Democrat Senate Votes Down XL Keystone Pipeline And Thousands of American Jobs … Sen. Landrieu (D-LA) “Fail Mary” Falls Incomplete
The Harry Reid, Democrat lead Senate has shot down the vote for the passage of Bill (S.2280 ), a bill to approve the XL Keystone pipeline, 59-41. All the begging to save her Louisiana Senate seat was for naught as Se. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) failed in her efforts to get the Democrat support for the passage of the bill. It fell one vote short. All of the 41 “nay”votes against passage were Democrats or so-called Independents who caucus with Democrats. This was a political vote in a cynical attempt to help Landrieu, where Democrats had no intention of having this bill pass. The bill had been blocked by Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for coming up for a vote for years.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly failed to pass a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, rejecting a measure the House of Representatives approved last week.
The vote count was 59-41 in favor, but 60 “ayes” would have been needed to assure passage. Fourteen Democrats voted for the bill, joining all 45 Republicans who voted to support the pipeline.
Look for the GOP to bring this bill up again in the new year when they have control of the Senate following the 2014 midterm shellacking. Republicans are not done yet with this, but Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu is. It hardly makes her look influential as she could not get her party to pass the legislation. This all but seals her fate in her upcoming Louisiana Senate runoff election against Bill Cassidy. Her poll numbers were already bad, now this is a green light for voters to elect a Republican to get this passed in the newly elected US. Senate. Republican leadership have guaranteeing her opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, a seat on the energy committee. The House GOP also had him sponsor their own Keystone authorization bill, which was easily approved Friday on a 252-161 vote.
The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as Democrats chose their pro-environment base over an old friend — embattled Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The vote could just be a speedbump for the Keystone project, with Republicans ready to try again — with much better odds of success — once they take control of the Senate in January.
“This will be an early item on the agenda in the next Congress,” incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said after Tuesday night’s vote.
The Hypocrisy of the Left, the Global Warming Folks and Tom Steyer … Billionaire Hedge Fund Hypocrite Made Money from Coal
Billionaire liberal and so called climate change activist Tom Steyer, he was for coal, before he was against it.
Define hypocrisy, see Tom Steyer. As reported in the New York Times this weekend, Tom Steyer, the most influential environmentalist in American politics, who has vowed to spend $100 million this year to defeat candidates through his PAC, NextGEN Climate, who oppose policies to combat climate change in fact made his billions by, hold it, hold it … investing in coal. You just can’t make this stuff up. But then again, one does not have to when it comes to the liberal, double standard Left. Steyer has been one of the main opponents of the XL Keystone pipeline.
Talk about a complete loss of credibility. If Steyer is so strongly opposed to climate change and has basically made his fortune by increasing global warming (this is the Left’s philosophy) then why doesn’t he give all his money away?
To environmentalists across Australia, it is a baffling anachronism in an era of climate change: the construction of a 4,000-acre mine in New South Wales that will churn out carbon-laden coal for the next 30 years.
The mine’s groundbreaking, in a state forest this year, inspired a veteran to stand in front of a bulldozer and a music teacher to chain himself to a piece of excavation equipment.
But the project had an unlikely financial backer in the United States, whose infusion of cash helped set it in motion: Tom Steyer, the most influential environmentalist in American politics, who has vowed to spend $100 million this year to defeat candidates who oppose policies to combat climate change.
Mr. Steyer, a billionaire former hedge fund manager, emerged this election season as the green-minded answer to Charles G. and David H. Koch, the patrons of conservative Republican politics, after vowing that he would sell off his investments in companies that generate fossil fuels like coal.
Much, much more on the hypocrisy of the Left and Tom Steyer from Power Line, who was reporting on this story long before the NY Times decided that the news was fit to print.
Rasmussen: 61% of Americans Support the XL Keystone Pipeline as Obama Panders to Enviro-Wackos and Delays Decision Until After 2014 Midterm Elections
WHO IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH AMERICA AND PANDERS TO AN EXTREMIST MINORITY FOR POLITICAL REASONS?
A recent Rasmussen poll has support for the XL Keystone Pipeline at all time highs. Sixty-one percent of Americans now support the building of the oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, while only 27% are opposed. Also, 62% of likely voters also say that the pipeline is good for the economy. However, the anti-fossil fuel Obama would rather pander to the environmental wacko minority and continues to dither and delay the decision on the construction. Just last week Barack Obama once again delayed his decision to go forward on its construction as he pushed it back until after the 2014 midterm elections putting Democrat party politics ahead of jobs for Americans. But of course we were told that Obama’s delay had nothing to do with politics from Debbie Wasserman-Schiltz. Of course not. Also reported in the poll was that 57% of voters say the pipeline is at least somewhat important to how they will vote in the next congressional election, with 23% who say it is Very Important.Democrats better be careful in 2014, there is no way that 57% are all Republicans.
I don’t care what a majority of the American people think, you are stuck with me. I do not work for you.
Support for building the Keystone XL pipeline is now at its highest level ever.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters now at least somewhat favor building the major oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, while just 27% are opposed. This includes 37% who Strongly Favor the project and 10% who Strongly Oppose it. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Support for building the pipeline is up four points from 57% in January and now has edged above the previous high of 60% found in November 2011 when President Obama first delayed the project for further environmental study.
It is Democrats and the MSM that always claim that the GOP panders to the radical Tea Party, Americans just might want to take a look at who Obama is taking his orders from.
Oh by the way, this weeks jobless claims jump 24,000 this week to 329,000 as Obama refuses to approve a project that would automatically create jobs in the private sector with no tax paid for stimulus.
The number of Americans filing for new unemployment benefits jumped last week, a sign layoffs have increased since touching a seven-year low earlier this month.
Initial claims for jobless benefits, a measure of layoffs, rose by 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 in the week ended April 19, the Labor Department said Thursday. The weekly gain was the largest since December.
Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected 315,000 new claims last week. Claims for the prior week were revised up by 1,000 to 305,000.
Posted April 24, 2014 by Scared Monkeys
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DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Says Politics Had Nothing to do With Obama’s Delay of Keystone XL Pipeline Until After 2014 Midterm Elections
LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE …
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) was on ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday spinning like a top. DWS told David Gregory that she does not believe that Barack Obama’s decision to delay the XL Keystone pipeline had nothing to do with politics. HAH! Seriously Debbie, the fact that it is referenced that a decision will be made at the earliest after the 2014 has nothing to do with politics? Sorry, but much like everything with Obama, it has everything to do with politics. This is just another example of Barack Obama kicking the political can of issues down the road and playing partisan politics and putting Democrats ahead of Americans. We know that the Keystone XL pipline construction will create primary jobs and secondary one’s from that. But that does not matter to the Food Stamp president.
DWS discusses Keystone XL Pipeline around the 4:00 mark
DWS went on to say, “It [Keyston XL pipeline] affects multiple states. What’s also true is that incumbent senators like [Louisiana Democrat] Mary Landrieu understand the issues that are important on the ground in their states to their constituents.” Yes, they do and they do not appear to be happy.
This woman has the nerve to talk about Tea party extremists when Democrats and Barack Obama are pandering to the far-left wing environmental wackos in delaying the XL Keystone as even Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) stated, “Today’s decision by the administration amounts to nothing short of an indefinite delay of the Keystone pipeline. The decision’s irresponsible, unnecessary, and unacceptable. By making it clear that they will not move the process forward until there’s a resolution in a lawsuit in Nebraska, the administration is sending a signal that the small minority who oppose the pipeline can tie up the process in court forever.”
DAVID GREGORY: Are you worried, as the party chair, that this shouldn’t be resolved before the election because of the potential impact it could have on vulnerable Democrats?
REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: As a member of Congress who represents hundreds of thousands of people in south Florida, I want to make sure that the right decision is arrived at. And that the president makes that decision carefully and he doesn’t factor politics into his decision, which I don’t think he is.
DAVID GREGORY: Is the issue in the fall a referendum on President Obama?
REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: No, absolutely not. The–
DAVID GREGORY: It’s not?
I suppose the IRS targeting the Tea Party, blaming Benghazi on a video tape and delaying employee mandates for Obamacare were not political either.
Obama Administration Delays Once Again Final Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline … Play Politics Over Jobs for Americans
Barack Obama has made promises to Americans that jobs is his number one priority, but has done everything but …
The Obama administrations has once again kicked the can of American jobs down the road in place of playing politics. Team Obama has once again delayed the decision on the XL Keystone pipeline on Good Friday and Easter weekend. The decision now will most likely not be made until after the November midterm elections. How convenient. This is just another attempt to humor the far left and the environmental wackos to get their campaign dollars and votes. The Weekly Standard makes a valid and important point, “if the administration wanted the pipeline built, construction would have long since been underway … Witness the numerous executive fiats regarding the implementation of Obamacare.”
The Obama administration further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project on Friday, with no conclusion now likely until after the U.S. mid-term elections in November.
President Barack Obama has said he will have the final say on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada’s oil sands region to Texas refiners, and several government agencies had been given until May to weigh in. This had raised expectations of a final decision by mid-year.
But the State Department said on Friday it was extending that agency comment period, citing a need to wait until the Nebraska Supreme Court settles a dispute over what path the $5.4 billion TransCanada Corp project should take.
“That pipeline route is central to the environmental analysis for the project and if there are changes to the route it could have implications,” a senior State Department official told reporters.
Politically, it seems like a great idea, since kicking Keystone down the road — probably long past November — is better than an outright rejection for vulnerable oil-state Democrats, whose voters love the proposed project. And it keeps environmentalists at bay, boosting hopes that President Barack Obama might still swing their way.
But the non-decision decision also makes life a little harder for several groups of Democratic senators and Senate candidates fighting for their lives.
Some, like Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, have yet to take a firm stance on the Alberta-to-Texas oil pipeline — and the State Department’s announcement Friday that it’s extending its review of the project removes the possibility that Obama could resolve the issue one way or another next month.
Meanwhile, pro-Keystone Democrats like Senate energy Chairwoman Mary Landrieu will face heightened pressure to take actions to match their rhetoric.
Responded Landrieu, the newly installed chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: “Today’s decision by the Administration amounts to nothing short of an indefinite delay of the Keystone Pipeline. This decision is irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable. By making it clear that they will not move the process forward until there is a resolution in a lawsuit in Nebraska, the administration is sending a signal that the small minority who oppose the pipeline can tie up the process in court forever. There are 42,000 jobs, $20 billion in economic activity and North America’s energy security at stake.” Landrieu said she plans to use her chairmanship of the Senate Energy Committee to try and move the project forward.
WAPO-ABC News Poll: Keystone XL Pipeline Project Overwhelmingly Favored by Americans But Barack Obama Against Jobs
Once again Barack Obama finds himself on the wrong wide of the American people and refusing to approve a project that will create jobs for “We the People”.
According to a recent WAPO-ABC News poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans are in favor of supporting the contraction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States. 65% of Americans approve of the job creating pipeline project, while only 22% are opposed. An amazing 85% say that the Keystone XL oil pipeline project will create jobs; however, Obama continues to stonewall the project so to pander to his environmental wacko constituents. Republicans, Independents and Democrats are in favor of building the pipeline that will provide a significant economic benefit to the US, 82%, 65% and 51%, respectively. It is only moonbat, liberal Democrats that oppose the it.
Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying it should be approved and 22 percent opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The findings also show that the public thinks the massive project, which aims to ship 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta and the northern Great Plains to refineries on the Gulf Coast, will produce significant economic benefits. Eighty-five percent say the pipeline would create a significant number of jobs, with 62 percent saying they “strongly” believed that to be the case.
That so many Americans back the pipeline, even with environmental risks, highlights the quandary facing President Obama and his top aides as they weigh whether to approve the proposal.
Support for Keystone is highest among Republicans, with 82 percent backing it. But majorities of independents and Democrats also want it approved, at 65 and 51 percent, respectively. Only self-identified liberal Democrats lean against, 47 percent to 36 percent.
But even though Obama continually says his primary focus to to create jobs for Americans, he does just the opposite. Obama wastes tax payers money on his failed backing of green energy policy like Solyndra, Fisker Automotive, ABC123, and Solar Trust just to mention a few. All he has to do is simply saying “yes”,instead he refuses to allow a job creating project to go forward. Obama’s war on oil is more important than jobs for the American people. Instead Obama would rather see Americans on food stamps and welfare, than working jobs for evil oil.
A recent State Department assessment said the project would create 1,950 jobs for a two-year period, after which it would generate 50 permanent jobs. But most people see it as a larger economic boon, the poll shows.
Posted March 8, 2014 by Scared Monkeys
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This is what happens when you have a President that refuses to drill and refine our own resources and instead has a War on Oil.
The Clown Prince, Barack Obama, The Comedian in Chief can joke all he wants on the campaign trial about Mitt Romney and the RNC Convention being on black & white TV. I think anyone in America would take the prices of gas in those good ole days and the GDP of that era as well. However President Obama, no one is laughing at the cost of gas at the pump. Barack Obama has set another record as President, the highest gas prices on Labor Day in history.
Democrats arrived in Charlotte on Monday to an ill-timed reminder of one of the issues plaguing President Barack Obama’s reelection bid: high gasoline prices.
Prices at the pump reached a national average of $3.83 Monday, according to AAA, setting a record high for a Labor Day. The previous Labor Day record of $3.69 was set in 2008, at the height of the last presidential election fight.
President Obama Wants Higher Energy Prices … Obama wanted gas prices in the US the same as they were in Europe, $10/gal.
Video Hat Tip: Ed Driscoll
Gas prices have increased by 23 cents in the past month during the height of the summer driving season. But AAA predicts that Obama, who has faced sustained attacks from Republicans over gas prices, will get a respite in the coming weeks once refineries that shut down as a result of Hurricane Isaac reopen.
This President is just so funny. He gets up in front of his Kool-Aid, mind numb robots and asses around, cracking jokes as the American economy implodes, gas prices skyrocket and the National debt is about to hit $16,000,000,000. Yeah, a laugh riot you idiot. But of course Obama does not want to talk about the escalating gas prices, his blocking of the Keystone XL pipeline, and his war on oil. Imagine if America actually had an energy policy that really was an “all of the above” one, rather than Obama’s liberal inept and failed “green” energy agenda.
Barack Obama … Pandering and the Paying for Votes, From Obamacare to Welfare to Taxes … the Redistribution of Wealth for Votes
The Panderer in Chief, Obama’s War of Dependence …
President Barack Obama stated that if his $787 billion stimulus was passed unemployment would be kept below 8%. We all know that did not happen as the United States has experienced 41+ months of unemployment over 8%. What of the tax payers hard earned money that was allocated to failed “green” energy companies that were Obama backers? What about Obamacare that as it turns out will increase the cost of healthcare and not insure the very people that Obama intended it to. Instead, many companies will most likely take the $2000 penalty and push the employees off on the government plan and in turn creating a further dependent America. What about the fact that more people applied for disability rather than jobs created in the last couple of months? Obama has even gone so far to gut welfare reform, a bi-partisan law passed during the Clinton Administration. Why, to pander to the lazy for votes and make Americans even more generationallly dependent.
Courtesy: Vanderbilt ’12
The way that ole Obama is throwin’ around We the People’s
hard earned money to chum up votes and add great numbers
to the dependency dole, we should at least sit up and take note.
If he is rehired for another four years, we may not be able to
borrow enough from China and our great grandchildren in order
to pay for his extensive Regime, let alone take care
of America’s actual pressing issues.
So why is Barack Obama doing nothing for the economy? Why are his policies directly going against the tenants of American capitalism? Why did he block the XL Keystone pipeline that would have created 1000′s of jobs and now Democrats backpedal as China readies $15.1 billion Canadian oil deal. Thanks Barack. Instead we have a President who would rather fund raise and golf, rather than attend his own Jobs panel. Is it any wonder that Americans now blame Obama for the bad economy and not GWB.
Instead of a President who emboldened Americans to remain “exceptional”, we are presented with a President who is all about class warfare. Barack Obama, the welfare and food stamp President would rather make Americans dependent upon the government than themselves. In the end, this is what his grand master scheme is. Create a class of people that because slaves to the State and in turn buy their votes forever.
AMERICA, WAKE UP … the United States fought a War of Independence, not dependence. Whether that King is across the Atlantic or in Washington, DC … this country was founded on hard work, risk taking and determination, not dependence on government.
ON DAY ONE …
Mitt Romney has released his first Presidential campaign video ad that very much separates himself from Barack Obama. In the campaign ad there is no class warfare, no blame Bush, no continued, failed Obama policies … On Day One Romney states he would approve the XL-Keystone pipeline creating 1000′s of jobs that Obama has blocked, introduce pro-growth tax reforms that would reward job creators not punish them, and repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense health care reform.
Sounds like a much better plan of action than we are presently on. Barack Obama will never be able to defend his last four years, Romney offers a welcome and much necessary change.
THE MSM – OBAMA DOUBLE STANDARD CONTINUES, THEY ARE ALL IN ON OBAMA PROPAGANDA …
When Barack Obama became President of the United States gas prices were at a national average of $1.84 a gallon. Flash forward to present day and the national gas average is $3.89. However, what was a negative news story for George W. Bush and the increasing gas prices is not even close to the same story spewed by the liberal MSM. Go figure.
Hot Air points out the continues and obvious bias media coverage of high gas prices under President Obama and former President GWB. Isn’t amazing that under GWB the media stated that the high gas prices were going to affect him and the GOP in the 2006 midterms. Guess what, they did. However, gas prices are at all time highs for this time of the year and that same bias MSM states that Obama cannot affect the gas prices and its not his fault. It gets worse, the MSM is actually portraying high gas prices as a positive. The truth of the matter is high gas prices will affect the 2012 elections for Obama and all Democrats.
Tim Graham outlined the differences between media coverage of high gas prices under George W. Bush and gas prices under Barack Obama. Bet you can guess which president received more leniency!
This really isn’t a hard or complicated issue to understand. A wide variety of factors contribute to the price of gas. The president doesn’t have control over all of them — but he does have significant control over energy policy in the United States and energy policy is one of the factors that contributes to the price of gas …
NewsBusters has the full transcript:
TIM GRAHAM: Certainly in 2006, George W. Bush got a much harsher press. It was really kind of funny because they were saying that things were going to go really badly for Bush in the midterm elections, which of course they did. But when gas prices went down in the fall of 2006, then Katie Couric did story where she basically said, “Is this an oil industry plot to drop the gas prices before the elections?” They just assume whatever spin that they can find. Yeah. The front page of New York Times this morning? “U.S. Inches Towards Goal of Energy Independence.”