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Did Obama Just Block Keystone?
National Review ^ | 3-16-2013 | Stanley Kurtz

Posted on 03/16/2013 5:10:52 PM PDT by smoothsailing

March 16, 2013

Did Obama Just Block Keystone?

Stanley Kurtz

Deciding whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is surely one of the toughest challenges of Barack Obama’s presidency. He hasn’t made up his mind yet, of course. Or has he?

Bloomberg reports that the Obama administration “is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects.” Up to now, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federally approved projects had to consider potential impacts like dangerous spills or air pollution, but not global warming. Directing all federal agencies to take climate change into account under NEPA will transform environmental policy in this country, putting a huge new drag on the economy in the process.

But let’s concentrate on Keystone. The Bloomberg report makes it clear that Obama’s order opens the way for further litigation and substantial delays on Keystone, whether the federal government officially blocks construction or not. That’s because NEPA allows citizens and environmental groups to file claims against projects even after they win government approval.

So the Obama administration could green-light the pipeline, file a report that stops short of calling Keystone a major global-warming hazard, and still find the project delayed for years by environmental groups bringing court challenges under the new NEPA guidelines.

In this scenario, headlines loudly proclaiming Obama’s approval of Keystone would shield him from Republican attacks. Simultaneously, the president could mollify the left by claiming credit for guidelines that effectively allowed his allies to stop the pipeline. And that would be right. Obama can publicly “approve” Keystone, while simultaneously handing the left the tool they need to put the project on semi-permanent hold. Environmentalists would take the political heat, while Obama would get off scot-free. Pretty clever.

Now maybe Obama is going to nix the pipeline outright. That’s what Lawrence Solomon predicts. At this pont, however, Obama’s formal public decision may not matter. The Keystone XL pipeline may have already been effectively stopped by Obama’s quiet new directive. The only remaining question would be how much credit or blame Obama wants to openly take for a block that’s already been thrown.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jihadist; kenyanbornmuzzie; keystonepipeline; keystonexl; opec; saudiarabia
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1 posted on 03/16/2013 5:10:52 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Surprising no one.


2 posted on 03/16/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: smoothsailing

These studies are going to make a whole lot of Obama’s friends rich.

It’s all about the money.


3 posted on 03/16/2013 5:13:04 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: smoothsailing
Deciding whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is surely one of the toughest challenges of Barack Obama’s presidency.

How can anyone be so pathetically stupid to write such a sentence?

How can a U.S. President be so bitterly destructive to decide against such a project?

4 posted on 03/16/2013 5:15:38 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Venturer
At some point, the Canadians are going to conclude they are being made fools of at a very high price and will build the infrastructure necessary to sell their oil to willing buyers. China might even pay for the new pipeline across Western Canada and the port facilities. The US will lose out on the jobs and economic boost for the project and more companies will take the measure of the Obama government and do business elsewhere.
5 posted on 03/16/2013 5:16:47 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: smoothsailing

An honest study of Keystone and GW would be that it would be worse if we did not build the pipeline since the oil would have to be transported to the West coast then to China to fuel their industrial expansion.


6 posted on 03/16/2013 5:17:20 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Fightin Whitey
How can a U.S. President be so bitterly destructive to decide against such a project?

Because nobama's best bud Warren Buffet is making a major killing right now transporting the oil via his trains.

7 posted on 03/16/2013 5:18:41 PM PDT by upchuck (Free Republic: faster than a speeding bullet!)
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To: smoothsailing

People may eventually catch onto this anti-American commie.


8 posted on 03/16/2013 5:18:57 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: smoothsailing

Glabull-Crap Warning. Huge numbers of scientists have jumped off that wagon... the evidence is overwhelming- manmade climate change is bunk...

But that doesn’t help their globalist, Marxist agenda...


9 posted on 03/16/2013 5:19:26 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: smoothsailing
Will it harm America?

Then he did it.

EVERYTHING he does either:

A) Weakens America
B) Distances America's allies
C) Strengthens America's enemies
D) Serves Islam
E) Harms Israel

Or some combination of the above.

10 posted on 03/16/2013 5:19:44 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: smoothsailing

I guess China needs Alberta’s bitumen than you guys.


11 posted on 03/16/2013 5:22:03 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: smoothsailing

Is he a two-faced weasel?


12 posted on 03/16/2013 5:23:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: smoothsailing
"Obama administration “is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects.”

C.Y.A.
13 posted on 03/16/2013 5:23:11 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: smoothsailing
Not only would it mollify the left it would mollify the two opposing factions of the left, the enviro-nazis and the unions.

The turkey is good at figuring out a way to appease those who support him.

14 posted on 03/16/2013 5:23:42 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Venturer

KXL pipeline is dead. Buffett Table’s railroad will make billions hauling oil, with wrecks, leaks and spills. Count on it. China or Russia will get the oil. Canada is PO’d.


15 posted on 03/16/2013 5:26:20 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The Greatest Power The Corrupt, Criminal US Media Has, Is The Power To Ignore The Truth.)
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To: upchuck

Bingo. I live next to the railroad not far from where they load the tanker cars.
Buffett’s railroad is taking close to a million bbls of oil out a day


16 posted on 03/16/2013 5:27:52 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: upchuck

Bingo!


17 posted on 03/16/2013 5:29:52 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: carriage_hill
China or Russia will get the oil.

Yes, they will, which is why the pipeline can have no impact on global warming. The oil will be used somewhere.

18 posted on 03/16/2013 5:30:48 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: jazusamo

The physician’s motto: “First, do no harm”.

Obama’s motto: “Do the most harm first”.


19 posted on 03/16/2013 5:32:08 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Truth29

That may indeed be Obama’s plan.

Anything to hurt us and put money in Buffett’s pocket.


20 posted on 03/16/2013 5:34:05 PM PDT by Venturer
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