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Obama Stalls Keystone Pipeline With Executive Order

June 26, 2013 by  

Obama Stalls Keystone Pipeline With Executive Order
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The Barack Obama Administration announced Tuesday that it will, via executive order, halt further progress on the highly debated Keystone XL pipeline.

Executive action announced by the Administration asks the State Department not to approve construction on the pipeline unless the Environmental Protection Agency first determines that the project will not lead to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The President’s order, announced during a speech on climate change at Georgetown University, will make it nearly impossible for construction on the pipeline to commence.

Obama has largely avoided discussing the Keystone project, as it put him in the middle of an argument between labor groups in favor of the pipeline and environmentalists opposed to it; both are groups that have supported the Obama Administration.

“As the executive order on Keystone contemplates, the environmental impacts will be important criteria used in the determination of whether the Keystone pipeline application will ultimately be approved at the completion of the State Department decision process,” a senior administration official told Huffington Post. “In today’s speech, the president will make clear that the State Department should approve the pipeline only if it will not lead to a net increase in overall greenhouse gas emissions.”

While the Administration’s criteria for measuring the environmental impact of the pipeline remains unclear, a report out this week addressing the safety of the pipeline concluded that the pipeline would be minimally prone to failure, eliminating a key argument of environmentalists worried of the possibility of inland oil spills.

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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  • kent zastrow

    The deaR leader has declared war on our free enterprise system and our wAy of life since the founding of this great nation! He hides behind the skirts of the false religion of climate change. He has declared himself a modern day Nimrod and is openly mocking our ALMIGHTY GOD.! This so called leader of of the former free world is lashing out because of his pride and ego. All the scandels and ethical failures ultimitly point to him and him alone! He and all who follow this failure of a human being will ultimetly will answer to our SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST! Obama has declared himself my enemy! I will pray for my enemy but I must obey GOD not this little man who sits on his throne of babel!!!!!!

    • Don miller

      Yes of course it’s all for the greater good what a load of BS has anything this president done so far benifited any true American in this country if so please stand up and be counted I haven’t met one yet whether he be black white mexican or any race you might think he’s going to help our Hispanic and black people and he may well do that but once he’s finished with you and has your vote he’ll turn on you to its just a matter of time if you can’t see that then I guess you’ll get exactly what you deserve just like the rest of us are encountering now our government has turned us we the people into disposable people once we’re used up they just throw us away sort of what hitler did to his people after he got what he wanted from the Jews he gave them a free pass to the great beyond without choice of course the same thing this government gave the American Indian after we stole their land and all their gold we sent them on to their happy hunting grounds now America it’s come full circle they’ve taken everything we had to give and now it’s time to send us on and replace us with all the immigrants they plan on letting in to the country with a free pass we the people are the next American Indian oh and good word kent very well said

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Tim S.

    The expression “the Administration’s criteria for measuring the impact of the pipeline remains unclear” is the rubber stamp of everything this Administration has presented to the American public. They constantly employ “fuzzy logic” where no clear specifics are ever brought forth. By side stepping any specifics they are perpetually able to be nailed down to any debatable issue. Since no true stance is ever proffered, it is so easy to say “now we never said THAT” and continue to sleaze on forward. There has never been and never will be any thing of substance in anything Obama or any of his coterie of thugs says. They are too busy trying to “lawyer” their speeches in order to avoid anything that could be considered “actionable!”

  • Michael

    Excellent news, really. Two grey areas are how they came to surmise the pipeline projected minimal environmental danger, when there’s already been a breach… And, it seems they/he is leaving it up to the EPA to make the call. That’s kinda giving another administration faction a blank check. He’s good at opening a can of worms, when no can, or worms, was before, and ramming it down America’s gullet.

  • mark

    Does ANYONE have any doubt BHO is out to destroy America and our way of life??? He was a embarrassment overseas and should be immeDiately removed from office for repeated vilolations of the constitution.

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