Obama Decides Against Controversial Pipeline Project

The White House has put the brakes on the controversial Keystone oil pipeline project


The White House has put the brakes on the controversial Keystone oil pipeline project

The Keystone XL Pipeline would have run from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Under the payroll tax deal reached last month, House Republicans gave President Obama 60 days to either approve or deny the pipeline, eager to get Obama on the record about the project one way or the other. A decision in favor of the pipeline would have angered many in Obama's base, while deciding against it would give Republicans ammo in the general election, as many in the GOP have claimed the pipeline would produce tens of thousands of jobs. Fact checkers have disputed that number, according to CBS.

The administration said Wednesday that the deadline the GOP set was rushed, and that the environmental and health impact of such a project needed to be assessed first.

"The rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline's impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment," the president said in a statement.

He went on to say that he recognized the "merits of the pipeline," but that the State Department needed more time to gather "information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people.

Backers of the pipeline argue that it would not only produce American jobs, but reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. Critics have worried that the pipeline could not only harm the environment, but the water supply in many parts of the country.

GOP presidential candidates were quick to pounce on Obama for his decision. Newt Gingrich called the denial "stunningly stupid," while Mitt Romney accused Obama pf making the decision for purely political reasons.

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  • by Voter on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:23 PM
    why are Republicans tying this to the middle class tax cut? Like little kids saying, "If we can't get our way, none of the middle class can get their tax cut." Is it true that Bueher has a personal financial investment in the pipeline project? How is that right?
  • by SockoBarry on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:22 PM
    Are the Sockobama dolls still for sale or did they get shut down?
  • by Jim Location: USA on Jan 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
    Just politics as usally. Mr. Obama want something??? Re elected?
  • by elton Location: ca on Jan 19, 2012 at 03:20 PM
  • by MIK44 Location: CS, CO on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    Better to sell all that oil to China where there are zero emission standards!
  • by my opinion on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    I applaud the president's decision not to approve this project without a proper review on the pipeline's potential impacts. The republicans forced this decision early, and thus are 100% responsible for the denial. (And the jobs figure given below by hmm is overstated by many orders magnitude, and the vast number of those jobs are very temporary)
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      by hmm on Jan 19, 2012 at 09:48 AM in reply to my opinion
      They may be temporary but unlike Obamas policies they will get people back to work. Also the figures were wrong they estimate 22,000 jobs not 20,000. Temporary or not they are needed, the class warfare rhetoric from people like you isn't needed, divide and conquer the only thing Obama has truly accomplished.
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        by Lorelei on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM in reply to hmm
        Looks like the Reps didn't need the President to be divided...Hooray for a Prez who actually thinks, reads and writes his speeches and won't cave in this time! He's compromised enough with the retrogrades who stop his projects at every turn...
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          by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:21 PM in reply to Lorelei
          Psssst! It's good cop/bad cop. They are all on the same side.
  • by cs Location: cs on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:30 AM
    He's catering to the 'enviros'..and ignoring the unions. After he wins again..thru dead votes, etc., he'll cater to the unions & let the pipeline thru. Each enviro car costs taxpayers $250,000..while selling to the elite for $30,000..minus the $10,000 rebate. Sometimes I think this is all a VERY bad dream, but don't be surprised if this election in November is somehow 'cancelled'..like he's always making decisions because he can't WAIT for Congress to act...................surrrre....................
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      by Ed on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM in reply to cs
      Oh there's a very good chance that Obama will be the last prez of the USA. A very good chance. But you can vote in November and feel like you are making a difference. The "enviros" is just a cover....he is catering to the New World Order, you know the NWO that Bush Sr was talking about but maybe he meant something else. Yeah, he musta meant something else.
  • by ps... on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:51 AM
    Troops train for martial law. Why would martial law be needed in the land of the free? That's just silly. America has nothing to be angry about.
  • by Sid on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:42 AM
    Enviromental terrorists? Yeah, sure. Same script as the "muslims" who blew up I mean collapsed buildings on 9/11. Start thinking. Time's running out. It's ALL staged by globalists. Terrorism is theater. Yeah, those sneaky savage treehuggers are responsible not the Bush/Clinton dynasty and their adopted son Barry.
  • by Bradman on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:39 AM
    Good job Obama. Wouldn't want to create any jobs. Keep those people on welfare.
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      by Lorelei on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM in reply to Bradman
      the brain washing continues...
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