Republicans continue call for Obama to approve pipeline
March 30th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Republicans continue call for Obama to approve pipeline

(CNN) – Republicans pressed President Barack Obama again Saturday to approve the controversial proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska said in the weekly Republican address the Keystone pipeline "is primed to give our economy a shot in the arm and make energy more affordable – and it won't cost the taxpayers a dime."

The Obama administration rejected a permit in January 2012 for the northern leg of the pipeline that crosses the U.S.-Canada border. The administration turned down the proposal, but said an alternate route from Nebraska had yet to be decided.

Opponents of the northern leg say there's too high a risk for potential water and soil contamination from the 500,000 to 700,000 barrels of crude oil that would traverse the pipeline each day. Critics also say the type of oil from the tar sands would release more greenhouse gases than the average transportation fuels sold or distributed in the United States.

While the entire 1,700 mile pipeline was not approved, Obama last March moved to fast-track the southern portion of the pipeline that runs from Oklahoma to the Gulf.

TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, began construction on that portion in August.

In his address, Terry said Obama's administration was blocking the full pipeline "using every bureaucratic trick and excuse in the book."

"It's now been more than 1,600 days since the initial permits were filed for building the pipeline," Terry said. "To put that in perspective, it took the United States a little more than 1,300 days to win World War II, and it took Lewis and Clark about 1,100 days to walk the Louisiana Purchase and back."

CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    The "sludge" that will run through that pipeline is so dirty that a spill in the Kalamazoo river has left it so filthy there are no fish and people are warned not to drink or even touch the water. I say no. The oil will be shipped to china anyway – it isn't the grade that we use here.

    March 30, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  2. GI Joe

    And it can't be cleaned up because it is so heavy it sinks and lays on the bottom of the water. "won't cost a penny" my butt.

    March 30, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  3. wmontanye

    Shame on him for tying to protect our waters and air. What is he thinking???

    March 30, 2013 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  4. Thomas

    U.S. Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska said in the weekly Republican address the Keystone pipeline "is primed to give our economy a shot in the arm and make energy more affordable – and it won't cost the taxpayers a dime."

    The same GOP mindset said the same thing before the war with Iraq , it won't cost the tax payers a dime.

    More GOP Junkie shot in the arm advice and mindset.

    March 30, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Tony in Maine

    Terrible idea. The proposed pipeline crosses a multi-state aquafer that provides much of the worlds wheat and corn. Of course, Exxon hasn't figured out how to make vodka or bourbon yet, so Inhofe and Cornyn will lead the charge for oil company profits over human life.

    And no, it will not mean oil independence for North America. The pipeline goes to a gulf coast refinery. The refined products will go on the world market.

    Also interesting – the cost of refining tar sand oil will probably cause our gasoline prices to soar. Both PhRMA and The Seven Deadly Sister aka big oil charge American consumers enough to cover overhead including obscene compensation for management.

    March 30, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Betsy

    There really has to be big money in this for the Republicans because they keep trying to push it. This has been covered over and over. This does not benefit the US. The oil is all going to go to China and India. There are only some jobs until the pipeline is built and then there are only a few to take care of maintenance. It is about time that the people let these Republicans know that we are not interested in destroying all the land it would require with no benefits for the American people. Jeez !

    March 30, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Yanni

    Republicans know how to stand for the oil man. The party of the few selected.

    March 30, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. GI Joe

    I hope he makes the republicans attach their name to this pipeline, because it will cause death and damage. Name it the John Boehner pipeline and see if he pushes it.

    March 30, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. g

    pipe made in India carrying oil to export china

    March 30, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Thomas

    Coast to coast high speed rail before pipeline .

    March 30, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This pipeline will be an environmental disaster. Of course, the greedy Republicans don't care about that!

    March 30, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Jack Wolf

    Just say no!

    March 30, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. RINO Bill

    Only Republicans, bought and paid for by the oil industry, would favor allowing Canada to send its toxic sludge in a pipeline, of marginal design, running thousand of miles through the United States. Of course none of them would want that pipeline going through the backyards of their homes.

    March 30, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. pflatman

    Republicans don't give a hoot about the environment. Bought and paid for by Exxon Mobile, BP, and Shell.

    March 30, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. PJ

    Tony in Maine is absolutely right. I have yet to read anything close to proof of the so-called jobs that would be
    created. The oil will be refined here in Texas, in a tax-free area, which means no money for the US and it
    will be on the world market.
    The damage that could (and likely) would be done due to cracks and spillage would devastate the
    Ogallala aquifer, and 12 spills have already happened.
    GI Joe is right. The sludge is filthy. The process even worse. Someone said they pull the contaminated water
    out of the drill site, then slam it back into the earth. It is very toxic.
    TransCanada doesn't care, they need to expand their oil trade business outside of the US
    Politicians don't care, they want the money.
    Makes me sad. Before you say "write your Senators", let me remind you they are Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.

    March 30, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. lottie

    GOP against better fuel because EPA says the price would increase by a penny but lets send all this crap here from Canada. Hum? EPA money goes to the government pipeline money into the pockets of the rich. Gee no wonder the repos want it. Screw the enviornment who needs to breath?

    March 30, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Bill

    Every damn liberal Post here. 1st off. Pipelines carry more products then your little PEA Brains could be PROGRAMED to HANDLE. 2nd Typical Liberal Logic, Going from point A to point B. Start building in the Middle. Liberal issue's with "Big Oil" making a Profit? Cause "Big Oil" Bank Accounts are not THERE'S. Remember your Liberal Leaders Promise's You Belived. What Has Barry OBAMA done for you? Time has Shown just How Self Centered "All about Me" OBAMA and your BeLoved Democrats HAVE DONE NOTHING.. POINTING FINGERS BLAMING EVERYONE ELES. Obama says budget cuts will COST Teacher's jobs. Hasnt Slowed His Waistfull Spending Habits any. Go Cry About Rebulicans to The White House.. Oh You Cant Now. The Peoples House? NO OBAMA'S PRIVATE PARTY MANSION.

    March 30, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. rosethornne

    Why do GOPhers keep lying? The nasty sludge from this pipeline will go right to the coast and be sold overseas. IT WILL NOT do anything about energy in this country.

    However, it very well might poison drinking water and kill crops. And GUESS who will be left to clean up the mess? Not the oil billionaires nor their puppets in office, that's for sure.

    March 30, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. 4 trillion

    So Canada ships their "dirty" oil from Northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico for export...Since the US is now officially "a net fuel exporter", for the first time in history, this would have little effect on us or on the price of oil.....It would create a few thousand temporary jobs to be weighed against the environmental impact of the northern big shakes either way, but should be checked out closely first.

    March 30, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. ARTraveler

    The Republicans in a subdivision in Mayflower Arkansas are wanting to see whether they get to go back home after an explosion in an Exxon oil pipeline yesterday near a residential area. Dirt dams are being built to keep the oil out of Lake Conway, a state-owned fishing lake near the spill. The local Tea Party US Republican Houise member, Tim Griffin, has assured the people that their water supply was safe although it is obvious from what he said , he didn't know where Conway AR, population 58,000, gets it water. This area is heavily Tea Party Republican so I guess they won't mind losing their houses since the spill is laying on top of the ground and roads in local pictures. It is now raining in the area and the question will be whether it floats off on top of the water or shows itself to be the dirty oil that just sinks to the bottom. A few years ago, a 6' line broke in Washington state, destroying homes and killing residents. Can we route this Canadian pipeline disaster through the US House Chamber since they are so sure it is safe and teh place already is stained with the stink of oil dollars..

    March 30, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. w l jones

    Why not build the Refineral over the Oil sand and ship the gas by truck to Gulf coast !! Case close.

    March 30, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. shuman

    Assertions that this will not be environmentally compliant are purely ideologically based false dogma. Only gullible morons or incorrigible partisans make false statements like that.

    March 30, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. norma jean

    Aside from the other reasonable points mentioned to not go with the pipeline....we have been told time and again by solid sources that the oil from this line will go overseas and not benefit the any way...... As "Jack" says....."just say no!!!""

    March 30, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. CAWinMD

    Obama talks about Easter and service to others, Republicans rail about a pipeline that will have zero impact on our economy (for perspective, Keystone is supposed to produce 20,000 jobs over 2 years, or less than 1000 jobs a month. The economy produced 200,000 jobs last month alone).

    The contrast is just stunning.

    Happy Easter everybody.

    March 30, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Ray E. (Georgia)

    For a bit about pipelines Google Big Inch Pipeline.

    March 30, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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