Another clog in the pipeline

Keystone XL project faces yet another unnecessary delay

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Is it too much to ask our president to take a five-minute break from shilling his failing health care plan on the TV talk circuit to sign off on the Keystone XL pipeline?

He’s indicated – numerous times, in fact – that he’ll use his pen to “help” the American people. Well, here’s a chance to do some real good.

The Keystone Canada-to-U.S. oil pipeline is ready to go. The $5.3 billion privately funded project will create 42,000 jobs and deliver 830,000 barrels of oil a day to our Gulf Coast refineries, slashing overseas imports by 40 percent starting in 2015.

So what’s the president waiting for?

Dubious opposition that has stalled the 1,179-mile pipeline wanes every day. Last month it cleared all of the State Department’s environmental hurdles after spending five years hogtied in Obama administration red tape. And a recent poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press showed the majority of Americans favor the pipeline’s construction – including a startling 49 percent of Democrats.

Still, he keeps the country waiting.

Has he and his handful of green-energy acolytes not realized economic momentum, and plain common sense, is against them?

Fighting the pipeline won’t stop Canadians from mining their Alberta oil sands. It won’t stop them from moving that oil using other means – namely emissions-producing trucks, trains and tanker ships. It won’t stop them from selling that oil to other countries, likely to developing Asian nations. And it won’t stop those nations from burning that oil in combustion engines to fuel their industry at the expense of ours.

The only thing that further delaying Keystone will do is alienate a friendly next-door neighbor, weaken our own economy and ensure the U.S. continues to import oil from capricious and hostile regions such as the Middle East and Venezuela.

Blocking the pipeline also could send the wrong message to domestic energy markets, disrupting a nascent energy revival that has managed to occur despite the chokehold from one of the most anti-business administrations in history.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently reported that domestic crude production last year reached the highest levels in 24 years, largely because of shale fracking in North Dakota and Texas. Also, the United States is now the world leader in natural gas production, having overtaken Russia in 2012, again, largely because of fracking.

Do we really want to take a step backward now, when Russia and other less-than-democratic regions prop up their aggressive postures using energy reserves as a trump card?

Sadly, it appears President Obama – if he approves the project at all – may wait until the final day.

With the March 7 closing of the public comment period, federal agencies have 60 days to offer comments before the State Department weighs whether the project is in the national interest. Obama recently said he will make a decision on the permit within “a couple of months.”

It’s not a big deal, after all. Hey, he’s a busy guy. You know, with all the talk shows and stuff.

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deestafford
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deestafford 03/26/14 - 11:48 pm
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It's obvious as to why Obama has not made a decision...

It's obvious as to why Obama has not made a decision. He is incompetent and also wants to bring the US down a notch because he does not believe we should be great.

He does everything to lower the standard of living and the prestige of the country.

There is not one thing he has done that can be geared toward improving the US domestically or in foreign affairs.

People do not realize how bad he has been for the country and none of us will know how bad for decades to come.

RichmanA2
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RichmanA2 03/27/14 - 01:30 am
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It could be.,
Unpublished

It could be for the fear of ecological diasters, such as the current one BP is at the center of? (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-bp-whiting-crude-o...)

Haven't heard anything about it on the "news", BP is currently poisoning our water supply. But yeah, keep pushing that pipeline. Here's to enjoying a nice tall glass of toxic ooze.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/27/14 - 03:32 am
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Tell Vladimir I'll Stop It

Obama is afraid we could use the pipeline to obtain fuel for our cruise missiles. He wants a weaker military and industrial capabilities.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 03/27/14 - 04:32 am
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hmm

Well, I don't really care one way or the other about the Keystone pipeline. However, I am bemused that it has become such a conservative cause. Why? The idea is to drill for low-grade oil in Canada, ship it across America's breadbasket in some newfangled kind of pipe that some people think is just cheap and likely to leak, deliver most of it to ports in Louisiana, and ship it overseas. For some reason that no one has ever tried to explain, conservatives think that this will solve all some of our country's energy problems. As far as the 40,000 jobs, well, both sides in the controversy are using made-up figures about how many jobs the pipeline will create. Probably no where near 40,000. Well, build or don't build, but why get so excited about this project? It just isn't that big a deal.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/27/14 - 05:00 am
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Rhetor, pipe lines already

Rhetor, pipe lines already crisscrossed America's breadbasket. The express pipe line is one of the largest and was finished in 2009.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/27/14 - 05:09 am
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" The idea is to drill for
Unpublished

" The idea is to drill for low-grade oil in Canada, ship it across America's breadbasket in some newfangled kind of pipe"

Yeah.....plumbing is quite the newfangled contraption. Next thing you know they will be making moving pictures with sound.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/27/14 - 06:18 am
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Obama's dream speech-

The Erie Canal? We didn't build that!
The Panama Canal? We didn't build that!
The Trancontinental Railroad? We didn't build that!
The Interstate Highway system? We didn't build that!
we're no better than anyone else! Not even Indonesia or Kenya!
and THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY
HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR!
but we did build that!
oops... his admitting the harm to the education of black kids by democrats
was a part of my dream
and "slashing overseas imports (of oil) by 40 percent"
who benefits from O's blockage of that?
the overseas importers, of course
and while you can't easily follow the money trail
it is easy to follow the benefit trail
worst. president. ever.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/27/14 - 06:39 am
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Propaganda from the oil industry, and bull from the Chronicle

Keystone's oil is destined to be piped from Midwest refineries, where there is currently a glut of oil and is therefore discounted, and shipped to Gulf Coast refineries where it is to be exported to the Far East. Why is it impossible for the Chronicle to tell the truth? The pipeline will do NOTHING for American energy independence. It ships oil to a Free Trade Zone where it can be refined and shipped overseas, duty free. The US is nothing more than a conduit. What it will do is remove the backlog of fuel in Midwest refineries and take fuel OUT OF THE US MARKET thus increasing fuel prices up to 20¢ per gallon for gasoline and diesel fuel in the Midwest and in the farm belt causing a massive spike in the cost of food in the US. (American Thinker-about as far right wing as you can get)
"42,000 jobs"? Is the Chronicle serious? This has been debunked long ago. TransCanada's initial estimate was 20,000 jobs (13,000 direct construction jobs and 7,000 jobs among supply manufacturers). That was based on, "person years". If you worked at a job 20 years, that would be counted as 20 jobs. Tricky math. The Washington Post discovered that many of those 7,000 "person years" of the indirect supply chain jobs would be out of the US (like the $1.7 billion worth of steel that will be purchased from a Russian-owned mill in Canada). They claim it would take 2 years to build, so that's 6,500 jobs, for 2 years, and a lot of taking by eminent domain of American citizens' land by a foreign company. Money and the influence of the oil industry obviously trump any values and standards the Chronicle may claim on their editorial pages to have concerning peoples' private property rights. Oh, the hypocrisy. Of course a goodly portion of hte pipeline has already been built, and Keystone 1 only had 12 leaks its first year, so maybe it will create 42,000 jobs, for cleanup.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/27/14 - 06:52 am
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oh, bod... the more oil, the more oil

and more oil reduces costs
and the less money we send to nations that harm the world
the better the world
it isn't applied economical rocket science
it's just economics, simple
the more supply, the less cost
sorry you had to paste so much

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/27/14 - 07:17 am
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"Keystone's oil is destined
Unpublished

"Keystone's oil is destined to be piped from Midwest refineries, where there is currently a glut of oil and is therefore discounted, and shipped to Gulf Coast refineries where it is to be exported to the Far East. Why is it impossible for the Chronicle to tell the truth? "

Bod....show us where you got your credible information that the oil is to be exported to the Far East. Or did you just make it up, or parrot it?

" Is the Chronicle serious? This has been debunked long ago. "

Proof please.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/27/14 - 07:20 am
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bod, I'd suggest

you try to learn a little about the economy before you make such strong statements.

Of course trying to predict the economy is a bit like trying to grasp water with your hand, but, most "experts" agree that rising exports are good for the economy.

What exactly is it about America's energy supply that so frightens and enrages the left? This self flagellation the left seems to excel at is quite disgusting to behold.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/27/14 - 07:25 am
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Pond life

@06:09 am -

My vote for best post of the month!

You do realize that coffee exhaled through the nostrils is rather unpleasant yet simultaneously exhilarating don't you?

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/27/14 - 07:30 am
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;-)
Unpublished

;-)

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/27/14 - 08:29 am
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Burn got his info from Fox

Burn got his info from Fox news . So conservatives have to believe it and progressives have to deny it. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/01/18/six-reasons-keystone-xl-was-ba...

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/27/14 - 08:53 am
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editorial

"It’s not a big deal, after all. Hey, he’s a busy guy. You know, with all the talk shows and stuff"

You forgot to mension ALL OF the time and money spent to keep Air-Force One in the air!! This process could VERY WELL be reason enough for the pipe-line!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/27/14 - 09:00 am
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General comment

If the pipe-line is being funded by private companies, then why don't these companies build a brand new refinery in Wyoming to help these constant argueing about the environment, "Which I am also concerned about as should we all!" Our country NEEDS a new refinery and the cost WOULD MOST CERTAINLY be passed on to the consumer!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/27/14 - 09:06 am
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PL @ 6:09

"Yeah.....plumbing is quite the newfangled contraption. Next thing you know they will be making moving pictures with sound"

VERY GOOD POINT! BUT if the oil industry NEEDS A NEW refinery anyway, then why not build one in Wyoming??

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/27/14 - 09:14 am
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deestaford@ 12:48

"People do not realize how bad he has been for the country and none of us will know how bad for decades to come"

This moderate now knows, by reality and conservatives, your statement is true!!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/27/14 - 09:34 am
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Bod....'The pipeline will do

Bod....'The pipeline will do NOTHING for American energy independence."

Not true Bod. It would be available to us at market prices in case of some Middle East disruption....which becomes more likely every day of Obama's foreign policy of turning over the Middle East and North Africa to radical Islam. All non-Middle East supplies of crude contribute to our energy independence.....and JOBS. We need all the crude we can get and we need to build LOTS of new refineries.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/27/14 - 09:39 am
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Maybe they should build

Maybe they should build pipelines more like the ancient Romans with their water aqueducts and a little more substantial structures.

MadSnapper
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MadSnapper 03/27/14 - 10:00 am
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I would be willing to bet

I would be willing to bet that the President will approve the Keystone Pipeline....prior to the midterm elections.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/27/14 - 10:12 am
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Mad Snapper @ 11:00

"I would be willing to bet that the President will approve the Keystone Pipeline....prior to the midterm elections"

I wouldn't put it past him because he is very well aware of what his policies have ment to the negative side of the Democratic Party!!

carcraft
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carcraft 03/27/14 - 10:13 am
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Thank you Al Gore, ethanol

Thank you Al Gore, ethanol price has increased by $ 1.00 / gallon and is responsible for current gas price increases. Food prices have increased, gas prices increase and countless small gas engines have been ruined or damaged because Al Gore cast the deciding vote and was going to save the world. A couple of years ago Al Gore admitted it was mistake!. Gee thanks Al we get to live the rest of our lives having to put up your bull squeeze. Obama ' s garbage isn't much better, altered scientific documents from the gulf oil spill, billions wasted on green energy companies like Solendra and misleading statements about America's energy supplies. Good thing Obama stayed ignorant about the reality of the Bakken oil formation or it would have ended up a national monument like the vast coal reserves in Utah!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/27/14 - 11:28 am
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Ethanol is terrible for the

Ethanol is terrible for the environment and combustible engines. Leaves a big carbon footprint too. They need to build a pipeline from the South so we can pump oils and grease from frying foods to biodiesel conversion plants- rather than clog our arteries we can use it to become energy dependent. LOL. But I know that trend is really decreasing with more folks being health conscious and eating less fried foods. I ate fried chicken last night and it was the first fried anything I have had in months-dang it was so good.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/27/14 - 12:21 pm
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As of 3/24/14 average price

As of 3/24/14 average price for a gallon of gas is 3.549.

http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/

CNBC Report: What’s the real unemployment rate?

"A number of economists look past the "main" unemployment rate to a different figure the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls "U-6," which it defines as "total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of all civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers." Currently 12.7 %
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101398855

Forbes Magazine
"The United States grew at a rate of 3.2% in the fourth quarter 2013 and 1.9% across the full year."

During the Reagan's administration, the unemployment rate declined from 7.5% to 5.4%, and GDP growth average 7.9% with a high of 12.2% growth in 1982.

Hows that working for you Obama supporters.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/27/14 - 01:22 pm
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t3bledsoe

"Yeah.....plumbing is quite the newfangled contraption. Next thing you know they will be making moving pictures with sound"

"VERY GOOD POINT! BUT if the oil industry NEEDS A NEW refinery anyway, then why not build one in Wyoming??"

The reason the oil industry does not build a new refinery is because the EPA regulations are so restrictive as to make it impossible to do so.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 03/27/14 - 03:16 pm
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T3BLEDSOE
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The EPA hasn't allowed a refinery to be built in more than 30 years. You can see the problems getting the pipeline approved. A refinery would be an impossibility unless we get a new POTUS that's not a lib.

Darby
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Darby 03/27/14 - 04:35 pm
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Well, I see Bod has been

reading and paying homage to Huffington Post and the Daily Kos again.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 03/27/14 - 04:45 pm
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If its good for America,

If its good for America, Obama is against it !

KSL
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KSL 03/27/14 - 08:21 pm
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Darby, where is MotherJones?

Darby, where is MotherJones?

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