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Democrats Kill Keystone And Offshore Drilling

From a joyous Reuters:

Keystone oil pipeline bill fails in Senate

By Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason
March 8, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democrats on Thursday defeated a Republican proposal to give a permit to the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline in a vote that will give Republicans more ammunition to criticize President Barack Obama’s energy policies on the campaign trail.

Note the passive voice used in the headline. If this had been something Reuters had wanted defeated by Republicans, it would have read: ‘GOP Kills…" Also, notice how the lead sentence makes it sound like it is just a political ploy from the Republicans. That it won’t hurt the country.

Republicans argue the pipeline, which would ship oil from Canada and northern states to Texas, would create jobs and improve energy security at a time of surging gasoline prices.

But that is just their opinion. After all, who knows if building and maintaining a 2,147 mile long pipeline would create jobs? Or whether having access to all of that new Canadian oil would lower prices and make us less dependent on the Middle East?

Obama put TransCanada’s $7 billion project on hold earlier this year pending further environmental review. He took the unusual step of calling some senators personally ahead of the vote, asking them to reject the proposal

It’s all part of his relentless focus on jobs, and his ‘all of the above’ policy on getting more energy.

The Republicans tried to advance their plan as an amendment to a highway funding bill. It failed on a vote of 56-42, four short of the 60 needed to pass, although 11 Democratic senators voted with the Republicans.

Which makes it clear that the Democrat leadership allowed as many Democrat Senators to vote for the pipeline as they could. They know full well they are governing against the will of the people. But they are used to that. And Harry Reid even delights in it.

Republicans are using the proposal to highlight Obama’s delay of the project ahead of November presidential and congressional elections, linking his decision to rising gasoline prices

Gosh they are partisan. Why don’t they just compromise and accept that they too are at fault for the pipeline not passing, even though they all voted for it?

[White House spokesman Clark Stevens said:] "Once again, Republicans are trying to play politics with a pipeline project whose route has yet to be proposed." …

It’s all politics all the time with the hateful Republicans.

Earlier, the Senate defeated proposals to expand the area available for offshore oil drilling and extend the time for manufacturers to phase in new pollution regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency for industrial boilers

In other words, in addition to the Keystone vote, the Democrat-controlled Senate voted down two other vitally important bills that would have helped lowered energy costs and create jobs and boost the economy.

Democratic senators who voted for the Republican [sic] Keystone plan included Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jim Webb of Virginia.

Two Republican senators were absent, and all the 45 who were present voted for the amendment.

Remember these votes the next time someone tells you there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties.

Republicans, for all their faults, do not hate this country. They are not trying to destroy the economy, like the Democrats have been trying to do for decades now.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 9th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Democrats Kill Keystone And Offshore Drilling”

  1. Petronius says:

    Cabinet name changes coming :

    • Department of Energy = Department of Petrophobia
    • Department of Interior = Department of Drilling Moratoriums & Permit Denials
    • Environmental Protection Agency = Anti-Carbon Agency
    • Department of Commerce = Department of Decline Management
    • Department of the Treasury = Department of the Public Debt
    • Department of Labor = Department for the Manipulation of Unemployment Statistics
    • Department of Health & Human Services = Department of Death and Abortion Services
    • Department of Homeland Security = Department of Open Borders & Indiscriminate Groping
    • National Aeronautics & Space Administration = Muslim Outreach Administration
    • Department of Agriculture = Department of Diet Management (includes new DPRK Food Subsidies Administration)
    • Department of Defense = Department of Disarmament
    • Department of State = Department of Apologies & Capitulations
    • Department of Justice = Department of Anything Goes
    • Department of Education = Department of Investment in Indoctrination
    • Department of Transportation = Horse & Buggy Administration
    • Federal Reserve = Government Printing Office

    • tranquil.night says:

      I for one will be regarding these bureaus by their Orwellian names no more!

      “Department of Open Borders & Indiscriminate Groping”

      Oh, quite discriminate, my friend.. old ladies, nuns, children, military vets, Senators and blog commenters who talk about the Constitution alot aka right-wing anti-government racist religious extremists.

  2. wirenut says:

    Quite a “department store” you got there Petronius! Good call. Most of these departments, could use a taxpayer’s axe. Chop,chop,stump. Chop,chop,gone. I hear a sawmill off in the distance.

  3. potus4 says:

    Very well played, Sir! May I make one modification:
    Department of Transportation = Horse & Buggy Administration. (Perhaps it should be Bureau of Chevy Volt Distribution)

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