Obama to make Keystone XL decision “one way or the other in a couple of months”?

posted at 5:01 pm on February 24, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

In terms of what the White House is thinking on finally gracing us all with a decision on the languishing Keystone XL pipeline, I’ve fluctuated several times along the imminent-to-indefinite spectrum, and I was just starting to lean back toward the post-midterm elections line of thinking — especially since the administration was just handed such a potentially affable excuse in the form of a Nebraska judge’s decision to invalidate the governor’s approval of TransCanada’s proposed route through the state. Sure, the executive branch’s only job is to determine whether the pipeline project is on the side of the general public welfare and can cross the international border — which they have now affirmatively done several times over — but if a state spat gives provides them with even the slightest cover for continuing the delay, why would they pass it up?

But, if President Obama’s reported comments in a closed-door meeting with governors this morning is any indication (…who even knows anymore?), a public decision could be happening in within the next couple of months, via Politico:

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin told reporters after a closed-door White House meeting Monday that Obama predicted a final decision will come much sooner.

“He did come back and say that he anticipates an answer one way or the other in a couple months,” she told reporters.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also said Obama told governors a decision would come in the next few months — though he expressed skepticism.

“We’ve heard this before,” Jindal said during a Republican Governors Association news conference.

Republicans have complained that the president had predicted a year ago that the decision would come by the end of 2013.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was much more optimistic.

“The president is going to approve the XL pipeline,” he said. “Just write it down. … There is no defending not opening the XL pipeline.” …

Hmmm. Honest-to-goodness, definitive promise to finally put an end to his increasingly unpopular dithering, or crowd-pleasing, vague throwaway remark to a bunch of angsty governors he doesn’t really want to deal with?


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In a couple of month? Is that a lisp?

Bishop on February 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

If only he’d have taken this long to pass Obamacare maybe we wouldn’t be in such a bad position as a country.

Effay5 on February 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

In a couple of month? Is that a lisp?

Bishop on February 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I’m a little more confused with this…

if a state spat gives provides…

Effay5 on February 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I went to watch Dinesh D’Souza’s film Obama 2016 in a local theater leading up the 2012 presidential election. If my recollection is correct, he predicted Obama’s approval of the Keystone pipeline midway through the presidency as a tool to jumpstart the economy despite the dysfunctional policies that are in place.

rfc63 on February 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Yup,…the NeverEnding Kicking the Can
down the road!!

canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Effay5 on February 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Nope. Obama acts quickly on those things which will harm or destroy the country while those items which will cause growth or help the country are left to languish or die.

tims472 on February 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Absolutely he is making a decision, “one way or the other”. One way he decides to ban it outright, the other way, decide to not go forward.

vnvet on February 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Can you say October surprise?

ConservativePartyNow on February 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM

“I” The Obama will give you little people my “Great Wisdom” when I f’n well please, ya bunch of piss ant tax ID numbers.

Now get back in line and produce taxable income. stat!!!!

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Obama to make Keystone XL decision “one way or the other in a couple of months”?

There is not one decision that this filthy rat-eared bastard has ever made in a definitive matter. He’s a lazy stupid coward who let the military languish in Afghanistan FOR MONTHS before announcing the surge that ultimately led to the vast majority (75%) of combat deaths in that theater. Which the filthy bastard announced even as he announced the date of surrender.

Obama isn’t going have to make a definitive decision about the Keystone XL pipeline but that isn’t the real point. Why in the hell has this story come down to whatever the hell one stupid lazy bastard wants? A modern-day dictator who gets to make a thumbs up/thumbs down determination like Nero or something.

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Truth is he wants to give his big loon high tech doners from Calif time to put up a $300,000,000 to $500,000,000 media bliz telling the little people how true the “Hockey Stick Global Warming Lie” is,(not).

Seems the “Climate Gate” e-mails have put a big dent in the CO2 lie machine.

Sucks when your hole card turns out to be the two of clubs…..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

The Associated Press ‏@AP 2h

Governors erupt into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing: http://apne.ws/Mp2Mf0
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Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House
By NEDRA PICKLER and STEVE PEOPLES
— Feb. 24, 2014 3:52 PM EST
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The public dispute

came after Obama appealed to the governors for their help to advance his economic policies that stand little chance of winning passage on Capitol Hill.

Connecticut Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy took over the microphone from Jindal and responded sharply,

“Wait a second, until a few moments ago we were going down a pretty cooperative road.

So let me just say that we don’t all agree that moving Canadian oil through the United States is necessarily the best thing for the United States economy.”

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican who chairs the National Governors Association and supports Keystone,

earlier said she asked Obama when the administration would decide whether to allow it

and he told her there would be an answer in the next couple months.
(More…………………..)
==============================

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obama-looks-governors-help-economy

canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Translation: It is going to take a couple of months to milk San Francisco Billionaire Tom Steyer for more money, before he can make a decision that will have a major impact on the American people and our economy.

Follow the money!

wren on February 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Hmmm. Honest-to-goodness, definitive promise to finally put an end to his increasingly unpopular dithering, or crowd-pleasing, vague throwaway remark to a bunch of angsty governors he doesn’t really want to deal with?

I’m going with door number two.

rbj on February 24, 2014 at 5:21 PM

“I will cut the combat pay of the Marines” easy for me.

This pipe line deal,, now that takes up all my time.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

YAWN!

Deano1952 on February 24, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Sucks when your hole card turns out to be the two of clubs…..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS: Speaking of Loons:)
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US Supreme Court hears EPA greenhouse gas regulations case
United States

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US Supreme Court greenhouse gas arguments at hearing reveals ideological divisions, @brkend reports; some justices potentially looking for narrow way out

canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Union jobs vs. Environmentalist concerns.

This really is going to be a tough decision for a Democrat!

Which side will pay more money?

wren on February 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

wren on February 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

exactly

I’ll believe he passes it when I see it.

CoffeeLover on February 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

public decision could be happening in within the next couple of months

Mid-November is more than ‘a couple of months’.

But then, Barry always did have his own way of speaking.

GarandFan on February 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Hmmm. Honest-to-goodness, definitive promise to finally put an end to his increasingly unpopular dithering, or crowd-pleasing, vague throwaway remark to a bunch of angsty governors he doesn’t really want to deal with?

I’m going with door number two.

rbj on February 24, 2014 at 5:21 PM

That would be the normal option for the narcissistic, petulant, feckless, thin-skinned, sociopathic ideologue-in-chief.

I suspect the recent Nebraska court case invalidating the Neb. Governor’s approval of the revised XL pipeline route through the state will have a big impact on Obama’s decision to piss off our neighbors to the north a whole lot more.

Athos on February 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Summary judgement:
Bulls**t.

He’ll ‘evolve’ on the question over the next 18 months, neither offending his granola constituency, nor satisfying the needs of the nation nor demands of consumers and producers. While deciding nothing.

orangemtl on February 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

The decision will probably be to ask for more studies on it. I can’t remember, but has he ever been decisively in favour of anything against which a popular liberal group protested?

LancerDL on February 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

“I will cut the combat pay of the Marines” easy for me.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS:Your on zee roll:0
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on department budget proposal: Will slow growth of housing allowances, no longer reimburse for renter’s insurance, simplify TRICARE health program – live video

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-department-of-defense-2015-budget/

canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

obama looks jaundiced in the picture.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

OT-

Whoever the hell the token liberal is on The Five tonight needs to be hired full-time now! She, unlike Bob or Juan, has a sense of humor.

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 5:37 PM

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canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Julie Rodinsky (sp?) She is a Fox News contributor and shows up during the day. First time I’ve seen her fill in for Juan/Bob and I agree. She’s much better than them for a lot of different reasons.

CoffeeLover on February 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Obama needs time to figure out all the lies he has said about Keystone so he can give the big final lie to justify his decision…

albill on February 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on department budget proposal: Will slow growth of housing allowances, no longer reimburse for renter’s insurance, simplify TRICARE health program – live video

canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Not included in today’s announcement is who the hell is going to sign up for the military.

It’s not like the benefits and compensation are overly-generous compared to what is expected of one’s service. So, under the Hagel plan, we’ve got our warriors worried that their families food stamps are going to run out before the end of the month, that they won’t be able to pay the bills for healthcare, and all the other stuff that comes from cheaping out on personnel costs for this very unique job.

Recruiters will be hard pressed to find qualified personnel- even in the jobless Obama economy.

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

In a couple of month? Is that a lisp?

Bishop on February 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

It wadn’t a stutter.

Lanceman on February 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

What, is he importing a new Shaman to throw a new set of chicken bones?

Another Drew on February 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

who the hell is going to sign up for the military

That’s the point, they don’t want anyone to sign up, they need people to leave.

Another Drew on February 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

This idiot will be out of office by the time a Keystone XL decision is made…

jimver on February 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

He’ll make the same decision he always does.

Kick the can down the road.

Why? Cuz no one holds him accountable.

fogw on February 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Not included in today’s announcement is who the hell is going to sign up for the military.

It’s not like the benefits and compensation are overly-generous compared to what is expected of one’s service. So, under the Hagel plan, we’ve got our warriors worried that their families food stamps are going to run out before the end of the month, that they won’t be able to pay the bills for healthcare, and all the other stuff that comes from cheaping out on personnel costs for this very unique job.

Recruiters will be hard pressed to find qualified personnel- even in the jobless Obama economy.

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Happy Nomad:The day isn’t finished yet, and ya I think the Military
should be spared this BS.

I have multiple linkys here:

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2014/02/24/the-pentagon-wants-the-smallest-army-since-world-war-ii/#comments

canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Perhaps he’s waiting on Mooch to be able to supply the pipeline with her leftover tamale dinners.

That shouldn’t take a couple of months.

Key West Reader on February 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

“Union jobs vs. Environmentalist concerns.
This really is going to be a tough decision for a Democrat!
Which side will pay more money?”

With the screwing he’s giving the unions on BarryCare, he’ll be hard-pressed to give them Keystone as a reward.
The Greens can always be mollified with additional restrictions on coal, and higher MPG requirements on trucks (and those evil SUV’s).

Another Drew on February 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

“pressed hard”…

Another Drew on February 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Julie Rodinsky (sp?) She is a Fox News contributor and shows up during the day. First time I’ve seen her fill in for Juan/Bob and I agree. She’s much better than them for a lot of different reasons.

CoffeeLover on February 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

HIRE HER NOW!

She dared to banter with Gutfeld and held her own! Bob/Juan merely gripe and lecture with absurd comments that go unchallenged.

And you got her name merely right (her name came up while I am typing this) Roginsky.

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I’ll believe it when I see it. He’s already been a huge disappointment for environmentalists and going ahead with the pipeline would take things too far for their donors.

supernova on February 24, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Didn’t you guys say Obama was getting rid of Holder before the election and then just after the election ?

Allowing the pipeline to proceed is a no brainier ( or maybe I should say a “no Boehner” ) XL should be a big help raising America’s energy independence, help our economy and provide jobs. But it is unlikely Obama will go against his supporters who could care less how much this could help the U.S. economy.

Too bad Barack’s rubber stamp, John Boehner, didn’t make Keystone XL a condition of giving Obama a blank check on the debt limit for a year. I guess that is too much to ask for.

Obama will most likely vote present on this issue until he is out of his current position. I like to hope I am wrong but probably not.

maddmatt on February 24, 2014 at 5:58 PM

That’s the point, they don’t want anyone to sign up, they need people to leave.

Another Drew on February 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

They tried that in the 1990s with the “peace dividend.”

In the Navy (where I served) they slashed with all the zeal of a zombie attack on The Walking Dead. Then they looked around and discovered that not only did they slash people they wanted to leave but also a bunch of people they assumed would stay.

Same principle holds true here. Yes, they want people to leave. But those they assume will stay are going to look around and see how military personnel are treated and will punch out as well. It leads to a deficit in trained warriors able to respond to any national threat.

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Happy Nomad on February 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I so agree with you. Debate and argument. Juan and Bob are allowed to just filibuster.

CoffeeLover on February 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Yeah…right. I’ll believe it when he does it.

xNavigator on February 24, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Ah, more black smoke…

Kraken on February 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

and he told her there would be an answer in the next couple months.
(More…………………..)

Why does no one ask him what it is that needs to yet be evaluated?

He is stalling. Hoping for the SCOTUS to rule in EPA’s favor. Again..the future of 310+ million people is in the hands of 1 person.. a black robe will determine our future.

Mimzey on February 24, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Why does no one ask him what it is that needs to yet be evaluated?

He is stalling. Hoping for the SCOTUS to rule in EPA’s favor. Again..the future of 310+ million people is in the hands of 1 person.. a black robe will determine our future.

Mimzey on February 24, 2014 at 6:18 PM

So, the present source of heavy and very heavy crude oil for certain refineries configured for it is LESS polluting? Does anyone think for a second that Venezuela pollution laws are somehow stricter than Canada’s? That is the only thing that Keystone XL really accomplishes, kicking Venezuelan imports to the curb. Anyone who knows anything about refineries and refining can tell you that.

Kermit on February 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

At this point, what difference . . .

Sting on February 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Ogabe is waiting for his good friend Warren to tell him what to do. BNSF is estimating the cost of upgrading its oil tankers to carry oil more safely — and it is working with the Feds to determine just what exactly is “safe”. Until good ol’ Warren decides the best course for BerkshireHathaway, Ogabe won’t say or do anything one way or the other.

catsandbooks on February 24, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Pretty ironic that Obama would want to delay the production of more energy…when he is probably the only being that uses more energy than any other human on earth. This man hypocrite has no shame.

One_If_By_Land on February 24, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Prediction: Obama will ‘approve’ Keystone. Pay attention to that sentence carefully.

Wigglesworth on February 24, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Well he has been working for donations for the O’Barry Library and Cultural Center. Keystone XL will be the door prize for the groups that donate the most. If he gets the funds for a green roof, the project will be denied. But if the Construction Unions pay for the Grand Hall of Columns and other Spirits, it will be Green Lighted.

Possibly the Greens are happy as Barry has stopped all future Coal fired power plants that they will not circle the Volts around the palace.

Jay Galt on February 24, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Nice to know the Dictator in Chief will grace us with his decision on Keystone when he feels like it. His benevolence is a real treat.

leader4hru on February 24, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Obama to make Keystone XL decision “one way or the other in a couple of months”?

…he said that last year!

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2014 at 7:53 PM

So, the present source of heavy and very heavy crude oil for certain refineries configured for it is LESS polluting? Does anyone think for a second that Venezuela pollution laws are somehow stricter than Canada’s? That is the only thing that Keystone XL really accomplishes, kicking Venezuelan imports to the curb. Anyone who knows anything about refineries and refining can tell you that.

Kermit on February 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

What are you trying to say? If all it accomplishes is to help cut off Venezuela..great!
Lets build some refineries. Any problem with that?

Mimzey on February 24, 2014 at 8:08 PM

The president presiding over the largest energy boom maybe in US history will likely approve the pipeline now that it has passed thorough environmental review. Even though its a huge moneey grab by the oil companies, with the oil earmarked for foreign markets, and not for energy independence or lower gas prices at home. As for the couple thousand jobs this will create, this will hardlt be a significant driver of national job creation,

And of course, we all know that none of you would want this thing running through your backyard.

everdiso on February 24, 2014 at 8:55 PM

everdiso on February 24, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Nothing like fact-free commentary from progs!

* The president, presiding over shrinking oil leases and production on federal lands, has been unable to STOP private land production of oil, despite his best efforts to do so. He’s been pretty successful on federal lands, though. Link

“All of the increased production from FY2007 to FY2012 took place on non-federal lands…”
For natural gas production in the U.S. since 2007 “…production on federal lands (onshore and offshore) fell by about 33% and production on non-federal lands grew by 40%.”
Because of declines in oil production on federal lands in FY2011 and FY2012, production is now below FY2007 production levels.
The average daily production of natural gas on federal lands decreased by 8% from FY2011 to FY2012 and by 23% from FY2008 to FY2012.
The average time to process an Application for Permits to Drill (APD) on federal land increased 41% from 2006 to 2011, from 218 days in 2006 to 307 in 2011.
“A more efficient permitting process may be an added incentive for the industry to invest in developing federal resources, which may allow for some oil and gas to come onstream sooner, but in general, the regulatory framework for developing resources on federal lands will likely remain more involved and time-consuming than that on private land.”

* You do realize that oil is a global market and that when supply increases, prices drop globally…right? RIGHT? Having more oil to sell overseas adds to supply, dropping overall prices and dropping them for us as a result. The cost of crude oil makes up about 75% of the price of a gallon of gas. Link

* I’m sure a few thousand jobs is insignificant to you, but that just shows you how much progs value work. :facepalm: If you had any sense about you, you would realize that employment not only lowers the number of people drawing on the welfare benefits progs love so much, but adds to the tax base that support these benefits you love so much, leaving more money for those who might actually need them (there are a few of them among the millions drawing freebies).

* I’m sure you’d be the first one to build a wind farm in your backyard, lol. Whumpwhumpwhumpwhumpwhumpwhumpwhump whumpwhumpwhump whumpwhumpwhumpwhumpwhump…

xNavigator on February 24, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Another couple of months of doing without 800,000 barrels a day of oil means buying 48 million barrels from other countries, costing America $4.8 billion.

Or, if the Canadians send it by rail instead, that’s an extra 1,600 railcars a day, or 96,000 round trips for Warren Buffett, and an extra 96,000 opportunities for a derailment and major oil spill.

Thank you, Mr President, for your prompt response!

Steve Z on February 25, 2014 at 12:37 AM

The president presiding over the largest energy boom maybe in US history will likely approve the pipeline now that it has passed thorough environmental review. Even though its a huge moneey grab by the oil companies, with the oil earmarked for foreign markets, and not for energy independence or lower gas prices at home. As for the couple thousand jobs this will create, this will hardlt be a significant driver of national job creation,

And of course, we all know that none of you would want this thing running through your backyard.

everdiso on February 24, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Guess you guys get the completely clueless on here.

-Largest energy boom. Hardly
The gains in oil production are DESPITE Obama not because of Obama. It’s a testament to the free market. ( What you and friends call capitalism. ) Oil speculation of decreased supplies increased prices, spurned new exploration and new technologies increasing supply finally lowering prices. There is a whole oil boom in North Dakota has resulted in the lowest unemployment rate in the entire country at 2.6 % in Dec.

XL pipeline would do far more jobs than anything that Obama has ever done and or will do. It certainly will not waist 800 billion of taxpayers dollars to “create” jobs that never materialized.

As for pipelines running through backyard, there are hundreds running the country literally all over the place. There is a good chance you have DO have one running close by your backyard. You would never know because they are so much safer. The alternative to pipeline is rail car and rail cars are far far more dangerous than pipeline. I have dealt with both, I know.

maddmatt on February 25, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Here is a map for everdiso for the pipelines that are running around. Look at all the unsafe areas on it.
Oh my god there hardly a place where there isn’t pipeline running through it.

maddmatt on February 25, 2014 at 2:49 AM

“I will close Gitmo the day I take office.”

“If you like your plan you can keep your plan.”

“This will be the most transparent administration ever.”

“My new healthcare plan will lower costs without adding a dime to the deficit.”

And many more…

Meremortal on February 25, 2014 at 3:27 AM

ozero will announce Oct. 31 or Nov. 1 and be hailed by the Vichy press as a messiah of jobs and the perpetual recovery.

rennyangel2 on February 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Waiting to test the political wind before November elections. To hell with the economy and new jobs.

Wade on February 25, 2014 at 9:13 AM

He told the governors a decision would be made in a couple of months. It’s not like he’s lied before, right. The family must be making plans for a big summer vacay just after that.

Kissmygrits on February 25, 2014 at 9:38 AM