Obama to make Keystone decision in next couple months
February 24th, 2014
02:15 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama to make Keystone decision in next couple months

Updated 3:33 p.m. ET, 2/24/2014

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will decide whether to go forward with the Keystone XL pipeline in the next couple months, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said on Monday.

"I did ask the President when we could anticipate a decision on the Keystone pipeline. I asked him if he could use his executive order power to do that, but finally he did come back and say that he anticipates an answer one way or the other in a couple of months," Fallin told reporters at a news conference after a meeting between governors and the President at the White House.

The proposed TransCanada pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast would run through Oklahoma.

Fallin, a Republican, supports approval and indicated that’s why she brought the issue up at the meeting.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, said Obama told the governors that "some people will be happy, some people will be sad" on the Keystone decision, but didn't tip his hand either way.

The Obama administration's pending decision on Keystone comes after a State Department environmental report indicated that the project won't have a big impact on carbon emissions that cause climate change.

White House spokesman Jay Carney would not comment on the President's timeline for making a decision, referring questions to the State Department.

"I don't have any insight into that decision or its effect," Carney told reporters when asked about Fallin's comments.

Many Republicans and pipeline supporters said the report, released last month, means Obama should approve Keystone while environmentalists decried the findings.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also said he also asked Obama about the pipeline at the White House meeting but was skeptical that he would take action on the issue.

"In the State of the Union, the President talked about using his pen and also he said in subsequent speeches he talked about using his phone to take executive actions and to bypass Congress," he told reporters after the meeting.

"And certainly I made a few suggestions today, and I've got additional suggestions on how he could do that if he were serious about growing the economy. The Keystone pipeline is certainly one."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was more confident Obama would approve the pipeline.

"Just write it down. He's going to approve it," Perry said at a news conference with Republican governors. "There is no defending not opening the XL pipeline. …The President is going to do this. I don't know why he's going to wait two or three months."

Supporters say the Keystone project would help further reduce U.S. dependence on Mideast oil, and create jobs. Environmentalists contend it could lead to more spills.

The project also faces legal challenges.

Governors were in Washington over the weekend for the National Governors Association winter meeting.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: Mary Fallin • Neil Abercrombie • President Obama
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    salty dog
    Just, would you let your neighbors run their sewage line through your backyard because its more convenient for them, mind you, there is no visible benefit for you? Of course not, that's why the Koch brothers pushed to have a second study done, the first one was not influenced by their money, so they demanded another one and guess what, no risk. Total BS, period.
    -

    it is not my backyard and it isn't yours either. and it is not a sewerage line. so i suppose you want to shut down the hundreds of thousands of miles of pipelines that already criss cross this country? if not why not? we are not reading about all those pipelines causing irreparable damage to anything. this is all just hysterical hype from the far left environmental azealots of the demorcat party.

    and if there ever comes a time when that oil may be needed in this country, well then we will be well positioned to use it now won't we? or would you rather tell people in the north east to freeze to death in the winter?
    ********************
    Has anyone on her called for shutting down all the pipleine? Talk about hysteria. People need to realize that the pipeline, if properly maintained, has been deemed to have a minor environmental impact. By the same token, the jobs bonanza that was promised will never materialize, so stop using this as the GOP's "shovel ready job" that will magically lift the country up. It will have a minor impact economically( if it has any impact), and its certainly not the magic bullet people have been led to believe it is.

    February 24, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. bill birch

    Watched sec of energy Moniz on cspan speak at the press club. He has no input on keystone other than to say its the decision of sec Kerry to make. Surely he would have made a recommendation but would not clarify after being asked twice about it. He did say the DOE is an "all of the above" approach but I guess not when it comes th keystone as he put "as we wind down use of fossil fuel for transportation.

    February 24, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -countingdown

    salty dog
    Counting,,explain how it reduces our oil dependence? If you don't think the Koch brothers are corrupting our system, I'm not going to go there, only an idiot thinks otherwise. Why did they spend over 100 million in our last election? Just because, wake up, they have nothing for you, its just that simple.

    The burden of proof is on you! You are spouting crap as truth! I want to know facts!
    ******************************
    So, because it does not fit your world view its crap, yet you demand facts: off your meds? If you have time to post ill-informed rants, you have time to do research.

    February 24, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Boomer in Mo

    So she wants to condemn U.S. farmland for a Canadian corporation. Farmers are fighting this, which is almost never reported.

    February 24, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -Me

    salty dog

    Counting,,explain how it reduces our oil dependence? If you don't think the Koch brothers are corrupting our system, I'm not going to go there, only an idiot thinks otherwise. Why did they spend over 100 million in our last election? Just because, wake up, they have nothing for you, its just that simple.
    _________________
    Is this all you people can do, call other idiots when they don't agree with you??? Seriously you need to get a life and get out more, you will be much happier, walk away from the computer once in a while!!!
    ************************
    Very ironic, coming from a fairly prolific poster who has been known to engage in ad hominem attacks.

    February 24, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    @countingdown: "If you have absolute proof of wrong doing then present it to congress otherwise the courts will settle the issue and your opinions don't matter! Your hatred of the tea party or the GOP is irrelevant!"

    If when the courts settle an issue opposing viewpoints no longer matter, then why haven't anti-choice folks shut the heck up?

    *crickets*

    February 24, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. smith

    @Salty dog-The right has the Koch Bros and the left has George Soros. They are both corrupt and in the pockets of specail interest groups.

    February 24, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. countingdown

    The Real Tom Paine countingdown

    Sniffit "There will be no explosion of jobs from Keystone,"

    In fact, it will kill a ton of jobs in the trucking and shipping industry, which has had to grow and expand in order to meet demand for and transport the growing domestic oil supply and production under Obama.

    How many trucking / shipping jobs will be gained from the refining industry? **********************

    We don't transport crude in trucks, and the Longshoreman have not seen a increase in jobs proporational to the increase in petroleum exports we have been enjoying. Once again, due to automation, not a lot of jobs created. Its all about efficiency to the oil business, and they are making money hand over fist because of it. The won't create jobs just for the hell of it: they have to see a compelling need, and re-exporting oil from Canada won't put a dime in the average worker's pockets.

    We do export crude, so what about those jobs? We do transport refined oil/gas by truck! What about those jobs? As a designer of automated systems I can tell you brainless liberals that more jobs will be created by that automation than what you imagine. Design, building, programming, maintaining, technology, equipment, support, are just a few jobs that are a direct function of automation. We need jobs and despite your whining this will provide many much need (non-minimun wage) jobs.

    February 24, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Peach

    If he truly wants to create jobs-he will do this--otherwise--he's a liar (which we know he is).

    February 24, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. patNY

    That's it...game over for the environment and for this planet. With all that dirty crude being extracted out of the ground, we are going to cook ourselves!

    February 24, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -countingdown

    The Real Tom Paine countingdown

    Sniffit "There will be no explosion of jobs from Keystone,"

    In fact, it will kill a ton of jobs in the trucking and shipping industry, which has had to grow and expand in order to meet demand for and transport the growing domestic oil supply and production under Obama.

    How many trucking / shipping jobs will be gained from the refining industry? **********************

    We don't transport crude in trucks, and the Longshoreman have not seen a increase in jobs proporational to the increase in petroleum exports we have been enjoying. Once again, due to automation, not a lot of jobs created. Its all about efficiency to the oil business, and they are making money hand over fist because of it. The won't create jobs just for the hell of it: they have to see a compelling need, and re-exporting oil from Canada won't put a dime in the average worker's pockets.

    We do export crude, so what about those jobs? We do transport refined oil/gas by truck! What about those jobs? As a designer of automated systems I can tell you brainless liberals that more jobs will be created by that automation than what you imagine. Design, building, programming, maintaining, technology, equipment, support, are just a few jobs that are a direct function of automation. We need jobs and despite your whining this will provide many much need (non-minimun wage) jobs.
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    I made it very clear that no one transports crude by truck, but, since we have seen a boom in truck transporation in teh last few years, the pipeline would have no impact on that industry. Shipping has not seen a huge surge in jobs despite the oil exports: why? Because of automation. The design work ios already being done. Are they using teams of people laboring over power drawing to create these systems? No, they are using computer generated propgrazms, programs that were created years ago: the jobs have already been created. That was my point., soemthing that escaped you in your zeal to label people as brain dead. its you who lack the understanding that you cannot take a I&E tech and convert him/her into a programmer on any large scale. You are clearly out of your depth and expereince because, if you did have the experience with thesse industries, you would know that I am right. I have been eating, breathing, and sleeping this equipment for years. Automation does not create jobs, it reduces them by making industries more efficient. Only at the design stage does this work, and by the time the equipment is being isntalled, those people will have moved on to other projects or other jobs. You don't see the whole process, wheras I do. Don't let your pride get in teh way of learning something because it conflicts with your ideology.

    February 24, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Let the Koch brothers WAIT till after the November elections so they can LOSE hundreds of millions of dollars of their daddy's money that keeps rolling in on their daddy's patens that they won't be able to use to BRIBE the GOP congressmen. If these kick brothers can waste hundreds of millions on politicians, then THEY CAN AFFORD TO PAY HUNDERDS OF MILLIONS in MORE TAXES!!!!

    February 24, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. countingdown

    ThinkAgain @countingdown: "If you have absolute proof of wrong doing then present it to congress otherwise the courts will settle the issue and your opinions don't matter! Your hatred of the tea party or the GOP is irrelevant!"

    If when the courts settle an issue opposing viewpoints no longer matter, then why haven't anti-choice folks shut the heck up?

    *crickets*

    Fk you and your silent bs! The courts will decide and if you feel strong enough about it you can voice an opinion but it doesn't change the law unless you are the president and have a pen and ignore the law!

    February 24, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @Peach
    If he truly wants to create jobs-he will do this–otherwise–he's a liar (which we know he is).
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    Peach is Parrot. I think if Obama went out to pick flowers there would someone calling him a liar because that's what Rush said.

    February 24, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. smith

    .

    February 24, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. g

    i hope the farmers win and communist CHINA does not get their oil

    February 24, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. it must be said

    patNY
    That's it...game over for the environment and for this planet. With all that dirty crude being extracted out of the ground, we are going to cook ourselves!
    ---

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!! Thanks for that perfet example of the far left whackjobs controlling the Democrat Party.

    February 24, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Me

    Tampa Tim

    Do right wingnuts prefer being referred to as brain dead or idiots? They seem incapable of finding facts and merely repeat Hannity talking points. I think they are brain dead, but with some reading, they can work their way up to be idiots.
    ________________________
    This coming from someone who NEVER has anything productive in his posts, all you can do is name call cause you have NO ideas, solutions, or really any intelligent thoughts beyond name calling!!! You are the worst on here when it comes to this, at least sniffit, Rudy, Wake, salty, and mama have intelligent thoughts with some interesting ideas (even though I might not agree with some or all of them), you, not so much, just hate!!

    February 24, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up People!

    I'm with rs again Mr.President. Just say NO!!
    -------------------------------------------------
    I'm co-signing that.
    There's too much money at stake to be made.
    The liabilities appear to be extremely limited in case of an "accident" as compared to all the money being made by....persons of interest.
    I applaud the fact that the President is putting this baby through every hoop he can think imaginable.
    This decision is NOT one to be taken lightly in spite of the "apparent" benefits.
    Who's pushing hard for this and why we must ask ourselves.
    Menahwile...Wake up thanks for your support on the Hillary story.
    Lynda Minnesota re: getting some work done from the GOPers,from your mouth to God's ears, but NOT before 2014. The Republicans have not earned the privilege of keeping the House,or much less gaining the Senate.

    February 24, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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