Obviously: Yeah, we’re probably/definitely going to need until at least 2014 for a Keystone decision

posted at 6:01 pm on August 23, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Hmm, this is pretty complicated, they said. We’ll just toss out the multiple positive reviews we’ve already done and push this decision until the very end of 2012 or so, and no, President Obama’s reelection campaign has absolutely nothing to do with that timeline.

No, scratch that — we’re probably going to need until maybe the end of summer 2013 to allow some time for more comments and really examine every aspect of this project, they said.

Er, never mind. We’ve really got to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on this, so it’s probably going to take until the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014, they said.

Actually — yeah, you probably just shouldn’t expect anything until 2014. We’re working on it. Trust us.

Via National Journal:

The State Department’s Office of Inspector General announced Friday it does not expect to release the results of an investigation into a possible conflict of interest in the department’s Keystone XL pipeline review until January—a move that could delay a final decision on the project until next year.

Earlier this month, the OIG began an inquiry into allegations made by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups that Environmental Resources Management, a consulting firm hired to produce the draft environmental impact statement for the pipeline, had ties to TransCanada Corp. and the American Petroleum Institute, two organizations with a key stake in the project. …

The conflict-of-interest inquiry and the State Department’s review of the pipeline have been ongoing, and State has not yet said when it will make a final determination on Keystone XL. But Friday’s announcement that the OIG investigation results won’t be released until January makes it likely that a decision on the project will be pushed back to 2014.

Would anyone like to put money on them finding convenient reasons to continue punting past the 2014 midterms? Anyone? Gotta’ keep reaping those big green-minded donors’ cash to help with Democrats’ campaigns before the midterms, you know — why risk alienating any competing interest groups now?


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They’ll get to it after Botch parks his yacht.

forest on August 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Canadians should just finally tell Obama to f*ck off and sell the energy to China.

Mark1971 on August 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Most corrupt administration evah.

trigon on August 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Buffet just bought a stake in Canadian oil sands producer Suncor Energy. Now that the pipeline is a no-go I guess he’s just gonna hafta bring the oil here on his railroad. Wotta coincidence.

Marxism is for dummies on August 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Ask these incompetent idiots WHY ?
.
And keep asking the question until they can only say the don’t know why.
Because they don’t. And their Naked Emperor leads them.

FlaMurph on August 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

That horse-head is so weird.

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Would anyone like to put money on them finding convenient reasons to continue punting past the 2014 midterms?

They’re going to keep punting on this until January 2017 – longer if another Jacobin get’s elected President.

Athos on August 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Buffet just bought a stake in Canadian oil sands producer Suncor Energy. Now that the pipeline is a no-go I guess he’s just gonna hafta bring the oil here on his railroad. Wotta coincidence.

Marxism is for dummies on August 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Exactly

catsandbooks on August 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Obama is the mosti ncompetant leader imaginable, aided and abetted by Reid, Pelosi, Kerry, Biden (yes, even Choo Choo Joey has had some say in all this).

Fact

MTF on August 23, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Obviously: Yeah, we’re probably/definitely going to need until at least 2014 for a Keystone decision.


Follow-the-money

Any chance that Obama will be getting some Saudi money invested in his Library?

PappyD61 on August 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Yep, Nov. 5, 2014, to be exact.

KS Rex on August 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Meh, take your time. Canada is building a pipeline to the East coast.

BL@KBIRD on August 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Yeah, the slob Warren Buffett hasn’t piled up enough filthy lucre from his railroad yet.

slickwillie2001 on August 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Why not just wait until after they do away with elections?

Flange on August 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

January 2017, for sure!

GarandFan on August 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

It appears Swiftboated Kerry is as incompetent as Benghazi Hillary.

iamsaved on August 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Yeah, the slob Warren Buffett hasn’t piled up enough filthy lucre from his railroad yet.

slickwillie2001 on August 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

When Buffet’s train set has a little “oopsie” and spills thousands of barrels of oil on US soil, no one will blame the fact that transporting crude oil by train is far riskier than doing so by pipeline. They’ll blame the Canadians for it.

/f*cking Luddites

Wanderlust on August 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

It appears Swiftboated Kerry is as incompetent as Benghazi Hillary.

To this group, competence isn’t required….

…however, party / ideological loyalty is a necessity.

Athos on August 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Markets abhor uncertainty, so Team SCOAMT is going to ensure it.

Plus, Rockefell…er…Buffett has his little choo-choo empire to be protected.

Steve Eggleston on August 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

wait a minute now, isn’t this a chit for the debt ceiling fight?

DanMan on August 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Democrats always like to tell us how moderate and centrist they are compared to other liberals around the world. Yeah? At least Canada, with their single payer health system, can build a fricking oil pipeline. I’ve never seen an administration go out of their way to punish the people who put them in office like this one. Simply amazing.

crrr6 on August 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Environazis vs. unions.

Hmmm…

Conservative ads in union territories: The Democrats hate union jobs, that’s why there’s no Keystone pipeline.

I said “Conservative” because the RINOplasty won’t run ‘em.

either orr on August 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Democrats always like to tell us how moderate and centrist they are compared to other liberals around the world.

Centrist? Ok, I suppose being in the center of the far left counts…

Wasn’t it yesterday that the President was on a bus tour through upstate New York – one of the economic basketcases in this country where Central Park West ideologues Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Yoko Ono, and the like are preventing fracking which would generate an economic recovery and increase our energy independence?

Most people believe what they see, this group, only will see what they believe.

Athos on August 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

And these people claim they stand for “progress”. They’re the exact opposite. Anything that can better the average American is stifled by these goons. It’s all about the DC chumps and their sycophants.

jawkneemusic on August 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

By the time they make a decision, TransCanada will already have a pipeline to a port in Vancouver for the Chinese to pick up the oil.

Bitter Clinger on August 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

John Forbes Kerry.

mickytx on August 23, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Because Obama does not want to deprive his Muslim brethren of their oil money and the power that goes with it. How else are they going to pay for mosques in the Western world, and all the other da’wa that goes on in the Dar al Harb?

After all, the world must nog belong to those who slander the prophet…

Antivenin on August 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

So much incompetence.

Theophile on August 23, 2013 at 8:28 PM

That Canadian Oil might displace OPEC oil.

OPEC is spending a lot of money to see that it doesn’t.

It looks like it is working.

schmuck281 on August 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Well, if you’re a short buser, only capable of Poli Sci, I’d imagine pipelines are a pretty tough concept.

MNHawk on August 24, 2013 at 8:43 AM

testing..:)

Dire Straits on August 26, 2013 at 8:20 AM