Progressives not quite ready to let that Keystone XL “conflict of interest” thing go yet

posted at 2:41 pm on February 28, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

When the State Department’s inspector general announced earlier this week that the investigation into an allegedly undisclosed conflict-of-interest problem with the contractor they hired to conduct Keystone XL’s draft environmental impact report failed to bear any fruit, Rep. Raul Grijalva — the same Arizona Democratic representative who put together this ultra-sciencey anti-Keystone vid and who’s been taking some heat for neglecting his Congressional duties in favor of showy protests with his fellow eco-radicals — was most displeased. He penned this little ditty over at the New York Times (I’ll direct you to Charles Cooke at NRO for a thorough dressing-down on that front), and rather conveniently, just the day before, Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island had begun a similar effort to leave no straw left ungrasped with a plea to Secretary Kerry to initiate a more health-centric impact study on the Keystone XL pipeline’s construction. Naturally, these hyper-progressives are now joining forces, via The Hill:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is joining Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) in his call for the Government Accountability Office to investigate the State Department’s environmental review process for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Boxer made the request in a letter sent to the GAO on Friday, just days after Grijalva asked for a similar investigation.

“I am writing to join Congressman Grijalva in his request. The State Department must not just follow a process for selecting outside contractors,” Boxer’s letter states. “The process must be rigorous, thorough, and transparent, especially when the project in question could put communities from Alberta, Canada, down to the Gulf Coast at risk. The American people deserve to know that their interests — not special interests — are being protected by our federal agencies.”

The GAO will probably take a couple of weeks to make a final decision on whether to investigate the process, an oh-so-auspicious use of our tax dollars on which these lawmakers and a bunch of environmentalist groups are now insisting — but please, by all means, proceed. At the end of the day, the Keystone XL pipeline will still be in our national interest, because the fact of that matter is that the United States needs to start laying down a lot more pipeline infrastructure to take better advantage of our shale oil and gas boom, and no amount of wind and solar energy is going to be able to provide a viable substitute for fossil fuels for a long time coming.


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Boxer and her dingbat buddy are nothing but leftist obstructionists and should be fought at every turn. Enough of these yo-yos.

rplat on February 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

…who cares?

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

When Boxer speaks, does anyone listen?

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Slightly OT, but the usually worthless elitist Peggy Noonan has a decent piece in the WSJ about the damage and demoralization liberal “mischief” is inficting on the country. It’s always nice to see the super-smart set catch up to truth the rest of us rubes and rednecks knew years aqgo.

rrpjr on February 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

They need to be fracked. How many celebrities flew in on their private jets to part of the demonstration and then went home to their 5,000 plus square foot houses?

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is joining Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) in his call for the Government Accountability Office to investigate the ambassador’s death in Benghazi.

Now, we know that didn’t fly.

J_Crater on February 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Why not have an investigation into the investigation into the investigation of the investigation … etc. ?

J_Crater on February 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

When Boxer speaks, does anyone listen?

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Ma’am?

viking01 on February 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Progressives believe energy production is bad for America. They want to fight Keystone, stop coal production entirely, ban fracking and drive up the cost of living. Don’t worry though, the government will subsidize costs for the deserving Democrats and a few of the poor. For show.

MTF on February 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Mark my words: Keystone will never be built. We’ve reached the tipping point in terms of our bureaucracies, let alone our politicians. If Obama or the Democrats were going to move forward with it to avoid a political backlash, they would have done so already. At this point, it’s all about the radical environmentalism and the deliberate killing of our economy.

Shump on February 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

“I am writing to join Congressman Grijalva in his request. The State Department must not just follow a process for selecting outside contractors,” Boxer’s letter states. “The process must be rigorous, thorough, and transparent, especially when the project in question could put communities from Alberta, Canada, down to the Gulf Coast at risk. The American people deserve to know that their interests — not special interests — are being protected by our federal agencies.”

And shipping by Warren Buffet’s trains doesn’t put those same communities at risk?

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Ma’am?

viking01 on February 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

I won’t be calling her that. ;)

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

We can’t do ANYTHING in this country anymore without decades of lawsuits and official “studies” of everything from environmental impact to how it makes some sect of people feel emotionally. We’re wasting away while all the usual hypocritical jackholes set up massive roadblocks.

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Ma’am?

viking01 on February 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

I won’t be calling her that. ;)

upinak on February 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Does it rhyme with itch?

Buffett bought the adminnastrayshun he plans to keep his adminnastrayshun….

viking01 on February 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

This stupid useless hag.

There are 1.5 million miles of gas, oil and methane pipelines buried from east to west, north to south. If this moron had her way we’d be on bikes, cutting down trees for fuel ( except in Kalafornica were wood burning is illegal…unless you set your house on fire to keep warm ).

Meanwhile the energy, fossil fuel consuming pig gets tooled around in 10,000 pound, 5mpg Tahoes and Suburbans and G5′s or better?

Better to round up all the weeny dumb greenies and bark huggers, put them into the Sierra Nevada’s with wagons…and see if they can recreate the Donner Party.

Twana on February 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Better to round up all the weeny dumb greenies and bark huggers, put them into the Sierra Nevada’s with wagons…and see if they can recreate the Donner Party.

Twana on February 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

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Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

When Keystone is FINALLY approved and completed, I suggest that they push these tools through the line to clear out the detritus.

vnvet on February 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

The process must be rigorous, thorough, and transparent, especially when the project in question could put communities from Alberta, Canada, down to the Gulf Coast at risk. The American people deserve to know that their interests — not special interests — are being protected by our federal agencies.”

I’m sure the Canadians in Alberta appreciate the moron Grijalva representing them.

Is he aware that Alberta, Canada, is another country and not part of the USA?

slickwillie2001 on February 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Bishop on February 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

That’s a dang good start friend. Only their decay would pollute the earth beneath them.

Twana on February 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

That would be Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.Mexico)

GarandFan on February 28, 2014 at 4:57 PM

For goodness sake, you dumb Americans, build the bloody thing already!

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

vnvet on February 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Those are called pigs http://www.girardind.com/

Kermit on February 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM

‘Pigs’, I sit here with a beer corrected and luv it. Tks

vnvet on February 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Testing

Dire Straits on March 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Testing..:)

Dire Straits on March 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM