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Obama administration set to “fast track” southern Keystone pipeline project

How do you know when a president’s energy message is falling flat?

When you see him trying to involve himself in something that doesn’t need him or his permission to proceed.

President Barack Obama plans to announce in Cushing, Oklahoma, on Thursday that his administration will expedite the permit for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, a source familiar with the president’s announcement told CNN.

In January, the Obama administration denied a permit for the 1,700-mile-long Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would stretch from Canada’s tar sands development to the U.S. Gulf Coast. That decision was met by persistent Republican criticism that the president has not been doing everything possible to create jobs and combat high gas prices.

Late last month, TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline, announced it would move forward with the process to build the southern half of the pipeline, which would begin in Cushing – the president’s third stop on his two-day energy tour. The White House praised the move.

Senior administration officials would not confirm the president’s plan to unveil the effort to cut red tape for the project, though one senior administration official acknowledged the need to deal with the glut of oil in Cushing, where oil from the Midwest hits a bottleneck as it is transported to the Gulf of Mexico.

This is much like his attempt to take credit for increased oil production when he had no hand in that increase, and, in fact, saw production increase despite his administration’s efforts to slow it on Federal lands.

This part of the Keystone pipeline is approved and ready to go.  It has been.  The company was merely waiting on the final go ahead for the portion that crosses the border from Canada.   And while the portion being built from Cushing will be helpful, still missing is the portion that could be delivering up to 800,000 barrels a day from the oil sands of Canada.  This, as usual, is a diversion.

Oh, and does anyone understand what “red-tape” the administration is talking about cutting?  Why all the red tape this administration has strung all over the process since it has taken power, of course.

An amazing performance.  Net gain – not much if anything in terms of total oil produced.  The oil will get to market somewhat faster and certainly in a more environmentally safe way, but it still does nothing to increase the supply of safe oil that would actually lessen our dependence on oil from unfriendly countries.

Pure politics.


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24 Responses to Obama administration set to “fast track” southern Keystone pipeline project

  • So, IN SPITE of all Pres. Pond-Scum can do, this project goes forward, and he puts himself on the dais with a camera like it was all his doing. I hope the people of Cushing give him an appropriate welcome.

    • @Ragspierre CUSHING, Okla. — The President is scheduled to speak in Payne County this Thursday morning. It may be rural Oklahoma, but when it comes to pipelines, it’s the Capitol. The President is expected to talk about energy, though many in that industry are not impressed.

      They are even planning to protest his visit, calling it a political ploy more than a genuine interest.

      Mike Cantrell with the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance says, “For the last three years he’s been anti-fossil fuels.”

      Mickey Thompson, an energy industry expert and political analyst, says, “He calls our industry an industry of the past and they’d like us to go away.”

      The President is expected to mention his support for a pipeline running from Payne County to the gulf; it’s the southern end of the “Keystone XL Pipeline.”

      Industry experts say while his support for the southern end is welcome, it’s not needed.

  • And it will magically morph into just being the Keystone pipeline project instead of the Southern portion of the Keystone. The Keystone is in people’s minds and the media (and administration, and I perhaps repeat myself) will do everything it can to enhance that (mis)-perception. Before election time we’ll be hailing Obama’s vision in building the Keystone.

    • @looker TransCanada was already said it will build as far as Montana. Team Obama must have realized that it was being built without them, so the shy White House occupant just has to have a coming out.

      • @Neo_ I’m waiting for him to claim his campaign has always been in favor of ‘drill baby drill’. Or has he already, just the other day he was boasting “we are drilling!”.

    • @looker Maybe its time for another vote on the REAL Keystone XL project in the Congress, just so people get that straight.

  • Does this make the Obama administration the Keystone Kops?

  • Yesterday I pointed out that the production of fossil fuels on federal lands is down from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011 (October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010, compared to October 1, 2010, to September 30, 2011).

    This is significant because the administration is . . . well, lying. Not long ago, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said, “The fact of the matter is we are producing more from public lands — both oil and gas, both onshore as well as offshore, than any time in recent memory.”

    Not only is Salazar wrong, he’s wrong for every type of fossil fuel produced on federal lands.

  • Deliver 800,000 barrels per day ready for export in the form of both crude and gasoline. (Gas and other fuels are still the number one US export.)

    • @tadcf in dollars.

    • @tadcf importing crude from Canada, using Warren Buffet’s more costly railroads… you suppose that’s lowering the price?

    • @tadcf Ever notice these idiots contradict themselves all the time? Workers at American refineries, ports, and on vessels don’t count for spit, even if you ASSume the oil and refined fuels are ALLLLL exported. But they also tell the lie that Keystone will RAISE midwest fuel costs b/c it will lower the glut of oil there. So, which the FLUCK is it, liars?

    • @tadcf And since it came from Canada, and they may have signed contracts with countries to export the gas and crude that they moved through the US, your problem would be? Shall we ‘nationalize’ their oil?

      • Oh, I know this is one of those nasty business thingies and these companies, unlike the solar, green and auto companies, haven’t done their rightful part for Lord Baracka to get him re-elected yet have they.

      • @looker Don’t say that loudly enough to reach Cong. Waters.

  • This is almost certainly a political ploy to ‘frame’ the issue as the reactionary left is fond of doing. It’ll go like this. The GOP candidate will accuse the president of blocking domestic or North American oil production and use the blocking of the Keystone pipeline as an example. The retort will be that such a thing is not true and that Obama is actually fast tracking the Keystone pipeline. No distinction will be made between the full pipeline and the southern portion. The GOP candidate will be accused of distorting the president’s record while the whole story goes unreported.


    Heh. LOVE all those Ps. Eat your Ps, Mr. President…

  • And more – the President’s budget anticipates a 72% drop in lease revenue to the Federal Government. ????? So the story is we’re drilling MORE on Federal land
    and this will result in a drop in lease revenue???? Maybe there’s a pony buried in all this horseshit, but I doubt it.

  • “enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the earth and then some” wait, did he say pipeline, or lies?