Barack Obama Lobbying Democrats to Reject GOP Amendment for Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline (Dems in Senate Vote Down Bill)

 

So much for President Barack Obama’s so-called all of the above approach to energy. Obama nixed the XL Keystone Oil pipeline and all of the jobs that would be created from his project, now “The One” is looking to lobby Democrats to reject the GOP amendment that would build it. Obama actually had the audacity to accused Republicans of playing politics with the issue. Actually Mr. President, playing politics would be pandering to the LEFT-wing enviro’s rather than crate jobs for Americans.

President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.

The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices.

The amendment, proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), states that Obama would have no role in such cross-border permitting decisions since, in this case, the pipeline would originate in Canada.

Right Wing News reminds us that Obama’s “all the above” approach rally is just about tax subsidies and credits for “green” and alternative energy. Great Barack, but how do we get to an alternative energy solution? I would think that some one so smart as Obama would understand that to get from point A to point C, one has to go to B first. Unless one just hates fossil fuels and will do anything to destroy it. But of course Obama is not playing politics or have any agenda here.

Meanwhile, he announced he’s pushing for $1 billion in tax credits and grants for alternative energy cars and trucks, as he said in that same speech in North Carolina at a Daimler truck plant, because “We can’t just keep on relying on the old ways of doing business. We can’t just rely on fossil fuels from the last century. We’ve got to continually develop new sources of energy.”

UPDATE I: Democrats reject amendment in US Senate that would have started construction of XL Keystone pipeline 56-42. The bill needed 60 votes to pass. All who voted nay were Democrats or Independents who caucus with Donkeys. Eleven Democrats crossed party lines in a bipartisan effort to pass the bill that would have created thousand’s of jobs. However, Obama’s direct lobbying against the measure was too much in the end for partisan Dems to follow the party line no matter how high gas prices are.

Despite Obama’s efforts, 11 Democrats brushed off Obama on the vote and sided with Republicans.

The 11 Democratic defections were Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Bob Casey (Pa.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Jim Webb (Va.).



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    10 Responses to “Barack Obama Lobbying Democrats to Reject GOP Amendment for Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline (Dems in Senate Vote Down Bill)”

    1. Public Enemy on March 8th, 2012 2:42 pm

      I would think that some one so smart as Obama would understand that to get from point A(foreign country)to point C(cash), one has to go to B (British Columbia)first. Yea, He understands.
      How about the Canucks take some Nuke waste in exchange. It’s safe too. The goverment says so.
      A hazardous material swap would create even more jobs. Tack that on the HIGHWAY bill. It’s not about oil company profits! It’s jobs, jobs, jobs

    2. Public Enemy on March 8th, 2012 3:12 pm

      Pipeline supporters and their allies in Congress are trying to capitalize on rising gas prices by claiming the pipeline would lower prices at the pump. That is patently false.

      The company behind Keystone XL, TransCanada, has admitted the pipeline would increase the price Americans pay for Canadian oil by up to $4 billion a year. It’s no wonder oil companies want to build it.

      In 2009, TransCanada told the Canadian government that Keystone XL is meant to relieve the oversupply of oil in the Midwest. By diverting oil to ports in the Foreign Trade Zone in the Gulf of Mexico, the pipeline would cause oil prices to rise in the Midwest, which will likely mean consumers will pay more at the pump for their gasoline.

      In other words, in addition to all the other forces driving up gas prices — tensions with Iran, supply disruptions in Libya and Sudan, a tripling of cars in China in the last five years — Republican lawmakers support a project that could increase gas prices even further for millions of Americans

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frances-beinecke/congress-keystone-xl_b_1326537.html
      __________________
      SM; Guess what would drive the price down … the news that millions of new barrels of oil would be on the world market. But Obama wants to take even longer and pander the the eco-nuts. Because 3 year study was not enough. Too bad Obama was not so cautious with tax payers $’s when he pissed away $787 billion with his shovel ready stimulus bill.HMM?

    3. Babybear on March 8th, 2012 8:49 pm

      Just more of Hussein Obama’s plan to bankrupt and destroy the US. He gives unbelievable amounts of taxpayer money to these “Alternative energy” scams (Some of which comes back to him in the form of political donations.) If the American people re-elect this foreign born Marxist Muslim, then I guess we deserve whatever else he does to obliterate our country as we know it.

    4. dawg1948 on March 9th, 2012 2:03 am

      Obummer as a lame duck President is scary as hell. VOTE THE BUM OUT!!!

    5. super dave on March 9th, 2012 8:22 am

      democrats have the brain of a worm, except smaller.

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    7. Public Enemy on March 9th, 2012 12:56 pm

      ” Guess what would drive the price down … the news that millions of new barrels of oil would be on the world market” Bull Sh8T, The oil producing contries would simply reduce output to keep oil at the price they want, simply, we pump more, they pump less, price stays the same.
      Next, claim the bad ole EPA is too strick on new refineries. Don’t even go there, the oil companies have been closing refineris for decades and oil production is at it’s highest since 1949.
      Drill baby drill or the bad ole EPA don’t matter at the pump
      ________________
      SM: Please do not say that Obama is responsible for the increase in drilling … that would be one of those GWB inherited things.

      Yes, the EPA is a joke. Are certain regulations needed, yes. The EPA is just an arm of Obama and his anti-oil agenda.

    8. Dolf on March 10th, 2012 3:48 am

      @2 Red: “the news that millions of new barrels of oil would be on the world market.”

      Isn’t the pipeline about transport?
      it doesn’t create oil.

      But, yes build, a whole lot safer then road/water transport.

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