White House to announce opposition to Keystone pipeline project
January 18th, 2012
12:08 PM ET
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White House to announce opposition to Keystone pipeline project

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration will likely announce its opposition to the controversial Keystone pipeline project as early as today, according to a Democratic source briefed on the matter.

Though House Speaker John Boehner's office has not yet been informed of the White House decision, the Speaker said today, "This is not good for our country. The president wants to put this off until it's convenient for him to make a decision. That means after the next election. The fact is the American people are asking the question right now, "Where are the jobs?"

The proposed Keystone pipeline has been caught up in the Washington political discourse since Republicans inserted a clause in the payroll tax cut negotiations last fall trying to force a decision on the project within a limited time frame. The White House had tried to push the decision until 2013 after the coming presidential election.

The pipeline would run from northern Alberta in Canada down to Texas's Gulf Coast. Republicans and some unions want to push approval through for the project in favor of the job creation prospects. The administration points to environmental reviews still underway and opponents express concerns about the nation's oil dependency being further embraced in regards to not rushing a decision.


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  1. Mike

    go live in a hut

    January 18, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Working Class Hero

    This is good news, this oil pipeline will create only very few permanent (unlike what the Republicans would have you believe) and will only harm the environment, water aquifers, and countless farmlands. This is bad project and does not help us ween ourselves off of our oil addiction and into the sustainable and replenishable energy resources. Thank you Obama! Good man, good man.

    January 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Nameed

    How long can an environmental reacearch report take? One would guess as long as Pres Obama wants. If terrorists had the capability to disturb our food supply ya think they wouldn't do so anyway.

    January 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. angryersmell

    A Canadian and his oil are soon parted.

    January 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. btxxx

    And yes, Obama is a Union Crony. He is making sure he gets the environmentalist money now and will cash in on the Unions later.

    January 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Rickster

    Yet another in an endless stream of reasons to throw President Failure out the door in November.

    January 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. j0e

    Why do I even look at these comments, they make me sick. I am going outside to pee on a tree and kick a squirrel. Try to stop me......

    January 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Rob

    As others have posted, we already have several hundred thousand miles of pipeline in the US. This is not an enviornmental concern as it is one of the cleanest ways to transport crude. We need this pipeline. "opponents express concerns about the nation's oil dependency being further embraced in regards to not rushing a decision" This is a joke. The concern should be the nations FOREIGN (Middle East) dependency. The situation in the middle east could change in a heartbeat. It sure would be nice if the US didn't have to rely on Middle East crude. That doesn't mean that we don't need to look at alternatives. That means we need to change the situation, so we don't have to worry about energy from the middle east.

    January 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    canada is our friend . we need the work and we need the oil. DO WHAT IS RIGHT. I don,t want to be buying oil from China. I don,t want to buy anything from China. run the pipeline.

    January 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. AJ

    I love how socialist governments get involved in private business matters.

    January 18, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Bill

    what is wrong waiting until the proper enviornmental assessments are properly completed? This is the same industry that caused the spill into the gulf – that cost over 40 billion dollars, and it is still not clear what the final impact to nature, people and jobs will be. Republicans just want to make a political point by saying decide now – and all else be damed. I say do it right the first time, which we failed to do in the gulf.

    January 18, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. SL

    Wow!

    I see a lot of people drinking from the Obama Kool Aid. Job numbers way overblown? don't need it?

    Have you checked the unemployment, trade deficit, debt numbers not to mention the rising costs of gas?

    How long are you going to continue to live in denial?

    January 18, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. julie

    why don't some of you numbskulls do a bit of research before you speak about this pipeline......do folks living in the states really want this pipeline thru their states...............its toxic what about leaks..... some of U have o'd on faux news

    January 18, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. FLIndpendent

    You people pouncing on the President for this decision are really just full of hate...that's all it is. If this pipeline ever goes through it will NOT mean our gas prices will go lower as the oil will be sold on the open market as it is now. We will not have rights to use the gas it produces on our soil. You people need to get a grip on reality...the oil industry is controlling our world and we MUST move toward alternative energy sources. As far as jobs, the number this pipeline will create won't put a dent into the recovery but creating jobs to fix our infrastructure certainly would but the Repubs/Tea Partiers have fought against that since it was in President Obama's jobs plan.

    January 18, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. A geologist

    There are currently 2.3 million miles of pipeline carrying petroleum products and other haz materials criss-crossing the US. 55,000 miles of that total carry crude oil, some going through the same general area as proposed now. Ir we can't get this thing permited and on lone for construction there is a serious problem.

    January 18, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. stevetall

    Boehner's crying about the lack of jobs? Since when does he care about jobs, other than his own? What a putz! He's spent the past 3 years not leading his party to do something constructive, not cooperating, and not compromising. He has done nothing to benefit his fellow American or his fellow man. What a putz!

    January 18, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. SL

    Jennifer M

    What about the reckless trains already transporting that stuff and double frequency because there is no pipeline. Newsflash – that stuff is already being transported!

    January 18, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. strangerq

    Amazing the number of naives who are so blinded by propaganda hate, that they cannot even understand that the TransCanada Pipeline exports Canadian oil thru the US and to the Gulf Coast where it can then exported.

    It is not American oil. It is a foreign country confiscating American land and exposing America to environmental risk.

    This is why I oppose it.

    The idiots who can't find Alberta on a map, and who think for some reason this is an American oil project, do not persuade of the projects benefits. They only persuade to the effect of how utterly gullible THEY are.

    January 18, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. SgtSerge

    I liked Obama, but it is very clear he is in this for himself. As a Canadian, I hope this is overturned because I know China has already offered to pay for a build if we can suppy it. We would make more money from China but we would rather help our brothers in America........ but you can force people.

    This has got to be one of the dumbest moves..... I could understand talking about moving it to a safer place, but to not do anything makes Obama a moron IMO.

    January 18, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Jon

    Its nice to see some people actually understand that this pipeline is owned by a foreign company and will be pumped straight through the U.S, and to the people who want this to happen, may I clue you in to the fact that most of the oil bought by the U.S is bought from Canada already, also most of the people being hired would be non U.S workers.

    January 18, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. think

    on another note, we can add 50,000 jobs building long range nuclear missiles, i'm going to support it so that people can work again.

    January 18, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. FLIndpendent

    @ John – "How many miles of oil pipeline already exist in the U.S.? Answer, 400,000 miles."

    ------------
    Then please explain why we need more and why we haven't seen gas prices go down??

    January 18, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Pissed off canadian

    You Americans get your own oil. Leave Canadian oil in Canada where it belongs. Our gas prices are high too... Why should we give our oil to you Americans while we continue to pay through the roof for our gas??

    January 18, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. JerrynFlorida

    "The number of Americans who say economic conditions in the country are "very poor" has dropped dramatically, according to a new national survey".

    But according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday, most of those people switched from describing the economy as "very poor" to "somewhat poor." The survey also indicates there's been little change in President Barack Obama's approval rating.

    Simply put, Americans are now able to see through the smoke and mirrors as well as studying up on the issues. Why is this president and his moronic administration doing some of the exact same things they condemned President Bush for? Americans now understand the president's rhetoric for what it is; just rhetoric. Americans now understand that "Hope and Change" was just bogus rhetoric/dream. And most of all, Americans are now starting to determine that the "Divider-in-Chief" that was crowned slightly three years ago is clueless and way in over his head. And because of his political ideology, he has surrounded himself with equally clueless advisors and "Yes Men/Women."

    Actually, I am thrilled American is waking up from this nightmare. Now we really need to remember and educate ourselves for the 20102 elections. Under no circumstances lets allow our selves to be hoodwinked, AGAIN!

    January 18, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Ken

    Here is some honest factual information. (1) The environmentalists want to stop this pipeline because their goal is to stop the tar sands production in Canada which they believe to be do destructive to the environment (yet the Canadian government has approved). But will stopping this pipeline do this? No. China has already signaled their willingness to buy the oil (they need lots) and provide financial support to build the pipeline to the west to a Canadian port. The environmentalists know this but they believe they can slow such a pipeline down in the Canadian provincial courts for many years, drawing things out in the hopes of bankrupting or making the tar sands drillers walk away due to no profits. (2) Once this pipeline is in place and full production, the US can cut it’s dependence on MidEast oil to it’s lowest level in 40+ years. Once in place only 20% of our oil would come from the MidEast. If the US were to combine this pipeline with an aggressive program to support alternative energies (Solar, Wind and such), the US could eliminate MidEast oil as a concern within 12 years (some say 10, others 15). Oh we would still import oil .. but from Canada and Mexico primarily. The MidEast then becomes Europes problem (and as they created the hodge-podge of country borders, they deserve it). (3) Job – this program will create jobs. $7 Billion in spending by private companies will lead to a lot of jobs building the pipeline as well as all the companies supporting it with materials, property taxes for the states, all the businesses supported by people with jobs spending their money, etecetera… (4) Lastly, Obama was in favor of this pipeline until the environmentalists threatened to not donate to his reelection campaign or work in support of it. Only then did the tune out of the White House change. In other words, Obama is willing to trade American Jobs and higher dependence on MidEast Oil for he US for cold hard cash to support his campaign as well as willing volunteers to spread his message of “Hope”.

    These are the facts. Yes there are risks with any such pipeline (and the eco-bloggers will be more than willing to share their stories of potential horrors of what might or could go wrong IF the right work and precautions are not taken). I do not deny the risks. But I believe the risks are controlled and managed and very low. And the benefits of his project so greatly outweigh the risks that anyone thinking of how to improve America long term (instead of their own short-sighted goals) would approve of this work.

    January 18, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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