Friday, November 6, 2015

Keystone Decision Was Pending But Now Made Before Mr. Obama Leaves

Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline
(now a "Dead Duck")

Was Awaiting Presidential Final Decision
(put away the pipes, boys - it's a "no go")

Best Advice to President Obama
(seems to have worked)

Original Post Follows this Major Update from the White House seen in this 8-minute announcement wherein Mr. Obama says no to the pipeline... click here:

Wall Street Journal spin, I mean coverage is here - Mr. Obama surrounded by VP Biden and Sec. State John Kerry:


GOP reaction was harsh and swift (as expected):

Sen. Marco Rubio blasted the decision as a huge mistake, and then Tweeted: “When I'm president, Keystone will be approved, and President Obama's backwards energy policies will come to an end.”

Former Gov. JEB Bush Tweeted: “The Obama Admin's politically motivated rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a self-inflicted attack on the U.S. economy and jobs.”

(I note that the unemployment numbers announced today stand at 5% - the lowest in over 8 years - research might help Bush, try it sometime).

Gov. Bobby Jindal unleashed a series of tweets denouncing the decision citing things like: “Mr. Obama bows to radical environmentalists and snubs thousands of high quality, high paying energy sector jobs.”

Former Sen. Rick Santorum called “Obama's decision sad.”

Sen. Ted “The Canadian” Cruz promised to authorize the pipeline if he is elected.

Sen. Rand Paul Tweeted: “Keystone XL pipeline should be approved! Obama once again stopping progress and blocking job creation.”

Original post starts from here from the BBC 5 key points as another (and perhaps final) decision is rendered as some say:  

1.     President Obama vetoed a Republican bill approving the pipeline back in February.
2.     All the DEM candidates for president, including front-runner Hillary Clinton, oppose the project.
3.      The entire Republican field supports the pipeline.
4.      Outgoing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was a strong proponent of the pipeline, but his successor Justin Trudeau, while supportive, is less bullish on the scheme.
5.      The Keystone XL pipeline project was first proposed more than six years ago, but has languished, awaiting a permit required by the federal government because it would cross an international border.
As for me why can’t this issue just go away … we do not need to take the chance on an extreme outcome to the nation’s heartland water supply with this chancy pipeline?
Related from Media Matters here five prevailing media myths about the Keystone XL Pipeline. 

As they say “That's All Folks...

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