Obama administration rejects Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday refused to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a congressionally imposed deadline left too little time to evaluate routes that would avoid an aquifer in Nebraska.

In rejecting the permit, however, the State Department said Canadian pipeline company TransCanada Corp. can reapply to build the link between oil sands in Alberta and Gulf Coast refineries.
TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said the company was disappointed but will reapply after mapping another route around the Ogallala aquifer, a source for drinking and irrigation water, later this year.

The pipeline has been an election year lightning rod across the political spectrum. Republican and industry leaders are painting the pipeline as creating jobs and boosting U.S. energy security. Environmentalists and many Democrats argue that the pipeline would promote a particularly polluting form of crude oil and could threaten water supplies.

President Barack Obama — faced with pressure from key constituencies on both sides of the issue — sought to lay his decision on Republican lawmakers.

“The rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment,’’ Obama said. “As a result, the secretary of state has recommended that the application be denied.  And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.”

The State Department has authority because the pipeline would cross an international border.

Pipeline opponents vowed to oppose any effort by TransCanada to reapply, and congressional Republicans who supported Keystone XL vowed to renew their efforts on behalf of the pipeline.

“This is not the end of the fight,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Republicans forced Obama’s hand last month by including a Feb. 21 deadline for a Keystone decision in unrelated legislation to extend a popular payroll tax cut.

Blames the deadline

Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones said Wednesday that the deadline didn’t provide enough time for studying alternative routes and prevented the department from recommending to Obama whether the proposal is in the national interest.

Obama said rejecting the permit “is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people.”

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has pushed for the pipeline’s approval, and Obama called Harper to convey the decision.

Obama faced the prospect of upsetting Democratic supporters no matter what he decided: Environmental advocates and some Democratic fundraisers oppose the pipeline, and some unions argue for it, saying it would create thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs.

Girling said he hopes the State Department can expedite approval of a new application in time to bring the pipeline online by late 2014, the company’s previous target date.

Jones said she didn’t know whether the department could meet that timetable. The department will have to do a new review of the application but possibly can use data from its review of the previous application, Jones said.

After addressing an energy summit in Houston, ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva called the denial of the Keystone permit “a significant lost opportunity for the United States.”

“If America turns away, others will step forward for this oil,” Mulva said. “The oil sands are very attractive to the fast-growing Asian countries.”

‘Election-year stunt’

Other Keystone XL supporters blasted the administration’s decision as politically motivated.

“Today’s announcement is nothing more than another election-year stunt to delay making the tough decisions required of a real leader,” said Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, said his group would explore legislative and legal avenues, including a lawsuit, to get the pipeline built.

Keystone XL foes say its advocates inflate the number of jobs it would create. They argue the pipeline wouldn’t bring new oil to the U.S. for years, instead rerouting already-imported Canadian oil from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast, where refiners could export the final product.

Frances Beinecke, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said it will oppose another application from TransCanada.

Dan X. McGraw and Simone Sebastian contributed from Houston.

231 Comments

  1. Dauntless

    Killing jobs and killing energy independence…good reason to elect this bozo.

    #1
  2. Diogenes

    More job killing from Obama.

    #2
  3. Ed

    Domestic production? We don’t need no domestic production!
    Our friends in the Middle East will keep us supplied with all the oil we need, at fair prices… have faith. (?)

    #3
  4. coldtruth

    No suprise here. Another blow to the American economy and energy self-reliance. Let continue to commit genocide on wildlife with windmills. You know, “the price of progress”.

    #4
  5. hometown_fan

    Let those who do not want pipeline, get an electric car. No wait… there is electricity generated by natural gas or dirty nasty coal.

    Okay, let them walk, because bicycle factories use nasty energy also.

    #5
  6. Jackalope

    “Opponents such as the Natural Resources Defense Council have criticized that number as flawed and inflated”
    -
    And how many JOBS has the NRDC created without taxpayer support?

    #6
  7. Bob in Champions

    President Obama:

    As a Democrat, I’m imploring you… “APPROVE THIS… NOW!”

    #7
  8. Jackalope

    Once again, this administration stymies jobs and lower energy costs . . . and will turn around and blame the industry for “not doing enough”.

    #8
  9. SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT

    Good move, sir!

    #9
  10. MUNDYJM

    Obama is a NATIONAL DISASTER!!! Build here, build now! Drill here, Drill Now!!

    #10
  11. Jay

    This is not a definite NO. Surely, there has to be an alternative route than through that aquifer. I sure hope so.

    #11
  12. Steve

    If these aren’t government jobs, Obama isn’t interested in creating them.

    #12
  13. TheRealRick

    Don’t worry people. Our good friends, the Arabs, have plenty of oil that they can sell us. After war breaks out, who cares if the price of a barrel goes up tenfold, we can afford it, we’re rich and should be taxed proportionately.

    #13
  14. Kittyg

    What did anyone expect from this Anti-American illegal President?

    #14
  15. Steven

    The people who are against this pipeline CAN NOT complain about high gas prices. This administration is just ridiculous. Novemeber can’t come soon enough!!

    #15
  16. westtex

    That’s ok. In November we plan on rejecting him!

    #16
  17. Bill B.

    hope and change…

    #17
  18. txloanguy

    This President is pandering to his Far Left Wing of tree huggers. Wants Jobs? NOOO! Wants oil independence? NOOO! More study means never. Not during his administration. We need somebody, anybody, else.

    #18
  19. disheveled1

    Would anyone that has any sense think Obama would approve this pipeline?I wonder what his bootlicking unions will say?

    #19
  20. Jeff S

    The bottleneck isn’t Canada to the US. Its Cushing, OK to the coast.

    #20
  21. CT ECHO

    Obama has to be the most stupid person on the planet! He’s basically denying the USA access to 6% of our annual oil demand and is causing the loss of thousands of jobs.

    #21
  22. Godiva55

    Of course they’re rejecting it!

    They reject anything that might bring in jobs and help the economy.

    This administration is a weapon of mass destruction to anything that might benefit this country.

    This is insane. This is criminal.

    #22
  23. texdjd

    Yet another failure to chalk up for the idiot in chief. Come on 2012!

    #23
  24. liz J

    Clean water wins today!
    Thanks Mr. President for protecting our health!

    #24
  25. ClearAndPresentThinking

    Well, duh! Obama is answering to Congress in the same way my parents answered me when I made a dumb demand, “No!” (Or, sometimes, “Not no, but hell no!”)

    #25
  26. whirlwind

    looks like he just gave the Russians, Chinese, Japanese, Canadians all the oil in the arctic. They will have there fleet of icebreakers, and oil platforms completed soon.

    #26
  27. John Cassis

    While I work in the industry, and my current employer has been directly affected by the governments decisions regarding the Keystone Pipeline, our industry has done NOTHING to gain the trust needed to do a pipeline of this magnitude through very environmentally sensitive areas, in fact our industry proves daily we can not be trusted and need governmental over site. We have proven that when left to regulate or police ourselves – safety and common sense always take a back seat to meeting some superficial deadline made up by people who do not care or understand the amount of time it really takes to complete a job in the safest manner possible. Our industry leaders have done this to themselves, and not just once or twice. The industry should quit pointing fingers at the current President or the Democrats and look no further than there own horrible safety and environmental mess records for the reasons why they need to re-rout away from the sensitive underground aquifers -

    #27
  28. spendmoney

    I just love the spin on this pipeline. The Republicans sell every oil resource as “we need this oil for our independence from the Middle East Oil”. Fact is, we love our dependence on Middle East Oil. What is it that we love the most about it……their pricing of the barrel of oil? Any oil that comes into the USA via the “cheap-o” pipeline whether it is from the Mexican pipeline to Deer Park, Texas or the Gulf of Mexico pipeline from offshore wells (that oil has been flowing since late 1950’s and should get to the shore oil refineries by 2045) or the Canadian Pipeline (Keystone oil should get to the USA by 2055) gets mysteriously routed via the Middle East where it picks up that nasty $100 + a barrel price tag. Once that Middle East Oil price tag is put on that domestic oil, it is like arguing with a computer about a bad charge on your credit card. Right now…..what we need……is cheap oil that will reflect on our cost at the pump. The only way we are going to get that is to produce domestic oil in the USA. Once we start doing that we should see pump prices drop and we’ll get independence from the Middle East Oil……………by 2045 at least……that domestic oil will eventually get here. I hope.

    #28
  29. jaycee

    The diesel created with the pipeline IS NOT BEING SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES.

    The diesel will be sold in Latin America. IT WILL MAKE OUR FUEL PRICES HIGHER because the United States loses the refining capacity.

    #29
  30. NOil

    Anyone who says this pipeline is a good idea should be forced to be covered in thick black crude, just like our wildlife will be when this thing springs a leak. You thought the Deepwater Horizon was an ecological disaster? Just wait… this pipeline will be exposed to any and all weather extemes,(earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, the hardest freezes…) and is an “accident” waiting to happen. Not to mention it is creating a huge terrorist target! I say good for Obama, for once… the EPA got this one right!

    #30
  31. rts

    If he is defeated this fall, he will most likely look back and see this as the one thing that did him in. Mainly because Union and independents turned against him on this key to our economy issue.

    #31
  32. HaHA

    Job killing?
    No.
    Idiot?
    No.
    Does anyone have a clue?
    Apparently, not many do.

    Read it and weep, ya ignorant extreme right wingers.
    Obama is one of the most moderate president’s we have ever have.
    He didn’t say “No” he said, “No, not now, not until you suggest an alternative to appease the people on the RIGHT and the LEFT who oppose a pipeline carrying oil sands through their freshwater source.”

    BOO HOO. Guess what, I have a job… and I love it. Even though Obama has very little to do with it, I will thank him anyways since all of you seem to be so intent on blaming all of the world’s woes on him (clearly they didn’t have anything to do with the leadership over the last decade; ie, Bush)
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/01/15/andrew-sullivan-how-obama-s-long-game-will-outsmart-his-critics.html

    BOO hoo!

    #32
  33. willrogers

    Note to oil companies:
    Do not try to run pipelines through aquifers and nature preserves when a Democrat is President. You will have to wait at least 5 more years till a Republican is President to destroy the enviroment, so why not avoid nature preserves and aquifers in the first place?
    Friends, the pipeline will be approved as soon as it is directed around the aquifer and the pipeline company probably has the route already planned in case this route failed.

    #33
  34. HaHA

    and no, this one pipeline is not the defining factor of our economy…
    “Ooo, I live in lala land… all we need is one giant new pipeline and all of our problems will be solved”
    HAha!

    #34
  35. Reason not Religion

    This man and his administration hate this country, if you need more evidence you are an idiot.

    #35
  36. MikeTx

    First ..it was not a job boost. Exxon and Chevron wanted the pipeline to come down to Texas so the oil could be refined and sent overseas to sell. The mud oil is one of the dirtiest oil to be refined. Pollution rates would have gone sky high. I am for drilling here in the STATES for our own use. Ha…still waiting for the IRAQI oil that was going to pay for that stupid war as the last administration stated.

    #36
  37. Luther Poach

    What’s so bad about waiting until a path can be found around the aquifer? This pipeline could be a good thing, but clean water is still more important than oil. This screeching “do-it-now-and-don’t-ask-any-questions” attitude is what led us to into the Iraq blunder, which I’ll spend the rest of my life paying for, even though I was against it.

    #37
  38. 42

    Way to go President Obama! The claim of 20,000 jobs created is a myth put forward by the Canadian firm (TransCanada) that would build the pipeline. A study by Cornell University — which, unlike TransCanada, does not stand to gain from the construction of the pipeline — puts the number of estimated construction jobs created at 4,650. The number of permanent jobs created, Cornell estimates, could be as low as 50!

    Furthermore, the risk of transporting sludge so near that critical aquifer in Nebraska’s Sandhills is too great. IF the pipeline is to be built at all, it should not be built according to the present plan, which would endanger such an important source of water!

    Instead of building this pipeline — which will promote shale oil production, and thus the emission of more greenhouse gases — we should be investing in more nuclear production, more conservation, more mass transit, and other green technologies.

    #38
  39. Rhonda

    He is pathetic, how can anyone support this clown?

    #39
  40. jukester

    Dear NOil, jaycee, liz J, & ‘save our environment’ – put your own personal actions where your mouth blabs. STOP driving your car. STOP using the computer you are on (the plastics come from OIL, and the electricity from Coal and Natural gas, as in oil hydrocarbons).

    Hypocrites, you all are.

    I have confidence that once the white house is cleaned out this fall, the new administration will make intelligent choices based on fact (not fear and superstition), and in line with our economy. Can’t wait for November to get here!

    #40
  41. Common Sense

    What a wussy!!!
    How can union members vote for Obama in the 2012 election is beyond me, since he just killed a job creating project for the unions.

    #41
  42. Obama bin Biden

    One year from this Friday, the nightmare called Obama will be over.

    #42
  43. A guy

    This pipeline will go alonside others, which have an astounding safety record. The environmental reviews were completed years ago.

    Jacee, you have been listening to outright lies. Increased supply as our excess refining capacity (yes, we do have a significant excess, why do you think we don’t have shortages whenever a refinery goes down) is used to fund exports can only make prices go down (outside of a few isolated locations in the Midwest which have directly benefited from the lack of a pipeline to buy this oil dirt cheap). Of course we are going to export it. We can’t sell any more fuel in America because it’s not like people are waiting for the stuff (it is a demand-based product). If there is even the slightest supply disruption in oil, the refined fuel will instead be sold in America, where transportation costs are cheapest.

    Trying to argue otherwise is a smokescreen to fool the ignorant.

    #43
  44. sonja

    Just more proof Obama is an antichrist, pure evil to the core.

    #44
  45. Doug

    Is anyone really surprised about this? Voting Obama out of office in 2012 is the only way to get this pipeline approved.

    #45
  46. Boog_is_banned6

    Thanks you big IDIOT…..thanks for killing another 100,000 jobs. WORST PRESIDENT EVER…….One year left. Wonder how much more damage he can do in one year…….IDIOT..

    #46
  47. LiveSimply

    Yep! Just keep on destroying America Obama! The more you do this, the more likely you’ll be packing your bags come January 2013! I think you have trumped Carter on being the WORST President EVER!

    #47
  48. coldtruth

    Can you name a species of animal rendered almost extinct by an oil pipeline?

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/08/environmentalists_give_pass_to_eagle-killing_windmills.html

    Left-wing hypocrites.

    #48
  49. randhi

    Looks like the Window Licker in Chief strikes again…
    the Saddest part is, Unions will still vote for the idiot.

    #49
  50. David

    So basically, this means nothing. Even though the pipeline has been “rejected”, a different route just has to be drawn up and resubmitted. And the administration could still approve that one. Which is probably what was going to happen anyway.

    #50
  51. Joe

    42, please stya off the internet….you’re polluting the air by using up electricity and plastics. You’re so blind. Hope you have a gasoline account set up for this year…prices will go up, just like the bozo wants.

    #51
  52. established.facts

    Well… They said the illegal bozo was gonna destroy america
    I guess they were right.
    Why does america put up with him and his kind ?

    #52
  53. Bart-1

    Must agree with the VAST majority of the commenters here. “Shovel ready, energy independence building, long tern infrastructure strengthening” were just political rhetoric used to pass a temporary government employee union jobs saving stimulus bill. When a REAL ptroject with little taxpayer cost comes along this President will side with the environmentalist whacko left every time. Bank on it.

    #53
  54. Mark from Louisiana

    Why isn’t obama complaining about new pipelines going from the gulf coast to the northeast? Could he loose votes if Washington has no gas or heating oil?

    #54
  55. detada

    It never ceases to amaze how dumb the party of NOthing has become. Clearly, they want to create profit for their investors who they protect on a daily basis. Anyone who thinks the party of Nothing’s agenda is about jobs, is a fool. And from reading many of the posts, the fools are making themselves known.

    #55
  56. SarahATP

    The first Governor to oppose the construction of the pipeline due to environmental concerns is Nebraska Governor Governor Dave Heineman(R)… Get that??? (R)!!!!

    “While there have been a number of factors that have brought us to this point, the catalyst for this extraordinary series of events was the calling of the Special Session. For months, Nebraskans have been clear about our position on the pipeline – we support the pipeline. However, we’re opposed to a route through the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills. Citizens voiced their opinions at public hearings in Atkinson and Lincoln and at the Legislature’s three public hearings. Through our persistence and determination, the State Department heard our concerns. Additionally, TransCanada has heard our concerns and has voluntarily agreed to change the route.” – Press Release by the Nebraska Governors Office

    Of course I doubt you’ll read much about Governor Dave Heineman(R) being the major “re-routing” supporter in here. The Nebraska Governor was happy they they had until 2013 to study an alternate route, and even allocated $2 Million for the study. The GOP house took that option away, by putting a 60 “decision window” on the project. Be informed… not blind followers.

    #56
  57. bigjohn431

    obama can’t seem to do enough to destroy our country. and people still want to reelect him?obama sucks.

    #57
  58. outsidelookingin

    The next law he passes is that ALL ideas and plans come from HIS brain.

    #58
  59. James

    @HaHA you sir by sourcing anything that Andrew Sullivan has scribbled have proven yourself to be both a fool and an imbecile!

    #59
  60. EricD.

    Some great news to start off the year, I only wish that it hadn’t taken so long for him to start making the correct decisions on things.

    #60
  61. CT ECHO

    Obama is an IDIOT! by the way, why does the chron uses different tools for commenting depending on the article.. most will allow using facebook and this one does not.. or is this a fuelfix thing?

    #61
  62. ira

    Who the hell elected this ignorant SOB – we need to impeach him NOW!

    #62
  63. mark

    Of the 27 people posting on this so far only one is for the job killing president. It doesn’t matter that pipelines currently crisscross the nation including Nebraska. It’s about Obama showing he can stick it to the people at this point just to show off that he can.

    #63
  64. craig

    Republicans never met a development project they didn’t like that would make some investor a buck without any willingness to attempt to review the project for issues that could negatively impact the public at large.

    This rejection is it comes is not a strick against President Obama’s serious interest in creating jobs and economic growth. It will only happen because Republican legislators could care less about safety and environmental concerns and have forced an arbitrary deadline on the President. When a safe route for this pipelne can be established the Obama administration will approve the deal. And that effort is now underway.

    #64
  65. concernedcitizen

    All you TEA PARTIERS who are tired of corporate interests and lobbyists running the government… Take note. The President of the United States just stood up to the largest, most egregious lobby in this country.

    The problem is, now those who didn’t get exactly what they wanted will whine and complain and act like the sky is falling.

    And, this is who we want running this country? Spoiled brat GOP “sky is falling” Chicken Littles? Every time they don’t get exactly what they want, this is the result.

    Once there is more time to study and make sure this is the right call, this will get done.

    Sorry, GOP, but sometimes you just don’t get what you want exactly when you want it. And, neither do all of you pathetic, rash, non-thinking posters who obviously just parrot what everyone else tells you to say instead of thinking for yourselves.

    #65
  66. koolkid56

    Once again Obama snubs Texas Everyone should make sure the vote this guy out and all democrats Watch gas go to $5.00 a gallon What a bonehead we have for a president

    #66
  67. Dan X. McGraw

    It’s a FuelFix thing. It will soon be a Facebook login.

    #67
  68. TxRancher

    According to the map my land would be infected with this pipeline for Canada’s oil to China. I’m here to promise you, this piece of crap is NOT going to foul my land and Obama has just won an old Republican voter over for protecting MY property rights against the big oil money raiders.

    #68
  69. traintrack

    of course he will.#1 It’s all about payback to Texas,#2 then make the US more dependant on forgein countries.his plan of take over from within is right on track….

    #69
  70. SarahATP

    Come on… My post is a direct quote from the Nebraska Governors office!!! Post it!!

    http://www.governor.nebraska.gov/news/2011/11/15_pipline.html

    #70
  71. rrr

    as long as O’Bozo can collect contributions from both sides of this equation he’ll stall, stall, stall. Those who are against it should recieve no energy in any form. It needs to be built ASAP.

    #71
  72. What else do you people expect? He isn’t finished DESTROYING us yet!

    #72
  73. TxRancher

    Hey koolkid, your IQ must be 56. Higher gas prices has NOTHING to do with this scam of a pipeline.

    #73
  74. RoyRogersMcFreeley

    How oil from Canada domestic production, as for the tens of thousands of jobs; I highly doubt that and suspect it’s just political posturing. I found the following interesting…

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/keystone-pipeline-jobs-claims-a-bipartisan-fumble/2011/12/13/gIQAwxFisO_blog.html

    #74
  75. luckyone

    Obama, everyday destroying the country a little more.

    #75
  76. chiefdecoy

    As an engineer in the offshore oilfield industry, the initial knee jerk reaction to Macondo put a hurting on colleagues and myself. However, once all of our equipment was contracted to overseas firms, I have to admit,,,,,business has been looking up. And you idiots thought Bush was in bed with oil companies? Hahaha!!!
    Obama is their (and my bank accounts) new best friend! The longer this moron keeps driving up the price of oil due to his lack of any resemblance of an energy policy, the better. I hope all who are struggling financially, who voted for this dimwit suffer from what you created. I’ll be fine with, or without this idiot in office. Enjoy your coming, $5 a gallon …..
    I hope this idiot keeps up the good work.
    Suckers!

    #76
  77. Bubba

    He would approve it, if it were pumping votes for his re-election……..because it’s the only way he’s getting re-elected. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You know it’s true, you liberal sissies!

    #77
  78. Chris

    Why can’t Canada refine their own oil? Seems ridiculous to transport it this far just to refine it. It is all headed to China anyway. Way to go Obama for seeing through the b.s.

    #78
  79. Nuffsaid500

    The Keystone Pipeline Project is NOT good for Texas, Texans, Texas Jobs or the Texas Economy. (Or for the rest of the USA, for that matter.)

    The Alberta project produces the:

    HIGHEST COST ‘oil’ on earth.

    The LOWEST net Energy Gain Oil on Earth

    It is a USA jobs killer, by increasing feedstock pricing for oil AND natural gas.

    These are the same Hoaxters and Hucksters that were hawking the Carbon Credit Scam and the Global Warming Scam. Canada can run a truly NASTY environmental project, but the USA cannot do DiddlySquat. This project is being promoted under the GUISE of NATO Energy Security.

    The list of players is a Who’s-Who in the USA Military-Industrial Complex, and they are NOT finished with this project yet. It is referred to in the Defense Authorization Act of 2012; along with US citizen renditions and extra-judicial murders.

    #79
  80. Mike

    “However, Republicans forced the Obama administration to make a decision by Feb. 21″

    So now it’s the Republican’s fault I guess. And I can’t believe the completely mindless blather coming from libs on the blog. No jobs, no oil. WTF are you idiots thinking. OH, that’s right. Libs don’t think.
    Obama is bowing deeply to his enviromaniac base. Just like he did the Saudi king. He doesn’t want jobs. He wants all Americans to to depend on Uncle Sam for everything.
    As Sam Adams once said, “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”

    If you libs can grasp the meaning of the words they fit you and your ilk to a tee. You are not fit to live in a country of liberty and prosperity. Because in countries without liberty, there is no prosperity except for those who rule you lemmings and slaves.

    #80
  81. Pipster83

    Great!! Another moron move from this Administration. Instead of bringing not only the jobs but the increase in domestice production over to our side of the world we get to rely yet again on the Middle East to supply our gasoline needs. Not only that but now that Obama will reject this Canada is forced to look to China for exporting of all this Energy. Better start learning Chinese people becasue thats what everyones gonna be speaking in about 20 years.

    #81
  82. Don

    I could care less if we risk getting some oil spilled on snail-darters, spotted-owls, or seagulls because what I’m most concerned about is getting our boys in the military home from the Middle East and making progress to eventually becoming energy independant and actually a net-exporters of Oil & Gas products.

    #82
  83. Diana

    The Obama Admin. wants more time to study this??? Canada will not wait.
    The Canadian Prime Minister is baffled by this put off, so he is talking
    to China. More news out of DC, DC to protect Rats (yes rodents). No
    killing, and every effort made to keep the rodents families intact when
    relocating. I’m still trying to figure out where the rats are to be relocated.
    Any and all suggestions are welcome!

    #83
  84. Dune

    A new route has just been announced.

    The pipeline will come through the Woodlands and then through Jersey Village and CY-Fair then be redirected through Katy-Cinco Ranch, then down 99 to pass through Sugarland on its way to FreePort.

    #84
  85. Ray

    As a former union member, Obama has shown me that he cares nothing about the working man. When he says he backs organized labor, he means the state and federal goverment workers, not the skilled tradesmen that built this country. I only hope that my brothers see how we have been decieved.

    #85
  86. LANDO

    Quit talking so much smack about Obama, seriously you racist biggots.

    Obama did the right thing for the environment.

    Whether all you idiots like it or not, Obama WILL get re-elected come November 2012.

    He’s by far one of the best presidents America has had in years!

    And for you ignorant teabaggers claiming he’s illegal, how pathetic can you be when he released his birth certificate years ago, and it’s a requirement by the U.S. Constitution to be a US BORN CITIZEN to become President of the United States. Maybe you all should try reading that important document that shaped our country.

    Complain to the Republicans in Congress who made their “Pledge to America” back in 2010 to create jobs and they haven’t done squad.

    Pathetic on behalf of Republicans working for corporations and the 1%

    #86
  87. Art Vandeley

    This should be the last straw that shows independents and old school/moderate democrats that Obama must go. Obama’s one world vision will ruin this country. He plainly does not want the United States to be energy independent and is clueless how to fix our economy.

    #87
  88. Jack Peterson

    UNREAL! Thanks for killing jobs B.O.

    Jack Peterson,
    Vidor, Texas

    #88
  89. YellowDogDemocrat

    God help me for saying this, but November can’t come soon enough.

    #89
  90. Jim

    There already IS a Keystone pipleline that sends the Canadian tar sands to refineries in the Upper Plains states. Big Oil wanted it extended to refineries in the Gulf so the distillates can more cheaply be immediately loaded for export (you all do know that the USA actually EXPORTS gasoline, right?). This pipeline extension isn’t about our energy security one bit (we are already getting the tar sands and refining them) but more about higher profits for Big Oil…and the plains-states get the environmental damage. It isn’t even a job creator, TransCanada now admits about 3000 jobs each of the two years of construction and 50, yes, fifty, “permanent” jobs.

    #90
  91. Govchance

    No willrogers, it willbe approved after the November elections.

    #91
  92. tboyinhouston

    The administration should reject it. Enviornmental studies are not complete and the State Department stated that they need one more year to work this out with Canada and informed the GOP in Congress that they need more than two months to get this done. The GOP is playing politics with this pipeline. The GOP has no shame.
    ——————————————————-
    Source: Fox News
    “The State Department will announce the decision on Keystone XL pipeline is “no,” as early as Wednesday, an industry source told Fox News, suggesting that the department will say 60 days is inadequate time to do the required environmental impact assessment on the path of the coveted pipeline. For three years, the State Department has been reviewing the initial proposal to run a pipeline from Canada down to Texas through a sensitive Nebraska aquifer — authority it has because of the transnational path the route takes.”

    #92
  93. Lamer

    “President Obama is about to destroy tens of thousands of American jobs and sell American energy security to the Chinese. The President won’t stand up to his political base even to create American jobs. This is not the end of this fight,” said Brendan Buck, Speaker John Boehner spokesman.

    How do you destroy jobs that don’t exist you umpa lumpa?

    [TransCanada chief executive Russ] Girling said Friday that the 13,000 figure was “one person, one year,” meaning that if the construction jobs lasted two years, the number of people employed in each of the two years would be 6,500. That brings the company’s number closer to the State Department’s; State says the project would create 5,000 to 6,000 construction jobs, a figure that was calculated by its contractor Cardno Entrix.

    #93
  94. SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT

    SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN.

    #94
  95. texeurol

    Thank you, Mr. President
    We in the business love $100+ oil its good for business and stock prices. You need to put the hammer down on domestic production as well. You’ve done a pretty good job so far but we know you can do better. Bring back the moratorium now! Also have to thank you from all the business from the Chinese, Sinopec is going strong thanks to you. Looking forward to the pipeline to Vancouver, F Nebraska. Thanks again for keeping our wallets full. Looking forward to that $5 gas as well, profits up this summer!

    #95
  96. daktari

    Attention all left wing media outlets, prepare for spin mode. This must look like an evil Republican plot. We don’t need jobs or oil as long as Obamy and Marie Antoinette Obamy have fuel enough for their vacation agenda (seperate jets of course.)

    #96
  97. Toocan

    A Canadian company wants to transport oil to U.S. refineries in the gulf so the oil can be turned into gasoline that will be sold overseas.

    Aside from the couple of thousand illegal alien construction workers temporarily hired to build the pipeline, how does this create permanent jobs in the u.s. and ease our reliance on foreign oil (which by the way Canadian oil is)

    #97
  98. Lamer

    Energy independance is a myth. The cheeper energy is, the more we use. The more we use, the more we have to pull out of the ground. Oil companies are sitting on thousands of untapped leases. If republicans were so in favor of “independance” they’d be clammoring for those lease to be tapped.
    Further more, how does importing oil from Canada consitute independance?
    As Jim stated, we’re already getting the oil… we’re just not getting it shipped directly to the gulf.
    Congratulations conservatives, oil companies have pulled the wool over your ignorant eyes once again.

    #98
  99. Brian

    “focused on job creation like a laser”

    #99
  100. Gas Fairy

    So much for Obama being a President who was going to bring both sides together. This pipeline needs to be done. It goes beyond jobs, but helps us structure a fuel power supply during dark hours of low supplies. This is only one piece to the puzzle. We need oil, solar, wind, water, green and many other sources of power! One product is not the answer! Obama needs to wake up and smell the oil!

    #100
  101. Fine, let the Canadians sell their oil to China. When gasoline costs $5 per gallon, let him explain that it was the Republicans fault.

    #101
  102. Ogre 1

    Job Killing? Domestic Production?

    Once again, you all show your intelligence.

    ALL THIS OIL WAS GOING TO CHINA. Since it was going to go from one free trade zone to another free trade zone, THE UNITED STATES WOULD NOT EVEN COLLECT TAXES ON IT!

    Jobs? About 6500 tops, all temporary lasting about two years. Permanent jobs? Less than 100.

    Get with the FACTS and not the Right Wing Dogma here. Otherwise you look like morons.

    #102
  103. Tricia

    Obama is a job killer. Come November he will be voted out and remembered as THE worst president this country has ever had.

    #103
  104. ss

    EVERYTHING obama has done has shown us that HE IS tying to hurt our country, not make it beter or improve it

    #104
  105. SaltWaterCroc

    Good – anything that Speaker Boehner is heavily invested in probably has issues. Use other pipelines, follow routes of existing lines, there are a lot better ways to handle this than Keystone.

    #105
  106. Dave

    As a pipe salesman, I wouldnt mind…hey, its just pipe people

    #106
  107. bgsa

    If the pipeline was built and in sometime afterwards it would break and pollute the aquifer then everybody would be drinking republican water isn’t it?

    #107
  108. Ridge

    Why am I not surprised?

    #108
  109. Trail_Tramp

    As the Iranians laugh and say, “Bend over!”

    #109
  110. bob

    YOU JUST ALLOW POSTS YOU LIKE I SEE.

    #110
  111. bgsa

    It mesmerizes me how some people are plain dumb and think that ONLY A REPUBLICAN can solve the problems of this country.
    And then they criticize the muslims for being religious fanatics.
    I think they are just the same and as much dangerous as the muslims are.

    #111
  112. ElJuanSancho

    Now had the pipeline gone through Chicago, it would not only have been OK’d it would have been funded by BarackO and Co.

    #112
  113. Nuffsaid500

    Some supporters of the Keystone Pipeline Project, from the Revolving Door of the Military-Industrial-Complex that Ike Eisenhower warned us against:

    The signatories to the Open Letter (to SOSOTUS Hillary CLinton) include: Spencer Abraham, former Secretary of Energy and U.S. Senator (R-MI); Dr. David M. Abshire, former Ambassador to NATO and President and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency; George F. Allen, former U.S. Senator (R-VA) and Governor of Virginia; Richard L. Armitage, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State; Howard H. Baker, Jr., former U.S. Senator (R-TN), White House Chief of Staff, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan; James A. Baker, III, former White House Chief of Staff, U.S. Secretary of State, and U.S. Secretary of Treasury; Gen. Charles G. Boyd, USAF (Ret.), president and CEO of Business Executives for National Security; Frank C. Carlucci, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Senator and Representative (R-ME); Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Kenneth M. Duberstein, former White House Chief of Staff; Donald L. Evans Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce; J. Bennett Johnston, former U.S. Senator (D-LA); General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former National Security Advisor and U.S. Secretary of State; Robert C. McFarlane, former National Security Advisor; Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, III, Former Counselor to President Clinton, Special Envoy for the Americas, and White House Chief of Staff; Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and former U.S. Senator (D-GA); Dr. William J. Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), former U.S. Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security Advisor; Charles S. Robb, former U.S. Senator (D-VA) and Governor of Virginia; Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Founder, Chairman, and CEO of J.E. Robert Companies; Dr. James R. Schlesinger, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), former National Security Advisor; Dr. George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Secretary of Labor; Admiral James D. Watkins, USN (Ret.), former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Chief of Naval Operations; and R. James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

    #113
  114. TXSFRED

    This ought to kill President Obama’s chances of re-election if any of you out there are paying attention. He is DEAD wrong on this even more than all the rest of the stupid things the man has done and said.

    #114
  115. Bart-1

    So, Am I to understand that the XL (Keystone pipeline) is a conspiratorial plot to ruin the environment for the profit of the evil oil companies by the racist GOP or that it is actually the an overhyped, unresearched project that the racist GOP is promoting to make Obama look bad when he vetoes it? Poor Barack, it’s just proof that everything is because of racists.

    #115
  116. independent66

    I will buy his ticket back home(Africa). Get rid of Obama and his Chicago friends we cannot afford them any longer.

    #116
  117. TxRancher

    I bet over half of the people screaming like little babies for the oil companies are paid to squeal. Well, K.M.A.! Right now the land my ancestors fought and died for is safe from big oil. It better stay that way too. My ancestors fought like Hades for this land and I will also. Stick the oil where the sun don’t shine you chink loving S.O.B’s.

    Old Tex

    #117
  118. John

    There is a lot of misinformation being supplied today by all sides. First, read the story. TransCanada has to prepare a new route away from the aquifer — which supplies water to several regions. The state of Nebraska has already said it would not allow the pipeline to transit the aquifer and that from a Republican governor. Second, a pipeline project will not create 100,000 direct and indirect jobs — even a 1,700-mile project. The most, according to the best survey out by Cornell University, is that it will create about 4,650 jobs. I think it would serve both sides to release accurate information without the election-year hype.

    #118
  119. Ridge

    Of course O rejected it. It promotes stimulating the US economy, job growth, and less dependence on foreign oil. Why would he be in favor of it. No jobs, ridiculously high gas prices and welfare programs that contribution to a hundred trillion dollar deficit and rising are where it’s at for this prez.

    #119
  120. Ivar

    “In a matter of a very few weeks we will have a route that everyone agrees on,” TransCanada executive Alex Pourbaix said last week to The Herald.
    ===
    So a few weeks delay and its on a different route and likely breeze through… oh wait a few weeks is just after the Feb. 21st deadline that the Republicans insisted upon…so gotta say no, until they bring it back with the better route.

    #120
  121. Jopa68

    To John Cassis: Somehow I have trouble believing that you work in the industry. If you really do, you should know that the more that the government limits domestic drilling/production, the more that we have to rely on foreign imports. If you look at the safey/accident reports over the last 30 years, the most likely cause of environmental problems come from oil tankers. If we keep limiting our own capabilities, that means more and more tankers in our waters. And these tankers are coming from countries that give a rats a$s about our environment. Good try though.

    #121
  122. Ridge

    Anyone see the pic of Daryl Hannah and her enormous botox filled lips getting arrested for protesting. Oh the irony.

    #122
  123. Trail_Tramp

    a report issued yesterday by Center of Strategic and Budgetary Assessments states that while the US has the capability to keep the Strait of Hormuz open today, the near future is “worrisome”, as Iran continues to improve the quantity and precision of their weapons.

    #123
  124. liz J

    I agree with TX Rancher except for the last line about who they love. Anyone who wants to potentially poison a water supply doesn’t love anyone.

    #124
  125. coker guy

    And we take another step backward on progress. The argument that we should not build the pipeline because this is “dirty” oil is a load of crap. The refineries will still have to clean it up to meet the same specifications for fuels that they do today, and it won’t take any appreciable difference in operations to do it except for chewing through catalyst on the hydrotreaters faster due to the higher sulfur content of the crude. Still, that isn’t that big of a deal cause most of the new crudes being discovered aren’t light, sweet crudes anymore (except maybe offshore African crudes). Plus, the Canadaians aren’t going to stop developing this stuff so we might as well take advantage.

    #125
  126. HubbaBubba

    As a liberal, even I know that this is a mistake and the wrong thing to do! Approve this pipeline now sir! Or I will not vote for you again.

    #126
  127. ChopSueeee

    You sell to China. We grow and need mo oil. US no need mo oil. You American no need mo oil. Drive smaller car. You sell all oil to China.

    #127
  128. Willie Stoker

    The beauty of it is: The man got elected without you haters vote. And will get re-elected without it now. Red states are not relevant anymore. Haven’t been since the 1960′s. Stop fighting the civil war and join the real world just outside your doublewide.

    #128
  129. TxRancher

    Did you oil loving suburban dwellers think for a minute that ranchers that raise your meat, farmers that put bread on your table would stand aside and let this monster pipeline spoil our farms and ranches? It ain’t gonna happen, now or EVER. This young black president just won the votes and contributions of lots of us that make our living doing the right thing, not screwing up the land the good Lord lent to us. If the President has a super pac, you can bet they will be getting a nice check from me. I already maxed out the amount I can personally give to his campaign today.

    IF you eat, thank a rancher and a farmer.

    #129
  130. John

    I really fail to understand all of the posters here who think that this is the wrong decision.

    Maybe you don’t know much (or anything) about this actual project… to quote a highly regarded environmentalist and climatologist “if this pipeline goes through, it is game over for the environment.”

    What don’t you understand about game over?

    #130
  131. Signal2Noise

    More proof that dialog would go much further than merely offering ultimatums.

    #131
  132. SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT

    Why is Nebraska so special that they don’t have to have a dirty spewing oil pipeline through their state?????????

    WELL, WE DON’T WANT IT EITHER.

    #132
  133. go_figure

    What do you expect from the “food stamp president”!

    #133
  134. gfigure

    What do you expect from the food stamp president

    #134
  135. Robert

    I would be all for this new pipe line if it was refined oil! We don’t need dirty sand pumped to Texas. What would we do with all of the stuff that is not used? Could we ship it back to Canada? I don’t think they would want it back. Take a look at the tar sand area of Canada via Google Earth and I bet you would not want that stuff shipped to your area either. We need to use natural gas and LNG to fuel our cars and trucks of the future. It’s plain and simple and made right here in the USA. There is not much to refining so there would be far less pollutants being expelled into the air.

    #135
  136. DIABETES PIPELINE

    Paula Deen says “Fill the pipeline with butter and sugar, y’all.”

    #136
  137. go_figure

    What do you expect from the “food stamp president”!!!

    #137
  138. TXTACO

    All you Enviro-wackos stating the ecology will be ruined…. well lets look at the Alaska Pipeline … real ecological disaster there. Screw all liberals!

    #138
  139. Mike

    “ALL THIS OIL WAS GOING TO CHINA. Since it was going to go from one free trade zone to another free trade zone, THE UNITED STATES WOULD NOT EVEN COLLECT TAXES ON IT!

    Jobs? About 6500 tops, all temporary lasting about two years. Permanent jobs? Less than 100.”

    Can you right wing wackos refute that with facts???? If not, I’m going to have to go with the President on this one. There MUST be a way to balance the need for oil with the need to keep our environment safe. BOTH of those conditions MUST happen.

    I’m holding the O&G industry accountable, because while we need what they produce, we also need a clean environment. Not just for us, but for posterity.

    #139
  140. Mike

    “Stop fighting the civil war and join the real world just outside your doublewide.”

    And this, friends, is what half of this nation is trying to get through the thick skulls of the other half.

    #140
  141. coldtruth

    NOil

    Anyone who says this pipeline is a good idea should be forced to be covered in thick black crude, just like our wildlife will be when this thing springs a leak. You thought the Deepwater Horizon was an ecological disaster? Just wait… this pipeline will be exposed to any and all weather extemes,(earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, the hardest freezes…) and is an “accident” waiting to happen. Not to mention it is creating a huge terrorist target! I say good for Obama, for once… the EPA got this one right!
    ________________
    I think anybody who supports wind power should have their heads chopped off by a turbine blade.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/wind-farms-under-fire-for-bird-kills/2011/08/25/gIQAP0bVlJ_story.html

    http://www.ehow.com/info_8472792_effects-windmills-birds.html

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/08/environmentalists_give_pass_to_eagle-killing_windmills.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394945/The-green-killer-Scores-protected-golden-eagles-dying-colliding-wind-turbines.html

    PFFT! LIBURALS

    #141
  142. RunningBear

    Horse and Buggy, Here we Come!; it is extremely laughable that these clowns continue to make the same predictable moves that only alienate the electorate in this country. November can not come soon enough! God Bless Texas

    #142
  143. RepuklicansR2dum

    haha you dummy repuklicans. i am glad we finally have a potus who cares about our environment. bite the big one conserapukes. just say no to more big oil. sell it to china. i dont care and neither does our potus.

    #143
  144. John M

    Wow not one mention of the SOPA blackout on the front page of the Chron…. Gee I wonder which side they are on?

    http://goo.gl/EhieF

    #144
  145. Rick

    Re-elect Obama in 2012 so we insure the world there will not be a United States of America in 2013!

    #145
  146. SarahATP

    Building this pipeline is like building a stone castle wall. It takes lots of labor to put it up, but when that’s done, so are those jobs! Sure they’re be a few thousand pump station jobs, maintenance jobs etc.

    But seriously… all the risks of wrecking our water is outweighs common sense rerouting. After all… it’s not “Our” oil, it’s simply crossing “Our” country to get to a refinery that will sell it over seas. The Ogallala Aquifer that has Nebraska so up in arms against this project (along with their REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR), isn’t just in Nebraska, but continues down into the farmlands of West Texas. Re-route it.., it can be done, those short term jobs will still come and go, and all the politicians bought and paid for by XL and Big Oil will all still get paid. Simple… pick a different route!!! http://www.governor.nebraska.gov/news/2011/11/15_pipline.html

    Rest assured… if someone proposed a pipeline that would plow through the middle of the Woodlands, we would even have reached this point in the “negotiations”.

    #146
  147. Hello-Clarice

    “In a matter of a very few weeks we will have a route that everyone agrees on,” TransCanada executive Alex Pourbaix said last week to The Herald.
    ~~~
    So what’s really happened here today is not much aside form an arbitrary date set by republicans has passed.

    #147
  148. Mike

    “TransCanada has to prepare a new route away from the aquifer — which supplies water to several regions. The state of Nebraska has already said it would not allow the pipeline to transit the aquifer and that from a Republican governor.”

    I bet the wackos think that governor is a job-killing RINO because he’s doing his JOB and protecting the environment and the people of his state.

    #148
  149. EricD.

    “Currently, oil is not produced from tar sands on a significant commercial level in the United States; in fact, only Canada has a large-scale commercial tar sands industry, though a small amount of oil from tar sands is produced commercially in Venezuela.”

    For all of you tar sands lovers, have a look at photos of the mining sites in Canada, it’s really easy to see why it’s not done here, and why I am not of fan of tar sands.

    The purpose of this pipeline has been discussed at length, and it was to move it from Canada to our coast so that it could be shipped to other countries, having zero to do with our supply of gasoline, or the price of it.

    #149
  150. texdjd

    By Rejecting Keystone, Obama Makes Clear His Job Is More Important Than Creating Jobs!
    The Keystone Pipeline Was Expected To Result In As Many As 130,000 Jobs. “Many of those 20,000 jobs on the construction of the pipeline would have been filled by skilled union members. Eventually, the completed pipeline was expected to result in as many as 130,000 jobs, many of them on the upper Texas Coast, where the heavy oil would be refined into 700,000 barrels of oil daily.” (Editorial, “Keystone Pipeline Delay Is The Wrong Call,” Houston Chronicle, 11/11/11)
    The Washington Post: Rejecting The Keystone Pipeline “Would Help China Lock Up More Of The World’s Oil Production” And “Cost Infrastructure Jobs” In The U.S.
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Has “Racheted Up” Support For Transporting Its Oil Westward To Send To Asia Due To The Keystone Pipeline Being “Tripped Up By Politics In Washington.”
    “Harper Has Said The Decision Underscores The Needs To Find New Buyers For Canada’s Energy.”

    There ya go- BHO, destroying America one stupid decision at a time.

    #150
  151. hunterson

    This is a very immature decision on the part of the Obama adminstration. They could have waited longer. They could have stood up to the uninformed big-enviro groups that have used misinformation in discussing this issue. Obama could have made an informed decision based on decades of safe pipeline operations.
    Instead, for no sound reason, he has rejected a pipeline that would reduce dependence on tanker-shipped oil, created thousands of jobs at no cost to the tax payer, and improved Canadian-american relations. This is a decision that might win Obama some politicalpoints, but it is at the expense of Americans.

    #151
  152. spitze

    OH!!! Those Conservatives in the Midwest thinking they can just protest the government from taking their land for pennies! Getting angry at big government for trying to invade their communities! How could both liberals and conservatives unite against the government because they would seize private land and communities for something they didn’t want! Obama!!!!! >:( We people who would not be affected by this pipeline are very upset that you did not assert the government on these low class independent (un-american) farmers.

    #152
  153. TheSouthWillRiseAgain

    Call to all conservatives and Republicans to rise up and take back our country. By all means necessary! Yes, All means necessary! Freedom!

    #153
  154. Duncan

    The idea that this has to do with a two month deadline is CRAZY. The application is 3 years old and has been in discussion that long. It is pitiful how fast our government moves. It was “delayed” as a political move. Two months may not be long enough to do an environmetal assessment, but 3 years certainly SHOULD be.

    #154
  155. Adler

    There you go all you members of the following unions that would have been involved in constructing this pipeline and its facilities:

    AFL-CIO

    The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
    The United Steelworkers
    International Brotherhood of Teamsters
    International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
    International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers
    International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
    International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
    International Union of Operating Engineers
    International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
    Laborers’ International Union of North America
    Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the United States and Canada
    United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing, Pipefitting and Sprinkler Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada
    United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
    United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers
    Utility Workers Union of America

    Your boy has officially dissed you and your desire for jobs. How can you continue to support this moron and keep a straight face?

    And Teamsters, you get a double whammy – no jobs and higher diesel prices.

    #155
  156. LOL love the comment from “go_figure”. “What do you expect from the “food stamp president”!”

    It is weird that with all the focus on job creation he would reject it. I want to know why, because I don’t believe him when he says it’s the Republicans fault.

    #156
  157. tk

    I reject the Obama Administration!

    #157
  158. TexasForever

    And you expected another outcome?
    When will all Americans wake up to the FACT that this guy HATES your country and everything in it.
    Make no mistake about it….Barack HUESSIN Obama is the ENEMY WITHIN!

    #158
  159. Godiva55

    “The President of the United States just stood up to the largest, most egregious lobby in this country.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Oh, RIGHT.
    Love the drama there.
    He can’t stand up to ANYONE, he’s a wimp and you know it.

    “I already maxed out the amount I can personally give to his campaign today.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    TXRancher, he gets a lot of contributions from the PLO.
    So save your money.

    #159
  160. Trail_Tramp

    Hope & Change, Apologize to our Enemies, OccupyWallStreet, Shut Down All Drilling, Fracing and Pipelines. Elections have consequences.

    #160
  161. Peeper

    Great news for oil E&P companies. High oil prices benefit my family…screw the rest of the country.

    #161
  162. Nuffsaid500

    Adler (Addled) has obviously NOT read the Cornell study.

    Ray Perryman is noted for optimistic OVER appraisals.

    ALWAYS the highest number for economic projections

    This time Ray is not even in the ballpark.

    The Keystone XL project is a job VACUUM for the USA, not a job producer. To quote H. Ross Perot, ‘can you hear thatSUCKINGsound?”

    Blue Sky projections are NOT reality…

    #162
  163. Trail_Tramp

    “Blue Sky projections are NOT reality” – Nuffsaid500
    ==================================================
    Neither is “Hope & Change”.

    #163
  164. Nuffsaid500

    I have not liked, respected or trusted a presidential candidate for quite some time.

    Certainly Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barry Soetoro are all despotic pondscum.

    They, and their henchmen should be brought to justice, ASAP.

    #164
  165. ss396

    That’s OK. We will reject HIM in November.

    #165
  166. K Tizzle

    So if the State Department and the Administration knew the February deadline would not be enough time, then why did Obama sign the bill to begin with? Oh ya, because he had already got what he wanted with the SS payroll tax.

    #166
  167. way to go odumbo, you freaking blew it big time! This man is the dumbest person to have ever drawn breath!

    #167
  168. Locked

    Good. It just would have leaked. Then they would blame each other.

    #168
  169. VelvetRob

    The only reason a pipeline needs to come all the way to Texas is that the refinery is on a port so this fuel can be exported. FYI, currently the number one export of the U.S. is gasoline. This pipeline does nothing for this country except expose us to environmental disaster and further our dependence on oil companies.

    Let the market determine if we want to use fossil fuels. Stop all corporate subsidies. Pass on the cost our military accrues protecting shipping lanes and trade agreements to the corporations that benefit from these protections. All these costs need to be reflected at the pump. Only then will consumers have the real costs of this type of fuel. Then consumers can make an informed decision.

    #169
  170. AnimuX

    LOL. Obama says, “please plan to route your pipeline in a way that it doesn’t threaten an important aquifer.”

    Sounds reasonable.

    Republican stooges say, “the pipeline must be a direct threat to water supplies! Anything less would be an anti-American job killing pipeline!”

    Sounds crazy.

    #170
  171. Greg

    Ogre 1
    6500 employed for 2 years beats 0 not employed.

    Salt,

    We are running out of pipe capacity and what we do have is old. Obama stimulus should have gone to repair/replace our aging underground infrastructure (Google “The crumbling of America”)instead of giving the YMCA in LA $80 million to renew a lease on a building worth $32 million. Curently, the YMCA in LA is relocating so the owner can bring the building up to code. Guess where the owner got the upgrade $$$$???? Obama and his stimulus.

    #171
  172. Adler

    No, Nuff, I work in the real world on real projects and have a very good idea of manpower estimates. If anything, the jobs estimate was spot on if not low. And then there are the ancillary jobs that increased income in local communities brings.

    Just like O’BozO and his 25000 jobs effected by his GoM drilling moratorium when in reality it was 4 or 5 times that many in direct jobs and millions in ancillary jobs that were effected.

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  173. Hold on just a minute. He’s blaming the Republicans? Recall please that the Democrat-controlled Senate passed the bill requiring Him to decide yes or no by February on this pipeline. The GOP controlled House balked and initially defeated it. They were dressed down, and eventually held their noses and passed it. They’re the ones who are to blame? What kind of street logic are we looking at here?

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  174. Traitor

    Meanwhile China will step in and fund the entire pipeline directly to them cutting the United States completely out of the picture. The United States will continue it’s dependence on imported oil, when they had a domestic opportunity.

    This administration will continue to handicap it’s citizens and country by supporting Mid East oil producing countries that are hostile to the United States and her interests.

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  175. Scott

    I’m so ready to vote that treasonous communist rat OUT OF OFFICE!

    #175
  176. JackHughes

    Boo for responsible governance! Yahoo for jingoism and demagoguery!

    #176
  177. Steven G

    Look here you idiots you say that this is destroying our economy? I will give you all a window to the future ladies and gentlemen. We get the pipe line, then it raises for questions like “well were else can we drill? Alaska? or more foreign oil and northern oil? then fast forward about a hundred years from now which if your not closed minded you would find that our eco systems are failing more animals have become extinct, and the same people actually humans in general who let this happen are saying “damn… we could have prevented this catastrophy. WE ARE ADDICTED TO FRIGGIN OIL LIKE METH ADDICTS. WE NEED A BETTER SAFER CLEANER MEANS OF TRAVEL. This is where the real jobs are Automotive techs need to pair up with scientists to make this happen. Just stop and think about that and then think about the future of your children and their children and so on. What do you think… that you would go to sleep and all your mistakes would go away?

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  178. Nuffsaid500

    Adler is just ‘blowingSmoke’, however,

    The interested reader may wish to consider that …

    Ray Perryman is a personal acquaintance. I am not ‘shooting from the hip’ about his overly-optimistic projections on this project. He just did not get it right.

    The Cornell Study took Ray’s numbers apart, totally.

    The Steel Pipe is from India. The pumps, motors, switchgear, motor control centers are Siemens Germany. Most of the dirtwork equipment is not USA manufacturing. There is NO assurance that the pipeline crews will even be USA based or USA citizen staffed.

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  179. ducks

    idiot!!!!

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  180. TxRancher1951

    There sure is a lot of people that know very little, but say a lot. Some posts are out right lies. The route of this pipeline does not go through an aquifer. If doesn’t take a rocket scientist to route the pipeline around the Ogallala Aquifer.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/95/Ogallala_Aquifer_map.png

    What’s there to study? I’m ready to “Change for Hope” in November in the White House, Senate & House! 2010 was nothing compared to 2012!

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  181. pdh42

    I would be willing to bet that all of the fools that do not want this pipe line built are the first to demand the price of energy be kept low…. I would also be willing to bet that all of those FOOLS use the dirty energy that they don’t want used in this country…. Why don’t those FOOLS move to Europe where the rest of the fools live and pay their high prices for energy….

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  182. Mark Deforlife

    He may not like pipelines, but he sure likes killing people with missiles launched from drones.

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  183. ultrapure

    All of the oil hating environmentalists and alternate energy advocates should read today’s “BP sees growth or renewables….” by Bob Dudley of BP. Progress is being made on alternate energy sources. They are growing more than 10X faster than fossil fuels. BUT we will still need lots of oil and gas for many, many years to come. That’s because the alternate technologies and infrastructure haven’t been developed yet.

    Sure, Dudley is from big oil, but he is predicting a share loss for his most important revenue generators, Oil and Gas.

    It is not a case of either-or; its BOTH/ALL the energy we can find that will keep our economy competitive and growing.

    Obama just doesn’t understand economics, business, job growth, etc. He is just out of his area of competency and should go back to being a local social cause worker. I’ll be happy to aid him in his transition back in November

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  184. TxRancher1951

    TxRancher: You realize the map they have on this website is not to scale, right? So how can you know that this pipeline is going to traverse across your property? The map show the pipeline is approx. 100 miles in diameter. Another point: Reasonable people will doubt you even own any land at all when you use racial slurs. If you are a Texan, you embarass yourself & most true Texans.

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  185. ntangle

    TxRancher wrote: Did you oil loving suburban dwellers think for….
    ————
    I’ll have you know that I live in an Excursion, not a Chevy.

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  186. Indianpaintbrush

    The deadline was too soon?!?!?! What a bogus reason! This has been under consideration for three, count them, three years!

    #186
  187. Indianpaintbrush

    Can’t wait to pull that lever for Obama’s opponent!

    #187
  188. tk

    Obama, you suck.
    Hoping for Change in 2012!

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  189. cokerguy

    Good points rancher 51. I’ll bet txrancher also doesn’t own any equipment to run his supposed ranch either. These days who needs a tractor or a big truck to haul around all those cattle and crops. I’ll bet he just hops on his horse and moves them down the side of the freeway to get to market. No, I’m sure he in no way burns any diesel in the operation of his “ranch”, so why should we bother to build a pipeline?

    My family actually does own land in East Texas, about 40 miles north east of Huntsville near Trinity. I haven’t heard if the pipeline is coming through there but if they need a re-route I would be more than happy to lend a few acres. We can’t all stand in the way of progress…

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  190. Nuffsaid500

    The landowners were given advance notice of eminent domain proceedings by the Keystone XL pipeline.

    The right of way width and routing were unusually tough on Texas landowners. (And quite unnegotiable).

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  191. rts

    Nebraska is the one holding the pipeline up. They won’t let it go through their state. Get them in line and most likely it will get done.

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  192. RonnyG

    Nice to see the pro-eminent domain, anti-rancher, anti-property rights, anti-clean water brigades out in force. Heck, you’re even anti-Nebraska. This will be fought tooth-and-nail and the Canadians will eventually give up, or find a better route. Nebraskans are tougher than Canadians and Texans, especially when their land and water are at stake.

    #192
  193. Questionman

    test

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  194. Questionman

    Meaning Obama isn’t a communist. Just like I never claimed he was. Tell you what, why don’t you go to college, take a few years and organize your thoughts, and then come back and post something that resembles a coherent thought.

    Then the punchline at the end of the ad is: why doesn’t Obama think we’re a country that can handle a project this big? When did Obama EVER say that the US is too weak to handle large projects? Obama has said the opposite actually. Obama has constantly talked about how the US went to the moon and the greatness of America. Since there’s zero basis for saying that Obama believes the US is too weak to build a pipeline, then there has to be another reason that the Obama anti-American theme keeps getting used by Republicans. To them, being black means not really being American, and thus being black means that you can be more readily labelled anti-American. This kind of talk has been used before by racist Republicans like former Virginia Senator George Allen who during his “macaca moment” told a brown-skinned American welcome him to the REAL Virginia (aka white Virginia). It’s been used by conservative Byron York, who didn’t count blacks as real parts of the electorate, they are just distortions of white polling data. So yeah, the Republican Party is racist.

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  195. mark

    When, not if this oil goes to China. The Chinese will not process nearly the amount of sulfur out of it that we require here. They will do the minimum and burn it. The world will still turn and we will still be breathing the same air.

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  196. charlie

    Why do the canadians want to send their oil sand to texas, why don.t they just build a refinery in their country and keep their oil sand and pollution. Those who fault President Obama are wrong. His concern is for the nation as a whole not corp america. The proposed pipeline may create temporary jobs, but the republicans contend the same thing about all of The
    Presidents jobs initiatives so they just filibuster them in the senate. They tried to force the President into a rushed decision so their campaign donors will give more money, didn’t work though.

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  197. Ray

    The word from the Pipefitters Union Local 195 is that Obama is assuring us that he will reverse his decision after the election. My skilled-trade brothers are much less rabid than the SEIU os AFSCME and the environmental whackos, so we understand why he needed to make this decision.

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  198. lb

    A Typical Obama, his whole intent is the destroy America!

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  199. Maxpowers

    Hey, I care about the env. but I’m realist, and I’m really getting tired of being governed by the few. Google “miles of oil pipelines in U.S.” (there are hundreds of thousands of miles), so anyone living a normal life in the U.S. who is against pipelines is a hypocrite. Reality is that we import oil, and I would rather have our $$ going to our friendly northern neighbors than countries that don’t like us (Venezuela, most of the middle east). Besides, what’s riskier, transport via a small (relative) volume pipeline that can be monitored and accessed on land, or bulk amounts shipped thousands of miles, inaccessible, at the mercy of mother nature, human error, etc, via water (tankers)?

    Obama needs time to think about it?? BS!! Google how long this pipeline has been in the works. I’m tired of being lied to.

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  200. Linda

    Good thing America doesn’t need the jobs or the oil, otherwise this would be a really bad decision.

    #200
  201. Aaron Cross

    THREE STRIKES AND YOU’RE OBAMA. Strike One — You cut back the NASA manned space flight program, saying Russia can handle our astronauts. Strike Two — You told Israel’s Prime Minister to his face to accept the pre-war borders, sacrificing an old US ally on behalf of the Palestinians. Strike Three — You rejected the Keystone pipeline, forfeiting 20,000 US jobs, jeopardizing our relations with Canada, and getting 700,000 barrels of oil per day diverted to China. What a foreign policy. What a science policy. What an energy policy. Three strikes and you’re Obama and hopefully a one-term President.

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  202. Gulf guy

    So many Obama haters on here it’s pathetic. If you just thought rationally about this for a second you will see the right thing was done.

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  203. Gulf guy

    HE SAID “we need to study it more so we don’t screw up the aquifer”.

    GOP congressmen said NO, vote right now. In turn Obama said ok, then NO.

    After he is reelected Keystone will get passed, AFTER the studies are completed.

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  204. So you want foreign oil?

    Most of you are bias because a) you work for an oil company, b) you own stock in an oil company, or c) you just hate President Obama and want to ridicule him over logic and sensible planning.

    What is the hurry to build it now when it’ll last 100 years?

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  205. 76acres

    President Obama is getting a lot out of one decision: He’s pandering to the greenies and enriching Chavez and our Muslim enemies while blaming the Republicans and damaging the most populous red state.

    And he’s doing it all while hiding behind Hillary’s pantsuit.

    He and the leftist elite are brilliant. They are not accidentally damaging America. It is intentional.

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  206. Questionman

    I find troubling that the only jobs republicans have put forward are the ones that’s going to ravage our environment and our destroy this country our health in the longterm while Obama is fixing this country! Sorry, but health comes first before any job, beside those “tens of thousands” of jobs the pipeline would have magically created has been proven to be false.

    OBAMA all the way no matter who is on the tix. Repubs are too crazy and racist and out of touch with reality of what normal middle class peeps go thru on a daily basis.

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  207. TransAmer99

    Very confusing. Tell me again who is REALLY the party of ‘No’? No jobs? No energy independance? Nobama?

    Make no mistake about it, the crude will come here to get refined, even without the pipeline. It will come in rail cars and tank trucks. Over highways and right-of-ways. The same ones you and I travel and live near. All of which implies another ‘No’ – safety. Plus, the cost to transport will go up and who will pay for that? The man has no business dictating policy like that. I can still respect the office but hold nothing but contempt for its occupier.

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  208. joe

    Really health before jobs? How do you expect to pay for good health if you have no insurance? Get a clue before you open your mouth.

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  209. Ham Guy

    O-bum-o does not have a clue about the energy business. He just listens to teh Greenie Wiennies.

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  210. Edward Hines

    You can unwad your shorts Repubs. The pipeline will be built, just not on the Republican party’s artificial timeline. Once the best route is determined, one that doesn’t cross an aquifer for example, the building will commence. I realize you are only happy when your complaining. maybe you can go find those WMD’s in Iraq you guys were all up in arms about a few years back. That should make you happy(angry) for a while.

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  211. thackney

    Rushed Decision Timeline???

    The permit was submitted September 2008.

    http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/clientsite/keystonexl.nsf?Open

    The State Department evaluated 17 alternative routes during the Environmental Impact Study and selected that route as the best option.

    And NOW they don’t have time to make a decision?!?!?

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  212. Ogre 1

    Let me say this again for those of you what have issues understanding:

    The defeat of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a victory for the United States.

    Yes, 6000 or so TEMPORARY jobs and about 50 permanent jobs are lost.

    BUT, KXL would have had ZERO effect on domestic oil production as all that oil was to be refined to diesel and shipped to China. Keystone REJECTED the idea of selling even a percentage of that oil to the U.S. because they’ve already sold it all to China and are now under pressure to deliver.

    It would have also had ZERO effect on US Revenue as the oil was being shipped from a Free Trade Zone to a Free Trade Zone and shipped out of a Free Trade Zone, so the United States would have collected ZERO tarrifs on it. The oil refinery in Freeport, Tx would have made some money, but when’s the last time an oil company paid taxes???

    CANADA has already told Keystone that there is enough oil transport capacity in Canada to move their oil and denied them the right to build a new pipe. THAT should bring up some questions in the minds of those who are not blinded by Right Wing Dogma.

    I have to question the integrity and LOYALTY of the politicians who have supported this. Are they not Manchurian Candidates? Because the only two entities that this deal would have benefited are a CANADIAN oil company, And CHINA. I suppose they could be Canukian Candidates…but is that really any better?

    As to the politics… if you walk up to a girl and say “YOU MUST DECIDE IF YOU’RE GOING TO SLEEP WITH ME RIGHT NOW!”…. well, unless you’re very good looking, or have other “assets” that would make that worth her wild… you’re probably going to get told NO. That’s basically what the Republicans did. And let me tell you, this project (and the republicans generally) is not good looking enough to make a snap decision. (AND YES thanckney, 4 or 5 years on a project of this nature is RUSHING it… it was 7 years from proposal to operation for the Alaskan Pipeline and it was rushed!)

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  213. Hayek

    Someone informed me about Keystone and Warren Buffet connection so I googled to see what came up. I found this one very interesting…

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/10/warren_buffett_the_keystone_pipeline_and_crony_capitalism.html

    It appears that Obama shut down pipeline to help out his rich liberal buddy Buffet…

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  214. texdjd

    They’ve been studying this for 3 years- is that not enough? Not to mention the money spent “studying”?
    Also, this is interesting: This same pipeline could be used to transport domestic oil out of the Dakotas. Warren Buffett just purchased the BNSF railroad (that operates in the Dakotas). Since the pipeline has been killed or stalled how else can this oil be transported? By rail? Who benefits from that? Odumma’s bed buddy Buffett!

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  215. hgnis

    Yay! Now all those who supported the killing of this pipeline should pay the higher gas premium for the rest of us. No?
    The administration had over 3 years to evaluate, study and make a decision. I see this as more political posturing. They could have easily granted a conditional permit pending the outcome of whatever ammended studies that were needed.
    Once again, the administration you voted for America shows you exactly what they think about you.

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  216. Nuffsaid500

    Sick & Tired (S&T)

    WE are S&T of CanUsaMex tyranny. Or is it MexUsaCan. This FAILED North American Union is universally despised by VOTERS in Canada, the USA and Mexico.

    More PARTICULARLY, Texans are S&T of Annexation, Colonization and Tran-section Schemes. We do NOT WANT YOUR ‘CINTRA-Corridors’, Keystone XL ‘Super-Pipes) or your excess hoards.

    The Texas State Constitution forbids such monopolistic, unregulated, crooked, schemes under Article 1.

    You can enjoy watching Rick Perry twisting SLOWLY in the wind, as an illustration. That little bucket of slime would be well on his way to the White House, except for CINTRA and In State Tuition for illegal aliens. The list of Rick Perry idiotic, corrupt schemes would fill Reliant Stadium, three times over. But those two games have slammed the ‘Road to Presidency’ doors in Rick Perry’s face.

    Rick Perry has plummeted to the level of a bad joke in the national arena. His continued floundering would be an insult to his dignity, were there any. I positively ENJOY watching Rick Perry “hoist with his own petard”. It is quite funny to watch him pour out his supporter’s money like water.

    Keep it up!

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  217. Tommy

    “First ..it was not a job boost. Exxon and Chevron wanted the pipeline to come down to Texas so the oil could be refined and sent overseas to sell. The mud oil is one of the dirtiest oil to be refined. Pollution rates would have gone sky high. I am for drilling here in the STATES for our own use. Ha…still waiting for the IRAQI oil that was going to pay for that stupid war as the last administration stated.”

    It will be a few more years till we can expect full on production in Iraq. Believe me the money is pouring in to develop the facilities and production fields. My company is heavily involved in the southern Basra region. The oil is there, it’s just kind of headache re-building a country that has been in and out of war for over 3 decades.

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  218. Dan X. McGraw

    This is a pretty far fetch idea — that Buffet would profit off of Keystone denial because of his investment in BNSF and rail. TransCanada has already said oil sands could be sent to BC and then shipped to the Asian markets. I don’t see where BNSF would factor into that at all.

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  219. Coug78

    Some of you Obama supporters really have your blinders on. Buffet and the RR hate pipelines and fight them every step because it takes away their income. If no pipeline then more coal and oil to haul. US is still going to import from Canada with or without the pipeline. The pipeline makes the oil cheaper and uses US refineries and shipping.
    Other of you chuckleheads want to change this to a Perry bashing. Wrong article take that somewhere else. Others want to bring up Iraq. Forget about Iraqi oil now that Obama is pulling out all the troops.
    This pipeline is a win/win in all aspects. Jobs, cheaper oil, independence from middle eastern and Russian oil, and last but not least it helps to secure US safety in the event of middle eastern melt down.

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  220. Coug78

    Oh yea I forgot another chucklehead comment. 6000 temp jobs. What a load of manure. That is a very low estimate of just the direct construction work. There are so many jobs that will be impacted by this that your nimble brain can’t compute it. Who will mine the iron ore, fab the pipe, manufacture the coatings, manufacture the construction equipment, supply the power to the pump stations, supply the meals to the workers, housing, Geotechnical studies, Engineers, draftsmen, transportation workers, refinery expansion operators and maintenance workers, increased chemical and catylist production, roads, offices, restaraunts, port facilities, dock workers, accountants, security, fencing, and on and on. I would say that 20,000 added permanent jobs would be a very low estimate.

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  221. Nuffsaid500

    Yep, pretty far-fetched given the CPR can haul oil right now from its Alberta HQ to the Pacific or to the Great Lakes.

    The basic problem here is that USA politicians and the US Chamber of Comemerce are such lying, theivinpriks, that NOTHING truthful EVER emerges. If such projects are not to the CLEAR and OBVIOUS advantage of Texas, Texans (oh & the USA) then ThumbsDown. If the Permanent Political Class does not LEVEL with US, then they can look forward to getting LEVELED, themselves.

    The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), formerly also known as CP Rail between 1968 and 1996, is a historic Canadian Class I railroad founded in 1881 and now operated by Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, which began operations as legal owner in a corporate restructuring in 2001. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, it owns approximately 14,000 miles route miles of track all across Canada and into the United States, stretching from Montreal to Vancouver, and as far north as Edmonton. Its rail network also serves major cities in the United States, such as Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York City.

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  222. Dan X. McGraw

    Coug78, the jobs creation has been a major question/debate about the Keystone XL pipeline. Both sides have their experts, and you’ve seen different number used by different sides. Here is TransCanada’s estimate for jobs from their site: http://www.transcanada.com/5921.html.

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  223. Nuffsaid500

    It takes ONE GLANCE to KNOW that the TransCan figures are ‘hooey’.

    Siemens is a German manufacturing company with a few field hands in the USA. MORE LYING GARBAGE!!!

    So, tell us again, SLOWLY … how does THIS is a USA job builder?

    http://www.siemens.ca
    Siemens – Answers for Canada

    Our technology provides Canadian customers with unique customized solutions. Whether they’re processing 130 million tonnes of oil sand, operating a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing facility or keeping Canadians on the move, Siemens helps to increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

    Industry Sector – Snapshot: Canadian success stories in industry

    Our technology provides Canadian customers with unique customized solutions. Whether they’re processing 130 million tonnes of oil sand, operating a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing facility or keeping Canadians on the move, Siemens helps to increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

    http://www.siemens.ca/web/portal/en/NewsEvents/Documents/Siemens-Answers-for-Canada-brochure-English.pdf

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  224. David Gower

    I want to see each and every one of you in line to vote in November. That is the only poll that will judge Obama.

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  225. airdale

    It will get built…the money people say so. Everyone take a blood pressure pill.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/46058105

    #225
  226. Nuffsaid500

    AirDale,

    You appear to have a very clear understanding of ‘the process’.

    Ayn Rand predicted, in detail the scenario that you summarized.

    Ayn was a refugee from a brutal communist takeover as a young girl. Her writings are most instructive on ‘the ways’ of LOOTERS, such as the players in this Keystone XL project.

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  227. Coug78

    Dan X, Thanks for the link. Trans Canada’s estimate of 13,000 direct US construction jobs estimate is probably low which is usually the case. When you add in all the downstream port and refinery jobs that will be added, you have a substantially larger number than what the pipeline haters are posting here. Who are the Pipeline haters? They could be RR workers or Environmental whackos. Most of them are Obama supporters that want to provide cover for Obama. Obama supporters are out in full force trying to deflect criticism of his job killing administration.

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  228. oldcheme

    So, some study from Cornell says about 50 permanent jobs and 4500 construction jobs.

    What about the jobs to produce the steel and the heavy equipment?
    What about the jobs lost when heavy crude is refined in China and more US refineries shutdown.
    Houston and Port Arthur , Philadelphia may be your future, and it’s not pretty!

    Obummer says we should promote tourism, so I guess all you pipefitters, engineers, and plant operators should study up on the San Jacinto monument, and Johnson Space Center. You could get GREEN jobs serving salads to all the Chinese tourists.

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  229. oldcheme

    Tommy – what is wrong with refining Canadian oil in facilities already designed for this service, and exporting the finished fuel to Latin America and China. The alternate model is to ship the crude oil to China or India, build new refineries (because their refineries cannot process heavy Canadian) and produce finished fuel in China and India for export back to the United States.

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  230. jaycee

    Coug78
    January 19, 2012, 11:28 AM

    Some of you Obama supporters really have your blinders on. Buffet and the RR hate pipelines and fight them every step because it takes away their income. If no pipeline then more coal and oil to haul. US is still going to import from Canada with or without the pipeline. The pipeline makes the oil cheaper and uses US refineries and shipping.
    Other of you chuckleheads want to change this to a Perry bashing. Wrong article take that somewhere else. Others want to bring up Iraq. Forget about Iraqi oil now that Obama is pulling out all the troops.
    This pipeline is a win/win in all aspects. Jobs, cheaper oil, independence from middle eastern and Russian oil, and last but not least it helps to secure US safety in the event of middle eastern melt down.
    —————————————————————————————

    Coug78 you do know that Buffet purchased Enron’s natural gas pipeline from Dynegy? I know because I was involved in the transfer of technology between the companies. So to post that Buffet hates pipelines shows your lack of knowledge.

    The only reason this oil is destined for the Texas coast is that the Baytown refineries(along with other refineries in the East Houston area) have the ability to refine all types of oil. The oil will be converted to a heavy liquid in Canada before being sent in the pipeline. Some unions in Canada want the Canadian oil companies to just expand their oil reining capabilities but the Canadian oil companies are balking at this idea because the amount of fuels(mainly diesel) created from this oil is not needed in Canada. The refineries along the Texas coast will expand their refining capabilities once the pipeline is eventually approved.

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  231. jaycee

    jukester
    January 18, 2012, 11:36 AM

    Dear NOil, jaycee, liz J, & ‘save our environment’ – put your own personal actions where your mouth blabs. STOP driving your car. STOP using the computer you are on (the plastics come from OIL, and the electricity from Coal and Natural gas, as in oil hydrocarbons).

    Hypocrites, you all are.
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    Jukester I have not owned a vehicle since 2006. See I actually walk the walk when I state I will not support the oil cartels both foreign and domestic unlike blabber mouths such as yourself. I have been involved with every merger that has taken place since 2000. I know you are all being played like the fools you are.

    STOP using the computer you are on (the plastics come from OIL)
    ——————————————
    My computer case(which is the largest plastic portion of computers today) is a metal case(Enlight) from 1993 that I have continued to reuse with every upgrade.

    , and the electricity from Coal and Natural gas, as in oil hydrocarbons).
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    Wrong again jukester because since I live in North Austin in a deregulated electricity area I get to pick what creates my electricity. See I get to pick a company that uses 100% wind and/or solar. Yes my electric bill is maybe $10 more a month since I live in a 600sq ft apartment(do not need or require anything larger) my electric bill is around $40 a month.

    See jokester if more people were like me then the country would not even be in the current crisis but since most appear to be like you then we find ourselves living in Hell.

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