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On Keystone pipeline, President Obama may finally be ‘headed toward yes’
Politico ^ | 07/30/2013 | By ANDREW RESTUCCIA and TALIA BUFORD

Posted on 07/30/2013 1:20:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

President Barack Obama’s 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.

Obama’s remarks to The New York Times echoed some of the most potent criticisms offered by Keystone’s 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 Alberta’s 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 Obama’s 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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carbontax; energy; foreignalliance; kenyanbornmuzzie; keystone; keystonexl; mediafairytail; oil; opec; pipeline; saudipuppet; willnothappen

1 posted on 07/30/2013 1:20:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If they sold the oil to China they wouldn’t bother them about the expense of making the extraction ‘carbon nuetral’.


2 posted on 07/30/2013 1:23:14 PM PDT by AU72
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To: SeekAndFind

Would you say he’s close to the edge?


3 posted on 07/30/2013 1:23:21 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: SeekAndFind
There is no way he will ever say yes to anything that helps us become independent of his Saudi overlords.
4 posted on 07/30/2013 1:23:59 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Canada probably gave the administration that plan 4 years ago.


5 posted on 07/30/2013 1:25:02 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Would he then be: “The Keystone President”?


6 posted on 07/30/2013 1:27:30 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Obama just appointed Ron Binz to head up FERC. XL is dead.


7 posted on 07/30/2013 1:29:00 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind

The choice is “ Do you want the oil transported down by train or pipeline.”


8 posted on 07/30/2013 1:29:22 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


9 posted on 07/30/2013 1:30:02 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: massgopguy

Ron Binz is trouble waiting to happen.

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...if the next FERC chairman is Ron Binz—the 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 grid—goals 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.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323829104578621993851688734.html


10 posted on 07/30/2013 1:32:03 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SeekAndFind
I spoke to a friend involved in this project. He advised that major long lead items were ordered long ago. The company he works for built the pumps. These units are 1 to 1.2 million each. They are currently in storage waiting for the go ahead.
11 posted on 07/30/2013 1:37:35 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: Michael.SF.

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?


12 posted on 07/30/2013 1:39:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

When Hell freezes over, that’s when Obama ok’s the pipeline.


13 posted on 07/30/2013 1:44:42 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: SeekAndFind
What are the workers doing in the meantime?

Pump manufactures would be working on other pumps for other orders. Pipeline workers for the future Keystone XL line haven't been hired yet.

14 posted on 07/30/2013 1:45:20 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SeekAndFind

translation: Unions have finally thrown more jack in the kitty than the Greenies.


15 posted on 07/30/2013 1:48:57 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind
What are the workers doing in the meantime? Are their salaries being paid while they wait?

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

16 posted on 07/30/2013 1:50:41 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: Southack

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.


17 posted on 07/30/2013 1:51:47 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I'll eat my underwear the day 0bama approves the Keystone pipeline. Hell, I'll eat my shoes along with it.

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.

18 posted on 07/30/2013 2:11:39 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Michael.SF.
Keystone is somewhat complex, with some of it up and running.. I guess it's the 'XL' part that's met with 0bama fury:


19 posted on 07/30/2013 2:14:20 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: CivilWarBrewing

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.


20 posted on 07/30/2013 2:23:30 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: Southack
Nope, there is a third choice.

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.

21 posted on 07/30/2013 3:05:36 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (The IRS--a softer Gestapo)
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To: Michael.SF.

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.


22 posted on 07/30/2013 4:47:29 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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23 posted on 07/30/2013 5:36:36 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind

This is wishful thinking. He will never say yes. Only to himself and his own ideas.


24 posted on 07/30/2013 10:36:02 PM PDT by tinamina
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