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  • Santorum: Obama trying to allow Iran to have nuke

    02/09/2012 7:33:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 46 replies
    AP ^ | February 9, 2012
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday accused President Barack Obama of actively seeking ways to allow Iran to gain a nuclear weapon and suggested that the administration had betrayed Israel by publicly disclosing what may be a plan to attack the Muslim nation. Santorum drew connections between the administration's opposition to the Keystone pipeline project, which would bring oil from Canada to U.S. refineries, and American dependency on foreign oil and U.S.-Israel relations. "We're throwing Israel under the bus because we know we're going to be dependent upon OPEC," Santorum said during a speech in...
  • Mitt Romney mixes up Solyndra and Keystone pipeline

    02/08/2012 4:22:25 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/2/12 | Felicia Sonmez
    Oops. Mitt Romney made a minor slip-up at a campaign event here Wednesday afternoon when he mixed up the name of a pipeline project favored by Republicans and the name of the Obama abminsitration-backed solar firm that the GOP argues has become symbolic of the White House’s failed policies.
  • That Jobs Thing Sure Didn’t Last Long

    02/08/2012 6:42:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | February 7, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    President Obama “is focused like a laser on putting people back to work,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) assured us last fall – echoing repeated statements by President Obama and Administration officials who “can’t wait” for Congress or others to take action and create jobs. The jobs thing didn’t last long, however. The President soon vetoed TransCanada’s application for permits to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Approving them “would not be in the national interest,” he declared. It is hard for most Americans to understand how it is contrary to the national interest to create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs,...
  • 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
  • Industrial Sabotage: Rockefeller Fund’s $28 Million Campaign Against Keystone Pipeline

    02/07/2012 9:00:31 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 13 replies ^ | February 6, 2012 | John MERLINE
    The keystone pipeline is actually just one of several oil sands pipelines targeted by the Rockefeller Brother’s Fund in a coordinated, 4-year, $28 million dollar campaign. Ezra Levant calls it industrial sabotage and, based on their own Power Point, that certainly seems an apt description: For all their bluster about money in politics, you won’t hear anything about this from congressional Democrats or their allies on MSNBC. How about it Rachel Maddow? Will you do a segment on keeping the Rockefeller Fund out of American and Canadian energy policy? As it happens, Ezra Levant made this exact point in...
  • One Group’s Strategy to Derail Oil Pipelines - (Rockefeller Brothers Fund)

    02/07/2012 9:38:55 AM PST · by opentalk · 4 replies
    Heritage ^ | February 3, 2012 | Lachlan Markay
    Details of a large non-profit’s plans to combat the Keystone XL pipeline have surfaced, and offer some insight into the strategies and tactics of groups looking to combat the use of fossil fuels. Canadian news channel Sun News uncovered of a PowerPoint presentation from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund detailing its work with other groups to derail the Keystone XL pipeline and other similar projects it deemed parts of “a globally significant threat.” The presentation, written in 2008, describes the allocation of $7 million to environmental non-profits for tactics that include the use of the legislative and legal systems to delay...
  • Unlike Obama, GOP Candidates Talk Seriously About Governing

    01/26/2012 4:09:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | January 26, 2012 | Michael Barone
    You know politicians are serious when they move from campaigning to governing. Something like that may be happening on the Republican campaign trail -- but, unfortunately, not at the Obama White House. Campaigning clearly carried the day for Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, where he beat Mitt Romney by a 40 percent to 28 percent margin. It's generally agreed that Gingrich clinched the race when he reacted angrily to questions by Fox News's Juan Williams and CNN's John King. Both times Gingrich got standing ovations. But not for how he'd govern. His platform can be summed up in a bumper...
  • 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.
  • Buffett would profit from Keystone cancellation

    01/24/2012 4:20:34 PM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-24-12 | Dave Boyer
    Warren Buffett, whom President Obama likes to cite as a fair-minded billionaire while arguing for higher taxes on the wealthy, stands to benefit from the president’s decision to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit. Mr. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. owns Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC, which is among the railroads that would transport oil produced in western Canada if the pipeline isn’t built. “Whatever people bring to us, we’re ready to haul,” Krista York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern, a unit of Buffett’s Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc., told Bloomberg News. If Keystone XL “doesn’t happen, we’re here to...
  • BLACK-GOLD BLUES: Buffett's railroad winner from Keystone denial

    01/24/2012 12:10:44 PM PST · by IbJensen · 2 replies
    WND (Bloomberg) ^ | 1/24/2012 | Staff
    'Whatever people bring to us, we're ready to haul' (BLOOMBERG) — Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit. With modest expansion, railroads can handle all new oil produced in western Canada through 2030, according to an analysis of the Keystone proposal by the U.S. State Department. “Whatever people bring to us, we’re ready to haul,” Krista York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern, a unit of Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said in an...
  • 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,"...
  • Obama’s Clean Energy Myths Exposed

    01/24/2012 7:31:19 AM PST · by american_steve · 8 replies
    President Obama has released his first 2012 reelection campaign ad, and it’s a doozy, full of sexy numbers that would have you believe that Obama has figured out a way to make clean energy economically viable. The reality, however, is that Obama’s statistics grossly distort the truth, and the National Republic Trust Political Action Committee has debuted its rebuttal. Citing a Brookings Institution study, Obama’s ad implies that he created 2.7 million clean energy jobs, and that the clean energy sector is growing rapidly. Investor’s Business Daily reveals the dishonesty here: those 2.7 million jobs already existed, and the quoted...
  • More ND oil will be railed with no US pipeline (Warren Buffet owns BNSF Railroad)

    01/23/2012 9:20:35 PM PST · by STARWISE · 23 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 1-20-12 | James MacPherson
    Rail shipments of North Dakota crude to increase with decision to block Keystone XL pipeline ### North Dakota oil drillers increasingly will rely on trains to move barrels of crude to market after the Obama administration's decision to reject plans for a pipeline that would run from Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico, state and industry officials say. "Pipelines are by far the safest and most economically efficient way to transport oil, but we are left with a limited number of options if pipelines are off the table," said Tony Clark, chairman of the North Dakota Public Service...
  • 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...
  • Newt gives (Cdn) PM a nod in victory speech

    01/22/2012 11:05:49 AM PST · by Dartman · 12 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 22/12 | Bryn Weese
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- This southern state and the Republican nomination race may be far removed from Canada, but that didn't stop Palmetto State primary winner Newt Gingrich from giving a shout out to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his victory speech. While blasting President Barack Obama for rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline and the thousands of jobs it has been estimated it would create, Gingrich warned Canada will send its oil to China instead. And he praised Harper, too. "What Prime Minister Harper -- who, by the way, is conservative and pro-American -- what he has said is he's gonna...
  • ASES Applauds President Obama's Decision on Keystone XL

    01/22/2012 9:06:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Renewable Energy World ^ | January 19, 2012 | by Susan Greene
    Boulder, Colo. Statement by Susan Greene, president of the American Solar Energy Society: The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) applauds the decision by President Obama to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline at this time. It’s simply good energy and climate policy to discourage further dependence on fossil fuels, regardless of the friendliness and stability of the source.
  • Congress has legal clout on Keystone pipeline: study

    01/21/2012 9:12:09 AM PST · by epithermal · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2012 | Roberta Rampton
    (Reuters) - The Congress has the constitutional right to legislate permits for cross-border oil pipelines like TransCanada's Keystone XL, according to a new legal analysis released late on Friday. The study by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service could give a boost to Republicans drafting legislation to overturn a decision this week by President Barack Obama to put the $7 billion Alberta-to-Texas project on ice. Historically, U.S. presidents have made executive decisions on pipelines that cross borders. But Congress had the power all along to weigh in on the permits, said the study, done by four legislative attorneys with the CRS....
  • Obama Blames Republicans For Keystone XL Decision

    01/18/2012 1:52:58 PM PST · by RobertClark · 20 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 01/18/2012 | Tyler Durden
    The big news of the day, aside from the idiot rally finally being back on full bore, is that the Obama administration finally pushed Canada's hand in telling it to sell its crude to China instead of the US, which we are confident it will gladly do. Much of this was largely priced on, as was the fact that opportunity for significant job creation was just kicked to the curb. What was not however expected, is that in keeping up with the fine tradition of taking responsibility for his decisions and actions, kinda sorta, America's president said that it was...
  • A Question of Priorities

    01/20/2012 4:25:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 20, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    "In the Treasury we do not speak of tons of silver. Our unit is the troy ounce." That was the response from some bureaucrat when Leslie Groves, the man who oversaw the Manhattan Project, sought thousands of tons of silver to be turned into electrical wires. Groves got his silver. Why? Because completing the Manhattan Project -- and winning the war -- was America's top priority. For three years, the Obama administration and its cheerleaders have tried to claim that they stand for the same can-do spirit. Administration officials have a rare form of Keynesian Tourette's syndrome whereby they blurt...
  • Labor Dept Reports U.S. Jobs Boom in Oil and Gas as Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

    01/20/2012 4:58:00 AM PST · by Lockbox · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 1-18-12 | William O'Keefe
    When asked why he robbed banks, infamous mid-20th century criminal Willie Sutton would reply in a matter-of-fact manner: “Because that’s where the money is.” Applying that logic to America’s current unemployment situation should lead the Obama administration to look to U.S. energy resources. Because that’s where the jobs are.The Labor Department’s latest data makes this fact clear. While the total U.S. workforce has shrunk by over 4 percent since the recession hit in 2007, employment in the oil and gas sector has grown nearly 22 percent. The industry employs about 2.1 million people directly and about another 7 million indirectly...
  • Red Lines (Oliver North on Obama and Iran)

    01/19/2012 8:06:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 20, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — On Dec. 31, just hours before a New Year's Eve celebration, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. Section 1245 of the law contains language providing authority to impose economic sanctions on Iran in order to deter the ayatollahs from acquiring nuclear weapons. White House efforts to have the sanctions provision stripped from the bill failed, and the measure became law with a quiet flourish of the presidential pen. Ever since, Washington and Tehran have been waging a war of words. None of this works to the advantage of the American...
  • Obama camp fundraising on Keystone?

    01/19/2012 6:32:58 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 1/19/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Obama For America sent an email to residents of North Dakota and Minnesota tonight asking for their support in light of the president's decision to kill the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It is an interesting move by the campaign, considering the pipeline would have cut through North Dakota near the Minnesota border and ostensibly created thousands of jobs. The front page of the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune today featured a huge headline screaming "Rejection Hurts." The campaign email could be more damage control than cash plea. It links to a web page with an explanation of the rejection as well as...
  • Keystone Aftermath Arrives: Canada Pledges To Sell Oil To Asia, US Becomes Source Of "Uncertainty"

    01/19/2012 12:52:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/19/2012 | Tyler Durden
    America's loss is China's gain. In the aftermath of the Keystone XL fiasco, which will see not only a number of jobs "uncreated" but a natural source of crude lost, Canada is already planning next steps. Which will benefit Shanghai directly and immediately. As Bloomberg reports, "Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in a telephone call yesterday, told Obama “Canada will continue to work to diversify its energy exports,” according to details provided by Harper’s office. Canadian Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver said relying less on the U.S. would help strengthen the country’s “financial security.” The “decision by the Obama administration underlines...
  • 'We're Complete Fools' for Cancelling Pipeline: Pickens

    01/19/2012 7:49:35 AM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 18, 2012 | Margo D. Beller
    <p>"We're complete fools" for scuttling the Keystone Pipeline because it would've brought energy security to the U.S., well-known oilman T. Boone Pickens told CNBC Wednesday.</p> <p>The chairman of BP Capital Management spoke after the Obama administration rejected TransCanada's $7 billion pipeline project running from the western province of Alberta to Houston.</p>
  • Election-Year Politics: Obama Rejects Keystone, Floats Phony "Budget Cuts"

    01/18/2012 2:20:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Rush ^ | January 18, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Hell's a-poppin' out there. Hell is a-poppin', folks. All kinds of things are happening right now as the program begins. Fox News is reporting that the Obama administration is going to say "no" to the Keystone pipeline. The State Department is gonna say "no." They're gonna allow the Canadians to reapply with a new route that will not upset the precious habitat of Nebraska. Now, the prime minister of Canada said yesterday, I'm paraphrasing, "You Americans are absolutely nuts. If you want to treat your whole country like an off-limits National Park you go right ahead, but...
  • Billionaire Buffett's Bakken Boom (Obama's crony benifits richly the nixing of Keystone pipeline)

    01/18/2012 2:20:00 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 15 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Wednesday January 17, 2012
    Energy Policy: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline may help one of the world's richest men get richer. North Dakota's booming oil fields will now grow more dependent on a railroad the president's economic guru just bought. [....] Interestingly, another billionaire, Obama economic inspiration Warren Buffett, stands to benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline delay. As oil production ramps up in the Bakken fields of North Dakota, plans to use the pipeline to transport it have been dashed. As a result, North Dakota's booming oil producers will have to rely even more on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad, which...
  • Obama set to reject Keystone oil pipeline (Adios Obama!)

    01/18/2012 10:14:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1/18/2012 | AP
    The Obama administration was poised on Wednesday to reject the Keystone crude oil pipeline, according to sources, a decision that would be welcomed by environmental groups but inflame the domestic energy industry. The administration could make its announcement on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline late on Wednesday or on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. TransCanada Corp. shares slid more than 3 percent after the news.
  • REPORT: State Department (Read, Obama) To Reject The Keystone Pipeline

    01/18/2012 9:11:26 AM PST · by MissesBush · 116 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 01/18/12 | Mamta Badkar
    The Obama administration is expected to reject the controversial Keystone Pipeline this afternoon, according to Fox News. The State Department is expected to vote against the pipeline this afternoon. Transcanada will however be allowed to reapply with an alternate route going through Nebraska. The administration will be unlikely to approve the pipeline under the timeline for the payroll tax cut extension law which requires a decision by February 21 The project has been extremely controversial for two main reasons. Those in favor of the pipeline point to the 8.5% unemployment rate, and point out that the pipeline could create much-needed...
  • Canadian Prime Minister, Frustrated with Obama’s Dithering, Will Travel to China to Seek Asian Mkts

    01/15/2012 4:46:32 PM PST · by ak267 · 87 replies
    The Ledger via Hotair via C4P ^ | 1-15-2012 | Doug Brady
    In a post last month, I noted that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s patience with Obama’s dithering over the Keystone Pipeline in order to pander to the rainbow and unicorn crowd that forms his political base wouldn’t last forever. Harper, I wrote, fully understands what motivates Obama, and it’s not sound energy policy:
  • In fight over Keystone pipeline, jobs are the key battleground

    01/15/2012 3:19:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 15, 2012 | Andrew Restuccia
    When U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue proclaimed that the Keystone XL pipeline would create 250,000 jobs, he touched a nerve in the environmental community. “That’s just not true,” Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s international program, told reporters Friday, calling Donohue’s jobs estimate “wildly inflated.” It’s a familiar refrain from the environmental community, which has been working overtime in recent weeks to counter Republican and industry claims that the 1,700-mile pipeline would create a mini-job boom in the United States. The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil sands crude from...
  • Keystone XL Pipeline And Jobs — Put Up Or Shut Up, Obama

    01/15/2012 11:09:19 AM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 15, 2012 | IBD staff
    Politics: The day after the president announces he would reward businesses that bring jobs into the U.S., the Chamber of Commerce asks: What about the pipeline from Canada that would bring both jobs and energy? The irony was mind-boggling when President Obama addressed a group of business leaders at the White House last Wednesday on his plans to reward "insourcing." "There are workers ready to work right now," he told them. "In the next few weeks, I will put forward new tax proposals that reward companies that choose to bring jobs home and invest in America — and eliminate tax...
  • Exclusive:Republicans seek to cut Obama out of Keystone decision

    01/11/2012 2:41:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/11/12 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Republicans in the Senate are drafting a bill that would approve TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, circumventing President Barack Obama who is reluctant to sign off on the project, an aide to North Dakota Senator John Hoeven told Reuters on Wednesday.
  • Latin oil supplies for U.S. start to dry up

    01/03/2012 3:32:38 PM PST · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2 Jan 2012 | Patrice Hill
    The political and environmental debates swirling around the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas miss a crucial point, energy analysts say: The Canadian oil is needed to replace fast-dwindling production from two other major suppliers of oil Mexico and Venezuela. The United States remains the largest consumer of oil in the world, requiring more than 8 million barrels a day of fuel imports to feed its appetite, with nearly half of that coming from oil-rich neighbors in Latin America as recently as 2005. But oil production south of the border has fallen off dramatically, and Canadian...
  • Gasoline may rise above $4 as plants [refineries] shut

    12/31/2011 10:14:42 AM PST · by Lorianne · 61 replies · 1+ views
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  • Greens say President Obama has no choice but to kill Keystone XL pipeline

    12/29/2011 6:08:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/28/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    Greens say President Obama has no choice but to kill Keystone XL pipelineBy Andrew Restuccia - 12/28/11 12:20 PM ET Republicans who lobbied aggressively for a measure to force President Obama to make a speedy decision on the Keystone XL pipeline have ensured the project’s demise, environmental groups say. The activists said Obama will be forced to reject the pipeline — which would carry oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf Coast — under a measure in the two-month payroll tax cut extension that requires the administration to make a decision on the project within 60...
  • Obama has options to delay Keystone pipeline

    12/24/2011 7:36:42 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 38 replies ^ | December 23,2011
    Despite the language in the tax package, Obama can kill the project and likely can still delay it. He could reject it based on the national interest argument, or he could give it a thumbs up, but delay it by awaiting a route study. If Obama decides the pipeline is not in the national interest, "it would effectively be the end of the project," said Johnston, although TransCanada would likely still move forward with a smaller leg of the pipeline from the Cushing, Oklahoma oil hub to Texas. Advertise | AdChoices Even if Obama approves it within 60 days, he...
  • The Keystone XL Pipeline Scam

    12/20/2011 5:51:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 129 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/20/11 | Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director
    With all the political posturing in Congress over the Keystone XL tar-sands oil pipeline, it’s easy to lose sight of the real issue: This pipeline is dangerous, unnecessary, and would cost the American people far more than we can afford. What we’re watching unfold in Washington, DC, is more than just a high-stakes political power play — it’s a scam undertaken by Big Oil’s congressional puppets on the orders of oil companies that have billions of dollars at stake. The politicians pushing the pipeline are (how can I put this politely?) lying to the American people and pandering for dirty...
  • Keystone climbdown leaves Obama supporters scratching their heads (Hussein's Christmas vacation)

    12/17/2011 6:41:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/11 | Amie Parnes
    Keystone climbdown leaves Obama supporters scratching their headsBy Amie Parnes - 12/17/11 06:54 PM ET President Obama put two conditions in end-game talks on extending the payroll tax holiday. He wanted to pay for the extension with a surtax on millionaires, and he made clear that the Keystone XL oil pipeline should be kept out of the legislation. “Any effort to try to tie Keystone to the payroll tax cut I will reject,” the president said. “So everybody should be on notice.” In the end, Obama got neither demand. Just a week after saying he would reject a payroll tax...
  • Democrats: Concession to GOP on Keystone will force Obama to kill pipeline

    12/17/2011 9:08:11 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 16,2011 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats say the Obama administration will kill the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, a controversial issue in the debate to extend the payroll tax holiday. Senate leaders on Friday agreed to a two-month backstop measure to extend payroll tax relief, which included House-passed language to expedite a decision on the pipeline's construction. The Senate will vote on the measure Saturday morning. Republicans hailed inclusion of the pipeline provision as a victory, but Democrats said the practical effect of the language would be to kill the project. “They’ve just killed the Keystone pipeline. They killed it because they forced the...
  • Senate reaches tentative payroll tax deal (GOP forces Obama's hand)

    12/16/2011 5:48:44 PM PST · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    cbs ^ | 12/16/2011 | ap
    WASHINGTON - Senate leaders reached tentative agreement Friday night on legislation to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months while requiring President Obama to accept Republican demands for a swift decision on the fate of an oil pipeline that promises thousands of jobs. Senate negotiators agreed to the two-month extension after failing to reach an agreement on extending the tax cut for another year, CBS News Capitol Hill producer John Nolen reports. A vote could be held as early as Saturday on the measure. Any deal would also require House passage before it could reach...
  • Are You Smarter Than A Harvard Prof? (On Keystone Pipeline--DEFINITELY!)

    12/16/2011 5:14:39 AM PST · by suspects · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 16, 2011 | Michael Graham
    Ready for your Massachusetts IQ test? Which sounds smarter to you: A) Building a pipeline to bring oil from Canada, or B) Continuing to import oil from terror-sponsoring nations like Saudi Arabia. A) Killing jobs in the middle of a recession, or B) Putting 20,000 blue-collar American workers to work. Running for U.S. Senate as, A) The candidate in favor of American jobs and energy independence, or B) As the candidate who opposes them. If you picked A on all of the above, congratulations. You’re smarter than a Harvard professor! And her supporters. Yesterday afternoon, while you were at the...
  • State Dept OK's Keystone Pipeline (Already approved. Obama is playing politics

    12/13/2011 12:16:51 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/26/2011 | TheAlonyaShow
    The State Department has released a statement that is favorable to the Keystone XL pipeline...
  • State Department warns that GOP plan could scuttle Keystone pipeline

    12/12/2011 3:10:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2011 | Ben Geman
    The State Department is warning Republicans that forcing a decision on the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline within two months wonÂ’t bring the project approval they're seeking. House Republicans are including a provision in payroll tax cut legislation that would require State to issue a permit for the proposed Alberta-to-Texas pipeline within 60 days, unless the president determines that itÂ’s not in the national interest. Senate GOP leaders are also pushing the Keystone provision. But a State spokesman said Monday that the 60-day time frame would leave the administration unable to issue the permit for TransCanada Corp.Â’s proposed $7...
  • Obama Blocks The Biggest Shovel-Ready Project Ever

    12/11/2011 12:17:33 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 11, 2011 | IBD staff
    Jobs: The president says that extending unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut will create more jobs than an oil pipeline from Canada. There are at least 20,000 members of the 99% who would disagree. You can see why the economy is in trouble. Vice President Joe Biden, the stimulus sheriff, says he turned first to MF Global's Jon Corzine for economic advice and President Obama thinks 20,000 people getting extended unemployment benefits does more for the economy than 20,000 people getting paychecks to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. In the president's view, extending the payroll tax cuts...
  • Obama: Unemployment Benefits Will Create More Jobs Than Keystone Pipeline

    12/09/2011 3:52:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Rush ^ | December 9, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: From "A pending legislative package to extend the payroll tax credit and unemployment insurance will create more jobs than the approval of the Keystone pipeline, Obama said yesterday. 'Here's what I know,' he said. 'However many jobs might be generated by the pipeline, they're going to be a lot fewer than the jobs created by extending the payroll tax cut and extending unemployment insurance.'" In fact, here's the president saying that. This was this morning, actually, in Washington talking about this. OBAMA: I know that, eh -- the -- the suggestion right now is that somehow,...
  • Why Obama Won't Trade the Keystone Pipeline for the Payroll Tax Cut

    12/08/2011 11:10:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | December 8, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I have a theory. We're going this payroll tax business. Folks, let me tell you something. Obama announced yesterday after meeting with the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, that he's gonna veto any bill that extends the payroll tax cut if the bill lifts his ban on the Keystone pipeline. Now, all we've heard for the last several weeks is how vital this whopping 2% payroll tax cut extension is to the preservation of the middle class. They even have a countdown clock at the White House. Days, hours, minutes until the middle class experience a...
  • Mark Steyn slams Obama's 'poseur mentality' on Keystone pipeline (Video)

    11/28/2011 6:29:09 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 28, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    Earlier this month, President Barack Obama delayed until after the 2012 election the decision on whether to proceed with construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, designed to transport crude oil extracted from oil sands formations in Alberta to refineries in Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast. Environmental activists have long criticized the project, but National Review columnist Mark Steyn argued that by putting off the decision, the White House is demonstrating poor judgment and twisted priorities. During an appearance last week on “The Source” with Ezra Levant on the Sun News Network in Canada, Steyn criticized the Obama administration for putting...
  • Oil Rigs Bring Camps of Men to the Prairie (Oil Jobs but no Housing in ND)

    11/26/2011 10:00:18 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 65 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/25/11 | A.G. Sulzberger
    TIOGA, N.D. — As much as the drilling rigs that tower over this once placid corner of the prairie, the two communities springing up just outside of town testify to the galloping pace of growth here in oil country. They are called man camps — temporary housing compounds supporting the overwhelmingly male work force flooding the region in search of refuge from a stormy economy. These two, Capital Lodge and Tioga Lodge, built on opposite sides of a highway, will have up to 3,700 residents, according to current plans. Confronted with the unusual problem of too many unfilled jobs and...
  • Piping Up Oil Jobs

    11/21/2011 5:31:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 21, 2011 | Katie Kieffer
    Like a good neighbor, Canada is there—offering America tens of thousands of jobs, protection against soaring gas prices and up to 700,000 barrels of crude oil a day for Oklahoma and Gulf Coast refineries to process—if America accepts TransCanada’s proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to the Gulf Coast. Let’s say your neighbor invites you over to her holiday party and you respond: “No way, you’re an animal killer. Last year, you served meatballs at your party and I’m against animal cruelty.” Don’t expect your neighbor to ever talk to you again. Likewise, Canada has...
  • Obama helps Buffett’s railroad

    11/18/2011 8:18:39 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 8 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2011 | Don Surber
    Crony capitalism is alive and well and occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The latest billionaire donor to cash in on his connections to President Obama is Warren Buffett, who now joins billionaire George “Solyndra” Kaiser and George “Petrobras” Soros in cashing in on Obama’s pay-to-play energy policy. Warren Buffett is about to make a pile of money off the Bakken Oil Shale in North Dakota the old-fashioned way with a monopoly worthy of Here is how it works, President Obama put the brakes on the Keystone Pipeline, which would have delivered oil from Canada. That delay means Burlington Northern Santa Fe...