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Quote of the Day: Obama’s new found love for the Keystone XL pipeline edition

And from none other than Mr. Etch-A-Sketch:

“Apparently, the slipping poll numbers have convinced him [Obama] to announce the lower half of that pipeline,” Romney said. “If we can get his poll numbers just a little lower, we may be able to get the other side, too. So let’s get that job done.”

A reminder, one more time with feeling – the portion that Obama is now for doesn’t need his permission or approval to be built.

Just to be clear.

This is a blatant and obvious political attempt to pretend he’s behind something that was going happen anyway.  But, of course, we knew that, didn’t we?


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25 Responses to Quote of the Day: Obama’s new found love for the Keystone XL pipeline edition

  • More “leadership from behind”. Like taking credit for MARKET-driven expansion of production that he COULD NOT manage to stop. Erp…???

  • Hey, he doesn’t have to be truthful, he just has to convince the public. He’s literally trying to fool enough of the public to get elected and the Mainstream Media certainly isn’t going to contradict him.

  • I’ve noticed some comments around by those against the Keystone XL pipeline that just make me scratch my head. The case against Keystone XL seems to be something about “how the crude that come from tar sands is especially hard to clean up” in the moderate end and then transitioning to the story that “the carbon from Middle East oil has gotten global warming as far as we are today and they can’t have ‘two more Middle Easts’ worth of carbon coming from North American tar sands” on the more radical end.

    • @Neo_ What were we saying about hte Collective hating science the other day…???

      • @Ragspierre Has anybody any idea if crude from tar sands is so different that it is hard to clean up ?

        • @Neo_ How could it be harder to clean up than extract from the sand that it is currently intermixed with in the first place? From what I recall of my extensive study of it in Wikipedia a couple weeks ago…..They have to mix it with lighter hydrocarbons to get it to flow. Described as having the consistency of molasses, I doubt that would be how they’d push it through the pipe. Tar Sands have been used for centuries, apparently one of the first petroleum products man ever used. But it’s a wicked green house gas producer to extract it – far above that for normal crude.

        • @Neo_ Yes. I have an idea that is a crock of sh!t. A lot of crude produced in Oklahoma’s older fields is essentially tar. Conversely, I knew kids growing up in the South Texas fields who drove up to locations and stole “distillate” from wells that was MORE volatile than gasoline, and mixed it in their cars.

        • @Neo_ I remember the foofraw about building the first Alaska pipeline, I don’t recall hearing it’s run aground and dumped a million barrels, and I’m fairly sure I’d have heard that if it had happened.

        • @looker You know what’s easier to clean up that oil spilled on the ground? Oil gushing out of a pressurized hole deep under the ocean or spilling from a tanker because the greens force oil extraction and delivery in ever more convoluted routes

        • @The Shark But Daddy! the polar bears!

    • @Neo_ Logic [loj-ik] (noun) Shit that happens to other people. Prescribed for real science. Proscribed for political science and environmental science.


    Heh. One way to make him eat his lies is to highlight them! Erp…???

  • I thought this was just too precious….
    “Consider: During the warmest winter in modern memory, fossil fuel companies cooked up new plans to bake our planet once and for all. Defying public outrage and a presidential rebuff, they laid tar sands pipelines. They imperiled our water supplies with poisonous fracking. They went on drilling and spilling oil in our increasingly lifeless seas. And they continued to move whole mountaintops for that supreme carbon bomb: dirty coal.

    Since the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992, our global governments have enabled transient fossil fuel interests to come before the survival of the 100%. The same Wall Street that foreclosed on millions of Americans’ homes are now busy foreclosing on Earth. If there’s a time for Americans to awaken to the climate vortex that is swallowing us whole, 2012 is it. (SNIP) Specific actions throughout the month will target the biggest players in the industry: Big Coal, Big Oil, Big Gas, Big Nukes.” From the OWS website. Erp…????

  • “The glaring hypocrisy of the president’s speech today is that he announced that his administration would fast-track approval of a pipeline project that the White House has no control over. And if the president has the ability to fast-track permits, why has he waited until today to use that executive authority? And why only for this project?
    This administration’s record speaks for itself. For more than three years, President Obama has implemented a three part energy strategy: delay, deny, and deceive.”

  • I’ve noticed that President Obama had discussed with UK PM Cameron the possibility of a release from the SPR. Usually just the mention of a release is enough to have the speculators flee the market for a couple of weeks and the price drop by 10% or more. This time with Obama in the “driver’s seat” it seems to not have worked as before. Is this because the speculators think Obama is a “paper tiger” on energy, or is it that George Soros hasn’t had enough time to secure his positions in the energy sector so they figure it won’t come for a while yet ?