Obama to fast track southern half of Keystone XL Pipeline
March 20th, 2012
05:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to fast track southern half of Keystone XL Pipeline

(CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to announce in Cushing, Oklahoma Thursday that his administration will expedite the permit for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, a source familiar with the president's announcement tells CNN.

In January, the Obama administration denied a permit for the 1,700 mile long Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would stretch from Canada's tar sands development to the U.S. Gulf Coast. That decision was met by persistent Republican criticism that the president has not been doing everything possible to create jobs and combat high gas prices.

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  1. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Normal teapublican propaganda from the oil companies paid off members of congress. Republicans out in Nov Dem landslide!!!

    March 20, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Good news for the American Energy industry and for helping a no cost way to create more jobs. This is progress.

    March 20, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Kris Craig

    Once again, President Obama breaks his promise and sells-out his loyal base. And what will he get in return for this betrayal? Will the Republicans stop accusing him of being divisive or uncompromising? Will the Teabaggers realize he's a good guy after all and vote for him? No. Instead, what we get is yet another corporate giveaway at the expense of our already deteriorating environment.

    Keep it up, Mr. President, and those of us who voted for you in 2008 may just decide to stay home this year. I despise the Republican candidates' positions, but you can't keep spitting in our faces thinking that we'll bend over and vote for you no matter what. Thanks for selling us out yet again. Why don't you just reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" while you're at it?

    President Obama has proven to be such a disappointment. His only saving grace is the laughable (and, at times, frightening) field of Republican clowns vying to succeed him. But distaste for the Republicans will only get him so far.

    March 20, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    @four – you do realize that this is only good for the Canadians, right? They want to pipe their oil through our country so that they don't have to waste/spend money shipping it.
    You also know that this oil will be sold on the world market and it's not coming to us, right?
    A few thousand jobs for a year is not the answer. We have bridges and roads that are falling apart. That is where these workers should go and what they should take care of. The heck with the Canadians. If they were brown I bet a lot of you would be up in arms about it!

    March 20, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Myviewis

    Excuse me? Now president Obama Praises the move? Obama objected, everyone objected, everyone trashed, mocked, ridiculed, insulted Republicans for wanting this pipeline, I was critized for thinking this pipeline was a good idea. a job creator and now he Praises the move? What a bunch of hypocrites. Now because president Obama thinks it is okay then everyone thinks it is okay? And if Obama changes his mind tomorrow then is everyone going to change their minds again? What a joke.

    March 20, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    At least President Obama recognized that he was wrong and Republicans were right and it will get done and it will help people find jobs and it will feed families.

    March 20, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Marie MD
    @four – you do realize that this is only good for the Canadians, right? They want to pipe their oil through our country so that they don't have to waste/spend money shipping it.
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    The best place to refine this oil is in America. We have the most environmentally responsible, most efficient capabilities and that does translate into revenues for American refiners. We are not just dumping Canadian oil onto boats. The American petroleum industry will be adding value. This is good.

    March 20, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. arale norimaki

    Oil companies are in the business for profit. Drilling for or refining more crude domestically won't do anything on the cost of gasoline.The fishy issue is why did TransCanada purchase, order and stockpile $1.9 billion in pipe on the hope that the pipeline would be built.NO company invest $1.9 billion in inventory without a firm deal in hand.

    is john Boehner being investigated for owning shares of Trans Canada?

    March 20, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Common Sense Prevails

    @myviewis I love how poeple take things out of context. What the president was against was not the pipeline itself. he was against it going through areas in Nebraska where it was endangering an aquifer. So the fact that he is endorsing this is not a change in position at all but confirming that his only objection is to the route they had chosen. Choose a new route and no objection. end of story.

    March 20, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Jariv

    @Myviewis – I am with you. People are such hypocrites. I like that he is making a good choice. And for the people that care about the environment, demand and buy electric cars. Once you demand it, the price will come down, and no more oil will ever have to be drilled for powering cars. That is the right way !!

    Romney 2012!!

    March 20, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    If anything, this is only going to drive up the price even higher as they front load the costs of building the pipeline onto the current price at the pump. Progress Energy did it here in Florida, bribing the public service commission into allowing them to bill customers up front for a nuclear power plant that may not even get built.

    March 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. GonzoinHouston

    Much of that oil will be refined in Texas and Louisiana. Shell is wrapping up a major expansion of a refinery near Beaumont that will be ideal for this product. Where it is shipped afterwards is up to market forces.

    The extremists on both sides need to recognize that America needs non-OPEC production, nuclear, solar, wind, conservation and anything else that improves our domestic energy capacity. Where both are wrong is when they insist that one or another source is unnecessary.

    March 20, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Pete

    He's speaking of the southern half,probably the portion below the protected wetlands.They're still doing studies on the enviromental impact the pipeline would have in the immediate area.Remember the mess Keystone made.It is still cleaning up in Michigan the 80,000 gallons of crude it dumped years ago,that's why the survey and partial start of the project,plain and simple.They don't clean up in Michigan,they won't get the rest of the agreed permits.

    March 20, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    arale norimaki
    Oil companies are in the business for profit.
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    Did I miss something? Is America supposed to have a communist economy? I hope they are in it for a profit and I hope they continue to make a huge profit. This is where our government gets revenues, not from losses.

    March 20, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. Anthony Gordon

    You guys really thought obama was going to turn down the keystone pipeline ? I knew he wasn't, this thing creates thousands of jobs, no way he was going to turn it down. He was only useing it as leverage to get republicans to do what he wanted. Now he is harnessing it. He will build the other sometime during the main election, I guarantee it.

    March 20, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Myviewis

    @Common Sense Prevails – Obama urged them to vote No, Obama personally lobbied against it, everyone argued that the pipeline might leak, it is a dirty form of crude impacting Nebraska, that Republicans were ignoring environmental concerns, Republicans were mocked, called out of touch because the route had yet to be proposed, people said it was a disaster waiting to happen and Mitt Romney was critized, mocked for favoring the pipeline. So now that it is going through Oklahoma the disaster waiting to happen, the leak is no longer of concern to Obama? Hypocrites.

    March 20, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. DBA

    @Common Sense Prevails
    I love how poeple take things out of context. What the president was against was not the pipeline itself. he was against it going through areas in Nebraska where it was endangering an aquifer. So the fact that he is endorsing this is not a change in position at all but confirming that his only objection is to the route they had chosen. Choose a new route and no objection. end of story.
    -----------------------
    Thankyou for injecting a necessary bit of sanity and fact into this discussion.

    Unfortunately, it will be largely ignored and/or misinterpreted by those who need it the most. But, thankyou for trying.

    March 20, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Common Sense Prevails

    @myviewis again with the misinformation. The reason for the no vote and the lobying against it was because the proposed route went through areas that the state of Nebraska was actually against where there were environmental concerns. Since the pipeline was to be approved at a federal level the decision was out of the actual states hands. All the stuff about its a dirty form of crude were objections made by many environmentalists but lets stick to the facts. The reason for the lobbying was because of the route. Thats is why it was stated by the state department that if a new route was chosen they could re-apply. That is why when a permit was applied for that did not pass through the contested areas (not Nebraska) it is being promoted.

    March 20, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Good strategic move Mr. President, Checkmate. The Republicans will have to find another "got you" because this one has failed them.

    March 20, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Obama to fast track southern half of Keystone XL Pipeline◄
    And gas prices will stay the SAME and it will prove the PUBS have no time
    left to prove that "everything" they say about gas prices is true
    We can DRILL baby DRILL and in the short run, nothing will brew!!

    President Obama is NOT a flip-flopper as some here are saying
    His concerns were the environment – Dang, some read with their brains decaying

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    March 20, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. ARALE NORIMAKI

    Oil companies are in the business for profit. Drilling for or refining more crude domestically won't do anything on the cost of gasoline.The fishy issue is why did TransCanada purchase, order and stockpile $1.9 billion in pipe on the hope that the pipeline would be built.NO company invest $1.9 billion in inventory without a firm deal in hand.

    is john Boehner being investigated for owning shares of Trans Canada?

    insider trading has been one of the perks that our Congressmen and women have gotten away with for years. When they vote on something that they have heavily invested in, it fraud at the highest level. He should be investigated.

    March 20, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. vet in tx

    As I remember, it was denied for 1 reason, and 1 reason only........looks as if another instance of selective short memory is prevelant in this country. Too bad people don't realize this is nothing more than a setup to expose the job creation misleading numbers, by the time this thing gets done in more than likely 6 months, the 2000 jobs created will be for all to see.

    44 has been rope-a-doping the GOP his whole term, and they keep falling for the setup left cross everytime.

    this makes the gas prices go slightly lower so that the GOP interest can be exposed as well, just like they were during the gulf spill.... Paul from KS and Barton from TX "apologizing" (you see who GOP loves apologizing to) to BP

    March 20, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Four and The Door

    T'sah From Virginia
    ...And gas prices will stay the SAME and it will prove the PUBS have no time
    left to prove that "everything" they say about gas prices is true...
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    Once it is up and running and a new, efficient source of supply from a friendly stable country like Canada is established here in the US where it is refined, how do you suppose this will not have an overall effect of reducing the price? Are you expecting the fundamentals of economics to just cease occurring in this mature market ?!?! What evil dark force do you suppose will be powerful enough to make this happen?

    March 20, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. RWB1956

    You guys do realize that the pipeline won't be built by tommorow?
    Gas prices will go down long before this pipeline has ANY effect on this countrry. And it probably won't be what you're hoping for. But dream on.

    March 20, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. geg

    a lot off temperary jobs for america– a lot of oil to be exported to india and china–to me it should be a law if its drilled in north america it should stay in north america

    March 20, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |