The Keystone pipe line has been in the works for years and impact studies have been done for over three years! Now President Obama, said he didn't have enough time to study the matter!***(It should be noted the deadline is not until Feb 21, 2012)
Can you say, "Shovel Ready"
President Obama denied the largest "shovel ready" jobs program in the country. He hasn't had enough time to study the project. CRAP! (excuse me) Studies have been done and the pipe line project has passed all of them. So what's up with the "Obama" ? He claims he wants to put Americans back to work, this project will employ many, many people. Could it be he wants gas to reach $5 a gallon? He has said the very same in the past. (Could it be a question of CONTROL? He feels as President he should have total control?)
The pipe line could reduce gas prices before the first drop "liquid energy" passes through the pipe line. One has to ask, what is this President up to, is it stupidity, "fantasy-landish," meanness, hatred, wanting total control or WHAT?
"This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline..." Obama said in a statement. "I'm disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my administration's commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil." ??? ( Try something else Mr. President, that bird doesn't fly and that dog doesn't hunt)
Tell us the truth Mr. President, what are you up to????
After looking at what is happening in this country I wonder if this project had been a US Obama Administration project, Obama ,himself, would be out in full force, ( TV spots, radio commercials, main stream media front page stories, nightly news shots the works) telling people how great "his" pipeline was going to be and just how much "he" cares about America? Or would he rather scrap the entire project and let gas prices rise to over $5 per gallon? Truth is one can not really tell with this President!
"Obama is saying he rejected the permit application now based on the State Department's recommendation, which concluded there wasn't enough time to vet alternate pipeline routes." Please excuse me but let me repeat
How did Americans elect this man to be President of the United States of America?
The XL pipeline, if it ever gets built, will stretch from Alberta Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, where U.S. refineries will be able to turn Canadian crude oil into gasoline and other fuels.
Canada is by far the largest supplier of crude oil to the U.S., providing the country with 1.9 million barrels per day, according to The Perryman Group, a Texas-based research firm that conducted a report on the economic impact Keystone will have on the six states through which it will travel.
The Keystone XL Pipeline System will have the capacity to deliver approximately 1.1 million barrels per day of Canadian crude oil to US markets each day. Proponents of the pipeline say the project will help insulate the U.S. from testy oil-exporting regimes and volatile regions of the world, thus helping the nation's energy self-sufficiency. TransCanada says the pipeline will supply the U.S. with roughly half the amount of oil it imports from the Middle East.
TransCanada is promising the pipeline will create 15,000 construction and manufacturing jobs, generate $5.2 billion in property taxes from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and provide $20 billion in economic contributions.
The American Petroleum Institute, the largest U.S. trade group for oil and gas producers, said the pipeline will create 500,000 U.S. jobs by 2035, but opponents argue those are not permanent jobs. ( )
Even though the debate has focused on the Keystone XL Pipeline it is important to note, it is simply an extension of the Keystone Pipeline, which is already built and operational. It stretches from Hardsity, Alberta, and flows east to Manitoba then hooks due south to Steele City, Neb. From there it splits in two, reaching Patoka, Ill., and Cushing, Okla.
A similar pipeline stretches from Wisconsin and Michigan all the way to Louisiana.
The Keystone XL Pipeline will relay Alberta to Steele City in one straight line of piping over much of Nebraska, then extend the current pipeline to Port Arthur, Texas, which is next to both Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.
The pipeline would flow over an environmentally sensitive area of Nebraska. Known as the Sandhills, the region is sandy hills under which lies the Ogallala Aquifer, the leading source of drinking and irrigation water for the nation's bread basket.The ground is permeable and the fear is an oil spill in the region will percolate down into the water shed contaminating the entire aquifer.
The Sandhills is considered an ecoregion by the World Wide Fund for Nature, due to its distinct soil composition, and is one of the most intact natural habitats of the Great Plains, according to the WWF. Roughly 85 percent has not been developed or altered by humans.
In November 2011, the Nebraskan legislature passed a bill that would reroute the pipeline away from the region, and TransCanada agreed.
A new route is expected within days.
In the Department of State's final Impact Statement reviewing the project, the Keystone XL pipeline is expected to have between 1.18 to 2.51 oil spills of any size per year.
Union officials are normally shoulder-to-shoulder with environmentalists in the Democratic Party and in progressive coalitions, but the Keystone XL controversy has divided those two interest groups, with labor unions taking the same side as the oil industry.
The debate as to the project's environmental impact prompted the State Department to undertake a review of the project that has been going on since 2008. Between 2009 and 2010, the department hosted 41 public meetings and published its draft environmental impact statement on April 16.
Responding to public comments, the department issued in April 2011 a supplemental draft impact statement, which received more than 280,000 comments. A decision was expected in December 2011, but last November President Barack Obama for purely political reasons with total disregard for the American citizens, some of whom elected him, deferred a decision until after the presidential election. A final decision by the State Department was not expected until 2013.
The delay was met with frustration by Republicans in Washington and outrage by citizens on Nov. 30, a bill was introduced that would force the president to approve the pipeline within 60 days of the bill's passing.
In mid-December Congressional members passed an amendment to the Payroll Tax Holiday bill that forced the president to make a final determination on the bill by Feb. 21.
Not having total control, the president rejected the pipeline project,( well before the Feb 21st deadline) claiming his administration did not have enough time to review the project, that began in 2008.
I ask the President, as you should:Tell us the truth Mr.
President, what are you up to????
How did Americans elect this man to be President of
the United States of America?
I "hope" there is a "change" of Presidents, be sure to vote......
That is HOPE & CHANGE that will save this country!