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Mitt Romney vows immediate approval of Keystone XL on first day in White House
Calgary Herald ^ | MAY 18, 2012 | LEE-ANNE GOODMAN

Posted on 05/21/2012 5:35:18 AM PDT by thackney

Mitt Romney is vowing to approve TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline on his first day on the job if elected U.S. president in November.

In a campaign ad unveiled on Friday, the presumptive Republican nominee asks voters to imagine Day 1 of his presidency, and lists Keystone as a top priority.

"Day One, President Romney immediately approves the Keystone pipeline, creating thousands of jobs that Obama blocked," the ad's narrator says.

Romney has been maligning U.S. President Barack Obama for months for failing to give the green light to Keystone. The president rejected the $7 billion pipeline earlier this year, but invited TransCanada Corp. to apply for another permit once the Calgary-based company rerouted the project around a crucial aquifer in Nebraska.

"I will build that pipeline if I have to myself," Romney said last month.

TransCanada recently came up with a new route for Keystone XL, one that skirts the Nebraska aquifer before joining up with the original proposed path of the pipeline.

Environmentalists say the new route continues to pose threats to Nebraska's drinking water since it still traverses the aquifer, only avoiding a portion of the state's Sandhills region where groundwater is close to the surface.

U.S. environmentalists have mounted a massive campaign against the pipeline, calling it a disaster waiting to happen and insisting it would sustain America's addiction to "dirty oil."

Keystone XL would transport oilsands crude from northern Alberta through six U.S. states to Gulf Coast refineries.

The debate over the pipeline became a political migraine for Obama. Keystone XL proponents said he was turning his back on much-needed American jobs by stalling on the Canadian pipeline, while environmentalists urged him to stand up to the oil industry as he promised to do while running for president in 2008.

The State Department will make the final decision on the pipeline because it crosses an international border.


TOPICS: Canada; News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: 2012election; anwr; canada; election2012; energy; kenyanbornmuzzie; keystonexl; mittromney; nebraska; oil; opec; pipeline

1 posted on 05/21/2012 5:35:28 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

well that’s a start


2 posted on 05/21/2012 5:38:36 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: thackney

The State Department?........


3 posted on 05/21/2012 5:39:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger
The State Department?....

Because of the border crossing.

When the section from Cushing, OK to Texas Gulf Coast area was broken out into a separate project, it no longer needed that approval.

4 posted on 05/21/2012 5:45:50 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Romney wont have control of the State Department yet on Day One.....


5 posted on 05/21/2012 5:53:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger

Interestingly, the authority from this approval goes back decades started by an executive order.

I believe another executive order to remove the approval process or force it approved.


6 posted on 05/21/2012 5:56:18 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Red Badger
Romney wont have control of the State Department yet on Day One.....

You mean like Obama didn't/doesn't have control over the entities he bypassed via executive orders?

7 posted on 05/21/2012 5:57:03 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: thackney

The libs would have a coronary........


8 posted on 05/21/2012 5:57:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger

http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/permit/

Under Executive Order 11423, as amended, the Secretary of State has the authority to receive applications for and to issue Presidential permits for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of certain facilities at the borders of the United States with Canada and Mexico. Permits are required for the full range of facilities at the border, including land crossings, bridges, pipelines, tunnels, conveyor belts, and tramways. This authority applies to all new border crossings and to all substantial modifications of existing crossings at the international border.

Executive Order 11423
http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/othr/exec/114274.htm
August 16, 1968


9 posted on 05/21/2012 5:58:51 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Is this before or after he kills obamacare?

Way to go out on a limb Rom. Try campaigning on something that doesn’t have 90% approval


10 posted on 05/21/2012 6:02:07 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: thackney

It’s a no-brainer that cuts both ways.


11 posted on 05/21/2012 6:06:53 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: thackney
Romney talks ONLY about money. He's buying the nomination and endorsements, but he is single minded. Should the economy get better where will he be? He refused invites to pro-life, pro-family, .... events. He has zero experience on leading the military/foreign policy. The ONLY thing he can say is obama is bad on the economy & I have business experience. If Hillary is vp, romney is toast.

I haven't listened to Laura Ingraham in a long time, but happened to hear her interview two pastors. Both black; one right & one left. The left obviously will not vote for romney. The pastor on the right says romney will not get the religious black vote that Bush got because of his religion. Mormonism was anti-black & it's a cult. Apparently gop, rove, coulter, drudge.....wants to lose. Many Christians won't vote for him because of his lies.... and anti-christian actions during the primary...

Hopefully someone like Sarah or West or ??? will see what is going on and run third party, otherwise we're stuck with obama for 4 more years.

12 posted on 05/21/2012 6:07:57 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: thackney
There are a few other “first day” promises I'd like to hear from whomever is the Pub nominee:

Justice Dept. investigations of the New Black Panthers, Fast & Furious, Jon Corzine, Solyndra & Company, & others. Joe Arpaio nominated for Grand Inqui...uh... Attorney General.

A directive to the EPA that CO2 is NOT a pollutant & may not be treated as one. Another directive to EPA that wetlands are designated by LOCAL, common sense, elected officials & the public, not by EPA zealots.

Immediate oil exploration on the East & West coasts, & most Federal land.

This is just the short list.

13 posted on 05/21/2012 6:10:07 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: thackney

There was one day that Rush, in passing,
mentioned all the initiatives that Romney told him that he would pursue immediately in office.

They were all repeals of socialist policy.

Anyone have a ‘scipt of that?


14 posted on 05/21/2012 6:12:07 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Mister Da

“A directive to the EPA that CO2 is NOT a pollutant & may not be treated as one. “

I think that was one of the things Rush mentioned that Romney told him he’d do.


15 posted on 05/21/2012 6:16:04 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: thackney
"Day One, President Romney immediately approves the Keystone pipeline..."

...and Day Two bans AR-15's, legalizes gay marriage, cap'n'trade, and illegal aliens.

No sale here.

16 posted on 05/21/2012 6:18:10 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: backwoods-engineer
I'm not trying to selling Romney, just to be clear.

I've reported most news I've found related to the Keystone XL pipeline.

I suspect Romney expects Obama to approve the recently modified project and hopes to take credit for putting pressure on Obama.

17 posted on 05/21/2012 6:22:43 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
FIRST ACT AFTER OATH SHOULD BE AN EO STOPPING OBAMANATION CARE IN IT'S TRACKS. People seem to forget Romney only wants to TWEAK it, NOT REPEAL IT!

We seniors are finding fewer and fewer doctors to take Medicare and IF you happen to be Ret. Military over 65 on Tricare Life it is EVEN HARDER.

I will remind all that Medicare IS NOT FREE, each month we were taxed for it, and each month when we start drawing it, we pay a monthly premium, which is slated to keep rising in cost under 0'care.

GO AFTER THE FRAUD AND WASTE that includes politically well connected doctors and hospitals. Make it easy to report the fraud.

Those who served in the Military earned that right by serving for below civilian wages and often worked a second job to support their families. It was part of WHAT WAS PROMISED THEM! if they served 20 years at sub par pay and getting their butts shot at, killed, maimed etc. And Tricare Life is being gutted just as Medicare is being gutted.

Any congress critter or president who FAILS to keep faith with the Military, WON'T keep faith with YOU!

Do NOT forget Romney is a RINO Socialist, a quarter's difference in the Marxist we now have.

18 posted on 05/21/2012 6:24:09 AM PDT by GailA (Any congress critter or president who FAILS to keep faith with the Military, WON'T keep faith with U)
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To: thackney

Did Mitt credit Newt, who campaigned for months on that very same idea?


19 posted on 05/21/2012 6:26:08 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("The lesser of two evils is, by definition, evil." - Josh Painter)
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To: thackney

Well that is at least one way that Romney is not the same as Obama


20 posted on 05/21/2012 6:26:14 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Linda Frances

Hopefully someone like Sarah or West or ??? will see what is going on and run third party, otherwise we’re stuck with obama for 4 more years.


You’ll be stuck with Obama with a 3rd party run, imo. 3rd parties aren’t going to carry enough Electoral College votes to win.


21 posted on 05/21/2012 6:30:49 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: thackney

Mittsie’s a great political game player. Well, Mitt how about “drill here, drill now!” We’ve got plenty of naatural resources, and we need to start producing those resources now, get the price of oil back down, the overall effect on the economy would be treee-mendous.


22 posted on 05/21/2012 6:31:30 AM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: deport

If people see romney can’t win & don’t want obama, I think they will be open to something else. We have never been stuck with choice of evil and more evil.


23 posted on 05/21/2012 6:35:43 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: deport

If people see romney can’t win & don’t want obama, I think they will be open to something else. We have never been stuck with the choice of evil and more evil.


24 posted on 05/21/2012 6:35:59 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: MrB

I wonder if Rush believed what he said, Rush never commented on that, and he’s got to have a gut feel for Romney.


25 posted on 05/21/2012 6:39:16 AM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: izzatzo

This was before Santorum and Gingrich dropped out,
so he just mentioned the conversation to a caller and didn’t comment further.


26 posted on 05/21/2012 6:40:53 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: thackney

Be careful. You can’t say anything remotely positive about the guy. He’s a Mormon, you know.


27 posted on 05/21/2012 6:44:29 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: thackney
Lots of *stuff* you should do on your first day, Mitt. Or even your first week.

Eliminate capital gains tax, death tax, cut top rate to 1/2.

Restore full military budgets, including NASA.

Then start the process to repeal Obamacare.

Not enough room here for the full list.....

28 posted on 05/21/2012 6:44:46 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Linda Frances

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/calculator.html

Click the above link and make your predictions as to which states a 3rd party can win and find a way to get to 270 EC votes. Won’t happen imo.


29 posted on 05/21/2012 6:45:46 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: deport

Did romney fix those states (with the help of his friends and the gop) to keep people/third party off the ballot? Sounds like obama’s favorite trick.
They have so much in common.

We better hope that something changes at the convention, because romney will lose.


30 posted on 05/21/2012 6:50:23 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: MrB

I listen to Rush regularly, and he’s mentioned the meet with Romney on several occasions, but never suggests whether or not he believes Romney will followup satisfactorily. IMHO, Romney will not, he’s just not a bold politician with a conservative political core, IOW, somewhat like GWB. But, the following paragraphs are a part of the transcript from Rush’s site about his meeting with Mittsie:

“The only thing I can tell you, Ken, is that Romney came by here in January. I think it was the 13th, the middle of the month. And I met with him after the show. It was about 4:30. I met with him for almost an hour, and he left here for a huge fundraiser a mile down the road, mile and a half. And during that conversation — I’ve mentioned this to you — he said to me that he wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up being a one-term president because he’s got to shake things up. This country can’t go the direction it’s going or his children and grandchildren and nobody else’s will have a future. When he was talking about that, he sounds just like you and me.

He sounds just like you and me when we talk about it. He was very affirmative in his acknowledgement to me of the threats posed by Obama and the Democrats to this country. If you had been in that conversation, you would not have doubted his conservatism at that moment. But then you would read where he has said in years past, “Look, I’m not a conservative. I’m not one of these,” and you’d scratch your head. I’m not saying it wiped any of those other instances out. I’m just telling you that that day, he sounded like me. He was fairly echoing the fears I have about what’s in store for this country if the Democrats are not stopped. This transformation, this belief that our founding was unjust and immoral and we’ve had a fraudulent country for 200-plus years.

That it’s a country that was structured by the rich, for the rich, at the expense of everybody else. And everybody was just left to fend for themselves. And the Founders knew that most people couldn’t fend for themselves, and that was the way that the Founders kept all the goodies for themselves and their family and others in their socioeconomic class. It was all part of the plan. (This is what Obama believes.) And that it’s finally taken 200-plus years, but the evidence of the failure of the founding of this country is now clear. And Obama is the right man at the right time to finally fix it. And he’s doing it by taking away everything he can from the rich that he can.”


31 posted on 05/21/2012 6:58:16 AM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: Linda Frances

Perot got approximately 20% of the popular vote. How many EC votes did he get? 3rd Parties don’t win without a national and state by state base of support to get to 270.

Have a nice day and root for the Keystone Pipeline approval no matter who is elected.


32 posted on 05/21/2012 7:00:47 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: deport

Perot got approximately 20% of the popular vote. How many EC votes did he get? 3rd Parties don’t win without a national and state by state base of support to get to 270.


Your making my point. Romney raised his middle finger to real conservatives & they make up a large part of the party. He thinks and said we will vote for him. (He is so arrogant.) When romney is really vetted, people will stay home or vote third party. We have never been in a situation where we have two choices so bad.


33 posted on 05/21/2012 7:13:03 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: Linda Frances

I’ll be voting 3rd party in the presidential race and republican in the house and senate races.

Romney made it clear that his neo democrat party doesn’t want conservative voters.


34 posted on 05/21/2012 7:23:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Linda Frances

Your making my point.


So we agree 3rd parties don’t win.

Again have a nice day and support the Keystone Pipeline approval.


35 posted on 05/21/2012 7:30:03 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: thackney; Grampa Dave; tubebender; NormsRevenge; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER

First it was “Let’s Roll,” then “Let’s Drill,” to now it’s “Let’s PUMP!!!” (what a thrill)


36 posted on 05/21/2012 7:52:28 AM PDT by SierraWasp ("GovernMental austerity first, THEN conservative prosperity!!! Austerity breeds properity!!!)
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To: thackney

“Mitt Romney is vowing to approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline on his first day on the job if elected U.S. president in November.”

Smart move by Romney. (and I voted for Gingrinch in the CT primary)

Talk like this could actually get the guy elected...

Of course, one still wonders if, on January 22, he will actually live up to that promise...


37 posted on 05/21/2012 8:11:38 AM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Mister Da

“Justice Dept. investigations of the New Black Panthers, Fast & Furious, Jon Corzine, Solyndra & Company, & others”

Better than that would be an “investigation” of the Justice Department ITSELF, regarding its behavior over the previous four years!


38 posted on 05/21/2012 8:13:32 AM PDT by Road Glide
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To: deport

No, if ever there is a chance for third party, it’s now. If our choice is romney or obama, a lot of people won’t vote. If Perrot could get 20%, imagine how much conservatives & those who are tired of the two parties chosing liberals for us. I’m a Christian first, meaning I won’t vote for someone who lies, cheats, steals and is pro-gay, pro-abortion..so romney is out. There are lots ol us who want another choice.

This is year of real change and not obamas type of change. I’m a delegate, but romney will NEVER get my vote. He will stay 8 years & will pull the country so far left, that in 2020 we will be Europe.


39 posted on 05/21/2012 8:25:26 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: Linda Frances
I’m a delegate, but romney will NEVER get my vote.

Do you mean by that, if your state votes for Romney, you will not, as a delegate, cast your Electoral College vote representing your state for Romney?

Sorry if I misunderstood, will you please clarify?

40 posted on 05/21/2012 8:37:33 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I will not vote for romney.


41 posted on 05/21/2012 8:43:26 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: yldstrk

OK Mittens, I still don’t like you—but I will give you my vote! You live up to what you say and I will be the first to admit I was wrong. Be a good leader and I might even give you a second term. You could be another Reagan. BUT I will work to put in Tea Party people in Congress! You think working with Massachusetts Democrats was hard—wait till you have these folks who will brook no compromises with Progressive socialists. Now you got to find a good conservative for your VP! Think hard and long on this one: Someone who will unite the party. A southerner or a westerner would be good. Mitt, make the Tea Party proud and serve the nation well. It will not be easy—the foes in the MSM will treat you badly—and blame you for much—but Americans will back you if you stick to principles!


42 posted on 05/21/2012 11:14:52 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: thackney; All
"Mitt Romney vows immediate approval of Keystone XL on first day in White House"

If the above came to fruition, one could reasonably expect similar results as shown below.

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Then Obama got involved...


43 posted on 05/21/2012 3:04:07 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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