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Obama Gives the Enviros Their Pound of Flesh

Updated at 3:42 pm ET

President Obama announced this afternoon he has decided to nix the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported millions of barrels of oil from Canada all the way to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The move will please Obama’s environmentalist allies, who have been pulling their pony tails out over his failure to push Cap and Trade, his delay of greenhouse gas regulations, his sudden enthusiasm for drilling, and other matters.

But the self-proclaimed guardian of U.S. jobs will not make the working man happy with this one, no matter how may NASCAR events he sends Michelle to attend.

Obama could have let the pipeline move forward instead of deciding in November that he would await a new State Department environmental review that was scheduled conveniently to last until just after Election Day.

The new review was begun in response to protests from environmentalists and officials in Nebraska, through which the pipeline will run, over a positive review that had already been conducted. AFTERWARD, TransCanada, the company that was to build the pipeline, agreed to alter the route.

NOW, the White House is now claiming that the State Department needs until 2013 to review the pipeline because it will move along a new route through Nebraska, where the old route was not popular.

Even so, faced with new legislation that requires him to make a decision by next month, Obama could have at least approved the pipeline contingent on the completion of the new post-election environmental review.

Instead, he had decided to scrap it. And, in a written statement, he blamed Republicans.

As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.  As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied.  And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.

This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people.  I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision.

This is what TransCanada, the company that wants to build the pipeline, optimistically predicted late last year.

TransCanada believes Keystone XL will ultimately be approved, as it is too important to the U.S. economy and its national interest. As well, Keystone XL remains the best option for producers to supply crude oil to U.S. Gulf Coast Refineries.

The U.S. consumes 15 million barrels of oil each day and imports 10 to 11 million barrels per day.  Industry forecasts predict oil consumption will continue at these levels for the next two to three decades, so a secure supply of crude oil is critical to U.S. energy security.

Keystone XL is shovel-ready.  TransCanada is poised to put 13,000 Americans to work to construct the pipeline – pipefitters, welders, mechanics, electricians, heavy equipment operators, among other jobs – in addition to 7,000 manufacturing jobs that would be created across the U.S.  Additionally, local businesses along the pipeline route will benefit from the 118,000 spin-off jobs Keystone XL will create through increased business for local goods and service providers.

The Keystone XL would have added half a million barrels a day, representing about five percent of out total imports. And all of it from Canadians who are never known to shout “Death to America.”

The announcement, according to reports, will be made out of the State Department at 3 pm today. Look for White House Press Jay Carney to cleverly avoid taking questions on the matter, since it has not been officially “announced.”

56 thoughts on “Obama Gives the Enviros Their Pound of Flesh”

    1. Why would we stop selling you guys oil just because there isn’t going to be a pipeline? That would be pretty bad for business, the US being our largest market.

  1. Well approving Keystone would also put a crimp in the Brazilian oil investment of the Democrat party’s puppeteer (Soros). Obama has been working to undermine our Republic from the beginning, so I’m not surprised at his rejection of the pipeline. Obama is putting his party ahead of the country, even with the knowledge that Canada will look to sell their bounty to China. Obama is enslaving us to dependence on foreign oil for years to come and I hope pays dearly in November for his betrayal.

    1. I like the ponytail line, made me chuckle.
      I feel like this issue is of super importance, I could not imagine what kind of face they could put on this to deny something that would create jobs,etc. Gotta be relying on MSM to keep it quiet, but the Repubs and Conservatives ought to scream loud and long about it.

  2. Jay will lovingly refer the hard questions to the campaign. We all know it’s what Obama The Campaigner is all about. Everything he does is politically motivated for votes. :(

    1. and of course the campaign NEVER answers anything…
      (re: why are so many of Barack Hussein Obama’s “records” off limits/sealed?)

  3. Well I hope there are some back channel talks going on asking Canada to hold off till we have a new President who actually wants to create jobs instead of
    wringing his hands over how many votes he would lose or gain! Idiot.

    1. sorry to disagree, I think his green base is smaller than his union base, who wanted it. Maybe the only time I agree with the unions.
      I see it as incompatable with his agenda of keeping us dependent on foreign oil to boost his kooky green agenda. Please, like he cares about Nebraska, unless Pelosibutt needs to buy off one of their senators.

      1. sorry, I was mad when entering my comment. I guess Pelosibutt didn’t buy off Ben Nelson, Harry ButtReid did,
        I was crying when he decided not to run again. They have not forgiven him over there in Nebraska. (Illinois guy here)

  4. But the self-proclaimed guardian of U.S. jobs will not make the working man happy with this one, no matter how may NASCAR events he sends Michelle to attend.

    How can you say that? Since he “pivoted” to jobs back in 2010, he thinks about it 24/7. He wakes up with it the first thing on his mind, and thinks about it until he lays his head down at night.

      1. Gonna have to play the hooey card on that shop wore phrase. He’s not
        going to rest till I and Michelle have drained every American dry tripping!

  5. Tomorrow night, during the 143rd Republican Debate do we think THIS topic might be discussed instead of contraceptives, PACs, and teenage janitorial job opportunities? Since its CNN moderating I fear the only “Keystone” mentioned will be on Santorum’s earmarks.

    Nice decision “drop” on a day when a lot are avoiding the Internet.

    1. I so agree, Mary. We have to have REAL discussions about the REAL issues.

      I attended the Moms Matter forum on Monday in Myrtle Beach with Santorum and Perry. We were asked to submit questions, but I believe they had questions already prepared and/or in mind to be answered. It was so scripted and disappointing.

      The debates are the same way: very scripted and not a real debate of issues that truly matter.

      1. We are to stupid you see it would pass through my state of Kansas flyover country are we are far too stupid to decide. According to that
        rag Newsweek. At least we off loaded that Sebelious woman now she’s
        ruining the entire country instead of just Kansas. Sorry.

        1. You should be sorry for letting that Fabian socialist loose on US, Lizzy. Was she so obvious in her radical ways back when she was destroying Kansas?

  6. MT for re-redistribution

    Love the snarky NASCAR-MO jab. Soooo glad she got booed. I just wish she would have tried to give some grand pontificatious speech, she would have been run out of there. That would have been friggin’ hilarious.

  7. Meanwhile PM Harper and Canada are not sitting idle and are selling more and more Alberta oil sand projects to the Chinese.
    It seems Harper knew what was coming and decided for jobs and money.
    You won’t hear Beijing complaining.

      1. It’s almost like a jilted lover. America has rejected Obama. He’s just saying if he can’t have America, nobody will. He’ll destroy us rather than give up his vision to rule us.

  8. Constitutionally, why is this decision strictly the president’s? How come he gets to decide? What’s the role of Congress in this deal? Apparently no role.

    1. This is exactly what Mark Levin was speaking of while plugging his new book. He calls the current state of the US to be “post-Constitutional.”. Buh-Rock doesnt need to follow no laws…he makes them up as he goes along.

        1. Ordered two copies of the book in advance. One for my library and one to pass around to my family. If we win this fight, Levin’s writings will be as important to future Americans as the writings of our founders are to us today. If we lose, the victor writes the history.

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  12. The nightmare train wreck of the Obama presidency, will it ever end? Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. God help us all, I truly fear this dumbass will be re-elected by the dumb masses.

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