2:04 PM, Oct 8, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Seems Canada is tired of waiting – and waiting – for a decision on the Keystone pipeline and has come up with an alternate plan for moving the oil to market. As Bloomberg reports:
It would be Keystone on steroids, more than twice as long and carrying a third more crude. Its end point, a refinery in the blue-collar city of Saint John, New Brunswick, operated by a reclusive Canadian billionaire family, would give Canada’s oil-sands crude supertanker access to the same Louisiana and Texas refineries Keystone was meant to supply.
… if you’re a fed-up Canadian, like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there’s a bonus: Obama can’t do a single thing about it.
The alternative pipeline will:
... also prove a blow to the environmentalists who have made central to the anti-Keystone arguments the concept that if Keystone can be stopped, most of that polluting heavy crude will stay in the ground.
Finally, since the new pipeline will be built in Canada, the economic benefits from its construction will be felt there.
But at least we can quit "studying the issue” (Washington-speak for “stalling”) now, and move on to some thing else.
3:31 PM, Oct 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has mocked President Obama's foreign policy of not doing stupid stuff. She has publicly undermined her former boss's Syria policy. But there's one issue where she won't voice an opinion: whether the Keystone XL pipeline should be built.
In Canada today, she refused to state her opinion on the matter:
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: