Obama administration denies permit for Keystone pipeline
January 18th, 2012
03:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama administration denies permit for Keystone pipeline

(CNN) - The Obama administration rejected a bid to expand the controversial Keystone oil sands pipeline Wednesday, saying the deadline imposed by congress did not leave sufficient time to conduct the necessary review.

"The Department does not have sufficient time to obtain the information necessary to assess whether the project, in its current state, is in the national interest," the State Department said in a statement.

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  1. SecedingfromTexas

    "Truth and Nothing.." says President Obama ".... is more interested in politics than jobs and energy for this country"
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    Wrong:
    1. Zero Energy for this Country Canada sells almost 97% of it's oil to the United States. They are looking to
    diversify.
    A company called "Valero" has agreed to buy some of this oil. They will use refineries located in free trade
    zones where oil can be exported to international buyers without paying US taxes.
    2. Jobs: According to CEO of Transcanada, most jobs will be 5-6 thousand TEMPORARY jobs, and a FEW
    HUNDRED permanent.
    3. " Truth" didn't mention the environment, wonder why, but anyway this could be a 2,000 mile long strand
    of environmental devastation due to toxic tar sands seeping into underground water, for starters.
    I, for one, am glad to have an Administration looking out for our "national interest", and not some nut head
    screaming "down with the EPA", "drill baby drill", or worse.
    Thank you President Obama.

    January 18, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Good Job President Obama!!!!!!!!!!Why do the speaker of the house Republican Boehner’s financial disclosure forms, he invested $10,000 to $50,000 each in seven firms that had a stake in Canada’s oil sands, the region that produces the oil the pipeline would transport. The firms include six oil companies—BP, Canadian Natural Resources, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Devon Energy and Exxon—along with Emerson Electric, which has a contract to provide the digital automation for the first phase of a $9.4 billion Horizon Oil Sands Project in Canada." Then with very little environment impact study on the eight states. Who will pay if one of pipes burst with a oil spill. Remember The Gulf spill. BP

    January 18, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. gt

    ..just think of the jobs. lost.. obama sold his soul to the green job industry... what green jobs ?... gang green ... no green in american workers pockets... sad sad sad...

    January 18, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    The pipeline project was already failing and there are lawsuits between the partners. What's funny is the trap President Obama has set for the GOBP deathcult. They went to the mat for less than 10,000 temporary jobs. Now the President will remind Americans how the GOBP deathcult refuses to fight as hard for legislation that would assist in the creation of far more jobs.

    January 18, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. A Kickin` Donkey

    I applaud the move Mr. President.

    Republicans in Congress wanted to act as though they were calling the shots by citing this faux 2-month timeline. Remind the Republican b-a-s-tards who is the HNIC is. Train they to show the office of the President the proper deference.

    Secondly, train them that a faux deadline will no longer be used to rush through a decision. That`s simple not good management.

    Thirdly, why isnt`t this pipline going across Canadian territiry to the Pacific? We pump oil in Alaska & California so I really hope some GOP troll on this board doesn`t try to say it has to go to the Gulf to be processed. Moreover, the same [American] people, with the same special skills would get the jobs that the GOP is going to tout if this pipeline spanned Canadian territory. why should American communities and water supplies be put @ risk when they don`t need ro be?

    January 18, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. KAZPORT

    Seriously?? Playing Politics once again while calling the Repubicans obstructionist.. 2012 can't come soon enough. This man hasn't a clue about job creation or the economy.

    January 18, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. difoderit

    Yeah – then we can go to every Repukican that was in favor of the Iraqi war and send them the bill and the medical bills for all of our soldiers as well

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    We need to come up with a system to deny gasoline and oil to Democrats and tree huggers. They should be REQUIRED to live the life they are trying to force on the rest of us.

    January 18, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    "Truth" again: "need a system to deny gasoline and oil to Democrats and tree huggers. ..should be required to live the
    life they are trying to force................"
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    You bet we are tree huggers, and proud of it!

    January 18, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!
    ... Now the President will remind Americans how the GOBP deathcult refuses to fight as hard for legislation that would assist in the creation of far more jobs.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Oh, like the 4 million jobs created by the stimulus bill? Unemployment increases and still the Washington Democratic Spin Machine convinces some of you that they actually created jobs in the process. His latest jobs bill? Same thing. Spend money we don't have on a strategy already proven not to work. And then here, on a project that creates jobs and doesn't cost the government a penny... he doesn't let it happen. He is getting really bad advice.

    January 18, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. MWM

    The reason for the pipeline was to bring oil to refineries. Do you want a refinery in your backyard. The Canadians don't.

    January 18, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Susan

    And there you go. Another idiotic decision by an idiotic president.

    January 18, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. John

    GOP racists are at it again. Go and take a flying leap nut jobs. Your GOP party with the Wall Street boys destroyed America.......

    January 18, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. macrasta

    A great decision by President Obama!

    January 18, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Lizzie

    Nelson, so how much did Kerry, Pelosi, Reid invest with insider information.
    Seced... So your walking, riding your bike, don't use plastic sacks or anything plastic, it cold food, cant built a fire youre a tree hugger, sleep under the stars. Tell us how you live.

    January 18, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Lizzie

    Independ..... When was the last time we had a major pipeline disaster, you might want to go the the library and look how many pipelines are crisscrossing the US. But hey we can just shut tem dowm and then what would the northern states do.

    January 18, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Eric in Denver

    @John your socialist president has more wall street boys in his cabinet than any past president. You are a typical left wing nut that needs to move to Europe so you can get everything free like your food stamps.

    January 18, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. FLIndpendent

    @TRUTH – "We need to come up with a system to deny gasoline and oil to Democrats and tree huggers. They should be REQUIRED to live the life they are trying to force on the rest of us."
    ________________________________________
    We need to come up with a system to deny the use of roads, public schools, fire protection, police protection, social security, medicare (all considered Socialism!) to Repubs as they should be REQUIRED to live the life they are trying to force on the rest of us!

    January 18, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Omari

    Former President Bill Clinton said Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney can't say what they believe and get nominated in a GOP primary, in an interview with Esquire published Wednesday.

    "As a private citizen he [Gingrich] was for certain important health-care reforms and believed in climate change and believed there had to be a strong reaction to it. And now he's just like Romney," Clinton said. "Neither one of them can say what they believe to be true and get nominated. Romney's still trying to figure out what he did as governor of Massachusetts and still appeal to this driving vituperative energy."

    Gingrich has cited his work with Clinton when he was Speaker of the House as evidence that he can fix the economy. Other times, he has left out Clinton and touted balancing the budget and creating 11 million new jobs.

    When asked last December whether Gingrich could take credit for balancing the budget, Clinton said, "Not really, but I think he did work with me to pass some good budgets."

    Clinton, however, praised his former adversary last November to NewsMax, saying, "I think he's doing well just because he's thinking, and people are hungry for ideas that make some sense."

    Clinton also praised Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts in December, adding that it would be a "mistake" to underestimate him.

    Clinton told Esquire that Republicans have been pushed farther to the right.

    "Every time the president adopts a plan that they [Republicans] once advocated, they abandon it and push farther to the right," he said. "But the voters can push them back."

    January 18, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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