Boxer, Whitehouse: You know what this Keystone XL review really needs? A cancer study!

posted at 8:01 pm on February 26, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Just this afternoon, the State Department’s inspector general basically cleared the department of allegations (stemming from the Sierra Club and other environmentalist groups, as well as the likes of Rep. Raul Grijalva) that it violated conflict-of-interest procedures when it hired a contractor with potential ties to TransCanada and the America Petroleum Institute to conduct the draft environmental impact report. Nope, not much there, says the IG, via Politico:

The IG launched its investigation after environmentalists alleged that the contractor, Environmental Resources Management, had failed to fully disclose its ties to the oil industry and other interests that would benefit if the Obama administration approves the Alberta-to-Texas oil pipeline.

Greens also contended that the department failed to vet the company closely enough before hiring it to work on a sweeping study of Keystone’s environmental impact.

But after reviewing documents and interviewing State Department officials, the inspector general’s office found that the department had followed its prescribed vetting process — “and at times was more rigorous than that guidance.”

The IG also “found that the process the Department used to assess organizational conflicts of interest was effective in that (i) a reasonable review was undertaken to independently evaluate ERM’s certification that it had no conflict of interest and (ii) the process achieved its intended result,” the report continued.

OK, sweet — that’s resolved, so we can all move forward now with this job- and wealth-creating piece of pipeline infrastructure, of which our shale boom is in current and desperate need, and on which there have now been multiple environmental impact reviews, and for which there is large bipartisan support, and by which we would really help out our northern neighbor from whom we obtain a plurality of our energy imports? Right?

I kid, of course.

A debate of more than five years could stretch even longer with Wednesday’s call for a health study on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

Two Democratic senators — Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island — urged Secretary of State John Kerry to examine higher rates of cancer and other illness reported in places impacted by the “tar sands” oil from northern Alberta.

Their letter to Kerry sought to further delay the project that has support from Republicans, some Democrats, the oil industry and labor unions. A Pew Research Center poll in September showed 65% of respondents favored building it.

You can read more of her exact and asinine remarks here, but I just can’t, ya’ll. The lengths to which some of these progressives will go in their anti-intellectual crusade to forcibly wean us off of fossil fuels never ceases to amaze.


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Just think of all those Warren Buffett railroad employees having direct contact with each oil tank car and how safer they’d be with a sealed pipeline instead….

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Oh Man, go away senator ma’am, go away, go away, go away…

OmahaConservative on February 26, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I despise this venal administration.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 26, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Hey IRS! Why don’t you do something useful for a change and go after the Sierra Club. A-Holes.

rottenrobbie on February 26, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Just cancel the project and get it over with.

phatfawzi on February 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Okay… can we have some environmental studies on homosexual marriage?

Oh… that offends people’s civil rights?

Like the right to heat and energy to have shelter and food?!

God, I weep for the Republic.

Skywise on February 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

As usual Boxer tries to provided some cover but no real support for her side.

Flange on February 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Why is hotair keeps telling me to speed up my android by 60%. This is the last place I’d suspect a virus.

phatfawzi on February 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

These two tools and Dimmocraps are injurious to the Nation’s health. I prescribe an enema with…oh, never mind.

vnvet on February 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

This is what happens when brain dead morons in California elect the likes of Senator Boxer, I mean Ma’am. They are also the first ones to bitch when the price of gas goes up. Go figure. I wonder if Boxer’s hair dye causes cancer???

Krupnikas on February 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I’m pretty sure that building this pipeline is just another battle front in the evil conservatives’ War on Women — so let’s do a study on that, too …

ShainS on February 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Okay… can we have some environmental studies on homosexual marriage?

Skywise on February 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

During the 1980s their lifestyle choices had them dropping like The Plague. Literally.

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Because we all know what an expert Boxer is in the medical field…truly one of the most brilliant dems in government.

Now you know how little I think of dems…

right2bright on February 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Boxer is my idiot in the senate. I know, I know. The only thing I get from her is about lgbt issues. If the lgbt crowd can find one lgbt opposed to Keystone XL, Boxer will do her best to stop it.

All animals are equal but if you have unusual sexual habits you are more equal.

jukin3 on February 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM

You know Barbara Boxer really needs? A private sector job!!

ImmigrantsWife on February 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

California: Where Everything Has This Warning On Pain of Private Lawsuit:

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

blammm on February 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Just goes to show you, it’s a total waste of time to try to debate progs on the merits. They respond to any attempt at “engagement” with emotional ploys to reframe the issue and destroy you personally. They weaponize words for effect. No more, no less.

So let’s learn how to defeat it.

petefrt on February 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM

You know Barbara Boxer really needs? A private sector job!!

But thanks to Obamacare, she would just quit and do something she really likes.

Being an overbearing Senator…

Kraken on February 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM

You know Barbara Boxer really needs? A private sector job!!

ImmigrantsWife on February 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Who in their right mind would hire her?

P-BS? MSLSD? Marvin Kalb at The Kennedy Skool of Gummint and Sex Offending? She has the looks for NPR…

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM

But what do the astrologers and Feng Shui consultants have to say on the issue? That’s what Democrats really want to know.

Socratease on February 26, 2014 at 8:28 PM

This is all happening as the Shell refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, after they spent 2 billion to expand facilities to be able to refine this heavy oil in a way that will not in no way harm our environment, ship millions of barrels of heavy crude oil from Venezuela and cook it every day.

It’s truly unbelievable the ignorance here. We are financing a communist government, while making a true ally grovel.

Michh on February 26, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Please, somebody find Boxer something shiny to play with.

rplat on February 26, 2014 at 8:29 PM

…no comment!

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Please, somebody find Boxer something shiny to play with.

rplat on February 26, 2014 at 8:29 PM

… a mirror would do nicely.

(Cue Bugs Bunny first seeing his reflection.)

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM

They just want to keep pumping money into Soros pocket with his rail holdings in Burlington. He is making millions every year from shipping crude all over the country with his buddy Buffett.

After all, he does make very generous contributions to the Left.

Johnnyreb on February 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Two Democratic senators — Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island — urged Secretary of State John Kerry to examine higher rates of cancer and other illness reported in places impacted by the “tar sands” oil from northern Alberta.

Because with Syria, Argentina, Libya, Iraq, Iran, the Ukraine, Afghanistan, Korea, and Palestine all threatening to blow up, China threatening to go to war with Japan, Russia trying to take over Eastern Europe again, and Mexican civilians going to war against drug cartels, our Department of State really has nothing better to do than to hire a public health team, fly them to Canada, and tell those Canadians how they’re poisoning their own people.

Our country is in the best of hands.

Socratease on February 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I despise the press for allowing these jack wagons to get away with such obvious lies.

itsspideyman on February 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Do they know you’re not supposed to injest the oil?

supernova on February 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM

I despise the press for allowing these jack wagons to get away with such obvious lies.

itsspideyman on February 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

The GOP wuss leaders get equivalent blame for taking no stand.

Newt Gingrich of the 1990s may be disliked by many but he got in their faces, at least.

viking01 on February 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM

absolutely retarded.

dmacleo on February 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I thought Boxer was at Kerry Kennedy’s DUI Trial today waiting to take her turn as a character witness. lol

Tilly on February 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Village Idiot.

Murphy9 on February 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

The Party of Science™: Investigate endlessly when it suits your ideology (Keystone XL), settled science and consensus when investigating doesn’t suit you (global warming).

The stupid is strong with this political party.

xNavigator on February 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Village Idiot.

Murphy9 on February 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Village full of idiots (DC).

xNavigator on February 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

“Please call me Senator. I’ve worked so hard for that title”

Yes, Ma’am.

Mallard T. Drake on February 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Senator Ma’am strikes again…

dpduq on February 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM

As the slovenly Warren Buffett uncorks a new bottle of champagne to celebrate his never-ending oil profits…

slickwillie2001 on February 26, 2014 at 10:07 PM

These pawns of the “environmental” movement are about the dumbest morons who ever occupied the Senate.

oldennis on February 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM

From the Illinois Constitution (one of the few things they get right):

Bills, except bills for appropriations and for the
codification, revision or rearrangement of laws, shall be
confined to one subject.

Solve a lot of issues that way.

Lance Corvette on February 26, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I thought Boxer was the cancer.

Sherman1864 on February 27, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Let me get this straight…

1. Canada is going to use its tar sands for oil come what may.
2. Tar sands may pose a cancer risk to Canadians.
3. Therefore the US should… wait what?

Apparently my geography classes forgot to mention that Alberta is a part of the USA.

Teleros on February 27, 2014 at 5:18 AM

We need to conduct another study: Scientists have been reporting spikes in eardrum cancer, eye cancer and brain cancer. Some have attributed these increases to the strain people endure as they attempt to process all the horse manure coming from Boxer and her ilk.

brentspolemics on February 27, 2014 at 8:46 AM

The cancer scourge in America is the corrupt Washington DC socialist leaders in both parties.

Don L on February 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

So, in over 5 years, nobody bothered with the health impact!? Really!? What a waste she is.

LastRonin on February 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM

THE sure fire way to end all the debate and kill the project dead is to show that some family of snail darters will be wiped out if it proceeds. There you go EPA the answer to meet your goals.

Pardonme on February 27, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Another diversion initiated by a Weapons Grade Stupid Gimmedat.

Missilengr on February 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Mizzzzz Boxer should have a cancer study of her own. Maybe they’ll find something and remove it … Keep her from voting in the senate for a while.
Hey. I can dream, can’t I?

(1992 … the most vicious campaign ever, up until that date. Shameful!).

wutzupdak on February 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Barbara Boxer is a cancer.

Dollayo on February 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM