Kerry: I’m approaching the Keystone XL pipeline with a totally blank slate

posted at 8:51 pm on March 13, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Of course, there’s nothing else he can really say on the matter; I’ll take a wild, flying guess that deep in his climate-change crusading heart (“In a sense, climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction — perhaps even the worlds most fearsome weapon of mass destruction,” hem hem), he’d love to see the Keystone XL pipeline shot down in a progressive blaze of anti-fossil fuel glory. Admitting to it, though, wouldn’t be very pragmatic at the moment — the Obama administration is in the throes of a big enough political quandary as it is without Kerry putting his foot in it. There have been reports that President Obama has warned everybody on down the line not to take a public stance on the pipeline, because the decision of whether to abide by the vast majority of Americans who support the project or the small, well-monied, and Democratically-donating minority who vocally oppose it will be made by him alone, and it’s best to just keep everything under wraps until then:

During a hearing on the State Department’s 2015 budget, Ms. Landrieu, a Democrat who has been a strong pipeline proponent and faces a tough re-election fight this year, pressed Mr. Kerry to approve the project, which would carry crude from Canada’s oil sands and from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale Formation to Gulf Coast refineries.

Ms. Landrieu, the new chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, said, “Canada is our closest, strongest trading partner,” and “a majority of American people” support Keystone. “It is hard for me to understand why there are still questions about whether building this pipeline is in our national interest,” she said.

Mr.  Kerry, who is currently reviewing whether the pipeline is in the national interest, assured Ms. Landrieu that he is looking at the issue objectively.

“I understand it’s on a lot of people’s minds, a mean a lot of people’s,” said Mr. Kerry, who noted that he has to review public comments along with his department’s lengthy environmental impact report and must “get feedback from eight different agencies.”

“So I’m not at liberty to go into my thinking at this point,” he said, adding, that he is approaching the matter “tabula rasa.”

President Obama reportedly told a group of governors a few weeks ago that “he anticipates an answer one way or the other in a couple months,” and if that was the honest truth and not just another vague dismissal, then I’m inclined to think that the decision is going to be a “yes.” A victory on such a high-profile and bipartisan issue could go a long way in helping out some vulnerable Senate Democrats in the midterms — like the aforementioned Mary Landrieu.


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A blank slate should be easy for Kerry.

Landrieu pretends to be pro energy but financially supports all the anti energy candidates to make sure her “pro” energy voting is canceled out.

aniptofar on March 13, 2014 at 8:58 PM

A blank slate should be easy for Kerry.

aniptofar on March 13, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Can’t add anything to perfection.

cozmo on March 13, 2014 at 9:00 PM

This is effing ridiculous. That super rich eco-warriors like Tom Steyer can buy his policy preferences, which are detrimental to the country and consumers, is outrageous.

I don’t hear the Democrats whining about his money in politics.

Tom Steyer is basically holding Americans hostage.

Charlemagne on March 13, 2014 at 9:01 PM

So he’s using his brain? Lord help us all.

rbj on March 13, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Can anyone think of a single instance where Obimbo made a decision that served the interests of the nation even to the detriment of his own political interests?

He’s eclipsed Jimmah and has set a record for worst POTUS which, G-d willing, will stand forever.

SoRight on March 13, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Did he actually use the term tabula rasa?

That term has history.

wolly4321 on March 13, 2014 at 9:16 PM

SoRight on March 13, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Not a one. All his policy preferences reflect very narrow, deep pocketed special interests. And anything that benefits the poor at the expense of those footing the bills.

Charlemagne on March 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM

“So I’m not at liberty to go into my thinking at this point,” he said, adding, that he is approaching the matter “tabula rasa.”

TRANSLATION: No, we’re not going to approve it. We need that $100 MILLION being promised by the greenies for 2014 elections.

GarandFan on March 13, 2014 at 9:19 PM

These people are always in front of me in the drive-through line at Wendys. :P

itsspideyman on March 13, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Kerry: I’m approaching the Keystone XL pipeline, as I approach everything, with a totally blank slate empty head.

Pork-Chop on March 13, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Did he actually use the term tabula rasa?

That term has history.

wolly4321 on March 13, 2014 at 9:16 PM

It’s a safe bet that tabula rasa is the only Lockean idea that Kerry’s ever had.

de rigueur on March 13, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I’ve never seen such a fiasco over a frigging pipe.

wolly4321 on March 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

They’ll pass it. Barry won’t be able to pass up the standing ovation he’ll get from everyone but the greenies, and Kerry will begin building his resume as a fair and impartial statesman. Poll numbers are important.

butch on March 13, 2014 at 9:28 PM

a safe bet that tabula rasa is the only Lockean idea that Kerry’s ever had. de rigueur on March 13, 2014 at 9:22 PM

It’s was also the basic principal cited in communism reigning over the world.

Kill off all those that have “greed”,, Use it takes a village claptrap to raise non-greedy little commies from blank slate.

wolly4321 on March 13, 2014 at 9:31 PM

“We simply don’t have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation… We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts. The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”

 
You know. Tabula rasa.

rogerb on March 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I’ve never seen such a fiasco over a frigging pipe.

wolly4321 on March 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

That’s what they’re saying in Ukraine.

kcewa on March 13, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Kerry came up ‘tabula rasa’ while staring vacuously into his rose colored mirror. Before saying anything, he’ll have to study the studies that referenced all the other studies that have been gathering dust while performing their true function as footrests for O’s golf cart. O will make the final decision just before the midterms by pulling the wings off a dragonfly – “Pipeline? No pipeline. Pipeline? No pipeline…” Decision: No pipeline. Blame Booosh.

vnvet on March 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

oops… 9:33 was supposed to be prefaced by this:

I’ve never seen such a fiasco over a frigging pipe.

wolly4321 on March 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

de rigueur on March 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Blank Stare…

2Tru2Tru on March 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

He seems to be approaching it as he does so many other things – with a blank stare.

VorDaj on March 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

John chuckle head Kerry is being swift boated. Haha.

SparkPlug on March 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Why the Long face John??

ToddPA on March 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM

He should have said “caput cavatum.”

ImmigrantsWife on March 13, 2014 at 9:46 PM

I’ve never seen such a fiasco over a frigging pipe.

wolly4321 on March 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Well, that incident with Marion Barry and the ‘b!tch who set him up’ was a pretty big fiasco for him. lolz

Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Why the Long face John??

ToddPA on March 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM

His tax accountant told him he wasn’t going to sign on this year to him claiming his long face as a $10,000,000 deduction.

VorDaj on March 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM

So we’re crossing the Dakotas that are currently going through an oil boom? What’s the problem? Barrack, Hillary and John Kerry (Who negotiated with the enemy in Paris as a US naval reserve officer and should have been convicted of treason, and never released his medical records) only want to lay pipe in Washington?

oldroy on March 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

I’ve never seen such a fiasco over a frigging pipe.

wolly4321 on March 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

852 Miles vs Existing 2.6 Million Miles

slickwillie2001 on March 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM

well. that incident with Marion Barry and the ‘b!tch who set him up’ was a pretty big fiasco for him. lolz Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Lol!

wolly4321 on March 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Kerry: I’m approaching the Keystone XL pipeline with a totally blank slate

He really is. He’s approaching it side by side with the Preznit.

tominsd on March 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Kerry: I’m approaching the Keystone XL pipeline with a totally blank slate

Spoken as only a true ignoramus could.

Dusty on March 13, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Kerry: I’m approaching the Keystone XL pipeline with a totally blank slate

What, you mean his brain?

It’s like a new deck of cards, never broken the seal.

itsspideyman on March 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Is blank slate a euphuism for no brain

jaywemm on March 13, 2014 at 11:29 PM

This so reminds me of my years in the Corporate world. You shop around until you get the answer you want. These guys don’t want to approve the pipeline and they are going to study it to death until they get a report that gives them a reason to turn it down.

COgirl on March 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM

He was misquoted…he actually said “with a totally blank mind”.

golfer1 on March 14, 2014 at 7:49 AM

And anyone that believes anything emanating from Kerry or Obama please see me . . . I have several large bridges to sell.

rplat on March 14, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Good grief! Everything these people do is politicized. We have a million miles of pipelines some go underground beneath cities and runways, yet this one can’t even go across some miles of open wilderness without this yayhoo trying to sound intelligent.

Kissmygrits on March 14, 2014 at 8:38 AM

BTW, the way to beat Mary Landrieu is NOT by just pounding on Obamacare, but to turn her “conservative” base supporters along coastal Louisiana which is dominated by oil/gas jobs.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/12/Krewe-of-Landrieu-Blocking-the-Keystone-and-Local-Jobs-for-Over-Five-Years

Kermit on March 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Putin, Obama & the Green Axis of Evil

Resist We Much on March 13, 2014 at 9:05 PM

What Delingpole doesn’t get is that Keystone XL brings down the type of crude oil that replaces the remaining vestiges of what we import from Venezuela, it does nothing more and nothing less.

In 2003 we were importing 2.3 million barrels per day, for about 10 refineries which were converted and reconfigured to process very heavy crude oil for a certain product slate, including petroleum coke. Petroleum coke is a value added product from the very bottom of the barrel of crude oil. Very heavy crude oil is good for making it. It is exported, and has been for decades. It is used to make carbon anodes sacrificed during the smelting of alumina into aluminum metal. It is used as a fuel with high BTU values than coal and great for lime kilns which turn lime into cement. It is great for blending with low sulfur coal which is also much lower in BTU value than regular coal and used by coal fired electric power generation plants.

Kermit on March 14, 2014 at 9:04 AM

With other pipelines already bringing Canadian heavy crude down to TX and LA we have replace all but 800,000 Barrels per day of Venezuelan imports. Keystone XL would kick that to the curb, and at a lower cost.

Supplies of tight shale crude such as Bakken, Eagle Ford & Permian are far to light a crude oil to replace Canadian or Venezuelan crude oil sources. We’ve already used up most of PEMEX’s Mayan blend which is now all but depleted and cannot make up the difference.

Kermit on March 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Kerry: I’m approaching the Keystone XL pipeline with a totally blank slate

TRANSLATION: Kerry finally gets real about his own intellectual capacity and knowledge (totally blank slate).

landlines on March 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

“We simply don’t have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation… We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts. The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”

Just another reminder: “minority” is a POLITICAL concept: it has absolutely nothing to do with SCIENCE, which is a search for TRUTH.

“Science is settled” and “we don’t have time for a meeting” are both starkly ANTI-SCIENTIFIC ideas which impede the search for TRUTH.

While it may take a whole herd of lemmings to run off the edge of a cliff, it only takes ONE true scientist to discover the TRUTH. You will know who this person is because his data will be available for all to see, his experiments will be replicated by others, and his theories will have predictive validity.

landlines on March 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

If he said he was going to approach it with a “Blank Mind” I would believe that true. The brightest bulb in the box, he is not.

His bias is already well documented and the idea that he would recommend anything the White House is against is delusional at best. The Obamabots need to keep all the donations (bribes) that the “Environmental Community” and the “Global Warmest” corruption thugs provide.

So the pipeline will be disallowed strictly on political ground without any factual basis.

John21 on March 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Storyline

Kerry is a SecState with a problem: every morning when he wakes up, he has total amnesia, waking up with a ‘blank slate’. Since he is in the middle of a hot investigation of global warming and has a developing tumor, this is less than convenient.

Jawn “Dude, Where’s My Yacht” Kerry (ever haughty, served in Vietnam) stars as an amnesiac SecState, a ‘failed Presidential Candidate’, an ecowarrior, a Ketchup Heiress, a windsurfer and Kennedy crony in this delightful romp about a pipeline.

This is a truly unique cinematic experience as the first ever movie of it’s kind, where everytime you watch it, the dialogue changes and the characters all evolve into whatever is in vogue at the time of viewing.

Don’t miss your chance to watch an Historic film event as Kerry receives his new talking points daily from Mr. Historic himself, Presentdent Barack Obama, PBUH.

GKChesterton99 on March 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Kerry is pulling a Harry Reid. Too bad he isn’t bald, or I would call his statement a bald faced lie.

TKPedersen42 on March 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, performed this same “analysis”. Are you saying her analysis was completely bogus or is this another stall tactic? I wish someone would ask that question.

djaymick on March 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM