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. Doctor Cool

    Obama is know for his Head Fakes Obama could approve The

    Keystone Pipeline ...then get the EPA to stop it.,, The only way to be

    sure in will be built is to get rid of OBAMA

    January 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Tom Masterson

    Obama would rather support the repression of women in middle eastern oil producing countries than have oil from a democratic country like Canada

    January 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Navin

    I understand President Obama's decision to review this plan. Even though running this pipeline down the middle of the United States will bring jobs, I personally believe the plan will welcome serious threats to the country. All who oppose Obama will blast him for "Not creating more jobs" but the logical thing to do is also reflect the serious downfall that will affect everyone else.

    January 18, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. cmac

    Let me get this straight. We have 1000's of miles of pipelines in this country yet one more is an ecological disaster. Keystone has already agreed to reroute the line away from the auquifier. This will create jobs. The refineries in Texas are already designed to handle heavy crude. There are pump stations along the way so IF you ever had a leak you can shut it down. Not to mention a clean up on land is must simpler than one on the sea. No to this administration it is smarter to ship oil in from the all our great friends in the middle east and Venezula across the ocean. We all no that ships don't sink or have oil spills. Wait what is the picture on the front page of all the newspapers. Do ships normally sit sideways like that?

    January 18, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. TTIO

    Brilliant. Now it will be piped across canada to Vancouver and onto ships bound for China. With every decision, I'm completely sold that this president has no idea as to what he's doing.

    January 18, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. SB

    There are already oil pipelines all across Canada and the USA underground and they are far safer then transporting it by freighter. Technology in pipelines today can detect leaks and shut valves off instantly, and yes if there is a leak some oil will get out, but it is far safer then water transport. Does it not make more sense though to build a refinery somewhere closer to the Canadian border, that way, not having to pipe it all across the U.S.? Obviously more cost, but maybe cheaper long term?

    January 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Cody

    The big picture – we need to stay dependent on Oil? Other than the obvious terrible environmental impact (I know the Republicans don't care about this – they're running on the platform of eliminating environmental regulations), why would we just make it harder to turn to green energy? A Congressional study concluded that the pipeline project would likely result in a net LOSS of American jobs due to the infrastructure changes through which the pipeline is built and the associated supporting jobs.

    Republicans are just using another political tactic of assuming all their followers would be dumb enough to only read the word "jobs" and take them at their word again.

    January 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. ObamaHasGuts

    Finally–we have a president who will stand up for what is right and good for the people of this country! He will stand up for our health through environmental regulation, help us get back on the right track by bringing back financial regulation, religious freedom( which includes freedom FROM religion as well), changes to the stupid NO child left behind testing, and better policies for education and foreign countries. He is the SMARTEST BEST president we have had in long time.

    January 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. PA_outofwork

    Today another FAILURE; this shows the lack of leadership from the White House and the Democrats in Congress. The majority of Americans see president Obama; the Obama administration as a complete FAILURE.

    Just another reason the price of gasoline has increased of 50 % since 2008. The American people are going to blame Obama and the Democratic Party in Congress for this mess.

    We can’t produce more energy from oil, but we can waste 4 billion in tax payer dollars on “Green energy programs”. How much of this money is being bundled and sent back to the Obama campaign?

    January 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Tom Masterson

    @CaliforniaBC – wrong. Canada is currently reviewing a proposed pipeline to through BC that would allow Canadian bitumin to be shipped to countries like China

    January 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. chris

    Here is a novel idea....The green industry is begging for jobs. Why not create a new green infrastructure. More money thrown at the oil companies is more money thrown at Haliburton. Republicans use "job killer" on every Obama policy to get their way. One could argue that this pipe line is a job killer by ignoring the potential jobs that would be created in a new sustainable infrastructure. Whatever.... sound boards are lame anyway.

    January 18, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. us1776

    Keystone XL pipeline provides no oil for U.S. consumption.

    Presents massive risks of using a high-pressure oil pipeline running down the full breadth of the center of the country.

    Promotes development of the worst kind of fossil fuels: tar sands.

    Does nothing to get us weaned off of fossil fuels.

    The President is right in vetoing this hugely flawed project.

    January 18, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Sylvius

    North America has excess gas refining capacity. Building a new refinery would be stupid. The US imports a lot of oil, but you guys actually export gasoline. You should want that.

    If you don't let Canada build that pipeline, we're just going to sell the oil to China. Is that what you want?

    January 18, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. CP

    Why are we still pushing for more Gasoline? We recently sent to Cuba, motercycles that run on electricity only. Plug in at home. This is what we should be demanding. No more gasoline or polution. I see enough cancer stories and you wonder why? Polution we eat, breath, drink every day. But it's these big Oil Companies, polititions, lobbyists who want this for money for them.

    January 18, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Jeff Wilkinson

    I'm a Canadian and go ahead Obama, turn down the Keystone Pipeline Proposal. We'll either refine our oil in Canada or ship it off to your buddies in China. And all your fellow citizens can continue to pay more for your oil. That sounds like a reasonable political decision to me.

    January 18, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Grand Oil Party

    The pipeline is a bad idea. It keeps oil prices high because it doesn't add capacity. We should force the oil companies to build more refineries at the source so oil prices will drop. Also, a lot of private farm land will be taken for eminent domain to build the pipeline and if that's not government overreaching I don't know what is.

    January 18, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Jim , Va.

    Another poor decision by the job killing president Obama.

    January 18, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Louise Johnson

    Well. even though I would not mind driving a horse and carriage to work and have the horses and carriages to do so, I still think this is a bad decison. Makes the US weaker and China stronger and strengthens ties between Canada and China. China won't have to take over the world. It can just buy it. This is a stupid, stupid move.

    January 18, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. KPR

    Better keep the environment clean because when no one can afford the outrageous cost of consumer goods due the price of fuel, we're all going to be living outside, in the environment. I already have a cave staked out, just gotta get the bears out. Actually, I'm probably not allowed to disturb the bears habitat. Maybe I'll just dig a hole.

    January 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. debra

    Thanks Mr. President! This decision takes real thought and backbone...I thank you, our environment thanks you...and the future residents of this planet thank you! THIS was a bad deal for the world...

    January 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Cody

    Side note – Unions want this pipeline. I thought you all said Obama was a Union Crony. Obviously it's going to get approved then, right?

    January 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Nick

    GOOD. This project is bad for the envionment and the jobs have been overestimated. It is nothing more than a pet project for big oil. For those conservatives who complain, PASS THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT! IT WILL CREATE MUCH MORE JOBS THAN THIS ECO-KILLING PIPELINE!

    January 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Pam from Iowa

    To push this through as a ploy during an election year is WRONG!
    And as for Boehner – we are still waiting for you to come up with those jobs you promised back in 2010!

    January 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Independent In Albany

    A pipeline to North Dakota makes sense.......NOT to Texas
    Whatcha gonna do with it in North Dakota? Build a refinery there? Cool!!! Oh by the way – how are you gonna get the refined products to market?

    January 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. ChucK88888

    Great move Obummer!

    USA dollars now go to the middle east while Canadian Oil will head to China.

    Canada Wins.
    The Middle East Wins.
    China Wins.

    Who loses?

    January 18, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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