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State IG: No Improper Influence In Keystone

From a quietly outraged New York Times:

Watchdog Clears State Department of Impropriety in Review of Pipeline Project

February 9, 2012

WASHINGTON — The State Department’s inspector general has found no conflict of interest or improper political influence in the agency’s review of the disputed Keystone XL pipeline project.

Mind you, the State Department’s IG was investigating their review of the Keystone pipeline because the avowed communist socialist, Bernie Sanders (D-Cuba) demanded that it be investigated for undue political influence.

Which was textbook projection, since all of the undue influence came from the opponents of the pipeline.

But in a report released on Thursday, the official said the department had not adequately weighed concerns about the route of the 1,700-mile pipeline and should strengthen its oversight of contractors performing environmental impact statements for major projects

The Inspector General of the State Department is a well known expert on environmental impact of pipelines.

Just kidding. He is a political hack, who is probably trying to hang on to his cushy government job by saying whatever he thinks Obama and his minions in the news media want to hear.

Republican leaders in Congress are now pushing a bill to bypass the normal environmental review process to quickly approve the pipeline

What media bias? By the way, the Keystone pipeline extension has been under environmental review for more than three years. So the term "quickly" does not quite apply here.

Several Democratic members of Congress late last year asked the State Department’s deputy inspector general, Harold W. Geisel, to determine whether the pipeline owner, TransCanada, had improperly influenced the review process.

This is just laugh out loud hilarious. As we said, all of the improper influence was coming from the other side:

In March 2010, the Natural Resources Defense Council stated that "the Keystone XL Pipeline undermines the U.S. commitment to a clean energy economy," instead delivering dirty fuel from oil sands at high costs.

On June 23, 2010, 50 Democrats in Congress spoke out against the Keystone XL pipeline. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, they warned that "building this pipeline has the potential to undermine America’s clean energy future and international leadership on climate change."

On July 6, 2010, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman urged the State Department to block Keystone XL, saying in a letter to the department that "this pipeline is a multi-billion dollar investment to expand our reliance on the dirtiest source of transportation fuel currently available."

On November 7, 2011, several thousand environmentalist supporters, some shouldering a long black inflatable replica of a pipeline, formed a human chain around the White House to try to convince Barack Obama to block the controversial Keystone XL project.

And we won’t even mention all of the Hollywood celebrities who generously contributed their expertise to the discussion.

They also sought answers to questions about the choice of a contractor, Cardno Entrix, used to prepare the environmental impact statement for the pipeline, which found there would be minimal adverse impacts if the company operated the pipeline properly.

Cardno Entrix was paid by TransCanada to conduct the environmental review of Keystone XL, an arrangement approved of by the State Department

Although such practices are said to be common in the federal environmental review process, some environmental law experts and politicians said the State Department should have been more cautious in assigning the review, especially for such a controversial project.

Not only are such practices "said to be common," they are common. Otherwise, the US taxpayers would have to foot the bill for these ‘reviews.’

But notice how The Times downplays the fact that Cardno Entrix and TransCanada were given a clean bill of health by the IG.

The State Department has also faced charges of political conflict of interest over its handling of the Keystone XL application because TransCanada’s chief Washington lobbyist, Paul Elliott, was a top official in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

This is another laughable lie that has been debunked numerous times, even by the Politico. Mr. Elliot was a low level staffer in the Clinton campaign. He helped to get Hillary’s name on the ballot in the primaries.

Apparently, few people in the Hillary campaign even knew he existed.

Late last year, 14 members of Congress asked the Office of the Inspector General to look into the relationship between TransCanada and Cardno Entrix. In an October letter, the lawmakers said they were “disturbed” by reports, including an article in The New York Times, indicating that the State Department permitted TransCanada to handpick the contractor.

In other words, this witch hunt was started by buffoons who were foolish enough to believe an article in the New York Times.

The letter was sent by Senator Bernard Sanders, an independent from Vermont, and Representative Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, and signed by 12 other Democrats

These bravos should have to pay for this latest waste of taxpayer dollars.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 10th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “State IG: No Improper Influence In Keystone”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    “State IG: No Improper Influence In Keystone”

    Bwa-hahahaha! Oh my sides …

    Wolves? Investigate your own pack for improprieties regarding yon pig.

    (wolves fall down laughing)

  2. tranquil.night says:

    “Mind you, the State Department’s IG was investigating their review of the Keystone pipeline because the avowed communist socialist, Bernie Sanders (D-Cuba) demanded that it be investigated for undue political influence.”

    LOL. Just as he’s been as vigorous with regards to Solyndra, LightSquared, and the rest of vulture socialist brigade, amiright?

    Keep flying, Icarus, you’re almost to the sun.

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