Skip to comments.On Keystone pipeline, President Obama may finally be ‘headed toward yes’
Posted on 07/30/2013 1:20:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
President Barack Obamas latest critique of the Keystone XL oil pipeline still leaves a path for approving the project but its supporters may need to make concessions to blunt its impact on the climate, analysts said Monday.
Obamas remarks to The New York Times echoed some of the most potent criticisms offered by Keystones opponents, scoffing at GOP claims about job creation and warning that the pipeline might even raise gasoline prices. He also said Canada could potentially be doing more to counteract the greenhouse gas emissions being unleashed from Albertas oil sands, the major reason for climate activists outrage at the pipeline.
Concessions by Canada could include an effort to capture and store the carbon dioxide generated by drilling in the oil sands, former White House environmental aide Elliot Diringer said Monday.
That could be a signal that the administration would welcome a concrete plan from the Canadians about how to reduce the carbon intensity of the oil sands crude, said Diringer, executive vice president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. He said Obamas comments, published Saturday in the Times, Almost sounded like an invitation to the Canadians to offer concrete commitments to make their oil no more carbon-intensive than conventional crude, like he was asking the Canadians to help him find his way to yes.
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If they sold the oil to China they wouldn’t bother them about the expense of making the extraction ‘carbon nuetral’.
Would you say he’s close to the edge?
Canada probably gave the administration that plan 4 years ago.
Would he then be: “The Keystone President”?
Obama just appointed Ron Binz to head up FERC. XL is dead.
The choice is “ Do you want the oil transported down by train or pipeline.”
“Concessions by Canada could include an effort to capture and store the carbon dioxide generated by drilling in the oil sands,...”
What an utter waste of money.
Ron Binz is trouble waiting to happen.
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...if the next FERC chairman is Ron Binzthe most important and radical Obama nominee you’ve never heard of. An electric regulator in Colorado from 2007 to 2011, Mr. Binz is the latest Presidential nominee who doesn’t understand the difference between making laws and enforcing them.
No, that’s unfair. Mr. Binz doesn’t care about the difference. In a recent interview with the Association for the Demand Response and Smart Grid trade group, reflecting on the lessons of his Colorado job, he nodded at the “judicial role” of regulators. But then he mused about their “legislative role” too: “I saw the commission not simply as an umpire calling balls and strikes, but also as a leader on policy implementation.”
This philosophy is especially troubling for a commission like FERC, which is supposed to be an even-handed arbitrator independent of the executive branch. FERC’s narrow legal obligations include protecting the affordability and reliability of the U.S. power supply and electric gridgoals that are in more than a little tension with Mr. Obama’s anticarbon program. The law is a nuisance when you think you’re saving the planet.
RE: They are currently in storage waiting for the go ahead.
What are the workers doing in the meantime? Are their salaries being paid while they wait?
When Hell freezes over, that’s when Obama ok’s the pipeline.
Pump manufactures would be working on other pumps for other orders. Pipeline workers for the future Keystone XL line haven't been hired yet.
translation: Unions have finally thrown more jack in the kitty than the Greenies.
No. It is a factory, they built the pumps, tested them, placed them in long term storage and the workers have moved on to built other pumps for other projects.
This is the company I refer to: www.sulzer.com
Depends on who promises to donate more to the presidential library or to the ‘rat party. I’m not being the least bit sarcastic. We know this is the case.
By the way, BUILD THE DAMN THING WITHOUT HIS PERMISSION, THEN CALL A NEWS CONFERENCE AT THE CONNECTION POINT WITH CANADA AND WATCH OBAMA SEND IN THE MILITARY TO TRY AND STOP IT.
You are correct.
Sulzer (They purchased Bingham Pumps of Portland) has long supplied pumps to Enbridge for many of their other pipelines. If the pumps are not used for the XL expansion, their will be other opportunities.
These pumps were likely made at the old Bingham facility in Portland.
Via a new pipeline to Kitimat and then by tanker to China and other Asian markets. An underused gas pipeline in Eastern Canada is being touted as an alternative route to Saint John, New Brunswick.
Besides losing an additional 650,000 b/d and thousands of jobs, American national security is reduced if this pipeline is blocked.
Personally, I think Obie is going to nix this project. Transcanada better get busy on alternatives.
In case Obie is wondering about all this "global warming" crap. If Canada disappeared tomorrow the resulting decrease in "global warming", if any, could not be measured.
I know there’s the Warren Buffett theory, the Saudi theory, etc., but at the heart of 0bama’s childish vindictiveness is that 0bama wants to deny Texas of the economic benefit from XL.
This is wishful thinking. He will never say yes. Only to himself and his own ideas.