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  • Obama Turns Keystone Pipe Dream To Nightmare

    03/12/2012 11:18:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor;s Business Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Energy Policy: After presidential lobbying, the Senate fell four votes short of taking a giant step toward energy independence as gas prices and unemployment rise. In the White House, everything is going according to plan. The 56-42 vote defeated a proposal by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., that would have granted approval of the pipeline without any further environmental reviews by the State Department. It came after President Obama personally called lawmakers to lobby for the Hoeven amendment's defeat. Sixty votes were needed for passage to avoid a filibuster. As we've said, you have to watch what Obama does, not what...
  • Obama's Approval Rate Plunges Due To Gas Prices

    03/12/2012 3:57:31 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 179 replies · 7+ views
    Asia One News ^ | March 12, 2012 | AFP
    WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama's job approval rating, weighed down by soaring gas prices, has plunged below 50 per cent, giving his political opponents what appears to be an opening in the November election, a new opinion poll showed. The survey by ABC News and The Washington Post indicated that only 46 per cent of Americans now approved of the way Obama is handling his job and 50 per cent disapproved. The situation was a reversal from early February when 50 per cent approved of the president's performance and 46 per cent disapproved. According to the survey, the drop...
  • Union Boss 'Repulsed by Some of Our Supposed Brothers and Sisters Lining Up With Job Killers

    03/10/2012 11:24:48 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | March 10, 2012 | SAM HANANEL
    Unions may be united in working to re-elect President Barack Obama, but their leaders also are trying to repair bitter divisions over his rejection of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Trade unions representing workers who stand to benefit from thousands of new construction jobs from the Keystone XL pipeline are furious at other unions that joined environmentalists in opposing the project. The issue reflects a decades-old conflict between union leaders who believe creating jobs is paramount and others who are more strongly aligned with progressive groups on environmental and social causes. After the White House blocked the pipeline...
  • Presidential Pork Kills Keystone

    03/08/2012 6:57:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | March 9, 2012 | John Ransom
    56 Senators voted in favor of a plan yesterday that would allow the Keystone pipeline to go forward by cancelling the bureaucratic roadblocks put up by the Obama administration/world-wide bus tour. “The 56-42 vote came after President Barack Obama called Democratic senators to lobby them to oppose the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast,” reports FoxNews.“Even so, 11 Democrats sided with Republicans to sidestep Obama's rejection of the pipeline and allow the $7 billion project to go forward.”Yet, despite the majority vote, Senate rules apparently require a...
  • Senate GOP on Keystone: This isn’t over

    03/08/2012 4:36:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/08/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Senate GOP on Keystone: This isn’t overBy Andrew Restuccia - 03/08/12 05:34 PM ET Republicans vowed to continue aggressively pushing for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday shortly after the Senate narrowly rejected a GOP-backed measure to greenlight the project. The Senate Republicans who authored the Keystone provision told reporters they are working with House GOP leadership to ensure that a measure fast-tracking approval of the project is ultimately attached to the highway bill. “We intend to continue our efforts, including on this bill,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) told reporters shortly after the Senate Keystone vote. “Remember, we’re...
  • Obama twists arms for Warren Buffett

    03/08/2012 2:25:03 PM PST · by Mustang Driver · 10 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | March 8, 2012 | Don Surber
    President Obama is twisting Democratic arms to stop the Keystone pipeline, which when built will end billionaire Warren Buffett’s railroad monopoly on shipping oil from the Bakken Oil Field in North Dakota. The billionaire investor is the second richest man in the nation and an ardent supporter of this regime. So obvious is President Obama’s opposition to allowing the pipeline to be built on his watch, that even CNN noticed. From CNN: A razor close vote is expected in the Senate Thursday on a Republican amendment to bypass the Obama administration’s objections and approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Senate aides...
  • McConnell, Boehner pile on Obama over Keystone (Obama's still rejecting job creating pipeline)

    03/08/2012 9:54:57 AM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/8/2012 | By BURGESS EVERETT
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner added to Thursday's GOP bashing of President Barack Obama's efforts to block a Keystone XL amendment to the Senate transportation bill. Citing POLITICO’s reporting that the president is personally rallying Democratic opposition to Sen. John Hoeven’s (R-N.D.) pro-Keystone amendment, McConnell said he was shocked to learn that Obama is trying to thwart “the biggest private-sector job-creation projection in our country.” Read more:
  • Reid: Democrats will kill Keystone amendment

    03/08/2012 11:45:28 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 8, 2012 | Andrew Restuccia
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that Democrats have the votes to defeat a GOP-backed measure to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. "The answer is yes," Reid said when asked if Democrats would kill the measure. "Everyone should just calm down on Keystone,” Reid added. “Just take a deep breath, folks.” Reid’s comments came just hours before the Senate is expected to vote on an amendment to transportation legislation that would force approval of the pipeline. The amendment requires 60 votes for passage. The majority leader stressed that President Obama opposes the GOP amendment, but does not...
  • Senate Keystone vote expected to be close; Obama lobbying Democrats (Go on the record Rats!)

    03/08/2012 10:03:11 AM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/8/2012 | Ted Barrett and Dana Bash
    A razor close vote is expected in the Senate Thursday on a Republican amendment to bypass the Obama administration's objections and approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Senate aides from both parties told CNN. Democratic aides, however, expressed some optimism the provision would be defeated. President Obama lobbied wavering Democrats by phone to shore up Democratic support for his position, a senior Democratic source told CNN. It could be embarrassing for the White House if a large number of Democrats voted to overturn the administration's Keystone policy, which has been hotly debated as gas prices continue to rise during this election...
  • Obama Making Personal Phone Calls To Senate Dems Begging Them To Vote Against Keystone Pipeline…

    03/08/2012 10:24:44 AM PST · by opentalk · 21 replies
    Weasel Zippers/Politico ^ | March 8, 2012 | Weasel Zippers
    Via PoliticoPresident Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. ..
  • Obama Digs In: 'Personally Lobbying Democrats to Reject' Keystone Pipeline (Senate to Vote Today)

    03/08/2012 8:06:13 AM PST · by katieanna · 79 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 8, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama is digging in on the Keystone XL pipeline. He is "personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction," Politico reports. The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices. The amendment, proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), states that Obama would have no...
  • Obama touts southern half of Keystone pipeline

    03/07/2012 4:52:45 PM PST · by ColdOne · 10 replies ^ | 3/7/12 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama touted the construction of an oil pipeline from Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico today as a sign of oil production under his leadership, even though his State Department originally killed that pipeline when it refused to permit the construction of the Keystone pipeline. "We just announced that we’ll do whatever we can to speed up construction of a pipeline in Oklahoma that’s going to relieve a bottleneck and get more oil to the Gulf -- to the refineries down there -- and that’s going to help create jobs, encourage more production," Obama said in North Carolina today....
  • GOP: Fight high gas prices with more oil drilling, Keystone (the rookie Hussein disagrees?)

    03/03/2012 1:30:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/03/12 | Justin Sink
    GOP: Fight high gas prices with more oil drilling, KeystoneBy Justin Sink - 03/03/12 06:36 AM ET Republicans used their weekly address to slam President Obama on rising gas prices, part of what the GOP says is a "coordinated campaign" to push energy to the forefront of national politics. House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) pushed what Republicans are calling their "all-of-the-above" energy approach, which would encourage additional drilling in federally owned and offshore areas, the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and a loosening of regulations on the oil industry. "When we responsibly develop these resources, we don’t...
  • Clinton: No timeline yet for new Keystone pipeline decision (review could take, like, forever)

    02/28/2012 10:14:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/12 | Ben Geman
    Clinton: No timeline yet for new Keystone pipeline decisionBy Ben Geman - 02/28/12 03:54 PM ET Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it’s too early to say how quickly the State Department might decide on TransCanada Corp.’s revised plans to build the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The company plans to file a new application soon for the controversial pipeline to bring oil sands from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries, following the Obama administration’s rejection of a permit for Keystone in January. Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that she can’t yet estimate how quickly the review...
  • White House gives blessing to partial Keystone XL construction (Obozo caves?)

    02/27/2012 5:02:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    White House gives blessing to partial Keystone XL constructionBy Andrew Restuccia - 02/27/12 02:27 PM ET The White House backed TransCanada Corp.’s bid to build a major portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Monday, a move that could shield President Obama from growing GOP attacks over the project. By supporting the southern portion of the pipeline, the White House was able to blunt Republican criticism of the administration's energy policies. But the move quickly re-opened a rift with the president’s environmental base, which condemned the project. TransCanada said Monday that it will begin construction on a section of the...
  • TransCanada Corp. to begin construction of Keystone pipeline

    02/27/2012 9:41:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 2+ views
    The HIll ^ | 2/27/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    TransCanada Corp. said Monday it plans to begin building a major portion of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline despite the Obama administration's decision to reject a key permit for the project. The company told the State Department in a letter Monday that it will begin construction of a section of the pipeline that runs from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The stand-alone portion of the project, which TransCanada dubbed the Gulf Coast Project, will cost $2.3 billion and will be completed in mid-to-late 2013, according to the company. The project must still receive other regulatory approvals....
  • Montana's Democratic governor slams ‘jackasses’ in DC for Keystone delay

    02/24/2012 10:40:42 AM PST · by epithermal · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2012 | Ben Geman
    Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) is expressing frustration with the debate in Washington over the Keystone XL pipeline, which he strongly supports. “Ninety per cent of these jackasses that are complaining about the Keystone pipeline in Washington, D.C., one year ago wouldn't have even known where the Keystone was. While we were doing the heavy lifting here in Montana and in South Dakota and in Kansas and Oklahoma ... in Washington, D.C. ... all these great defenders had never heard of Keystone before,” Schweitzer said in an interview published Thursday.
  • Following Keystone Rejection Canada's Oil Sands Headed to China

    02/24/2012 5:02:42 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 14 replies · 1+ views ^ | 21 February 2012 | John Daly
    Beginning in 2005, Congressional Republicans and the oil industry touted the 2,147 mile-long Keystone XL 830,000 barrel per day (bpd) pipeline, running from Canada’s Hardisty, Alberta oil sands to U.S. refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. But last month, in an attempt to force a decision from the Obama administration on the pipeline, congressional Republicans tacked a rider onto legislation extending the payroll tax cut by requiring the government to decide within 60 days on the issue, which was rejected for the foreseeable future. Furious at the setback, Canadian Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper threatened to sell the output to...
  • “Nature Fakery”

    02/22/2012 11:22:41 AM PST · by Parmenio · 18 replies
    Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution) ^ | February 22, 2012 | Bruce Thornton
    At the turn of the twentieth century, President Theodore Roosevelt became embroiled in a public controversy over how some writers and naturalists described the natural world in overly anthropomorphic and sentimental terms. In a 1907 article attacking Jack London, among other writers, Roosevelt popularized the moniker “nature fakers,” those writers whom Roosevelt called “an object of derision to every scientist worthy of the name, to every real lover of the wilderness, to every faunal naturalist, to every true hunter or nature lover. But it is evident that [the nature faker] completely deceives many good people who are wholly ignorant of...
  • Carney: GOP cancelled Keystone, not Obama

    02/21/2012 11:28:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies
    Carney: GOP cancelled Keystone, not Obama By Neil Munro - The Daily Caller 1:49 PM 02/21/2012 WASHINGTON – The president didn’t stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline — Republicans did. That’s the message on Tuesday from White House spokesman Jay Carney as gas prices rise above $4.00 per gallon. “The president didn’t turn down the Keystone pipeline,” Carney said, because the proposal to construct the pipeline was reviewed by the Department of State. President Barack Obama’s decisions to nix construction of the pipeline has been repeatedly attacked by the GOP, and by some Democratic-allied unions representing construction workers. They say...