Senate Energy Committee clears pro-Keystone XL measure, with Mary Landrieu pointedly leading the charge

posted at 4:41 pm on June 19, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

In the face of the relentless dillydallying on the part of the Obama administration on the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada went ahead and starting exploring the potential of cutting deals with other markets in Asia — and yesterday, the Canadian government approved their own Northern Gateway pipeline to carry crude from the Alberta oil sands out to the Pacific Ocean for shipment via tankers. There has been some speculation about the possibility of the Obama administration approving the Keystone XL pipeline now that Iraq’s oil output is on seriously unstable footing (although, reality check: The Keystone XL pipeline by itself wouldn’t have enough of an impact on the global oil market to directly mitigate any future disruptions from the Middle East), but I have the gravest doubts that the Obama administration is going to say anything more about the pipeline until after the elections, come what may.

Regardless, Democrat Mary Landrieu has no intention of backing off of her campaign to use the pipeline’s elevated name recognition to differentiate herself from President Obama and tout her ostensible clout as head of the Senate Energy Committee to her energy-lovin’, red-state constituents. Via Time:

Mary Landrieu chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, a perch that offered the vulnerable Louisiana Democrat an opportunity Wednesday to mix policy and politics.

With President Barack Obama delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reluctant to schedule a floor vote on a bill that would subvert Obama’s authority, Landrieu pushed through a committee vote on the controversial pipeline. It passed, 12-10, with Landrieu joining Republicans to vote in favor of the project.

The move could be a political boon for Landrieu, a moderate Democrat locked in a difficult fight to win reelection in the conservative Bayou State. One recent poll found that 67% of Louisiana voters favored construction of the pipeline, with just 12% opposing the project. Nearly four in five respondents cited Keystone as an important issue in the race.

And with Landrieu’s main Republican challenger Bill Cassidy up by three points in RCP’s polling average, I suppose it is a worthwhile political endeavor. As practical endeavor, however — not so much, as Republicans pulling for the Senate majority are wont to point out. Via National Journal:

“I do question the purpose of today’s vote,” said Sen. John Barrasso, who heads the Senate Republican Policy Committee, ahead of the vote in the committee that Landrieu chairs. “With all due respect this vote seems more like a cheerleading exercise than a meaningful effort to get Keystone built.”

“The obstacle of getting Keystone built is Senator Reid and members of the Senate who continue to elect him majority leader,” Barrasso said. …

But Landrieu fired back at the Wyoming Republican before the vote, challenging the idea that she’s merely staging a piece of political theater.

“There was no popcorn and Coca-Cola handed out today in this meeting, and there were no tickets sold to get in here,” Landrieu said, addressing Barrasso directly. “This is the United States Senate.”

But as far as Harry Reid actually allowing a vote on the measure before the midterms? Fuhgeddaboudit, unless somehow some major political calculus changes before November.


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The scumhag must go home, at all costs.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Doesn’t matter what the Senate does, Barky will drag his feet on it until after the 2016 elections.

UltimateBob on June 19, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Obama to Senate: LALALALALALALALALALALALALA!!!

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Oh yeah, Miss Piggy. I’m sure this meaningless gesture will make LA voters forget your abysmal record as a Senator.

Ted the Average on June 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Meaningless and meh.

22044 on June 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Completely useless gesture.

XL doesn’t go through until that POS Reid is out as Senate Majority. And a key to making that happen is dumping Landrieu. C’mon, Louisiana, pull that trigger.

BuckeyeSam on June 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Another Dem runnin’ scared at re-election time…..

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Oink oink.

otlset on June 19, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Gore: Obama Has “Signaled” He Will Reject Keystone Pipeline…

Al Gore says President Barack Obama has “signaled” that he will kill the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, though the former vice president didn’t cite any evidence for his claim.

“[Obama] has signaled that he is likely to reject the absurdly reckless Keystone XL-pipeline proposal for the transport of oil from carbon-intensive tar sands to be taken to market through the United States on its way to China, thus effectively limiting their exploitation,” Gore wrote in a Rolling Stone story published online Wednesday.

Gore did not elaborate on what signals the president has sent about rejecting the pipeline. Publicly, neither the president, nor the administration has taken an official position on the pipeline. Obama has said in public and private conversations that he thinks both sides of the debate are guilty of exaggeration with inflated claims on jobs figures and concerns about the environment.

Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

From wikipedia, here’s the resume of Mary Landrieu:

Landrieu graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1977 where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Before entering politics, she worked as a real estate agent.

That’s the best they can say about her career… that she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority! Calling Animal House! She’s 57 years old, but shouldn’t she have some other achievements then energetically supporting Obamacare?

anotherJoe on June 19, 2014 at 4:55 PM

“There was no popcorn and Coca-Cola handed out today in this meeting, and there were no tickets sold to get in here,” Landrieu said, addressing Barrasso directly. “This is the United States Senate.”

Did Tom Steyer tell you to say that puffy ?

burrata on June 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Another Dem runnin’ scared at re-election time…..

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Along with Cochran!!!

tomshup on June 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Is Obama dillydallying or is this a “staged” revolt against him by Dems in trouble in November?

We will know, if he suddenly signs the authorization a week before the election.

PattyJ on June 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Mary looks more like Louie Anderson every month.

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

“This is the United States Senate.”

No, THIS, is the United States Senate.

MichaelGabriel on June 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

“[Obama] has signaled that he is likely to reject the absurdly reckless Keystone XL-pipeline proposal for the transport of oil from carbon-intensive tar sands to be taken to market through the United States on its way to China, thus effectively limiting their exploitation,” Gore wrote in a Rolling Stone story published online Wednesday.

If the oil is headed from Alberta to China, it just needs to go west to Vancouver, one province over. The Canadians don’t need us at all to sell to China.

SD on June 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Also – just another Dem backpedaling away from the damage they’ve actually done while in office, that they just now realize might hurt they’re re-election chances….

Like this guy:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/19/colorado-governor-tries-to-apologize-for-gun-control-measures-blames-others-and/?intcmp=latestnews

And it’s soooooo obvious what they’re doing, well to most of us….

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Mary looks more like Louie Anderson every month.

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

But not as funny….

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Oh yeah, Miss Piggy. I’m sure this meaningless gesture will make LA voters forget your abysmal record as a Senator.

Ted the Average on June 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM
Sounded like she had a frog in her throat…..

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Sounded like she had a frog in her throat…..

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Miss Piggy swallowed Kermit…………

VegasRick on June 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

VegasRick on June 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

We need to be careful with this – don’t want to tread into KoolAid2 territory and catch the hammer…..

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Chief Fear Monger, NASA’s James Hansen said it’s “game over for the climate” if the XL Pipeline is approved. Now by not approving the XL Pipeline we reduce CO2 emissions by a minuscule amount, or actually increase CO2 because shipping all the oil to China is going to take *more* CO2.

Regardless, looking at CO2 we got three lines of evidence against it affecting climate temperatures. They are 1) the last 100 years, 2) the historical record going back hundreds of thousands of years, and 3) the historical record going back hundreds of millions of years.

NONE of this evidence supports the commonly accepted and promoted theory that CO2 affects climate level temps. Recently, we’ve had nearly two decades of no warming or cooling despite rising CO2, and before that, we see virtually identical rates of warming in the two warming periods of the 20th century (one period starting c. 1912 with low CO2, the other starting around 1975 with higher CO2); the point is that there’s no discernible signal for CO2! And going back hundreds of thousands of years, the ice core data shows no evidence that CO2 affect temperatures, and further, going back hundreds of millions of years, still no evidence on CO2 affecting temps. None.

That’s it. CO2 is getting a bum rap from the lib scientists, lib media, and lib activists.

And remember, it’s important that we fight the re-nomination of the biggest “Republican” rubber stamp for Obama’s climate change policies in Tennessee’s Senator Lamar Alexander, who happened to also vote for Rubio’s amnesty bill and support and Internet Sales Tax: http://www.redstate.com/diary/jayp/2013/07/27/senator-lamar-alexanders-fishy-voting-record/.

anotherJoe on June 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM

The pipeline is the only big political item that she can use to endear herself to her conservative constituents. She knows it’s dead, but an election’s coming up, so it’s time to produce a little theater for the folks back home. Pathetic.

ROCnPhilly on June 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

That’s it. CO2 is getting a bum rap from the lib scientists, lib media, and lib activists.

And remember, it’s important that we fight the re-nomination of the biggest “Republican” rubber stamp for Obama’s climate change policies in Tennessee’s Senator Lamar Alexander, who happened to also vote for Rubio’s amnesty bill and support and Internet Sales Tax: http://www.redstate.com/diary/jayp/2013/07/27/senator-lamar-alexanders-fishy-voting-record/.

anotherJoe on June 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Which reminds me of this :

http://www.dailycal.org/2014/06/16/new-proposal-require-climate-change-warning-labels-city-gas-stations/

Berkeley commissioners are working to bring climate change awareness right to the gas pump in a proposal that would place warning labels on fuel nozzles.

The city’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission voted Thursday to move forward with a plan that would mandate such labels to be placed in Berkeley gas stations. The signs would state that gasoline consumption releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

burrata on June 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Smoke and mirrors. The pipeline is politically dead because of Obama and his environazi supporters. Instead, we’ll have exponential increases in the amount of oil transported by rail, and commensurate increases in accidents as a result.

Stupid is as stupid does. Don’t build a pipeline and somehow, magically, oil won’t flow to market! Idiots. It’s still going to get there, but by a much more dangerous method. Rail tankers. Dopes.

xNavigator on June 19, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Of all the major religion today,

ROCnPhilly on June 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Climate Science is the least scientific.

ROCnPhilly on June 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Republicans not up for re-election should have crossed over and voted with the dems to embarrass landrieu – she would have lost the vote in committee, undermining her entire stunt.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Republicans not up for re-election should have crossed over and voted with the dems to embarrass landrieu – she would have lost the vote in committee, undermining her entire stunt.

matthew8787 on June 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

And quite the cunning stunt it is….

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The funny thing is that I remember way back when thinking how refreshing the overalls clad Lamar Alexander looked as he “walked about the country” running for president. But the time for nostalgia has past. We need to KICK this climate change / amnesty shill out of office.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/lamar-alexander-unveils-his-maverick-gop-vision-for-energy-future-20130529

anotherJoe on June 19, 2014 at 5:48 PM

I still don’t get why whoever it is here would want to have sex with her.
Maybe you need to be a guy to understand?

vityas on June 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

“There was no popcorn and Coca-Cola handed out today in this meeting, and there were no tickets sold to get in here,” Landrieu said, addressing Barrasso directly. “This is the United States Senate.”

They don’t sell tickets in the Senate. They sell votes.

HiJack on June 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

I still don’t get why whoever it is here would want to have sex with her.
Maybe you need to be a guy to understand?

vityas on June 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Huh???

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Landrieu endorses it, Obama vetoes it, Landrieu gets re-elected. The people are stupid and liberals play them like a fiddle.

cajunpatriot on June 19, 2014 at 6:03 PM

But as far as Harry Reid actually allowing a vote on the measure before the midterms?

Not unless the Democrats in the Senate put a gun to his head. And I don’t see those Obamabots doing that.

GarandFan on June 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I still don’t get why whoever it is here would want to have sex with her.
Maybe you need to be a guy to understand?

vityas on June 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I’m a guy, and I don’t get it, either.

HiJack on June 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I was in New Orleans yesterday, and saw this story covered on the evening news. They immediately quoted the Republican who said it was for show, and that the real barrier had always been Harry Reid, who Landrieu voted for.

They didn’t really take a position on whether the Republican was right, but I don’t think too many people are buying what she’s selling.

Of course, I don’t spend enough time there to have a good idea of her level of support, but I’m hopeful she’s done. Finally.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 19, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I still don’t get why whoever it is here would want to have sex with her.
Maybe you need to be a guy to understand?

vityas on June 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

You mean Lorien? He’s like Mikey. He’ll hit anything.

BobMbx on June 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I still don’t get why whoever it is here would want to have sex with her.
Maybe you need to be a guy to understand?

vityas on June 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I’m a guy, and I don’t get it, either.

HiJack on June 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I don’t get where you get the idea that anyone “here” (Does that mean HotAir?) wants to.
Or are you talking about someone else?

dentarthurdent on June 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

She looks more like Miss Piggy every day!
This Obama ass kisser is gonna lose!

RWRFAN on June 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

She looks more like Miss Piggy every day!
This Obama ass kisser is gonna lose!

Looks like?

HiJack on June 19, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Truly would any senator from Louisiana oppose the pipeline? The difference is that with Harry Reid out of the way, it would finally stand a chance of passing. Landrieu has to go as a step in that process. Cassidy needs to make that point.

COgirl on June 19, 2014 at 7:08 PM

“Senate Energy Committee clears pro-Keystone XL measure, with Mary Landrieu pointedly leading the charge…”

…after getting 110% guarantee from Dingy Harry that it will NEVER EVER EVER PASS his d-cRAT controlled Senate. (OK, billionaire Steyer: you can send us d-cRATs more campaign money!)

MicahStone on June 19, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Heh. Too late baby fat. Canada just approved the pipeline to the west coast.

Franklin100 on June 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Senator Landrieu, your time in office is waning. Accept that you bet on a socialist and lost. Have some respect for your constituents for once.

Conservchik on June 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Do you think she will get paid with the Keystone xl pipeline in October?

Fleuries on June 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM

I not only know no one who is voting for her but many who are actively against her. I drove through Lafayette yesterday and there are full-sized billboards everywhere hitting her for her 100% pro-abortion record. I expect to see much more negative ads about her as November nears. She’s got a hard uphill climb.

LickyLicky on June 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM

*many more…

LickyLicky on June 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

sorry Mary Landrieu your ship has done sailed.

hurricane567 on June 20, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Pork belly futures looking up for Miss Landrieu. Maybe Hillary will stuff her snout into this too?

virgo on June 20, 2014 at 1:02 AM