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Obama Rejects Keystone

January 18, 2012 by  

President Barack Obama on Wednesday said that he would not bow to Congressional pressure as he announced that he was rejecting a Canadian firm’s application for a permit to build and operate the Keystone XL pipeline, the massive project that would have connected Canadian oil sands with refineries in Texas.

The President claimed that the Feb. 21 deadline set by Congress as part of the temporary payroll tax cut extension made it impossible to do an in-depth review of the pipeline project proposed by TransCanada.

“This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people,” the President said in a statement.

TransCanada will be allowed to reapply for a permit after it develops an alternative route that bypasses Nebraska’s Sand Hills which many people call too sensitive a habitat to be marred by the pipeline. TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said his company will re-apply for a permit to build the pipeline, and will continue its work with officials in Nebraska on an alternative route that avoids the region.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the President is afraid to stand up to his environmentalist base, even if it means breaking his jobs creation promises.

“The President has said he’ll do anything that he can to create jobs. Today that promise was broken. The president expedited the approval of the Solyndra loan project, but won’t approve a project that’s been under review for over three years,” he said during a press conference. “Yesterday, the president’s own Jobs Council said the energy pipeline projects like this one can create hundreds of thousands of American jobs. The unions support it. The states along the proposed route support it. And it has bipartisan support here in the Congress of the United States — and yet the president decided to reject it anyway. The President won’t stand up to his political base even in the name of creating American jobs. And now Canada is going to have to look to other nations like China to sell its oil reserves to.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • JimH

    I remember the same environmental scare about the Alaskan pipeline.
    Decades of no problems.
    What can cause a bigger environmental disaster than a pipeline leak? An oiltanker sinking.
    To get this oil without taking a ship ride, from Canada instead of the Middle East, where Iran can’t threaten a blockade and maybe sink an oil tanker causeing a huge oil slick is by far a better route to take.

  • Angel Wannabe

    Politics__ALL POLITICS!

  • s c

    I’m more concerned about certain political hacks and their mentally-challenged followers. Now, if I understand this episode of cheap circus behavior, Obumma won’t bend over for Congress, he won’t bend over for the American people, BUT he WILL happily bend over for tree hugging RETARDS and certified social rejects.
    OK, now I understand. Aren’t we so very fortunate to have such stellar ‘leadership’ in the White House? That is, if Obummer’s #1 priority is to please his envirowacko space cadets [and to heck with the rest of us] then NO ONE can talk about Obummer and true LEADERSHIP in the same breath.
    Obummer’s behavior is IDENTICAL to the SAME behavior in the proverbial infinite monkey theorem.
    NOW I get it. And some of you geniuses thought you had to BUY talent. HA!

  • JimH

    Congress said if Obama wants to extend the payroll tax cuts they want the Keytone pipeline.(compromise)
    Since Obama went back on his agreement, can the House do the same?
    When people burn $5 worth of gas to get to their polling place in Nov., I “hope” they remember this and “change” who is in the White House.

  • APN

    Obama is using this issue for political leverage, nothing more and nothing less. He wants the Keystone pipeline, always has, he is just using this to get a compromise on something else.

    Why would Obama be against a project that will create High paying UNION THUG jobs? That would be political suicide. He’ll buy off the green people with something in return like promising Cap and Trade if he is re-elected.

  • anthony

    I am surprised that the economic argument didn’t prevail in the end. Everyone knows that the project would give our economy the boost it needs right now. We failed to avail ourselves of the opportunity that was out there and now other countries will make a profit instead of us. Do you think that similar protests in China would persuade the Chinese government to refuse it? A recent study conducted by the University of Calgary reveals that if pipeline capacity existed to take full advantage of the oil sands, Canada’s economy would see a $131 billion boost between 2016 and 2030. This is quite a promising prospect on the way to the economic recovery given the fact that the energy sector in Canada has recently been on the rise.

  • David

    I didn’t see anyone mention the 2 laws Nebraska passed in November. Which required a reroute of the pipeline. And a environmental study of any new route through that state.
    Fox News did a interview where it was explained that neither Obama nor the State Department would over rule Nebraska state laws and start construction of the pipeline until a new route is found and approved by the state.



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