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Obama Postpones Keystone Pipeline Decision

Well when push comes to shove . . .

President Obama makes all kinds of noise about creating jobs and pursuing domestic energy sources to wean us off dependence on lunatics living above vast oil reserves overseas. He is proposing to turn every stick he can find on your lawn into ethanol. And he’s criticizing Republican at every turn for not wanting to raise taxes to fund his new stimulus program – the last one having worked so well.

He had a chance to bring both real jobs and usable, affordable fuel into the country one stroke by approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would stretch from Canada, where people are generally sane and friendly, to the Gulf Coast.

Labor unions and businesses backed the project, which they said would create 20,000 jobs. The State Department, which had to approve the pipeline because it crosses international lines, was on track to give its OK, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton making positive noises.

And then, amid sonorous protests by environmentalists, the White House stepped in, choosing enviros already angry about new drilling, delayed greenhouse gas regulations, no cap and trade – and other matters – over the unions.

The enviros needed a bone to gnaw on, and Obama threw one over the White House fence for them

This has nothing to do with politics, insisted White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today just before the decision was announced. Which is why, of course, a final decision was delayed until early 2013, right after the election.

In the meantime, my sources tell me the administration has plans to put a windmill up on Pennsylvania Avenue to make use of all the hot air emanating from the Oval Office.

19 Responses to Obama Postpones Keystone Pipeline Decision

    • We cant really be sure about anything with this guy! I say we decrease our dependency on foreign oil by tapping into the METHANE which
      spews from joe, potus & flotus !… quite possibly could be enough to
      supply a WH gas furnace all winter long…

  1. Once again – all talk, no action. I heard last night that they were trying to say there were some investigations necessary because some things were done wrong????? Now they will try to spin this so they look good. What I really don’t understand is why the unions don’t step back on some of these issues and pull their support. In California you would think the unions would object to the Dream Act because it affects their kids negatively; these pipeline jobs would have given the union even more revenue and clout. Once again – it is the masses that suffer because the loudest people get the attention of the President.

  2. Well, on the plus side (and, really, I take no pleasure in this), it’ll give the (R) in residence at 1600 PA Ave. in Jan. ’13, something to boast about giving the green light to on day one.

  3. Again our spineless/gutless POTUS comes through with no decision. Just like his voting record In Illinois and in the Senate indicates, he takes essentially no position on much of anything. This guy talks out of both sides of his big mouth to appease his base, then slams Republicans as creating the roadblocks. Why isn’t Union Thug Trumka jumping up Obama’s ass about these 20,000 jobs? November 2012 can’t come soon enough.

  4. Obama – we need to put this off somehow till after the election…oh I know we will call for more studies…ok, now can I go play golf?

  5. He throws a bone to whatever group he thinks he needs to placate at the time. The only problem is that the bones have all been treated with arsenic and will kill off (figuratively of course) whoever jumps on them.

    That’s been the problem with this administration since day one. Placate and pacify but don’t do anything other than offer platitudes and play the game of class warfare.

    The problem with throwing “bones” to this group or that is eventually you will run out of “bones.” And when the beast is not fed, it will turn on you, as Obama is starting to realize.

  6. Just like Newt said. This is how Obama votes, “Present.” He has only been present on everything that has happened in the past almost three years. We need a president that participates in the governmental process not just one who appoints czars and signs bills. See by only being present, he can blame everyone else. I am surprised that he has not trown the democrats under the bus for all the stuff that passed in the first two years of his tenure, after all, he was just “present.”

  7. If it has nothing to do with politics, MAKE A DECISION!!!!!!!!! You can’t vote present all your life, you wanted this job, do it and stop campaigning!!!

  8. Your expertise certainly isn’t in the environment nor is it in factual journalism. It’s obvious you pursue a political agenda akin to the morons at Fox News.
    How about a comment on this:
    Pipeline Inspector-Turned Whistleblower Calls Keystone XL a Potential “Disaster”

    By Stephen Lacey on Jan 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Mike Klink: Let’s be clear — I am an engineer; I am not telling you we shouldn’t build pipelines. We just should not build this one.

    By forcing the White House to make a decision on the politically and environmentally-toxic Keystone XL pipeline as part of an agreement reached in December to extend the payroll tax cut, Republicans are being lambasted by environmental groups for undercutting the federal environmental review process.

    Now a whistleblower is claiming that the company overseeing the development of the proposed project, TransCanada, also has a track record of undercutting quality at the expense of the environment — further calling into question the decision by Congress to prevent a new federal environmental impact study for Keystone XL.

    Mike Klink is a former inspector for Bechtel, one of the major contractors working on TransCanada’s original Keystone pipeline, completed in 2010. Klink says he raised numerous concerns about shoddy materials and poor craftsmanship during construction of the pipeline, which brings tar sands crude from Canada to Midwestern refineries in the U.S. Instead of actually addressing the problems, Klink claims he was fired by Bechtel in retaliation. He filed a complaint with the Department of Labor in March of 2010, and made his story public last fall.

    Klink, who says he’s speaking as an engineer and not an environmentalist, has just published a scathing op-ed in the Lincoln Journal Star criticizing Keystone XL, a proposed extension of the current tar sands pipeline network that would bring crude down to refineries in the Gulf Coast, crossing a major aquifer along the way:

    As an inspector, my job was to monitor the construction of the first Keystone pipeline. I oversaw construction at the pump stations that have been such a problem on that line, which has already spilled more than a dozen times. I am coming forward because my kids encouraged me to tell the truth about what was done and covered up.

    When I last raised concerns about corners being cut, I lost my job — but people along the Keystone XL pathway have a lot more to lose if this project moves forward with the same shoddy work.

    A recent environmental impact statement — outsourced by the State Department to another major TransCanada contractor — found that there would be “limited adverse environmental impacts” associated with the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline. Opponents of the pipeline cried foul, saying it was yet another major conflict of interest between the State Department and TransCanada.

    Klink’s assertions about poor management of the first Keystone pipeline provide yet more ammunition for critics of the pipeline:

    What did I see? Cheap foreign steel that cracked when workers tried to weld it, foundations for pump stations that you would never consider using in your own home, fudged safety tests, Bechtel staffers explaining away leaks during pressure tests as “not too bad,” shortcuts on the steel and rebar that are essential for safe pipeline operation and siting of facilities on completely inappropriate spots like wetlands.

    I shared these concerns with my bosses, who communicated them to the bigwigs at TransCanada, but nothing changed. TransCanada didn’t appear to care. That is why I was not surprised to hear about the big spill in Ludden, N.D., where a 60-foot plume of crude spewed tens of thousands of gallons of toxic tar sands oil and fouled neighboring fields.

    TransCanada says that the performance has been OK. Fourteen spills is not so bad. And that the pump stations don’t really count. That is all bunk. This thing shouldn’t be leaking like a sieve in its first year — what do you think happens decades from now after moving billions of barrels of the most corrosive oil on the planet?

    Let’s be clear — I am an engineer; I am not telling you we shouldn’t build pipelines. We just should not build this one.

    White House officials say the 60-day timeline forced by Congress on the Keystone XL pipeline will force the Administration to deny the project. This is exactly what Republicans want — but only to make the pipeline an election issue, not to consider the myriad environmental issues being raised.