TransCanada CEO: I remain “very confident” President Obama will approve Keystone XL

posted at 7:01 pm on December 23, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

And really, if President Obama sticks to his word, he should be.

TransCanada Corp. Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling said he is “very confident” the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will be approved by President Barack Obama.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV, Girling said the review process is near its end and he expects a decision “in the coming weeks we’d see a permit … that’s our hope.”

“I remain very confident. It’s a very important project” and the safest way to move oil to the U.S., Girling said. “I remain 100% confident this project makes sense for energy security and all the jobs and economic benefits that come with it,” he added.

During the five years and counting during which well-monied environmentalist interests have successfully kept the fate of the Keystone pipeline’s northern extension in political limbo, its opponents have incessantly tried to argue that approving the international border-crossing leg of the pipeline will speed climate change along by providing Canada with easier access to American refineries and ergo economically enable Canada to develop their oil sands — but these opponents consistently fail to address the fact that Canada is developing their oil sands, with our without Keystone XL. There are other, less efficient, less environmentally-friendly transport methods than pipeline via which they can get their oil to market, as well as other, less scrupulous buyers to whom they can sell it; and yes, the Canadian energy firm is already preparing for both of those contingencies. Exhibit A:

TransCanada might develop a rail bridge from Canada to Nebraska if work on the northern leg of its proposed Keystone XL pipeline continues to be delayed, the company’s CEO said this week.

The northern leg of the pipeline, which would carry crude from oil sands in Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries, requires approval from President Obama since it crosses an international border.The five-year delay of the pipeline has the Calgary-based company exploring other options, the Financial Post reports.

“If we need to bridge with rail, we will bridge,” CEO Russ Girling told the Financial Post on Tuesday.

And Exhibit B, emphasis mine:

A top oil lobby said U.S. energy security is “at stake” with a Canadian panel’s decision to okay a major pipeline that would carry crude to the Pacific on Thursday.

Canada’s National Energy Board decided to move forward on the Northern Gateway Pipeline, which will carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands to the Pacific Coast for delivery to China. The project will still need to be approved by the Canadian government.

The move backed claims by the U.S. oil industry that Canada’s product will get to market with or without Keystone XL.

Last summer, President Obama assured the eco-radicals that he wouldn’t approve Keystone XL unless his administration concludes (as they already have several times over now) that it won’t “significantly exacerbate” the problem of climate change, but seeing as how Keystone XL’s primary function would be to more safely and cost-effectively transport oil that is most definitely coming out of the ground, that point is pretty much moot.


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TransCanada Corp. Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling said he is “very confident” the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will be approved by President Barack Obama.
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Oh sure,..ah huh,..yup,..yup,…in Hopeys third term, he’ll
sign it!! (sarc)

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Heh. If a decision is reached before 9 November 2016, I’ll be very surprised.

BKeyser on December 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Hahahahahahaha!

On a sidenote, ‘Cuda is on Greta right now. She has a new ‘do and it looks great. Very fresh and modern.

Philly on December 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

C’mon.

forest on December 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

“I remain very confident. It’s a very important project”

So how many MILLIONS are the Canadians going to give to the Democrats?

GarandFan on December 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

TransCanada CEO: I remain “very confident” President Obama will approve Keystone XL

And really, if President Obama sticks to his word, he should be.

Except that The One only ever keeps his word to his own supporters, notably on the extremist “Death To Western Civilization” left. He promised when running the first time to “look at” nuclear power, and so far, he hasn’t even done that- because the deep-ecos hate nucs worse than they do oil.

Last summer, President Obama assured the eco-radicals that he wouldn’t approve Keystone XL unless his administration concludes (as they already have several times over now) that it won’t “significantly exacerbate” the problem of climate change, but seeing as how Keystone XL’s primary function would be to more safely and cost-effectively transport oil that is most definitely coming out of the ground, that point is pretty much moot.

No it isn’t. Because The One will do exactly as the AGW fanatics do- ignore the evidence and insist that his “vision” is absolutely correct. And that vision is an America starved of energy to “save Holy Mother Gaia”.

He delayed the decision past his re-election. And now, he is “free” to follow his instincts.

Those consist of looking at America… and dreaming that it looks like North Korea. In all respects.

Keystone XL doesn’t figure into that, any more than nuclear power or anything else does.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Russ Girling is going to get some coal in his stocking. He is in oil and that makes you a very bad boy.

Russ Girling should be planning how to get in on the pipe lie that is going to the west coast of Canada and then to China.

jukin3 on December 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

It takes money out of Buffets pocket. Obama will never approve of it.

Grunt on December 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

…a couple of nice Bishops today!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on December 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Get yer checkbook out…that’s how this works.

Or haven’t you been paying attention??

BigWyo on December 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM

To paraphrase an old phrase, ‘You’ll never get rich over-estimating this administrations ability to do the right thing.’ I honestly don’t believe Barack Obama knows what the right thing is and he’s surrounded himself with a bunch of people who only know what they heard about it in the faculty lounge at Harvard. It’s certainly not a recipe for doing the right thing for the country.

bflat879 on December 23, 2013 at 10:48 PM

If you like your pipe line you can keep it. My advice is do not trust the chump

jaywemm on December 24, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Last summer, President Obama assured the eco-radicals that he wouldn’t approve Keystone XL unless his administration concludes (as they already have several times over now) that it won’t “significantly exacerbate” the problem of climate change, but seeing as how Keystone XL’s primary function would be to more safely and cost-effectively transport oil that is most definitely coming out of the ground, that point is pretty much moot.

As has been repeatedly pointed out, climate safety is the least concern; totally knee capping the US economy is — and always has been — the primary goal.

Greenies believe from the bottom of their shriveled, ignorant little hearts that the Industrial Revolution must be rolled back (except for themselves, of course). They are eugenicists: any human other than themselves (and those who serve them) is a cell of a disease that must be eradicated. They will exist carbon foot print-free in a restored Garden of Eden, while the rest of us die as quickly as possible. (Thinking of greenies always makes me recall one of Asimov’s I, Robot novellas — the one where the inhabitants of the planet are so isolated from each other that they cannot tolerate another human being within miles of their location.)

catsandbooks on December 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM

He won’t.

Whitewolf7070 on December 24, 2013 at 6:35 PM

I have always felt, as do several Canadians I know, that this is a free trade issue — That the US is restricting Canada’s ability to freely sell its products to the US. This is a violation of NAFTA. And if an arbitration board (as is authorized under NAFTA) is appointed, it would likely rule for the Canadians.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Canadians invoke an arbitration board if no decision is announced by the end of the year.

Corky Boyd on December 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM