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  • LiUNA on Keystone: Obama’s ‘Disdain for Working People is Evident,’ He’s ‘A Pompous…’

    11/12/2015 3:06:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 12, 2015 | 1:47 PM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    President Barack Obama's decision to not allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, Terry O'Sullivan, the president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA!), said Obama had "once again" thrown "hard-working, blue-collar workers under the bus" while "doing little or nothing to make a real difference in global climate change." "His actions are shameful," said O'Sullivan in a press release. "The president may be celebrated by environmental extremists, but with this act, President Obama has also solidified a legacy as a pompous, pandering job killer." ...

    11/12/2015 11:23:06 AM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    Houston Press ^ | NOVEMBER 12, 2015 | DIANNA WRAY
    The Keystone XL Pipeline is officially dead. Last week, President Barack Obama rejected the proposed pipeline, wrapping things up after years of staying firmly undecided on the issue. "The State Department has decided that the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States," Obama said during a 10-minute press conference. "I agree with that decision." Of course, environmentalists hailed the decision as a major environmental victory. The Sierra Club thanked Obama "for taking courageous action" in his decision to finally, finally shut down any hope that the pipeline would ever be approved. But the thing...
  • Obama: Keystone would make planet ‘uninhabitable’

    11/09/2015 3:25:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 93 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 9, 2015 | David Boyer
    President Obama said Monday that the Keystone pipeline and other such fossil-fuel development projects would make Earth "uninhabitable." "We've got to lead by example, because ultimately, if we're going to prevent large parts of the Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable, then we're going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them," Mr. Obama told cheering grassroots supporters at a gathering in Washington.
  • Obama Buddy Buffett Doubles BNDF investment due to Keystone Decision

    11/09/2015 7:44:39 AM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 9, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    When President Obama announced he was killing the Keystone XL pipeline, he said he was agreeing with the State Department’s assessment that the pipeline from Canada “would not serve the national interests of the United States.” The fact is that it would not have benefitted the personal financial interests of friend and economic mentor, Warren Buffett, who can rest assured that oil from Canada and the nearby Bakken formation in North Dakota will continue to be transported by a railroad he owns. As Investor’s Business Daily noted in a 2011 editorial: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline may help one of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Vanity Were Jobs report manipulated to coincide with Keystone rejection?

    11/06/2015 9:02:48 AM PST · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    Vanity Were Jobs report manipulated to coincide with Keystone rejection?
  • Obama rejecting Keystone XL pipeline

    11/06/2015 9:34:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 6, 2016 | Dave Boyer & Ben Wolfgang
    Ending a review process that lasted nearly seven years, President Obama on Friday rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline, siding firmly with environmental activists and drawing the ire of business and labor groups who say the administration is willfully standing in the way of economic growth, job creation and energy security. In a speech at the White House, Mr. Obama, flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, formally announced they'll block construction of Keystone. "The State Department has decided the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interests of the United States. I...
  • Oil Sands Still Face Pipeline Problems

    11/05/2015 9:46:50 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 05-11-2015 | keystone
    In recognition that its campaign is heading for near certain failure, TransCanada hopes to delay the review process of its proposed Keystone XL pipeline until the next administration. TransCanada sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for a “pause” in the review process. The letter is a last ditch effort on behalf of the company to save the project, presumably hoping for a Republican in the White House in 2017. Environmental groups hailed the move as a win, but want U.S. President Barack Obama to administer a coup de grace by rejecting the pipeline outright. They may...
  • Iowa Gov. Branstad (R) Backs Eminent Domain For Pipelines

    11/04/2015 1:21:01 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    http://whotv.com ^ | 10:16pm, November 2, 2015 | Aaron Brilbeck
    Governor Backs Eminent Domain For Pipelines Posted 10:11 pm, November 2, 2015, by Aaron Brilbeck, Updated at 10:16pm, November 2, 2015 DES MOINES, Iowa -- This week, the Iowa Utilities Board will discuss whether to use eminent domain to seize property from landowners to use for a massive oil pipeline. Dakota Access, LLC wants to use the land for an underground pipeline that would carry roughly a half million barrels of crude oil from North Dakota, through Iowa and to a distribution center in Illinois. Governor Branstad says he believes eminent domain can and should be used for some pipeline...
  • Obama Won’t Yield to Company’s Bid to Delay Keystone Pipeline Decision

    11/03/2015 10:09:58 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2015 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday said President Obama had no intention of bowing to a request from the company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline to delay a decision on the project, saying he wanted to take action before his tenure ends. The State Department is reviewing a request made on Monday by the company, TransCanada, to pause its yearslong evaluation of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which has become part of a broader debate over Mr. Obama’s environmental agenda. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said on Tuesday that “there’s reason to suspect that there may be...
  • Keystone XL oil pipeline in doubt as U.S. asked to pause review

    11/02/2015 8:38:16 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 1, 2015 | Valerie Volcovici
    The Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Monday asked the U.S. government to suspend review of the $8 billion project that sparked a political war between environmentalists and the oil industry, a move that could put its fate in the hands of the next U.S. president. TransCanada Corp's (TRP.TO) move was seen by many as an attempt to avert a rejection from an increasingly environmentally focused President Barack Obama and postpone the decision until after the November 2016 presidential election. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has said she opposes the pipeline while many Republican candidates support the project...
  • Trump: US needs 'better deal' before approving Keystone pipeline

    10/28/2015 8:18:31 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/28/2015 | Timothy Cama
    Donald Trump says the United States needs a better deal from the developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline before the project is approved. At a Tuesday rally in Iowa, the GOP presidential front-runner complained that the United States is not really getting anything in return for the controversial project, which President Obama is considering whether to approve seven years after TransCanada Corp. first applied to build it, the Toronto Star reported. The new position on Keystone contrasts with Trumps earlier comments that he would approve the Canada-to-Texas pipeline immediately upon taking office, similar to his Republican rivals.
  • Will The Canadian Election End The Keystone XL Pipeline?

    10/21/2015 8:25:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/2015 | Andrew Follett
    Justin Trudeau is Canadas new prime minister after leading the Liberal Party to a majority government win which bodes ill for the Keystone XL pipeline. Trudeaus victory ends the decade-long rule of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper who supports Keystone XL. If approved by the Obama administration, Keystone will send oil sands from Alberta to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Trudeau supports Keystone XL, but the newly elected prime ministers support may fold under pressure from the White House. President Barack Obama claims environmental and global warming concerns are keeping him from approving the project even though...
  • New Canadian PM Trudeau brings same support for Keystone XL pipeline

    10/20/2015 10:05:52 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 20 October 2015 | Steven Mufson
    The Canadian election Monday ousted a strong supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline. And it brought into office another strong supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline. The new Canadian premier, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, has supported the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as well as TransCanadas proposed $12 billion Energy East pipeline, both of which would carry bitumen from Albertas vast oil sands to ports and world markets.
  • Dr. Ireland explains the benefits of lifting the decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude oil

    10/15/2015 2:39:07 AM PDT · by RaceBannon
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 8/19/14 | Jacki Daily
    In Segment 1, Dr. Ireland explains the benefits of lifting the decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude oil. In Segment 2, Dr. Ireland explains the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • 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 Clintons 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...
  • World's largest PR firm won't represent coal producers or climate change 'deniers' anymore

    09/25/2015 10:36:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Fortune ^ | 09/25/2015 | by Michal Addady
    Edelman, the worlds largest public relations company, has decided not to continue working with certain environmentally unfriendly companies after receiving negative publicity, the Guardian reports. Edelman was recently criticized for working with fossil fuel companies and fake front groups that supported a Canadian pipeline project. They have since decided to stop working with coal producers, since theyre the biggest contributors to climate change, and groups that try to greenwash the truth and spread misinformation. Edelman, which grew 8.5% in the 2014-2015 fiscal year according to PR Week, lost a good number of big clients when it made clear its position...
  • 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...
  • Seven years later, Keystone XL decision is due

    09/22/2015 6:29:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 19, 2015 | Luke Hilgemann
    Hows this for American exceptionalism: It has now officially taken longer for the federal government to review the Keystone XL pipelines permit application than it did to build the entire transcontinental railroad 150 years ago. Yes, you read that right. Today marks the seven-year anniversary of what has become one of the most embarrassing examples of bureaucratic Youve no doubt heard of the Keystone XL pipeline by now. On September 19, 2008, the company planning to build it filed a routine permit application with the State Department. The pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of oil from Canada and...
  • Hillary Clinton Promises Views on Keystone Pipeline Soon

    09/18/2015 5:24:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 17, 2015 | LAURA MECKLER
    Mrs. Clinton has refused to say whether she supports building the pipeline, saying it would be wrong to weigh in because she was involved in the deliberations when she was in the administration. The White House has yet to announce a decision even though the issue has been pending for years. Asked again about the matter at a town hall Thursday, she said she has deferred because she thought it was right thing to do. But she said she thought it would have been decided by now and would give her view soon even if the issue remains unsettled. I...
  • Donald Trump supports the Keystone pipeline

    08/18/2015 8:43:43 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | aug 18 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    The Republican frontrunner joined the rest of the GOP field in saying that he would support the North American pipeline. "If I am elected President I will immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline. No impact on environment & lots of jobs for U.S." Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
  • 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...
  • TransCanada could sue to recoup $2.4 billion spent on Keystone XL [Using NAFTA Trade Agreement]

    08/11/2015 2:53:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Columbus Telegram ^ | 08/11/2015 | By Nicholas Bergin / Lincoln Journal Star
    The Canadian company that has spent the past seven years on a quest to build the Keystone XL pipeline through Americas heartland says it has spent $2.4 billion even before the first shovel has broken ground. If TransCanada fails in its attempt to build the pipeline, it could use a Clinton-era trade agreement to try to recoup some of that cost. The North American Free Trade Agreement signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico in 1994 lets corporations sue the members to seek payback for violations of international law. Known as a Chapter 11 claim, the suit would be...
  • Jeb Bush takes the gloves off at RedState

    08/08/2015 8:07:14 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 77 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/8/15 | RYAN LOVELACE
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has suffered from criticism that he has not fought back against those who sought to diminish his campaign. At the RedState Gathering on Saturday, Bush delivered passionate remarks and named his enemies: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Bush went after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her unwillingness to take a stance on whether to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. At a town hall event on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, Clinton avoided providing a yes or no answer about whether she would support construction of the pipeline. "She can't now have an opinion...
  • Almost Every Major Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Challenging or Defeating Clinton and Republicans

    08/05/2015 5:45:22 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 66 replies
    Huff Po ^ | August 5, 2015 | H. A. Goodman
    Democrats who are proud of their progressive values are filling arenas to hear Sanders speak in a direct manner (while others dodge questions) on contentious issues like Keystone XL and the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. While the FBI is currently investigating the email security of one candidate, Bernie Sanders is narrowing Clinton's lead nationally and defeating Republicans in other polls. Like Brent Budowsky writes in The Hill: The fact that Sanders beats Walker by 6 to 7 points, depending on whether all voters or likely voters are counted -- a near-landslide margin in a general election -- makes it clear...
  • Union Boss on Pipeline Making 'Temporary' Jobs: A 'Moronic' View from Administration and Politicians

    06/23/2015 4:44:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 23, 2015 | Penny Starr
    LiUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan. (Photo: Penny Starr/CNSNews.com) (CNSNews.com) When asked at an American Petroleum Institute (API) event on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. about the claim that the Keystone XL Pipeline and other oil and natural gas infrastructure projects only provide temporary jobs during the construction phase, union President Terry OSullivan, said the claim was moronic." I think its one of the most moronic things that Ive heard come out of the administration and every politician, said OSullivan, whose Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) represents workers in both the U.S. and Canada. Canada has been seeking...
  • Easy Access to Money Keeps U.S. Oil Pumping

    06/02/2015 6:06:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Nasdaq ^ | 31 May 2015
    Wall Street's generous supply of funds to U.S. oil drillers helped create the American energy boom. Now that same access to easy money is keeping them going, despite oil prices that are languishing around $60 a barrel. The flow of money into oil has allowed U.S. companies to avoid liquidity problems and kept American crude production from falling sharply. Even though more than half of the rigs that were drilling new wells in September have been banished to storage yards, in mid-May nearly 9.6 million barrels of oil a day were pumped across the country, the highest level since 1970,...
  • The Right Aims at Democrats on Social Media to Hit Clinton

    05/17/2015 6:14:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 5/16/15 | ASHLEY PARKER, NICK CORASANITI
    WASHINGTON A Twitter post recently caught the eye of Bill McKibben, the environmental advocate and godfather of the Keystone XL pipeline protests. It included an image from The Simpsons showing Homer and his family basking in mountains of cash in their living room, followed by a report on Hillary Rodham Clintons appearing at a fund-raiser with a lobbyist from the Keystone fight. Mr. McKibbens environmental organization, 350.org, has been trying to raise awareness about the ties it sees between lobbyists for the oil pipeline and former aides to Mrs. Clinton. He promptly shared the post with his 150,000 Twitter...
  • Documents show FBI illegally spied on Houston Keystone activists

    05/14/2015 5:29:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 13, 2015 | Dylan Baddour
    FBI documents obtained by the Guardian and Earth Island Journal show the bureau colluded with an oil company and illegally spied on environmental activists in Houston. The Guardian reports the FBIs Houston division closely monitored groups that oppose the Keystone-XL pipeline, cultivated informants in activist groups, and shared intelligence with TransCanada, the company building the pipeline. Furthermore, the investigations violated FBI policy because agents failed to get prior legal approval to begin monitoring the activists. In an interview with the Guardian, the bureau admitted the error. The documents, about 80 pages obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, show...
  • The arguments that convinced a libertarian to support aggressive action onclimate

    05/13/2015 6:05:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    vox ^ | 5-12-2015 | David Roberts
    To the casual observer, the American right can appear an undifferentiated wall of denial and obstructionism on climate change, but behind the scenes there are signs of movement. A growing number of conservative leaders and intellectuals have come to terms with climate science and begun casting about for solutions. Led mainly by libertarians and libertarian-leaning economists, they've begun to coalesce behind a carbon tax, which they consider the most market-friendly of the available alternatives. Jerry Taylor, a longtime veteran of the libertarian think tank Cato Institute who recently founded his own libertarian organization, the Niskanen Center, is a vocal proponent...
  • Greens Steamed Over Steyer Hosting Hillary Fundraiser

    05/07/2015 5:50:25 PM PDT · by yuffy · 4 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 07 May 2015 04:47 PM | By Cathy Burke
    Environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer, a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline and any Democrats who support it hosted a $2,700-per-person fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at his San Francisco home, riling some green activists, Politico reports. Though Clinton has avoided public comment while the Obama administration weighs the fate of the pipeline, as secretary of state, she presided over studies that said the pipeline would pose few environmental risks and even said in 2010 the administration was "inclined" to support it. "I am not surprised that he would want to get on-board the Clinton train, but I'm...
  • 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...
  • South Dakota hearing on Keystone XL pipeline delayed

    04/28/2015 4:09:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 27, 2015 | Associated Press
    A key hearing to determine whether the state Public Utilities Commission will allow construction of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline to move forward through South Dakota wont be held next week, the commission voted on Monday. The regulatory body met in Pierre and voted 3-0 to delay final arguments to ensure adequate time for parties to examine documents involved in the case, and the hearing will likely be held later this summer. The state initially authorized TransCanada Corp. to construct the Keystone XL pipeline project in 2010, but state rules dictate permits must be re-authorized if the construction of the...
  • Kerry: Arctic climate change goals more important than containing Russia

    04/26/2015 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 26, 2015 | Rick Moran
    US Secretary of State John Kerry assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and immediately made it clear that despite worrisome Russian military moves in the Arctic, the US would not challenge them. Washington Examiner: >>>>In assuming the leadership role, Kerry laid out a robust agenda to face the threat of climate change in the Arctic, which he says is being affected by global warming more than anywhere else in the world. But when faced with questions over whether the U.S. will use its new leadership position to address threats posed by Russia, Kerry said no. Kerry said the idea...
  • Senate passes energy measure by voice vote after budget marathon

    03/28/2015 3:43:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    After the Senate gave approval to its budget plan early Friday morning, Sens. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, got a version of their energy efficiency legislation passed by voice vote. The measure, passed when only Mr. Portman and Ms. Shaheen were on the floor, includes provisions exempting certain water heaters from pending Department of Energy regulations, and requires federal agencies to develop an implementation strategy for employing more energy-efficient technology, among other items. Mr. Portman said the bill has garnered widespread support and is part of an energy plan for the country that can help...
  • U.S. unions freeze campaign contributions over trade

    03/11/2015 5:40:47 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 11, 2015 | Krista Hughes
    (Reuters) - The largest U.S. federation of labor unions said on Wednesday it is freezing contributions to federal candidates in next year's elections as it waits to see the outcome of key trade votes. The AFL-CIO said in a statement defeating legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress was a top priority.
  • Green groups trying to block Keystone sued to try to get hillary's emails in 2011

    03/09/2015 3:37:35 PM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 2 replies
    NYT green blog ^ | 5/18/2011 | Elizabeth rosenthal
    Demanding Hillary Clintons E-Mail Now The Canadian company TransCanada is hoping to win State Department approval of construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil sands oil to the Gulf Coast for refining. To this end, it has spent $310,000 this year lobbying in Washington for the cause. Its principal lobbyist is a man named Paul Elliott. Remember him? He was a deputy director of Hilary Clintons presidential campaign three years ago. Environmental and ethics groups are crying foul. Last year they filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act for any correspondence between the new...
  • Why Keystone XL Is Everything Obama Wants It to Be

    03/10/2015 5:10:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | March 10, 2015 | Michael Whatley
    As expected, President Barack Obama vetoed legislation from Congress that would have approved the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, rejecting the creation of thousands of jobs in the process. However, it did not end the six-year saga for building the 1,179-mile pipeline that would deliver 830,000 barrels of oil per day of Canadian and American crude oil to U.S. refineries. The fight will go on, even though Congress was unable to override the presidents veto. Fortunately, President Obama never closed the door. As noted in his message to the Senate, there remains an ongoing National Interest Determination (NID) process...
  • Senate fails to override Keystone XL veto [Five Votes Short]

    03/04/2015 2:07:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/04/2015 | BY JOHN SICILIANO
    The U.S. Senate voted down a key vote to override a White House veto on a bill to approve the contentious Keystone XL pipeline, which the GOP sees a key to job creation and maintaining a strong U.S. infrastructure. The vote on override a presidential veto failed 62-37. The Senate had passed the bill 62-36 in January.But last month President Obama vetoed the measure. Republicans have said that if they couldn't override Obama's veto, they plan to wrap legislation green-lighting the 1,700-mile pipeline into a spending measure or broader bill, such as the federal highway bill. But Democrats who oppose...
  • Kinder Morgan proposal to bore through Burnaby Mountain prompts protests

    03/04/2015 1:24:00 PM PST · by shove_it · 14 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | 4 Mar 2015 | Carl Surran
    Kinder Morgan (KMI -0.6%) wants to drill through Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia to reach an oil-loading ship terminal, but WSJ reports that it is facing more challenges than the mountain itself, as it also is battling resistance from Vancouver officials and protestors opposed to fossil fuel development. Burnaby Mountain has become a symbolic battlefield in a much larger debate about energy resources in North America, opponents and supporters of the pipeline plan say. Canadian oil producers are counting on KMIs $4.3B proposal to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which connects Albertas oil sands to a...
  • 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 Obamas 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...
  • Obstruction Leader Harry Reid to Attempt Historic Filibuster on Override of Keystone Veto

    03/02/2015 5:08:10 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 3/2/15 | Daniel Bassali
    Harry Reid is taking unprecedented steps to block Senate Republicans, even though his actions will result in nothing but procedural delay. In another example of Democrats playing the role of obstructionists, Harry Reid will force the Senate to go through procedural hurdles to delay Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from bringing up the presidents Keystone XL veto for an override vote. Last week, President Obama vetoed the popular bipartisan Keystone XL Pipeline bill passed by the Senate. This week, the Senate is planning a vote to override the presidents veto. Democrats, led by Minority Leader Harry Reid, are set to revoke...
  • Warren Buffett criticizes Keystone XL delay, says U.S. 'thumbing nose' at Canada

    03/02/2015 6:50:21 PM PST · by thackney · 41 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 03.01.2015 | ALEXANDER PANETTA
    The Keystone XL pipeline got an emphatic endorsement Monday from a powerful backer of President Barack Obama who questioned the handling of the file. To billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the delay is a thumbing of the nose at Canada. "I would have passed Keystone," Buffett said in an interview with CNBC. "I think that we have an enormous interest in working with Canada, as they have in working with us. That oil is going to get sold. If we make it more difficult for them, who knows how they'll feel about making things more difficult for us someday." Because Buffett...
  • Fact-checker calls out Obama for saying Keystone bypasses US

    03/02/2015 10:54:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 2, 2015
    President Obama earned a double-barreled rebuke Monday from The Washington Post's fact-checker, for repeating a faulty claim that the Keystone XL pipeline "bypasses" the U.S. -- and for saying it would only carry "Canadian oil." The president made the claims in an interview last week with WDAY of Fargo, N.D. Obama continued to downplay the impact of the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, just days after vetoing a bipartisan-backed bill that would approve the construction project. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has teed up a vote to override that veto later this week. In the local interview, Obama said: "I've already...
  • 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 Obamas 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 Pipeline Bill Heads to POTUS' Desk; UPDATE: Vetoed

    02/24/2015 3:57:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Legislation approving the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline has finally reached the president’s desk. But don’t celebrate just yet. In a joint op-ed published today in the pages of USA Today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are urging Americans to begin tempering their hopes and expectations by accepting the inevitable: Tuesday, as promised, the new Congress is sending the White House legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline. This project will support tens of thousands of American jobs. It will bolster the nation's infrastructure and energy security. And it enjoys a broad base...
  • Obamas veto of Keystone XL bill is a slap in Canadas face

    02/24/2015 4:57:32 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 39 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Feb. 24, 2015 | Claudia Cattaneo
    U.S. President Barack Obama made good Tuesday on his threat to veto a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, maintaining under his full control the final decision on the Canadian projects future. His office downplayed the gesture, only the third veto of his presidency. There was to be no drama or fanfare around it, said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. Its certainly possible that Obama will approve the pipeline once a State Department review of the project is completed, he added, though he gave no deadline for a decision. Yet the move is another slap in the face...