4:31 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In Iraq: Sameer N. Yacoub and Qassim Abdul-Zahra of the AP report that:
Sunni militants hung their black banners on watch towers at Iraq’s largest oil refinery, a witness said Thursday, suggesting the vital facility had fallen to the insurgents who have seized vast territories across the country’s north. A top Iraqi security official, however, said the government still held the facility.
Since oil remains the commodity upon which the stability of nations in general and the prosperity of this one, in particular, hang, the good news is that
Here: As Josh Wood of AP reports:
North Dakota has joined the ranks of the few places in the world that produce more than a million barrels of oil per day, due in large part to the rich Bakken shale formation in the western part of the state. North Dakota's oil fields now represent more than 12 percent of all U.S. oil production, and more than 1 percent of global production.
The less the U.S. depends on the mid-east for oil, the more that is produced here and close to home, the better.
Wasn’t there a pipeline from Canada people were talking about?
8:26 AM, Apr 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Keystone pipeline has been under study for five years and will be studied further. It will be built, or scuttled, when the politics are right.
10:40 AM, Apr 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The news that the administration would like kept quiet, and which it therefore announced in the afternoon, on Good Friday is that it has:
2:34 PM, Apr 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Keystone pipeline has been studied longer than just about anything this side of the Dead Sea Scrolls. And, still, the administration continues to weigh its merits. The stall is making certain members of the political class uncomfortable.
3:31 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Could President Obama’s recent focus on climate change and the environment be a diversion? A way of softening up some of his supporters for the disappointment if his administration should approve construction of the Keystone Pipeline?
Who knows? But that’s not to say the possibility doesn’t make for interesting conversation and political speculation. It is, after all, the way things work in Washington. Ask Frank Underwood.
1:33 PM, Feb 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Keystone Pipeline, which has been studied for more than five years, will be studied some more. A State Department study was generally thought to be the conclusive and it has now been delivered. But we are told by the White House chief of staff, Denis McDonough, that there is more studying to be done. McDonough said, on Sunday morning television, that President Obama:
1:56 PM, Jan 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The State Department releases its final environmental report on the Keystone Pipeline today. Justin Sink of The Hill reports:
3:11 PM, Jan 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Canada's foreign minister, John Baird put things plainly:
8:46 AM, Sep 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp "is ready to take on President Obama over the long-delayed approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline — and she predicts her side will prevail," according to USA Today.
Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
It's not often officials from the nation’s largest business lobby and an AFL-CIO-affiliated union speak to one another, let alone work together. But last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and North America’s Building Trades Unions held a joint press conference on Capitol Hill in support of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Nearby that same day, exactly five years after Trans-Canada Corp.
9:22 AM, Aug 24, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
But preferably after the next election. For a decision on the Keystone pipeline, that is. As Zack Colman of The Hill reports
10:54 AM, Jul 17, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Remember the Keystone pipeline Well, if you had forgotten about it, no matter. There has still been no decision on whether or not to go ahead with construction. This, in spite of the fact that:
1:32 PM, Jun 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In President Obama's climate change speech set for later today, he'll reportedly say that the Keystone pipeline shouldn't be built if it hurts the environment.