Obama Delays Keystone Decision


keystone-pipelineThe Obama administration announced late Friday that it will delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project that would link Canada’s oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico, and has produced sharp conflicts between environmental groups and labor activists who want the construction jobs.

The move drew sharp criticism from supporters, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and the chairman of the Senate energy committee, who called it “irresponsible” and “nothing short of an indefinite delay.”

A spokesman for Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper complained the “politics” were getting in the way of the project. Opponents, including some major Democratic financiers, emphasize that the pipeline will be terrible for the environment. Read more at Bloomberg News.

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  1. Mr. Obama is really readying himself for only a passive future. This project overall has the remarkable ability for better commerce and design. There are not that many real problems with a fuel line that can not be fixed somewhere else in terms of economic environmental affairs. But it is clearly a lynch pin of the democrat-republican relationship today. I would as a democrat myself be more inclined to allow this project. I see few stepping stones against varied response for the future on this item.

  2. Obama gets lots and lots of “greenbacks” from the gigantic and well-funded “Green” Lobby. Obama is going to be pushing off Keystone for the duration of his Presidency. If I were a betting man, I would say that commencement of the Keystone Project won’t begin before 2017.

  3. There isn’t really a decision to make at this time, because lawsuits in Nebraska have delayed a determination of the route. A judge there concluded that the legislature and governor violated that state’s constitution by approving the route; it was supposed to be approved by the state’s utility regulators. But rather than going to the regulators where they might get a quick decision, the pro-pipeline forces decided to appeal to that state’s Supreme Court. Don’t blame Obama for this one. This could take a long time.

  4. #3, If Obama really wanted to get the Keystone Pipeline going, he could have used the same Chicago thug strongarm tactics at his disposal to get it done. But we all know very well that Obama has always been on obstacle to Keystone XL initiative because he has never supported it. Obama has never even spoken in favor of Keystone.

    Thus, Obama deserves FULL blame for all the past and future ridiculous Keystone delays.