Shock poll: Americans overwhelmingly favor building the Keystone XL pipeline

posted at 1:31 pm on March 7, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Exactly how many iterations of this absurdly common-sense conclusion are we going to need before the Obama administration gets its rear in gear? From the Washington Post:

Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying it should be approved and 22 percent opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The findings also show that the public thinks the massive project, which aims to ship 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta and the northern Great Plains to refineries on the Gulf Coast, will produce significant economic benefits. Eighty-five percent say the pipeline would create a significant number of jobs, with 62 percent saying they “strongly” believed that to be the case. …

That so many Americans back the pipeline, even with environmental risks, highlights the quandary facing President Obama and his top aides as they weigh whether to approve the proposal.

Ah, yes — an insulated from politics “quandary” if ever there was one. Let’s see: To heed the vast majority of Americans who can see past the smokescreen of eco-radical crapola and recognize that America needs to get moving on major energy infrastructure projects in order to take the best advantage of our recent shale boom, or to abide by the whims of a handful of out-of-touch, well-monied ultra-progressives and their borderline religious followers who have latched onto the Keystone XL pipeline as a symbol of all things fossil-fueled? Man, what a pickle.

Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto and 13 other young activists, including the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

After speaking with top State Department officials on Thursday, the activists sent a letter to Kerry, digging deep into the secretary’s past when he testified in Congress against the Vietnam War.

“In 1971, when you were roughly our age, you asked ‘How can you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?’ ” the letter states. “We stand at such a point today, with respect to an even greater challenge, an even bigger mistake — the imminent threat of catastrophic climate disruption.”

“We dare to believe that it’s not just an accident of history that this recommendation falls to you,” the letter said.

…Melodrama? Maybe?

As the Washington Post-ABC poll points out, 47 percent of Americans are still concerned that Keystone XL poses a significant threat to the environment — and it’s not like there’s zero cause for that concern. Every choice we’re going to make in the energy sector requires tradeoffs, but on net evaluation with all of the other alternatives (including, as these so-called environmentalists would evidently have it, either just shutting all of the power off everywhere or spending ourselves into poverty for “renewable” energy sources), the Keystone XL pipeline is the most cost effective, efficient, ecologically safe, and economically rewarding choice we have available — and Americans know it.


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Don’t you mean The Kystone Pipline?

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Anyone not a complete Obama parasite probably would appreciate Bush era gas prices back at $1.89 / gallon.

viking01 on March 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Obama will never approve this as long as Warren Buffett’s choo-choo has the monopoly on hauling the oil…

ConstantineXI on March 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Don’t you mean The Kystone Pipline?

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

You should treat the President with more rspect than that.

ConstantineXI on March 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Don’t you mean The Kystone Pipline?

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Our president is such a M-R-O-N.

darkegop on March 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

A country without energy is…..not a country.

BobMbx on March 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Why do we need permission from Obama?

newportmike on March 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Ideology over America and Americans.

Keystone will never be constructed.

darwin on March 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

…if it is good for America…the dumb as will go out of his way to block it!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I can’t understand why our guys don’t just go out and say gas would be $1.50 again if we were in charge. The dems would squeal, and the media would dispute, but then we could discuss/highlight all the crap the Obama administration is doing to keep the prices high.

darkegop on March 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Why do we need permission from Obama?

newportmike on March 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Because it’s international.

darwin on March 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

He’ll sign an EO forcing people to change their opinion.

Ward Cleaver on March 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

That so many Americans back the pipeline, even with environmental risks, highlights the quandary facing President Obama and his top aides as they weigh whether to approve the proposal.

What, exactly, is the quandary? Obama is not up for re-election. Unless the GOP can nationalize the congressional elections, and make Keystone an issue in every district, Obama rightly calculates that it’s better to shore up his base for whatever political cover he’ll need in the future, than to enable an industry to which he’s viscerally opposed anyway. The benefit to the country is of no consideration at all.

de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Why do we need permission from Obama?

newportmike on March 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Because d-c-k-t-a-t-o-r

ConstantineXI on March 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto and 13 other young activists, including the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

 
Wow. They really think that stuff is just going to sit there idle and abandoned if we don’t build it.
 
Hey guys, do you have any idea what country has worse environmental protocols than the US?
 
(Ha, just kidding. We know you don’t.)

rogerb on March 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Don’t you mean The Kystone Pipline?

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

You should treat the President with more rspect than that.

ConstantineXI on March 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Oh man, you guys. :)

There’s an issue going on right now here in Ontario, where environmentalists are angry that oil companies have requested permission to reverse the flow of oil in a pipeline that’s currently flowing from East to West. This is to supply Canadian refineries out East with oil from Alberta. So the pipeline is already there, already pumping oil, but environmentalists are worried about the dangers that it could cause.

These are usually the people who say they care about the middle class, too.

LancerDL on March 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I don’t find the poll statistics to be surprising at all, actually. It’s a no-brainer.

Othniel on March 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Obama: But you don’t understand! I am smarter than the 2/3 of the American voters bitterly clinging to their oil god. I will save the planet and stop the seas from rising!

/Obama off

Steve Z on March 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Well 85% of Americans were happy with their health insurance.

jukin3 on March 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Another day, another reason NOT to build the pipeline…

Khun Joe on March 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

This is a well ‘DUH’ moment….

ladyingray on March 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Where’s the GOP shoving this down his throat every day!

aquaviva on March 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

So far the president has only given the greenlight to the Kystn XL, but I heard he wants to buy a vowell.

Doc Holliday on March 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

There’s an issue going on right now here in Ontario, where environmentalists are angry that oil companies have requested permission to reverse the flow of oil in a pipeline that’s currently flowing from East to West. This is to supply Canadian refineries out East with oil from Alberta. So the pipeline is already there, already pumping oil, but environmentalists are worried about the dangers that it could cause.

Eastbound oil leaks more than westbound oil? Who’d a thunk it?

Well, there might be some leaks when they re-pipe the pumps to go the other direction. Just make sure the government checks all those pump seals and flanges thoroughly!

Steve Z on March 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

I don’t find the poll statistics to be surprising at all, actually. It’s a no-brainer.

Othniel on March 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

It surprises me because this country is a lot more liberal than it used to be.

Can Congress require by law that the pipeline be authorized? It would be hard to pass such a bill over Obama’s veto, but it would be worthwhile to try if it meant that the executive branch would have to stop interfering with the pipeline.

J.S.K. on March 7, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Don’t you mean The Kystone Pipline?

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I thought he meant the Keyline Piestone? Americans overwhelmingly like those.

Mimzey on March 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Trouble is the 22% is the total base of the commie Democrats.

Still the Republicans can not win as the RNC and the RINO’s , go along Republicans keep pissing off the conservative base of the party.

Thus this 22% loon base is screwing the U.S.A. up total with the like of this clown, hate filled Obama.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Wow! Who woulda thunk that 65% of Americans want jobs and prosperity? Well, I’m sure Ogabe and his bunch of faculty lounge advisors understand just how stupid that 65% are and will save them from that stupidity.

catsandbooks on March 7, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Eastbound oil leaks more than westbound oil? Who’d a thunk it?

Well, there might be some leaks when they re-pipe the pumps to go the other direction. Just make sure the government checks all those pump seals and flanges thoroughly!

Right, it’s entirely possible that re-purposing the line could create faults. It still begs the question that if the pipeline is okay now, why is it an existential threat? These folks don’t seem to merely be afraid of change.

LancerDL on March 7, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Crazy Town.

vityas on March 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Exactly how many iterations of this absurdly common-sense conclusion are we going to need before the Obama administration gets its rear in gear?

At this rate, Obama is going to milk the tree huggers dry. There are just so many stall tactics available with only a pen and a phone to assist.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Transporting oil by pipeline: Bad
Transporting oil by choo-choo: Good

blammm on March 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

There’s no quandary for the Obama White House. After 2014, he will approve it. He won’t need the support of the greens after the election–the rest of his presidency will focus on immigration and saving Obamacare, not the environment–and in 2016 Hillary will simply treat the approval as a fait accompli.

EricW on March 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Before taking any advice from these actors I think we should ask Jared Leto and his fellow Hollywood stars to redistribute their own wealth to the poor folks working at scale, as an example to the rest of us.

MTF on March 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I can’t understand why our guys don’t just go out and say gas would be $1.50 again if we were in charge.

darkegop on March 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I think export demand is going to gobble up any surplus ‘energy’ and domestic prices will remain high.

Tsar of Earth on March 7, 2014 at 2:21 PM

What, exactly, is the quandary?

de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

He thinks white people would benefit. Simple as that.

Tsar of Earth on March 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Wow! Who woulda thunk that 65% of Americans want jobs gasoline.

jmtham156 on March 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

“We stand at such a point today, with respect to an even greater challenge, an even bigger mistake — the imminent threat of catastrophic climate disruption.”

Oh for heaven sakes, what BS.

It’s IMMINENT folks! Disaster is right around the corner! We must DO something! Aaaarrrrrgggghhhh….

otlset on March 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Obama’s Keystone obstruction policy is a total train wreck.

…Let me rephrase that.

viking01 on March 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Mimzey on March 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Excellent point! Kyline Piestone it is then!

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Hold it! Is that right?!?! I’m confused and more than just a wee bit disillusioned.

Bmore on March 7, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Obama doesn’t give a sh*t. Concern about what the people think is a ship that sailed long ago.

rrpjr on March 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM

What happened to the “perfessor”? This would have been a taylor-made thread for him/her/it.

kingsjester on March 7, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Libby said goodbye about a week ago, said he was bored with us. I suspect what really happened is that he picked up a new handle during open reg.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

A conversation Vlad Putin and Barry Fredo Obama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X9E9n6GHC8

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

There’s no quandary for the Obama White House. After 2014, he will approve it. He won’t need the support of the greens after the election–the rest of his presidency will focus on immigration and saving Obamacare, not the environment–and in 2016 Hillary will simply treat the approval as a fait accompli.

EricW on March 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Wrong. Both The One and Hillary!! are deep-eco enviro-wackos themselves.

More likely, you’ll see the Pen and Phone being used to veto refinery construction, expansion, and/or replacement. Followed by mandated price controls on motor fuels and mandated ethanol-blending of all fuels, regardless of the damage they do. (More cars’ engines destroyed by E-fuels= fewer cars= more people forced onto public transportation= it’s all good.)

After her Apotheosis, Hillary!!‘s first act as DOTUS (Dictatress Of The United States) will be to drone-strike every pipeline between 50 North and the U.S. border. Citing the resulting spills as evidence of the “ecological danger” of…pipelines.

Expect her theme song to be this.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto and 13 other young activists, including the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Who cares what some trannie thinks?

“In 1971, when you were roughly our age, you asked ‘How can you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?’ ” the letter states. “We stand at such a point today, with respect to an even greater challenge, an even bigger mistake — the imminent threat of catastrophic climate disruption.”

Wow, they really are that stupid. The Big Inch has been delivering crude for 70 years (as of this past Sunday) – did I miss the environmental calamity that caused?

Ward Cleaver on March 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Well, I just got off the phone with Darrel Hannah, a well-noted climatologist. She told me it is ‘settled science’ that if the pipeline is built, it could lead to the extinction of mermaids.

Since she had to do so much research before starring in The Mermaid who are we to doubt her credentials?

It’s settled: Ban the pipeline, save a mermaid.

Or at least give a few more seconds of fame to a washed-up sea hag never was worthless actress.

ZeusGoose on March 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

What makes you think the “Incompetent Administration” cares what the Americans want?

Obama will support the big DNC donors and make it illegal. Do your really believe even for a second that he would anger the “Environmental Wacko’s” that provide millions of dollars to the DNC just because the majority actually like the idea?

Mr. Obama is a liberal politician without the courage to anger his supporters. He is a wimp without and hide under the bed rather than make that kind of decision, maybe he can ask Michelle, she is brighter and has the gonads to do that.

John21 on March 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Daryl Hannah is another sad case of the Hollyweird downward spiral.

Easy on the eyes as a Blade Runner replicant but virtually unrecognizable in a recent photo.

viking01 on March 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Every time I see that wedding ring, I think about the Islamic verse inscribed on it. That ring, his actions, his demonstrated loyalties, his clear goal to destroy the nation as we know it, replacing it with one he, and those like him, desires says everything. The pipeline is not in one of those things that would benefit him and his friends goals.

Franklyn on March 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

My takeaway ? The other 13% should have their voting rights revoked until they can pass a civics and current events test. Those people are such “low information” voters that we could just make a fake voting place and send them all there. They wouldn’t know the difference.

Honestly. How complex an issue is Keystone for you to not know if you are for or against ? Morons.

deadrody on March 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Obama will never approve this as long as Warren Buffett’s choo-choo has the monopoly on hauling the oil…

ConstantineXI on March 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Oddly enough “The Oracle” has recently endorsed building the pipeline.

I think there is enough oil that needs to be moved that his railroads will still do OK.

climbnjump on March 7, 2014 at 3:18 PM

…including the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy…

Yeah, you little moron. I bet your great grand-pappy just loved his ‘pipe line’ of illegal booze that he had during Prohibition. Without that, none of you inheritance morons would even be alive today to spout your drunken liberal crap and actually being taken seriously. Just because you come from a long line of corrupt criminals.

I just wish that Al Capone had taken out Joe, Sr. back then. Maybe then we wouldn’t have to put up with the fake legacy of ‘Camelot’, any inbred ‘Kennedy’ seeming to have anything meaningful to say about anything.

ZeusGoose on March 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Wow, they really are that stupid. The Big Inch has been delivering crude for 70 years (as of this past Sunday) – did I miss the environmental calamity that caused?

Ward Cleaver on March 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Yes, you did! An environmentalist friend of mine told me that the reproduction rate of kangaroo rats near that pipeline has gone down by 0.001% since that pipe line was built.

This is based on a very accurate computer model, so the science is settled!

OH, THE RODENTITY!!!!

ZeusGoose on March 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Obama will never approve this as long as Warren Buffett’s choo-choo has the monopoly on hauling the oil…

ConstantineXI on March 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Oddly enough “The Oracle” has recently endorsed building the pipeline.

I think there is enough oil that needs to be moved that his railroads will still do OK.

climbnjump on March 7, 2014 at 3:18 PM

I have no doubt that the slovenly Buffett has the right options in place to profit from it either way.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Rambling thoughts…

The name of the pipeline being reversed is Line 9. Oddly enough, it sent oil west to east from 1976 to 1998 when it was reversed to take advantage of lower offshore prices. But now that it could be re-reversed, it’s the end of the world as we know it. Sure.

January 21, 2017 is the earliest date that Keystone will be approved but only if a R wins the presidency.

Did Obama delay Keystone so that Buffet could make a fortune from transporting oil by rail or did Buffet seize a fabulous opportunity presented by Obama’s dithering?

Robin Banks on March 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

I have no doubt that the slovenly Buffett has the right options in place to profit from it either way.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Yep. And probably a whole marketing firm to pimp him as some sort of benevolent Gordon Gekko.

viking01 on March 7, 2014 at 3:37 PM

It sucks, we have the ability to become the worlds leading energy producer which would also fix our economy. If done right and modeled after Alaska we could probably eliminate income tax and maybe sales tax and give rebates to the people. Reagan used economics to defeat the USSR, we can do it again with oil and gas.

Sven on March 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Reagan used economics to defeat the USSR, we can do it again with oil and gas.

Sven on March 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Therefore, we won’t…

right2bright on March 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

He won twice so he’s king in his mind. He doesn’t need Congress, the half of the country that didn’t vote for him, most white folks, energy companies. He just needs Barack Hussein Obama mmm mmm mmm

I swear I think he’s insane.

neyney on March 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I think half the country doesn’t realize how far to the left he really is .

newportmike on March 7, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Let U.S. remind King Obama that “XL” in Keystone means extra large.

MSGTAS on March 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM