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Keystone Pipeline Back In Obama’s Court

How long has it been since we heard anything about the Keystone Pipeline? It’s been months since it was in the news, with President Obama declining to approve the original route, due to environmental concerns (is there any other reason?) and saying more study needed to be done on the alternate routes that had been proposed. All of those excuses ended yesterday with the final approval of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman for the new route. Governor Heineman has even sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asking them to expedite their approval of the Keystone Pipeline.

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(Human Events) The new route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline was approved Tuesday by Nebraska Republican Gov. Dave Heineman completing the local environmental review process and putting the final approval back into the hands of President Barack Obama.

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Heineman told Obama in a letter that the new route will avoid fragile areas and that the pipeline would bring $418 million in economic benefits including $16 million in use taxes.

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Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who urged Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to complete the final process to approve the federal permit needed to begin construction, applauded the decision.

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It will be interesting to see how many days, weeks, months, or dare I say it, years, it takes for President Obama to hand down his approval of the Keystone Pipeline and allows construction to begin. My guess is that the approval will not be granted for a very long time, if ever. If you question my belief on this, just take a listen to the part of Obama’s inaugural address where he declares he will respond to the threat of climate change. He made it very clear to those who would oppose projects such as the Keystone Pipeline that he is on their side in this fight.

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Keystone PipelineWhen you look at the Keystone Pipeline, it makes all kinds of sense to begin construction. It will allow oil from Canada to flow across our northern border, through several states, including Oklahoma, and find its way to Texas. It can then be properly processed and be placed on the market for sale. Regardless of the environmental concerns, which have already been addressed, this will be good for the United States economy, as well as the economies of the states it passes through. What’s there not to like?

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With President Obama, it seems there is plenty. From the beginning, he has opposed Keystone. When the environmental studies were completed, he declared more study was needed. At the rate our government moves, that was likely to take years. Now that the governor of Nebraska is satisfied with the alternate route, I can’t help but wonder what environmental concerns the President will cite when he places Keystone on hold. Or will he just let it languish on his desk and refuse to even look at the proposal? If I was a gambling man, I would place good money on the bet that the Keystone Pipeline is never approved by President Obama. If I am wrong, I’ll be glad to write another post, admitting my failure to incorrectly gauge this President’s actions and to congratulate him on approving the Keystone Pipeline for sound economic reasons. I’ll be waiting in my corner to see how he proceeds.

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  • The Pipeline will never be put in because the Republicans will never again win the White House.

  • It will be interesting to see what Obama does. He clearly killed the pipeline to appease the environmentalists before the election, but now that he has that “flexibility’ will he be willing to approve the pipeline or will he hold to his climate change agenda and stop it again? I don’t know but I do know he will delay a decision for as long as possible.

    • I have no doubt that you are right. He doesn’t want Keystone in the energy mix and if he can find a way to deny it, that’s what he will do. Otherwise, he will delay it as long as possible.

  • I simply don’t understand how, with all the union jobs hanging in the balance, this project was not easily approved. I read today that union membership has declined more in 4 years under Obama than 8 years under Bush. While I understand the economy is partially to blame for this figure, one has to wonder how much the policies of this administration are playing. Keystone being one example.

    • I have wondered about that. One would think that as much as the unions want this pipeline, it would have been approved by now. I believe Obama must place a higher priority on climate change than he does on the influence of the unions.

  • No doubt bankrupting us comes first. I am not counting on it. Let’s stay dependent on the terrorists for our energy.

    • By all means, let’s do that. Honestly, I have zero confidence that Obama will approve the Keystone Pipeline in any reasonable time frame.