Canadian ambassador: Rejection of Keystone XL would “definitely strain” diplomatic relations

posted at 1:21 pm on February 10, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

No kidding. Canada doesn’t exactly tend to rile easily, but there are only so many years of flagrant abuse and neglect they can take when their interests are clearly being put on the backburner in favor of assuaging the well-monied environmentalist lefties that have managed to turn the otherwise innocuous infrastructure project into a political firestorm. Via National Journal:

Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. isn’t sugarcoating the diplomatic weight of the looming White House decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Gary Doer told the news service Platts that he’s optimistic about winning approval, while warning that rejection would be “perceived as being political” and “definitely strain” U.S.-Canadian relations. He argued that the project has met the various U.S. benchmarks, citing the State Department’s environmental analysis released Jan. 31.

“The report basically says that [oil from Alberta's oil sands] either will come down on rail with higher GHGs, and it is now coming down on rail, or it can come down on a pipeline with less GHGs,” he told Platts Energy Week TV, using the acronym for greenhouse gases.

“So I guess I would say, based on this report and based on the president’s own stated [climate] criteria, that if the project is rejected it would be perceived as being political and not on the basis of the public interest of the United states and Canada,” Doer added in the interview that aired Sunday.

“Strained,” to say the least. A plurality of the United States’ imported oil comes form Canada, a lot of it via already-existing pipelines, but if President Obama really doesn’t want to let them build another one, he could have told them that two or three years ago and saved everybody a lot of grief. Canada could have already gotten to work building another pipeline to their west coast to transport more of it to Asia — although Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper still maintains that Keystone XL will eventually be built one way or another.

“It is, in my judgment, a necessary and inevitable victory,” Harper said in a Jan. 16 interview as he awaited a State Department environmental assessment of the project. “I absolutely believe that. I can’t see how it will be otherwise.”

“It takes a lot of energy to repress and to block a decision that is clearly and overwhelmingly in the national interest of the country,” he said.

Harper has been openly critical of Obama for repeatedly “punting” on Keystone and interfering with a long-standing and mutually beneficial energy relationship forged in war and codified in peace.


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In some ways, I hope they stick it to 0bama & give it to the Chinese! Then we will get the pollution washing over our shores.

0bama doesn’t care about Canada, or the U.S.A. for that matter, he just cares about muslims and the middle east! Who did he bow to when he made his middle east tour. Should tell us a lot about him.

Bambi on February 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Canadian ambassador: Rejection of Keystone XL would “definitely strain” diplomatic relations
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No Sh*t,….and, it looks like another Polar Vortex is cometh,
for coercion!!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

This administration: No to jobs, no to energy, no to the creation of wealth.

Forward! Progress!

stopitchris on February 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

“perceived as being political” and “definitely strain”

That sounds (to me at least) unusually direct for a diplomat.

Fenris on February 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

You know Obama is going to be madder than hell when he reads about this tomorrow!

thunderhorse on February 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM

War on women Canada.

tommer74 on February 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM

That’s okay. We have smart diplomacy that will make everything all right. And if you don’t believe that, you are a racist.

yetanotherjohn on February 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Rejection of Keystone XL would “definitely strain” diplomatic relations

Well, you know what, Canada is one polar vortex away from strained relations anyway. And it looks like one is on the way.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Keystone pipeline debate
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in Heritage Action for America speech: ‘If you are a Birkenstock-wearing Green Peace activist, you should love the Keystone pipeline’ – @AaronBlakeWP
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Aaron Blake ‏@AaronBlakeWP 6m

Re my last two tweets: Cruz said “Green Peace activist,” not “tree-hugging activist.”
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Aaron Blake ‏@AaronBlakeWP 7m

Correx — Cruz: “If you are a Birkenstock-wearing Green Peace activist, you should love the Keystone pipeline.”
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More on Cruz’s “American Energy Renaissance Act” http://wapo.st/1fYxibc

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM

So then Dear Liar will reject it.

The Canadians are very easy going, merely ignoring them won’t upset them, you have to actively try to offend them to irk them.

rbj on February 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Chris of Rights on February 10, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Well, you know what, Canada is one polar vortex away from strained relations anyway. And it looks like one is on the way.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Happpy Nomad: Me thinks Hopey, is in a Pinky and the Brian skit,
trying to Destroy America, one allie at a time!:)

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Is it just me, or are more and more people anxiously awaiting the day Obama leaves office?

I just wish I had confidence that the GOP would be ready to fill the void. Unfortunately that batch of incompetents will probably blow it again.

WhatSlushfund on February 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM

This is a surprise with the feckless Obama foreign policy?

We have a narcissistic, thin-skinned, petulant, arrogant and sociopathic President whose ideology and philosophy has more in common with our enemies than with our traditional friends and allies.

A President who prefers to enable and appease our enemies, while disrespecting, antagonizing, and angering our traditional friends and allies while he basks in his own hubris.

A President who can see only what he wants to believe, and ignores believing what he sees.

A President whose vapidity in argument and policy is only matched in his arrogance and contempt towards those who oppose him.

Athos on February 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

That sounds (to me at least) unusually direct for a diplomat.

Fenris on February 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

“perceived as being political” and “definitely strain” aren’t exactly DEFCON 1 but are much more pointed than the usual “not helpful” and “challenging” usual happy talk.

Bottom line, at the end of the day that oil is going somewhere. If not down the Keystone XL then over to Vancouver and on ships bound for China.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

How’s that ‘repairing relations’ schtick going, Obummer?

Naga_Jolokia on February 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Is it just me, or are more and more people anxiously awaiting the day Obama leaves office?…

WhatSlushfund on February 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM

The first Black President shouldn’t have to leave office, ever, you racist.

Fenris on February 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM

MeanWhile,..we go back in Political Time:

Obama Snubs Canadian Prime Minister
Uploaded on Sep 16, 2009
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Obama sends subordinate out to greet Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. US political commentator talks about the implications of the snub on Canadian television.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeZh6VqEi-o

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Happpy Nomad: Me thinks Hopey, is in a Pinky and the Brian skit,
trying to Destroy America, one allie at a time!:)

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Yeah, I wonder if Canada every gave the US a bust of John A. Macdonald or somebody. If so, then Canada can be looking for it in the mail!

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 1:57 PM

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Yeah, I wonder if Canada every gave the US a bust of John A. Macdonald or somebody. If so, then Canada can be looking for it in the mail!

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Happy Nomad:Lol:0

canopfor on February 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Is it just me, or are more and more people anxiously awaiting the day Obama leaves office?

WhatSlushfund on February 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Reminds me of Jennifer Granholm’s second term as governor of Michigan. There was outright hope that she would be tapped to join the Obama administration but even the lazy rat-eared wonder was that stupid.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

President Barack Hoser Obama.

Left Coast Right Mind on February 10, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Blame Canada! America!

Ward Cleaver on February 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Holy crap! How do you manage to piss off CANADA so much that it implies there might be a dimplomatic strain?!?!? I could see if this were a President advocating invading Canada, but … a liberal?!? I think he has officially surpassed both Nixon and Carter with this one……..

GWB on February 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

I think that, despite their different political affiliations, Harper should name former Prime Minister Jean Chretien to be the new ambassador in Washington. The Little Guy From Shawinigan would likely knock a few heads (or maybe strangle a few people) and get the job done. He’d certainly confuse the Americans given that he was widely known as the only Prime Minister to not be fluent in EITHER official language!

MichiCanuck on February 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

If it’s good for the country, it’s BAD for Obama.

GarandFan on February 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

BREAKING NEWS… (insert dramatic news music here)

Resident of the White House Obama has asked Congress for authority to declare war on Canada.

No, just kidding! He signed an Executive Order (with his pen), then called Valerie Jarret (with his phone) to get permission to bomb Canada! He doesn’t need no steenkin’ Constitution!

In order to protect all the Muslim-terrorist immigrants in Canada, he has assured MSNBC that “…this will only be a limited, targeted strike against those white 1% rich people up in our 58th. state, um, uh, ya know, Canada.”

ZeusGoose on February 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Obama: turning his back on our true allies and embracing our enemies since 2008….makes me sick

sadsushi on February 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I’m for Keystone, but Canadians can be like our national mother-in-law: Always wagging their finger and complaining that they deserve better.

V7_Sport on February 10, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I’m for Keystone, but Canadians can be like our national mother-in-law: Always wagging their finger and complaining that they deserve better.

V7_Sport on February 10, 2014 at 2:36 PM

It’s true in this case. The administration has been slow-rolling what should have been an easy approval. They are trying to appease the tree huggers. Or more accurately don’t want the tree huggers to stop giving them money. Nevertheless, approval should have been accomplished months ago.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM

It’s like so much else this administrations does, based on feelings not facts. The pipeline makes sense for America in every way factually, even being good for the environment, but facts don’t matter. It’s an oil pipeline and according to the left oil is the a product of the devil. It doesn’t feel right so they can’t possibly support it.

Annielou on February 10, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Only a democrat, esp Barack Hussein Obama could strain relations with Canada.

For the Win progtards.

Murphy9 on February 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Well, you know what, Canada is one polar vortex away from strained relations anyway. And it looks like one is on the way.

Happy Nomad on February 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

The CBC led by Elijah Cummings and Sheila Jackson Lee is ready to declare war on Canada if they don’t stop sending blasts of cold air into the USA.

slickwillie2001 on February 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM

This is such an empty threat. What can Canada possibly due? What would be the impact of this “strained” relationship?

Obama’s public approval rating in Canada is 81 friggin percent. What the heck can Canada possibly do?

segasagez on February 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

A socialist having a strained relationship with a socialist?

That’s kinda funny.

JackM on February 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM

B.O. will next move to ban hockey.

JackM on February 10, 2014 at 3:54 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Run out of material? You’re kidding, right? Right?

JackM on February 10, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Sarah Palin wouldn’t strain relations with Canada. By the way, Happy Birthday, Governor!

annoyinglittletwerk on February 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Sarah Palin wouldn’t strain relations with Canada. By the way, Happy Birthday, Governor!

annoyinglittletwerk on February 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Happy birthday, Sarah.

She wouldn’t pussyfoot around about drilling and getting more oil. I’ll bet she would open ANWR, too.

I hope she runs in 2016.

Squirrel Turd on February 10, 2014 at 5:41 PM