Obama on Keystone XL: This is just how we do things in the United States

posted at 5:21 pm on February 20, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama flew to Mexico yesterday for a conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Peña Nieto that was largely about energy issues, and you just know Harper was pushing Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline behind closed doors. In the joint presser, however, it was all the usual trite faux-pleasantries, via NJ:

Obama defended what has been a years-long federal review while acknowledging that Harper, who has been seeking approval of the pipeline for years, has chafed at the U.S. process.

“There is a process that has been gone through, and I know it’s been extensive, and at times I’m sure Stephen feels, a little too laborious. But these are how we make these decisions about something that could potentially have a significant impact on America’s national economy and our national interests,” Obama said. …

“So the State Department has gone through its review. There is now a comment period in which other agencies weigh in. That will be evaluated by Secretary of State Kerry, and we’ll make a decision at that point,” Obama said.

Let me go ahead and fix that for you.

“There is a process on which my administration has delayed and obfuscated as much as possible, and I know it’s been extensive, and I’m fully aware that Stephen is royally ticked off about the appalling way I’ve been treating him. But these are how we make wildly politicized decisions that about something that we have known for several years now would have a significantly positive impact on America’s national economy and our national interests. So the State Department has gone through its umpteenth review. There is now a comment period in which other agencies weigh in, that will then be evaluated by my out-of-touch loon of a secretary of State and myself. You will wait for our decision, and you will like it.”

Much better.

I shudder to think about what the Obama administration might do with yesterday’s decision from a Nebraska judge invalidating the law that was used by the state government to approve the Keystone XL route. The state’s attorney general is already planning to appeal the ruling, but if the Obama administration can use it to further justify their interminable dithering, they will. I can hear it now: “Oh, man, we were totally, seriously just about to come to a decision, but if Canada has to re-propose their route for Nebraska’s approval again, we might have to have to start all over! What a shame!”

In other news from that joint press conference, a bunch of the companies that helped to spur the U.S. shale boom are looking to expand southward into Mexico — and Mexico is all for it. Their president wants to raise Mexico’s oil production to 3 million barrels a day by 2018, a a 25 percent increase from their production levels today, and they’d like help getting started on the shale drilling. There’s one huge, glaring problem standing in the way of that progress, though, via Quartz:

If all goes well, drillers responsible for a shale-oil bonanza in Texas will soon cross the southern US border and extend the hydraulic fracturing boom to Mexico. But first the Mexican government, foreign oil companies or some combination of the two will have to neutralize some of the most savage gangsters in the world. …

Trade rules will have to be relaxed to allow the US companies to quickly move labor and special equipment back and forth across the border when needed, experts here say. But more importantly, Peña has to deal with the Zetas and Gulf Cartel, two vicious drug- and gun-running gangs whose turf overlaps Mexico’s shale patch. Nabbings, extortion, murder and oil theft by the gangs have made US drillers—traditionally cavalier about violence in the areas where they work—wary of venturing into the shale-rich states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon.


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Translation: It ain’t happening, sucka!

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM

There’s a lot of money at stake, how much is a no quarter given mercenary force worth to Mexico. Head in there and start exterminating the cartels, the world will be a better place.

Bishop on February 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

So much for WE CAN’T WAIT, right Mr. President?

The Schaef on February 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Sec Lurch is so qualified to make a decision on this. They will find a way to delay this or get it cancelled for some BS reason to appease the nut job greenies. You would think the labor guys would be screaming, lot of good jobs going down the tubes. The way we do things indeed.

major dad on February 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

It’s call foot dragging Obama and it’s all for the favor of the eco-terrorists and other eco freaks.

rplat on February 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Sadly, it is NOW.

Cleombrotus on February 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

No,No, This is how you do things. Obama dithers,Cuomo dithers. thank god for North Dakota.

notwantedinN.Y.

jmtham156 on February 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

What do you mean “we” dumbass?

otlset on February 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

What the heck does he know about how we do things in the U.S.

rjoco1 on February 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Wait! I thought government is everything we do together! Roads! Bridges! Dams! Infraaaaaaaasructure!

But as it turns out government is really a bloated paper pushing bureaucracy beholden to special interests and not the public good.

gwelf on February 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM

“There is a process that has been gone through, and I know it’s been extensive, and at times I’m sure Stephen feels, a little too laborious. But these are how we make these decisions about something that could potentially have a significant impact on America’s national economy and our national interests,” Obama said. …

Except for Obamacare and anything else that advances the ‘Progressive’ agenda.

Drained Brain on February 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

I shudder to think about what the Obama administration might do with yesterday’s decision from a Nebraska judge invalidating the law that was used by the state government to approve the Keystone XL route. The state’s attorney general is already planning to appeal the ruling, but if the Obama administration can use it to further justify their interminable dithering, they will. I can hear it now: “Oh, man, we were totally, seriously just about to come to a decision, but if Canada has to re-propose their route for Nebraska’s approval again, we might have to have to start all over! What a shame!”

What the arrogant Nebraska judge said was that the pipeline should have been reviewed by the Nebraska Department of Public Works, instead of by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, both of whom work for Gov. Heinemann (R-NE). So if the Nebraska DPW comes to the same conclusion as the Nebraska DEQ, there would be no need to change the pipeline route.

Although, for poetic justice and schadenfreude, it should be re-routed through Stephanie Stacy’s courtroom.

Steve Z on February 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Idiot.

Mimzey on February 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

“There is a process that has been gone through, and I know it’s been extensive, and at times I’m sure Stephen feels, a little too laborious. But these are how we make these decisions about something that could potentially have a significant impact on America’s national economy and our national interests,” Obama said.

One can’t help but wonder a bit what happened to this apparently desirable process when we passed a bill to find out what was in it.

Madcap_Magician on February 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM

“So the State Department has gone through its review. There is now a comment period in which other agencies weigh in. That will be evaluated by Secretary of State Kerry, and we’ll make a decision at that point,” Obama said.

In other words…He doesn’t know chit about chit but because these guys ganged up on him…NO!

workingclass artist on February 20, 2014 at 5:40 PM

What the arrogant Nebraska judge said was that the pipeline should have been reviewed by the Nebraska Department of Public Works, instead of by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, both of whom work for Gov. Heinemann (R-NE). So if the Nebraska DPW comes to the same conclusion as the Nebraska DEQ, there would be no need to change the pipeline route.

Although, for poetic justice and schadenfreude, it should be re-routed through Stephanie Stacy’s courtroom.

Steve Z on February 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

and the waste route added and looped through her living room

workingclass artist on February 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

One can’t help but wonder a bit what happened to this apparently desirable process when we passed a bill to find out what was in it.

Madcap_Magician on February 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Exactly the point I was trying to make just above you.

Obama’s statement reeks of irony.

Drained Brain on February 20, 2014 at 5:43 PM

that will then be evaluated by my out-of-touch loon of a secretary of State and myself. You will wait for our decision, and you will like it.”

You been takin’ Allah lessons?

Lanceman on February 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

“There is a process that has been gone through, and I know it’s been extensive, and at times I’m sure Stephen feels, a little too laborious. But these are how we make these decisions about something that could potentially have a significant impact on America’s national economy and our national interests,” Obama said

Good thing this idiot wasn’t around for the building of the Hoover Dam, the Pentagon or the Empire State Building.

rbj on February 20, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Sometimes we have to ask where is his pen and his phone…

ojfltx on February 20, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Exactly the point I was trying to make just above you.

Obama’s statement reeks of irony.

Drained Brain on February 20, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Sorry, comments got posted fast. Your comment wasn’t there when I started typing. :D

Madcap_Magician on February 20, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Who will control the flow through this pipeline? The US or Canada? Does anyone know?

kcewa on February 20, 2014 at 5:57 PM

That will be evaluated by Secretary of State Kerry, and we’ll make a decision at that point,” Obama said

…now he’s a comedian!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Sorry, comments got posted fast. Your comment wasn’t there when I started typing. :D

Madcap_Magician on February 20, 2014 at 5:53 PM

No, your comment was more pithy than mine and that’s why I quoted it!

It’s an amazing statement, not just in reference to Obamacare but to all those Executive Orders he’s been pushing out on an assembly line.

Drained Brain on February 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Idiot.

Mimzey on February 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

^^ Says it all.

Flora Duh on February 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Obama on Keystone XL: This is just how we do things in the United States

No, it’s how YOU do things, you prick.

Ward Cleaver on February 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

“There is a process that has been gone through, and I know it’s been extensive, and at times I’m sure Stephen feels, a little too laborious. But these are how we make these decisions about something that could potentially have a significant impact on America’s national economy and our national interests,” Obama said.

This statement is completely supported by the years-long debate on ObamaCare.

Right?

BobMbx on February 20, 2014 at 6:02 PM

obama hates the US American workers.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM

An utter fool is chief. The sheepledom made him so, twice.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Now, if Americans go south of the border and find oil, does that make them citizens of Mexico? Or, is there at least a path to citizenship?

BKeyser on February 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM

This is how they do things in Kenya and Indonesia (both countries that influenced Obama) but not America.

ConstantineXI on February 20, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I’m sure whatever decision Obama makes will be the right one.

/sarc

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 20, 2014 at 6:20 PM

If only he’d been 1/2 as extensive on considering Obamacare.

LouisianaLightning on February 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

But these are how we make these decisions about something that could potentially have a significant impact on America’s national economy and our national interests,” Obama said. …

And the thought process goes like this: Economic impact is going to be very positive, so delay must be very long. Increase national interests (by being less dependent on foreign oil), delay longer. Fossil fuel, add some more. Base doesn’t like it, tack on a bit. Other side loves it, keep adding delays as desired.

Delay, delay and do it not until the cow’s come home, but until they keel over and give up.

Last thought, I only wish they took this much time, put this much thought into the (un)Affordable Care(less) Act.

CPRforAmerica on February 20, 2014 at 6:24 PM

If only he’d been 1/2 as extensive on considering Obamacare.

LouisianaLightning on February 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Remember his (undefined and unwritten) “Pass this bill… RIGHT AWAY Act of 2011″?

The one that would create all kinds of jobs, etc, if Congress would just “pass THIS bill RIGHT AWAY”?

Obama is never deliberative when it comes to destroying the country.

ConstantineXI on February 20, 2014 at 6:25 PM

This is just how we do things in the United States Chicago.

Wisdom_of_Homer on February 20, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Obama on Keystone XL: This is just how we do things in…

Chicago (we want more bribes, ho)

The Faculty Lounge (we hate Western Civilization and we’re never gonna let you do it for that reason)

Environmental Groups (we hate humanity and we want you all to die!)

The Fantasy Universe Between My Ears (Unicorns! Unicorns! Unicorns!!!!)

Anyone expecting a reality-base policy from The One at this late date hasn’t been paying attention to Mr. Delusional’s lifepath. He makes Chavez and Maduro look almost…normal… by comparison.

I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t “drone” the pipeline terminus north of the border at some point.

The little voices in his head will cheer when he does, I’m sure.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 20, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Yep, one way or other, Keystone is toast at least until Obama is out. In this WH, ideology and politics trump national interest every time. No contest. Not even close.

petefrt on February 20, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Can’t Obama whip up one of his Executive Orders, you know, like the ones he signs when Congress moves too slowly (according to Obama)?

Sheerq on February 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Eastwood had it nailed when he brought out the empty chair! This anti-job, law breaking, violator of the Constitution and therefore his oath deserves impeachment and exile back to his beloved homeland, wherever the H that is.

ultracon on February 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM

I know it’s been extensive, and at times I’m sure Stephen feels, a little too laborious. … That will be evaluated by Secretary of State Kerry, and we’ll make a decision at that point.

So the Canadian Prime Minister is “Stephen,” but the head of a US department is “Secretary of State Kerry.”

One of many reasons why the US is less respected now.

itsnotaboutme on February 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I know it’s been extensive, and at times I’m sure Stephen feels, a little too laborious. … That will be evaluated by Secretary of State Kerry, and we’ll make a decision at that point.

So the Canadian Prime Minister is “Stephen,” but the head of a US department is “Secretary of State Kerry.”

One of many reasons why the US is less respected now.

itsnotaboutme on February 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM

It’s all so the slob Warren Buffett can continue to score loads of filthy lucre using his railroad to carry the oil instead of a pipeline.

slickwillie2001 on February 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

No, Mr. Dog Breath, this is not how we do it. It is how YOU do it. Of course you, like King Louie, think you are he State.

VorDaj on February 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Apparently his pen and phone are still on vacation.

BelleStarre on February 20, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Call up Erik Prince and see what kind of deal he can make for you. The big bucks in the ground will totally offset whatever he charges.

schmuck281 on February 20, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Call up Erik Prince and see what kind of deal he can make for you. The big bucks in the ground will totally offset whatever he charges.

schmuck281 on February 20, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Would he be willing to take on all those Fast & Furious machine guns?

slickwillie2001 on February 21, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Map of pipelines crossing the US-Canada border:

http://www.theodora.com/pipelines/canada_pipelines.html#map

No, Mr. President, you’ve made a complete a$$ of yourself over the Keystone XL. History shows that what you are doing is NOT the way that the US does things. Prime Minister Harper knows this. You, sir, have again beclowned yourself as an ignoramus.

In the memorable words of Rep. Joe Wilson, “You lie.”

ss396 on February 21, 2014 at 1:24 AM

“There is a process that has been gone through, and I know it’s been extensive, and at times I’m sure Stephen feels, a little too laborious. But these are how we make these decisions about something that could potentially have a significant impact on America’s national economy and our national interests,” Obama said. …

Just like executive orders…/s

right2bright on February 21, 2014 at 8:01 AM