Former Interior secretary: C’mon, Keystone XL is a “win-win”

posted at 6:41 pm on February 5, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

While the White House is still — still — adamantly insisting that their eventual Keystone XL pipeline decision (whenever that may be) will be absotively, posilutely not-at-all political after their former Energy Secretary Steven Chu openly conceded that “the decision on whether the construction should happen was a political one and not a scientific one,” yet another of Obama’s former cabinet secretaries is apparently refusing to oblige what is clearly their highly politicized Keystone agenda with any rhetorical cover. This time, it’s former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar:

Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he believes the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada should be built.

Salazar said at an energy conference in Houston Wednesday that the pipeline could be built safely, as long as conditions are imposed. Those conditions would require the pipeline operator to meet tough environmental standards and even pay for conservation programs along the pipeline route.

Salazar told The Associated Press that the pipeline could be a “win-win” project that benefits U.S. energy security while boosting conservation efforts in Montana, South Dakota and other affected states.

Which pretty much puts both Chu and Salazar, if not quite explicitly, on par with the current Energy secretary. He hasn’t said so in quite so many words, but last week, Secretary Moniz rather conspicuously mentioned that we are already undergoing a major energy boom, and we really need to get up to speed on building the energy infrastructure to match it. Rail shipments of oil have increased by more than 8,000 percent since 2006 alone, and as the State Department mentioned in their recent report, not building the Keystone XL pipeline might actually have a worse net effect on carbon emissions than building it. Since, by President Obama’s own admission, the only reason for his holdup is the determination of whether or not the pipeline “will significantly impact carbon emissions,” well… what gives? Because claiming that the decision somehow isn’t “political” might have been reasonable about two or three years ago. Now? Not so much, guys. Not so much.


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From the guy who stopped Gulf drilling and brought us the permitorium, this is kind of surprising.

Laura on February 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Write the order for him, slip it in the pile, tell him “Sheila sent this.”

Lily on February 5, 2014 at 6:59 PM

….audit!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Write the order for him, slip it in the pile, tell him “Sheila sent this.”

Lily on February 5, 2014 at 6:59 PM

LOL, winner.

JusDreamin on February 5, 2014 at 7:14 PM

LILY….that was great.

As I sit here *banging head on desk*

CoffeeLover on February 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Of all days for Dog Eater to lose his pen.

Bishop on February 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

No reason to quote this fool, he is just another perfect Democrat.

Worse than dumb.

Went broke trying to run a Dairy Queen drive in.

He can not pour piss out of someone else’s boots he got at a re-sale shop for $2.00 from a welfare check.

gee ,,,,,
His opinion worth a found penny not much more.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM

what Lily said….

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 5, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Warren Buffett owns the rail road that ships the Canidan oil now.

The U.S.Congress members get to invest in things like Rail Road Tank Cars and not tell anyone that that is what they are doing.

It is a two party evil money cult.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 5, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Coming from a weasel who wouldn’t be saying it if he was still getting his chit punched. Dirtbag.

De Oppresso Liber on February 5, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Probably not done with the whole Public Office thing….

BigWyo on February 5, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Say what you want about BNSF and Warren Buffett getting a political payoff, there is another MAJOR railroad that hauls petroleum products to my part of the country. Union Pacific (used to be Missouri/Texas pacific.) These system tracks cross at Claremore. Most people in this town spend half their lives waiting for coal trains, petroleum trains, and ADM trains keeping us tied up waiting for them to pass as 35 mph. Heaven help you if you have a heart attack when these trains are coming through. They sit at the crossing waiting for the other to pass. Thank you obama!

Old Country Boy on February 5, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Its worse when the idiot didn’t have the balls to speak out when he could influence. Hang him high.

Dingbat63 on February 5, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Write the order for him, slip it in the pile, tell him “Sheila sent this.”

Lily on February 5, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Awesome.

talkingpoints on February 5, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I would put money on Obama passing Keystone before he leaves office. He is just waiting to get some political capitol for doing the obvious and right thing. He is waiting to get something in exchange. Not sure what though.

KMav on February 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM

And what happens if the pipeline operator feels the conditions are too onerous, and does the same thing Trader Joe’s did in Portland OR:
“Sayonara, we’re outahere!”?

Another Drew on February 5, 2014 at 8:58 PM

From the guy who stopped Gulf drilling and brought us the permitorium, this is kind of surprising.

Laura on February 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Not really. During Obama’s first term, Salazar worked for the President. Now, he works for the petroleum industry or a lobbying group working on their behalf.

It’s really quite simple actually, Ken Salazar is a DC prostitute loyal only to whomever is paying him at the moment. It’s expensive to live in DC you know…. probably has a demanding wife with certain material requirements, a big mortgage on a home in a gated community in Maryland, and a spoiled daughter that wants to go to an ivy league school to study underwater basket weaving and international pottery. A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

JB-STLMO on February 6, 2014 at 5:51 AM

I think Obama like Chu Chu trains. Seeing all of those tank cars moving around looks like “industry” is happening. But pipelines, you cannot tell they are running.

Jay Galt on February 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Seeing this as something good for the country, Obama will deny its construction.

randy on February 6, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I wonder if he’s running for political office in Colorado again. Seem like a lurch to the right for Salazar. Now I’m worried.

COgirl on February 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM