Build the Keystone pipeline, already!

KXL was AWOL from SOTU – along with real energy, job, economic and revenue solutions

Guest essay by Paul Driessen

President Obama frequently says he wants to turn the economy around, put America back to work, produce more energy, improve public safety, and open new markets to goods stamped “Made in the USA.” In his State of the Union address he said, if congressional inaction continues, “I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.” 

Unfortunately, like Arafat, he never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to do all these things.

Most Americans are no longer fooled by empty hope and change hype. In December only 74,000 jobs were created (many of them low-paying part-time seasonal positions), while 374,000 more people gave up looking for work. Not surprisingly, recent polls have found that three-quarters of Americans say the country still appears to be in a recession, two-thirds don’t trust the President to make the right decisions for the country, and barely 30% say the nation is “heading in the right direction.”

The President needs to use his pen and phone to free our energy, economy and entrepreneurial instincts. But ANWR, OCS, HF, KXL and other solutions were AWOL from the SOTU. They were sacrificed on the CO2 and CMGW altar, by the POTUS, EPA, DOI and DOE, in obeisance to the EDF, NRDC, other environmentalist pressure groups, and assorted unelected, unaccountable, unconstitutional autocrats.

(Don’t you love Washington-speak – from the land of acronyms, that pricey patch of real estate on the banks of the Potomac River, bordered by reality and places where people actually work to earn a living, despite presidents and hordes of legislators and regulators doing their level best to make that difficult. For those whose Wash-speak is as bad as their Spanish and German, translations are provided below.)*

Our nation is blessed with vast energy, metallic, mineral, forest and other resources, waiting to be tapped. But they are locked up in favor of crony-capitalist, eco-unfriendly, land-hungry, subsidy-dependent, nigh-useless pseudo-alternatives that are dearly beloved by utopian environmentalists – and by politicians hungry for campaign contributions from businesses that they repay with billions in other people’s money, taken from taxpayers at the point of an IRS gun to prop up renewable energy schemes.

Our hydrocarbon wealth especially offers amazing benefits: improved human safety, health, welfare and living standards, in a more stable world, with new sources of jobs, wealth and income equality. Not tapping these resources is contrary to Obama’s promises and our national interest. It is immoral.

Of all the opportunities arrayed before him, the 1,179-mile Alberta to Texas Keystone XL pipeline (KXL) is the most “shovel ready.” Indeed, it awaits merely a presidential phone call or signature, to slash bureaucratic red tape, streamline the permitting process, and create construction and manufacturing jobs. Some 40,000 jobs in fact – more than half as many as were created nationwide last December.

As I have pointed out before (here, here, here and here), there are compelling reasons why the President should end this interminable six-years-and-counting dilatory KXL review process – right now.

Jobs. KXL would create an estimated 20,000 construction jobs; another 10,000 in factories that make the steel, pipelines, valves, cement and equipment needed to build the pipeline; thousands more in hotel, restaurant and other support industries; and still more jobs in the Canadian, North Dakota and other oil fields whose output would be transported by the pipeline to refineries and petrochemical plants where still more workers would be employed. With Mr. Obama and his EPA waging war on communities and states that mine and use coal, these jobs are even more important to blue-collar workers in Middle America.

Revenue. States along the pipeline route would receive $5 billion in new property tax revenues, and still more in workers’ income tax payments. Federal coffers would also realize hefty gains.

Safety. Right now most of the oil from Canada’s oil sands and North Dakota’s Bakken shale deposits moves by railroad and truck fuel tanks, often through populated areas. Truck and rail accidents have forced towns to evacuate and even killed 50 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Corporate executives and federal regulators are working to improve tanker designs and reroute traffic. But even despite occasional accidents, pipelines have a much better safety record. KXL would be built with state-of-the-art pipe, valves and other components, to the latest design, manufacturing, construction and inspection specifications. It has been configured to avoid population centers, sensitive wildlife areas and the Ogallala Aquifer.

Resource conservation and energy needs. Building Keystone will help ensure that vast petroleum resources can be efficiently utilized to meet consumer needs. In conjunction with other pipelines, it will greatly reduce the need to flare (burn and waste) natural gas that is a byproduct of oil production in Bakken shale country. The pipelines will also help get propane and natural gas to places that need these fuels. Recent pipeline problems, plus unusually high demands for propane to convert corn to ethanol, created soaring prices and shortages amid one of the nastiest North American cold spells in decades.

KXL will also enable state and private lands to continue contributing to America’s hydrocarbon renaissance. That is especially important in the face of congressional and Obama Administration refusals to open more federal onshore and offshore oil and gas prospects in Alaska and the Lower 48 States.

US-Canadian relations. The endless dithering over KXL has frayed relations between Canada and the United States. It has compelled the Canadians to take decisive steps toward building new pipelines from the Alberta oil sands fields to Superior, Wisconsin … and to Canada’s west coast, for shipment to Asia’s growing economies. Further delays will not reduce oil sands development – only the oil’s destination.

Climate change. In his SOTU speech, President Obama informed us that “climate change is a fact.” Well, duh. It’s been a fact since Earth was formed. The only pertinent issues are these: Are humans causing imminent, unprecedented climate change disasters? And can we control Earth’s climate, by drastically curtailing hydrocarbon use, slashing living standards and switching to renewables?

No evidence supports either proposition. Moreover, oil sands production would add a minuscule 0.06% to US greenhouse gas emissions, a tiny fraction of that amount to global carbon dioxide emissions, and an undetectable 0.00002 deg F (0.00001 C) per year to useless computer-model scenarios for global warming.

A January 24 letter spearheaded by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and signed by all 45 Republican Senators notes many of these points and requests that President Obama permit KXL pipeline construction “as soon as possible.” Several Democrats told Hoeven privately that they support his effort and Keystone, but are nervous about challenging the President or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid publicly.

On January 31, the State Department reaffirmed its previous conclusions that KXL is unlikely to noticeably increase demand for Canadian oil sands or global emissions of carbon dioxide. With reelection behind him, the President has “greater flexibility” and doesn’t need to kowtow to his radical green base. By picking up his pen and phone, cutting off another year-long study of whether Keystone is “in the national interest,” and approving the pipeline, he could satisfy independents and his union base. He’d even reduce CO2 emissions, which State says would be 28-42% higher if Canada’s oil is shipped via train or truck, instead of through the pipeline.

Democrats are urging unemployed workers to lobby Republicans for extended benefits. They should instead lobby Democrats and the President to do what’s right for America: create the jobs they promised, by approving Keystone – along with drilling, fracking, mining, and reduced taxes and regulations.

America is waiting. Will there finally be real hope and change? Or just more hype and empty rhetoric?

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Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.

* Acronym translator: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Outer Continental Shelf, hydraulic fracturing, Keystone XL pipeline, absent without leave, State of the Union, carbon dioxide, catastrophic manmade global warming, President of the United States, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council.

64 thoughts on “Build the Keystone pipeline, already!

  1. 3 Feb: UK Financial Times: Pilita Clark: Carbon capture backed to slash UK home energy bills
    Household energy bills would be slashed by £82 a year if the government boosted carbon capturing equipment on power stations instead of relying so much on offshore wind farms to tackle climate change, research suggests.
    Up to 30,000 construction jobs a year could eventually be created as well, according to analysis by the Trades Union Congress and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association of a technology that has struggled to make headway in Britain…
    Britain is one of the best areas in the world to exploit CCS technology, says Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary, pointing out that depleted North Sea gas and oil fields are ideal for storing captured gases…
    ***However, the process is so expensive that it can double the cost of building a power plant. As a result, it has failed to take off, despite the $25bn that governments have committed to it over the past six years…

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3a99a87e-8aae-11e3-ba54-00144feab7de.html

  2. Unfortunately, like Arafat, he never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity – wow! The perfect quote. But Obama needs to consult with his “scientific” advisers first. Now – where’s Daryl Hannah, Al Gore, Boyance, Jay-Z, Neil Young, James Cameron, Pam Anderson, and the rest of his Hollywood scientific advisers?

  3. “to convert corn to ethanol” What is the morality in this, in a hungry world? The greens have a lot to answer for, if there is a day of judgement!

  4. CTV News Sunday Feb 2
    Sandi Renaldo : “Now for those who thought the Keystone pipeline project could soon be a done deal, another reality check tonight. While the U.S. state department has dismissed environmental concerns about the plan to carry crude oil from Alberta to Texas, many hurdles remain. That was underlined forcefully when a key aid to Barack Obama appeared on television today. More from CTVs Omar Sachedina
    Fireworks on Americas Sunday political talk shows. The White House chief of staff dodging a question about when the U.S. president will make a decision.
    Denis McDonough “Washington loves a politics …undiscernible…
    Other Guy “I didn’t ask about politics, you got a state department study.
    W.H. Guy again “We have one department with a study, now we have other expert agencies, the EPA and many others who have a — energy department — opportunity to look at this.
    Omar: ” Last summer Barack Obama said that the environment was key.
    Obama: “The national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of Carbon pollution.
    Omar: “On Friday a report by the U.S. State department concluded those concerns are minimal. No substantive effects on climate change and any spills are expected to be rare and relatively small despite that no specific time line from Obama.
    “On CTVs question period Canada natural resources minister said the president should not delay.
    Joe Oliver, Natural resources minister : “Well his criterion has been met. The environmental issues have been dealt with.
    Omar: “Words echoed by republican backers back in the U.S.
    Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Governor “The Canadians are our closest allies, want us to become more energy independent.
    Protestors “No KXL, No KXL…
    Omar: “But protestors insist the project could cause an environmental disaster.
    Josh Saks, National Wildlife Foundation “If ever there’s a spill, of course countless animals can be impacted (see next story on New York mayors and ground hogs :-) )
    Omar: “Activists in the U.S. are already rounding up volunteers to participate in civil disobedience, meaning if the project gets approved Sandy, things could get ugly.
    Sandy: “All right Omar, thank you.

    Sandy: “We have dramatic video of Rob Ford in New York dropping a ground hog… wait.. Its not Rob Ford…. Never mind.
    – –
    Transcription services provided by the letters Q – W – E -R – T – and Y.

  5. The Keystone pipeline is a no brainier for the US. It is idiocy that groups such as 350.org have been able to block a project that is overwhelming in the best economic and strategic interest of the US.

    Canada is the US’s largest trading partner. The US exports $300 billion dollars worth of goods and services to Canada every year as opposed to $100 billion dollars to China. Purchasing Canadian crude is win-win for the US and Canada as it provides the Canadians with an increase in GDP which will result in the Canadians being able to purchase more US goods and services both short term and long term, in addition to the jobs created in the US to construct and operate the pipeline. There are short term and long term multiplier effects when Canadian crude is purchased as opposed to purchasing Venezuelan or Saudi crude.

    The Canadians must and do discount their crude oil to which is necessary to displace Venezuelan and Saudi crude oil. Cheaper Canadian crude will result in increased profits for US oil refineries which will both directly and indirectly result in short term and long term increases to the US GDP.

    The Keystone pipeline provides the US with guaranteed secure access to long term secure petroleum reserves, in addition to the economic benefit of increased exports to the Canada and access to cheaper crude oil.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_largest_trading_partners_of_the_United_States

    The NAFTA free trade agreement includes a clause that provides the US with guaranteed continual access to petroleum supplies (petroleum exports to the US cannot be cut by the Canadians in event of for example a war in the Middle East.)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Petroleum_Reserve_%28United_States%29

    The current inventory is displayed on the SPR’s website. As of December 21, 2012, the inventory was 694.9 million barrels (110,480,000 m3). This equates to 36 days of oil at current daily US consumption levels of 19.5 million barrels per day (3,100,000 m3/d).[1] At recent market prices ($102 a barrel as of February 2012[2]) the SPR holds over $26.7 billion in sweet crude and approximately $37.7 billion in sour crude (assuming a $15/barrel discount for sulfur content). The total value of the crude in the SPR is approximately $64.5 billion. The price paid for the oil is $20.1 billion (an average of $28.42 per barrel).[3]

    The United States started the petroleum reserve in 1975 after oil supplies were cut off during the 1973-74 oil embargo, to mitigate future temporary supply disruptions. According to the World Factbook,[5] the United States imports a net 12 million barrels (1,900,000 m3) of oil a day (MMbd), so the SPR holds about a 58-day supply. However, the maximum total withdrawal capability from the SPR is only 4.4 million barrels (700,000 m3) per day, so it would take over 160 days to utilize the entire inventory.

  6. He can’t sign it yet, there’s still a bunch of rich enviromentalists that haven’t contributed yet.

  7. This might be tied to two other things. First the US caving in on Iran’s nuclear proliferation so as to put more foreign oil on the market. The second is the Shell Oil Company’s failure to obtain drilling rights to the Arctic.

    The US public is stupid as to what is going on. First there is no evidence short of the over all impression from the far right that the present administration efforts are to reshape the US along the lines of “Animal Farm”. Secondly, they have succeeded as far as Congress allows and now it is time to triple the executive orders along with more power Czars to ensure as much change as possible is done be fore this far left administration leaves office.

    Environmental concerns and agendas are at the forefront. They want a US free of pollution, power with no record to our economy and population. Referring to the book again, we are being pressed into a Reservation.

    Because they are pro-man-made global warming population they don’t see the overall affects that are happening with a solar sunspot minimum. Then again, the leaders of the new US partied and ate well while the General Washington suffered the extremes of a winter at Valley Forge, just shortly at the end of the mini-ice age.

    As long as there is a high minimum wage and high union wages, Affordable Care Act and Trillions in debt, our NATO responsibilities will continue to decline, and the military ranks will do the same. VA medical will be drained to support Obama Care in the next few years and the VA hospital will be opened to the poor and homeless. Watch for General Z.’s resignation as Director of the VA.

    When you fully realize this, most of the damaged will be done.
    Paul Pierett

  8. Unfortunately, your president seems a bit like my Aussie namesakes on two counts:

    1. Says one thing but is actually doing pretty much the opposite.

    2. Too focused on social engineering that is aimed at pleasing the fringe-element.

  9. Good post; I could not agree more that we need to be using our resources to produce cheap and plentiful energy for the nation’s people. And for god’s sake let people eat corn and don’t put it in gas tanks of cars.

  10. From today’s Wall Street Journal, an article about the benefits of shale gas that includes this bit of presidential history …

    For years, greens and many on the political left have insisted that widespread adoption of renewable energy will create jobs and stimulate the economy. An example: In September 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama claimed at a speech in Golden, Colo., that his planned investments in “green” energy would create “five million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.”

  11. This guy has had 2 years to make a decision about a lousy pipeline, and he still can’t decide. He has to be the most indecisive President ever. No wonder Obama garners so little respect.

    BTW, the Keystone pipeline has been delivering oil to Illinois for 3 years now. Obama’s back yard. And he hasn’t said a word.

  12. Many reasons have been given to build the Keystone Pipeline. Here is a reminder from the President as to why he should re-persuade himself of what he believed in. Going forwards does not mean going backwards. Thing may have changed from 1 year ago, but that doesn’t mean hanging around.

    Washington Times – April 27, 2009
    During his election campaign last year, President Obama said, “I will set a clear goal as president. In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil in the Middle East.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/27/saudi-ex-envoy-us-cant-be-energy-independent/

    Just one year ago we got some pretty shocking news.

    Committee on Natural Resources – February 28, 2013
    ……..
    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28, 2013 – The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) yesterday released disturbing new data that shows the United States has been increasing its dependence on oil from one of the most unstable regions in the world. Middle Eastern oil now accounts for more than 25 percent of American oil imports—a nine year high that has come at the same time as record gasoline prices.

    http://naturalresources.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=321607

  13. The one good thing about this whole CAGW scare is that our children and grandchildren will laugh hysterically at food to fuel, carbon capture schemes, useless windmills and dithering over easy to get shale oil across the border as opposed to oil in the unstable Middle East. They will have learned a lesson about climate scares and use our time of insanity as a cautionary lesson about not panicking over future climate changes.

    Climastrology will be seen as a fringe group of ‘outliars’, a nutty group of pseudo scientists preaching heat during cooling episodes.

  14. “This guy has had 2 years to make a decision about a lousy pipeline, and he still can’t decide. …”

    Radical indecision looks remarkably like world’s-best-practice, if your speech-writing team are up to snuff. However, this is DC and you have to give the project every fighting-chance. Be professional, make sure all the bribes are big enough and go to the right people the first time. Oh, and the golden rule prevails of course, never-ever under any circumstances attempt to skimp on hookers ‘n blow.

  15. Regarding Keystone, it seems clear the President is behaving as he did regarding his health care reform: not truthfully.

  16. Simply, there is no good reason to block KXL.

    I watched them build a pipeline beside highway 22 in Southern Alberta. During the actual construction phase, several feet off the highway, there was very little disruption of any sort. The pipeline today is completely invisible, the only sign is building about the size of an elevator every few miles. Modern pipelines don’t leak. Modern pipelines have valves all along them that can be remotely operated to shut down and isolate sections in case of emergency, including earthquakes or attacks.

    We all know that the “climate” aspect of opposition to KXL is a completely bogus fabrication. Even the anti-KXL people I talk to are aware it’s bogus, although I suppose there are still a few real believers somewhere out there. A simple Bing search for Keystone finds an amazing amount of discussion about something that should never have even entered public awareness, it’s a simple industrial effort less harmful than the average 2-lane highway.

    Organized opposition to KXL was most likely purchased by the people who are making money transporting the oil in trains, which is an insane proposition. The article mentions the tragedy at Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Imagine being awakened from your sleep by your entire small town being engulfed in flames, oil tankers piled up like lego, some bodies found days later, most with barely enough remaining to even call a body.

    We in Alberta are frankly shocked that any US administration could possibly be so stupid as to shut down something as essential and benign as a safe, clean transportation system for crude. Alberta is definitely hurting from this, since jobs and businesses were lined up ready to do this. A not insignificant portion of our economy was hurt, and remains hurting.

    0bama is proving, again, that he is an incompetent buffoon. I heard a lot of talk about “special interests”, which democrats pretended to be against. Turns out they’re only against them when they are not THEIR special interests. Even the leftest of the left seem to drive everywhere, I still wonder where they think the gas for their vehicles is coming from.

  17. Paul Pierett says: @ February 3, 2014 at 1:56 am

    …First there is no evidence short of the over all impression from the far right that the present administration efforts are to reshape the US along the lines of “Animal Farm”….
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Since you made that claim you had better read these primary references that refute it.
    POINT ONE
    Let’s start with the critical passage from the UN. In the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I) (1976)

    Remember if you can not OWN PROPERTY, you are property. This is a critical point. Land ownership gives you the ability to be self sufficient and to produce wealth. If you can not own land you are nothing more than a free range serf working for corporations and then forking your earnings over to landlords.

    The Habitat I agreement was ostensibly about human living space, but really sought to control ownership of land. It was signed by the USA.

    Here is an excerpt:

    Land is an essential element in development of both urban and rural settlements. The use and tenure of land should be subject to public control…Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable….

    http://www.unhabitat.org/downloads/docs/924_21239_The_Vancouver_Declaration.pdf

    They are now even come right out and say it!

    Green Practices/Sustainability:Land Planing Page

    Apartments are the core of any sustainability strategy. They are more resource- and energy-efficient than other types of residential development because their concentrated infrastructure conserves materials and community services. As part of an infill or mixed-use development, apartments create communities where people live, work, and play with less dependence on cars. This reduces the consumption of fossil fuels and their carbon emissions.

    Through the NMHC Sustainability Committee, the Council is advancing industry best practices; working with lawmakers to adopt voluntary and incentive-based energy policy; and developing and promoting standards to help firms market their sustainability quotient.

    This online resource is designed to help…. policymakers craft effective energy efficiency goals….

    Land-use regulations aka zoning.
    This is a pre-packed deal from ICLEI. “Smart Growth” even put out A Citizen’s Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development: How to Tell if Development is Smart and Green I found it at this planing board site: http://www.co.berks.pa.us/planning (Note: Smart Growth Alliance banner) Someone commented Berk county within city limits, now requires you reapply for the zoning of your property after you buy it. Massachusetts did the same thing with septic tanks in 1994 when I got out of that state. The new code was no ground water within 10 feet down from the bottom of tank IF you want to sell. (Most ground water is within ~2 to 4 ft in the spring on the east coast) Once the testing is done and found not to meet ‘Standard’ the house is CONDEMNED and the owner can not only NOT sell the property but can no longer even live in the house. We picked a major drought to have our system tested plus a bit of dancing and got it ‘Passed’ This is a really good way for the government/banks to pickup property as the owners end up abandoning it.
    …………….

    POINT TWO
    How about the words of Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization?

    …The reality is that, so far, we have largely failed to articulate a clear and compelling vision of why a new global order matters — and where the world should be headed. Half a century ago, those who designed the post-war system — the United Nations, the Bretton Woods system, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) — were deeply influenced by the shared lessons of history.

    All had lived through the chaos of the 1930s — when turning inwards led to economic depression, nationalism and war. All, including the defeated powers, agreed that the road to peace lay with building a new international order — and an approach to international relations that questioned the Westphalian, sacrosanct principle of sovereignty — rooted in freedom, openness, prosperity and interdependence…

    http://www.theglobalist.com/pascal-lamy-whither-globalization/

    ..The Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) supports national parliamentarians to develop and agree common legislative responses to the major challenges posed by sustainable development…

    …The Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) is an international organisation comprising national parliamentarians from over 70 countries that are committed to finding legislative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change and sustainable development….

    http://www.globeinternational.org/index.php/about-globe

    I see nothing in either of those statements that have anything to do with the wishes of the people being governed. Instead I see “we have largely failed to articulate a clear and compelling vision of why a new global order matters” In plain speak “We have not come up with the right propaganda to get people to give up the sovereignty of their countries and their freedom.
    Pascal Lamy even uses the EU as an example of a model for ‘Global Governance’ Global Governance: Lessons from Europe – What can the world learn about global governance from the diplomatic model of the European Union?
    ……
    EXAMPLE
    One only has to read How the UK/EU/UN-OIE handled the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in 2001 and about OIE – Depopulation to understand why governance by bureaucrats with no skin in the game is a REALLY REALLY bad idea. In an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, export can be started much much sooner if “depopulation of both diseased and healthy animals, wild and domestic, in 10-km zones around infections” is used instead of vaccination. FAO Animal Health Manual MANUAL ON PROCEDURES FOR DISEASE ERADICATION BY STAMPING OUT

    Under the worldwide rules set by the OIE, a country can recover its disease-free status either three months after the end of the very last recorded outbreak, or 12 months after it has completed a vaccination programme. In this instance, if Britain had completed a vaccination programme in April 2001, and there had been no further recorded outbreaks, she could have recovered full trading status in April 2002. By rejecting vaccination, that status could only now be recovered three months after the last outbreak… http://www.warmwell.com/footmoutheye.html

    ……

    Sustainable development is another expression for Agenda 21.

    Agenda 21: Chapter 14
    PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
    http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/documents/agenda21/english/agenda21chapter14.htm

    14.2. Major adjustments are needed in agricultural, environmental and macroeconomic policy, at both national and international levels….
    …Agenda 21: Chapter 14
    14. Governments at the appropriate level and with the support of the relevant international and regional organizations should assist farming households and communities to apply technologies related to improved food production and security, including storage, monitoring of production and distribution

  18. Darn it. Mods I messed up the blockquotes off in post in moderation @ February 3, 2014 at 5:23 am
    Can yo please fix? Thanks

  19. In related news, Kuwait is near completion of their 4th pipeline:

    http://www.naturalgasasia.com/kncp-to-launch-fourth-gas-pipeline-project-11668

    “Company’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer For Planning and Local Marketing Shukri Al-Mahrous.in an interview to “Alam Al-Mu’asasah” (KPC World) magazine, published by the Kuwaiti Petroleum Corporation, said the project includes building a fourth unit to treat liquefied oil gas, with a storage capacity of 805 million cubic feet of gas and 106,000 barrel per day of condensates, reports Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).”

  20. Paul Driessen says:
    Most Americans are no longer fooled by empty hope and change hype.
    ___________________
    I see no evidence that your assertion, if true, would matter in the least.

  21. . . . Build the Keystone pipeline, already!

    Hmmm … Valerie Jarrett must not approve …

    Google search return:

    Valerie Jarrett
    1. Lawyer
    2. Valerie Bowman Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Assistant to the President for Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration. She is a Chicago lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader.

    Born: November 14, 1956 (age 57), Shiraz, Iran.

    Shiraz, Iran – The fifth most populous city of Iran and the capital of Fars Province.

    .

  22. Primer on Valerie Jarrett, the literal ‘power’ behind the throne (esp. for those outside the US not normally privy to the inside workings of ‘american politics’ in this administration):

    The Truth About Valerie Jarrett, Mystery Woman of the White House
    The close adviser and friend of the Obamas is one of DC’s most powerful people—but what exactly does she do?

    One take-away:

    She vacations with the first couple in Hawaii and on the Vineyard, and she can sometimes sound like their flac: Michelle is “fabulous at 50.” Barack is “just too talented to do what ordinary people do” (as quoted in David Remnick’s The Bridge). She decides who’s invited to small White House parties and state dinners.

    Jarrett can save the jobs of people she likes, such as Attorney General Eric Holder, who faced calls for his ouster when he announced his decision to bring Kahlid Sheikh Mohammad to trial in New York. In advocating for Holder, she protected not just a personal favorite but one close to the Obamas as well—after she’d earlier announced that the couple wasn’t making new friends in DC. He kept his job, and is one of only two cabinet secretaries who will likely serve two full terms. Jarrett acquired the nickname “Eric’s appeals court.”

    .

  23. A number of years ago the small company I work in had an opportunity to invest and build a business in the US similar one we run in Canada. I thought it was a good business opportunity. There was a definite demand. There was an identified, un-served customer base who were willing to commit. There was a clear path to building a multi-million dollar business employing about 5 people full time and growing with the business. There were venture capital partners ready to sign on.
    Even though there was encouragement from local business development agencies, my bosses viewed the overall US business scene was too hostile a regulatory environment for anybody but the largest corporations(like TransCanada) to play in.
    Obviously, we didn’t do the deal. I was very disappointed but, in the long term, I have to agree now that they were right.
    Too bad.

  24. The REAL, demonstrated, ‘impediment to progress': Valerie Jarrett. The following was excerpted from an American Thinker piece and puts it succinctly:

    … Not that Jarrett’s record in Chicago was anything to be proud of. Jarrett was known for her corruption and incompetence. Daley finally had to fire her after a scandal erupted over her role in misuse of public funds in the city’s substandard public housing. She went on to become CEO of Habitat Executive Services, pulling down $300,000 in salary and $550,000 in deferred compensation. Again, she managed a housing complex that was seized by government inspectors for slum conditions. The scandal didn’t matter to Obama. The sordid corruption was all part of Jarrett’s Chicago success story.

    Every insider in Chicago told Klein the same thing: Jarrett has no qualifications to be the principal advisor to the president of the United States. She doesn’t understand how Washington works, how relations with Congress work, how the federal process works. She doesn’t understand how the economy works, how the military works, how national security works. But she understands how Obama works.

    The president turns to Valerie Jarrett for definitive advice on all these issues. She has given him terrible advice over and over, and still he turns to her.

    Her true job is to make Obama feel proud of himself. When Obama looks at Jarrett, he sees himself as whole and good and real. He is no longer the fake black, the fatherless kid flailing around in a white world, tortured by the unfairness of it all. She fills the emptiness at the core of his identity. She admires and adores him. Jarrett told New Yorker editor David Remnick that the president is “just too talented to do what ordinary people do.” And the icing on the cake — she shares his left-wing politics that project unfairness out onto white America.

    Obama relies on Jarrett to create the White House bubble he likes to live in, where his narcissism is stroked and his desire to do the big, left-wing thing is encouraged. Jarrett is the doorman. She runs access to the president. As Klein puts it, she guards him from meeting with “critics and complainers who might deflate his ego.” No one gets past Jarrett who has an incompatible point of view.

    Bolding above is mine.

    .

  25. Jobs. KXL would create an estimated 20,000 construction jobs; another 10,000 in factories that make the steel, pipelines, valves, cement and equipment needed to build the pipeline; …

    It will create that many jobs, but for how long? No construction jobs are permanent. Get this project done and you have to find another job.

    I find the counts of numbers of jobs a rather nebulous activity producing numbers that are worthless. I have done it as a part of the paperwork to qualify projects for stimulus grants. The 5 jobs created for a project that will take 3 months, count the same as the 20 jobs "created" by a project that lasted 2 years, but it adds together to 25 jobs created in grant-speak. If the pipeline creates 5,000 jobs at its southern end, and those are done before the northern end is started,the 5,000 jobs at the northern end are "new" and it is said that 10,000 jobs are created.

    Certainly the pipeline will positively affect employment, the number of jobs created is not the way to measure that effect.

  26. Keystone is not going to add to either “global warming,” “carbon pollution” or real pollution because if we don’t build Keystone, the oil is still going to be extracted. Not building the pipeline is not going to stop the Canadians from selling the oil.

    However, not building Keystone will contribute to pollution because if we don’t buy the oil, somebody else will. Whose refineries are cleaner, our’s or China’s?

    Not building Keystone also contributes to pollution because transporting the oil by rail is more likely to spill oil. Also, using rail is less safe for transport.

  27. @Chris4692 says: (February 3, 2014 at 7:13 am)

    Of course politicians and political advocates almost always exaggerate the benefits or dangers of whatever they are for or against.

    But keep in mind, we’re talking real jobs in real industry, not fake stimulus jobs. So yes, it probably won’t be as good as the most optimist numbers from supporters and once it’s built, there will be fewer jobs. But Hoover Dam still requires people to maintain it. The power station at the dam needs continual maintenance and upgrades. Likewise, after the pipeline is built, it will need maintenance, inspections, upgrades, etc.

    Surely anybody who believes that government spending has a multiplier (and I’m not saying you believe this) must also believe the same benefits occur when private enterprise or individuals spend money as well.

  28. As indicated, or implied in his writings he has no intent to do any of these things. Unless of course he completely controls his empire. But only after he destroys capitalism.

  29. @_Jim says: (February 3, 2014 at 7:10 am)

    Forget Valarie Jarrett — How many of those things does Obama understand?

  30. Considering that pretty high ranking Democratic Party PR people are behind much of the anti-Keystone propaganda, I don’t see how Obama can bring himself to approve it without alienating a good portion of his party.

  31. “President Obama frequently says he wants to turn the economy around, put America back to work, produce more energy, improve public safety, and open new markets to goods stamped “Made in the USA.””

    Well, sure he may have said those things,

    but we have to wait for his Press Secretary to tell us what he really meant.

    :)

  32. “The years passed, mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hopes the genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources where focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections.” Idiocracy

    Besides, Keystone oil doesn’t have any electrolytes.

  33. What really aggravates me is that the environmentalists have this insane belief that cancelling the pipeline will keep that oil in the ground. That oil is coming out of the ground. The only question is whether it will flow in a pipeline that goes south to the US, or west to the Pacific.

  34. The first quota presidency is also a puppet presidency for party interests and advocacy check list. I suppose party priorities are always there for any President, but they are just more noticeable in the absence of leadership and common sense policy from the center. The middle class is the main victim here, despite verbiage to the contrary.

  35. What really aggravates me is that the environmentalists have this insane belief that cancelling the pipeline will keep that oil in the ground. That oil is coming out of the ground. The only question is whether it will flow in a pipeline that goes south to the US, or west to the Pacific.

    It really has nothing to do with keeping the oil in the ground, that is just the angle they are USING to trick uninformed people into supporting them. This is about money. Two very large Democrat megadonors would be severely negatively impacted if this pipeline goes in. First of all, Warren Buffett’s railroad is moving the oil from both the Canadian tar sands and the Bakken field. If this pipeline goes in, he loses money. Then there is a billionaire named Tom Steyer who has a large investment interest in a pipeline that would carry tar sands crude to the west coast of Canada. If the Keystone pipeline isn’t built, he stands to make a substantial windfall as the oil gets shipped over “his” pipeline instead of the Keystone pipeline.

    From Steyer’s recent remarks, he appears to be getting a bit desperate.

    http://business.financialpost.com/2014/02/03/keystone-foe-billionaire-tom-steyer-calls-for-review-of-defective-pipeline-report/?__lsa=8601-9fd6

  36. the current administration in the USa is a cabal of marxists. using logic or reason doesn’t work. They intend to destroy the country and may in fact already succeeded.

    the very same goes for the entire climate change argument. it isn’t about the climate it is about control. until the conservatives start pointing out that these people are communists and stop trying to reason with them the better.

    the best is not to engage them but to point out that they are in fact communists and that they intend to diminish the USA and create another communist state.

    http://www.anonymousconservative.com/blog/home-page/

  37. more soylent green! says:
    February 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

    But keep in mind, we’re talking real jobs in real industry, not fake stimulus jobs. So yes, it probably won’t be as good as the most optimist numbers from supporters and once it’s built, there will be fewer jobs. But Hoover Dam still requires people to maintain it. The power station at the dam needs continual maintenance and upgrades. Likewise, after the pipeline is built, it will need maintenance, inspections, upgrades, etc.

    Surely anybody who believes that government spending has a multiplier (and I’m not saying you believe this) must also believe the same benefits occur when private enterprise or individuals spend money as well.

    The stimulus projects I worked on were all real jobs in real industry as well. Those water plants also have to be operated and the streets maintained going forward. However, those projects would have proceeded and the money spent on those projects would have been spent whether there was a stimulus program or not. The only difference the stimulus program made was in how the project was financed. That is another topic.

    The applicable point is: whether the project is constructed with private funds or public, the number of jobs created is an imprecise number. However that number is produced it is meaningless without also stating how long those jobs will last, however that is rarely stated. It would be better to state how many man-years of labor would be involved, though even that has a problems in making the estimate. The monetary impact on the economy, whether dollars, pounds, marks, pesos or euros, is a far better measure of the effect of the project than is the number of jobs created.

  38. I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama approves the pipeline. Where are the enviros going to go? To the Republicans? No, they will just have to suck it up.

    Keystone has many incentives that the President can use, including patronage and lots more tax income. Most importantly, Keystone does not conflict with Obama’s Plan.

  39. more soylent green! says February 3, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Forget Valarie Jarrett — How many of those things does Obama understand?

    Doesn’t matter/an immaterial issue (although your point is well taken, and I think we all know the answer); “O” safely resides within a protective ‘bubble’ devoid of conflicting ideas or discordant (disagreeing or incongruous) thought, a bubble created and enforced by the Valerie Jarrett … the real obstacle here, from practical standpoint, is Jarrett, the O’s gatekeeper. Jarrett, with her twisted ideas of the ‘how the world works’ was actually elected, twice.I might add.

    Reiterating from above:

    Obama relies on Jarrett to create the White House bubble he likes to live in, where his narcissism is stroked and his desire to do the big, left-wing thing is encouraged. Jarrett is the doorman.

    She runs access to the president.

    As Klein puts it, she guards him from meeting with “critics and complainers who might deflate his ego.”

    No one gets past Jarrett who has an incompatible point of view.

    an incompatible point of view” I assume means, and includes, actual reality.

    It has been said that “progress depends on the unreasonable man” – a George Bernard Shaw quote as shown fully below:

    The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man [or woman, in the case of Valerie Jarrett].

    I submit to you that Jarrett and Obama are trying mightily to adapt (change) the world to ‘themselves’ (i.e. form it in the image they perceive it should be based on their ‘warped’/deluded/un-informed/mis-formed experience, knowledge and ‘learning’ baseline).

    .

  40. Boy, this is a very good article!

    That paragraph bears repeating without the acronyms:

    “The President needs to use his pen and phone to free our energy, economy and entrepreneurial instincts. But the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Outer Continental Shelf, hydraulic fracturing, Keystone XL pipeline and other solutions were Absence without Leave from the State of the Union. They were sacrificed on the carbon dioxide (CO2) and catastrophic manmade global warming altar, by the President of the United States, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, and Department of Energy, in obeisance to the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council other environmentalist pressure groups, and assorted unelected, unaccountable, unconstitutional autocrats.”

    If you showed that original paragraph with the acronyms to the average American, they won’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

    I hate acronyms, and think that’s one of the main reasons I didn’t do real well while I was in the military (as a LTJG in the Navy) It’s one of the reasons friends don’t understand climate science reality, or the climate debate.

    I plan not to use acronyms at all in any of my future posts. Especially on Facebook.
    NOTE: LTJG = Lieutenant (junior grade)

  41. if you were being kind and you wanted to sum up Obama in one simple phrase, this might be it:

    “He cannot see a fence without sitting on it.”

  42. Obama’s “Year of Action” in 2014 will be similar to his “Recovery Summer” in the election year of 2010. It will consist of big talk and little action. He’ll try to do nothing that he thinks might hurt Democratic election chances in the House and Senate. That means he’ll continue to sit on the fence when it comes to the Keystone Pipeline and try to make both sides think he’s leaning in their direction. Sure, he’ll sign a few executive orders and throw in a lot of talk about equality and taxing the rich to gin up the base, but 2014 will end up being another year of inaction on the economy. Should he succeed again in fooling enough people with his talk to regain the House and keep the Senate, 2015 will be his Year of Action. That will be when he cancels Keystone and implements carbon taxes. Hopefully, the Obamacare debacle will wake enough people out of their hypnotic slumber to throw a monkey wrench into his plans. But I fear that they will fall back to sleep before the election gets here.

  43. General P. Malaise says:
    More likely facist, into which both China and Russia have evolved, to large degree and the USA is well on its way. Free enterprise with thugs running the show.

  44. Big Labor is so mad at Obama’s ObamaCare betrayal, Obama may just accidentally do what’s right and while trying to placate them. (http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbeauprez/2014/02/03/wapo-labor-union-officials-say-obama-betrayed-them-in-healthcare-rollout-n1788655)

    Then again, Obama doesn’t have to worry about reelection and as long as he can play king through executive action, he may not care about the mid-term elections this year.

    What’s going to win? Politics or ideology?

  45. Another major impediment to building the Keystone is the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, which handles 700,000 barrels/day. Guess who doesn’t want to lose that kind of business? His initials are Warren Buffet. He bought the railroad for $0.89 on the dollar several years ago.

  46. Peter Miller says: @ February 3, 2014 at 9:11 am

    if you were being kind and you wanted to sum up Obama in one simple phrase, this might be it…
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    I really liked the comment that certain substances that shall remain nameless, cause short term memory loss and may interfere with transfer from short-term to long-term storage. Obama admits use in high school and college,

    The actual effects are still very controversial.

  47. Gail Combs says:
    February 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

    General P. Malaise says: @ February 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

    the current administration in the USA is a cabal of marxists….
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Please read E. M. Smith’s “Evil Socialism” vs “Evil Capitalism” and America’s Ruling Class

    You need to get past the Dog and Pony show that the MSM is putting on for the masses.
    _____________
    bears repeating

  48. Jim G says:
    February 3, 2014 at 9:55 am
    General P. Malaise says:
    More likely facist, into which both China and Russia have evolved, to large degree and the USA is well on its way. Free enterprise with thugs running the show.

    I don’t consider there to be much difference between fascist and communists. the end result is the same dictatorships. admittedly nicer uniforms.

    my point is that we waste our energy addressing a subject ….oh look a squirrel !

  49. Gail Combs says:
    February 3, 2014 at 10:42 am
    General P. Malaise says: @ February 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

    the current administration in the USA is a cabal of marxists….
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Please read E. M. Smith’s “Evil Socialism” vs “Evil Capitalism” and America’s Ruling Class

    You need to get past the Dog and Pony show that the MSM is putting on for the masses.

    this is another straw man. GE and Monsanto are not capitalists without the prefix CRONY..

    there is a difference between capitalism and socialism and the difference is huge. please do not confuse crony capitalism with free enterprise. Most of corporate america is of the crony capitalism type which is the same as socialism/fascism/communism.

    stop letting the marxists / socialists define the language.

  50. “It really has nothing to do with keeping the oil in the ground, that is just the angle they are USING to trick uninformed people into supporting them. ”

    Crosspatch, I agree 100% with what you say. this. When I say the environmentalists think the oil will stay in the ground, I am talking about foot soldiers, not the crony capitalists who will be helped by the cancellation of the pipeline.

  51. Crosspatch has most of it. However, in addition to Burlington Northern and Tom Steyer, who’s firmly invested in the Kinder-Morgan rival pipeline project, there’s at least two other groups who don’t want Keystone XL to go through.

    The first is Saudi Arabia. Any increased access to Canadian oil means larger access to global markets. That means the world oil price will tend to stagnate compared to if KXL is not built. Saudi Arabia functions as the source of last resort, regulating its output to maintain a world oil price. If additional Canadian crude enters the market this will eventually translate into lower Saudi production.

    It’s hardly surprising the Saudis are opposed to the Canadian oil sands. They’ve been opposed to it for years, particularly given that Canada is not and never has been an OPEC member.

    The second group quietly flying under the radar is the US domestic oil industry itself. Particularly those companies involved in shale oil. Alberta oil sands crude is cheaper to extract and upgrade than shale oil is to extract and upgrade. Hence, any additional Canadian crude coming on the market will diminish whatever demand there is for US domestic shale oil production.

    Since the only obstacles to additonal Canadian crude entering the US is a pipeline, then the pipeline must be stopped.

    The other aspect of Canadian crude is Northern Gateway. All of the above groups want that one built because again it will be a lower cost oil source entering the global market in this case directly. However, the US government has no jurisdiction in Canada. So that’s why the various foundations are pouring a river of money into buyng up all the Canadian domestic opposition they can find among aboriginal and environmental groups.

    During municipal elections two years ago, the single largest campaign contributor to the current mayor of Vancouver was the Tides Foundation.

    These are some of the reasons why Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver famously labelled environmental opposition to Northern Gateway as hostile and foreign-funded.

  52. Obama isn’t being indecisive – he’s making a decision by not making a decision, since the KXL can’t be built without his signoff. He has no intention of allowing the KXL to go forward, and the only recourse would seem to be for the states involved to approve their portions separately and then connect them. Congress isn’t about to challenge him, especially not with gauleiter Reid in charge in the Senate (unless the Republicans simply declare that Reid has no authority and proceed accordingly). The EPA would of course challenge the states’ moves, but they could be physically stopped from doing anything about it.

    It’s also a mistake to think that Obama’s actions that destroy jobs or prevent them from being created represent mere negligence on his part. As a committed doctrinaire Marxist, he intends to destroy the middle class – the bourgeois class enemy – and reduce as much of the population to impoverished servitude. The loss of jobs is not incidental but is an integral part of his plan for “transforming the United States>’

    There is no question that the EPA’s agenda, and the agendas of der Fuehrer’s two key advisers, Holdren and Podesta, is to deconstruct the US’s energy infrastructure. Not just coal, but oil and natural gas as well. These are fanatics who cannot be reached by facts or reasoned argument

  53. Although many arguments sound true to me here, I get pained by mentioning “income equality” as a reason to favor likes of USA’s Republican party.

    I see USA becoming *more* big-corporation-favoring, along with weaknesses of the Democratic party, and these are major reasons why USA has had mostly positive inflation-adjusted per-capita GDP growth even from 1999 to now, but pay raises past inflation seem to be generally reserved to the top 20% largely ever since Reagan took office. Working class wages had their best gains since then during Clinton’s 2nd term, largely coinciding with low deficit after a tax hike to taxation levels close to what Reagan considered acceptable.

    Not that I favor anywhere near all Democrat-party ideals, but I see the Republicans getting pushy in ways and to extents that they are *not* working for common good. When the wealthiest get richer and wealthier, even after inflation, while the nation gets poorer and less-wealthy, I see big trouble.

    And did not ordinary middle class people used to be job-creating business starters? Why should newly in recent years largely only the top 1% be “job creators”? Why should one end of the political spectrum support such a situation? Now that the “job creator class” has enjoyed years of getting richer while most others are treading water or still sinking, why is the “job creator class” slow to create jobs? Did not Reagan say that a rising tide lifts all boats?

    Or, should WUWT be a place more for discussion of atmospheric and oceanic stuff and data thereof, as opposed to stuff that is more of a matter of right-vs.-left politics and related political-economics stuff like most of this whole thread has been?

  54. klem says:
    February 3, 2014 at 3:09 am
    This guy has had 2 years to make a decision about a lousy pipeline, and he still can’t decide. He has to be the most indecisive President ever. No wonder Obama garners so little respect.

    BTW, the Keystone pipeline has been delivering oil to Illinois for 3 years now. Obama’s back yard. And he hasn’t said a word.

    ***********************

    It is now my understanding now that Blow Hard of Omaha has purchased a pipeline company that needs to expand to transport Canadian oil, the pipeline will go through.

    Nothing like have a railroad and pipeline to make money….

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