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. Rj

    The refineries should be built in Canada at the source of the oil. That is so obvious one wonders why anyone would want to pipe the heavy crude all the way to Texas – that should be the real question reporters are not asking. The solution is simple, so no to the pipeline and tell the oil companies to refine in Canada.

    January 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. JLV

    The oil will be put on a tanker and shipped to China.

    January 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. crabman

    so the tree lovers got to the president - wonder what they offered

    January 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Jennifer M

    No WAY should we have that toxic poisonous crap flowing over 8 states. It could RUIN crops, groundwater, livestock, tourism and wildlife. Good decision, President Obama. People can find jobs someplace else!!!!

    January 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. BK

    This pipeline is certaintly a symbol of Canadian Hypocrisy. Ordinarily, they would be on America's back for such an idea, other then that they stand to profit from dirty oil..Also agree with the comments in regards to pumping this to the gulf... Why? Could easily build refineries along the mississippi? Probably more then enough customers there.

    January 18, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Pat

    Fine if the U.S doesn't want Canadian oil, please send it to China. All hail our new Chinese masters

    January 18, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Carol R

    "Why does Texas need more jobs? Build the refinery in Montana." ....Because you can't get approval to build any refineries thanks to the environmentalists who want no oil, no coal, no natural gas, no damns, no bird killing windmills, no nuclear etc etc Better get used to no energy and no jobs.

    January 18, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. exoffender

    Build a refinery there, take the pipline budget and put it toward green jobs. Let's make some oil for the US and also get cracking at weaning us off it altogether. Yes, we need jobs, but we also need PERMANENT jobs. Building a pipeline is a temporary fix. Building a core of jobs in alternative energy lasts... Teach a man to fish, as the saying goes.

    January 18, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. bellacanadian

    That's ok Mr. Obama. We will be happy to give our oil to the Chinese. Instead of looking at the big picture, your short-sightedness has cost your country thousands of jobs and a chance to diassociate your country from foreign oil. Good luck in your attempts for re-election. You Lose.

    January 18, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. CaliforniaBC

    The pipeline will only create about 400 TEMPORARY American jobs if that. What it WILL do is create a lot of Canadian jobs. So essentially what the Republicans want us to do is subsidize Canadian job creation not US.

    I think we all know where we can tell the GOP to stick this idea.

    January 18, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. sameeker

    This pipeline is just another get richer scheme by the Koch brothers who stand to profit by having the line go through their land. Why not build a refinery in the Midwest and distribute the oil throughout the region. The only reason for taking it to the gulf is so that they can export the oil. If it is approved, Obama should play the same game that the repugs do and tie the approval to a bill ending oil speculation. If the repugs oppose it then, we will know where their loyalties lie.

    January 18, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "No more support for energy dead ends. Green or nothing."
    Your horse and candles are on the way. Have fun!

    January 18, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. works for me

    This whole idea stinks... literally. Are they, the GOP, willing to take the risks should an inevitable disaster happen? Yea... they are. Anything to help make the greedy oil companies set records in profits every quarter. If they get it to NO, it will be exported... count on that. Obama is being responsible for all of us, despite some of the political ramifications.
    The GOP is blinded by money... as usual.

    January 18, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Mjs

    Good for the President! You all pushed drilling in the Gulf, when Obama asked for more time to review... He gave into your cries for cheaper oil, cries for jobs... and the freaking thing was an envirornmental nightmare! The PRESIDENT is asking for more time to review the inpact this would have on the enviornment. Freaking Republicans pushing their bad ideas and then pointing the finger when it fails!! Dear President Obama... don't do it!

    January 18, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Tom

    We already refine this oil in the Mid West. Creating this pipeline just moves jobs from the Midwest, which already has high unemployment, to Texas where unemployment is the lowest in the country. It would raise the cost of fuel in the Midwest as well. It is true the building the pipeline would temporarily create jobs, but in the grand scheme of things this project would simply transfer jobs from one location to another and help the oil company's bottom line. If you want temporarily create jobs, rebuild some of our deteriorating infrastructure, don't risk the environment.

    January 18, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. TwM

    Here are jobs, and not minimum wage jobs being blown off by this inept President. The reason he won't go for it (though originally he was in favor of it) is simple his donators BP OIL told him to veto it. It would cut into their bottom lines. Look it up. Worst President ever? Getting closer and closer to wresting the title from Mr. Jimmy Carter. And no liberals, Bush was not the worst his handling of 9-11 alone keeps him from being in that spot top 5 worst for sure but not the worst.

    January 18, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Jo

    This president doesn't have a clue. If Barak Owebama is re-elected, it will put the final nail in our country's coffin and put us on the path towards bankruptcy.

    January 18, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. John Luma, Moorpark CA

    We have thousands of miles of oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing this country. We built a major one across Alaska and it benefited our jobs, industries and eliminated importing that much more foreign oil... Hhmm - I thought our Prez wanted us to achieve energy independence. No, let's just keep sending billions of our dollars to other countries by importing their oil??... Yikes, a BAD decision!

    January 18, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. susan

    The Republicans would sell their souls to the devil if they thought it could earn them some money.

    January 18, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. David Maxwell

    The income levels of the Congress members well explains why they voted against taxing the 1% income levels doesn't it tho!!?

    January 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Kevin B

    Yes the pipeline would run over water sources, but do some research and you will see that there are plenty of other pipelines currently running over the water supply and aquifers. Canada is our largest oil supplier and they are just going to turn around and sell it to China. Bravo Obama.

    January 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Independent In Albany

    A pipeline to North Dakota makes sense.......NOT to Texas

    January 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. michael

    I'm Glad the POTUS took a stand and said no......Oil going still go throug the roof. with or without the pipe line so what's the fuss all about. what we really need is to build high speed roads to get people off the roads

    January 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. CaliforniaBC

    @bellacanadian> Your country already ships the vast majority of your oil to the US for refining. There's no way you'd start shipping it to China for that purpose. Too expensive.

    Plus, all we already ship a lot to China from our Alaskan fields. They don't need yours.

    Have a nice day 🙂

    January 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. augie

    my opinion pipe lien will not serve to our best intrest in america we may be will geg a 1 percent of oil and the rest will be sold to other countries if its not the case then why noying the american peoplet bring the pipe line to colorado oklahma why to shores of texas i think they are playing the american people.and this is onley my opinion

    January 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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