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Keystone passes in US Senate, faces Obama veto

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Republicans in the U.S. Senate made good on a pledge to pass the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto.

Senators voted 62-36 on the bill to bypass the Obama administration’s review of Keystone, five short of the number needed to overturn a potential rejection by the president. All Republicans present voted for the bill as did nine Democrats.

Approving Keystone has been the top priority of Republicans in the new Congress after they won control of the Senate in November.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Keystone would be good for the middle class and “pump billions” of dollars into the economy.

Debate on the bill lasted most of the month with Senators engaging in an open process espoused by McConnell to debate dozens of amendments. Only a handful of the amendments passed, including one from Senator Lisa Murkowski, the chair of the energy committee, in which companies transporting crude from Canada’s oil sands would have to contribute to an oil spill fund.

Obama has raised new questions about the number of jobs it would create and said that Keystone would mainly benefit the company that wants to build it, TransCanada Corp, not U.S. gasoline consumers.

While the project would create thousands of temporary construction jobs, a State Department report said fewer than 40 workers would operate Keystone XL, once built.

Obama wants the State Department to finish determining whether the pipeline is in the national interest, but backers say the six-year-plus approval process has lasted too long. The project would bring some 800,000 barrels per day of heavy oil from Alberta and light U.S. crude to Nebraska en route to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

The House of Representatives has voted nine times to approve the project. Aides to House leaders said it was not clear whether the chamber would vote to pass the Senate bill or work out changes in conference talks.

Obama is expected to make his own decision soon on Keystone. The State Department has told other federal agencies they have until Feb. 2 to conclude their assessment of the project.

Even if Obama decides to oppose Keystone, Republicans will keep pushing. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota plans to attach a measure to a spending bill or other legislation later in the year that Obama would find hard to reject. “There will be other opportunities,” Hoeven said

 

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21 Comments on "Keystone passes in US Senate, faces Obama veto"

  1. Plantagenet on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 4:50 pm 

    A bi-partisan bill to built Keystone passes, but hyper-partisan Obama will veto it.

    A mistake, in my mind. Why not let the Canadians spend their money to build infrastructure for the USA—its WIN WIN!

  2. J-Gav on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 5:30 pm 

    Ah – a little test of the cojones of the POTUS … Either way, it’s likely these bituminous resources will end up being exploited and exported, nature be damned.

  3. ghung on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 5:48 pm 

    COUNTRY FOR SALE

    All qualified Foreign corporations welcome!”

    Brochures available in the Capital Foyer

    TransCanada files eminent domain petitions against holdout landowners opposing Keystone XL pipeline

    http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/transcanada-files-eminent-domain-petitions-against-holdout-landowners-opposing-keystone/article_0ad8dda1-395f-5efb-ba2e-af63e7c682b1.html

  4. GregT on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 6:19 pm 

    Plant said:

    “A bi-partisan bill to built Keystone passes, but hyper-partisan Obama will veto it”

    Finally, the moment that you’ve been waiting forever for Plant. Obama is actually going to make a decision. I wonder if he’ll take into consideration the lobbyists, his advisors, or any number of other stakeholders when he makes his decision? Or will he go it alone? Hmmm, that could be a tough call.

    Oh, and good to see that you finally figured out that proper nouns should be capitalized. Kudos for that one! But what the heck is up with the hyper-partisan thingy? Don’t you have like a two party system?

  5. Plantagenet on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 6:28 pm 

    @gregt

    Obama has made many thousands of decisions since he became president. Your claim that he is “finally going to make a decision” just shows you have absolutely no idea whats going on in the world.

    Cheers!

  6. GregT on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 6:51 pm 

    Plant,

    I’m sure that most people make thousands of decisions each and every day. Obama is probably no different. He is a human being after all, he just happens to be an exceptionally intelligent one. You are fortunate to have such a great leader Plant.

  7. Plantagenet on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 7:51 pm 

    And you are at least equally lucky in Canada to be ruled by Steven Harper.

    This is indeed the best of all possible worlds, isn’t it?

    Your cock-eyed optimism reminds me of the famous saying from Candide: ” When his highness sends a ship to Egypt, does he worry about the comfort or discomfort of the rats in the ship?'” Chapter 30, pg. 146

    Cheers!

  8. Go Speed Racer. on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 8:58 pm 

    The Republicans only serve the rich. They dont care about the guy on the tractor at the family farm. They dont want him to have cheaper gasoline. If Repubs want to build pipeline, figure out why. Because its not cheaper gas for the pickup truck of the working poor. Indeed the depib will want to tighten the noose on such poor people. Probly by un-land-locking the oil, so it can be exported to foreigners, leaving polluted ground water for the poor locals. Repubs always wanted to banana republic the USA, keystone and fracking is part of their master plan. Now go pray to John Boehner, vote for bim, and give him your money.

  9. GregT on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 9:51 pm 

    Plant,

    Steven Harper is not our leader, he is the prime minister of the crown, there is a big difference. Obama is your Commander in Chief Plant. The big kahuna. Obama is the leader of the free world. Not only is Obama a true leader of men, he is also a Nobel laureate, and he is a much, much, better golfer than Harper. He may very well be the best President that you will ever have in your lifetime Plant.

  10. Plantagenet on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 11:31 pm 

    GregT

    Steven harper is indeed your leader. Check it out—He is the Prime Minister of Canada.

    Not only do you not know how the US operates, you don’t even know how your own country operates.

    Thats sad, Greg. Really sad.

    Ta ta!

  11. Plantagenet on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 11:32 pm 

    @Speed Racer

    Thank your lucky stars that you have the democrats to look out for you!

    Vote Hillary in 2016—Its her turn!

  12. GregT on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 3:01 am 

    Plant,

    Steven Harper is not our leader. He is a representative of the Queen of England. Canadian land is sovereign land and is commonly referred to as ‘crown’ land. Canada legally is a crown owned company, or corporation. We still pay taxes to the Monarchy.

    Your country Plant, is controlled by privately owned central banks. The Federal Reserve Bank is a privately owned institution. The USD is a privately owned and controlled currency. Your government is controlled, and owned, by private central banking cartels. The TBTF.

    The royal monarchy recently went into bankruptcy, and is now owned and controlled by the same banking cartels as your country is.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/queen-of-the-great-britain-on-the-verge-of-bankruptcy

    Stephen Harper is now a servant to the same oligarchy as the POTUS, which should be very clear when one considers how Canada has done a complete about face from being a peace keeping nation, to a nation of warmongering in the past few years. Your commander in chief still has the Military Industrial Complex at his beaconing, but he is not in control. He does what he is told to do, or he will be removed either politically or by whatever means necessary.

    What is really sad Plant, is that most people have no clue as to the power that the central bankers wield. They have no idea as to where their money actually comes from, or how the debt on that money allows the bankers to control their governments and their societies.

    Hillary is in bed with the central bankers, and will be the worst thing that could ever happen to the US, and the world for that matter. Take a long hard look at Chelsea’s marriage, the relationships involved, and the who’s who in the global scheme of things. Hillary Clinton is a very evil woman, she is ruthless, and she has no moral values. If that woman ever gets into power, we may as well give the devil himself free reign over the Earth.

  13. theedrich on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 4:23 am 

    @ GregT:

    Whatever you term Harper, he is your current dictator, “crown” or not.  Plant is right.  As far as the Divine One in D.C. is concerned, his Nobel prize was bestowed for absolutely nothing except the White-Guilt dementia of the Norwegian Nobel committee.  He is a profound liar with little ability to do anything except read his speechwriters’ blather on a teleprompter and burp out one-liners against straw men while standing in front of a backdrop of carefully chosen worshippers.  In his youth at hyper-Marxist Occidental College, he was a fuming Stalinist who wanted a violent revolution in the U.S.  Today he is sucking the toes of the decapitationists in KSA for their oil, while at a total loss for dealing with increasing international disintegration.  The only thing that keeps his popularity up in this country is the fawning MSM that loves his race hustling.

  14. Beery on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 5:52 am 

    When I saw this headline pop up, I was going to say “cue Planty foaming at the mouth”, but I see it’s already happened.

  15. Beery on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 6:01 am 

    Theedrich wrote: “He is a profound liar with little ability to do anything except read his speechwriters’ blather on a teleprompter and burp out one-liners against straw men while standing in front of a backdrop of carefully chosen worshippers.”

    So how does that make him any different from any other person who’s been elected president? Surely what you’ve written is part of the job description.

  16. Davy on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 6:19 am 

    Beery, can you count on your hand good politician that are not per Thee’s description. A good politician is naturally a political animal that lies, cheats and steals. It is paradoxically the bad politician that is in reality the good one. That my friend is the story of our peak entropic age.

  17. penury on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 8:55 am 

    So the Pres vetoes the pipeline; so what?
    Will that increase or decrease the flow of “oil”? Will this cause the price of crude to shoot to the moon? Will this benefit the environment? If the answers to these questions is no, than I suggest we go back to arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

  18. rockman on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 10:45 am 

    penury – Thanks. I try really hard to not get sucked back into discussions about the totally irrelevenf KXL but it’s often difficult to not repeat the obvious.

  19. GregT on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 10:54 am 

    “So how does that make him any different from any other person who’s been elected president?”

    Obama was not ‘elected’ president. He was ‘installed’ as president, and given his long list of accomplishments, can anyone think of a better person for the job?

  20. Jersey Patriot on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 12:30 pm 

    The President is the head of the executive branch of the US government, and the executive branch is co-equal with the legislative and judicial branches. As head of the executive branch, he is also commander-in-chief of the armed forces (note, not the United States, but its armed forces). As typical for republics, the United States does not have a leader.

    Since the ratificaton of the Constitution, American politics has slowly begun to personalize American government in the President and to ascribe him enormous powers over world events. Put another way, the President is being deified. This problem crosses party lines and manifests as Clinton/Bush/Obama Derangement Syndrome. C/D/ODS an utterly infantile view of the world, a view fit for powerless subjects of an empire instead of active participants in a republic.

  21. Poordogabone on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 5:34 pm 

    I think the jury is out on a long cruse ship trip as to whether the price of oil will ever rally back up. Price of food keeps going up despite oil price going down. historically low oil price boosted purchasing power and that is what economists and BAU talking heads are counting on from the bubble they live in. What are the Canuks going to stick in that pipeline if oil prices remains low indefinitely?

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