Obama Administration Rejecting Keystone Pipeline

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The Washington Post is reporting that the Obama Administration will be announcing it’s rejection of the Keystone pipeline today.

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.

This is a move sure to please many environmentalists, while irking (a big chunk of) labor, our two Senators, and our Governor.  It’s going to be very interesting to see all the reactions over the next 24 hours.

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It's really too bad that organized labor has bought fully into the argument that environmentalists cost jobs. There should be plenty of jobs for projects that do little or no harm the environment (rebuilding bridges, sewers, airports, schools, etc.). But the Republicans are blocking these while pushing the most damaging ones.

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Great points Turner. Good to see that, at least for now, President Obama is on the right side of history regarding the Keystone XL pipeline and dirty tar sands oil. Here's some more general information on the issue.
http://www.foe.org/projects/climate-and-energy/ta
http://www.sierraclub.org/dirtyfuels/tar-sands/

Interactive map of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project: http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/01/transc

TransCanada Inspector: Keystone XL Pipeline Not Safe http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/271-38/92

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

The 150000 bbls of oil coming from the Bakken and Cushing is not "dirty tar sands. http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?storyid={…

Matthew Koehler
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Matthew Koehler

Hello: Sorry, I wasn't "logged" out of my wordpress account. The "Admin" comment above is from me.

Ingemar Johansson
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Ingemar Johansson

test

Ingemar Johansson
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Ingemar Johansson

I can see the ads coming down the pipe.

Tester, standing nest to the Bamster grinning ear to ear.

The Polish Wolf
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The Polish Wolf

I think this decision makes those inevitable ads less useful, Mr. Johansson. Much to the annoyance of liberals in this state, Tester has generally stuck to his guns and voted with the majority of Montanans against the president a large part of the time. when Jon has a long list of things he has vocally disagreed with the president about, Montanans are more likely to look past party affiliation and look instead at the decision they have between two wildly unequal candidates.

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Matthew, where do you get your info: "Tester has generally stuck to his guns and voted with the majority of Montanans against the president a large part of the time." http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/membe… Voting 89% of the time with the Dem party, and by extension with Obama, is a very large number.

Ingemar Johansson
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Ingemar Johansson

Obongo had a 39% MT approval rating before this, what do you think it's at now?

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Also, Matthew, for Tester being pro XL pipeline as a vast majority of Montanans are and seeing Obama give those Montanans the finger doesn't exactly point to Tester being effective.

Matthew Koehler
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Matthew Koehler

Hello Craig: Unless "The Polish Wolf's" real name is also Matthew (which it very well could be) could you please stop addressing your questions to Matthew, because you're confusing me. Thanks!

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

MK, PW reveals his name in his email address posted at ID.

ThePolishWolf
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ThePolishWolf

"PW reveals his name"

You make me sound like a spy! I haven't been truly anonymous for some time now – I continue to use the pen name for greater continuity, not to protect my identity. And to avoid being confused with Mr. Koehler.

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

I don't see anything here but strategic retreat. Sorry to rain on the parade, but he did not hammer any nails. He merely closed public viewing. This corpse is far from being buried,

The Polish Wolf
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The Polish Wolf

The oil is there. There is a market for it. The most anyone can do is delay its development; the only way to nail the coffin is to remove the market for oil. Ceasing driving will have more of an effect on the tar sands than voting a particular way.. .though not voting is probably less helpful than either.

I am glad to know you're sticking to your guns, though. Facts be damned, Obama is exactly like Bush!

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

I am aware of the facts and understand your ideas. You're not a fool. But i point out that if we use government to change the rules the facts change, and they adapt. We already have pipelines serving domestic needs, and this pipeline is a territorial intrusion for the sole purpose of exporting Canadian oil to non-American markets. We don't need to do that and can change the rules. Why not do it? They'll adapt. Markets do not rule. We,v via our government, do.

ThePolishWolf
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"and this pipeline is a territorial intrusion for the sole purpose of exporting Canadian oil to non-American markets. "

From a purely diplomatic perspective, there is no justification for refusing the pipeline on these grounds. Just ask Russia (or Ukraine, for the other side of the story) – being a country of transit for fossil fuels puts one in a position of great economic and geopolitical leverage.

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

There is evidence out forth that They have greatly overstated the benefits of this project in terms of employment, and neglected to mention jobs that would disappear as a result of the pipeline.

If there is no other reason to do this than to be diplomatic, then your argument is weak. Russia and the Ukraine were not known for Democratic procedures in place to allow for debate of such projects.

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I don't support the pipeline; however, I think from the perspective of diplomacy and geopolitics, it seem an obvious choice. The problem is that it would open up a great deal of disastrously inefficient oil deposits to exploitation. Where that not the case, it wouldn't bother me that it was going to be owned by 'foreigners'.

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Matthew, why don't you support the project like the National Construction Alliance: http://www.transcanada.com/docs/Key_Projects/nati

Matthew Koehler
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Matthew Koehler

Yes, we must make America economically strong…just like the Ukraine!….Seriously, WTF? The following is a snip from the report, "Exporting Energy Security: Keystone XL Exposed," available for download here: http://priceofoil.org/2011/08/31/report-exporting… “In pushing for the Obama Administration’s approval of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the North American oil industry and its political patrons argue that the pipeline is necessary for American energy security and its construction will help wean America of dependence on Mideast oil. But a closer look at the new realities of the global oil market and at the companies who will profit from the pipeline reveals… Read more »

The Polish Wolf
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The Polish Wolf

I guess I should know better than to reference Eastern European politics without any background. Russia essentially has their hands around the throat of the rest of Europe because they control all the pipelines from Central Asia. Ukraine benefits from their own pipelines to the west because they can simply divert gas bound for Western Europe into their own stockpiles if Russia tries to cut them off. Nonetheless, it is the Russians who have the upper hand, and I don't think many would argue that Russia is not an economically powerful country. A situation where we control the pipeline ,… Read more »

Ingemar Johansson
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Ingemar Johansson

Actually the Trans Canadian Pipeline company has a fall back position.

With all the easements in place including those thru the sensitive areas of Nebraska they can still build it from Baker MT to the Texas Gulf. Filling it of course with Bakken oil.

Then when this enemy of progress loses his a$$ next fall the new adm. will finish the job of preparing to cross the international boundary.

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Mark, has obviously got his facts quite wrong. As I posted above with a link, the pipeline would also have carried up to 150000 bbls. a day of US produced oil to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas.

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

Does that pipeline not already exist

There is evidence put forth that hey have vastly overstated the benefits of this project in terms of employment in the letter down below. Was that GAO?

Craig Moroe
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Craig Moroe

Mark, the XL pipeline to carry the Bakken oil does not exist. IF it did we wouldn't be having this conversation. 😉

The current plan is to use rail cars.

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

I am talking about the building of a pipeline to carry Canadian tar crude to a port in Texas for export. They first tried to export it via BC, but they have some form of terrorist governance p ther, democracy or some such thing.. A pipeline into the Midwest alrwdy exists for other purposes. The new pipeline is being touted and confused with existing infrastructure, which would have been shut down and is now being reincorporated into the sales pitch. To sell the pipeline hey are lying about jobs and benefits. Once approved, those jobs and benefits will vanish. Learn… Read more »

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Here's an interesting letter signed by several Democratic lawmakers: http://www.transcanada.com/docs/Key_Projects/demo… President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 We write today to express our support that a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project is in America's national interest. This is based on the fact that the Keystone XL Pipeline will inject $20 billion of private sector investment into the American economy, create 20,000 direct jobs, spur the creation of 118,000 spin-off jobs, payout $5 billion in taxes to local counties over the project's lifetime, bolster America's energy security and strengthen our national security.… Read more »

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