Keystone pipeline a tough decision for Obama
December 13th, 2011
05:22 PM ET
11 years ago

Keystone pipeline a tough decision for Obama

Washington (CNN) - From the beginning, the Keystone XL oil pipeline project presented President Barack Obama with a choice certain to anger part of his political base.

Now at the center of a political showdown over extending the payroll tax cut, the pipeline that would run from northern Alberta in Canada to the Gulf coast of Texas is supported by unions eager to get their members working on construction jobs under the project.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • President Obama
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  1. Sniffit

    And the 1%ers who control the MSM are really going out of their way to help the GOP use the pipeline issue to distract from the rest of their conservative ideological wishlist that they tacked onto the payroll tax...

    December 13, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |

    Obama says we can not wait to act on creating more jobs. And Obama says we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. But when provided an opportunity to do both in one act, he refuses. Instead Canada will likely sell the oil to China and the opportunity will be lost. November is too long to wait to get rid of Obama.

    December 13, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Food stamps for billionaires.

    GOP baggers are holding 160 million Americans hostage to help big oil make more money, and 6500 jobs is minor in comparison to the 8 million jobs lost under the Bush republican economy.

    December 13, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    However, environmentalists oppose how the pipeline bolsters U.S. reliance on oil - in this case a kind that results in more greenhouse gas emissions during production - as well as the potential impact on natural resources.
    The environmentalists however should be supporting the pipeline. The alternative to American refineries is to ship the crude by tanker to China for a refining process that is less environmentally friendly than what is required in the US. On top of that, what is the impact of shipping by tanker to China compared with flowing by pipeline to Taxas? Probably worth considering. The bottom line is, not allowing the oil to be refined in Texas hurts American companies, American workers and doesn't in the big picture reduce pollution from this material. The pipeline makes sense.

    December 13, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. AlaskaPalin

    Obama is holding up job creation at a time when over 14 million are unemployed. He is holding up energy independence. He is keeping the price of energy high. who suffers most is not the rich but the middle class. A republican president will allowed the pipeline.

    December 13, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "And the 1%ers who control the MSM are really going out of their way to help the GOP use the pipeline issue to distract from the rest of their conservative ideological wishlist that they tacked onto the payroll tax..."

    Yeah, like having to show a high school diploma in order to file and collect unemployment insurance. Mine burned up in a fire a number of years ago. How about yours?

    December 13, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. diridi

    For Oil independence, it is a must. Obama, you veto this bill linked to Tax, o.k, It is a GOP idiots drama....I mean GOP idiots-DRAMA. Stop it. immediately. Good luck. Democrats, back up this president. Do not be fools.

    December 13, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Obama 2012

    lol cause the pipeline is a HUGE issue right now CNN? he already said he'll veto, it's a non-issue and just another thing that Repubs are attempting to politicize.

    December 13, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. rs

    As it seems there is little benefit to this project- except to allow big oil to export more, it would seem this project should not be endorsed. It is environmentally questionable, the oil companies are exporting petroleum products, and the number of suppossed jobs has fallen from a "million" (Perry) to an actual 4-8,000 temporary (mostly for Canadians). It is simply a matter for Obama to effectively reveal GOP lies about the project.

    December 13, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Indy

    The pipeline is an extremely complex issue right from where the oil comes from to where it eventually go's and the Obama administration takes it seriously, and Republicans shoot from the hip.

    December 13, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. gt

    no brainer.... put americans to work...keystone will help thousands of americans,,,

    December 13, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. cnnwhynow

    I still hear people call BO out, but the Congress has cut his knees off on everything that was proposed. Kind of like my job at a federal installation. They give me the responsibility and then do everything to ensure you fail. I was written up for contacting a customer and telling them the truth why we couldn't do something, then I was made a coodinator and was told to contact the customers and give status updates. Dumb but it's a job so I don't take it persoanal. It really is the good old boy system all around me. Promotions to time off is all based on race and relationships. Southeast Texas !!!!! If you aint sucking up to big oil then you disappear one way or the other. The redistricting maps are just a clever way to disenfranchise 100,000 voters from voting even if they vote and meet all of the other foolish restrictions. Nothing more than modern polling taxes. Darn shame America still has such a racist streak in 2011.

    December 13, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Ray

    20,000 jobs readily ? Where are pipes coming from? Who is getting this oil? Who is taking the risks? Who going to protect the 1770 miles of pipes from terrorist?

    December 13, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. bill

    Scary photo.

    December 13, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Ex-republican

    DON'T DO IT, Mr President! Let the GOP go down, as they should! Veto it!

    December 13, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. Keith in Austin

    Keystone Pipeline, why it's good for America:

    1: Influx of high-grade Canadian shale oil.

    2: Reduced cost for oil and gas for American consumers.

    3: The immediate creation of 20,000 high-wage shovel ready JOBS!

    4: Reduced dependence on OPEC and unfriendly Mid East nations.

    Why Obama wants to delay decision "until after his re-election bid: Because he doesn't want to upset his left-wing wacko-environmentalist base!

    Pretty revealing where Barry's true colors are huh? If Reid tables or Obama Veto's the recently passed Payroll tax extension, because of this GOP negotiation point, they will both be sorry for making a totally partisan and self-serving decision!

    December 13, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Darrell

    Stand tall Mr. President: Veto the bill...If the Congressional Republicans leave town blaming you, then go to their districts and hold news conferences with their voters who could use the $1,500 dollars for their household...I am sure these cowards, Congressional Republicans, will get the message and find away a fast plane/train back to DC.

    December 13, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Independent Voter

    President Obama american got your back so Veto the republican bill it is a disaster.
    We going to vote republican out of the office so we can bring our country back on track.
    Boehner,cantor, McConnell got to go vote them out now and send them to jail

    December 13, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. broderick

    Mr president VETO,VETO and don't pass this pipeline joke no more caving In for the EVIL HATE GOP!! O I for got u clowns loose in 2012

    December 13, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    President Obama – you can take care of that AFTER you get reelected – and you will get reelected!!! DO NOT let the PUBstructionist distract you. VETO the bill – get the payroll tax cut passed without attachments – Doing that will show more strength.

    YOU are the President. The Republicans want to use this – which is the ONLY reason why they are adding it to the bill – against you in the future. The Republicans will say that YOU turned down a "job-creator". The PUBS have NOT created ONE SINGLE job since taking over the house and now they want to use YOU to ACT like they are creators. Don’t fall for it!!

    That PIPELINE should get done on YOUR TIME!!! That would be the next greatest project you would accomplish on YOUR TIME – not the Republicans!!! VETO the bill with this ATTACHMENT!

    Obama 2012!!!

    December 13, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  21. tamara reina

    This is more than just a dilemma dug deep on this one

    December 14, 2011 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  22. Marry

    The only “problem” the President ever had was when he tried to work “with” the GOP/TP! The intent of the GOP/TP is just too obvious! Unless they separate the bill – VETO it!
    President Obama 2012!!!!

    December 14, 2011 06:02 am at 6:02 am |