Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Let's return to this February, 2013 and see if 'victory' still smells as sweet". Why wait?

The above is the political prediction of a political scientist that delaying the Keystone XL decision was Obama's brilliant way of playing his supporters for fools until the next election.

Or maybe not (although who knows for sure, but it's no help to the project).  Now the fight may also switch to Canada deciding whether to build their own pipeline to export the oil overseas, instead of piping it to Louisiana to be sent overseas.  It's a long game.

(Edited for a tad more context.)


Anonymous said...

Dr. Jay Cadbury, phd.

hahahaha. That's right. No problem dumping 20 billion dollars (16.5 of which went to Obama campaign contributors) on stupid fake alternative energy.

Build an oil pipeline and create 20,000 jobs? I think not. Haven't you heard? Obama has a "laser like" focus on jobs and the economy.

Much to the chagrin of Eli, the U.S became a net energy exporter this year. Surely, Eli will do everything in his power to block any development of future fossil fuels...while gladly using them everyday along the way.

Brian said...

Eli didn't write this.

Holly Stick said...

The Enbridge pipeline will face years in court from various First Nations who prefer clean air, water and land; and many BC people do not want it going through the Great Bear Rainforest:

The port at Kitimat has risky navigational waters and oil tankers would no doubt hit rocks and each other, and ruin tourism and fishing along the BC coast.

The stupidity of this route is equal to the stupidity of Keystone XL going through the Sand Hills and Oglalla reservoir. The oil companies can't just bull it through anymore; too many smart people watching them now.

The Harper government's hysteria is just getting people's backs up.

Holly Stick said...

Oh yes, Keystone XL would create few jobs in the US and might kill some jobs:!/drgrist/status/159769821112827905

John said...

The US, a net energy exporter? Hardly.

In the first 9 months of 2011 we exported about 64 million more barrels of refined petroleum products than we imported.

But in the same time period we were a net importer of over 2.5 billion barrels of crude.

John Puma

Marion Delgado said...

It might be true, it might be false. But what Roger Pielke Jr. thinks about any topic has no bearing on whether it's true or false.

Anonymous said...

The GOP would sell their mothers into prostitution and claim it created jobs. That doesn't make it the right course of action, or true.

EliRabett said...

Germans have a good description of the Roger, a Publicist, someone whose job is self-promotion and works on it for hours a day. Political scientist, not so much or at least the polysci department at Boulder doesn't want much to do with him.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we will hear more from President Obama when he accepts the Democrat nomination at Bank of America Stadium on Labor Day with sky boxes full of 1%'ers having donated their "influence".

100% political decision IMHO.

Celery Eater

Jeffrey Davis said...

I love the people who reference Canadian sludge as "domestic oil".

And by "love", I mean something else.

Anonymous said...

The Harper - 'Ethical Oil' - Sun Media complex are trying to make this a nationalist cause in Canada. "We're not a park for the US!" "Radical foreign interests are funding environmental organizations to prevent us from developing our natural resources." Etc. All while pretending multinational oil companies are not radical foreign interests.
They've also been fostering the notion that environmental assessments are too arduous (and never mentioning that the problem with the Keystone XL assessment was that it was perverted by having TransCanada's own people participate).
Next step is probably to push the idea that First Nations are spoiled brats who don't know what's good for them, all while drumming about radical unCanadian influence (ignoring the bribes being offered by the multinational corporations).

Anonymous said...

I hope they aren't going to pipe it to Louisiana, because the pipeline ends at Port Arthur, TX which is on the other side of Sabine Lake from Louisiana.

Jason Miller
(A Southern Cottontail)

Anonymous said...

Dr. Jay Cadbury, phd.

If I were in charge, the pipeline would go right through Holly Stick's front yard.

Holly Stick said...

Jay Cadbury; if anyone were fool enough to put you in charge of anything, you might attempt to put it through my front yard, if I had one, but it would not make it all the way through.

J Bowers said...

"If I were in charge, the pipeline would go right through Holly Stick's front yard."

So much for the property rights of others. Only when it suits, it would seem.

a_ray_in_dilbert_space said...

You know, the really sad thing is that I think that Jay Cadbury's comments are what passes for humor in a sad pathetic, fractured mind like his.

EliRabett said...

It's not so easy, AFAEK the pipeline is to bring the tar sands oil to a refinery in TX that handles the heavy (e.g. high viscosity tar like oil from Venezula). Canada would have to build a refinery too.