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

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. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Obama won't do ANYTHING to help this country when it comes to oil. He'd rather see gas at $10/gallon and all of us riding horses or unemployed because we can't find a job within walking distance of our homes.

    Just another one to add to the very long list of Obama job killing policies. November can't get here fast enough.

    January 18, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. JRuss

    We don't want that foreign oil!!!!!!!!!!

    January 18, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. JGW

    What a great idea to run thousands of mile of oil pipeline through the center of our country over aquifers that supply water to 8 states and many farming communities. If this doesn't beg for a terrorist attack, I don't know what would. Why not just build a refinery at the source. The oil companies don't want this becuase it would increase gasoline supplies and drop the price. Instead most of our refineries are in states that get hit by hurricanes.

    January 18, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Leroy

    If folks would research and find out just how toxic and nasty this crude really is, they would understand the President's cautious position on this project.

    January 18, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. BOMBO ©

    Meh. We'll just sell it to the Pacific rim countries. One way or another, it'll get pulled out of the ground, processed, sold, and burned up. I would think that an oil self-sufficient NAFTA zone would make more sense, but enjoy your Saudi and Venezuelan oil instead.

    January 18, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Soni

    OF COURSE HE WILL................Why get you guys jobs. Obama will prove himself a jobkiller by doing this and he is only doing it because its election year and that little plan my friends will backfire on him as he packs to move out of the Whitehouse in 12 months

    January 18, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. unemployed

    How typical of Obama, his policies are complete failures, he tries to push off the decision till after the election and now will be forced to appease his base of environmentalists. I need this work, we don't have many other options and it will provide a nice income for the forseeable future. He should be ashamed of himself and he should be promptly kicked out of office. What have you done for us Obama, nothing... but your wife sure knows how to spend the tax payers money, he should rein her in, and i really mean "rein" neigh...

    January 18, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Lizzie

    Here we go again, no jobs for thousands, but this administration is for job creation in CHINA, government owed Chinese companies allotted infrostructure jobs that american companies could have done.

    January 18, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Tom from Canonsburg

    Why does Texas need more jobs? Build the refinery in Montana.

    January 18, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Bob L

    It conveniently goes to a port where they already have plenty of oil, yet they say they have no plans to export it.

    January 18, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. mfx3

    Funny how the same people who claim to love "God's country" also lobby to have it scarred up by a disgusting giant pipeline pumping sludge across the heartland. All because it might add jobs, which is laughable because all it will do it provide contract money to existing contractors (ie, no jobs added).

    January 18, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Tony

    And if Obama approved the pipeline today without any environmental research on the new route, if there's a spill the Republicans will shout "It's Obama's fault, he approved it!"

    Scorched-earth policies are never good, Republicans. Without the environmental review, nobody knows if the new route is safe, so how can anyone say "yes, go ahead" and even remotely be considered a responsible steward of the land? You force his hand, you get the results.

    January 18, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Richard

    Fool. Still want to be stuck in the Middle East, squandering billions, fighting wars, keep sending welfare payments to Pakistan, Israel and Egypt. Obama is a gonner if he doesn't sign off on this. If I were Romney, I'd hammer him on it.

    January 18, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Oldeskoolfan

    Yeah, Mr. Boehner. Where are the jobs? You have house of Reps in your pocket, yet absolutely refuse to pass anything that creates even ONE job. Meanwhile, Obama has created over 2.7 million jobs.

    January 18, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Lizzie

    Leroy, yea your right, nasty and the present administration is working hard so we get $10 gas and only government employees can afford to drive, the rest of us better get used to walking and riding bikes.

    January 18, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. sayer

    I'm glad he is firmly stating his position on this. Then if the republicans have their way, put in a pipeline, and becomes a major disaster, it will undeniably be their fault. Obama 2012!

    January 18, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. kll

    "December 2010, according to Boehner’s financial disclosure forms, he invested $10,000 to $50,000 each in seven firms that had a stake in Canada’s oil sands, the region that produces the oil the pipeline would transport. The firms include six oil companies—BP, Canadian Natural Resources, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Devon Energy and Exxon—along with Emerson Electric, which has a contract to provide the digital automation for the first phase of a $9.4 billion Horizon Oil Sands Project in Canada."

    January 18, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. TStreet

    No one should be surprised, this president could care less about jobs or providing the energy the nation needs. Obama has been a bad joke as president, so it is in our national security to give the Canadians the opportunity to see this resource to the Chinese. November can't get here fast enough. As a nation we can only pray that President Romney will undo as many of the Obama mistakes as he can.

    January 18, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Ryan

    This isn't an issue about jobs at all. It's an issue about Republican oil company lobbying and kickbacks. The potential risks of this project far outweigh the benefits. Obama is right in being cautious here.

    January 18, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. John

    How many miles of oil pipeline already exist in the U.S.? Answer, 400,000 miles.
    When is the last time we had a leak? Answer, 1978.

    Enough said..................

    January 18, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    u need 2 build it now , this could be your legacy , you won't b able 2 do it in your second term , there won't b one !!!!

    January 18, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Mark B.

    Of course he'll oppose it. He wants us enslaved to foreign countries. He wants our econmy to fail. How can anyone not see this?

    January 18, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Meki60

    can't you people see that Obama is purposely trying to ruin the economy for his fascist agenda. how much more can our country take

    January 18, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Terry

    I am no fan of tar sands oil and I am quite certain the jobs estimates will never be realized, but I'm not convinced this is the correct decision. Energy availability is going to be the largest issue this planet faces in the near term (50 years), and we need to exploit every available source. I believe we need to move away from fossil fuels, but wind and solar will not meet the energy needs of the next 50 years. Our efforts need to be focused on efficiency and new energy technologies, but we will still need the oil tar sands in Alberta and shale in Utah provide. Unfortunately.

    January 18, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. carrotroot

    Good, he didn't bend like a weak straw to the Republicans demands for once.

    January 18, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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