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  • Donald Trump would allow Keystone XL pipeline and end Paris climate deal

    05/26/2016 3:07:55 PM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    Guardian ^ | May 26, 2016 | Ben Jacobs
    Republican nominee took veiled shots at those who are concerned about global warming and endorsed drilling off the Atlantic coast in a speech on energy policy. Donald Trump promised to only work with ‘environmentalists whose only agenda is protecting nature’ and to ‘focus on real environmental challenges, not the phony ones. Donald Trump pledged to cancel the Paris climate agreement, endorsed drilling off the Atlantic coast and said he would allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built in return for “a big piece of the profits” for the American people. Trump reaches delegate count needed to clinch Republican nomination...
  • Montana AG Tim Fox weighs in on Keystone XL lawsuit

    05/14/2016 7:08:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Missoulian ^ | 5/14/2016 | TOM LUTEY
    Montana and five other states say resident Barack Obama overstepped his power by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, whose developers are now suing four presidential cabinet members. The states along the pipeline’s route filed a friend-of-the-court brief this week arguing that Congress, not the executive, has the right to regulate interstate and international commerce. The pipeline, which would have crossed the Canadian border, was being developed by TransCanada, which is now suing the government. Because of the resident’s representations to the rest of the world that America would lead in reducing its carbon footprint, that that was the sole reason...
  • Buffett Doubles Down On Oil Holdings, Scoops Up Kinder Morgan

    02/17/2016 1:39:28 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 24 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 17-02-2016 | warren
    American billionaire Warren Buffett, through his Nebraska-based company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A), has acquired a $400 million stake in struggling pipeline company, Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI). According to a Berkshire Hathaway US Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the 26.53 million shares of Kinder Morgan are valued at $395.8 million. The purchase adds to Buffett’s oil interests, which includes a recently purchased 14.3 percent stake in oil refiner Phillips 66 at a time when other oil and gas investors are looking for the exit. True to Buffett’s form, the Kinder Morgan purchase came shortly after its stock price fell 53...
  • Washington To Help Kenya Raise $18 Billion For Oil Pipeline

    01/11/2016 11:22:39 AM PST · by kbobdelux · 27 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | January, 7 2016 | Andy Tully
    The U.S. government says it will help Kenya get the financing it needs to build an $18 billion pipeline from the oil fields in the country's northwest to its southeastern Indian Ocean coast to help it become a net exporter of oil. The pipeline would stretch nearly 500 miles from Lokichar in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to the coastal town of Lamu, and would be an almost impossibly expensive project for the East African nation. Yet there is enough oil there to make the plan worthwhile. The pan-African financial institution Ecobank Transnational Inc. says it has proven reserves of about...
  • Obama's Keystone saga takes new turn

    01/10/2016 4:45:04 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 5 replies
    the hill ^ | 10 Jan 2016 | timothy cama
    The “fair and equitable” piece is where the Obama administration is most vulnerable, said David Gantz, a trade law professor at the University of Arizona College of Law. “The issue becomes, if there is a very detailed procedure for approval or disapproval of pipelines, whether the U.S. followed those procedures or whether it went beyond the criteria or procedures,” Gantz said. “I would say the U.S. is pretty vulnerable on that one issue,” he said, “in part because the White House staff and others essentially said, ‘we know we’re doing this politically and to make a statement,’ but the regulations...
  • TransCanada to file 2 legal challenges to Keystone rejection

    01/09/2016 2:25:29 AM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 3 replies
    Penn Energy ^ | January 7, 2016 | Juan Lozano
    The Canadian company that proposed the Keystone XL oil pipeline filed a lawsuit over the U.S. government's rejection of the project and announced it plans to file a second legal challenge that will seek more than $15 billion in damages.
  • Keystone lawsuit spotlights climate politics

    01/08/2016 5:01:25 PM PST · by Dartman · 12 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan.8/16 | Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson
    The Keystone XL saga has taken a new twist in the New Year. On Jan. 6, TransCanada (the company that would have built and operated the Alberta to Texas pipeline) launched two lawsuits over President Obama's November rejection of the pipeline. One of the lawsuits will challenge the president's constitutional authority to grant permits when Congress has already acted, as it did in early 2015 when a bipartisan bill was passed approving the construction of the pipeline. The second lawsuit seeks damages of more than US$15 billion by issuing a claim under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade...
  • Here's The Real Reason Obama Killed The Keystone XL Pipeline

    11/09/2015 6:44:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/09/2015
    President Obama has junked the Keystone XL pipeline. His stated reason: The U.S. needs to lead the "serious action to fight climate change." His real reason is different. 'America," Obama said, is "now a global leader" in the climate war, "and frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership." He insists now is the time to "protect the one planet we've got while we still can." Though his rhetoric will resonate with those who want to hear that sort of bunkum, the rest of us recognize its vast emptiness. Obama's decision Friday was based on nothing more than...
  • Citing Climate Change, Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

    11/07/2015 6:31:34 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/06/2015 | Coral Davenport
    WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Friday that he had rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that had become a symbol of the debate over his climate policies. Mr. Obama’s denial of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, comes as he seeks to build an ambitious legacy on climate change. “America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,” Mr. Obama said...
  • Sen. Cruz: Approving Keystone Would Have Been a Step in the Right Direction

    11/07/2015 12:59:22 PM PST · by Isara · 10 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | November 6, 2015
    Issues statement on Obama Administration’s rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline:“Today, President Obama once again confirmed what most of us already knew: he does not care about American jobs or the American economy. He remains controlled by a radical environmentalist agenda, which seeks the elimination of whole segments of our economy.“It’s also notable that President Obama’s decision today is in direct contravention to the wishes of Congress, not to mention the recommendation of his own State Department. The State...
  • Environmental activists tip their hand in the post-Keystone world -- Keep Everything in the Ground

    11/07/2015 11:33:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/07/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    After Barack Obama’s totally predictable cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline project (for now, at least) there was great celebration among the environmental brigade of the Social Justice Warriors. The evil pipeline was dead, along with all the jobs it would bring and the opportunity for us to capture and process much of Canada’s wealth of energy rather than it being shipped to China. (Which it will be anyway when the Northern Gateway Pipeline is complete, whether we get some of it or not.) But as with all things in the liberal enclaves of the country, one victory is...
  • Obama Kills Keystone Pipeline – After Campaigning For It in 2012 Election

    11/06/2015 2:23:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/6/15 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama went to Oklahoma to promote the Keystone pipeline in 2012. Obama said he was “making the pipeline a priority.” But it was just another lie. Obama also took credit for the oil boom in America.
  • Union: Obama threw workers 'under the bus' in Keystone decision

    11/06/2015 12:49:34 PM PST · by doug from upland · 43 replies
    the hill ^ | 11-6-15
    The main union for construction workers is accusing President Obama of throwing them "under the bus" by rejecting the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) is one of the few labor unions that broke with the majority of Democrats and supported the project, which Obama rejected Friday after a seven-year review. "We are dismayed and disgusted that the President has once again thrown the members of LIUNA, and other hard-working, blue-collar workers under the bus of his vaunted 'legacy,' while doing little or nothing to make a real difference in global climate change," Terry...
  • Has Hillary lost the Teamsters over Keystone XL?

    10/02/2015 10:43:47 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    American THinker ^ | October 2, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The Fox News report that the Teamsters have decided not to endorse Hillary Clinton’s candidacy at this time, shortly after her pronouncement of her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, does not surprise and shows the peril of trying to be all things to all constituencies. On the one hand, there is a need to placate environmentalists and climate change true believers who oppose the pipeline from Canada. Among them is billionaire Tom Steyer, an eco-zealot who has pledged his fortune in support of Democratic candidates who want to repeal the Industrial Revolution who want us to rely on solar...
  • White House says State Dept still considering Keystone pipeline (after Hillary says 'no way')

    09/23/2015 3:35:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/23/14
    Following remarks by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that she disapproves of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the White House said on Wednesday that the State Department continues to consider the project.
  • Hillary Flip-Flops on Keystone

    09/23/2015 11:28:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | September 23, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Hillary Clinton has come out against the Keystone pipeline. Folks, I hope she's doubling her security, because she and her husband have taken multiple millions of dollars in donations and speaking fees personally from banks and other industries in favor of the Keystone pipeline. She has taken money, I mean it's $3.6 million total. Investors have given both Clintons combined $3.4 million right into their pockets. This is not for their little Crime Family Foundation. This is straight to them. Canada banks are among the largest contributors. And Mrs. Clinton used to be for the Keystone XL pipeline. It's...
  • Hillary Clinton: I Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline (to combat global warming)

    09/22/2015 1:58:44 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 22, 2015 | Monica Alba and Carrie Dann
    After months of declining to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she opposes the construction of the project. "I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone XL pipeline as what I believe it is: A distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change, and, unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward and deal with other issues," she said during a campaign event in Iowa Tuesday. "Therefore, I oppose it. I oppose it because I don't think it's in...
  • Keystone XL review drags on 5 times longer than average

    08/12/2015 6:23:31 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 12, 2015 | Josh Lederman
    For six and a half years, the White House has had a quick comeback to questions about its yet-to-be-announced decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline: Talk to the State Department. Under a George W. Bush-era executive order, oil pipelines crossing U.S. borders require a presidential permit, setting off a government-wide review that the State Department coordinates. President Barack Obama, in no rush to anger either environmentalists or energy advocates, has deflected criticism about the long-delayed decision by arguing that his administration is merely carrying out his Republican predecessor's directive in the ordinary way. But an Associated Press review of...
  • Hillary Clinton Is Stumped on Question of Keystone Pipeline

    07/28/2015 11:44:49 AM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/28/2015 | Amy Chozick
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has an aggressive set of proposals to combat climate-change — and a pipeline problem. The day after Mrs. Clinton put forth a detailed plan that would go further than the any president in using the government to protect the environment and produce solar and wind energy, she found herself once again stumped on the question of whether or not she would support the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which would bring Canadian oil to Texas.
  • Secret Service preps to add spikes to White House fence

    05/28/2015 2:39:29 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 40 replies
    cnn ^ | May 28, 2015 | Eric bradner
    U.S. Secret Service officers make preparations to install spikes atop the White House fence after a series of high-profile security lapses.
  • Massive Fire Rages After Another Buffett-Owned Oiltrain Derails In North Dakota, Town Evacuated

    05/06/2015 3:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Exactly two months after the latest Warren Buffett-owned BNSF train derailed near the spot where the Galena river meets the Mississippi, resulting in a huge fire and the evacuation of all homes in a one mile radius, moments ago another of Buffett's BNSF oil trains derailed, this time near the town of Heimdal, North Dakota, resulting in the same outcome. According to the Bismark Tribune, the town in Wells County was evacuated Tuesday morning after a train full of oil tanker cars derailed and burned about a mile and half east of here. ... For those concerned that these countless...
  • Obama wins Keystone vote as Senate fails to overcome veto

    03/04/2015 12:22:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 89 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 4, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The Senate upheld President Obama’s first veto of the new Congress on Wednesday, dooming for the foreseeable future any chance of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada to the U.S. The vote was seen as a key early test of Democrats’ willingness to defend their lame-duck party leader, and Mr. Obama passed that test easily, with the Senate falling four shy of the two-thirds supermajority needed to overturn the veto. “This is going to come back,” said Sen. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who did break with Mr. Obama and said eventually the...
  • Obama's Veto Of Keystone Pipeline Is All About Politics

    02/27/2015 11:29:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- In the days leading up to President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, 14 oil tanker railroad cars derailed in West Virginia and exploded in a fiery environmental disaster. It was reported that residents in the area compared the thunderous fireball and poisonous smoke that blackened the sky to "a scene from the apocalypse" -- describing it as "something biblical, or wrath-of-God type stuff." This wasn't a rare, isolated accident. In the last several years it's become all too common across our country, as the oil industry has struggled to find ways to transport its petroleum to...
  • Obama Approves Funding for Pipeline

    02/26/2015 5:57:23 PM PST · by mission9 · 19 replies
    In 2014, the World Bank Group committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries, including Kenya, which have partnered with US president Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative. Among the projects funded, is the world's longest heated pipeline, which will bring newly discovered Ugandan oil fields to market. The Japanese conglomerate, Toyota, is the major contractor. Much of the oil, is committed to Asian markets, like China. On February 24, 2015 President Barack Obama, vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline, which would be a big boost to mid American and Canadian oil production. When...
  • Keystone XL Veto Demonstrates Obama’s Extremism – And Hypocrisy

    02/25/2015 9:41:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/25/15 | Edward Morrissey - The Fiscal Times
    To no one’s surprise, President Barack Obama issued a veto this week. Until now, Obama has had very little need of this authority; this is only the third of his entire presidency. For the first six years of his time in the White House, Democrats controlled the Senate, and Harry Reid made sure that Republican initiatives never reached his desk by blocking them from floor votes, .. That changed last November, when Democrats suffered their second consecutive midterm blowout and lost control of the Senate. Reid lost the ability to control the floor, and with that most of his ability...
  • Obama Vetoes Keystone, Ignoring His Own Administration’s Findings

    02/25/2015 6:39:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2015 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    President Obama vetoed legislation approving Keystone XL this afternoon, creating the latest and most significant challenge for the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline. “Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest,” the president wrote in his veto message. He added that “because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety and environment — it has earned my veto.” It’s hard to...
  • President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

    02/24/2015 12:38:37 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 113 replies
    Verge ^ | 2-24-2015 | Kwame Opam
    Nearly two weeks after Congress approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama has officially vetoed the bill calling for its construction. The decision follows a clear statement from the White House last month saying the president would not sign the bill into law if Congress, currently controlled by Republican lawmakers, passed it.
  • TransCanada plans another cross-border pipeline

    02/14/2015 6:16:04 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 13, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Undaunted by the long battle over Keystone XL and current low oil prices, TransCanada Corp. is planning to build another border-crossing pipeline that would ferry North Dakota crude to refineries in Eastern Canada. TransCanada executives confirmed Friday they have signed contracts with shippers for enough capacity on the proposed 285-mile Upland pipeline to go forward with the project. It would move as many as 70,000 barrels a day of oil away from North Dakota’s Williston Basin, giving producers another alternative to shipping that crude by rail. “There is no question that production is up in North America, across the board,”...
  • TransCanada Corp moves forward with Upland pipeline

    02/16/2015 12:02:10 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    Financial Post ^ | February 13, 2015 | Claudia Cattaneo
    As U.S. legislation to approve TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline waited Friday for a promised veto from U.S. President Barack Obama, the Calgary-based company said it would move ahead with another cross-border pipeline — this one to transport oil in the opposite direction. The $600-million, 460-kilometre Upland pipeline, first proposed in July 2014, has received the shipper support it requires to link multiple points in North Dakota to the proposed Energy East pipeline at Moosomin, Sask., TransCanada said Friday. The $12-billion Energy East pipeline would be an all-Canadian affair — an idea largely borne of frustrations with Washington’s interminable dithering...
  • After West Virginia Oil Train Derailment, Sign Keystone Bill

    02/19/2015 11:08:19 AM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 19, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: Three million gallons of Bakken crude burning in rural West Virginia after an oil train derails in a snowstorm ought to underscore the environmental safety of replacing rail cars with the Keystone XL pipeline. One of the reasons President Obama says he'll veto the Keystone pipeline bill that, as a result of last November's GOP electoral gusher, has found its way to his desk is that it will only carry Canadian crude to foreign markets and is not worth jeopardizing the environment. Two things are wrong with that argument. The first is that Keystone XL will also bring Bakken...
  • Nebraska Judge Stops TransCanada from Using Eminent Domain for Keystone XL

    02/18/2015 10:13:09 AM PST · by Theoria · 19 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 13 Feb 2015 | Zoë Schlanger
    Last month, a Nebraska Supreme Court decision approved a route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline through the state. That decision effectively allowed TransCanada, the pipeline company, to begin issuing eminent domain papers to landowners in the way. But a fresh lawsuit brought by nearly 70 landowners has spurred a Nebraska judge to halt TransCanada’s eminent domain proceedings, the Huffington Post reported Thursday. “TransCanada sees the writing on the wall,” Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska, a group fighting the pipeline, said in a statement following the judge’s decision to issue an injunction. “Nebraska landowners are not going to cave...
  • Why Did This Republican Vote Against The Keystone Pipeline?

    02/12/2015 9:43:31 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/12/2015 | PG Veer
    Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was the sole Republican in the House to vote against the latest version of the bill advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline. Amash says he supports the construction of the pipeline, but he opposes legislation singling out one company. He has previously voted present on Keystone, but the addition of “new, unrelated sections empowering the EPA and the federal government with respect to local energy efficiency” pushed him to a no. In a statement published on his Facebook page, the tea party favorite said that the bill includes a lot of cronyism. Since 2013 he has argued...
  • Obama's Irresponsible Keystone XL Veto Threat

    02/02/2015 10:41:12 AM PST · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Stimulus: Obama says jobs from the Keystone project aren't permanent and it's just one pipeline that will move foreign oil to foreign markets. But fixing the bridge he once used as a prop didn't create permanent jobs either. 'Let's set our sights above a single pipeline," the leader of the party of infrastructure told Congress in the State of the Union. But this Congress has 80 more Republicans than when he took office, and on Thursday the Senate rejected his admonition by a 62-36 vote. Eight Democrats crossed the aisle after a series of amendment votes, a process that had...
  • BREAKING: Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline

    01/29/2015 11:17:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hayride ^ | January 29, 2015 | John Binder
    The newly GOP-controlled US Senate has approved the Keystone XL Pipeline in a 62-36 vote, with three Democrats joining all 53 Republicans. However, the issue is far from over. Now the White House will be in an embroiled battle with the US Congress, as the Senate and House versions of the Keystone legislation must still be synchronized. The White House and liberal Democrats have been fighting the Keystone Pipeline for years now. Notable Democrats opposed to the energy project are Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Boxer told the AP that passing the Keystone Pipeline...
  • Senate approves Keystone bill, White House threatens veto

    01/29/2015 1:40:30 PM PST · by what's up · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 29, 2014
    The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a looming veto showdown with the White House. The legislation passed on a 62-36 vote
  • BREAKING: Keystone filibuster fails; pipeline poised for approval

    01/29/2015 11:21:16 AM PST · by Din Maker · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 29,2015
    The Keystone XL pipeline is closer than it’s ever been to approval after the Senate overcame a Democrat-led filibuster Thursday and was headed for a final passage vote later in the day — setting up an eventual showdown with President Obama, who has promised a veto. Nine Democrats bucked Mr. Obama’s threat and voted with 53 Republicans to approve the pipeline, which has taken on a political significance far beyond the 830,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil that it is projected to carry if it ever gets built. It marks the first major legislation to clear the Senate...
  • Obama vows to ‘play offense’ against GOP-led Congress

    01/16/2015 8:41:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-16-2015 | Fox News
    President Obama told Senate Democrats in a private meeting that he plans to "play offense" against the new GOP-controlled Congress, showing little hesitation about clashing with Republicans for the next two years. Congressional sources confirmed the comments, made Thursday during a summit in Baltimore, as Republican lawmakers held their own summit in Hershey, Pa. The president, who already has issued a string of veto threats in the opening days of the 114th Congress, indicated he's prepared to keep opposing legislation he finds objectionable. This includes legislation with bipartisan support. Not only has Obama threatened to veto bipartisan legislation authorizing the...
  • McConnell threatens midnight session over Keystone XL pipeline

    01/13/2015 11:42:49 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-13-15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is threatening to keep senators working until after midnight Tuesday to break Democratic opposition to moving ahead with approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. ADVERTISEMENT McConnell warned he would keep the Senate in session until the early morning if that’s what is necessary to begin consideration of amendments to the Keystone bill as soon as possible. “Some of our colleagues on the other side continue to filibuster the motion to proceed to this bill. All senators should know that we will get on this bill today and begin the amendment process — either this...
  • Gas tax narrative builds as lobbyists lick their chops

    01/12/2015 4:18:37 PM PST · by ash-housewares · 43 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/12/2015 | Javier E. David
    Gas prices are plunging across the country, a product of surging U.S. energy production that has put the country in the same company as Saudi Arabia and Russia. However, in a strange twist of fate, that same dynamic is bringing to the fore a topic once thought to be anathema, especially in a Republican-dominated Congress: higher gas taxes. The drop in fuel prices has occurred for a record 102 consecutive days, according to the AAA, putting more than $14 billion of disposable income in consumers' pockets. However, the federal gas tax has been lodged at 18.4 cents for more than...
  • Keystone XL pipeline decision back in Obama's lap

    01/10/2015 8:18:34 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | January 10, 2015 | By Josh Lederman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress and a state supreme court have thrown the political hot potato known as Keystone XL straight back onto President Barack Obama's lap. So loath is Obama to making a decision about the proposed oil pipeline that deliberations have entered their sixth year — a period nearly as long as Obama's time in office. He's blamed the seemingly endless delays on bureaucratic formalities and parochial issues in Nebraska, even when skeptics claimed that the politics of the next election were giving the president cold feet. Now the election is over, the Nebraska issue is resolved,...
  • Vetoing Bipartisan Energy, Job and Economic Growth

    01/10/2015 7:51:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    New Republican members were still being sworn in and expressing their desire for bipartisan initiatives, when President Obama said he would veto the Keystone pipeline, ObamaCare fixes and other bills that run counter to his agenda. Washington’s new “common ground” will be a tricky, dangerous swamp.Meanwhile, U.S. crude oil prices are below $50 per barrel, for the first time since 2009, and natural gas has dropped below $3 per million Btu (or thousand cubic feet). That’s bad news for Iran, Russia, Venezuela and ISIS, but great news for energy users. Motorists will save billions of dollars in gasoline costs; families,...
  • Obama’s green energy benefactor plans $100 million midterm push

    02/19/2014 10:00:27 AM PST · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    Fox ^ | February 18, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    Want to know why the president and his team are stampeding to talk about global warming despite increasing public disinterest in the topic, a bitterly cold and snowy winter and deepening skepticism about the costs of clamping down on industry as the economy again falters? It turns out that money talks. From the NYT: “A billionaire retired investor is forging plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election, seeking to pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers. The donor, Tom Steyer, a...
  • HOUSE APPROVES KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

    01/09/2015 10:59:09 AM PST · by Mozilla · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-9-15 | Cristina Marcos/ Laura Barron-Lopez
    The House on Friday passed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline hours after a Nebraska court ruled in favor of the proposed route. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to be approves. The White House has warned President Obama would veto the legislation. Passage fell largely along party lines, 266-153, with 28 Democrats joining nearly all Republicans in favor. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) voted "present." That is short of the necessary two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. The vote marked the 10th time the House has voted to authorize the...
  • NEB Court YES on Pipeline!

    01/09/2015 8:04:08 AM PST · by PizzaDriver · 16 replies
    ketv OMAHA ^ | 1/9/2015 | KETV news desk
    http://www.ketv.com/politics/nebraska-supreme-court-approves-keystone-pipeline-route/30613212
  • White House finally issues formal veto threat on Keystone Pipeline bill

    01/07/2015 2:23:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/07/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took them long enough. Recall that when Mary Landrieu pushed her own version of an authorization for the Keystone XL pipeline, Barack Obama and the White House played coy, hoping to help her win the runoff election that she ended up losing in a landslide on December 6th. Even as late as this weekend, the Obama administration didn’t tip their hand on Keystone. Yesterday Josh Earnest told the gaggle that Obama wouldn’t sign the bill as it currently stands, but stopped short of an explicit veto threat against the idea entirely.Today, the White House made it explicit: The...
  • API Chief: Obama's Claim on Keystone Pipeline 'Factually Incorrect'

    01/07/2015 9:58:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 6, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Video at link. (CNSNews.com) – Jack Gerard, CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, says President Barack Obama is “factually incorrect” to say that the Keystone XL Pipeline will not benefit Americans. At the press conference in Washington Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Gerard about Obama’s remarks in November about the pipeline, which, if approved, would transport crude oil from Canada and from two U.S. states to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Jack Gerard, CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, held a press conference with reporters on Jan. 6, 2015 following his annual State of American Energy speech in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny...
  • Big threat for Obama's climate efforts from GOP-run Congress

    01/05/2015 10:53:24 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11 hours ago | JOSH LEDERMAN
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  • First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL: McConnell

    12/17/2014 5:41:54 AM PST · by mac_truck · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/16/2014 | Staff
    The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. "It'll be open for amendment," McConnell said. "I will hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments but there'll be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process." Landrieu pushed for a Keystone vote in November in a last-ditch effort to...
  • Why the Keystone XL Pipeline Is Already Dead

    12/04/2014 6:17:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 12/04/2014 | Susan McGee
    The Keystone XL Pipeline project is almost certainly dead. No, not because a bill that would have finally given the go-ahead to begin construction fell one vote short in the lame duck Senate last month. Sure, that halted the legislative approval process in its tracks, but only until January, when a new Congress arrives and is sworn in. Republicans, who will have a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, have pledged to bring it back for another vote in the next session. The next vote may well bring a different result, but will the pipeline ever...
  • Keystone XL fight sealed Mary (still exempt yet expendable) Landrieu’s fate

    11/21/2014 2:47:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/20/14 | John E. Sununu
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