Eleven Senate Democrats making a fresh push for a deadline on the Keystone XL pipeline

posted at 3:21 pm on April 10, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

If, as he hinted not too long ago, President Obama really is planning on approving the Keystone XL pipeline before this November’s elections, he apparently has yet to let Senate Democrats in on that little secret (or, maybe he has, and they’re taking the opportunity to starkly differentiate themselves from him and his politically toxic policies regardless), but either way: For all of the raging against supposed Congressional obstructionism and gridlock that the White House does, Keystone XL is so beyond bipartisan it’s just stupid.

Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and they say they want a decision by the end of next month. …

Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Warner of Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska, who all face tight races this November, signed the letter, which urges Mr. Obama to put in place an explicit timeline to decide on the project and to make a final decision by May 31. …

“This process has been exhaustive in its time, breadth, and scope,” the Democrats wrote. “It has already taken much longer than anyone can reasonably justify. This is an international project that will provide our great friend and ally Canada, a direct route to our refineries.” …

The letter, organized by Ms. Landrieu, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, also included Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Montana’s Jon Tester and John Walsh.

The Democrats are shooting for May 31st because that would give the Obama administration a few weeks to ‘deliberate’ after the 90-day inter-agency review period of the State Department’s environmental impact report ends (you know, the environmental impact report that once again cleared the pipeline of the eco-radicals’ hysterically trumped-up charges about the pipeline route exacerbating carbon emissions). I still think President Obama is waiting to approve the pipeline until he can find the opportune moment between wringing all of the Democratic campaign donations he can from the wealthy “green” aristocrat crowd and giving these vulnerable red-state Democrats a pre-midterms boost — if he actually does approve the pipeline at all, that is — but whether Obama ultimately decides to give a win to his fellow Democrats or not, the greens’ weirdly impractical, ultimate goal of discouraging more fossil fuels from coming out of the ground has already been thwarted.

After so many delays, many have stopped guessing about the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, yet a surge of new options and a belief that environmental challenges are being overcome is fuelling a renewed sense of optimism in the Canadian oil and gas industry.

With rail transportation of oil standing ready to fill any pipeline transportation gaps, liquefied natural gas plans on the West Coast moving closer to reality, shale gas and tight oil plays growing by leaps and bounds, oil and gas prices firming up at attractive levels, geopolitical tensions favouring growth of North American oil and gas supplies, and companies upping their game to address environmental concerns, the gloom that hung over the sector due to worries Canada’s oil and gas production would be stranded is fading.

The change in mood was palpable at an investment conference Thursday and Friday organized by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Scotiabank, which attracted twice the attendance of the same event in December 2012, showing investors are sharing in that optimism, said CAPP President David Collyer.


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Eleven Senate Democrats making a fresh push for a deadline on the Keystone XL pipeline

Pretending to be conservatives all of a sudden in a desperate attempt to save their sorry arses in November.

cajunpatriot on April 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM

He’ll sign it. Just has to get the timing right. Wants the biggest electoral bang for his buck. And, Kerry is soooo darned busy right now,…..

butch on April 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

No you can’t do the XL Pipeline or the Canadian oil development because as the former NASA Chief Scientist and Chief Alarmist James Hansen said: “If Canada proceeds [with its tar sands oil development], and we do nothing…ice sheets would accelerate out of control. Sea levels would rise and destroy coastal cities. Global temperatures would become intolerable. Twenty to 50 percent of the planet’s species would be driven to extinction.” -James Hansen, NASA, 2012

Lol on that. What a joke, like these other predictions of the fear mongers:
“In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.” -Paul Ehrlich, Stanford Ecologist, Earth Day 1970
“By the turn of the century [2000], an ecological catastrophe [will occur] which will witness devastation as complete, as irreversible as any nuclear holocaust.” -Mustafa Tolba, 1982, former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program
“Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of eco-refugees, threatening political chaos.” -Noel Brown, ex UNEP Director, 1989

anotherJoe on April 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Fire is hot…getting close to their azzes.

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Eleven Senate Democrats making a fresh push for a deadline on the Keystone XL pipeline

Pretending to be conservatives all of a sudden in a desperate attempt to save their sorry arses in November.

cajunpatriot on April 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM

But even more importantly — all put together, those eleven Dems don’t have even a fraction of Tom Steyer’s wealth. With Ogabe, always follow the money. Who is likeliest to provide him with the big bucks post-2016 election? Tom Steyer and Warren Buffett or those eleven Dem senators?

catsandbooks on April 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Begich needs to be pushing energy in Alaska, Alaskas resources could save this Country.

Sven on April 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Remember the Peak Oil Crowd? Those guys who kept predicting that the world was going to run out of oil and very soon. They made those pathetic predictions year after year starting in about the 1970s and were wrong every single time. They even had websites predicting the end of civilization due to Peak Oil that people paid good money to join. Every time the price of oil jumped by a dollar, they breathlessly declared the end of the world as soon, join our website and we can save you, etc.

Life after the Crash was my favorite run by Matt Savinar who is now a “professional astrologist”. Good times. LOL

Johnnyreb on April 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM

catsandbooks on April 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Point taken. Whose support will be most important in 2016? Rank and file senators or Daddy Warbucks?

butch on April 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM

My suggestion would be to change the name of the pipeline from ‘Keystone’ to ‘The One’s Energy For Us” (TOEFU). It would get the Vegans salivating and the rest of us the energy we need, AND The One would be able to run for a third term (Holder’s already workin’ on that).

vnvet on April 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Then there’s this;

Marianne Lenabat- What Happened To Canada?

The gist of it being that Stephen Harper is a fascist who is going to change Canada from a touchy-feely multicultural Utopia to another Texas. Complete with trigger-happy gun nuts and the total ecological collapse of the world, because tar sands and (you guessed it) Keystone XL.

Ms. Lenabat (There are so many things you can do with that name I won’t even start) concludes that somehow there has been a coup d’etat in Ottawa, rather overlooking the fact that to become PM, Mr. Harper’s party (which she defines as “right-fascist/anti-Earth”) had to attain a majority in Commons. Which means that a lot of Canadians apparently don’t agree with her. (Not that she cares what those unenlightened boors think, as they’re not entitled to an opinion or a vote. They proved it by voting Harper in; Q.E.D.)

Unfortunately, The One probably does agree with her. So look for him to stonewall even more, partly to please his deep-eco friends and fulfill his own Utopian dreams of No More Civilization, but also in the hope that the virtuous progressives (meaning Quebec) can reassert their control up north and return Canada to the path of true revolutionary socialism.

And not speaking English.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 10, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I feel an ‘October Surprise’ in the works.
Or a ‘Hail Mary’ perhaps?

Too little and it will bad timing because it is already anticipated.
The ECO-Freaks will sit out the election if HE signs-off on XL Pipeline.
Buffet will have heartburn and close his wallet.
SEIU and other public employee unions will get coross-eyed and in their confusion will forget how to stuff a bus with last minute Gimmedat voters.
Still, King Putt who has proven time and time again, he doesn’t know what he’s doing so … he’ll do it.

Missilengr on April 10, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Uh oh, double the fund raisers. We need to get as much out of these bastards before we screw them!

djaymick on April 10, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Part of me, the vindictive part, wants Obama to approve the Keystone XL, then have Canada say no thanks and start building a pipeline to their west coast.

itsspideyman on April 10, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Was the fellow in the pix (Sorry, I haven’t a clue who he is. Begich?) separated at birth from Janet Incompetano?

onlineanalyst on April 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I feel an ‘October Surprise’ in the works.
Or a ‘Hail Mary’ perhaps?

Too little and it will bad timing because it is already anticipated.
The ECO-Freaks will sit out the election if HE signs-off on XL Pipeline.
Buffet will have heartburn and close his wallet.
SEIU and other public employee unions will get coross-eyed and in their confusion will forget how to stuff a bus with last minute Gimmedat voters.
Still, King Putt who has proven time and time again, he doesn’t know what he’s doing so … he’ll do it.

Missilengr on April 10, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I am very worried about October surprises. It could be arrests of Republicans in Congress, the result of several years of investigations, probably illegal, to end in a pile of BS charges that sound sensational in the liberal papers but amount to not much. It would allow them to run again on ‘Culture of Corruption’.

Second possibility, another financial collapse. Democratics, Janet Yellen, and their friends in Wall Street along with their favorite Nazi stooge George Soros could do it. Risky because there’s no guarantee it would benefit Democratics as it did last time, but when you have nothing to lose…

slickwillie2001 on April 10, 2014 at 5:48 PM