Hot Potatoes and the Keystone Pipeline

 

Don’t think those two have anything in common?

Obama has flirted with his movement for years on his position to kick the Keystone pipeline to the curb. I think he’d like to destroy even the idea.

In what Republicans hoped would be positive news, Obama handed off of the XL decision to the State Department, tying the approval to his emissions criteria. Well, enter John Kerry. He’s been blowing hot air about global warming and climate change for years, rivaling Al Gore. Now Obama hands off the hot potato to State. But State had suggested the pipeline would not add a net increase to global carbon missions. So Kerry to the rescue.

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline if the State Department certified it would not lead to a net increase in global carbon emissions. Congressional Republicans were quick to presume victory, noting that a previous State Department analysis had said just that.
But that analysis, which has been heavily criticized, was done before Kerry was named secretary of state. And what Obama has effectively done is hand the Keystone decision to one of Washington’s fiercest backers of strong climate change action.
Michael Brune, Sierra Club, said: “With Obama laying down the standard that a pipeline that exacerbates climate change is not in our national interest, it’s pretty clear KXL is not long for this world.” See

Related article:

Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interest,” the president said in a Tuesday speech on climate change. “And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward.
The president has avoided weighing in on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for several years now, citing an executive order asking the State Department to make a determination on the project’s viability first. Environmentalists have called on him to spike the project entirely because of risks that it will contribute irrevocably to global warming and potentially contaminate drinking water if it leaks. Conservatives and even some labor groups have encouraged Obama to approve of the project because of its potential to create jobs. See

Kerry had so few accomplishments over the years that he will foam at the mouth to kill the pipeline, taking the hot issue off Obama’s hands. It is a political benefit with their base, which is all they care about. Poking conservatives in the eye is a bonus.

Obama already opened up the “War on Coal” front in his war on energy.

Obama, in a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, was to announce he’s issuing a presidential memorandum to launch the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants, moving to curb the gases blamed for global warming despite adamant opposition from Republicans and some energy producers.
The far-reaching plan marks Obama’s most prominent effort yet to deliver on a major priority he laid out in his first presidential campaign and recommitted to at the start of his second term: to fight climate change in the U.S. and abroad and prepare American communities for its effects. Environmental activists have been irked that Obama’s high-minded goals never materialized into a comprehensive plan.
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The linchpin of Obama’s plan involves new and existing power plants. Forty percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, and one-third of greenhouse gases overall, come from electric power plants, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. The Obama administration already has proposed controls on new plants, but those controls have been delayed and not yet finalized.
Tuesday’s announcement would be the first public confirmation that Obama plans to extend carbon controls to existing plants. See

I haven’t thought of a good analogy for putting Kerry in charge of Keystone, but I’m working on it. Well, in his Presidential run he said he was “changing the dynamics”, now he has a shot at changing the dynamics of our energy.

As Secretary of State, Kerry said, “”Here, we can do the best of things that you can do in government. That’s what excites me.” Yea, no doubt about the excited part.

21 comments on “Hot Potatoes and the Keystone Pipeline

  1. clyde says:

    Good post,Bull. Putting Kerry in charge of ANYTHING is a disaster waiting for a place to happen. After the massive train wreck, and subsequent explosion of the crude oil train east of Montreal, you’d think the moonbats would be IN FAVOR of a pipeline over a train. This thing should have been an absolute no-brainer. But, when those with no brains are “leaders”, well, you get the picture.

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  2. --Rick says:

    This tyrant can’t leave office soon enough. Hopefully, by the next two elections, a majority of Americans will come to realize that energy independence equates to national security and a more stable economy and vote for politicians who are thoughtful and responsible in charting both domestic and foreign policy. Restricting access to and the flow of oil is nothing short of idiotic.

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    • bullright says:

      I agree it is national security. Funny how in this case it does not require a big “investment”- as Obama calls it. Your lips to the voters ears.

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    • Kathleen Rector says:

      The fact is that Keystone XL won’t do a thing for US energy independence since Trans Canada is only looking for a way to get the oil to the highest bidder – probably china. The only way to achieve lasting energy independence is through renewable sources.
      PS. Yeah, Dubb-yah was certainly thoughtful and responsible – trillions of dollars on the war in Afghanistan for nothing

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      • bullright says:

        Oh haven’t they come up with new excuses yet? (I guess that’s recycling)

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      • --Rick says:

        Personally, I think Dubb-yah was the most irresponsible and least thoughtful Presidents in modern times.

        As to Keystone XL, we’ll have to agree to disagree considering your obvious mindset toward “renewables” which seems to fit consistently with anthropogenic global warming advocates. I prefer economics as a guide

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      • bullright says:

        Whatever pumps your oil.

        Not only is that just wrong – it is also about our interests – there are a couple problems with it.

        The pipeline is one problem, as Rick said, we will disagree. And It would be beneficial to our resources as well as Canadian interests. (I thought this was the guy willing to work with others) Third, the man who resides in the Oval Office has refused to make the decision. Instead he pawns it off on others. Is that any way to address the issue? (He holds our nation hostage to it)

        Where at least Bush was not afraid to one, make that decision and two, be responsible for the decision. He didn’t simply leave it to others and not take responsibility himself. And that was much the subject in this post. But thank you for emphasizing that point.

        As a final point, Obama contrarily made his entrance in Libya by bypassing Congress, stubbornly, and their authority. And that has worked out well, hasn’t it.

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  3. drrik says:

    It’s like putting Bill Clinton in charge of the brothel.

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  4. pepperhawk says:

    Bull,

    I find this very disturbing, but not surprising that Kerry is now in charge of this. Kerry, not only being a traitor, is a complete goon on the mythical “climate change”. All while he lives in utter luxury and won’t have to suffer the consequences of killing coal and oil.

    Those of in the line of target for the coal killing don’t have a clue as to what we’re going to do once all the coal plants are shut down. But, of course, since we’re humans, we’re not important like a prairie ground hog, or sand flee.

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    • bullright says:

      Pepp, you’re right.

      It’s so political with them which should tip anyone off. But then after ObamaCare, I don’t know the number of people that see that? Then again, the left doesn’t care and wants it to be a “political” decision. Kerry, Mr wait for the UN to tell us what to do, is hardy capable of making a logical decision. It would be just like putting Gore in charge of it. Notice Hillary got her tail out of there before she could be blamed.

      No, they have more empathy for salamanders than humans. What a bunch, all competing to be the worst.

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      • pepperhawk says:

        Bull, yes it is all political to placate the eco-freaks. So we are at a loss, in the “minority” of the “flat earth society”. Damn them to hell. No one made them God.

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  5. The whole Keystone-thing just gets my blood boiling.
    Dammit, we NEED that pipeline!

    As for Kerry, he’s like the stupid flunky to the Evil Genius in most movies: loyal yet basically inept, and always desperate to prove his worth to Mr. Big.
    Think Ned Beatty’s “Otis” character in the original ‘Superman’ movie.

    Of course, that would make Obama the Gene Hackman character…. and I kinda hate to do that to Hackman.

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    • bullright says:

      JTR: yea good comparison. Though it is a challenge to find an equal. They are like all the sinister comic book villains rolled into one…. and in 1000 dollar suits. (maybe the Penguin)

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      • Hmmm, well, Two-Face was always rather a snazzy dresser, although Penguin DID usually sport the tuxedo.

        Regardless, Kerry is as dim as a 3-watt bulb: I doubt he could cut it at McDonald’s, not to mention as a flunky in a ruthless villain’s gang.
        He’d be the guy left behind at the crime. You know, the one that trips the alarm and the Evil Genius shoots him.

        I’m thinking his movie credit would likely read “Unnamed Flunky Number 3″…

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      • LOVE the picture!!

        If I’m not mistaken, that’s Brian Bolland’s work, correct?
        Became aware of him in the early 80’s, just as I gave up collecting and gave them all to my little brother.

        ….which was unbelievably dumb: I could buy a nice HOUSE with that collection today.

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