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Obama Rejects Keystone XL Presidential Permit

January 19, 2012

Certainly everyone who’s interested has heard by now, but we’d be remiss here at the Great Plains Tar Sands Pipelines blog not to note that yesterday afternoon, President Obama rejected the Congressional effort to force him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline without complete environmental review and siting changes to protect the Ogallala Aquifer and Nebraska Sandhills.  Opponents and supporters are already cheering and condemning the president’s decision.  We like the response by Zona Vig of Dakota Rural Action, early Plains Justice clients in South Dakota PUC proceedings to review Keystone XL, which drew attention to its many risks and flaws.  DRA points out that eminent domain actions by TransCanada are still pending against landowners.

This is more than likely not the end of the project.  Stay tuned.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Drew Peacock permalink
    January 21, 2012 9:45 am

    Obama truly does care about jobs, his own job!! What a complete joke! Obama is so transparent, watch Iran act up and oil will hit $180 a barrel. Canadian dirty oil wont look so bad then will it?? Canada should ship to Asia anyway. Let the chinese all drive cars–Americans need to ride bikes anyway because they all too fat!!

    Montgomery is awesome!

  2. drew peacock permalink
    February 3, 2012 10:31 am

    News today that iran is making threats towards america. Get ready for higher oil prices. Good move obama, saying no to pipeline.

    • February 3, 2012 12:16 pm

      The US imports little oil from Iran – or more correctly, we import so little compared to other OPEC countries that Iran is grouped with Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates as Persian Gulf imports in Energy Information Administration statistics. Even if we were heavily dependent on Iran alone, Keystone XL is an export pipeline and gas and other fuels are already the biggest US export. That oil will hit global markets and if the US wants it, we’ll bid for it like everybody else. It’s not like Canada is producing cheap oil especially for the US because they love us so much. Next strawman argument?
      http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_a2_nus_ep00_im0_mbbl_m.htm
      http://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-gas-other-fuels-top-200739135.html

  3. February 25, 2012 8:12 pm

    So you prefer having the U.S bid on oil that comes from the hostile unstable middle east then the friendly nation of Canada, so what if we have to bid on it? it’s another source that’s more local and friendly. The left prefers throwing tax payer dollars at unfeasible “green” technology that only lefty elitists can afford, what is your solution? More wars with the Middle East. It’s so perplexing. The left doesn’t want to be at war, they don’t want to be energy dependent on the middle east, yet a good solution that would help solve those problems and provide thousands of jobs… Who is really the party of No?

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