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.
At any rate, if this is the strategy, it may not accomplish its objective as Laura Barron-Lopez and Justin Sink of The Hill write:
If a flurry of climate change initiatives is an attempt by the administration to soften up environmental supporters ahead of an approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, green groups say President Obama better think twice.
“There is not a blanket of regulations big enough to cover the pipeline elephant in the room,” said Jamie Henn of the green group 350.org. “There is nothing the administration could do to negate the impact the pipeline would have on the climate.”
If Obama approves Keystone, it will provoke a “vehement reaction” from environmental groups, said David Goldston, director of governmental affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Maybe a bridge over Long Island Sound ...
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.
7:06 AM, Feb 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
4:19 PM, Oct 17, 2012 • By DAVE JUDAY
At last night’s debate, President Obama said gas prices were under two dollars per gallon when he took office because the “economy was on the verge of collapse.” And that if Mitt Romney were elected he “could bring down gas prices, because with his policies we might be back in the same mess.”
7:39 AM, Aug 15, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
The other Buffett Rule? 11:30 AM, May 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Warren Buffett expressed support for the Keystone Pipeline on Fox News last night. "I'm not an expert, but it certainly seems like it makes sense to me,” said Buffett. He added: "There are an awful lot of pipelines running in the United States and net, they've certainly been a huge plus for the country."