WH chief of staff: Hey now, Obama’s always been very clear that he’s going to insulate Keystone from politics

posted at 6:31 pm on February 2, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

And if, just say, he actually hasn’t been clear that his Keystone XL deliberations are really and truly politics-free, it’s probably only because we having been letting him. Via RCP:

DAVID GREGORY: Fair enough. But what I’m focused on, and so just indulge me, what would stop him from saying yes at this point, given his own State Department saying there’s not a big impact on the climate from doing this?

DENIS MCDONOUGH: He’s been very clear that he’s going to insulate this process from politics. Washington loves the politics…

DAVID GREGORY: I didn’t ask about politics. You’ve got a State Department study.

DENIS MCDONOUGH: And we have one department with a study. Now we have other expert agencies, the E.P.A., and many others, who have an opportunity– the Energy Department, an opportunity to look at this and make their determinations. The president wants to protect their ability to do that, make this decision based on the best analysis and most sound science.

So, what isn’t “political,” exactly, about continuing to stall after the State Department just concluded (again) that the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will have basically a net neutral effect on carbon emissions, and indeed, that alternate shipping methods could be even worse for the climate? Because, if it isn’t about politics, and keeping your uber-wealthy and self-fancied “green” donors hanging on the line, well… some of your fellow Democrats don’t seem to agree.

“Today’s Environmental Impact Statement confirms what Alaskans already know — there are ways to safely and responsibly diversify our domestic energy supply,” said Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. “Move this project forward.” …

He was joined Friday by Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in calling on Obama to approve the project, proposed back in 2010. …

“I urge the administration to act swiftly and give final approval so we can put people to work in these good-paying jobs right away,” said Landrieu, who like other Keystone supporters says the project will add tens of thousands of jobs to the U.S. economy.


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Lying Liar.

Oh, and Bishop. There ya go.

Key West Reader on February 2, 2014 at 6:35 PM

“I urge the administration to act swiftly and give final approval so we can put people to work in these good-paying jobs right away,” said Landrieu, who like other Keystone supporters says the project will add tens of thousands of jobs to the U.S. economy.

Hahahahahaha. Mary Landrieu-who? Oh, that’s right. She’s losing her seat in the Senate.

Key West Reader on February 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

….more bullshit!
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and good to see you Bishop…KWR!

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

If only there existed a competent opposition party that could message this to the voters.

aquaviva on February 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Obama’s never going to make a decision on KXL. He’s basically deferring to Kerry. If Kerry defers, then Obama is going to punt to the next admin.

Robert_Paulson on February 2, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Constant lying produces dark bags under the eyes…I’m told.

d1carter on February 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

So what if Keystone has been “insulated” from politics? This is irrelevant! The focus is all about the myopic and un-helpful secular religion: Enviromentalism. Without the blind faith of many in the Enviro belief system, Keystone and other beneficial, growth-oriented resources would have been up and running years and, in some cases, decades ago. And opportunistic politicians like President Obama would likely have followed some other path in their search for votes and power.

ronco on February 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Whassaaahhh? 85 degrees woot. Also, Superbowl. Go Seahawks.

Key West Reader on February 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Obama just provided the capsule definition of his Administration in the recent “O’Reilly-Throws-Marshmallows-at-Barry” ‘interview’.

His phrase:

“A Smidgeon Of Corruption~”.

Lying even about his lies.

Behold Barack, the Meta-liar.

profitsbeard on February 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Constant lying produces dark bags under the eyes…I’m told.

d1carter on February 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Obama has no credibility left. There is nothing else he can say, or do, to save himself from his own failures.

He’ll be sportin an EBT card and an awesome bong in 3 years.

Key West Reader on February 2, 2014 at 6:54 PM

“Today’s Environmental Impact Statement confirms what Alaskans already know — there are ways to safely and responsibly diversify our domestic energy supply,” said Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. “Move this project forward.” …

He was joined Friday by Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in calling on Obama to approve the project, proposed back in 2010. …

“I urge the administration to act swiftly and give final approval so we can put people to work in these good-paying jobs right away,” said Landrieu, who like other Keystone supporters says the project will add tens of thousands of jobs to the U.S. economy.

Anything to distance themselves from Obama at this point. Rats and a sinking ship come to mind. And it might just work.

Johnnyreb on February 2, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Unaccountable Pretender…always a 2-year-old mind.

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM

And we have one department with a study.

“A study”?

Really?

McDonough is LYING. His lips are moving.

GarandFan on February 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM

“I know you think we haven’t been fair but I think your heart is in the right place,” O’Reilly tells Pres Obama at end of 10 min interview.

The mind, however, is NOT.

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2014 at 7:06 PM

The president wants to protect their ability to do that, make this decision based on the best analysis and most sound science.

This administration confuses its agenda politics by claiming that it is following “sound science.” What a joke!

Did Solyndra and the rest of the “green” boondoggles have to jump through so many hoops before they threw away American tax dollars?

onlineanalyst on February 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

This worked in Russia when the peasants couldn’t read.
Oh wait. Obama’s base is pre-literate. “Sorry. I can’t read cursive.”

vityas on February 2, 2014 at 7:11 PM

I wonder how it feels to be a big time “real” journalist who commands zero respect. Brazen hogwash in your face, DG.

forest on February 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

They’ll wait for a negative study from the EPA’s CIA spy, and then announce that due to conflicting opinions, the best course of action is to take no action, because if they’re wrong, it would be too destructive to the environment….and the children.

Another Drew on February 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

onlineanalyst on February 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

You may have illustrated one of the major hurdles for KXL….
it is to be built with private investment, not government funds, therefore no cronies need apply.

Another Drew on February 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I haven’t seen this ghoul before. From what Progressive bowel did he emerge?

rrpjr on February 2, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Sound science from beats headphones!!!

duncantwn on February 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

rrpjr on February 2, 2014 at 8:01 PM

You have to look into the very bottom layer of the oldest septic tank there is…..from there is where that turd comes from.

RealMc on February 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

That BS just keeps rolling down that hill.

RdLake on February 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Anyone who believed this “no politics” BS for one millisecond belongs in the nuthouse! (Ooops…..not PC!)

tngmv on February 2, 2014 at 11:06 PM

This is the perfect example of the left and their screwed up ideology. There is a prime example of providing the opportunity for people to work and provide for themselves, with no effort on their part, and they refuse to act.

JAGonzo on February 2, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Who is this mortician/chief-of-staff? He’s behaving more like Carney, the official water-carrier, explicator of lies, polisher of half-truths and deflector of reasonable inquiry. Gregory seemed frustrated. Why didn’t he ask when the EPA (the Keystone cops) will be expected to approve it?

What mcDonough really means is that Obama does not know what to do on the pipeline because he’s been told to stall it by Valerie or other unaccountable power centers. Naturally, nothing to do with merits of the case.

virgo on February 2, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Sure, there are “other agencies like EPA & the Energy Department” – BUT they aren’t the one required by law to rule on it, State is, and they have.

There is no legal reason not to immediately approve it. Truth be told, this “study” is four years overdue.

And there is no environmental advantage at all to denying it. The oil sands will be extracted and the oil sold – much of it to the USA. And without the proven safety of the pipelines, that will be transported by the less safe and more expensive (and more carbon-intensive) means of truck and rail car.

Adjoran on February 3, 2014 at 1:57 AM

Bwahahahahahaha..

That’s one fuc*ing deep rabbit hole ….huh

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 3, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Usually in these issues you can follow the money to find out what is really going on. This one is tougher.
Keystone mixes politics with money.
Obviously the hard left does not want Keystone. They want bird killing windmills or solar panels that provide 0000001 % of our energy needs.
If you do follow the money and it does lead back to Soros than you have to assume keystone concerns currency speculation which is what Jorge does best.
If you buy the theory that we are being set up for one of the biggest currency plays ever by the evil Jorge than what follows is that he too does not want Keystone.

rodguy911 on February 3, 2014 at 7:54 AM

DENIS MCDONOUGH: And we have one department with a study. Now we have other expert agencies, the E.P.A., and many others, who have an opportunity– the Energy Department, an opportunity to look at this and make their determinations. The president wants to protect their ability to do that, make this decision based on the best analysis and most sound science.

Does he realize how stupid he sounds? Anyone with more than two brain cells knows that ‘studies’ can be done concurrently. It is only done serially when the studies are used to block or delay. Just like the green lawsuits against nuclear, coal, oil, etc are filed one after the other.
Only in America can it take longer to build 1/2 of the Oakland Bay bridge that it took to build the original and the Golden Gate. Watermelons.

tomw on February 3, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Doesn’t the Obama administration even care anymore that nearly everyone sees that they are lying? Or are they too stupid to notice?

sadatoni on February 3, 2014 at 8:29 AM

sadatoni on February 3, 2014 at 8:29 AM

They’re not lying. They’re dogmatists.

The One views “Anthropogenic Global Warming”, etc., not as “politics”, but as Received Truth. It is pointless to try to explain to him that there is no such thing in actual science, just as it is pointless to try to explain it to the deep ecology left.

They have their worldview, and in it all energy except Holy Wind and Holy Sun is Evil Incarnate. And they’re not too fond of the rest of humanity, either.

To them, this is not politics. It is their religious dogma.

Religious fanatics do not negotiate.

They demand acceptance, and conversion- if you’re lucky.

If you’re unlucky, they decide that the world would be perfect.. if only people like you didn’t exist.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 3, 2014 at 9:02 AM

A liberal superstar-don’t answer question, keep talking over everyone, provide no insight, do not concede, and don’t give in. WOW

rjoco1 on February 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Nothing in this whitehouse is free of politics. Virtually everything is a lie. Their positions are not in the interest of the country and its citizens

scboy on February 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM