Obama Denies Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline, Blames Republicans

After three years and billions of dollars of excruciating review, not to mention an attempt to punt a decision on the project until after the 2012 elections, President Obama today rejected a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline blaming Republicans for passing legislation forcing him to make a decision.

That’s right. Somehow, it’s the fault of Republicans that Obama rejected authorization for the pipeline.

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday blamed his Republican opponents for imposing an “arbitrary” deadline on his review of TransCanada Corp’s plan to build the Keystone XL Canada-to-Texas crude oil pipeline, which led to its rejection.

“This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people,” Obama said in a statement. “I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision.”

Not only is this an undeserved slap at our friendly trading partners to the north in Canada, but it’s a real setback to energy development here in America. The Keystone XL pipeline wasn’t just about bringing Canadian oil to American refineries. It was also about expanding America’s oil infrastructure.

As an example, here in North Dakota the pipeline would take some 100,000 barrels daily from the Bakken oil fields, one of the biggest producing oil plays in the country and probably one of the fastest growing too. That’s an amount of oil equivalent to 500 trucks a day off the state’s roads.

Not only is that good for North Dakota’s overtaxed infrastructure, it’s green too in that pipelines don’t have emissions like trucks. Which is why North Dakota Senator John Hoeven rightly took the lead in the Senate in pushing for approval of the pipeline.

It seems that there are two paths forward for energy in America. We can either embrace a free market for energy resources in this country, and engage in free trade with our allies like Canada, or we can obstruct that free market on the foolish notion that if we hamstring oil and gas development somehow that will push the country into using “green” power from sources like wind and solar.

That sort of policy, as exemplified by Obama’s decision on the Keystone pipeline, will only drive up the cost of energy in this country and drive down our quality of life. All while denying the economy much-needed stimulus and activity.

Obama is putting environmental politics, and pandering to his far-left liberal base, above what’s best for America.

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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  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    If it wasn’t obvious before, we now have proof that Obama hates jobs. 

    • mickey_moussaoui

      I think he hates work

      • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

        Well I’m with him there…

  • A Citizen

    The “job creator” in chief has created jobs in China…what a guy!!

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Letting it all hang out.

  • banjo kid

    We went from having a cowboy to a low boy , jobs are not important to Obama because he wants us all on the dole but who will pay the bills is not his concern it is not coming out of his pocket . If he is re-elected we will see even more strange things happen .  I might add , very bad things .

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Worst President ever, Jan 2013 he will need a job.

  • Spartacus

    Probably just as well. If he had signed it the EPA would have encouraged lawsuits to block construction. Better to wait until we have a real President in office and better control of the Senate in ’13 to castrate the EPA. Then we can pound out a realistic long term energy development plan.

  • Spartacus

    Randy he’ll just draw unemployment for 99 weeks, longer if he gets the chance to extend it again.

  • Captornado

    He doesn’t hate Jobs. Barry hates AMERICAN jobs.

  • HG

    Obama has attained a level of stupidity only Hannitized has ever known.

    • Spartacus

      you’re being too kind to H.

  • HG

    Maybe now the Republicans will learn you can’t compromise with democrats. 

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

    Three years, and can’t come to a decision……25,000 miles of pipelines crisscross the Ogalalla already, and he’s not sure whether pipelines can cross this area safely.  Good grief.

    ….and correct me if I’m wrong, but you don’t get unemployment benefits if you get fired, which is what needs to happen with Comrade Obama.

    • Spartacus

      “….and correct me if I’m wrong, but you don’t get unemployment benefits
      if you get fired, which is what needs to happen with Comrade Obama.”

      Good Point, I’d like to see Donald Trump get some air time after the results are announced in November to give the stupid bastard the news.

    • Wayne

      I think it is if you quit you are not eligible for unemployment benefits.  It you are fired or lied off, you are eligible.

  • WOOF

    If the Republicans really wanted this pipeline they would not have abdicated the decision  to the president. Now all can hold up the oily guys for mo money, mo money, mo money.

    Pipelines are about eliminating jobs.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Pipelines are about eliminating jobs.

      Yeah, we should truck all the oil.  That’s more dangerous and inefficient, but it employs more people!

      We should also go back to the horse and buggy days, because the automobile has been devastating for carriage makers and horse ranchers.

    • Jfisher17

      Woof- meanwhile, back here on planet earth, WTF are you blabering about? “Pipelines are about eliminating jobs.” So, no pipeline means more jobs, and building the pipeline (which takes thousands of workers), means eliminating jobs? Idiot. 

    • Wayne

      How ridiculous.

  • Wesbutte

    Surprise, surprise,   Well, what does one expect from the American hating communist, President Zero???? 

    • awfulorv

      I’ve never heard him utter a word of hate, or vitriol, towards a Black American, have you?  Even Herman Cain was unable to raise his ire. What’s to be made of that?

      • Wesbutte

        He won’t say anything against his “people”  unless they are conservative.

      • Wayne

        You have very selective hearing.

        • awfulorv

          Other than choosing one sports team over another that is, but does that really count?

  • sbark

    Liberals thrive under scarcity………they are working on creating a crisis of fuel/ energy shortages in which they then get to form a beuracracy to allocate the resources to whom they feel “deserve them”

    ……Problem is,  the economy is so slow, thus dropping demand under the Obama Regime that they are having a hard time creating a energy shortage fast enough …….

  • ND in MD

    The route and plans for this pipeline probably have been, or will, be reviewed by appropriate agencies in every state it passes through – it NOT as if Obama is the only review auhority. As is typical for major infrastructure projects such as the pipeline, the developers will bring a conceptual route before a state regulatory agency – in ND it is typically the PSC – for approval before moving forward and developing the project. It there are objections with the route, why weren’ they voiced at this time? And, during construction, I am sure each state will observe construction of the pipeline that passes through it.

    Does anyone else find it interesting that construction of a simple pipeline can cause so much controvery with Washington demanding more and more review and delays, yet passing a so-called health care reform bill – a bill the affect each one of us – had to voted on NOW? After the final version  of Obamacare was written, why didn’t we have a year to review and discuss it before it was voted on? Each Congressman could have come back to their district, presented it to the people, received their input before their vote. (I know I am dream Pompusroy, Countywide or Lame Duck would have done this).

  • awfulorv

    Fiscal insanity, thy name is Obama…

  • WOOF

     Canadian pipelines now bring oil to Midwestern American refineries.
    Keystone will send oil to Texas and petro products to China and South America and raise your energy costs.
    Oil for the lamps of China.

    “Valero, the key customer for crude oil from Keystone XL, has explicitly detailed an export strategy to its investors. Because Valero’s Port Arthur refinery is in a Foreign Trade Zone, the company can carry out its strategy tax-free.”

    Nebraska ranchers celebrated the Obama administration’s rejection of the proposed Keystone pipeline

    • Gil

      “”Valero, the key customer for crude oil from Keystone XL, has explicitly detailed an export strategy to its investors”

      Got a link to that statement?

      • WOOF
        • Gil

          You took someone’s opinion as fact. You should read the comments made on that blog site, but remember, it’s a blog, not any kind of agency or authority.

          • http://twitter.com/ItsMeMatty Matt Velez

            Hopefully you read the PDF, not the article on the blog. The PDF has tons of resources, and one of the authors defends his points in those same comments.

    • Roy_Bean

      So, American workers drill a well, American workers build and maintain a pipeline, American workers refine the crude oil into finished products, and American workers load those products onto ships.  The sale of those finished products is what pays the wages of all those workers and somehow you seem to think that’s a bad thing.  I don’t get it.

    • Wayne

      What the hell is wrong with selling a product to a customer?  Don’t people make a living?

  • sbark

    Warren Buffett with his ownership of BN Railroad is who is going to line his pockets with this XL delay………….his railroad gets to move oil out of the Bakken to refineries.

    ……..more crony capitalism, and the enviro wacko’s just think they persuaded Obama……as always with the Left: follow the corrupt money.

  • Wesley Fargo

    Its a win win for Buffet, for the Saudis, for the Chinese who will build the pipeline due west thru the mountains, using Chinese pipe, Chinese labor and will be the primary customer from the west coast ports.  Its almost like the hot line rang and Obummer got his 3am call, and said Yes master.   Hell pipelines are built almost exclusivity with Union labor.

    The property taxes alone on that pipeline going across the country would fund hundreds of schools.

    The jobs lost in this is absolutely insane.

    Blame it on the Greenies,if you want, but for the truth; look past the tree huggers to see who is financing them.

    How convenient that O’bummer can blame this on the republicans forcing his descision, is there anything that, that man can’t blame on his opponents?  

    This project is blocked by the state dept.  why isn’t the state dept working on Iran? rather than pissing on the shoes of our best friend and neighbor Canada.

    Anyone know how to find out how much Soros has invested in PetroChina?

    • A Citizen

      “Anyone know how to find out how much Soros has invested in PetroChina?”

      Soros can’t be reached for comment right now. He’s busy using our $2billion drilling for oil in Brazil.

  • JustRuss

    This pipeline wouldn’t see a single drop of oil for 10 years anyway…

  • awfulorv

    Consider this, if we continue along old Fuzzy Heads path and allow Iran to make, and then throw those Nukes at Israel, and they, in turn , throw their’s back, we wont need any pipelines, other than a good place to hide in, until the clouds of radiation reach us. Surely our citizenry has not been dumbed down to the degree they do not know, or have forgotten about Nuclear Radiation?

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