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Barack Obama says no to the Keystone Pipeline

January 18, 2012

  The last order of business which the Congress was charged with before they adjourned was extending Barack Obama’s payroll tax cut. The House had passed a one year extension of the tax cut and sent it to the Senate where a two month extension was passed. The Senate then promptly adjourned–they did not go into recess–and forced the House to vote on the two month extension, and eventually the House agreed to this extension but not before getting a small concession.

  That concession was setting a deadline of February 21st for the president to make a decision on the Keystone Pipeline–a decision which he did not want to make before the 2012 election because he knew he could not win no matter what his decision was. This was a no-win proposition for Barack Obama; if he ruled in favor of the pipeline he would upset the environmentalists and if he ruled against the pipeline he would draw the ire of the right, so he would have rather postponed this decision until it could not hurt his chances politically.

  Today Barack Obama made that decision: Siting his concern that the deadline imposed on him by the Congress did not allow for an adequate review of the pipeline, Barack Obama killed the Keystone Pipeline and quickly blamed House Republicans for forcing him to make this decision. There are some legitimate concerns about this pipeline, specifically in Nebraska, where the pipeline would extend over a waterway which supplies eight states with drinking water. But is there more to Barack Obama’s decision?

    Suddenly Barack Obama is concerned about waiting for a review to be completed before he made a decision, when in the case of Solyndra the Obama regime fast tracked a review for political reasons? Barack Obama knew there were legitimate concerns over the solvency of Solyndra yet the regime fast tracked the review in order to create a backdrop for Joe Biden to announce Barack Obama’s “green energy initiative” and hand the now defunct company $500 million in taxpayers dollars to promote his political agenda. And by the way, Barack Obama rewrote the loan terms in order to protect a Solyndra investor who just happened to be a major donor to both he and his party. In this case he wasn’t concerned about the review process whatsoever.

  Barack Obama defended his decision on Solyndra by stating that the $500 million loan was still justified because it saved 1,000 jobs for six months, yet the Keystone Pipeline would have created 20,000 new jobs so something doesn’t quite jive here if we are to believe his explanations on both issues.

  One could say he might have learned from the Solyndra debacle and decided to wait until a review was completed before making a decision on the Keystone Pipeline, but if this was the honest answer why did Barack Obama make his decision on the pipeline a full month before the deadline if it wasn’t to ensure that the review couldn’t be completed and an alternative route for the pipeline found, thereby creating a self fulfilling prophecy?

  Barack Obama purposely ignored the concerns over the poster child for his “green energy” agenda while at the same time protecting his donors in one case, and then ensured that the concerns wouldn’t be assuaged in this case by cutting the review process short and we are supposed to believe that this wasn’t agenda driven? 

  Barack Obama wants to gain support for his “green energy initiative” and what better way to do that than by implementing policies which ensure the price of oil remains high?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Phillip Cleary permalink
    January 19, 2012 3:07 am

    One thing I have to question is, that he has given over to the Environmental Nazi’s and, left his Union brothers hanging? Could it be that he is waiting for the Unions to take over the “Right to Work” states before he gives approval?
    Check the map…..


    • January 19, 2012 10:20 pm

      An interesting thought, it is funny that he ruled against the unions on this issue.


  2. January 19, 2012 7:40 am

    Excellent post Steve. This administration’s war against the oil/energy industry is so transparent. We need to remember his statement about how electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket under a cap and trade system. This is a core belief for Obama. He needs to make things as difficult as possible for industries that produce energy from coal and oil so he can create a shortage of both to push his green energy agenda. This is about picking winners and losers and Obama wants the oil industry to be a loser. Maybe this answers the question about why he was so willing to bet on a losing horse like Solyndra.


    • January 19, 2012 10:26 pm

      Thanks John and I agree with everything you wrote. This all fits in with his stated agenda as a candidate, he admitted that his policies would make prices skyrocket and now he is doing whatever he can to ensure this is one promise he keeps.


  3. lou222 permalink
    January 19, 2012 9:00 am

    Aren’t we shipping gasoline to China? I remember reading something about that. If we are, WHY are we? Of course the plans are going along quite nicely, aren’t they? Why would they think a “concession” with Obama would be honored? Oh, right, they are the “all trusting Republicans”. I have less and less respect for Congress every day. Our country is being taken down a notch at a time, but most people are too busy watching “the game” to focus on what matters. Doesn’t that tick anyone else off? We have plenty of resources of our own that we should have to rely on foreign countries, but that is what we are made to do and it is costing us dearly. If the government ties the hands of these companies from producing our own resources, then we are forced to look elsewhere. Yes, this is the plan, I am absolutely sure of it. We are getting to the point of not being a great nation, aren’t we? I can’t think of a more corrupt administration than the one we have now. Not only are they corrupt, but they know we know and they keep throwing it in our faces. Where will be this countries “snapping point”? Guess we will find out and I think it is coming fast.


    • January 19, 2012 10:29 pm

      It bothers the hell put of me that so many people think that sports are life and death, or worry about who is going to win American Idol, and yet have no care about politics, Their priorities are mixed up and until people get serious about our government we will continue down thie path.


  4. The Georgia Yankee permalink
    January 19, 2012 11:21 am

    As I understand it, domestically produced oil is treated as if it’s on the world market; there’s no price advantage. I doubt that pipeline oil from Canada will be treated any differently.

    Work on the Keystone pipeline inside the US can still go forward. The permit for the border crossing portion was denied, but in legal terms it would be considered “without prejudice” – that is, Keystone can go ahead and re-apply. The CEO of Keystone said that’s what they’re going to do, with a potential in-service date of 2014 – not bad, considering.

    The reason for the denial of the border crossing wasn’t that it was environmentally unsound, it was that the Congress imposed an unreasonable deadline on the President’s decision. If President Obama were really out to screw Keystone or the project, he’d have waited until February 21 to make his announcement. Making it yesterday gave the company the chance to get a headstart on the new permit process.

    I also understand that the Congress is whimpering that it’s upset with the President’s decision, and it’s going to hold its breath until its face turns blue. They’re going to try to take the decision from the Executive branch and shut it entirely out of the process. That will be an interesting debate, but I doubt the GOP will be successful – after obstructing the Dem majority in the Senate all through 2011, they’re going to need some help, and I doubt they’ll find 20 Dems, in a Presidential election year, willing to poke a sharp stick in the incumbent’s eye.

    Take good care and may God bless us all!



    • January 19, 2012 10:46 pm

      It is a good point that as long as the supply is increased that the price should still go down whether or not the end product makes it to the US because the global demand will be more easily met and that would lower the prices in America as a result. But–and I admit I didn’t mention this in my original post–the pipeline would help us to get more oil from a friendly nation and would make us less dependent on oil from the Middle East.
      However, blaming the Republicans for imposing an unreasonable deadline considering that this has been studied for three years and no environmental concerns were found is a little disingenuous on behalf of the president. There has been plenty of study into this issue but Barack Obama wanted more study only because it would allow him delay a decision until after the election.


  5. bunkerville permalink
    January 19, 2012 12:01 pm

    I would say the trade happened. The Unions got the NLRB and lost the pipe. I think they got the better deal for now.


    • January 19, 2012 10:47 pm

      It certainly seems that way right now.


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