–MORE rules to limit GHG emissions from new power plants??? Because of the rules Obama and Jackson rammed through the EPA (without Congressional approval, natch!) in 2010, very few new power plants have been built since then, not even gas-fired plants!

The 2010 GHG rules were imposed on power plants emitting more than 75,000 tons/year of CO2, which could be produced by burning 0.784 kg/s of pure methane, which would have a heating value of about 39 megawatts (MW). Since heat-to-work efficiencies range from about 35% for simple-cycle to about 60% for combined-cycle plants, the rule limits power output to about 14 to 23 MW. Since a typical commercial gas turbine produces about 250 MW, Obama/Jackson’s rule has virtually stopped all construction of new power plants, both coal-fired and gas-fired.

By the way, uncontrolled natural-gas-fired power plants produce about half the CO2 as coal-fired plants per MW generated, so if O-Airhead really wanted to reduce CO2 emissions, the rule should be changed to limit emissions PER MW so that uncontrolled gas-fired plants meet the standard, while controls would need to be imposed on coal-fired plants.

Due to the recent gas discoveries and advances in fracking techniques, natural gas is both plentiful and cheap, but Odumbo won’t let us use it, so now gas companies are trying to export it!
I wonder what foreign countries will do with our natural gas? Maybe burn it, and put the same amount of CO2 in the air as if we burned it ourselves? So what’s the point of the GHG rules on power plants???

Steve Z on June 14, 2013 at 3:31 PM

In the Bizzaro world only illegals and false Gaia religions matter, while America is burning.

Oil Can on June 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The real problem is, America is NOT burning enough–natural gas and coal, that is!!!

Steve Z on June 14, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Oh goody, more huge new taxes for a problem that does not exist.

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Axion on June 14, 2013 at 5:39 PM

You know King Putt’s rule will be seen as THE most dismal in the modern era after he leaves office. Even if we elect a moron (who doesn’t menace the economy) the US economic expansion will be (I pray) breaking records month after month. The FED will have to boost interest rates toward double digits to keep it from overheating.
And it will be interesting how the Manure Spreading Media working overtime might try to attribute the Post-Putt Economic Revival on ex-President Downgrade.

Missilengr on June 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM