Skip to comments.How Keystone XL soured the ‘special relationship’ between Stephen Harper and Barack Obama
Posted on 04/24/2014 9:26:15 PM PDT by rickmichaels
On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, seated in his Ottawa office across from Parliament Hill, took an urgent call from U.S. President Barack Obama. Mr. Harpers advisors were listening intently around a muted speakerphone in an adjoining room.
The U.S. State Department, Mr. Obama said, would be making an announcement later that day putting the Keystone XL pipeline project on hold. There was no choice, according to the president. Nebraska wanted the route changed to protect a key aquifer under millions of hectares of prime farmland. This would necessitate a new environmental assessment. He assured Mr. Harper the call wasnt a game changer; neither a yes nor a no, just a delay.
Mr. Harper was far from assured he was irritated. The project had already undergone three years of study and was, so the Canadians believed, on the cusp of approval. Delay, he told Mr. Obama, served no ones interest.
By the time Mr. Harper hung up, according to people with knowledge of the episode, he had sized up the potential economic calamity for Canada and its oil ambitions.
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They scared to blame Obama so they blame an inanimate unbuilt pipeline?
Two of the biggest supporters of BHO2 are Canadians: Maurice Strong and Leo Gerard.
Strong (one of the unprosecuted Oil-For-Food criminals) certainly wouldn’t care if he sold to China versus the US; certainly has no problem living in Beijing.
Gerard better watch his tail, now that Obama’s cutting it off by doing an about-face on promises to his unions.
Does anyone know if this is true? Did Nebraska officially ask for this? Or did the Dems get someone somewhere in the Nebraska government or a Nebraska-based enviro group to request it to give obammy cover to delay the pipeline?
Or did Obammy just lie?
Excellent article. However, it goes real easy on Obama. I’m sure the personal relationship between these two is far worse than depicted.