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. speakfreely1

    It is truly amazing how some of you have no idea what you are talking about - do you really think the pipelines are going to run on top of the ground - ridiculous. Once again, most of you don't have any idea what you are talking about. Here's some facts for you: Pipelines are by far the most efficient and cheapest way to move large amounts of liquid, costing only about a third of transport by rail or barge. According to the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, there are 95,000 miles of pipelines in the United States for transporting refined petroleum products — by far the most extensive such network in the world. About 70 percent of petroleum in the United States is moved through pipelines. We'll see how you all feel this summer if gas goes to $5.00 a gallon - sure at one point Obama said he wouldn't care if gas went to $10.00 per gallon. The Keystone Pipeline would create jobs and by the way, Union jobs. This is just another ploy by Obama and his administration - on and on it goes with very limited creation of jobs.

    January 18, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    so, what's new? same o same o!!!

    January 18, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. FatCat

    The only purpose for this pipeline is to export the oil not to save Americans money.

    January 18, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. DDD

    The big picture is this, how many of you stupid people really believe there will be thousands of new jobs available, raise your hands hahahahaha you do know these jobs are already taken by company people of the pipelines dont you or is everyone stupid.

    January 18, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Tony 140

    I guess that the jobs that this pipeline will create are not "shovel ready" enough. Also GE probably can't make any money on it – so it must be a bad idea – and we know who is in GE's pocket. This is ridiculous. We know how to drilll and we know how to do pipelines.

    January 18, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Obametti

    Yeah, who needs jobs, nah, not us right? , we are doing so well. PLUS it would be better to get some oil from the middle east where we can just bomb them and get cheaper oil than our neighbors Canada.

    January 18, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. MVJ

    Vote for the pipeline. What would you prefer more? $10 per gallon, or half a million jobs for people to prosper?

    January 18, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. stta

    The pipeline only makes sense to the oil companies. Why is it to go to the gulf coast? Because the refineries are there and they can export the gasoline to other countries and keep the US supply down and prices up. It appears this has no benefit to the US except the oil companies. Another bonus for the oil companies is the gulf coast. Whenever a hurricane or strong storm hits the refineries are shut down raising the price of oil. If the pipeline was really for the US, it would be to new more efficient refineries further from the golf and away from export depots to help the US supply.

    January 18, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Zoey

    This oil is for foreign countries that buy oil from Canada and we don't buy our oil from Canada.
    People keep talking about JOBS from this deal but truck drivers who now transport this oil will be out of their jobs so the jobs that will be created will only come to about 6,000 and the environmental impact will be extensive.
    If Obama wants to look at environmental impact studies let him.
    I personally feel he shouldn't approve this project even if the studies come back showing no environmental concerns. It's time to stop using oil and move towards alternative energies.

    January 18, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. rosie

    does anyone know what the status of the Alaskan Pipe line is? Is it still broke? Was it ever broke? Is it being used to funnel our American oil to Russia thru the Bering Straits??

    January 18, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with the pipeline is that we don't know fully where it is to go and where it shouldn't be placed to avoid senative areas. We need more fuel efficiency and a greater use of fission, solar and wind among other things. Just adding more oil from the tar sands (harder to get oil out of there then other places) isn't the answer. Why should all of this go to a refinery down in Texas? Build something closer that is many times safer, more efficient, and cleaner. That would shorten the pipeline also.

    January 18, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Busted

    Thank you @thetruthandnothingbut and everyone else who complains that Obama is not interested in jobs. The biggest opponent to the keystone pipeline is the republican governor of Nebraska because he is concerned that having a pipeline run through critical sources of water will risk the long term jobs in the agriculture business. Anyone who is complaining about jobs has proved you are truly a pawn indifferent to facts. Why why why should we sacrifice long term steady jobs for short term jobs? Furthermore the reason this pipeline is being rejected is the very reason many republicans opposed putting the language in the tax extension bill because they knew it would be rejected, and not just by the president but it would continue to receive opposition from the republican governor who wants it to have a different route. Again, the republicans chose politics over pragmatism, and it's the people that get the short end of the stick.

    January 18, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    if you aren't willing to create jobs and improve this economy, Mr. president, then get out of the way, and let someone else do it.

    There should be NO increase in the debt ceiling, to allow Obama to squander any more money, when he will do NOTHING for his economy.

    January 18, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Joe

    Go figure, more people working, less people dependent on the Government...the Liberals will never let that happen.

    January 18, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. CP

    I thought we had it with gasoline? Recently the US had sent to Cuba motorcycles that run only on electricity, can be plugged in at home. Talk about saving money! I don't care for more polution, filth in our lands and waters. But it's these lobbyists, polititions, oil companies who want this for Money. You have seen the mess that occured in the ocean during summer with the oil spilage. Is this what you would want on your lands? Do you wonder why there is so much cancer going around? Polution on our lands and waters. No to Pipeline.

    January 18, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Fernando Miranda

    Way to go Obama. We don't need no stinking pipeline snaking through our country with no real benefit to us. U.S. takes all the risk for a few (less than 6,000) temporary jobs. It's Canadian oil, let them extract it and refine it and sell it to whomever. The Republicans are gonna jump on this like a rat on a cheeto, but it's not because they are thinking of the working man. No, they must serve their masters, the oil corporations. The rest of us are just excrement on the bottom of their shoes. Wise up already.

    January 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. witchiepoo

    sure are a lot of ill informed righties posting their insane babble....cant you weirdos find some children to molest and just shut up?

    January 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Carla

    I've noticed that the proponents for this pipeline have been advertising for the president to vote for this pipeline and how many jobs it will create. First of all, I don't believe that there will be that many jobs - and if there are, I don't believe it will be people from Nebraska. Secondly, I don't know why they have chose the path that they have. One of Nebraska's greatest natural resources is the underground water. Why would anyone want to risk the possibility of contamination should there be a leak/break in the pipeline. I believe that the people behind this pipeline have a lot of money invested in this project - as apparent through all the big money that has gone into lobbying and advertising. It's time to go back to the think tank on this project. Thank you President Obama for not allowing this pipeline.

    January 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. RPE

    While the pipeline may be an eyesore it is certainly a plus from the jobs perspective. State department has been "thinking" on this for 3 years thus far. More "thinking" is not required. I lived in AK for 10 years and the pipeline there is the ugliest thing ever, however, it is mostly secure and safe. No reason to believe the proposed line would be any different at all. This president is not interested in helping economically the citizens of this country. He is not interested in providing opportunity to the unemployed to help themselves. This president must go. Enough said!

    January 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Grand Oil Party

    Those of you who think that the Canadian oil refined in Texas WON'T go to China are ignorant to how oil is bought and sold on commodities markets. Whether or not the oil is piped though the US, that oil is sold on a global market and much of it will go to places like China.

    January 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Robert

    if he dose not pass this, he just lost my vote.

    January 18, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. randme

    I thought the Republicans were opposed to job stimulus bills such as this one. Boy, are these guys inconsistent. If Obama had proposed this, the Republicans would be up in arms against this "wasteful spending". We have a real circus here folks.

    January 18, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Danigirl

    Considering TransAmerica's current pipeline has leaked 11 times in it's first 11 months of operations, I'm all for additional thought and research before this pipeline is approved. For those who think approving the pipeline will drop oil prices, hence not approving it will raise them – do some reading; it's actually vice versa. The Koch brothers would get even richer off this pipeline.

    January 18, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Don J Devine

    @PA_outofwork – From reading your comments, it's to see why you are out of work. NO U.S. GASOLINE from this pipeline. Plan is to export it from a tax free export zone. Valero is a major stakeholder. Read a little.

    January 18, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. thymat

    .......Speaking as as a Canadian.......Get this straight America......We don't HAVE to sell this crude oil to you........We have 5 Pacific rim countries standing by just in case our oil is not good enough for you.............

    January 18, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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