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Keystone XL Pipeline Delayed Indefinitely by Obama, Says Congress’s Deadline Was “Rushed & Arbitrary”

Posted By on January 18, 2012

 

High gasoline prices, rising food costs, and a stagnant (or sinking, depending on where you live) economy got you down?

Get used to it, America.

Current Occupier of the Oval Office Barack Obama has decided, a month before the decision deadline, to reject the Keystone Pipeline, opting instead to force expensive green technology cars and $100-a-barrel oil from Saudi Arabia upon us.

Few ever thought for a nanosecond that President Zero would approve it.

As one reader at Gateway Pundit pointed out, “3 years of study isn’t enough for a critical oil pipeline, but the government takeover of healthcare had to happen NOW! with the actual implementation years in the future.” Another remarked, “Balderdash. We already have about 625,000 miles of pipeline now, transporting natural gas, jet fuel, crude oil, with no problems. Now we need to build an additional line to transport oil from Canada and this putz won’t “allow” it. I still say PUSH BACK. This is just to keep his base happy and to continue on his path to destroy America. A pox on all their houses.”

Amen, brothers and sisters…

From Doug Powers @ Michelle Malkin, Obama Admin. Rejects Keystone Pipeline; TransCanada Can Reapply After Finding Alternate Route:

Hot off the wire from the Washington Post:

The Obama administration will announce this afternoon it is rejecting a Canadian firm’s application for a permit to build and operate a massive oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, according to sources who have been briefed on the matter.

However the administration will allow TransCanada to reapply after it develops an alternate route through the sensitive habitat of Nebraska’s Sandhills. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will make the announcement, which comes in response to a congressionally-mandated deadline of Feb. 21 for action on the proposed Keystone pipeline.

In other words, the Obama State Department is allowing TransCanada to reapply after they find a route for the pipeline that avoids the delicate habitat where the endangered 2012 election lives.

Oh well, extending unemployment will create more jobs anyway according to the White House.

At this point, the “alternate route” for the Keystone project’s oil appears to lead to China.

From Christian Science Monitor, Obama puts Keystone pipeline on hold, decries ‘rushed and arbitrary’ deadline:

President Obama announced Wednesday he is putting the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline expansion project on hold, saying a decision can’t be made by the February deadline imposed by Congress. While environmental groups cheered the news, the setback is temporary and the pipeline operator says it will resubmit plans to have the pipeline running in 2014.

The decision to deny the company its permit, issued through the US State Department, is considered a political risk by the president with Republican leaders saying that preventing the pipeline – proposed to be the largest of its kind in North American – is harmful to the national interest by limiting energy security and preventing job creation.

The Obama administration was first expected to rule on the permit, sought by operator TransCanada of Alberta, Canada, by late December. However, the administration sought a one-year extension, saying a more thorough environmental assessment was needed, including further exploration of alternate routes.

From Hot Air, Breaking: Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline:

Big deal or just a paperwork shuffle? The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin breaks the news that the Obama administration will reject the application for the Keystone XL pipeline — but with a caveat:

The Obama administration will announce this afternoon it is rejecting a Canadian firm’s application for a permit to build and operate a massive oil pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, according to sources who have been briefed on the matter.

However the administration will allow TransCanada to reapply after it develops an alternate route through the sensitive habitat of Nebraska’s Sandhills.

There had already been talk of adjusting the pipeline route to satisfy some concerns over the risk being taken with aquifers in Nebraska. The permit application would have had to be amended in order to make those adjustments. Did that require a rejection from the State Department? Probably not, although it’s unclear whether the law would have allowed for a change in the current application. Perhaps some EPA-experienced attorneys could address that point.

From Gateway Pundit, Disgusting… White House Claims Keystone Pipeline Decision Was Made For the Kids:

These people are shameless.

We all know the decision today by the Obama White House to destroy tens of thousands of American jobs and ship American energy security to the Chinese was nothing but pure politics.

But, today White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, claimed the Keystone decision was made for the children.

From Outside the Beltway, Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline:

This decision is not the end of the matter by any means. You can expect the House Republicans to try to make this an issue again in the upcoming negotiations over the permanent extension of the Payroll Tax cut as well as by other means. The Republican candidates for President will, no doubt, be united in their opposition to the President’s decision, and this is going to be an issue in the upcoming Presidential race. In reality, nearly all of the concerns that the State Department and pipeline opponents have voiced to this project can be easily addressed, including the question of whether the route of the pipeline itself poses a threat to underground aquifers. There’s no rational reason not to approve it, and I’ve to think that the Canadians are looking at this and just shaking their head in confusion over how stupid we Americans could possibly be to allow something so simple to get caught up in the idiotic world of partisan politics.

My prediction? Regardless of who is elected President in November, this project will be approved sooner rather than later.

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