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Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base
Reuters ^ | April 20, 2014 | BY JEFF MASON AND STEVE HOLLAND

Posted on 04/20/2014 8:27:32 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.

Environmentalists, worried about the project's effect on climate change, have put enormous pressure on the president to reject the pipeline from Canada's oil sands, staging demonstrations outside the White House and protests in states where he travels.

A decision to approve it now could have prompted that vocal group, which was instrumental in electing Obama in 2008 and 2012, to sit out the November 4 congressional elections.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election2014; keystone
Focused like a laser beam on destroying America.
1 posted on 04/20/2014 8:27:33 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

How does it help the environment to have the oil transported in a train rather than a pipeline?


2 posted on 04/20/2014 8:30:19 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Other news outlets have described a possible rebellion by some democrats over this decision.

Leave it to Rooters to put lipstick on the pig.

3 posted on 04/20/2014 8:30:28 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
hooray.

The well-being of the American people be damned as long as Preezy Pajama Boy's political base is boosted.

4 posted on 04/20/2014 8:31:34 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: MUDDOG

It sure does help Warren Buffet’s financial environment...he owns the choo-choos.


5 posted on 04/20/2014 8:32:58 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ErnBatavia

Kick backs work nothing in D.C. moves with out them.


6 posted on 04/20/2014 8:36:23 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If I were Harper I would hold a press conference and say we are no longer seeking to send our oil to America. China has shown an actual interest in this oil unlike America.


7 posted on 04/20/2014 8:37:02 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

At What Point Does His Behavior Warrant The Charge Of TREASON??????????????????????


8 posted on 04/20/2014 8:43:49 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: MUDDOG

The majority of environmentalists rarely think beyond the immediate emotion of the issue in front of them. They begin with a premise - oil is bad or coal is bad - and they cannot think beyond that.

This lack of depth has given us “solutions” that are worse than the problem. I truly believe they would block any new form of clean energy based on oil or coal just as they have blocked anything that says nuclear for decades. It’s emotion, not reason, that guides them. Combined with the new green energy crony capitalism it is difficult to overcome.

There is big money betting against it. There is big money betting for it. Reason says to build it - emotion says to kill it. The delays already reveal how corrupted we have become to crony-environmentalism. Our nation has a fever, but it’s not the one Al Gore talked about.


9 posted on 04/20/2014 8:51:12 AM PDT by volunbeer
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To: bandleader

At what point do all the idiot miners, loggers, farmers, ranchers ect stop voting for Democrats and the RINOs who enable them by voting with them?

THAT is the question. Because many of them keep cutting their own throat, and ours, then complaining about what they brought on themselves.


10 posted on 04/20/2014 8:51:44 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: ErnBatavia

Anti-Keystone Billionaire Tom Steyer is waving around $100+ MIllion to punish Global Warming Deniers and elect Democrat Believers

http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/climate-activist-plans-100-million-election-year-push-20140218

“Steyer is “rallying other deep-pocketed donors, seeking to build a war chest that would make his political organization, NextGen Climate Action, among the largest outside groups in the country, similar in scale to the conservative political network overseen by Charles and David Koch,” The Times reports.

National Journal’s Amy Harder reported Monday on his potential attack ads against Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat who supports the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Steyer is trying to defeat.”

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Obamas decision on Keystone is bought and paid for


11 posted on 04/20/2014 8:55:46 AM PDT by digger48
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To: MUDDOG
How does it help the environment to have the oil transported in a train rather than a pipeline?

They don't want the oil transported at all. They prefer it stays in the ground

12 posted on 04/20/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They vote the dem party line anyway so what is there to lose here. 11% pick up, I doubt it.


13 posted on 04/20/2014 9:04:41 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I think Canada has already mentioned this in the past. And then those same liberals get up and say we need to be independent from buying oil from nations that are not our friends?


14 posted on 04/20/2014 9:49:40 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m a cynic. Could there be a deal to approve the pipeline and “reform” (ie: cave) on immigration in the lame duck session?


15 posted on 04/20/2014 9:52:41 AM PDT by grania
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To: bandleader

“At What Point Does His Behavior Warrant The Charge Of TREASON??????????????????????”

As soon as Republicans have both houses and SCOTUS. At that point not much can be done for Bambi. Of course that would be racist.


16 posted on 04/20/2014 9:58:37 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: MUDDOG

Well, the liberals don’t want oil transported in a train either. They don’t want us to transport oil at all. They want us to build windmills and solar panels.


17 posted on 04/20/2014 10:11:35 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: digger48
They don't want the oil transported at all. They prefer it stays in the ground

They wouldn't like the horse-and-buggy days either; it took a LOT of land to grow the food for the horses. Oil and gas has a much smaller footprint today than farmland for feeding the horses did a hundred years ago.

18 posted on 04/20/2014 10:13:19 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Dilbert San Diego
They want us to build windmills and solar panels.

Their version of Pol Pot moving the city dwellers to the countryside.

19 posted on 04/20/2014 10:16:28 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MUDDOG

I never understand the liberals on the issue of electric cars.

Liberals want us all to drive electric cars. But they never stop to think where the electricity to charge the car batteries comes from .

They don’t realize that if we suddenly had millions of electric cars on the road, that we would need greatly increased need for power plants. And that these power plants would likely be coal fired power plants.

So arguably, if we could put millions of electric cars on the road tomorrow, we would increase the dreaded greenhouse gases from coal fired power plants, making global warming that much worse.

But the liberals never think these things through. They think electricity comes out of the wall, as if by magic, and don’t think about how it gets generated.


20 posted on 04/20/2014 10:19:23 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: volunbeer
I truly believe they would block any new form of clean energy based on oil or coal just as they have blocked anything that says nuclear for decades. It’s emotion, not reason, that guides them.

It's like that South Park episodes where greenies moved back to the countryside and gave animals equal rights with humans.

And Stan and Kyle saw one of their mutant offspring.

21 posted on 04/20/2014 10:20:34 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why has it taken five years to study this damn project?

We won World War II in less time than it’s taking Obama to allegedly study this project, in order to decide whether to go ahead with it.

I’m all for study of proposals before they go forward, but, why so many delays? We’ve built numerous pipelines in the past. We know the environmental impacts. We know how to build them. We know there are trade-offs and political issues with the enviro-extremists. I think Obama and his boys have all the information they need to make a damn decision.

Obama doesn’t seem eager to make executive decisions, unless such decisions are appeasing the liberals in some way.


22 posted on 04/20/2014 10:22:12 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

South Park has run that greenie thinking you point to, and gotten some very good episodes out of it.


23 posted on 04/20/2014 10:23:30 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MUDDOG

You failed to mention that there was a lot of horse manure to be disposed of, but come to think of it, envirowhackos are not adverse to spreading manure, with or without the source animal.


24 posted on 04/20/2014 10:24:06 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: bandleader

At the point where an undocumented immigrant passed himself off as qualified to take office.


25 posted on 04/20/2014 10:25:06 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Indeed!

Bottom line for the greenies has to be, there are far too many humans on the planet. It's the only conclusion which their position logically leads to.

26 posted on 04/20/2014 10:33:02 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Dilbert San Diego

You have to think like they do. They don’t plan on all of us being around to buy electric cars. They plan on getting rid of as many people as necessary to save the planet.


27 posted on 04/20/2014 10:38:06 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Screw the nation, as long as Obama’ political base is motivated!


28 posted on 04/20/2014 11:02:23 AM PDT by Obadiah (I like Krabby Patties.)
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To: MUDDOG
How does it help the environment to have the oil transported in a train rather than a pipeline?

It boosts Buffets bottom line.

29 posted on 04/20/2014 11:27:40 AM PDT by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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