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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...
  • KEYSTONE REDUX? Obama Hires Anti-Drilling Lobbyist To Run Colorado Campaign

    02/22/2012 6:40:58 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Barack Obama's re-election campaign hired Carrie Doyle, a high powered lobbyist for Colorado's most outspoken anti-drilling environmental organization, to run his campaign in the nation's key electoral battleground: Colorado. ... Among the green groups that Doyle lobbied for -- Colorado Conservation Voters, the Colorado chapter of the League of Conservation Voters. That would be the same League of Conservation Voters who most recently won national stardom for pressuring the Obama Administration to reject the Keystone Pipeline. Wondering whether Obama was going to move to the middle to shore up Colorado's notoriously independent voters? Wondering whether Obama's rejection of the Keystone...
  • Carney: "Obama Didn't Turn Down The Keystone Pipeline!" (Can you believe.....)

    02/21/2012 3:56:01 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 40 replies
    White House press secretary Jay Carney says Republicans "forced" President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Later in his press briefing, Carney says Obama didn't turn down the pipeline. "In terms of Keystone, as you all know, the history here is pretty clear. And the fact is because Republicans decided to play political with Keystone, their action essentially forced the administration to deny the permit process because they insisted on a time frame in which it was impossible to completely approve the pipeline," Carney said when asked about the pipeline by ABC News' Jake Tapper. Later...
  • Gas Prices and the Keystone Pipeline

    02/21/2012 2:29:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 21, 2012 | by Jake Tapper
    TAPPER: How can you say you have an all-of-the-above approach if the president turned down the Keystone pipeline? And you blame the Republicans for making a political – CARNEY: But the president didn’t turn down the Keystone pipeline. There was a process in place, with long precedent, run out of the State Department because of the issue of a pipeline crossing an international boundary, that required an amount of time for proper review after an alternate route was deemed necessary through Nebraska at the request of the Republican governor of Nebraska and other stakeholders in Nebraska and the region that...
  • War on Wealth, Part II | Keeping Our Foot on the Gas

    02/20/2012 8:48:45 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 1 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | February 20, 2012 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    * Pieces of the Keystone XL pipeline await construction in South Dakota. Via: North Platte Post *By: Larry Walker, Jr. -When Mr. Obama visited the padlock maker Master Lock in Milwaukee, on February 15, 2012, he drew the following conclusions. He said, “Manufacturing is coming back. Companies are starting to bring jobs back. The economy is getting stronger. The recovery is speeding up. We’re moving in the right direction. And now we have to do everything in our power to keep our foot on the gas.” So in keeping with my fact based approach, I have to ask, Are...
  • Video: Get ready for big hike in gasoline prices

    02/15/2012 10:04:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 15, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Until now, Barack Obama has had some mildly good news on the economy, with weekly jobless claims sticking around the 350k-370K range and a boost in job creation in January. Unfortunately for Obama and all of us, the same problem that strangled the economy in 2008 and 2011 is about to hit the US again. NBC’s Today show reports on the significant price hikes coming in the price of gasoline:
  • Keystone may be revived after U.S. election: Canada official (You bet!- Once Gilligan is gone!)

    02/13/2012 3:06:17 PM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/13/12 | Yahoo News
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The finance minister for Canada's top oil producing province of Alberta said he expects the Canada-to-U.S. Keystone XL pipeline project to be "revived" following presidential elections this year. In an interview on Monday, Ron Liepert said he thinks government approval for the $7 billion pipeline to ship around 830,000 barrels per day of oil sands crude from Alberta to South Texas could come following elections on November 6.
  • Keystone, Obama, and Leadership

    02/12/2012 6:23:23 PM PST · by JimPrevor · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 9, 2012 | Jim Prevor
    Yet despite all this, the gist of Nocera’s column is not to chastise the president for making a bad decision, he, instead, blames our “poisoned politics.” In fact, he explains away the president’s decision: "I realize that President Obama rejected Keystone because, politically, he had no choice. My guess is that, in his centrist heart of hearts, the president wanted to approve it. But to give the go-ahead before the election was to risk losing the support of the environmentalists who make up an important part of his base…" Of course, to say that President Obama “had no choice” is...
  • ‘The environmental movement has lost its way’

    02/10/2012 8:57:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Financial Post (Canada) ^ | February 9, 2012 | by Yadullah Hussain
    Professor Ian Clark just does not see any evidence of oil sands contributing to global warming. That’s quite a stand to take in the face of a global environmental community that considers the development of the Canadian heavy oil industry tantamount to hastening the end of the world.But Prof. Clark can claim to know a bit more about the science behind climate change than the average person. As a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa, he focuses on paleoclimatology — the study of changes in climate taken on the scale of the entire history...
  • Canada PM vows to ensure key oil pipeline is built

    02/10/2012 4:31:52 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2012 | David Ljunggren
    Canada's prime minister on Friday made his strongest comments yet in support of a proposed pipeline from oil-rich Alberta to the Pacific coast, saying his government was committed to ensuring the controversial project went ahead. snip "We have abundant supplies of virtually every form of energy. And you know, we want to sell our energy to people who want to buy our energy -- it's that simple," Harper told a business dinner in Guangzhou.
  • Poe Acts to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

    02/09/2012 11:04:57 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    e-mail | 9 February 2012 | Ted Poe
    Dear (ShadowAce), Energy and jobs are two things that Americans need to survive. The Keystone XL Pipeline would provide both, free of cost to American taxpayers. That is why this week, I introduced the bipartisan Keystone for a Secure Tomorrow Act (K-FAST) to allow Congress to act immediately and approve the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Congress has the obligation and the legal ability to say yes. In fact, in 1973, after years of delay, Congress took similar action and passed the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act in order to build the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The Keystone XL Pipeline is a...
  • White House hubris

    02/08/2012 4:05:46 PM PST · by kathsua · 2 replies
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 2/4/12 | GREGORY BONTRAGER
    The keystone pipeline was one of the most well studied, environmentally safe projects in modern history. It was not blocked by Obama because of environmental concerns, it was simply another casualty in a long list of cynical vote-getting ploys to appease Obama's radical base of support, the American People be damned. It is clear: Our Chicago politician considers his re-election more important than American jobs or energy independence. Better to dump billions into Solyndra and a host of other feel-good, politically correct scams. This administration has gone beyond corrupt or incompetent; it is placing the survival of the United States...
  • House panel approves Keystone pipeline bill (would reverse Hussein's rejection)

    02/07/2012 6:27:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/07/12 | Ben Geman
    House panel approves Keystone pipeline billBy Ben Geman - 02/07/12 04:27 PM ET The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would reverse President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The bill is the latest GOP-led effort to advance the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline. Republicans are also trying to punish Obama politically ahead of the 2012 election for failing to greenlight the project that GOP lawmakers call a way to create jobs and boost energy security. Rep. Lee Terry’s (R-Neb.) bill — which passed the powerful committee in a 33-20 vote — is likely heading for...
  • Industrial Sabotage: Rockefeller Fund’s $28 Million Campaign Against Keystone Pipeline

    02/07/2012 10:59:47 AM PST · by Praxeologue · 10 replies
    Sun News Network ^ | February 1, 2012 | Ezra Levant
  • House Dems take on Keystone pipeline (Rats still resist real job creating projects)

    02/03/2012 3:19:51 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/2/2012 | By Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman
    House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats will have a rare moment in the spotlight Friday at a hearing they demanded on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Approval of the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline has risen to the top of Republicans’ agenda. But Democrats will work at the hearing to undercut GOP claims about the benefits of the pipeline and express their support for President Obama’s decision to reject the project. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, invited several witnesses to the hearing, including Randall Thompson, a Nebraska rancher, and retired Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson. Both Thompson and...
  • GOP Moves to Approve Keystone Pipeline... without Obama

    01/31/2012 2:29:42 PM PST · by yoe · 22 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 3 1, 2012 | Bobby Eberle
    How many speeches has Barack Obama given on jobs? How many times has he said the economy is his number one priority? Unfortunately, his rhetoric doesn't match his actions. The only suitable job worth creating to him is a government job. When it came time to approve the Keystone Pipeline, a project that would transport oil from Canada to the refineries in the Gulf states, Obama said no. Tens of thousands of jobs would have been created, but politics won the day. Now, GOP members of the U.S. Senate are using the Constitution in an attempt to approve the pipeline...
  • North America Losing Its Oil Edge

    01/30/2012 10:11:52 PM PST · by dila813 · 11 replies
    blogs.scientificamerican ^ | January 29, 2012 | Melissa C. Lott
    For good or bad, from 1980-2010, North America lost some of its oil production edge. .....North America was the only region in the world that had a net production decrease over these three decades.
  • Keystone Pipeline dead? Not so fast!

    01/29/2012 6:07:21 AM PST · by jda · 19 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 28 Janaury 2012 | Dave Tombers
    When President Obama denied a permit for the $7 billion Keystone pipeline project stretching from Canada to Texas, many feared the project was dead – but a Republican lawmaker is preparing to bypass the president altogether and get the pipeline back on track. H.R. 3548, submitted by Lee Terry, R-Neb., would take the decision out of Obama’s hands and order the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, to issue a permit within 30 days. Some say the decision never belonged to the president anyway. {snip} Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., also spoke at the Jan. 25 hearing and explained that the...
  • Waxman: (obsessive) GOP 'so stupid' to include Keystone pipeline in payroll tax package

    01/26/2012 4:50:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/26/12 | Mike Lillis
    Waxman: GOP 'so stupid' to include Keystone pipeline in payroll tax packageBy Mike Lillis - 01/26/12 05:15 PM ET A senior Democrat on the payroll tax conference panel had some strong words Thursday for Republicans hoping to attach Keystone pipeline language to the package. "That is so stupid, already, for them to be pushing the Keystone pipeline issue in this bill, in this conference," Rep. Henry Waxman told reporters gathered near the Chesapeake Bay for the Democrats' annual caucus retreat. "The pipeline issue is one that the Republicans are obsessing over." The California Democrat suggested that a provision forcing approval...
  • E-mail of the day: Media Matters coordinates with Capitol Hill “allies” on Keystone XL;

    01/26/2012 9:25:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 1/26/12 | Michelle Malkin
    A flack for Media Matters for America, the Soros-backed one-trick GOP-bashing pony, sent an e-mail peddling the group’s latest anti-Keystone XL “study” to the Senate Democrats’ communications director at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Mary Kerr. For some reason, Senate Republican EPW communications director Matt Dempsey with GOP Sen. James Inhofe’s office also ended up cc’ed on the e-mail. Ooops. Their mistake is our gained insight (or rather, confirmation of what we already assumed). Read on: From: Emilee Pierce [] Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 09:11 PM To: Kerr, Mary (EPW); Dempsey, Matt (EPW) Subject: Heads up –...
  • 100 miles of pipeline stored in E. Texas field (Waiting Keystone Pipe can be seen from space)

    01/25/2012 8:06:36 PM PST · by mnehring · 16 replies
    CASS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - From Chopper 7, the shear magnitude of what's sitting in this field is clear. This patch of land is leased by TransCanada...and it is filled with 100 miles worth of pipes. "Well, it's a storage yard. And, it's fairly common and it's prior to construction for large pipeline projects to assemble pipe in one central location and distribute it from there," Jim Prescott, a project representative with Keystone said. And, that project is the Keystone Pipeline...which is now on hold until further notice due to President Obama's rejection of TransCanada's application. "So, in the meantime...
  • Republican pipeline bill raises legal questions: US official

    01/25/2012 3:19:13 PM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    google ^ | 1/25/2012 | afp
    A senior US official said a Republican bill to deny US President Barack Obama the right to decide on the construction of an oil pipeline from Canada raises "serious" legal questions. Kerry Ann-Jones, who is charged with reviewing the pipeline issue for the State Department, also told a legislative panel that the proposed law "overrides foreign policy and national security considerations." Last week Obama, a Democrat, rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas, saying he could not vouch for its safety by a deadline despite intense election-year pressure.
  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) on Keystone Pipeline: ‘Twenty Thousand Jobs Is Really Not That Many Jobs’

    01/25/2012 1:55:00 PM PST · by servo1969 · 57 replies
    Big Government ^ | 1-25-2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    This morning, Rep. Jan Schakowsky appeared on the Don Wade and Roma show on WLS-AM Chicago to comment on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Schakowsky praised the president’s green energy initiatives, claiming that the (recalled) Chevy Volt “is doing pretty well” and defending Obama’s failed investment in Solyndra. When the hosts asked her to defend President Obama’s decision to block the development of the Keystone pipeline, Schakowsky did not dispute that the project would create jobs, but denied that these jobs were significant: "Twenty thousand jobs is really not that many jobs and investing in green technologies...
  • 'I'm The Chairman!' Waxman Gets Chewed Out During Keystone Hearing

    01/25/2012 12:01:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    fox ^ | 1/25/12 | CSPAN
    Politics January 25, 2012 'I'm The Chairman!' Waxman Gets Chewed Out During Keystone Hearing Fire it up 80 Share “Are you calling the Koch brothers during the recess?” Angered by Waxman’s political posturing, Whitfield took a shot at the Obama Administration and Solyndra. “If you want to talk about that, let’s talk about the millions of dollars the Obama administration gave companies like Solyndra and people like George Kaiser and other campaign bundlers,” Whitfield fumed. “Why are you interrupting members and then you take unlimited time for yourself?” Waxman responded. “I’m the chairman! And I’m telling you right now we’re...
  • Unions, Buffett, Robber Barons and Cronies Now Have Our Oil, Oh My

    01/25/2012 6:18:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 25, 2012 | John Ransom
    It’s already been widely reported that Warren Buffett, a major shareholder in Obama, Inc. will be one of the primary beneficiaries of the decision from the White House to kill the Keystone pipeline and the jobs it would create. The administration now makes no attempt at all to disguise the fact that most decisions he makes are made in the best interest of Obama, Inc. shareholders. Buffett’s railroad, the BNSF Railway- now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Obama, Inc.- in a remarkable coincidence, will instead, apparently and patriotically, transport Canadian oil to the US at only a slight premium to the...
  • Senator: Pres. Obama to blame for loss of 20,000 pipeline jobs (Only Hussein to blame)

    01/25/2012 4:47:46 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Nebraska Radio Network ^ | 1/24/12 | M Kelley
    Reports say President Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight will be focusing, in part, on economic fairness.... “He’s going to convince me he’s interested in fairness when he gets those 20,000 workers to work,” Grassley says. “He’s the only person standing in the way of those 20,000 jobs. You can’t blame John Deere, you can’t blame Caterpillar, you can’t blame Wall Street, you can’t blame anybody else. So if he’s going to be fair and equitable, create those 20,000 jobs.” Grassley says the pipeline also promises to create another 120,000 jobs indirectly. Grassley, a Republican, says America needs more...
  • Obama’s Decision to Kill the Keystone Pipeline A Huge Windfall for Buffett

    01/24/2012 5:13:24 PM PST · by ak267 · 13 replies
    C4P and Human Events ^ | 1/24/2012 | John Hayward and Doug Brady
    When President Obama, who is normally a great proponent of “infrastructure” projects, made his bizarre decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline project, I wondered if he might have been induced to create those thousands of American jobs if the oil could be moved by his beloved high-speed rail. As it turns out, oil is already moved from northern latitudes, such as the booming oil fields of North Dakota, down to the Gulf of Mexico by rail of the old, low-speed variety. Fortunately, as Newt Gingrich pointed out during the Monday night Republican debate in Florida, the oil is on...
  • Keystone pipeline gets second chance

    01/24/2012 8:31:29 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 1-22-2012 | Tamba Bay Times
    Reports of the death of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to supply Alberta crude oil to Texas refineries appear to be greatly exaggerated. Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed his "profound disappointment" to President Barack Obama for rejecting TransCanada's proposed $7 billion pipeline. Obama was up against a political deadline for approving the project opposed by environmentalists and wanted more time for further reviews of the plans. In a phone call to Harper, Obama said TransCanada can submit an amended plan to reroute the pipeline around an environmentally sensitive aquifer in Nebraska. "This outcome is one of the scenarios we anticipated,"...
  • Black Rush caller who finally abandoned Obama over Keystone

    01/23/2012 12:31:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 56 replies · 1+ views
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/23/12 | The Right Scoop
    This is a great call into Rush today from a self-identified black man named Dennis who has finally abandoned not only his support for Obama but says he is considering dropping his support for the Democrat party too. And his tipping point was Obama’s pandering to environmentalists in rejecting the Keystone Pipeline. Here’s the full call:
  • Barack Obama: no jobs, no oil, no energy

    01/23/2012 8:41:58 AM PST · by Starman417 · 19 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-23-12 | DrJohn
    It's the mother of all boners. Barack Obama gambled the future of the US oil supply on Brazil. He lost. China kicked his butt. In March Barack Obama put on his best groveling suit (you know, the same one he wore when genuflecting to the Saudi King) and went off to Brazil looking for foreign oil. The schtick was thick: Obama started by saying that being in Brazil was a great joy, and thanking his hosts on behalf of his wife Michelle and family for the warm welcome they received. The US president said it was a pity that...
  • Is our neighbor to the north becoming a jingoistic petro-state? [lib finger-wagging]

    01/23/2012 8:08:35 AM PST · by oblomov · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | 20 Jan 2012 | Will Oremus
    It’s well known that America’s dependence on foreign oil forces us to partner with some pretty unsavory regimes. Take, for instance, the country that provides by far the largest share of our petroleum imports. Its regime, in thrall to big oil interests, has grown increasingly bellicose, labeling environmental activists “radicals” and “terrorists” and is considering a crackdown on nonprofits that oppose its policies. It blames political dissent on the influence of “foreigners,” while steamrolling domestic opposition to oil projects bankrolled entirely by overseas investors. Meanwhile, its skyrocketing oil exports have sent the value of its currency soaring, enriching energy industry...