Obama Administrations Says They Might Approve Most Recent Keystone XL Application

Back in January the Obama administration rejected an application from TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline across the international border, blaming Republicans for “rushing” a decision despite years, billions of dollars and no fewer than three studies into the project. Since then Obama has come under no small amount of fire from Republicans and Democrats alike, who are pointing to higher energy prices (particularly gas prices) as evidence of a need for less restrictive energy policies.

Now TransCanada has submitted another application for approval to the Obama administration, and this time around Obama is hinting that it may just pass:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney used the announcement to hammer Republicans, saying, “House Republicans forced a rejection of the company’s earlier application in January, by not allowing sufficient time for important review or even the identification of a complete pipeline route.”

“But as we made clear, the president’s decision in January in no way prejudged future applications. We will ensure any project receives the important assessment it deserves and will base a decision to provide a permit on the completion of that review,” Carney added.

Republicans remained cautious in their response, arguing the news that a new pipeline route is being considered raises fresh questions about the administration’s previous opposition.

“It’s good news that progress is continuing on a project that would create tens of thousands of American jobs and keep Canada from selling North American energy to the Chinese, but it also makes the Obama administration’s refusal to approve it even more disturbing,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (Ohio).

Setting all partisan politics aside, I really hope the Obama administration does sign off on the pipeline, if only for the sake of ending the ridiculous and unnecessary government sandbagging.

Politically speaking, though, it will be interesting to see what Obama does. Will he still delay a decision beyond the election? Or will he use approval for the pipeline as some sort of surprise during the campaign. Given the amount of attention and consternation the Keystone pipeline issue has attracted, it would be easy for Obama to use a quick approval of the pipeline as a way to shift an unfavorable news cycle at a critical moment in the campaign.

It’s sad that the Keystone project could be used this way, though. Politicians ought not be leveraging restrictions on commerce into political gain.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Jay

    It’s about flipping time.

  • Bat One

    Obama has no intention of allowing the pipeline to go forward.  This is merely an attempt to take the issue of the pipeline off the table as the campaign approaches and oil prices continue to rise.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Got this one on record too!  It can go side by side with the former claim that we weren’t about to enter into a recession at the beginning of 2008.  Brahahaha!

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bikebubba

    What BatOne says.  Bet Obama says “he’s considering it” for as long as he can get away with it…..he’ll stretch it to 18 months on average, and then have some excuse when that’s over.

    • cylde

       Consider is english for dither in obamas lexicon, expect paper shuffling, desk dancing, lawsuits by enviromentalists, calls for further study, and of course lots of lies.

  • Guest

    Bullshit, I can smell it right through the Inter-Tube.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Maybe you should remove your shoes or stop breathing it out?

  • Onslaught1066

    That’s mighty White of them.

    • borborygmi

      I thought it was more vanilla but each to his own.

  • mikemc1970

    Not going to happen. Unless he is actually feeling the backlash from the last time. Unlikely considering the sheer number of yes men he has insulating himself from the real world.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    The Conservatives shot themselves in the foot by playing political games with this project.  They are the ones who deserved and received the black eye.

    The CONS wanted us to approve the application before we could learn what was in the decision to move forward with the build, before we knew all the facts.

    • 2hotel9

       Really, lying c*nt? Who played political games with this? Oh, yea, Barri did, Nanny Pelosi did, Joe Biden did, Pinkie Reid did, The Democrat Party did, you whinny lying c*nt.

    • dalaibama

      you gave me a much needed laugh this AM…..thanks!

    • two_amber_lamps

      So you allege that the Conservatives want to pass a bill re: the pipeline like Comrade Pelosi required we pass an unconstitutional health”care” bill without knowing what’s in it? 

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoE1R-xH5To

      You compare apples and oranges you bolshevik.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        The Germans were very fearful of Bolsheviks before and during the time they thought an invasion of all of Europe was a good idea.  You have a similar, small and paranoid mind.

        Your thought is dangerous.

        • two_amber_lamps

          The (liberal) fascists kept the communists around until they were no longer necessary, then they persecuted them just as they did the jews.  You know nothing of history or else you’d realize that fascism, socialism, and liberalism were all hydra-heads of the same totalitarian ideology…  deluded tax-dodging fool.

          • $8194357

            Dead center…

          • $8194357

             (The (liberal) fascists kept the communists around until they were no longer necessary,)
            And when the bloated unionized marxist government achieves its intended goal of collapsing America?
            Smack…Just like Hitler and the commies…You guys are out of here as the new sherrif in town has an “agenda” that don’t include your bloated red shirt socialist behinds any more..
            The Islamic folks will do the same to its “collaborators” and “dhimmis” as well once the job of tearing the old structure or culture is accomplished to instill their new one…Viscous dang cycle they been using for centuries and the leftist group think appoligists just never seem to catch on or see it coming…IMO..

        • 2hotel9

           And you keep defending your Muslim terrorist heroes and pushing your sick a$$ed, anti-human ideology. Your thought is what is dangerous, whinny lying c*nt.

    • donwalk

      Or maybe B.O. is getting desparate and needs to up his poll ratings because nothing else is working?
      Just a thought!

  • Bat One

    The last time Obama tried to address the issue of the Keystone proposal his response was that the US State Department had not had sufficient time to study alternatives to the route suggest in the application.  What puzzles me is why the cabinet office that handles international relations would be concerned with the route of a pipeline through the US.  What does the US State Department have to do with an oil and gas pipeline through the Platte River aquifer?  Obama’s answer was BS then, just like it is today.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      What puzzles me is why the cabinet office that handles international
      relations would be concerned with the route of a pipeline through the US – BatOne

      That’s the problem with this site; very simple things puzzle those on the right who believe themselves to be intelligent, but, you know…..aren’t.

      http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/clientsite/keystonexl.nsf/16_KXL_FEIS_Sec_3.10_Socioeconomics.pdf?OpenFileResource

      In November, the State Department announced it would delay a decision on the proposed Keystone project to allow for further study of the
      environmental impact along its 1,700-mile route.

      The State Department had a more conservative estimate, saying “the construction work force would consist of approximately 5,000 to 6,000 workers.”

      and…

      The Department also supports the foreign affairs activities of other U.S. Government entities including the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency (specifically, the Special Activities Division), and the U.S. Agency for International Development. It also provides an array of important services to U.S. citizens and to foreigners seeking to visit or immigrate to the U.S.

      All foreign affairs activities—U.S. representation abroad, foreign assistance programs, countering international crime, foreign military raining programs, the services the Department provides, and more—are paid for by the foreign affairs budget, which represents little more than 1% of the total federal budget. The total Department of State budget, together with ‘Other International Programs’ (see below), costs about 45 cents a day ($165.90 a year) for each resident of the United
      States. As stated by the Department of State, its purpose includes:

      Protecting and assisting U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad;

      Assisting U.S. businesses in the international marketplace;

      Coordinating and providing support for international activities of other U.S. agencies (local, state, or federal government), official visits overseas and at home, and other diplomatic efforts.

      Keeping the public informed about U.S. foreign policy and relations with other countries and providing feedback from the public to administration officials.

      Providing automobile registration for non-diplomatic staff vehicles and the vehicles of diplomats of foreign countries having diplomatic immunity in the United States.

      What puzzles me is why you pretend to know what you are talking about when you can take a few seconds to find out on your own.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_State

      • Bat One

        As usual, the pretense is yours, lil feller.  Any moron, even you, can look up the explanation of what the US Department of State is supposed to do. What I don’t see in your tediously adolescent cut ‘n’ paste is any suggestion that the US diplomatic corps is tasked with environmental impact assessments within the borders of the US.  Did you just overlook that?  It was, after all, the point of my rhetorical question.

        I understand that playing rhetorical “Gotcha” with your betters is the primary reason that you, and all your assorted sockpuppets are here.  But there are times when it is simply embarrassing to witness your determination to publicly parade your lack of comprehension.  If I was merely twice as knowledgeable as you, I’d be too embarrassed to demonstrate my ignorance, no matter what the screen name.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          “I believe that if you had actually read up on American Revolutionary era history you would know that Benedict Arnold was not only given a trial before he was executed, but in fact had two trials.  Your comparison, not surprisingly, is bullshit!” – Bat One

          You can spare me the bullcr@p about your supposed intellectual superiority.  You haven’t the knack for getting your facts right, or knowing what you are talking about.

          • Bat One

            Oooh!  Changing the topic, are we, Little Feller?  Where is that on the list of liberal E&E tactics?  Number 2… or is it number 3?

            Let me help you out here.  The Department of State has absolutely NOTHING to do with environmental impact assessments within the borders of the United States.  Not…. One…. F*cking….Thing!

            Your boy, Obama, was blowing smoke, lying to the cameras and the American people, again!

            As for my “intellectual superiority” I don’t have to say a thing, when you do a fantastic job of highlighting the distinction with nearly every comment you post.  No need for me to blow my own horn, when you do such a consistent and exceptionally capable job of blowing it for me!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Not changing the subject, kid, just establishing that there is a long history of you not knowing what you are talking about and getting the facts and history wrong.

            Which leads me to prove to you that once again you do not know what you are talking about.  The U.S. Department of State has had a Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs division and has had one since 1974.  It was created by Congress.

            “Let me help you out here.  The Department of State has absolutely NOTHING to do with environmental impact assessments within the borders of the United States.  Not…. One…. F*cking….Thing!” – Bat One

            Well, that’s simply not true, perhaps you should take a lesson from the last time you attempted to revise history and go educate yourself.
            http://www.state.gov/e/oes/

            Today, the Department of State recommended to President Obama that the presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline be denied and, that at this time, the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline be determined not to serve the national interest. The President concurred with the Department’s recommendation, which was predicated on the fact that the Department does not have sufficient time to obtain the information necessary to assess whether the project, in its current state, is in the national interest.

            Since 2008, the Department has been conducting a transparent, thorough, and rigorous review of TransCanada’s permit application for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project. As a result of this process, particularly given the concentration of concerns regarding the proposed route through the Sand Hills area of Nebraska, on November 10, 2011, the Department announced that it could not make a national interest determination regarding the permit application without additional information. Specifically, the Department called for an assessment of alternative pipeline routes that avoided the uniquely sensitive terrain of the Sand Hills in Nebraska. The Department estimated, based on prior projects of similar length and scope, that it could complete the necessary review to make a decision by the first quarter of 2013. In consultations with the State of Nebraska and TransCanada, they agreed with the estimated timeline.

            On December 23, 2011, the Congress passed the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 (“the Act”). The Act provides 60 days for the President to determine whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest – which is insufficient for such a determination.

            Which makes perfect sense if you understood that the U.S. Department of State has a Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs division.

            BOOM!

          • Bat One

            Oceans???  International Environmental and Science???  So, please explain what what is either oceanic or international about the Platte River aquifer in southwest Nebraska?

            BOOM your ass, Poi Boy!  Its bullsh*t, kid.  And because its Obama doing the selling, you’re buying like a five year-old in a candy store.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            On the contrary, it’s precisely because it is Obama that you and others make an issue of a department who states their responsibilities include international environmental concerns, renewable energy, resource scarcity, polar issues just to name a few.

            No need to exhibit your foul mouth and loss of temper, you can simply give the OES a call and ask them for yourself.

          • Bat One

            it’s precisely because it is Obama that you and others make an issue of a department who [sic] states their [sic] responsibilities include…

            Your willful lack of comprehension is simply amazing!   Surely it’s not congenital, is it?  So, what’s next on your list?  The innuendo of racism because Obama is (half) Black?

            Look, I’d be the first in line to congratulate Obama if he actually did something right – particularly in the area of the nation’s economy and finances are concerned.  Hell, I’ve been waiting over three years for just such an opportunity.  But he hasn’t, has he?  We are 5 and a half trillion dollars farther in debt, with nothing to show for it. but a lowered credit rating and a federal government that is more bloated, more expensive, more intrusive, and more concerned with bottom up misery than top down success.

            Apparently you think that the State Department ought to concern itself with the environmental assessment of a pipeline through the Platte River aquifer.  I think you are a pluperfect moron for accepting that nonsense seven years after the application was first made.

            But in any case, if Obama actually approves the Keystone pipeline, I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong.  But don’t hold your breath.  I’d really miss having you to laugh at.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Look, BO, you keep opening your mouth to shout, but you end up only putting your foot inside to muffle the noise.  Stop making noise.  The answers are obvious.

            There appears to be a desire on your part to purposefully ignore the obvious answers, a “willful ignorance”, if you will.

            The Environment Directorate deals with environmental issues including environmental aspects of international trade and safeguarding hazardous materials requiring multilateral agreements within the Office of Environmental Policy. The Office of Ecology & Natural Resource Conservation develops U.S. foreign policy approaches to conserving and managing the worldecosystems.

            The only people who are laughing are laughing at you.BTW, let’s have an integrity check.  Can you name 3 things Obama has done that you can praise?

          • 2hotel9

             I love how you have to “edit” you lies and sh*t spew every time you comment. What a stupid c*nt you continue to prove yourself to be.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          Bat’s fiction vs. Reality:

          Bat’s Fiction:

          “Let me help you out here.  The Department of State has absolutely NOTHING to do with environmental impact assessments within the borders of the United States.  Not…. One…. F*cking….Thing!” – Bat One

          Reality: The U.S. Department of State has had the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs organization since 1974.

          Bat’s Fiction:

          “I believe that if you had actually read up on American Revolutionary era history you would know that Benedict Arnold was not only given a trial before he was executed, but in fact had two trials.  Your comparison, not surprisingly, is bullshit!” – Bat One

          Reality: Benedict Arnold never faced trial for his attempt to hand over West Point, nor hung to death but the U.S. for his treason.  He died in England, of gout, after escaping an execution order from George Washington.

          S M A C K ! ! !

          • two_amber_lamps

             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT35aaUWW2Y

      • 2hotel9

         Look! tranni spewed more sh*t and lies.

  • 2hotel9

    Since this pipeline will be following existing pipelines, and multiple environmental studies have been done on this corridor already, all of this is simply Democrat Party political skullduggery.  I will believe this is going forward when it has actually, physically happened.Barri will have a photo op signing a piece of paper and spewing lies, then EPA will block any work beginning on this pipeline, and yank the permits for existing ones, just as they have done with drilling in the GoM. 

  • SigFan

    Obama and his crew are running the three-card monty again.  If this pipeline ever gets underway while Obama is in office it won’t be because he wants it – it will be because the people demand it.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Three card monty w/ no money-card….

      • SigFan

        I thought it was a take all your money card.

        • two_amber_lamps

          lol… point conceded! 

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Like the health care bill?  Brahaha.

      • Sandy

        Wait until you see the huge increase in cost to our military guys for Obamacare.

        • two_amber_lamps

          It’s of no consequence to Hanni-turd…  he hates soldiers almost as much as he hates himself.

          • SigFan

            His logic is a bit flawed as well.  Obama forced a healthscare bill on a country that didn’t want it.  Reminding people who are already overwhelmingly for it’s repeal hardly makes for a case for anything else The One and Done would try.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Hanni-fried logic flawed?  How can this be? 

      • two_amber_lamps

        Health”care” bill?  You mean the 50% of people who never supported the unconstitutional bill?

        http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/health_care_law

      • 2hotel9

         Yep, just like that lie you keep screeching, whinny lying c*nt.

  • $8194357

     ( Obama Administrations Says They Might Approve Most Recent Keystone XL Application)

    Yeah right…And he might show us his real long form as well..Duel citizen poser….

    Charlie Brown never did learn not to trust Lucy did he…

    • two_amber_lamps

       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlzVDDSfeeA

      • $8194357

        I always did like that…

        • two_amber_lamps

           That should be ordained as an historical allegory for a conservative trusting a liberal….

    • Roy_Bean

      Gee, let’s see what else the democrats said.  How about Nancy Pelosi in 2006:

      “Today, once again the Republicans will bring to the House floor, a budget that is out of balance and out of whack in terms of its priorities and the debt that it will heap on future generations.
       
      How can this budget be a statement of national values when it gives tax cuts to the wealthiest people in our country and it increases the cost of student loans to our students, when it gives those tax cuts and it takes away funding for health care for the poorest children in America?

      It is a budget that is immoral – the religious community has drawn a line in the sand, against the Republican budget. Democrats have better ideas: the Congressional Black Caucus presented a budget plan and also the Spratt-Democratic substitute. These are budgets that will bring us in balance in terms of our values and reducing the deficit.
      Democrats are committed to no deficit spending, pay-as-you-go. We will not heap mountains of debt onto future generations. Republicans are increasing the deficit every minute of every day they are here.

      Five years ago, the Vice President of the United States conducted his secret meetings with the energy industry to produce America’s energy policy, which has now taken us to more than $3 a gallon for gasoline. It’s bad policy; it’s about the culture of corruption in Washington D.C., and the American people are paying the price.
      Democrats have a better idea. We know that America can do better, and last week, we launched our initiative: ”Energizing America: Farmers Fueling our Energy Independence.” Democrats know that our country can be energy independent and we intend to achieve it within 10 years.
       
      Just think if the Vice President had taken that course of action five years ago, how much better of we would be. Energy is a national security, economic, and an environmental issue. Our initiative sends America’s energy dollars to the Midwest, not the Middle East and it creates jobs. It’s about the future.

      The contrast between Democrats and Republicans on energy could not be greater. Secret meetings with energy companies has led to $3 a gallon gasoline prices and rising. Instead, cheaper, greener, all-American energy can be found with our initiative: ‘Energizing America: Farmers Fueling our Energy Independence.”

      So, Nancy and Barry promised a balanced budget and gas under $3/gallon.  They had control of the House and Senate, they had a democrat president and here we are.  

      • $8194357

        (It’s bad policy; it’s about the culture of corruption in Washington D.C., and the American people are paying the price.) Nancy Pants

        As Alinsky so taught them, accuse your target of doing what you yourself are doing and/or going to do….Chicago style corruption went national under Billary and now global under our Post American International Progressive citizen of the world Soros puppet…Sad how everyone roles over, plays dead and just lets this international progressive submission of America continue.
        Corruption…Thy name is leftist hypocrocy and lies…

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