Obama - Not Hillary Clinton - Will Decide Keystone XL Pipeline Fate

Tue, 2011-11-01 17:59Brendan DeMelle
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Obama - Not Hillary Clinton - Will Decide Keystone XL Pipeline Fate

In a clear sign that President Obama recognizes that Hillary Clinton is too compromised by conflict of interest given the web of crony tar sands lobbyists around her to make the decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Obama announced today that he will make the call personally.  And some of his comments in an interview this afternoon indicate that he has serious reservations about the Keystone XL and the thought of the U.S. making a long-term commitment to Canada's filthy tar sands oil. 


Obama made the announcement about taking personal responsibility for the Keystone XL decision during an interview with Nebraska's KETV NewsWatch 7.  Interviewer Rob McCartney asked, “how do you weigh any potential negative impact with the jobs that it may bring in?” 
 
PoliticoPro has the transcript of the President's remarks, excerpted here (and corrected in a few spots):


“The State Department's in charge of analyzing this, because there's a pipeline coming in from Canada,” Obama told KETV’s Rob McCartney in the White House. “They'll be giving me a report over the next several months, and, you know, my general attitude is, what is best for the American people? What’s best for our economy both short term and long term? But also, what's best for the health of the American people? Because we don’t want, for example, aquifers that are adversely affected, folks in Nebraska obviously would be directly impacted, and so we want to make sure that we’re taking the long view on these issues.

“We need to encourage domestic natural gas and oil production. We need to make sure that we have energy security and aren’t just relying on Middle East sources. But there’s a way of doing that and still making sure that the health and safety of the American people and folks in Nebraska are protected, and that’s how I’ll be measuring these recommendations when they come to me.”
Obama gave more hints that he's not buying the idea that the industry's “jobs” argument is worth the trade-off of polluted water and public health impacts.  

More from the must-watch KETV interview with President Obama:
“I think folks in Nebraska like all across the country aren’t going to say to themselves, ‘We’ll take a few thousand jobs if it means that our kids are potentially drinking water that would damage their health or if rich land that’s so important to agriculture in Nebraska ends up being adversely affected,’” Obama said, adding, “because those create jobs, and you know, when somebody gets sick that’s a cost that the society has to bear as well. So these are all things that you have to take a look at when you make these decisions.”

UpdateFriends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following response to President Obama’s remarks:
“This appears to be major and welcome news. The State Department’s pipeline review has been hopelessly corrupted. President Obama taking the reins would mean we once again have a shot at a fair process. If the scope and severity of the threats posed by the pipeline are accurately understood, it will be obvious to President Obama that the costs far outweigh the benefits and that he must reject it.”

Stay tuned, there will surely be more developments on this news, especially in the lead up to Tar Sands Action returning to the White House on November 6th.

In the meantime, here are a couple of my favorite Barack Obama quotes, one from the campaign and one from last year. Let's hope the President lives up to these words and rejects the Keystone XL pipeline:

“Because after one president in the pocket of the oil companies – we can’t afford another. For the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, we must end the age of oil in our time.” - Barack Obama, Youngstown, Ohio, August 5, 2008
 
“The next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century.  We are not going to move backwards.  We are going to move forward.”
- President Barack Obama, June 2, 2010 

Comments

If history is any guide, he’ll grudgingly give approval while muttering something about republicans in the ditch with a slurpee.

Electoral suicide if the Keystone pipeline is not approved. IMproved energy security, high paying jobs that don’t require green energy handouts at aa 200K per job rate and an opportunity to improve the trade deficit.

Obama is not stupid and I would be very surprised if the 1/10 of 1% of carbonators are able to sway the whitehouse on this. The political equation is simple. Kill the Keystone and Kill your re-election chances.

 

If you want to get an idea of how it turns out, just imagine what it would have been like if Fredo ended up running the Corleone family.

Get real.

Keystone XL Risks

http://climateinsight.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/keystone-xl-risks/

Anyone who thinks that the XL pipeline can be stopped is dreaming.

I agree, Obama will cave unfortunately.

I think Obama knows he won’t get reelected, and no matter what, he doesn’t want to ruin Hillary Clinton’s chances of getting elected.  No sense in her taking the fall.  (And either way, someone will take some blame.)

Yeah it’s hard to see how Romney could not win this thing considering the pathetic competition he has on the right and the relative comfort he has with people on the left. He’s basically Obama light (that sounds almost racist doesn’t it) oh well, he’s kinda like Obama without the messiah complex and up till the election he’ll pretend to be slightly interested in conservative values.

So the left wins either way as I see it

So why did my post get nuked?

I always assume a misunderstanding of a point being made or a quick trigger finger or maybe a mod in a bad mood. Whatever. I’m just happy for whatever length of time my comments stay up.

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