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.”
Another White House Document Dump Shows the Obama White House Was “All Hands on Deck” in Reaction to Solyndra’s Imminent Collapse
How come President Barack Obama does not take the same credit for his involvement in Solyndra as he falsely tries to now do for the Keystone XL Pipeline?
The Barack Obama Administration gave millions to Solyndra in wasted tax payer stimulus money and touted it as their “shining green energy company on the hill”. Now Obama and his minions cannot run fast enough away from the bankrupt solar energy panel. Just a couple of days ago, Obama said that Solyndra “was not our program per se.” Obama actually blamed Congress for its failure. Dear Mr. President, you can run but you cannot hide. This scandal is going to follow you to election day. Barack Obama can not run from the truth even if they attempt to continue Friday night document dumps when they think no one is looking.
Obama & WH minions, all hands on deck, per se …
The latest document dump as reported by The Hill shows that the Obama White House was all-hands-on-deck as the Solyndra collapse neared. Obama and his minions knew how deep they were in the Solyndra mess and also knew this was a political mess for Obama.
Several key White House offices were involved with the Obama administration’s messaging plans and other preparations as the collapse of the taxpayer-backed solar company Solyndra was imminent, newly released documents show.
The latest White House documents delivered to House Republicans on Friday again highlight the extent to which senior administration officials braced for the fallout as Solyndra – a company President Obama had personally visited – was about to go under.
A White House memo that noted the danger of “imminent bankruptcy” at the end of August 2011 says, “OMB, DPC and NEC have been working with press and OLA to be prepared for this news to break.”
Just curious, why would the Obama White House be so concerned and be in panic mode about Solyndra going belly up if as Doug Powers opines at Michelle Malkin.com, “the bad news from a program that wasn’t theirs… per se.” Touché!!! The PJ Tatler asks the same question that has become obvious to all, “Why Was His Administration in Fire Drill Mode as it Collapsed? Instead, Obama shamefully blamed Congress for Solyndra’s failure and tried to distance himself from his hand picked green company. Listen HERE to Obama’s unbelievable comments that where The “Lying” King told Marketplace that “this was not our program.”
It is obvious that Solyndra was nothing about job creation, it was politics that dominated Obama’s green energy program, not job creation. The voters might want to remember in November.
Gallup Poll Shows Once Again Obama on Wrong Side of the Issue With Americans … 57% in Favor of Keystone XL Pipeline … Obama Suddenly for Pipeline Construction
The “Lying” King … Obama was for the Keystone XL pipeline, before he was against it.
The Green President is suddenly for the building of an oil pipeline as high gas prices become a major concern for Obama in 2012. Just curious, how can Obama state that he is expediting a project by rejecting it? As stated at the Heritage Foundation, “If the president were concerned with the country’s oil supply, his State Department shouldn’t have rejected the larger pipeline project?”
It is the story of the Barack Obama Presidency … Obama once again finds himself on the wrong side of the issue with a majority of Americans. As President Barack Obama heads out on his faux energy tour trying to show Americans that he is the “Energy” President in the face of escalating gas prices … 57% of Americans are in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Obama finds himself in a heap of trouble as Republicans and Independents are strongly in favor of the building of the pipeline. Even Democrats by a 44% for 38 against, are in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
A solid majority of Americans think the U.S. government should approve of building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 29% think it should not. Republicans are almost twice as likely as Democrats to want the government to approve the oil pipeline. About half of independents also approve
This can explain why Obama felt the need to flat out lie to the American public and portray himself as being in favor of the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline.Obama actually had the audacity to do a photo-op appearing before a backdrop of oil pipelines in Cushing, OK where the Obamamessiah stated that he was making the construction of the southern portion of the pipeline a priority through an executive order.
Don’t look now President Barack Obama, you have a new issue that are on the minds of many Americans … RISING GAS PRICES!!!
Add high gas prices to the plethora of issues like the continues poor economic recovery, Obamacare, out of control federal debt, failed stimulus and an incoherent and nonexistent energy policy for the 2012 Presidential election.
It might be one of the biggest issues in the upcoming presidential election. Last night, CBS News exit polls found 77 percent of those voting in seven Super Tuesday states say rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote.
The poll reflects growing consumer anxiety as gas prices have risen nearly 50 cents a gallon in just over two months.
Consumers have been telling us they are cutting corners because for most driving is a necessity.
In Minnesota the average price is 3-58. The current national average for a gallon of regular is 3-76, but some analysts are predicting that gas could rise to $5 by the summer.
Obama claims that there is no “silver bullet” to the problem. That may be, but doing nothing is hardly an answer either. There are numerous things that the President could do, he just chooses to do nothing as he is anti-fossil fuel. With the stroke of a pen he could allow drilling of federal land and in the process create jobs. However, we see where Obama and Democrats stand on oi and gas prices, block it at all cost. So much for that all of the above approach that Obama claims. Of course we know that their real energy policy is to increase the price of oil, they just do not want to admit it during and election year.
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.).