Kerry to Canada on Keystone XL: We’ll do all the consultation we feel like, thank you very much

posted at 4:51 pm on January 17, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Like I said the other day, nobody on either side of the fight is going to oblige the Obama administration’s interminable dithering on the Keystone XL pipeline by finally backing off the politically contentious issue and letting it fade into the background of bureaucratic purgatory — not Congress, not the oil and gas industry, not the eco-radicals, and certainly not Canada — so why not just man up and make the tough decision already, either way, and have it out? It was about this time last year that Kerry was blithely assuring Canadian officials that they would have a decision ready in the conveniently vague “near term,” but nearly twelve months later, I think the Canadians are starting to get the creeping feeling that they really might try to keep pushing their egregiously protracted review process past this year’s midterms. Not having it:

Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long.

The hard-line comments by Foreign Minister John Baird were the clearest sign yet that Canada’s Conservative government has lost patience over what it sees as U.S. foot-dragging. …

“The time for Keystone is now. I’ll go further – the time for a decision on Keystone is now, even if it’s not the right one. We can’t continue in this state of limbo,” Baird said in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

It’s the uncertainty that almost hurts more than anything else; the Keystone XL pipeline would be the safest, most efficient, most cost-effective way for the country from whom we import the most oil to transport their wares, but the industry is perfectly willing to find a way to get along without it if need be (and indeed, they have already been doing so for quite awhile now), so will you just get on with it. According to Kerry, however, the administration still just has so much work to do, and “an analysis will be made with respect to the national interest ultimately and we’re just not at that point yet. I haven’t received it.” How quaint.

Keystone XL pipeline analysis isn’t complete, says John Kerry Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday the environmental analysis on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline isn’t complete and vowed not to rush even as Canadian officials said the process has dragged on too long and demanded a decision.

“I can promise our friends in Canada that all the appropriate effort is being put into trying to get this done effectively and rapidly and my hope is that before long that analysis will be available,” Kerry said at a news conference at the State Department with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.

… Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday the U.S. decision to seek more comment on the next phase of the suggests President Barack Obama’s administration may further delay a decision.

“How much consultation do you need to do?” Harper said in the interview with Bloomberg News in his Ottawa office. “It’s clearly another punt.”


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Go screw yourself, kerry.

TX-96 on January 17, 2014 at 4:59 PM

“In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”.

We need a few more revolutionary’s. Maybe a LOT more.

Tom Servo on January 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Go ahead Canada. I apologize for the douchebags who represent us.

22044 on January 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Kerry is the biggest climate change nut out there, except for perhaps “Republican” Chris Christie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPxDnb2-aVI&ii=ChristieClimateChange

Speaking of climate change, the leftist weather channel has a video out which they visibly promote on their home page as Scary Scenario, 2035. Makes me lol because of all the warmist quotes talking about the need to scare monger, and specifically highlighting the term scary scenario.
“We have to offer up scary scenarios… each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective and being honest.” -Stephen Schneider, lead ipcc author, 1989
“Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.” -Sir John Houghton, ex ipcc chair

anotherJoe on January 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Kerry … what a dolt

rlhjax on January 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Another part of what has to be the most unproductive foreign policy in American history. This administration started out by insulting the British by careless indifference; then arguably committed an act of war by sending thousands of arms into Mexico without informing and getting the cooperation of the Mexican government (Fast and Furious); cancelled the anti-missle program in central Europe without consulting the governments, Poland and Czech Republic, which were to be hosts to the program; the disengagement from Iraq was botched; negotiations with Iran are an obscure muddle; middle-east diplomacy is in complete disarray; and we have insulted our closest neighbor by this charade over the Keystone pipeline. This administration has badly hurt our allies and those leaning towards cooperation with the US while cozying up, without much reward, to Mr. Putin. Makes one wonder what is the underlying conception of this foreign policy.

A.S.R. on January 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Harper has a masters degree in economics and Obama is an Ivy league liar lawyer and the way they govern really does play out that way.

Canada with the best economy through the great recession and the USA got hit hard and had the worst recovery from a downturn in it’s history…..and whats most surprising is that Canada is attached at the hip to the US and still managed to do better than the rest of the western world.

Harpers tha man.

Zybalto on January 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

“The time for Keystone is now. I’ll go further – the time for a decision on Keystone is now, even if it’s not the right one. We can’t continue in this state of limbo,” Baird said in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

A lotta good that will do. The USCC only cares about amnesty for the illegals who are parasites in our society. They’re not going to cross Obama so long as amnesty is still in doubt. No matter how many jobs and prosperity Keystone would provide.

Happy Nomad on January 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

If I were Canada, I that statement, I’d reply “okay, you’re done. The oil production will be headed to China now.”

h a p f a t on January 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Didn’t that ass in the White House once say that he was capable of making decisions?

Guess King Barack prefers sitting on the fence.

For the next 3 years.

GarandFan on January 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Harper has a masters degree in economics and Obama is an Ivy league liar

Zybalto on January 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Obama went to Harvard Law. That’s all that needs to be said. It’s the political equivilent of riding the short bus. I don’t know what the hell Ted Cruz was doing there.

Happy Nomad on January 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

If I were Canada, I that statement, I’d reply “okay, you’re done. The oil production will be headed to China now.”

h a p f a t on January 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

That’s exactly what I would recommend (even if they were not completely done waiting). Something has to break this nonsense and that would scare an awful lot of Dem politicians.

Happy Nomad on January 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

CANADA To Kerry:

*********** Go BOINK YOURSELF ************************

And,…

*********** Your Administration is Double SCROTCHED ************!!!!

canopfor on January 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Keystone XL pipeline analysis isn’t complete, says John Kerry Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday the environmental analysis on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline isn’t complete and vowed not to rush even as Canadian officials said the process has dragged on too long and demanded a decision.

Kerry’s thought processes flow more slowly than molasses Alberta tar sands in January.

Steve Z on January 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

h a p f a t on January 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

That’s exactly what I would recommend (even if they were not completely done waiting). Something has to break this nonsense and that would scare an awful lot of Dem politicians.

Happy Nomad on January 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Happy Nomad:Ya I’m fed up,….a deal with the Devil will work over
this InCoHerent Regime, that has been Stacked/Decked
with EnVironmentalist Wacko’s!:0

canopfor on January 17, 2014 at 5:27 PM

We Go Back in time:

“It would make sure all the oars are rowing in the right direction”

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Obama transition team works to identify immediate changes
Sunday, November 9, 2008
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WASHINGTON — Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

“We have been communicating with his transition staff” almost daily, Richards said. “We expect to see a real change.”

The president-elect has said, for example, that he intends to quickly reverse the Bush administration’s decision last December to deny California the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles. “Effectively tackling global warming demands bold and innovative solutions, and given the failure of this administration to act, California should be allowed to pioneer,” Obama said last January.

Before the election, Obama told others that he favors declaring that carbon dioxide emissions are endangering human welfare, following an EPA task force recommendation in December 2007 that Bush and his aides shunned in order to protect the utility and auto industries.

The National Energy Council would be a counterpart to the White House National Economic Council that Clinton created in a 1993 executive order. “It would make sure all the oars are rowing in the right direction” and ensure that climate change policy “gets lots of attention inside the White House,” said Daniel J. Weiss, a former Sierra Club official and senior fellow with the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

The center’s new book will also urge Obama to sign an executive order requiring that greenhouse gas emissions be considered whenever the federal government examines the environmental impact of its actions under the existing National Environmental Policy Act. Several key members of Obama’s transition team have already embraced the idea.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2008/11/09/obama-positions-himself-quickly-reverse-bush-actions-environmental-social-issues/

canopfor on June 19, 2011 at 8:44 PM

canopfor on January 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Happy Nomad:Ya I’m fed up,….a deal with the Devil will work over
this InCoHerent Regime, that has been Stacked/Decked
with EnVironmentalist Wacko’s!:0

canopfor on January 17, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I don’t know how big an issue this is “up north” but Canada really should stop being so polite. The message: We’ve got oil and we’re going to sell it.

Happy Nomad on January 17, 2014 at 5:39 PM

More EnvironmentalGoons:

Environmentalists Help Obama Create New Green Economy
12/1/2008
*************
*************

Environmentalists are on President-elect Barack Obama’s side. Twenty-nine environmental and conservation groups recently provided Obama’s transition team with a 391-page plan for federal action on the economic, climate and environmental crises. Their plan coincides with many of Obama’s ideas about creating a green economy, but it’s their knowledge and expertise that will help the new administration overcome some of the challenges it faces. In a teleconference on Nov. 25, leaders from the groups spoke about the plan and the priorities that they believe must be addressed … and fast.

Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters, argued that “The solution to our problems is a new green economy. The last thing you want to do is delay it: It’s not just bad for the planet, it’s bad for the economy.”

While these environmentalists support Obama’s vision, they believe that at the center of his economic recovery strategy needs to be three specific goals: to cut carbon emissions, to create clean energy and to end America’s dependency on oil. In order to accomplish these goals, the group supports the cap and trade system that will put a price on carbon and limit emissions. They also support Obama’s push for clean renewable energy to cut oil dependency and create millions of paying green-collared jobs. And they agree with promoting hybrid cars and other fuel-efficient cars to create ways for Americans to travel further on a gallon of gas.

The detailed plan includes many other ideas to help guide the Obama administration in environmental stewardship, including the restoration of natural resources. But after eight years of environmental neglect, the new administration will have a lot of cleaning up to do. The next four years should definitely be interesting, to say the least.

For more on Obama’s environmental policy, read Obama Addresses Fight Against Climate Change and Obama’s Changing Climate Change. Or share your thoughts or suggestions about how the Obama administration can improve the economy, climate and/or environment in the comment section below.

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Healthy-People-Healthy-Planet/First-100-Days-Green-Economy-Plan.aspx#ixzz1HkadMdB0
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The Plan…TRANSITION TO GREEN
———______________________________

http://www.landrights.org/GreenPlan4obama.pdf

canopfor on March 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM

canopfor on January 17, 2014 at 5:41 PM

What an Administration…

Three and a half years to totally flub the startup of Healthcare.gov.

Four (?) years to not be able to reach any kind of a decision on the Keystone pipeline.

Eighteen months on dithering about what to do with Afghanistan, only to round file it with the final decision while pretending to aggressively pursue the “cause”.

And of course, there is that “closing Gitmo” on Day 1 still lingering.

Wasn’t it Obama himself that said this nation use to do great things?

parke on January 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

canopfor on January 17, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I don’t know how big an issue this is “up north” but Canada really should stop being so polite. The message: We’ve got oil and we’re going to sell it.

Happy Nomad on January 17, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Happy Nomad:Exactly,..turn to whoever is next in line:)

canopfor on January 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

If I were Canada, I that statement, I’d reply “okay, you’re done. The oil production will be headed to China now.”

h a p f a t on January 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Don’t kid yourself. This happened a long time ago. Within days after it was first announced that the Keystone pipeline project had been delayed, Canada unveiled the terms of their new agreement with China — and announced that they would TRIPLE the amount of oil being pumped over the Rocky mountains to Vancouver. There has already been a vast increase in the number of Chinese tankers coming through the Strait of Juan de Fuca headed to Vancouver to pick up that oil.

My collie says:

The real irony won’t arrive until one of those Chinese tankers has its “Exxon Valdez” moment, and the all the environmentalist in Seattle realize that their precious Puget Sound has turned into a giant oil slick.

Unintended consequences are a b*tch, huh Collie?

My collie says:

CC, can we leave the female canines out of this?

CyberCipher on January 17, 2014 at 6:05 PM

And yet again, Lurch has no idea what he’s talking about.

sadatoni on January 17, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Again, thank God for the Swiftboat heros.

iamsaved on January 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

…wtf?…how embarrassing!

KOOLAID2 on January 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Can I just copy your comment? Harper is way ahead of this creep in office. 0bama said he wants our utilities to necessarily skyrocket and he’s part way to make that happen.

“Harper has a masters degree in economics and Obama is an Ivy league liar lawyer and the way they govern really does play out that way.

Canada with the best economy through the great recession and the USA got hit hard and had the worst recovery from a downturn in it’s history…..and whats most surprising is that Canada is attached at the hip to the US and still managed to do better than the rest of the western world.

Harpers tha man.

Zybalto on January 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM”

Bambi on January 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

News that only an Arab could cheer.

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

interminable dithering

?

I’d call it sabotage.

No thanks, fall on your face Kerry.

AshleyTKing on January 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Hey, I’m a friend of yours. I have commodity you use a lot of and I’d like to share it with you. Oh, you don’t want it. I guess I’ll have to find someone who does. Oh, the Chinese want it, but I’ll have to build a pipeline to Vancouver to get it to them so I’ll give you a second chance to have this commodity. Oh, you still refuse to buy it well, I guess I’ll have to build a pipeline West then.

This is really like the CLoward-Piven strategy being used in our energy policy. Cloward-Piven wanted to bring entitlements up to the level of tax input so as to bankrupt the government and force the constitution to be changed. This is a desire to bankrupt our energy supplies (although North Dakota has made it a lot harder) by refusing to do what’s necessary to make us energy independent, therefore forcing us to spend much more money on energy (especially when you add in all the green energy tricks the administration is trying to pull) and make us bankrupt by spending much more on energy than we need to making everything more expensive.

bflat879 on January 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

As a Canadian from Alberta, my comment to Obama and the useless waste of flesh consuming oxygen known as “John Kerry” is GFY!

We’ve known since the very day Obama was elected that Keystone was very likely to get delayed ad infinitum, or, if O’Barry actually had some stones, rejected all together. It’s never fit into his narrative of the liberal eco dream.

As I see it, Keystone is likely to be dithered on until Obama is out of office – so effectively his vote is not taken, which is gosh, surprisingly like much of his career as a senator – voting present on key matters. Ever the pol, he knows better than to deliberately alienate any sizable voting bloc.

Really, really hoping that the American electorate will have sufficiently tired of the liberal experiment, and elect a competent and suitable conservative to lead America back to the path of prosperity and success.

Until then, we, like you, have to grimace and bear the idiocy that is the Obama/Biden/Kerry gong show.

notta_dhimmi on January 18, 2014 at 1:27 AM

What would you expect from a traitor.

crosshugger on January 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I work in the Canadian oil patch in Alberta. Next year our new facility, alone, will be producing 104K barrels a day and the Canadians don’t need that for themselves. But China would like to have it. So does it go south to the US and have us cut off Venezuela, about 15% of our oil now from each country, or give it to China. If it goes to China, it will be this Administration’s fault.

amr on January 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

With this level of policies, the only group that will still like us are the drug cartels south of the boarder. We give them guns, money and Obama Care.

jpcpt03 on January 18, 2014 at 11:39 PM