Manchin, Murkowski: This endless Keystone XL pipeline delay makes approximately zero sense

posted at 6:01 pm on January 15, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Is the Obama administration is really trying to push their decision on the rather inconvenient political conundrum into which the Keystone XL pipeline has metastasized past the 2014 midterms? …I wouldn’t rule it out — they’ve put the country through more than five years of continuous ‘administrative’ delays already, so heck, why not just keep letting that pony run? Via Bloomberg:

Analysts are divided over how an administrationwide review of energy policy that will focus on infrastructure might affect the Obama administration’s decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

The review, ordered via a presidential memo Jan. 9, provides the “perfect cover” to delay a decision on the pipeline until after the midterm congressional election in November, according to Steven Paget, an analyst for Calgary, Canada-based FirstEnergy Capital.

But other analysts, such as Christi Tezak, managing director for Washington-based ClearView Energy Partners, told Bloomberg BNA that President Barack Obama’s remarks over the summer that he would approve the pipeline only “if it does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution” is already “enough cover.”

“We are hard-pressed to envision what information would arise from the [review] that hasn’t already been more exhaustively compiled” in the State Department’s Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Tezak said.

But if continuing to delay rather than make the tough political choice is really their grand master plan, they shouldn’t count on the pipeline’s advocates easing up the pressure in any shape, manner, or form. The industry, Canada, and bipartisan majorities in both chambers of Congress have tried to persuade, cajole, and pressure the administration into finally ending everyone’s misery, and at least two energy-focused senators from both sides of the aisle aren’t planning on letting up. Via The Hill:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) wants President Obama to get on board with her push for lifting the U.S. ban on crude exports and approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. …

“While I believe you retain the executive authority necessary to lift the ban on crude exports, if you need legislative support from the Congress in order to do so, you will always have a willing partner from Alaska,” Murkowski wrote in the letter on Tuesday.

“The Keystone XL pipeline, which the State Department estimated would support over 42,000 jobs, remains unapproved even after years of delay, the letter states. “I once again urge you to take immediate action on these infrastructure projects, which you have generally promised to champion.”

And via RCP:

Sen. Joe Manchin, speaking at a forum on U.S. energy policy sponsored by RealClearPolitics and America’s Power, challenged his own party on a range of energy-related issues Wednesday.

The West Virginia lawmaker warned that if the Obama administration failed to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, fellow Democrats could face electoral consequences in the upcoming midterm elections.

“It makes it harder for a Democrat to defend some of the Washington Democrat’s agenda,” Manchin said, adding that President Obama’s delay in deciding the pipeline’s fate “just doesn’t make any sense, none at all.”

“This has truly, strong bipartisan support in the Senate and in the House. … And why the president and the administration [are] hunkered down and not moving forward is beyond my understanding.”

That makes two of us, senator.


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It makes complete sense if your goal is to stall the economy and ship the oil to China.

oldroy on January 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Sure it does. Less jobs and more expensive energy = more dependency on government.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 15, 2014 at 6:09 PM

If its bad for America then Obama is for it.

albill on January 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Buffett owns the railway that ships the oil.

Buffett is a huge obama and democrat donor.

quid pro quo.

Chicago governance.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/obama-puppetmaster-warren-buffett-biggest-winner-keystone-pipeline-rejection

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

buffet only has $60,000,000,000 or so. He has to make sure he screws everyone that still drives every day. No way he’s letting that pipeline go through.

acyl72 on January 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I’m starting to think Obama still has some unfinished term papers left over from his college days.

That’s why he won’t allow us to see his college transcripts….he hasn’t actually graduated yet.

MichaelGabriel on January 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Manchin, Murkowski: This endless Keystone XL pipeline delay makes approximately zero sense

…so then…do something!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Buffett owns the railway that ships the oil.

Buffett is a huge obama and democrat donor.

quid pro quo.

Chicago governance.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/obama-puppetmaster-warren-buffett-biggest-winner-keystone-pipeline-rejection

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Yes, but . . .

The Omaha newspaper ran an article a couple weeks back about Berkshire Hathaway is getting ready to purchase a company that makes a product that get tar sand oil through the pipe faster and easier. It could be that Ogabe’s good buddy Warren is getting ready to switch course. The train wrecks are getting bigger and more frequent. How much of BNSF’s rolling stock has been upgraded? Which is better for Warren?

catsandbooks on January 15, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Let me spoil the surprise, Lisa. Obama will not approve it while he is president. mmkay? thanks.

rightside on January 15, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Since they won’t do their job no facts, maybe the press could ask him how he feels about the subject.

aquaviva on January 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Taking a quick break from promoting, praising, and demanding more taxpayer-funding for Planned Parenthood, Lisa Murkowski screeches something about the Keystone pipeline, for some reason.

Pork-Chop on January 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM

The HiJacking of Canadian KeyStone Pipeline NeverEnding Hostage
Crisis by the Environmentalist Hopey/Changey Regime!!!!!

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The Omaha newspaper ran an article a couple weeks back about Berkshire Hathaway is getting ready to purchase a company that makes a product that get tar sand oil through the pipe faster and easier. It could be that Ogabe’s good buddy Warren is getting ready to switch course. The train wrecks are getting bigger and more frequent. How much of BNSF’s rolling stock has been upgraded? Which is better for Warren?

catsandbooks on January 15, 2014 at 6:20 PM

There are two companies producing rolling stock, and they have been going gangbusters the past few years.

Buffett has invested in Suncor, and in another company as you alluded to. Both companies are involved with oil pipelines. A man with access to the White House is wise to invest as Buffett does. His market timing will be impeccable, natch.

Murphy9 on January 15, 2014 at 6:32 PM

She’s against it, until she isn’t, then she’s not.

Typical ruling-class politico, thinking only of herself. Get ‘em all out.

RobertMN on January 15, 2014 at 6:40 PM

It make sense if their grand master plan is to try to throw as many monkey wrenches as they can into “industrial society.” In their own words:
“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” -Maurice Strong, ex UNEP Director
“A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States.” -John Holdren (1973), O’s Science Czar
“Large-scale hog producers are a greater threat to the United States and U.S. democracy than Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network.” -Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
And keeping the “threat” in perspective is this and countless other predictions of doom by the warmists… that didn’t come true! ALL their dire predictions, every single one of them, has failed to materialize:
“Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.” -Noel Brown, United Nations Program Director, 1989
“[in twenty years (2008)] the West Side Highway [of Manhattan] will be under water.” -James Hansen, 1988, NASA
“In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.” -Paul Ehrlich, Earth Day 1970

anotherJoe on January 15, 2014 at 6:41 PM

…so then…do something!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

She has. Sent a memo to Issa to look into it.

BobMbx on January 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Why the delay? Because The Chosen One loves to PANDER!

GarandFan on January 15, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Obama’s remarks over the summer that he would approve the pipeline only “if it does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution” is already “enough cover.” “if it is used solely to bring 100% certified organic patchouli oil from China for use in ashrams throughout Middle America to help raise the consciousness of all those bitter clingers.

“Om Mani Padmi Hmm, Om Mani Padmi Hmm….”

Edited to reflect the voices in his head.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 15, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Speaker John Boehner ‏@SpeakerBoehner 5h

If POTUS wants to make this a #YearofAction, he can start by approving #KXL pipeline #4jobs http://j.mp/19uS81a

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Manchin is playing the people of WV for fools…and he’s probably right. He certainly has been so far.

jnelchef on January 15, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Obama didn’t understand that being President meant making hard decisions when he ran for the office.

He still doesn’t.

Socratease on January 15, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Obama doesn’t give a damn about the country. He will NEVER approve the pipeline. The enviros here think that if we don’t approve the pipeline the tar sands will never be developed. Ha ha ha. Canadians will develop a pipeline and send the oil to Asia. We, I mean Obama and his libbie supporters, are STUPID.

COgirl on January 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Don’t forget the failure to open and use the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository; after tens of billions of dollars were spent, it’s has been ready to go for over five years.

J Baustian on January 16, 2014 at 12:34 PM