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Surprise: Obama to fast-track approval for Keystone pipeline’s, er, southern half
Hot Air ^ | March 20, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT

Posted on 03/21/2012 4:48:41 AM PDT by Hojczyk

President Obama plans to announce in Cushing, Oklahoma Thursday that his administration will expedite the permit process for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, a source familiar with the president’s announcement tells CNN.

In January, the Obama administration denied a permit for the 1,700 mile long Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would stretch from Canada’s tar sands development to the U.S. Gulf Coast. That decision was met by persistent Republican criticism that the president has not been doing everything possible to create jobs and combat high gas prices…

Senior administration officials would not confirm the president’s plan to unveil the effort to cut red tape for the project, though one senior administration official acknowledged the need to deal with the glut of oil in Cushing, where oil from the Midwest hits a bottleneck as it is transported to the Gulf of Mexico.

Follow the progression here.

The polling on gas prices generally and Keystone in particular is horrific. No less than Bill Clinton gives a speech three weeks ago urging Democrats to “embrace” the pipeline.

McConnell forces a Senate vote on approving the pipeline and gets 11 Democrats to switch sides; so close is the final margin that The One himself is forced to lobby skittish Dems to stick with him.

And then that CBS poll drops last week showing his job approval suddenly in a tailspin, with gas prices the only obvious explanation.

He had to do something so this is what he did — a cosmetic gesture to help speed the construction by a few months of a pipeline that was always going to be built anyway. I bet it’ll help him in the polls, too. Coming soon: Obama signs executive order instructing IRS to send refunds to people who overpay their taxes.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; keystonexl; pipeline

1 posted on 03/21/2012 4:48:45 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Seems to be some symmetry here... a half wit approves half a pipeline.


2 posted on 03/21/2012 4:55:18 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Common Sense 101

Obozo already stopped construction of the pipeline through the northern section of the USA from Canada - what will “approval” of the southern section do, other than look like he is actually doing something when he is doing nothing at all?


3 posted on 03/21/2012 4:59:06 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Hojczyk
I thought the only reason this needed federal government involvement, at all, was because it crosses the Canadian border. Without that, it's all state permits. The southern half does not even need Obambi’s blessing.
4 posted on 03/21/2012 5:06:25 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Hojczyk

Um... what good is half a pipline? (and not even the half that connects to the source of the oil... geez what a dumbass)


5 posted on 03/21/2012 5:09:06 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Hojczyk

So is this now the Pipeline to Nowhere? Approving half is, I think, good news (?), only because he will have to approve the other half eventually. This half-gas solution will get the libs and ecos mad and will sting Obama in the fall. He sure makes strange decisions (scratching my head).


6 posted on 03/21/2012 5:11:38 AM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . 2012 for change, this time for the people)
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To: Ken522

Thats not a bug it’s a feature. They get to crow about “jobs” in the construction part, that they are “doing something about oil prices” and in the end have a pipeline to nowhere that won’t carry a barrel of oil. Perfect.


7 posted on 03/21/2012 5:12:37 AM PDT by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Hojczyk

This is the left hand attempting distract you while the right hand steals your wallet.

Instead of a “bridge to nowhere”, Obama gives you a “pipeline from nowhere”.


8 posted on 03/21/2012 5:15:48 AM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: Kozak

This is all all show no go. First of all, what economic unit anywhere on the planet is going to fund the building of a pipeline to nowhere? Answer, none but O turd will then say they are not doing it which is keeping job creation low, not his fault. A second answer, he is approving nothing, he is going to facilitate “the approval process”. Right, move that application from the bottom of the pile to the second from the bottom position.


9 posted on 03/21/2012 5:17:10 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: G Larry

Kind of like California’s mythical bullet train from SF to LA. They are plainning on starting to build the first 50 miles of so in the Central Valley, at a cost of billions, despite having nothing in place to build the rest of it.


10 posted on 03/21/2012 5:18:55 AM PDT by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: Hojczyk
So he'll issue “approval”, then stonewall actual progress, then cancel it after he is re-elected

How stupid can people be

Shows the obamites will pull any trick they can to pump up perceptions the economy is improving over the next 10 months

also shows the perils of the GOP running an unlikeable rich stiff who has only one campaign issue- the economy

11 posted on 03/21/2012 5:19:17 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: Mr. K
Um... what good is half a pipline?

Another pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf has been needed for years. It's a very worthwhile project. I doubt Obama had anything to do with the decision, however.

Google "Cushing bottleneck" if you're interested in the background.

12 posted on 03/21/2012 5:28:02 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Mr. K
"Um... what good is half a pipline?"

It has great strategic value with voters who aren't paying attention or only get their news from the MSM.

Just as he now takes credit for 'increased domestic oil production' that are not the result of HIS oil-suppressing policies, he'll be able talk creating jobs and helping to boost the supply of oil from friendly countries rather than the dangerous middle east.

Simply put, he's going after every last inattentive voter with half-truths and chicanery.

13 posted on 03/21/2012 5:29:08 AM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Hojczyk

So we should call this “the Pipeline to nowhere?”


14 posted on 03/21/2012 5:42:44 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (Still a contributing Republican? Why?)
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To: Hojczyk
So when given the options to build the pipeline or cancel it, 0bama decided to do both.

That's the epitome of political weakness.

15 posted on 03/21/2012 5:45:59 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Mouton
Unfortunately, thanks to the MSM, the sheeple will fall for it.
16 posted on 03/21/2012 5:50:12 AM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: Hojczyk
As if we need further proof that Chairman O is inept: A pipeline to nowhere!!!
17 posted on 03/21/2012 5:52:17 AM PDT by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: srmorton

People will fall all over each other lining up to vote Obama out.

Despite all the pretending on tv that he is so well “liked”, people realize Obama is an arrogant, lying, leftist fool.


18 posted on 03/21/2012 5:55:59 AM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Hojczyk

After the election he can cancel what he approves. This is simply President Flim-flam-a practicing his customary deceit.


19 posted on 03/21/2012 6:11:23 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Hojczyk
No less than Bill Clinton gives a speech three weeks ago urging Democrats to “embrace” the pipeline.

Pardon me for patting myself on the back, folks, but I believe I deserve a special commendation for not making a Lewinsky joke.

20 posted on 03/21/2012 6:13:27 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Ken522

Union construction jobs paid for with our tax dollars.
Then the construction unions can make large donations to baraq’s re election campaign.
Out in the open money laundering and no one makes a peep.


21 posted on 03/21/2012 6:21:00 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: silverleaf

The obamedia have been pushing the recovery story since he walked in the door while Bush had the worst recession in histoir. It’s all a lie.

Pray for America


22 posted on 03/21/2012 6:21:07 AM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: BlueStateBlues

You are correct, it is a curious half-measure. He has never been hesitant to throw his friends under the bus in the name of political expediency. And what are the envirowhacks gonna do, vote Republican? Completely reversing himself and building this thing would be the winner for him politically.


23 posted on 03/21/2012 6:42:25 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Mr. K

FUBHO - you had the chance to give your approval and f - - - - d it up. No deals, no second chances - KYBAG


24 posted on 03/21/2012 6:57:40 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: G Larry
Instead of a “bridge to nowhere”, Obama gives you a “pipeline from nowhere”.

Maybe he will authorize a high speed rail line on the N Keystone route....

So that his buddy Buffett can make more money transporting the oil.

25 posted on 03/21/2012 7:07:06 AM PDT by spokeshave (Dole/McCain/Romney losers all....NEWT is da Man)
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To: Hojczyk
Wisest of the wise, President Obama outdoes Solomon by actually cutting the baby in half.
26 posted on 03/21/2012 8:16:36 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: Williams

I pray that you are right!


27 posted on 03/21/2012 9:25:37 AM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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