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Obama Kills 20,000 Jobs, Raises Energy Costs

From a spinning (and cheering) Associated Press:

Obama delays oil pipeline, Neb. claims victory

November 11, 2011

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska rancher Bruce Boettcher was ecstatic when he learned the rumors swirling out of Washington were true: plans to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas were on hold to study how environmentally sensitive areas in his state could be avoided.

He’d fought the project with neighbors whose land also sits atop the Ogallala aquifer, a massive underground water supply in the pipeline’s path — and at the epicenter of the national debate. Nebraska officials including its Republican governor pushed against the project, as had environmentalists and national groups

You see? Redneck farmers and rock ribbed Republicans were against this plan. It wasn’t the environmentalists and the usual suspects from the lunatic left who killed it.

"I didn’t think we’d get this far this quick, to tell you the truth," the 55-year-old, fourth-generation rancher said. "TransCanada is persistent. But when they get persistent, I get persistent."

You see? It was really just this one farmer who beat an international conglomerate — Big Oil itself. He turned this whole thing around. He is a hero.

The Obama administration said other potential routes for the Keystone XL through Nebraska needed to be studied, creating a delay that likely puts off a final decision until after the 2012 election — a move that didn’t go unnoticed by supporters and opponents of the project

This pipeline has been in the works since 2008. It has already been considerably delayed. Obama is pushing this ‘decision’ past the elections so that he can kill it without having to take the heat for the loss of 20,000 jobs. Every sentient being realizes that.

An environmental review of the new section is expected to be completed in early 2013. The State Department has authority over the project because it crosses a U.S. border.

President Barack Obama said the pipeline could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment.

"We should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood," Obama said in a statement.

But higher energy costs will only help America’s health and safety.

The heavily contested project has become a political trap for Obama, who risks angering environmental supporters — and losing re-election contributions from some liberal donors — if he approves it, and criticism from labor and business groups for thwarting job creation if he rejects it.

So guess which course he has taken. That is exactly how important jobs and the US economy are to him.

The Keystone XL pipeline would carry as much as 700,000 barrels of oil a day, doubling the capacity of an existing pipeline operated by TransCanada in the upper Midwest. Supporters say the pipeline could significantly reduce U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil while providing thousands of jobs

About which Mr. Obama cares not at all.

Thousands of protesters gathered across from the White House on Sunday to oppose the pipeline, and celebrities including "Seinfeld" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus have made videos against the pipeline

These are Obama’s people. They have jobs. They can afford to buy gas and heat their houses not matter what.  (By the way, there were not "thousands" of demonstrators at the White House on Sunday. That is a typical AP lie.)

"I strongly believe that the more the American people learn about this project, the more they will understand that it would be disastrous for our environment and for our economy," said Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., who requested the review.

And whom should we believe? A self-admitted communist, or our lying eyes?

Every time you hear Obama talk about his laser-like focus on saving and creating jobs, remember that he effectively canceled this pipeline which would have created at least 20,000, and lowered the costs of energy for everyone in the country.

Every time you hear Obama speak about our need to become less dependent on foreign oil, remember that he killed this pipeline which would have dramatically increased North America’s domestic oil capabilities.

Obama didn’t kill this pipeline to please any redneck farmers or Republicans. He did it to keep his campaign donations flowing from the radical environmentalists and Hollywood crowd who are against this plan.

After all, what is more important? Creating jobs and growing the economy, or getting re-elected?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 11th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama Kills 20,000 Jobs, Raises Energy Costs”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Let’s see, all it would take would be a 90 degree elbow which could
    go (a) to the West Coast and sell it to China, or (b) to the Great Lakes
    where it could be tankered and sent to Europe (unless the Gales of
    November come early, in which case fish will be a bit off-taste) so
    which would the envirowackos prefer?

  2. DW says:

    There is already a plan (also much protested) to run a pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to Kitimat, BC -from whence it can be loaded into tankers and shipped overseas.
    The current Canadian government is friendly to the US but the Prime Minister is no admirer of President Obama. That oil is, to a large degree, driving the Canadian economy and it will be sold somewhere.

    I’ll edit this to add this excerpt from a CBC article:

    Keystone delay could kill project, Flaherty says

    Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the decision to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline may kill the project and could add momentum to efforts to open up the Asian market for Canadian oil.

    The U.S. State Department announced the delay Thursday, saying it wanted to look at other possible routes for the $7-billion pipeline which Calgary-based TransCanada has proposed to carry mostly Canadian crude from the Alberta oilsands to the U.S. Gulf coast.

    The department said it wants to consider routes that would bypass the Sandhills, an ecologically sensitive area in Nebraska as well as avoid crossing over the Ogallala aquifer, which supplies drinking water to 1.5 million people in eight states.

    “The decision to delay it that long is actually quite a crucial decision,” Flaherty told Bloomberg News at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu.

    “I’m not sure this project would survive that kind of delay.”

    A new environmental review of the alternative section is expected to take until early 2013.

    “It may mean that we may have to move quickly to ensure that we can export our oil to Asia through British Columbia,” Flaherty told Bloomberg.

    Flaherty was referring to another pipeline, the Northern Gateway project proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge, to carry oilsands crude from near Edmonton through the Rocky Mountains to a terminal at Kitimat, B.C., where it would be loaded aboard tankers.

    That too has its opponents, ranging from dozens of First Nations communities along the proposed route and environmentalists who warn of the dangers of an oil spill offshore from the terminal.

    The National Energy Board will start public hearings on Gateway in January.

    Full article:

  3. Petronius says:

    Sounds like this infrastructure project just wasn’t shovel ready.

    Chalk up another victory for the Liberal Death Wish — dismantling Western Civilization one day at a time.

  4. mr_bill says:

    Somebody should ask Julia Louis Dreyfus where her daddy got all his money. She likely wouldn’t have ever made it on television without his deep pockets. hypocrite


    nerobama is doing what he does best, voting absent.

  5. AmericanIPA says:

    How could the 2012 presidential election even be close? This guy is completely uninterested in people earning a living and supporting themselves. Even a Huntsman/Paul ticket should wipe the floor with Barry Sotero.

  6. artboyusa says:

    Me, I’m glad we’re finally standing up to those Canadians. Those Canucks have pushed us around long enough…

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