Obama Says He Will Veto Bill Authorizing Keystone Pipeline

Keystone Pipeline Obama

A couple of weeks ago President Obama made a big show out of giving his blessing to the building of the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline project, a move meant to demonstrate that he’s not nearly the obstructionist to traditional energy production that Republicans say he is. But here’s the thing: That portion of the Keystone project, which lays entirely within the United States, didn’t need his blessing.

The part that needs the President to sign off (or, at least, needs legislation from Congress) is the part that crosses our international border with Canada. And today President Obama announced, in saying he’d veto legislation authorizing that portion of the project, that he’s going to continue his obstructionism.

(Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday said Obama would veto legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives that sought to force approval of the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline as part of a new 90-day extension of federal transportation funding.

President Barack Obama earlier this year put a hold on TransCanada’s $7 billion project, designed to bring crude oil from Canada and North Dakota to Texas refineries, because he said it needed further environmental review in Nebraska.

The House is set to vote on the transportation bill, which contains the Keystone authorization, later this week but clearly with the President already threatening a veto it would pretty much be DOA in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

But you really have to ask, why is the southern part of the pipeline ok to build but not the northern part? The Obama administration’s stated objections to the Keystone project are that it hasn’t gone through enough scrutiny to be considered safe to build yet. Has the southern part of the pipeline gone through a greater degree of scrutiny? Is building the northern portion of the pipeline somehow more dangerous?

Or is Obama just catering to a far-left, environmentalist base that hates the so-called “tar sands” oil from Alberta? Which would mean that his objection has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with politics.

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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  • Bat One

    One more nail in the Obama coffin.  By eight o’clock tonight, Mr. Romney will have promised to reverse Obama’s veto.

    • $8194357

      Fascist ass dictator wannabe for sure, huh?

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        Fundamental rule:  With Obama everything is about politics.  Absolutely everything.

  • Onslaught1066

    Keeping Americans more unemployed than the last guy.

    • Spartacus

      Correction. More than any guy including the one elected in 1976.

      • Onslaught1066

         True, but mine is a poke-in-the-eye of the basement dwelling troll everybody loves to loathe.

        • two_amber_lamps

           

          basement dwelling troll everybody loves to loathe

          Dunno which one you refer to bro’…  there’s more than a few of those floating around here….

          • Onslaught1066

             Why, this one of course:

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            Blog of Say Anything
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  • Spartacus

    He’s already worn out  the ‘not my fault’ approach. Does he really think decisions like this will get him re-elected? Miriam Webster is considering using his photo as a definition of “irresponsible”.

    • $8194357

      I hope some one makes him address this as well…

      Quote:

      Largely Ignored by MSM ‘Fast and Furious’ Scandal might be Obama’s Worst

      Posted on April 17, 2012 by Cowboy Byte
      Of all the myriad scandals of the Obama administration, there is one, largely ignored by the mainstream media, that could actually be its worst.That scandal is the operation run from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the Justice Department, known as “Fast and Furious,” through which the federal government actually encouraged and even ordered American gun shops to sell guns — against the store owners’ better judgment — to “straw” purchasers who were funneling guns to Mexican drug gangs while the ATF sat back and watched and did nothing.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    The problem is math. Liberals hate math, and to make things even more complicated for Obama…Canada is metric

    (sarc for the reading impaired libs in here)

    • Spartacus

      They hate what they can’t comprehend, more so when it involves exact sciences such as arithmetic.

  • skfred

    Warren Buffet owns controlling share of BNSF.  He is making Close to 100 million a day hauling oil.  BNSF has a major hub in Cushing OK.  Follow the money.
     

    • $8194357

      It is what it is skfred…
      Crony capitalist obstructionism but “in the name of envirmentalistic B/S…

      • fedupny

         Exactly…with Sen Ben Nelson of Nebraska. Nelson seems to own between 1.5 to 6 million dollars worth of Berkshire Hathaway shares, his largest holding. He stands to profit off this also, and voted that way against the pipeline. Nebraska is the hold up in the pipeline. I also heard that Buffett may have given funding to some of the environmentalist groups protesting the pipeline. There is a lot of quid pro quo going on with Buffett on this.

        • $8194357

          (There is a lot of quid pro quo going on )

          ALWAYS

  • Awfulorv

    It’s the second one…

  • Awfulorv

    You’ve got to say this for the damn fool, when you make a campaign contribution to him he remains loyal as hell to your viewpoints, and wants. It is a shame no one ever asked him, point blank, whether he’d be loyal to the best interests of his country, if it is his country. Also, I’m thinking He would have made a fine Black Lab, without the courage that is.

    • Bat One

      when you make a campaign contribution to him he remains loyal as hell to your viewpoints.

      Not really.  The unions put a ton of money into his 2008 campaign, and they really wanted the Keystone pipeline.  Wall Street also put a lot of money into Obama 2008, and that certainly isn’t going to happen again.

       It is a shame no one ever asked him, point blank, whether he’d be loyal to the best interests of his country, if it is his country.

      Check that.  The oath of office is specified in the Constitution.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      I wouldn’t feed that dog

  • Chad Geist

    Not that I want to give Obummer a pass on this because he is wrong but based on his stated reason for not approving it:

    “because he said it needed further environmental review in Nebraska.”

    he is saying that the Northern part is potentially more dangerous than the Southern part and that it needs more review.

    As I say, I am not giving him a pass, just pointing out that part of your point is contradicted by the information you quoted.

  • banjo kid

    Soros gets what he bought , a leader that will respond well to the pulling of the strings.

    • $8194357

      Like neck reighning a horse…

  • mikemc1970

    Let him keep blocking it, that only makes him look hypocritical in voters eyes when he OK’s part of it and not the rest. Looks like OneOK is going to build an oil pipeline up to the Bakken fields from Cushing OK. From what I’ve seen it will run along their already built LNG pipeline for most of the way. Saving the need for environmental impact studies, which they’ve already done. Looks like Warren Buffetts loss is OneOK’s gain.

    • two_amber_lamps

       Sad fact of the matter is much of his (NoBama’s) voting block is inured to logic and reason.  They sit in the unemployment line, b$%tch about gas prices and high cost of living but cannot connect the dots as to who’s the cause of their malaise.  They still blame the bu$Hitler after 3.5 years of Comrade Obama at the helm who makes edicts and executive orders DAILY that make their lives more difficult.

      I’d say “let them have cake” but their mindless decision to put that despot in office makes ALL of our lives more difficult. 

       

      • $8194357

        Yup…

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