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  • Obama: Keystone benefits for U.S. consumers, workers nominal (More crap sandwich advice)

    12/19/2014 1:34:17 PM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/19/14 | Staff
    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers. "There is very little impact - nominal impact - on U.S. gas prices, what the average American consumer cares about," Obama told reporters during an end-of-year press conference. In his strongest comments on the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline to date, Obama picked apart some of the most common arguments proponents have used to urge the president to approve it: that it would create jobs, lower domestic gasoline prices and...
  • Courage: Hillary Attends Pro, Anti-Keystone Events on Same Evening

    12/02/2014 2:42:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Guy Benson
    In late October, Hillary Clinton traveled to the Hawkeye State to campaign for Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley. Hillary offered some choice words about Braley's Republican opponent, Joni Ernst, who'd recently declined to meet with a major state newspaper's editorial board. Ernst's refusal to answer tough questions (besides in her many media interviews and debates, that is) was "disqualifying," the likely presidential candidate averred: Hillary Clinton on Wednesday turned up the heat on Republican hopeful Joni Ernst for skipping meetings with newspaper editorial boards, calling it a “disqualifying” factor in the Iowa Senate race. “You test your candidates. You force them to be...
  • Obama says Keystone XL is for exporting oil outside the U.S., experts disagree

    11/28/2014 9:07:58 PM PST · by grundle · 30 replies
    PolifiFact ^ | November 20, 2014 | Lauren Carroll
    "Understand what this project is," Obama said at a Nov. 14 press conference in Burma. "It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. That doesn't have an impact on U.S. gas prices." We asked several energy economics experts, and they believe that quite a bit -- if not most -- of the Keystone XL crude oil will be bought and used by American refineries. "Its difficult to say with any certainty, but it is most likely that most would be refined...
  • Get Ready for a Two-Year Brawl Between GOP Congress, Obama, and the Last of the Left

    11/28/2014 9:37:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - If you thought the bare knuckled, no-holds-barred, midterm elections were rough, the last two years of Barack Obama's presidency will make that look like a Sunday school picnic. Frustrated by the slow, plodding pace of democracy, the Constitution's checks and balances, and the pertinence of Republicans to want a say in their government, Obama's preparing for all out war in next year's GOP Congress. He has taken to writing his own immigration laws, and by implication, erased Article I, Section 1 of our governing document that says "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress...
  • Lawsuit by Nebraska Landowners May Decide Keystone Pipelines Fate (Eminent Domain)

    11/20/2014 11:34:43 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 43 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 20, 2014 | Amy Harder
    LINCOLN, Neb. For all the angst and anger over the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, the projects fate may lie here in Nebraska, where disgruntled landowners are challenging a state law that officials used to approve the pipelines path through their property. After the U.S. Senate rejected a measure to approve the project Tuesday, Republicans who will control the chamber in January said it would be one of the first items on their agenda next year. A more immediate hurdle, though, is the Nebraska suit, which encompasses much of the legal and emotional core of the battle over Keystone. I...
  • No, the Kochs won't make $100 billion from the Keystone XL pipeline

    11/20/2014 11:21:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact.com PunditFact ^ | November 19, 2014 | Katie Sanders
    Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are stoking fear about the project by connecting it to two of the biggest bogeymen in politics: Charles and David Koch. The claim goes that the Koch brothers stand to make $100 billion if the pipeline gets built. The figure, which would effectively double the Kochs net worth, has bounced around liberal news organizations and was repeated this month by progressive radio talk show and TV host Thom Hartmann on his RT show. Take it with a block of salt, a PunditFact analysis finds.
  • Could Obama cut deal on Keystone pipeline? Don't rule it out

    11/19/2014 10:45:44 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 18 replies
    Returers ^ | 11/19 | Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton
    President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions. After years of fighting over TransCanada's crude oil pipeline from Canada, a Keystone deal is not entirely out of the question, sources inside the administration and others close to the White House told Reuters on Tuesday. With the Senate's narrow defeat of a Keystone bill on Tuesday, Obama avoided the awkward position of possibly vetoing a bill supported by members of his...
  • Obama: Judge Keystone on Whether or Not It Accelerates Climate Change

    11/16/2014 5:08:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/15/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    As expected, the House today passed a bill from Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The final tally was 252-161, with 31 Democrats crossing over to vote in favor and one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), voting present. In the Senate, the incumbent facing Cassidy in a Dec. 6 runoff was desperately trying to scrape together enough votes to avert a filibuster and save the bill. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joined the pro-Keystone forces today, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told reporters, adding that she thinks she can get the 60th vote. Bennet didnt release any statements...
  • Senate showdown over Keystone after House gives giant pipeline the go-ahead

    11/14/2014 12:08:06 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11:50 AM EST, Fri November 14, 2014 | Francesca Chambers for MailOnline
    The House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation giving the makers of the Keystone pipeline the go-ahead to build the fourth and final section of the oil transportation system.Republicans have already sanctioned the construction of the XL portion of the pipeline eight times but today it passed language identical to a bill under consideration in the Senate by a vote of 252-161.The Democratically-controlled upper chamber has long declined to vote on the matter but had a change of heart on Wednesday after Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana begged her colleagues to immediately bring the legislation to the floor.
  • Obama may veto Keystone authorization bill

    11/13/2014 10:17:57 AM PST · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    am thinker ^ | 11/13/14 | r moran
    The White House is hinting that President Obama will veto any bill authorizing the construction of the Keystone Pipeline. One of the few bi-partisan pieces of legislation is threatened by the most partisan president in history. The Hill: The White House on Thursday hinted that President Obama could veto congressional legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline as lawmakers in both the House and Senate were readying votes on the controversial construction project. "Our dim view of these kinds of proposals has not changed, press secretary Josh Earnest said. Earnest reiterated that the State Department was still reviewing the controversial pipeline...
  • White House hints at veto of Keystone bill

    11/13/2014 7:14:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/13/2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House on Thursday hinted that President Obama could veto congressional legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline as lawmakers in both the House and Senate were readying votes on the controversial construction project. "Our dim view of these kinds of proposals has not changed, press secretary Josh Earnest said. Earnest reiterated that the State Department was still reviewing the controversial pipeline project, and that litigation in a Nebraska court still needed to be resolved. On Wednesday, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), facing a tough reelection effort, requested unanimous consent to proceed on a vote approving the pipeline. With nearly a...
  • Sen. Landrieu Pushes For Keystone Pipeline on Senate Floor: "I Believe It Is Time To Act" [Video]

    11/12/2014 3:10:22 PM PST · by Third Person · 50 replies
    RCP ^ | November 12th, 2014 | Senator Mary Landrieu
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) took to the Senate floor this afternoon to push for the Keystone XL pipeline. "This has been a project that has lingered far too long," she said. "It is clearly supported by 60 or more members of this body. It is a piece of legislation that has been endorsed by the new Majority Leader, to-be Majority Leader, is a cosponsor and a leading cosponsor of the legislation." "I believe it is time to act," Landrieu said. "I believe that we should take the new Majority Leader at his word and stop blocking legislation that is broadly...
  • Mary Landrieu Tries to Beat the GOP by Joining Them (LOL!)

    11/12/2014 2:47:02 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies
    Senator Mary Landrieu sure is moving fast to embrace her new Republican overlords. She just might not have the chance work with them. Facing a run-off election in three weeks to hold onto her seat in Louisiana, the woman who is now the most endangered Democrat in America raced to the Senate floor on Wednesdayshortly after it reopened following last week's electionto call for an immediate vote on a top GOP priority: approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. "I want to say yes to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell," Landrieu said. "The time to start is now. The public has...
  • WaPo: Senate Dems may pass Keystone XL approval to rescue Mary Landrieu

    11/12/2014 8:21:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    How desperate are Democrats to salvage the one Senate seat they still haven’t quite lost in the midterm elections? Desperate enough to anger their environmental-progressive base and threaten their ability to compete in 2016? It may come down to that question in the lame-duck Senate over the last few days of the Democratic majority. The Washington Post reports that Harry Reid and his caucus may try rescuing Mary Landrieu by passing an approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project, a key policy goal for Republicans and a big economic issue in Louisiana: Senate Democrats are working on plans to...
  • McConnell unveils plan to dismantle ObamaCare

    11/06/2014 10:50:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 157 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11-6-14 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is planning to make ObamaCare a priority in his first weeks as leader of the Senate, vowing a sustained effort to dismantle the law piece-by-piece. Instead of a full repeal, McConnell said the GOP will tackle unpopular aspects of the law such as the individual mandate, the medical device tax and the 30-hour workweek requiring employers to provide insurance. These are the kinds of things that I believe there is a bipartisan majority in the Senate to approve, he said in the interview with Time magazine published Wednesday. The only other priority he listed was the...
  • McConnell warns Obama not to 'poison the well' after midterms rout

    11/05/2014 9:17:06 PM PST · by traumer · 37 replies
    The jubilant leader of the Republicans in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, on Wednesday challenged Barack Obama to find common ground with Congress after the Democrats crushing defeat in the US midterm elections threatened to test the limits of the presidents power during his final two years in office. In an ambitious speech hours after his party gained control of both houses of Congress, McConnell warned Obama not to poison the well by pushing forward with unilateral action on immigration reform, and promised to introduce legislation that would permit the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, bitterly opposed by environmentalists. Obama, meanwhile,...
  • Would Midterm Loss Crack Stonewall On Keystone Pipeline?

    09/30/2014 4:59:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Byron York
    The federal government recently began its seventh year of considering whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Nearly all that time has passed under the administration of President Obama, who seems content never to decide the pipeline's fate. That way, it wouldn't be built, which would please the president's supporters on the liberal environmental fringe, but would never be explicitly rejected, which could offend everybody else. It's striking to see an administration stonewalling an issue with so much popular support on the other side. A Washington Post-ABC News poll in March found that 65 percent favor building the...
  • TAPS and Keystone Have Similar Environmental Issues But One Critical Difference

    09/25/2014 9:46:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 9/25/2014 | Allen Brooks
    The proposed 1,200-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska may be the second most famous crude oil pipeline in American history after the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline. One has yet to be built while the other has been operating since 1977, but the two pipelines share a common history marked by environmental controversy in its approval process. The TAPS line, as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline became known as, was proposed in 1969 to move the recently discovered Alaskan North Slope oil to the Lower 48 market via tanker from the Port of Valdez. The Prudhoe Bay oil...
  • Robert Kennedy Jr., Aspiring Tyrant

    09/23/2014 5:51:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 9-22-14 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Blissfully unaware of how hot the irony burned, Robert Kennedy Jr. yesterday took to a public protest to rail avidly in favor of censorship. The United States government, Kennedy lamented in an interview with Climate Depot, is not permitted by law to punish or to imprison those who disagree with him and this, he proposed, is a problem of existential proportions. Were he to have his way, Kennedy admitted, he would cheer the prosecution of a host of treasonous figures among them a number of unspecified politicians; those btes noires of the global Left, Kansass own Koch Brothers;...
  • McConnell: Make me majority leader, I'll give you Keystone XL

    09/19/2014 7:51:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/18/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Marking the sixth anniversary of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline's permit application, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) teased voters with a preview of what a GOP-controlled Senate would do. "If American people give us the opportunity to be in a majority next year, I'll be setting the agenda," McConnell said. "It's easier to score if you're on offense, and the majority leader is offensive coordinator." He added: "If we have a new majority next year, and a new majority leader, the Keystone pipeline will be voted on on the floor of the Senate, something the current majority has been avoiding...
  • KEYSTONE PIPELINE COST EXPECTED TO DOUBLE, TRANSCANADA CEO SAYS

    09/19/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 5 replies
    MarketReports ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | WPENGINE
    WASHINGTON TransCanada Corp.s chief executive said the cost to build the Keystone XL pipeline, currently estimated at $5.4 billion, is expected to double by the time the U.S. government completes its review of the largest part of the project. Russ Girling, chief executive of the Calgary, Alberta,-based company, in an interview this week said he expects the projects cost could increase to a number that gets you into the high single digits to a 10 number. He was hesitant to say the projects cost could double. I was actually trying to avoid saying those words, Mr. Girling said. Obviously, the...
  • Why Farmers Need Keystone XL

    09/15/2014 6:35:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Its harvest time! But oil shipments out of the Bakken are causing dangerous and costly rail delays for farmers. The oil boom in the Northern Plains is a boon to the U.S. economy, creating thousands of jobs and increasing our supply of American energy. With nearly 3 million Americans out of work, the Bakken is like a pool of cool water in an arid desert. However, our railroads do not have the capacity to transport unprecedented levels of crude oil as well as the fall harvest. Farmers are understandably frustrated with the railroad companies, yet the railroad companies say they...
  • Musings: After Hiatus, Keystone XL Pipeline Battle Resumed Friday

    09/09/2014 9:17:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    PPHB via Rig Zone ^ | September 09, 2014 | G. Allen Brooks
    In the chambers of the Nebraska Supreme Court in Omaha, a hearing was held Friday about the decision by Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie F. Stacy claiming that the law under which the states governor had approved the route of the Keystone XL pipeline was unconstitutional. The judge, in a case brought by three landowners, decided that LB1161, the law passed by the states legislature at the end of its session in 2011 that shifted the approval of the pipeline route from the states Public Service Commission (PSC) to the governor, was unconstitutional, and as such the judge instituted a...
  • Administration to unveil stricter rules for carrying crude by rail

    07/23/2014 6:21:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    The Obama administration will unveil new rules Wednesday proposing more stringent safety standards on trains carrying crude oil and other flammable fuels. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is expected to announced the new rules, which will include standards for tank cars, speed limits for trains carrying crude oil, brake standards and testing for oil and other flammable liquids, according to a Wall Street Journal report. A Department of Transportation spokesperson confirmed to The Hill that the announcement will be made Wednesday. The federal rules have been anxiously awaited by the railroad and oil industries, which have met with White House and...
  • Canada pulls the plug on the U.S. Keystone Pipeline will send oil to Asia

    06/29/2014 8:53:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 6/28/2014 | Anthony Watts
    H/T Eric Worrall and Breitbart Obamas inability to make a decision on Keystone has finally yielded a result Canada has made the decision for him. Breitbart reports Canada has just approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project a major pipeline to ship Canadian oil to Asia. The Canadian oil will still be burnt in Asia, instead of America. All the jobs and energy security which Canadian oil could have delivered to America, will instead be delivered to Asia.
  • Senate panel votes to approve Keystone (but Reid won't bring it up for vote)

    06/18/2014 12:10:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 18, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted Wednesday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, delivering a rebuke to President Obama. All Republicans on the panel voted to clear the pipeline, joined by Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (La.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), two Democrats in energy-heavy states, in a 12-10 vote. Proponents of the pipeline expressed frustration with Obamas refusal to take action for more than five years on the final leg of Keystone, which is planned to run from Albertas oil sands to refineries on the United States Gulf Coast. I really wish we werent sitting here years after...
  • Famous Clinton courage exhibited in Hillarys answer to Keystone question: I cant respond

    06/16/2014 3:23:28 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 16 2014 | Noah Rothman
    The perpetually delayed Keystone XL Pipeline is wildly popular. A Reason-Rupe poll conducted in April found that only 32 percent of Americans oppose the construction of the pipeline which would transport Canadian tar sands oil from the frozen north to the Gulf Coast. 61 percent of Americans support the pipeline. That 61 percent includes 82 percent of self-described Republicans, 57 percent of independents, and 50 percent thats right; a majority of Democrats. However, one subgroup strongly opposes the construction of the 1,200 mile pipeline: self-identified liberals. 57 percent of that group opposed the construction of the pipeline in...
  • Unions raise heat on Senate to approve Keystone XL

    05/21/2014 9:21:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Labor unions are beseeching senators to pass legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline by circumventing a government review process that threatens to stretch into 2015. In a letter to senators today, five unions, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute say the bill is essential to free the pipeline from political limbo. After nearly six years of countless polls and five exhaustive federal reviews stating the pipeline is safe to build and will create thousands of jobs, we have unfortunately seen political rhetoric and gamesmanship take precedence over policy and leadership, the groups say. The...
  • The Obama Coalition Is About to Come Apart

    05/17/2014 7:38:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.16.14 | William Tucker
    He owes it all to the Keystone Kops of the leisure class. For the past decade the Democrats have managed to defy gravity by bolting together an unlikely coalition of the richest and poorest Americans. Its no secret. Ever since President Bushs re-election in 2004, the pattern has been clear. People making above $100,000 and below $40,000 vote Democratic. The people in the middle vote Republican. But now that top-bottom coalition is about to come apart, or lose its majority status at least. And the issue will be one that may loom larger than the debacle of Obamacare the...
  • Meet The Man Who Killed Keystone (Liberal Billionaire Thomas Steyer)

    05/16/2014 1:49:38 PM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies
    Mises Canada ^ | 5/16/2014 | Wendy McElroy
    On May 12, the United States Senate fell 5 votes short of the 60 required to invoke cloture. (Cloture is a way to close debate and cause an immediate vote on a bill.) The measure in question was the first energy bill to have hit that chamber since 2007. It was killed by the Keystone XL Pipeline project which would funnel Canadian crude oil from Alberta down to Texas refineries..... The stakes were especially high for about a half-dozen Democrats who do not tow the anti-Keystone line of fellow Democratic Senators. The dissidents come from states that are dependent on...
  • Obama Blocks Keystone To Start Energy Takeover

    05/13/2014 5:00:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | Scott Powell
    After successfully bringing more than 30% of the U.S. economy the health care and financial services industries under political control during his first term, President Obama made it clear last week that a priority of his second term is to go after the energy sector another 10.5%. The purpose of the White House's orchestrated release of the National Climate Assessment on May 7 was to set the stage to drive energy markets and fossil fuels under the heel of more government regulation. Most Americans would celebrate knowing that the U.S. is on the cusp of oil and...
  • Democratic leader blocks Senate vote on Keystone

    05/07/2014 1:49:49 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 31 replies
    AP ^ | May 7 2014 | MATTHEW DALY
    Senate Democrats are refusing to let supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to use an energy efficiency bill as a vehicle to attempt winning congressional approval for the controversial project. Majority Leader Harry Reid used a parliamentary move Wednesday to block a Republican amendment on the pipeline as well as a measure to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new greenhouse gas regulations on coal-burning power plants.
  • The Keystone Pipeline Is Quickly Becoming Obsolete

    05/07/2014 12:42:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/07/2014 | Rob Wile
    Canadian oil prices are now just $18 below the price of U.S. crude thanks to a series of new U.S. pipelines, The Wall Street Journal reported this morning. This means the Keystone XL Pipeline is already obsolete. "Higher oil prices in Canada ... are a sign that oil-sands crude is finding its way to the U.S. even without the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline," Journal reporters Nicole Friedman and Chester Dawson said. "The resurgence in Canadian oil prices and energy stocks is further confirmation that the transportation problems that have prevented both Canada and the U.S. from enjoying...
  • Harry Reid compares GOP to greased pigs

    05/06/2014 1:03:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/6/14 11:14 AM EDT | Burgess Everitt
    Majority Leader Harry Reid compared his Republican colleagues to greased pigs on Tuesday as the Senate erupted in frustration over lack of progress on an energy bill and the Keystone XL pipeline. For all those who dont know what a greased pig contest is, heres what it is: The organizers get a little pig, piglet, and they cover this little animal with tons of grease. Its a greasy little pig, Reid said. The reason I mention this: Oftentimes working with my Senate Republican colleagues reminds me of chasing one of these little pigs in a greased pig contest. Regardless of...
  • Report: 'Urgent action' needed on climate change

    05/06/2014 6:33:36 AM PDT · by kjam22 · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | 5-6-2014 | cnn
    Washington (CNN) -- Flooded rail lines. Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires. Those are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday, part of President Barack Obama's broader second-term effort to help the nation prepare for the effects of higher temperatures, rising sea levels and more erratic weather. "Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," the National Climate Assessment says, adding that the evidence of man-made climate change "continues to strengthen" and that "impacts are increasing across the country." "Americans are noticing changes...
  • The Keystone Pipeline Is Ruining Mark Udall's Week

    05/06/2014 7:04:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 5, 2014 | Jason Plautz
    Mark Udall, D-Colo., is facing calls on both sides to clarify his position on the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline wouldn't run through Colorado, but it's about to take center stage in the state's politics. The Senate is near certain to vote this week on legislation that would approve the oil-sands pipeline, and that's leaving Sen. Mark Udalla Democrat facing a tough reelection challengewith an unenviable choice to make. If Udall votes yes, he'll anger a liberal base that has put blocking the pipeline at the head of its environmental charge. But if he votes no, his opponent...
  • Obama's Phony Ambivalence on Keystone

    05/06/2014 1:55:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Don't trouble yourself trying to figure out whether President Obama is more political than ideological. He's an expert at straddling both and getting his way without compromise. Analysts have long debated whether partisan Obama would prevail over ideological Obama in his decision to approve or reject the Keystone XL pipeline, but in the end, it may be a false choice, as both could win under the overarching dominance of Saul Alinsky-Obama. Keystone XL is intended to carry crude oil from Alberta to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmentalists have long opposed construction of the pipeline, arguing it would do...
  • 'Green' Power Line On Track As Obama Blocks Keystone (Unbelievable, interferes with White Sands)

    05/05/2014 4:58:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    Only a few weeks after President Obama's controversial decision to delay the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, the Obama administration is expected in the next several weeks to approve a 500-mile green energy transmission line project running through Arizona and New Mexico that his own Defense Department says may pose "an unacceptable risk to national security." The multibillion-dollar electric power line project, financed by a group called SunZia, would connect wind power facilities in eastern New Mexico to the electric grid and supply power to Arizona and California. About 45 miles of the transmission lines would be located in...
  • 'Green' Power Line On Track As Obama Blocks Keystone

    05/05/2014 6:39:42 PM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    investors.com ^ | 5/5/2014 | STEPHEN MOORE
    Only a few weeks after President Obama's controversial decision to delay the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, the Obama administration is expected in the next several weeks to approve a 500-mile green energy transmission line project running through Arizona and New Mexico that his own Defense Department says may pose "an unacceptable risk to national security." The multibillion-dollar electric power line project, financed by a group called SunZia, would connect wind power facilities in eastern New Mexico to the electric grid and supply power to Arizona and California.
  • Senate Moves To Bypass Obama, Approve Keystone Pipeline

    05/05/2014 5:37:33 AM PDT · by thackney · 34 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 5/5/2014 | Richard Berkow
    The vote to authorize immediate construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline may come to a crucial head next week, as two Senators introduced a bill on Thursday calling for binding legislation.
  • Another Oil Train Explodes in Town; River Contaminated: Who Wants Keystone Now?

    05/02/2014 5:09:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Another major derailment of a train carrying oil through a town in the U.S. has caused the evacuation of 300 people, with oil washing into the James River in Virginia, which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Anti-Business Obama Strikes Again

    04/26/2014 10:31:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    When President Obama holds back approval of the Keystone pipeline, for the umpteenth time, it's bad enough that he's politically pandering to Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire and manic radical opponent of fossil fuels. If he gives in to Steyer by blocking the pipeline, Steyer gives $100 million to Democratic candidates this fall. Obama's transparent political cynicism is incredible. But it's more than that. It shows his disregard for jobs and economic growth for blue-collar union workers who used to be Democrats. It shows his utter disregard for our loyal Canadian ally up north. And it sends the wrong signal...
  • Cruder Than Alberta Tar Sands

    04/24/2014 7:28:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    According to experts cited by The New York Times, President Barack Obama's eventual decision on the Keystone XL pipeline -- last week, the administration once again postponed a decision -- "will have a marginal impact on global warming emissions." The global economy releases lots of greenhouse gas -- 32.6 billion metric tons of carbon in 2011. The Keystone XL pipeline would add 18.7 million metric tons. In the global greenhouse gas picture, it won't make a dent. To the working men and women of America, however, the project represents "a lifeline to good jobs and energy security," according to Terry...
  • The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer

    04/23/2014 7:03:31 AM PDT · by thirst4truth · 4 replies
    Powerlineblog.com ^ | 4/20/2014 | John Hinderacker
    Billionaire hedge fund operator and green energy magnate Tom Steyer has pledged $100 million in the 2014 election cycle to help Democratic candidates who oppose the Keystone pipeline and who favor green energy over fossil fuels. Steyer claims to be a man of principle who has no financial interest in the causes he supports, but acts only for the public good. That is a ridiculous claim: Steyer is the ultimate rent-seeker who depends on government connections to produce subsidies and mandates that make his green energy investments profitable. He also is, or was until recently, a major investor in Kinder...
  • Obama's Keystone Pipeline Trap

    04/23/2014 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Good Friday, President Obama made a bad call. The State Department announced that it would delay its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the Nebraska Supreme Court rules in a case involving the route. The administration insists the decision to punt has nothing to do with politics. Pretty much everyone else thinks otherwise. Obama, who is rarely reluctant to act unilaterally when it benefits him politically, and who regularly brags about his red-tape cutting, is paralyzed by perhaps the only big shovel-ready jobs project he's been presented with. He welcomes the Keystone red tape because he's trapped...
  • Union Hammers Obama for Gutless Keystone XL Delay

    04/22/2014 12:59:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 22,2014 | Lachlan Markay
    A top labor union blasted the Obama administration on Friday over what it described as a nakedly political decision to once again delay a decision on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Terry OSullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of America (LIUNA), called the move gutless and a low blow to the working men and women of our country. LIUNA is also a strong supporter of innovative oil and gas extraction techniques such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that are helping to produce record amounts of oil in blue collar areas of the country that have...
  • The Black Book of Tom Steyer: Allegations of fraud plague hedge fund of Democratic super-donor

    04/21/2014 12:57:45 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 21, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    The former hedge fund of one of the Democratic Partys most important donorswas involved in a scheme to defraud foreign investors out of tens of millions of dollars, according todocuments filedin a Texascourt. Farallon Capital Partners L.P., a fund run by Farallon Capital Management, the multibillion-dollar hedge fund founded by Democratic donor Tom Steyer, became a limited partner in a project to build a large shopping mall near Seattle, Wash., in the mid-1990safter it guaranteed a line of credit for the project.
  • Obama administration delays action on Keystone XL {again, still...}

    04/21/2014 5:56:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday said it was giving eight federal agencies more time to weigh in on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move almost certain to delay a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. That timeline spares President Barack Obama from making a politically difficult decision that would either anger environmentalists or jeopardize some Senate Democrats seeking reelection in red states. But Fridays move alienated stakeholders on all sides of the issue, including oil industry allies who accused the White House of playing politics and environmentalists who want Obama to swiftly reject...
  • Ridiculous: Administration punts on Keystone, Obama faces Dem revolt

    04/19/2014 7:47:18 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 18 2014 | No Attribution
    he Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, announcing ahead of the holiday weekend it is extending a key review period indefinitely -- a move that could push off a determination until after the midterm elections. Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. Democrats even threatened to find ways to go around the president to get the project approved.
  • Ridiculous: Administration punts on Keystone, Obama faces Dem revolt

    04/18/2014 12:29:05 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 85 replies
    The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, announcing ahead of the holiday weekend that it is extending a key review period indefinitely -- a move that could push off a determination until after the midterm elections. Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. "It's absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.H., said in a statement.