White House to announce opposition to Keystone pipeline project
January 18th, 2012
12:08 PM ET
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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. Jason

    Obama rather waste more money on projects like Solyndra....pathetic

    January 18, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Poipounder

    Don't budge Obama. Not enough research has been done on this pipeline. The Republicans just want to see you out come election time and they will do anything including throwing the economy over the cliff. People need to realize the GOP establishment can no longer be trusted. They have no beliefs anymore and it is just about money.

    January 18, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. scooter

    Either way is fine with me. However....if Democrats want Obama to be FDR then they would be in favor of him approving the pipeline. A gigantic amount of public projects, that included, damming many major rivers, the flooding of valleys for power and water, the running of pipelines and power lines all over the hinterland, were all aspects of FDR's New Deal. Before the massive rural electrification of America under FDR, only 1 in 10 rural families had electrical power. Afterward 90% of rural America had reliable electrical service. This also included massive investments in coal fire power plants. So my Democratic friends, if you want a new New Deal, be prepared to settle for a lot of bulldozer work.

    January 18, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Joe

    any oil pump throgh theline is or the global market not just the US, so it wouldn't effect our prices. secondly all the rivers, Farmland, and aquaducts. We need to make sure this thing is safe. How quickly we forget that almost a year ago we almost killed a sea. Stops letting these GOP and oil companies sucker you people when the bottom line is profit. They don’t care about America, they don’t care about jobs or you….

    January 18, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Jason

    He rather waste more money on projects like Solyndra....pathetic

    January 18, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. TPF

    Obama makes Jimmy Carter look smarter everyday.

    January 18, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Rick1278

    @CaliforniaBC ... If you are selling Alaskan oil to China, energy independance is not high on the priority list... despite it being a repeated topic in successive State of the Union speeches from presidents from BOTH parties. As for the Chineese not wanting to buy our oil,,, you are insane... As soon as the decision was put off the first time our govt said 'ok, no problem, you do not want our oil, we will sell it to someone else'.

    January 18, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. skarphace

    The Keystone Pipeline project is a horrible idea: it creates only temporary jobs to Americans, puts the enviromnent at risk, polutes deep water aquifers, and violates private property rights.

    All for the sole purpose of increased profits for oil companies and the polititians that are in their pockets.

    In addition, it will not reduce the price of gas because most if not all of that oil will be exported by the Canadian companies refining the oil (why else pump it all the way to the Gulf?).

    This American says to our President: don't just kick the can down the road; kill this nasty project once and for all.

    January 18, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. j0e

    What do you people want? To live in the stone ages? This country is falling so far behind because of all the idiot tree huggers, One idiot talks about it being a terrorist attraction? So because your afraid of people, you dont build things? With that idiot thinking, we shouldnt build anything taller than 30 stories then, other wise it will be a terrorist attraction. Lets build holes in the ground and hide and live off of bugs, would that make you happy? Stop. your ruining a country that I was hoping my kids would enjoy.

    January 18, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Bill

    OldSkoolfan: I would like to see some facts to support the 2.7 million job claim.

    January 18, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Lance

    Wow what a collection of morons we have commenting here. I guess when you are a lazy liberal it is much easier to blame the oil companies than think. First we have nearly half a million miles of existing oil pipeline in the US with an extremely good safety record. Second this would be good for the US economy as we could buy this oil and its being directly piped to US refineries (The Canadians won't guarentee us all of the oil (why would they?)but economics argues we would get most of it anyway). Just another example of environmentalism shooting itself in the foot.

    January 18, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Norm

    Not only are the jobs this will create overestimated, but most will be temporary and probably auctioned out to to foreign companies.
    The handful of people that will profit from this pipeline, will promise anything to get it rolling.
    As in the past, they know once it's approved, there will be no stopping it.
    This is why we can't let the Grand Oil Party run this country.They could care less about the American tax payer and worker that made them wealthy in the first place. Bring all of our jobs back to this country, then we'll talk.

    January 18, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Levelplayer7

    Good, this project was only good for the filthy rich, power mongering corporation who couldn't care less about raping our natural resources. Meanwhile they live in exotic place around the world. The world is their oyster and they have plenty of money to insulate themselves from the harsh realities that they leave behind in their wake..

    January 18, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Hans

    Overall it needs to be passed and will eventually be passed, likely holding out until the GOP nomination is set, and Obama is just holding out to make sure he and the Dems get the best deal they can, as they have to make up for a few past blunders in debt ceiling, payroll tax, Bush tax cuts, unpassed jobs act, etc.

    January 18, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. p m

    people are complaining about pipelines being terrorist targets... please.... Portland Maine has 2 pipelines that run over 1.000 miles to canada. Never had an issue, never will

    January 18, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Tom

    The Chief Campaigner has struck again, seeking only to get votes for himself. Seeking to balance the unions (who will come out for him anyway) and the enviornmentalists (who oppose this because they want wind power), he sided with getting votes for him. The only job he is concerned about is his. I can wait to get rid of this clown in November. Can we vote next week?

    January 18, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Patrick Portland

    Obama's has got a 100% track record. Wrong on every decision. Right if it involves killing jobs. Right if it involves latching on to far left fringe groups like these so-called environmental groups when making decisions. Right if it involves never having the worker in mind when making a decision. November can't come soon enough & this country will not survive another 4 years of this moron.

    January 18, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Truth and Truth

    "Truth and Nothing But the Truth" You know that this proposed pipeline would go through our Midwest states' under ground water reservoir and could contaminate millions of gallons of water, endangering millions of people right?

    January 18, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Mike

    China will buy it now
    they are already drilling off the coast of Cuba

    January 18, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Lucy

    The oil pipeline would not harm the environment. The chance of it opening up is miniscule, and even if it did, it wouldn't take long to mitigate the problem. However, the problem of Americans not being able to feed themselves, pay their mortgages and deal with the rising rates of everything else is actually the BIGGER problem. And Obama doesn't care.

    January 18, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. btxxx

    This will come up again after the elections. IF he is re elected, he will pass it with flying colors with work to be done by unions.

    January 18, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Jason Craft

    This is one I just don't understand. There has never been an incident involving a major oil pipeline in this continent, let alone country. I voted for Obama, but this is the stonewalling kind of crap that the Republicans are usually behind, andwe certainly do not need anymore of it in Washington. Sad.

    January 18, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Angela

    No problem, we'll just sell it to China. You snooze, you lose.

    January 18, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. onlyfair

    Obama is a moron. He wants gas to reach over $5/gal. What a jerk! He couldn't care less about the American people. He has alegances elsewhere. Get him out!! 1.20.13 the end of an error!!!!!

    January 18, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. j0e

    Hey grand oil party guy. That would be a great idea building more refineries, but these tree huggers wont allow it, that is why I cannot recall the last refinery built in this country. And that is yet another reason why gas is going up. You all like to blame Washington and rich people, try blaming yourselves. you arent helping any

    January 18, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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