The Truth about Obama’s Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection

Fuel costs are rising.

Unemployment rate is still at 8.3%. Underemployment rate is at 14.9%.

November election is coming fast.

All of the above factors have pressured Obama into a decision to speed up the southern part of the Keystone XL Pipeline as he made the announcement in Cushing, Oklahoma. “Today I’m directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority,” he said, standing in front of rows of pipes, looking like he was concerned with fuel costs.

The problem is…it was just all election-year propaganda.

Earlier this year, Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal, but he blamed Republicans for not allowing the State Department enough time to study the project. Is he telling the truth?

Let’s look at a brief timeline of events for this project:

  • The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission granted a permit on 2/19/2010 for the construction of Keystone XL Pipeline in western South Dakota.
  • 7/10/2010: EPA indicated the original report from the State Department was inadequate because it did not look at oil spill response plan, greenhouse gas effects, etc.
  • 8/11/2011: the final environmental impact report from the State Department indicated the pipeline would pose no significant impacts to most environment resources if certain protection measures are followed.
  • Protests by radical left environmentalists in the summer and fall of 2011 forced Obama’s November decision to postpone the final decision by 2013. Why 2013? It’s because that would be after the election.  Under pressures from these groups, Obama gave in and did not follow his own State Department’s study.
  • TransCanada—company that owns the proposed pipeline—continued to work with the State Department. TransCanada proposed 14 different routes for Keystone XL, eight that impacted Nebraska—including one potential alternative route in Nebraska that would have avoided the entire Sandhills region and Ogallala aquifer.
  • 11/22/2011: Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed 2 bills for the compromise to move the route after he urged the rejection of the project earlier in August 2011.
  • 11/30/2011: Republicans introduced legislation to force Obama to make a decision within 60 days.
  • 01/18/2012: Obama rejected the bill, saying there was not enough time for further impact report—ignoring the fact that his own State Department released a impact report on 08/2011.

So when Obama said he rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline because the Republicans did not allow enough time for impact report—he was not telling the whole truth. The State Department studied the impacts and reported there were no impacts if certain environment protection measures are followed. He delayed it for the votes of the environmentalists. Now, pressured with the high gasoline costs, he wants to speed up the southern part of the pipeline—but this will not help much unless the whole pipeline is approved.

Are You In?

Are You In?

Rising are fuel costs.

8.3% are still unemployed. 14.9% are still underemployed.

November 6, 2012 can’t come soon enough!

It’s time to get the “blamer” out of the White House.

It’s time to put a “doer” in the White House.

Ch3 Nguyen

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