Delay on Keystone pipeline is another classic Obama punt

Let’s face it: No matter what, Barack Obama will not go for it on third fourth down. From Bloomberg:

The Obama administration will reject TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline and let the company file a revised route that avoids an environmentally sensitive area in Nebraska, according to two people familiar with the decision. … The State Department said the review [of a revised route] could be completed “as early as the first quarter of 2013.”

TransCanada, Bloomberg adds, applied for a permit in 2008. Which means Obama will have spent his entire first term deciding whether a) to placate his supporters in environmental groups who want the pipeline scuttled for good; b) to please his supporters in labor unions who want it built … or c) to keep the issue alive for one more election year of fund raising.

But, like many of his other punts — continuing the Bush-era tax rates for just two years and implementing only half a surge in Afghanistan, to name a couple — this one seems likely to leave him open to worries and hurt feelings on his left while leaving plenty of fodder for effective criticism on his right. To which his political opponents, at least, can only say:

“Punt, Obama, punt!”

– By Kyle Wingfield

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156 comments Add your comment

Jhunt163

January 18th, 2012
3:03 pm

Just heard Boone Pickens on TV. He is livid and states he wouldn’t blame TransCanada if they instead built the pipeline to Vancouver and sold the oil to China. So much for energy independence.

Jhunt163

January 18th, 2012
3:06 pm

But hey, if the EPA can study Savannah harbor for 13 years and not come to a conclusion, 4 years for a pipeline is not that bad.

Hillbilly D

January 18th, 2012
3:10 pm

Punt, Bama, Punt. Haven’t seen that in years.

getalife

January 18th, 2012
3:10 pm

Our President is for the pipeline.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
3:11 pm

Obama’s record….

Economy – F-
Jobs – F-
Energy Independence F-

Keep up the good work Hussein!

Obama wants America to fail!

getalife

January 18th, 2012
3:12 pm

ug has Obama envy.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
3:14 pm

getalife….yep you are right.

@@

January 18th, 2012
3:14 pm

Obama’s half-baked and he knows it.

Mr_B

January 18th, 2012
3:15 pm

So what’s the difference if they build a pipeline to New Orleans and still sell the oil to China?

No one has said the pipeline can’t be built. It just can’t be built over parts of the Oglala aquifer.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
3:16 pm

@@….you know I think you are right. I think Obama knows he is in trouble. They are saying in Washington that he seems very disengaged. Wouldnt it be interesting if he decided not to run for a second term?

getalife

January 18th, 2012
3:16 pm

Perhaps the company needs to complete the planning before Hillary decides.

They have route issues.

It will pass.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
3:16 pm

Mr_B….looking for excuses eh?

Rafe Hollister

January 18th, 2012
3:17 pm

More dithering from our Non Decider.

ByteMe

January 18th, 2012
3:19 pm

So much for energy independence.

Energy independence? You know this is oil from Canada, right? or is it just independence from “those people”? :roll:

ByteMe

January 18th, 2012
3:20 pm

And what the heck’s wrong with the right eye in the :roll: thingy?? Looks like the woman in NCIS:LA.

ByteMe

January 18th, 2012
3:21 pm

Oh, I see. Never mind. Had the browser at 95% zoom.

@@

January 18th, 2012
3:22 pm

I thought the State of Nebraska and TransCanada were working this out on their own.

“Well, we hope it’s not dead,” Langemeier tells Nebraska Radio Network. “But I think this is just another delay move on behalf of the administration to continue to look at this and not make a decision.”

Noooooooooo…’ya think?

The Unicameral met in special session on the issue, reaching a deal with TransCanada prior to Thanksgiving. TransCanada agreed to move the proposed route away from the Sand Hills. Nebraska agreed to pay for a new environmental impact study and work with the company and federal regulators in determining a new route through the state. Congress stepped in in an effort to speed up the permit process.

“Well, I think that Nebraska was going to take a step to make sure that it goes around the Sand Hills, but yet continues the process of being constructed,” Langemeier says. “So, I think this is disappointing in the effort we’ve put into this.”

Obama, all up in the state’s business.

schnirt

Mac13

January 18th, 2012
3:23 pm

Why should we run a Canadian company pipeline to transport oil sands oil, the dirtiest most energy intensive oil to produce, through environmentally sensitive areas like the Ogallala Aquifer in Nebraska, when the USA has the largest supply of natural gas in the world and it’s selling near ten year lows. If you want jobs natural gas is the answer.

Natural gas is cleaner and produced by American companies. If you want to get mad about something get mad about the Nat Gas Act not being passed by now.

@@

January 18th, 2012
3:23 pm

getalife

January 18th, 2012
3:24 pm

He will pass it in October.

Surprise.

Rafe Hollister

January 18th, 2012
3:26 pm

Those of you interested should take a look at Mark Levin’s new book about Utopianism. He explains how libs never learn from the past and destroy one government after another in their persuit of Utopia. He explains how Natural Law and human nature prevent utopia from ever occuring. The founding fathers studied these things and designed the Constitution to prevent it from happening here, however, we now ignore large parts of the Constitution and are headed for anarchy and eventually a benevolent dictator. Interesting analysis of the situation we find ourselves in.

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
3:26 pm

The Obama administration will reject TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline and let the company file a revised route that avoids an environmentally sensitive area in Nebraska

I guess it’s a matter of perspective, because I don’t equate this punting. I equate it to scoring a touchdown.

Congratulations to the Obama administration for making the right decision.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
3:28 pm

Bart….A touchdown for the other team maybe! I hope you look forward to paying $5 gas. Remember Obama said that is what we should be paying.

Somali Republican

January 18th, 2012
3:29 pm

We spit on the Ogallala Aquifer.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
3:30 pm

I bet no democrat in this room had ever even heard of the Aquifer prior to this article. Great job!

ByteMe

January 18th, 2012
3:30 pm

I hope you look forward to paying $5 gas. Remember Obama said that is what we should be paying.

Should be higher than that. Wusses.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

January 18th, 2012
3:30 pm

I figured when Obozo took office he wouldn’t be able to vote “present” any longer. Wrong!

Obozo: America-hating coward.

Rafe Hollister

January 18th, 2012
3:31 pm

Mac13

I agree with you on Natural Gas and how it should be developed and we should switch over as much as possible.

One problem tho, Oblamer and the Envirowackos do not like Natural Gas either. It is carbon based and according to them is a polluter, so they will continue to drag their feet, even though it could make the US energy independent.

#occupy my desk...

January 18th, 2012
3:32 pm

“However many jobs might be generated by a Keystone pipeline,” he said, “they’re going to be a lot fewer than the jobs that are created by extending the payroll tax cut and extending unemployment insurance.”

-can’t make this stuff up…Democrat math again.

carlosgvv

January 18th, 2012
3:32 pm

Kyle, is any of the oil coming from US oil wells sold to other countries? If so then not one drop of Keystone oil should be produced.

JohnnyReb

January 18th, 2012
3:32 pm

I think the Left would defend Obama if he deficated on the Resolute desk top while on National TV.

There is no reasoning with the Left when it comes to Barry. My only hope is, the middle ground has had enough of him as has the Right.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

January 18th, 2012
3:33 pm

Bart Abel: I guess it’s a matter of perspective
——————

No, it’s a matter of distinguishing between Democrat politics and the reality based universe. Too many libtards and Obozo receptacles are unable to do that.

getalife

January 18th, 2012
3:35 pm

The President is outsmarting his critics.

Hillary will approve this project after they reroute it.

He will sign it .

JohnnyReb

January 18th, 2012
3:36 pm

And, I have had enough of the Left trying to defend their position against big oil by stating more oil produced here would be sold to overseas. So what? If we demonstrate we can produce most if not all of our oil needs, the market price will go down. Didn’t they teach that in Econ 101 or was the professor too busy with Progressive indoctrination?

@@

January 18th, 2012
3:39 pm

Getalife:

I never figured you for a hero worshipper. I’m seeing you in a whole new light.

The CoC is dead.

(ISH)

GT Alum

January 18th, 2012
3:39 pm

Any Republican who thought that provision would have any other result is an idiot.

Bart Abel

January 18th, 2012
3:40 pm

Somewhere over there

January 18th, 2012
3:41 pm

“Our President is for the pipeline.”

Right and LSU won the national championship.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

January 18th, 2012
3:41 pm

Johnny Reb is correct. The oil will be produced, it will be piped somewhere, it will be sold on the free market. The only question is which country gets the jobs.

Somewhere over there

January 18th, 2012
3:41 pm

Kyle, nice vid!

WAR EAGLE!

Somewhere over there

January 18th, 2012
3:42 pm

“He explains how libs never learn from the past”

That’s because they’re all drug addicts.

Somewhere over there

January 18th, 2012
3:43 pm

getalife

Are you really a special needs child on your teachers computer?

Rafe Hollister

January 18th, 2012
3:44 pm

Bart, here we go, pick your study. Fracking is way, way below the level of drinking water and studies have proven it safe. Progress is not always the enemy.

JF McNamara

January 18th, 2012
3:47 pm

How is this a punt? This is a “No”. No, you can’t build it as planned. Do it differently, or build it somewhere else.

Somewhere over there

January 18th, 2012
3:48 pm

“Do it differently, or build it somewhere else.”

Yeah, that’s it.

Rafe Hollister

January 18th, 2012
3:48 pm

JF
So, who is the party of NO?

Rafe Hollister

January 18th, 2012
3:50 pm

That is NO to energy independence.
No to job development
No to economic freedom
No to religious liberty
No to wealth retention
No to individual responsibility

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

January 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

Build it somewhere else, as if running oil through a metal pipeline is such experimental technology.

This sorry excuse for a “leader” in the White House makes me embarrassed to admit I’m an American some days.

@@

January 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

UGA:

You DARE speak to ME!!??!!

@@….you know I think you are right. I think Obama knows he is in trouble. They are saying in Washington that he seems very disengaged. Wouldnt it be interesting if he decided not to run for a second term?

I don’t think Obama ran for president. He was pushed forth by “a movement”.

I’m outta here.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

January 18th, 2012
3:53 pm

It’s a punt because it is merely a pretense for delaying action. Are you intentionally being dense, or is this your natural state?