Bill Clinton Says Embrace the Keystone XL pipeline … Provides Cover for Democrats to Cave on Issue

 

Bill Clinton to the rescue of Obama’s uber-liberal environmental agenda …

This can’t be good for Barack Obama’s decision to nix the Keystone XL pipeline, former President Bill Clinton says, “embrace it”.  Clinton was speaking at an Energy Department conference in Maryland and stated that he was surprised the project has gotten as gummed up as it has, laying the blame on pipeline builder TransCanada. Nice try Slick Willie, it would appear that Clinton has got half of the problem correct.  However, I have to agree with Hot Air’s alternative headline, “Bill Clinton helpfully offers talking point to Democrats for eventual cave on Keystone.”

Watch VIDEO here.

“One of the most amazing things to me about this Keystone pipeline deal is that they ever filed that route in the first place since they could’ve gone around the Nebraska Sandhills and avoided most of the dangers, no matter how imagined, to the Ogallala [aquifer] with a different route, which I presume we’ll get now, because the extra cost of running is infinitesimal compared to the revenue that will be generated over a long period of time,” he said.

“So, I think we should embrace it and develop a stakeholder-driven system of high standards for doing the work,” Clinton added.

Really? Does any one really think that this was the reason why the Keystone XL oil pipeline? Hardly, it is Obama’s decision to pander to the environmentalist wackos of the Democrat party and chose Saudi oil over Canada. Obama did this, rather than side with the American people to create jobs and help reduce the price of oil.

Now that the price of gasoline has become a political issue for the 2012 Presidential election and once again Barack Obama is on the wrong side of the issue against ‘We the People”, The One needs cover and talking points to reverse his decision and cave on the issue. Enter William Jefferson Clinton.



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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “Bill Clinton Says Embrace the Keystone XL pipeline … Provides Cover for Democrats to Cave on Issue”

    1. Hallon on March 1st, 2012 10:52 am

      “Obama did this, rather than side with the American people to create jobs and help reduce the price of oil.”

      On Memeorandum, your side story about what 1990s icon Bill Clinton thinks about stuff is grouped under today’s Bloomberg story that the Keystone pipleline would actually increase domestic gas prices not reduce them.

      The fantasy fiction story where US oil companies were ever going to sell to the US directly at a discount instead of making a larger profit selling on the open market has, still, not yet been explained by anyone.

      Likewise, if there’s someone who thinks gold is really cheap in South Africa where most of it is pulled out of the ground, they’re yet to explain this strange notion to the rest of us, and/or exist.

    2. A Texas Grandfather on March 1st, 2012 11:55 am

      I supose that we will have to give Mr. Clinton a new title “shadow President” or “The fixer”.

      This zero character that is presently occupying the oval office is way above his pay grade. So much for on the job training.

    3. Public Enemy on March 1st, 2012 2:05 pm

      Does anyone really think this oil is headed to refineries that are already over tasked (according to Oil company sources during the last spike in gas prises) H*ll no, Why deliver it to a tanker port if it’s for US consuption? Are Canadians so backward they cat’t refine there own oil? The same companies that claim (when convenient) that the EPA is restricting new refineries have been shutting down old ones to keep the gas supply limited. In the 1980s and 1990s, there was a surplus of refining capacity. Then, over the course of two decades, half of the plants shut down. In 2001, Oregon senator Ron Wyden presented to Congress a report arguing that these closings were calculated choices intended to increase oil company profits. Fewer refineries means less product in circulation, which means a lower supply-to-demand ratio and more profit. Wyden’s report cites internal memos from the oil industry implying that this reduction was a deliberate attempt to curtail profit losses.
      I say if oil is taken from Federal Land it should go in the federal strategic reserve and be sold when the speculators need to be “corrected”. First term of Obama’s he got Obamacare, Second term, the oil companies. That’s why they are tring to maximise profits now. That Canadain oil is going right to the world market and will cost US buyes what the world price is at the time. About jobs, check out how many people it takes to run the Alaskian pipeline, less than 900 is all. What if I’m on the route and I don’t want in on my property? Will you Neocon support property righrs or is the the Golden Rule (he who has the most rules) Quit shilling for the oil companies!

    4. Babybear on March 1st, 2012 3:27 pm

      Bill Clinton will embrace anything. Just ask Monica Lewinsky. In this case though, he’s right It is absolutely disgraceful that we have had no progress toward being energy independent despite our supply being constantly threatened by a bunch of barbarians who happen to be sitting on oil. And they control the wells, which we in the west developed with our money. I remember in the 70s when we had gas rationing. We could only buy gas on days specified according to our license plate numbers. No progress toward self-sufficiency has been made since that time. This pipeline must be built and our Western oil supplies tapped. Also, the Gulf wells are only producing 30% of what they did before the spill, which, by the way has not caused the predicted catastrophe. IMO this is more of our Muslim, foreign-born, British subject president’s plan to bankrupt the country and establish the longed-for Islamic Grand Caliphate world-wide. He has damaged this country in ways from which it likely will never recover. He must be voted out of office if we are to survive as a country.
      Much of the price of a gallon of gas is taken in the form of taxes, Federal and State. If this were reduced it would go a long way toward lowering the price at the pump. But wait. That’s only if the greedy Obama government will let go of the money they get and waste on things like a mosque in Cairo and bombing countries which are not Muslim enough to his liking.

    5. Dolf on March 2nd, 2012 4:11 am

      IMO this is more of our Muslim, foreign-born, British subject president’s plan to bankrupt the country and establish the longed-for Islamic Grand Caliphate world-wide. He has damaged this country in ways from which it likely will never recover. He must be voted out of office if we are to survive as a country.
      Much of the price of a gallon of gas is taken in the form of taxes, Federal and State.

      Now he is a British subject?
      and how much did the taxes increase?
      or was it a price increase beyond his control?
      Cause the US president doesn’t control the global oil price.

    6. Babybear on March 2nd, 2012 10:00 am

      Anyone who has followed the trail of Obama’s questionable place of birth knows that if he were born in Kenya in 1961, (Which I believe along with millions of others) And since Kenya, being a British protectorate,at the time, conferred British nationality on those born there. Obama, IMO, was born with dual citizenship which is not legal in this country, and certainly disqualifies him for the office of president.

      No where in my post did I say that gas taxes have risen during Obama’s reign. (As in Monarch.) The exhorbitant taxes on gasoline were instituted during the Second World War and never removed.
      Do you have a reading comprehension problem?

      The price of oil at the well head in the Middle East is determined by how much the Saudis and others think the market will bear. Other oil producers follow suit. Because they know that Obama will do nothing, such as reduce the taxes on gasoline, they know they are free to raise the price as much as they wish with no repercusions whatsoever. If our Gulf oil wells were not reduced to 30% output and if the US government would sell leases for oil drilling on Federal lands, in addition to the Canadian pipeline, the price would immediately fall. Instead, we give billions to Brazil to develope off shore drilling while our own gulf is off limits. Perhaps this makes sense to you, not to me, however.

      Here’s something else you likely didn’t know. The largest landholder in the US is the US Government. This severely limits oil exploration and developement because of the near impossibility of leasing government land for oil exploration.

      You may defend this usurper if you wish, but if he is not removed from office it will become apparent even to you and your ilk that this country will be destroyed by this Muslim, foreign-born, British subject.

    7. Dolf on March 3rd, 2012 7:46 am

      “Do you have a reading comprehension problem?”

      No, do you, because I asked a question.
      Was there a tax increase?

      and the price would not immediatly fall.
      What do you think…a lease is granted and the next day the oil is flowing??

      and what can Obama do? Declare war?
      Demand a price decrease?

      Lower your prices or else……

      and isn’t uit the govs responsibility to protect the land from big coorperations who don’t give a damn about it.
      Otherwise in some time..no oil and no nature

    8. Florian Schach Engage America on March 15th, 2012 1:02 pm

      Embracing the Keystone Pipeline will be helpful for everyone. This project can be used to our economic advantage and should be looked at as an opportunity rather than just a threat. While it is true there is some controversy, this is an infrastructure project just like those that we put forth in the American Jobs Act.( http://eng.am/xSKXzv) So the kind of support that we were rallying for so staunchly behind what would have been 1.7Milllion non-permanent jobs we could maybe show for the 20,000 direct jobs that this could create. The other way to look at a project like this is that this is a way to bridge from our currently existing technology and labor to creating our future one.

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