Keystone XL’s midterm outlook: Eco-aristocrats versus everybody else

posted at 3:21 pm on March 25, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

As I’ve said before, I’m starting to lean toward the theory that the Obama administration really will make a Keystone XL pipeline decision in the next few months (and the most opportune moment might actually be just before the midterms). A strategically announced green light and a pro-jobs message could provide a much-needed boost to some of the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrats in Alaska, Louisiana, Colorado, etcetera who don’t ascribe to the anti-fossil-fuelism that is all the rage among the party’s more progressive eco-radical contingent.

Making predictions about it at all stills feels borderline ridiculous, since the Obama administration will continue to do whatever the heck they want to without feeling at all constrained by the highly irregular five years they’ve been trampling all over Canada’s energy sector. The biggest trouble with that imminent-Keystone-approval theory is that some of the Democrats’ most high-profile, wealthy donors are self-fancied environmentalist aristocrats — i.e., out-of-touch millionaires — who are avidly anti-Keystone and who might not feel compelled to keep dropping dollars on the races in the energy-rich red-purple states where those donations will be needed most in the event of an approval. I like how Lloyd Green phrased the “green-gentry liberalism” situation at the Daily Beast:

Meanwhile, the Pew Research Center reported that the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline project was not a routine party-line battle between Democrats and Republicans, but a high-profile scrum pitting the Democrats’ donor class against the rest of America. According to Pew, the public actually favors Keystone by better than two-to-one, with opposition concentrated among graduate degree holding Democrats, and Democrats with household incomes north of $100,000. In contrast to high-end Democrats, working class Democrats support Keystone—regardless of race.

So where does this leave would-be populist Al Gore—who branded Keystone as an “atrocity,” —along with would-be Democratic financial savior and Keystone opponent Tom Steyer, and the Democratic Party itself? How about a world away from job-craving America, and light years from the mid-twentieth century Democratic Party.

Truth bomb. In the meantime, Canadian officials and energy executives are still putting a brave face on the situation, but not-so-subtly stressing that the way they’ve been treated is beyond egregious:


Contrary to what environmentalists have been claiming about killing Keystone XL as a viable way to push Canada into keeping more of their oil sands in the ground, the global demand incentivizing Canada to develop their oil sands has only kept right on growing, and be it by train, barge, or one of the about ten other proposed pipelines Canada is thinking about, some of which are already in the works, Canada is just as determined to get its oil to market. Via CNBC:

As the Keystone XL project has languished, pipeline companies have proposed a number of other projects to move oil out of Alberta, most of them entirely on Canadian soil.

TransCanada, the company that wants to build Keystone XL, recently took the first step in the approval process for a different pipeline, a massive project that would snake nearly 2,800 miles from Alberta to Eastern Canada. “Energy East” would transport a whopping 1.1 million barrels of crude a day to refineries in Quebec and terminals on the Atlantic coast.

The next largest project, Kinder Morgan’s proposed TransMountain pipeline, would carry about 890,000 barrels a day in the other direction to the coast of British Columbia.

Enbridge, another major Canadian pipeline company, has two projects in the works — the Northern Gateway, which would send 520,000 barrels a day to the coast of British Columbia, and its Line 3 replacement, which could move 760,000 barrels a day from Canada into Wisconsin. Because Line 3 would replace an existing cross-border pipeline, the company argues it would not need the presidential permit that has held up Keystone XL.


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…screw them!

KOOLAID2 on March 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Gee, maybe the GOP could start some messaging on this? Make it an issue? Too much to ask? Probably.

aquaviva on March 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Here’s praying TransCanada tells Obama to Fluke Off, that they’d rather work with a Republican majority administration than with this clown car of a socialist circus.

Roy Rogers on March 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

So where does this leave would-be populist Al Gore—who branded Keystone as an “atrocity,” —along with would-be Democratic financial savior and Keystone opponent Tom Steyer, and the Democratic Party itself? How about a world away from job-craving America, and light years from the mid-twentieth century Democratic Party.

Until these guys start living like the unabomber, frak off!

rbj on March 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

99% of the people in this protest are just there to get high and hope to hook up.

Keystone XL dude? Oh man!

Murphy9 on March 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

The Canadians must think that we are just nuts ………….. and, I would agree.

SC.Charlie on March 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Can we throw all of the Enviro-Nazi’s into a volcano? You know, to appease Mother Gaia?

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Why aren’t these young people protesting Putin’s take over of the Ukraine or Obama giving the controls of the Internet to people such as Putin? I guess it is just not on their small radar.

SC.Charlie on March 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Subhead: Desperately Seeking Love, Acceptance, and Attention

RobertMN on March 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I wish I was rich enough that my investment strategy was “alter federal policy to boost rail business.” Instead of “transfer $50 to savings.”

tdarrington on March 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Keystone XL dude? Oh man!

Murphy9 on March 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Oil pipeline? Dude, I thought it was a 40oz beer.

tdarrington on March 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Why aren’t these young people protesting Putin’s take over of the Ukraine or Obama giving the controls of the Internet to people such as Putin? I guess it is just not on their small radar.

SC.Charlie on March 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Same reason they don’t protest the Islamic Practices of Female genital mutilation or pedophilia, they never protest anyone who might actually hurt them.

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I suspect that there are those in Ottawa who are seriously thinking of determining a way to mirror the Obama Administration’s disrespect towards Canada back on the Obama Administration…

I can’t think of a time when any politician in the Democrat party turned their backs on the very wealthy donors who represent the watermelon’s of the Democrat party. To expect them to do so now as they need every single penny to counteract the effects of the EpicClusterFark on their midterm campaigns, is little more than wishful thinking.

Obama / Kerry are just running out the clock on this issue – stalling it as long as possible to placate the hypercritical watermelons and hoping that it will not entirely piss off the neighbors to the north.

Athos on March 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Can we throw all of the Enviro-Nazi’s into a volcano? You know, to appease Mother Gaia?

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Not only will it not appease her, but Mother Gaia will react violently to such an attempted “sacrifice.” Such things fall under the head of civil improvements and not sacrifice.

Quartermaster on March 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

when there’s money to be made only lack of creativness will stop you.

phatfawzi on March 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I wish I was rich enough that my investment strategy was “alter federal policy to boost rail business.” Instead of “transfer $50 to savings.”

tdarrington on March 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

QFT.

We are the 99%!

Xasprtr on March 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Canadian officials and energy executives are still putting a brave face on the situation, but not-so-subtly stressing that the way they’ve been treated is beyond egregious

Contrary to what environmentalists have been claiming about killing Keystone XL as a viable way to push Canada into keeping more of their oil sands in the ground, the global demand incentivizing Canada to develop their oil sands has only kept right on growing, and be it by train, barge, or one of the about ten other proposed pipelines Canada is thinking about, some of which are already in the works, Canada is just as determined to get its oil to market.

Translation: We in Canada would like to work with the US on this huge project, which promises a large return on investment. If the US can’t control their crazy ‘Green’ base, we’ll have to explore other avenues.

They’ve been far more patient with our delays than I would be if I were in their shoes.

Effay5 on March 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Tell The Billionaires
You’ll have “Flexibility”
After Election

This problem is easily solved.

“Approve” the Keystone XL in late October, but assure your wealthy donors that the approval will be pulled in early November. After Election Day, discover some hithertofor unknown necessary level of approval to scotch the project.

Haiku Guy on March 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

I think it’s less about the greenies and more about the rich marxists who are paying to keep it from being built.

crankyoldlady on March 25, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Emboldening old enemies, alienating old allies.

King Barak the Destroyer’s reign of incompetence will take decades to erase. Suffering of the non-involved will be great and it will all be the republican’s fault for letting his majesty down.

jukin3 on March 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Yeah, the public backs the pipeline, but thanks to weak-kneed spineless parrots of left propaganda, they’ll be afraid that we’ll ban women’s lady parts instead. And the second that some person on the right says they don’t like sexual liberation, the spineless will nod and identify that as a valid fear.

Hey, how can they not think that if somebody somewhere on the right says something that’s not modern? They will just be forced to throw in with the left, until everybody who says stuff they don’t agree with just shuts up as much as they want them to. They can’t stop selling out their side and propagating lib propaganda until everything is hunky dory. And we’ll owe a lack of XL pipeline to the people who said something not cool. (Not the people who reinforce overgeneralized fears, not them.)

Because, hey, we’ve got pot.

Axeman on March 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

In the thread thumbnail picture. Is that a full grown adult in a onesie on the floor?

FontanaConservative on March 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

This is how unemployed socialists spend their time …

Whitey Ford on March 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Leftists=Soylent Green (or, pig feed – ok – pig feed).

vnvet on March 25, 2014 at 5:21 PM

My arguments that drive libs crazy:

Canada will pipe/ship the oil longer distances if the KL pipeline is not built. Longer distance means more spills, mostly into the ocean. Why do you want more spills?

Our refineries equal the cleanest, most regulated on the planet. why ship the oil to China where the refineries are the dirtiest, leading to more carbon emissions? Why do you want more carbon emissions?

I don’t even bother with the jobs argument as they don’t care about jobs.

Meremortal on March 25, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Another green energy success story….

Progress: Indiana Clean Coal Plant Uses More Energy Than It Produces

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/progress-indiana-clean-coal-plant-uses-more-energy-than-it-produces/

workingclass artist on March 25, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Lucky for us the Canadian government hasn’t attended the Bill O’Reilly Skule of Ekonomicks.

slickwillie2001 on March 25, 2014 at 6:37 PM

My arguments that drive libs crazy:

Canada will pipe/ship the oil longer distances if the KL pipeline is not built. Longer distance means more spills, mostly into the ocean. Why do you want more spills?

Our refineries equal the cleanest, most regulated on the planet. why ship the oil to China where the refineries are the dirtiest, leading to more carbon emissions? Why do you want more carbon emissions?

I don’t even bother with the jobs argument as they don’t care about jobs.

Meremortal on March 25, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I can see the day when a CNOC tanker loaded up with Canadian Oil Sands crude will break up in the Pacific and oil will wash up in San Francisco Bay in view of Sierra’s HQ. I’ll laugh for a month.

slickwillie2001 on March 25, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Eco-terrorists should be treated like terrorists. When they are caught committing criminal acts against persons or property, shoot them.

TX-96 on March 25, 2014 at 9:28 PM

The “self-fancied environmentalist aristocrats — i.e., out-of-touch millionaires” have committed genocide in Africa by opposing effective mosquito control, clean water projects, and opposing development, and crimes against humanity in the USA by opposing Keystone.

They should be put on trial for their lives for these crimes against humanity.

georgej on March 26, 2014 at 12:31 AM