Keystone XL pipeline takes second shot at U.S. okay

May 4, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Reuters

TransCanada Corp is taking its second shot at asking Washington to approve the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline, betting that a new route through Nebraska and post-U.S. election time frame for a decision will push the project forward.

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Obama Fact on Jobs:


We found that Obama is indeed the only president to have a net job loss if you count from inauguration day until the end of the presidency.


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Obama is such a dumbarse.

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Obama blows on pipeline


The Keystone XL pipeline, the bane of radical environmentalists throughout the country, would bring oil from Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast creating jobs and stimulating local economies and industries along the way. Unfortunately, President Obama figures he needs radical environmentalists more than instead of middle class workers for his re-election orts so he's denying permits for the pipeline's construction.

Astoundingly, Leo Gerard applauded Obama's decision instead of criticizing it. Gerard's opposition to the pipeline makes no sense given how many USW members work in U.S. refineries that could manufacture gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, home heating oil, asphalt, and other essential products from the oil Keystone XL would transport.

An important way of strengthening America's refining sector so it can preserve existing jobs and create new ones would be for President Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. However, instead of committing himself to a project that would create good-paying American jobs and enhance our economic security, President Obama instead ignored a project that would create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs almost immediately as well as nearly 120,000 indirect jobs in the next few years.



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The Keystone XL pipeline, the bane of radical environmentalists throughout the country, would bring oil from Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast creating jobs and stimulating local economies and industries along the way. Unfortunately, President Obama figures he needs radical environmentalists more than middle class workers for his re-election efforts so he's denying permits for the pipeline's construction.

Faced with stiff foreign competition and costly federal regulations in the U.S., the number of American refineries is shrinking -- 66 closed in the past 20 years, leaving about 145 today. Three refineries in the Philadelphia area are in the process of closing, wiping out 2,000 jobs of refinery workers and about 20,000 indirect jobs. Even before these newest job losses, refinery closures and the recession resulted in the loss of 3,000 jobs in refineries just since 2008.

While Gerard issues press releases complaining about these refinery closures, his opposition to Keystone XL is politics at its worst.

Contrast Gerard's back-stabbing of his members with Mark Ayers, president of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. Ayers' group is an alliance of 13 national and international unions that collectively represent more than 2 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada.

"Environmental activists who are not saddled with the economic and psychological scars that accompany long-term unemployment will applaud the fact that they successfully induced the White House to block this project," Ayers said. "Meanwhile, thousands of proud Americans throughout the heartland will once again be faced with the terrifying prospect of losing their homes and their livelihoods as they struggle to find work."

Laborers' International Union of North America General President Terry O'Sullivan pulled his union out of the BlueGreen Alliance -- a coalition of unions and environmental groups -- after Obama's action blocking Keystone XL.

"We're repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women," said O'Sullivan, whose union represents more than 500,000 construction industry workers in the U.S. and Canada. "We believe in protecting the planet, but we must also care about the people on it."


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Obama Faces Defeat on Pipeline As Democrats Defect


Apr 24, 2012

While much of the political world obsesses over Twitter fights and Seamus the dog, Barack Obama has set himself up for a high-profile defeat on one of the most important issues of the campaign.

The president has put his feet in cement in opposing the proposed Keystone pipeline, which would bring newly discovered oil from Canada to refineries in Texas. In a contentious debate, Obama has sided with environmentalists, who fear an accident along a line carrying 700,000 barrels of oil into the U.S. might threaten water supplies. But on Capitol Hill, more and more Democrats are joining Republicans to force approval of the pipeline, whether or not Obama wants it.

The latest action happened last week, when the House passed a measure to move the pipeline forward. Before the vote, Obama issued a veto threat. The House approved the pipeline anyway -- by a veto-proof majority, 293-127. Sixty-nine Democrats abandoned the president to vote with Republicans. That's a lot of defections.

When the House voted on the pipeline in July of last year, 47 Democrats broke with the president. Now that it's an election year and the number is up to 69, look for Republicans to hold more pipeline votes before November. GOP leaders expect even more Democrats to join them.

Then there is the Senate. Democrats are using the filibuster to stop the pipeline, which means 60 votes are required to pass it.(Some Democrats who bitterly opposed the filibuster when Republicans used it against Obama initiatives are notably silent these days.) In a vote last month, 11 Senate Democrats stood up against Obama to vote in favor of the pipeline. Add those 11 to the Republicans' 47 votes, and the pro-pipeline forces are just a couple of votes away from breaking Majority Leader Harry Reid's filibuster.

"We're right around the corner from actually passing it," a well-informed Senate source says. "Two-hundred-ninety-three votes in the House is a gigantic number. People want this thing."


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Obama Avoids Keystone Confrontation With Lobbying of Democrats


By Kate Andersen Brower and Roger Runningen
Mar 8, 2012


President Barack Obama headed off an election-year showdown over energy policy when the Senate defeated a Republican measure that would have authorized the building of TransCanada Corp.(TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Obama lobbied wavering Senate Democrats before yesterday’s vote. He urged them to reject an amendment to legislation funding transportation projects that would have overturned his administration’s decision to deny a permit for the pipeline until an alternative route was proposed to bypass an environmentally sensitive area in Nebraska.

The measure failed to pass on a 56-42 vote. Sixty votes were required to advance the amendment.

Republicans have sought to link rising gasoline prices with the administration’s rejection of a permit for the northern section of the pipeline. Rising prices at the pump threaten to stunt the recovery by crimping consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the economy, and signs at service stations remind voters daily of higher energy costs.

As the Senate prepared to vote, Republicans criticized Obama and sought to raise money on the issue.

“By personally lobbying against the Keystone pipeline, it means the president of the United States is lobbying for sending North American energy to China and lobbying against American jobs,” House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, told reporters.


The idiot speaks:
“You and I both know there are no quick fixes to this problem,” Obama told an audience this week at a Daimler Trucks North America plant in Mount Holly, North Carolina.“As much as we’re doing to increase oil production, we’re not going to be able to just drill our way out of the problem of high gas prices.”

Obama must believe that Less Supply and Less Production will have a magical effect of reducing prices.

What a buffoon!


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Why is Obama so flowking Stupid?





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Will Obama Apologize For Killing Union Employees' Lifeline to Jobs?


Posted: 04/30/2012

It's not often that you see the Chairman of the Republican National Committee writing in the Huffington Post to express solidarity with the head of an AFL-CIO union.

But the Keystone XL pipeline is one issue we can all agree on -- that is, unless you're President Obama in an election year.

Mark Ayers, the recent past head of AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department, put it perfectly in a Huffington Post op-ed last November: "For America's skilled craft construction professional, any discussion of the Keystone XL project begins and ends with one word: JOBS."


Apparently, however, the only job President Obama thinks about when he hears "Keystone XL" is his own. Never mind the jobs it would create.(Ayers said 20,000 directly and 500,000 through a multiplier effect.) Never mind the energy is would produce.(The AFL-CIO estimates 500,000 barrels of oil a day.) No, President Obama only cares about ensuring a steady flow of cash from left-wing environmentalists into his campaign coffers.

Here's how Politico characterized the decision at the time:{Democrats} "say the politics were clear: With the exceptions of the grousing unions (who will have no choice but to support him in 2012), the party's donor base, environmental advocates down to their hybrid SUVs oppose the pipeline."

If there were any doubt that decisions in the Obama White House are cold, political calculations, the Keystone decision should erase all of it. As the head of the Laborers' International Union of North America said, it represents "politics at its worst." Ayers called it "political posturing."


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For the 99% of Americans, Keystone = JOBS


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For America's skilled craft construction professionals, any discussion of the Keystone XL project begins and ends with one word: JOBS. Today, roughly 14% of the American construction workforce is unemployed -- which is significantly higher than the overall national unemployment rate of 9%.

Throughout America's Heartland, the Keystone Pipeline represents the prospect for 20,000 immediate jobs, and as many as 500,000 indirect jobs via a strong economic multiplier effect.

Meanwhile, the opponents of Keystone are descending upon Washington, DC for another demonstration against this important job-creating initiative. The unfortunate aspect of their opposition is that they are trying to kill the Keystone project by presenting the tired old false choice of energy vs. the environment.

A comprehensive and sensible national energy policy is essential for America's economic and national security. Our growing needs for affordable energy, combined with price volatility, dependence upon politically unstable regimes that supply much of our oil and gas, and global climate change concerns have worked to place the issue of our national energy policy in the center of the public debate.


By constructing a safe, reliable method for transporting crude oil through the American Midwest, this initiative not only fulfills sound U.S. energy policy goals, but will spur employment opportunities for American workers in the construction industry, as well as many other industries.

The economic impact of oil sands development in Canada is expected to lead to the creation of more than 342,000 new U.S. jobs between 2011 and 2015 and add an estimated $34 billion to U.S. gross domestic product in 2015, according to the Canadian Energy Research Institute. It should be noted, however, this was a preliminary analysis and the actual number of jobs and GDP increase could be far greater.

The Keystone XL pipeline has now been awaiting regulatory approval for more than two and one half years since the initial application was filed in September 2008. The U.S. Department of State has held more than twenty public comment meetings and hearings along the proposed route of the pipeline, and TransCanada has held more than ninety open houses and public meetings while providing hundreds of hours of testimony and submitting thousands of pages of project information. All of these efforts have been designed to ensure that any environmental impact along the route is minimized as much as practically possible.


Obama the Job killers resistance to such important energy pipeline is baffling.



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why doesn't TransCanada just wait until Romney's in office?

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Maobama: No energy pipeline for you


In the United States, Keystone's opponents have also raised environmental concerns that center upon the Ogallala Aquifer in Nebraska. It should be noted that the Keystone project would join more than 20,000 miles of existing pipelines that cross the Ogallala Aquifer, of which more than 2,000 miles are hazardous liquid pipelines. In testimony before the Nebraska state legislature, Professor Jim Goeke, a hydrologist at the University of Nebraska, offered the following observation:

" A leak of the Keystone XL pipeline would not affect the majority of the Ogallala Aquifer...those who think that a leaking pipeline will destroy the Aquifer in Nebraska need to understand that it would be localized to an area of 10's or 100's of feet around the pipeline. When people say the whole Ogallala Aquifer is at risk, they're wrong."

Additionally, the State Department SDEIS also noted the important role the Keystone XL project would play in providing for domestic energy security now and into the future. Specifically, the project would serve a critical short and long term market opportunity to fill a crude oil gap created by a decline in supply from transitional heavy suppliers, such as Mexico and Venezuela that would otherwise have to be recouped by an accelerated dependence on an increasingly unstable and unpredictable Middle East. There can be no question that the Keystone XL pipeline project serves America's national security interests.

While all of the environmental and national security issues have been adequately debated and addressed, it is the critical economic benefits that, in our opinion, supersede all others.

The privately-financed Keystone XL pipeline project is projected to create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs in construction and manufacturing, and without one single dollar of government assistance.


No wonder Maobama is against it!




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In total, the Keystone XL pipeline project has been subjected to tremendous amounts of scrutiny through the National Environmental Policy Act, which includes review by ten federal agencies, as well as numerous state and local agency reviews. The State Department SDEIS has concluded that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would have "limited adverse environmental impact during construction and operation" and that it would significantly strengthen U.S. economic security.

But most importantly, it is America's workers who are clamoring for the expedited approval of this important project.



Stunningly, as President Obama has rightfully declared when it comes to the creation of jobs, "WE CAN'T WAIT." So why is Obama personally and single handedly stopping this crucial jobs machine?

Unbelievable!




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What drives Maobama? You'd be surprised...


Obama’s decision Wednesday is no-brainer election-year politics.

Democrats outside the West Wing and Chicago-based campaign say the politics were clear: With the exceptions of the grousing unions (who will have no choice but to support him in 2012), the party’s donor base, environmental advocates down to their hybrid SUVs oppose the pipeline.

In fact, a top Democratic fundraiser told POLITICO that the two most frequent questions he heard from wealthy would-be contributors were “about Keystone and gay marriage.”

Obama’s decision gave the greens reason to cheer.“This is a win for the climate movement,” said Betsy Taylor, a philanthropic adviser to several climate donors and foundations.

Taylor noted that hundreds of people got arrested during protests outside the White House last year on Keystone, and Obama campaign contributors also “organized in large numbers to urge denial of the Keystone” pipeline.


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Just approve it aready, but wait until November to start the work. We don't want to increase Obama's jobs numbers!!!
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why doesn't TransCanada just wait until Romney's in office?
No kidding! It's not like BIG OIL doen't always get what it wants!
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She's in the Mormon Temple praying for the end of polygamy in the US, so she can come live here like Bishop Romney's anchor baby dad.
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Just approve it aready, but wait until November to start the work. We don't want to increase Obama's jobs numbers!!!
Obama shrugs off...
+115,000; Sluggishness...

Labor Force Participation Lowest Since 1981...

43% Are Conservative on Money Issues, 13% Liberal

567,000 women have lost their jobs since Obama took office. Obama's real war on women.

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