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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

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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To: smoothsailing

you don’t allow things that would boost the economy when you’re orchestrating it’s collapse.


21 posted on 03/16/2013 5:36:46 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: smoothsailing

BUILD IT ANYWAY. Who the hell gave the King the authority to stop it, anyway? Eff him. Proceed with construction and let the military or Feds come out to try and stop it. That’s when we stand with the builders. Bring it on.


22 posted on 03/16/2013 5:38:34 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: smoothsailing

Dumb azz 0bama has taken over 1,600 days to make a decision. That’s well over 3 years. What a joke. He’s gotten away with voting ‘present’ so far.


23 posted on 03/16/2013 5:40:27 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: upchuck
I read that same thing.

I remember in the wake of the crash when Buffett starting buying up rolling stock, and everyone wondered why.

That filthy S.O.B. does not care about his country any more than Obama does.

Back during the crash I also read enough of the backstories about how the White House was in constant communication with our own petit little version of Soros. They were asking him which of the big bank/brokerages should be saved, and which he was willing to put his money into.

Surprise, surprise, they were the same ones. Buffett 'invested' in Citi, Goldman and others, and refused to take the calls of Lehman and Bear Sterns.

The government (taxpayers) poured money into the same ones (and does to this day!).

Buffett bled money out of us that time too.

There is NO reason Keystone should not be built. There is every reason that is should. Every reason but one--that it will be good for the nation, rather than Obama.

Apparently that's reason enough.

24 posted on 03/16/2013 5:41:19 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: smoothsailing
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.”

Considering that "global warming" is itself a fraud, this is like asking how something will affect unicorns.

Be that as it may, the effect of this oil on the environment is moot. The oil will be processed and burned in the US, or it will be processed and burned in China. Either way it will be processed and burned.

Shipping it by pipeline is less risk to the environment than shipping it by sea. And you consume less energy getting it to market than you do shipping by sea. So if you care about the environment, Keystone is the better answer than the alternative.

Its funny, simple economics usually leads you to the more economically efficient answer, which is usually the more environmentally efficient answer.

25 posted on 03/16/2013 5:44:04 PM PDT by marron
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To: smoothsailing

26 posted on 03/16/2013 5:52:15 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Over half of the population are communists. They just think they’re democrats.


27 posted on 03/16/2013 5:56:26 PM PDT by ryan71 (The republican party is dead to me. Dead. Don't bother trying to revive it.)
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To: AU72

The logic escapes these bastards. You have a million barrels of oil flowing in a pipeline over hundreds of miles. Or, you have a million barrels of oil being transported by rail and trucks over hundreds of miles. Which is the greater contributor to “global warming?”


28 posted on 03/16/2013 5:59:43 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: smoothsailing

It shouldn’t be up to this bought and paid for a-hole!


29 posted on 03/16/2013 6:03:17 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: smoothsailing

Jarret, Ayers and the rest of the crew are still trying to figure out how to maximize total profits on this latest scam, that’s all....


30 posted on 03/16/2013 6:19:04 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Mighty easy for you to say when you’re not the CEO who would be sent to prison for violating laws and regulations.


31 posted on 03/16/2013 6:24:23 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: smoothsailing
...the Obama dumBO 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.”

That's easy, there is none.

32 posted on 03/16/2013 6:25:55 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: smoothsailing
and America takes another one in the........

33 posted on 03/16/2013 6:46:54 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: smoothsailing

It’s how he rolls. He votes present.


34 posted on 03/16/2013 6:52:58 PM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Truth29
Canadian investors were going to pay for Keystone. They will pay for the Gateway (Hardisty to Kitimat) pipeline and the terminal.

The energy will go to China, along with the jobs and the prosperity.

What a shame.

35 posted on 03/16/2013 6:57:36 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: smoothsailing

In the meantime, 0baMao asking for $2 billion to develop alternative energy.


36 posted on 03/16/2013 7:07:29 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Fightin Whitey

What kind of a republic places its economic liberty in the hands of one man?


37 posted on 03/16/2013 7:24:09 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: smoothsailing

Can’t have a pipeline going right past the Utah, Wyoming, Colorado.. oil sands and oil shale..
Could give “the masses” IDEAS!.. they shouldn’t have..

Like; more oil than in all of Canada, next would be thinking of California oil fracking.. with even more..
Monterey shale fracking would open up a conversation The White Hut does not want..


38 posted on 03/16/2013 8:11:26 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks smoothsailing.
Directing all federal agencies to take climate change into account under NEPA will... [open] 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.

39 posted on 03/16/2013 8:25:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Venturer

Buffet’s probably giving BO a huge kickback not to approve. Perhaps this needs to be looked into.


40 posted on 03/16/2013 8:33:21 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: carriage_hill

Notice Kinder Morgan signs deal with railroad so close to Keystone decision. Starting to make sense.

Kinder Morgan Invests in New Crude by Rail Project at Houston Terminals

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/kinder-morgan-invests-crude-rail-140000349.html


41 posted on 03/16/2013 8:45:15 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; Carry_Okie; blam; Lorianne; Twotone; bigbob; NormsRevenge; ...

Thanks for the ping.


42 posted on 03/16/2013 8:55:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yes. America could have a railroad option. But it is so less efficient then a “modern pipe line”.


43 posted on 03/16/2013 9:54:16 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: smoothsailing
Last week the New York Times and the Washington Post ran editorials, within 24 hours of each other, supporting the Keystone project. Both editorials criticized environmentalists for trying to block the pipeline. It appeared like a joint effort, directed from the White House, to clear the way for Obama to announce he has approved the pipeline plan. That gets him off the hook with the vast majority of the public. Now I guess he can wash his hands of the matter while this new directive throws up new obstacles. I think Obama’s real agenda is not conservation but aiding OPEC, Brazil, George Soros, and Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern railroad.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/environmentalists-are-fighting-the-wrong-battles/2013/03/04/8093045c-8518-11e2-999e-5f8e0410cb9d_print.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/05/opinion/nocera-a-scientists-misguided-crusade.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=1&;

44 posted on 03/17/2013 2:18:11 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I agree with your anti Gorebull warming stance. I have asked you repeatedly I private to PLEASE TAKE ME OFF YOUR PING LIST.

Now I have to do it in public. It is spam to me.


45 posted on 03/17/2013 3:45:25 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: smoothsailing

Their goal is to pull the rug out from under us and serve us up to the global system


46 posted on 03/17/2013 4:45:15 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: smoothsailing

Pathetic when you obsess over political outcome, who to blame, and who looks good or bad, rather than what is good for the country. Selfish little child.


47 posted on 03/17/2013 4:55:57 AM PDT by jughandle
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To: Vaquero
Whoops,...I thought I had.

I apologize.

I had to rebuilt my sys a while back...my error.

48 posted on 03/17/2013 7:51:46 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ok. Thanks


49 posted on 03/17/2013 7:53:20 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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