Keystone Fight Escalates in Final Phase

Mar 15, 2013 Full story: rollcall.com 14

As the totemic fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline enters its crucial, final phase, backers and detractors of the project have escalated their pressure on President Barack Obama, who has the final say but remains noncommittal.

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radiofreeamerica

Tarpon Springs, FL

#1 Mar 15, 2013
The U.S. either wants energy independence and freedom from foreign oil or not.XL is a big step in that direction.So is fracking and so is oil exploration and developement of natural gas.These wind mills and solar panel are just childs play.They dont do the job by themselves.Conservation alone is not enough.The U.S. is the big boy on the block along with the Chinese,Indians and Russians.We must keep up.

“Obama Shames the USA”

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#2 Mar 15, 2013
4 dollars for a gallon of gas is killing the poor.
Obama can eat my ass.

“JESUS WOULD IMPEACH THE GOP!!!”

Since: May 09

Lake Success, N.Y.

#3 Mar 15, 2013
radiofreeamerica wrote:
The U.S. either wants energy independence and freedom from foreign oil or not.XL is a big step in that direction.So is fracking and so is oil exploration and developement of natural gas.These wind mills and solar panel are just childs play.They dont do the job by themselves.Conservation alone is not enough.The U.S. is the big boy on the block along with the Chinese,Indians and Russians.We must keep up.
I truly wish you oil guys would look longer term. We've already proven Bio-Diesel is much cheaper, burns far cleaner than oil.

Took millions of years and fossils to create what we've been extracting and burning since the 1800's - fossil reserves are NOT renewable - when it's depleted, that's it - maybe in not yours or my lifetime, but you're gonna dump this on another generation?

Why would you do this?

Many countries have Green initiatives in place and some countries will be completely free of fossil fuel dependence by 2020.

We need both for now, but we really need to search and produce alternatives - or this planet is doomed.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#4 Mar 16, 2013
"4 dollars for a gallon of gas is killing the poor"

"The U.S. either wants energy independence and freedom from foreign oil or not.XL is a big step in that direction".

Proponents of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline often cite energy security and the desirability of Canadian over Saudi or Venezuelan crude in promoting the project. But how does the pipeline enhance American energy security if much of the product it carries is refined and then exported?

It is now clear that the Keystone XL pipeline is a pipeline through America not to America. Tar sands producers are desperate to get their product to refineries that serve international markets so that they can expand their market beyond U.S. borders, increase the price they get for their product, and maximize profits. The refiners that will help them do that are increasingly dependent on serving export markets to maximize their profits amidst a domestic market that is both striving to become more efficient while at the same time is already flooded with oil.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#5 Mar 16, 2013
When the House of Representatives voted on a transportation bill, H.R. 3408, that expands oil drilling into long-protected areas and forces construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican lawmakers proved their complete allegiance is to Big Oil. Although Republicans like House Speaker John Boehner have parroted the myth that the pipeline would “lower gas prices” and “reduce our dependence on hostile, unstable sources of energy,” their actions show that helping American families is only an empty promise.

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) offered an amendment to the bill during the Feb. 15 vote, giving the House a chance to “ensure that if the Keystone XL pipeline is built, the oil that it transports to the Gulf of Mexico and the fuels made from that oil remain in this country to benefit Americans.” But the amendment failed 173-254.

Not surprisingly, the 254 members who voted against the amendment have collected seven times more total campaign cash from oil and gas interests. The 254 members (230 Republicans) took in $37.3 million in career campaign contributions from oil and gas companies and executives.

On average, each member who voted against banning exports collected $146,808 from the oil and gas industry. This is contrasted with the $5.2 million total for the 173 in favor (9 Republicans) of the export ban – or an average of $29,951. In other words, legislators who want to export refined gasoline and diesel from oil sands received five times more oil money than the legislators who want to keep these fuels here.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#6 Mar 16, 2013
For the first time, the top export of the United States, the world's biggest gas guzzler, is — wait for it — fuel.

Measured in dollars, the nation is on pace this year to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other single export, according to U.S. Census data going back to 1990. It will also be the first year in more than 60 that America has been a net exporter of these fuels.

Gasoline supplies are being exported to the highest bidder, says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service. "It's a world market," he says.

Refining companies won't say how much they make by selling fuel overseas. But analysts say those sales are likely generating higher profits per gallon than they would have generated in the U.S. Otherwise, they wouldn't occur.

The last time the U.S. was a net exporter of fuels was 1949, when Harry Truman was president. That year, the U.S. exported 86 million barrels and imported 82 million barrels. In the first ten months of 2011, the nation exported 848 million barrels (worth $73.4 billion) and imported 750 million barrels.

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#7 Mar 16, 2013
China is going to continue to buy Canadian oil no matter what.
With the keystone Pipeline that Oil will be refined in US refineries before being sent to China creating Jobs in the USA and helping with our trade balance with China.
China is now having Oil it buys from Canada and Venezuela refined in the USA before going to china and this is a win win for all but liberals and it creates jobs here, refined Oil is easier to ship, and our refineries are cleaner then the ones in China.
Only Liberals here in the USA dont seem to understand that. I wonder if they jobs where being created in California or New York instead of Texas would Obama and co be against the Pipeline?

“JESUS WOULD IMPEACH THE GOP!!!”

Since: May 09

Lake Success, N.Y.

#8 Mar 16, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
"4 dollars for a gallon of gas is killing the poor"
"The U.S. either wants energy independence and freedom from foreign oil or not.XL is a big step in that direction".
Proponents of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline often cite energy security and the desirability of Canadian over Saudi or Venezuelan crude in promoting the project. But how does the pipeline enhance American energy security if much of the product it carries is refined and then exported?
It is now clear that the Keystone XL pipeline is a pipeline through America not to America. Tar sands producers are desperate to get their product to refineries that serve international markets so that they can expand their market beyond U.S. borders, increase the price they get for their product, and maximize profits. The refiners that will help them do that are increasingly dependent on serving export markets to maximize their profits amidst a domestic market that is both striving to become more efficient while at the same time is already flooded with oil.
Does not exemption from tarriffs also make this venture lucrative strictly for Canada?
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#9 Mar 16, 2013
TonyT1961 wrote:
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Does not exemption from tarriffs also make this venture lucrative strictly for Canada?
I wouldn't put any money on that, the Canadian oil companies are in the pockets of Canadian politicians as well.

However, they would benefit far greater than the U.S. government or anyone else not related to the operation.

Since: Feb 07

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#10 Mar 16, 2013
A ghost of Soylendra2 is out making news.
radiofreeamerica

Tarpon Springs, FL

#11 Mar 16, 2013
TonyT1961 wrote:
<quoted text>
I truly wish you oil guys would look longer term. We've already proven Bio-Diesel is much cheaper, burns far cleaner than oil.
Took millions of years and fossils to create what we've been extracting and burning since the 1800's - fossil reserves are NOT renewable - when it's depleted, that's it - maybe in not yours or my lifetime, but you're gonna dump this on another generation?
Why would you do this?
Many countries have Green initiatives in place and some countries will be completely free of fossil fuel dependence by 2020.
We need both for now, but we really need to search and produce alternatives - or this planet is doomed.
OK I*m ready.When are you going to produce and distribute this Bio-Diesel for us?BTW can you say-S-O-L-Y-N-D-R-A?

Since: Feb 09

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#12 Mar 16, 2013
LOOK at how well Obama is doing for the economy
Of the top ten female Billionaires 8 are Chinese
http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/30/weal...
and for the first time in History the USA did not produce the most billionaires The USa prodiced 27 while china produced 29.
If liberals keep getting their way Our children will not work for Wall street , they will work for Beijing . Why liberals want the USA economy to fall is beyond me.

“Obama Shames the USA”

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#13 Mar 17, 2013
Obama is a blight on the poor with 4 dollars per gallon gas prices. Yet his rich friends on Wall Street get richer with stock market highs.
He stinks like shit,
Independent

Rushville, IN

#14 Mar 18, 2013
Obama loves oil, he's getting filthy rich off it, oh he acts like he is for alternative energy, but in reality all this green BS has been complete failures, these freakin idiots believe that he is sincere, he's a F 'in Politician, they all lie, Bush was a oilman and Obamas not, LMAO!

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