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  • stellah121212 stellah121212 Mar 4, 2013 11:44 AM Flag

    Obama Administration Buries Good News on Keystone Pipeline

    Obama Administration Buries Good News on Keystone Pipeline
    In Washington, a presidential Administration releases news it doesn’t like at 5 p.m. on Fridays. So it pays to pay attention when everyone is leaving work for the weekend.

    Late last Friday, the State Department released a positive environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama has been delaying this pipeline—which would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas—for more than three years.

    The delay has meant that America is still waiting on an additional 700,000 to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from a close ally, not to mention 179,000 American jobs.

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    • Hard to know what you favor other than anything that you can point to as a putative failure of the Obama administration. The USA has the lragest oil reserves on the planet, several trillion barrels of the stuff, mostly locked up in shale from which it can now be extracted at a cost that makes it economically attractive to drill. So (environmental damage aside, about which I am betting you don't care) why do you prefer buying imported oil when we can produce all we need here at home?

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      • None of that Alberta stuff is going to stay here in North America. It only makes sense when you are selling a really filthy diesel into third world countries with no environmental regulations for prices well north of Seven Dollars a Gallon.

        Here are six facts about the proposed Keystone XL deal that make clear why the pipeline was a bad deal for America and why it deserved to be rejected:
        1. Keystone XL Would Not Reduce Foreign Oil Dependency
        The oil to be sent through Keystone XL pipeline was never destined for US markets. In its own presentation to investors about the proposed pipeline extension, TransCanada (the company behind Keystone XL) boasted that most if not all of the extracted and refined oil would be exported --- sold in oversees markets where oil fetches a higher price (and thus turns a higher profit for the company).
        2. Keystone XL Would Have Increased Domestic Oil Prices
        Currently, Canadian oil reserves stored in the Midwest help suppress gas prices in the United States, particularly for farmers in our nation’s heartland.
        In its permit application for the pipeline, TransCanada noted that the Keystone XL pipeline would allow the company to drain these reserves and export that fuel as well. According to TransCanada’s own statements, this would raise gas prices in the United States, especially in the Midwest.
        3. Keystone XL Overstated Number of Jobs to be Created
        In 2008, TransCanada’s original permit application to the State Department said the Keystone XL pipeline would create “a peak workforce of approximately 3,500 to 4,200 construction personnel” in temporary jobs building the pipeline.
        By 2011, now facing growing opposition to the pipeline, TransCanada had inflated these numbers (using undisclosed formulas) to 20,000. Supporters of the proposal, backed by big oil, have since trumpeted these trumped up numbers.
        4. Current Keystone Pipeline Leaked 12 Times in Last Year
        The pipeline that the Obama administration has rejected the permit for would

    • Keystone Phase One sprang 13 leaks in the first twelve months of operation; some were referred to as "geysers."

      Is this the "good news" that you were referring to?

    • NONE of this tar #$%$ will stay in the United States, the pipeline company even said so themselves and the Koch Party could have had this pipeline years ago if they guaranteed that the finished product would end up here.

      Anybody who still thinks different is seriously too stupid to draw breath.

    • Stella, You are a bit behind in your news fee:

      $20.22, Keystone jobs coming soon
      by unclefulbert • Mar 1, 2013 3:36 PM

      A big hurdle could be cleared for the Keystone XL pipeline (TRP) as the State Department may release as early as today its draft environmental assessment of the project, reports The Globe and Mail. It will reportedly say the pipeline represents no more environmental threat than any other mode of transportation. Less

      Good news on Keystone project
      by unclefulbert • Jan 22, 2013 12:05 PM

      Looks like the little guys water tables have little chance of contamination from Canadian/Chinese crude:

      LINCOLN, Neb. January 22, 2013 (AP)

      Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

      Heineman sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama confirming that he would allow the controversial project to proceed in his state.

      The pipeline has faced strong resistance in Nebraska from a coalition of landowners and environmental groups who say it would contaminate the Ogallala aquifer, a massive groundwater supply.

      Canadian pipeline developer TransCanada and some workers' unions say the project is safe and will create thousands of jobs.

      The original route would have run the pipeline through a region of erodible, grass-covered sand dunes. The new route skirts that area.

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      • Yeah, I saw that from January. This feed is just a day or two old. Let's hope you are right and Obama does not find another way to slow or stop the Keystone project. Now that he is a lame duck Prez maybe he won't care what his liberal base thinks about it and allows it to move forward. Somehow I think he will care and try to stop it again. He has been proven to not really care about the American people with his past lies and attempts to stop job creation if it conflicts with his agenda or beliefs which it often does. Look at sequestration, he and every other liberal were claiming Armegenden if it was actually started. Ooops! Looks like we are still here and still moving forward. The man is a habitual liar and will say anything if he thinks he can get YOU to believe it. No credibility and no belief he will stick to an agreement.

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