KXL pipeline gets green light from State Department

Keith Sketchley writes:

Today the US State Department reported ‘no major environmental objections to the proposed $7 billion Keystone pipeline’. I wonder what Obamas and Kerrys reasons for further delay will be now?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a major hurdle toward approval Friday, a serious blow to environmentalists’ hopes that President Barack Obama will block the controversial project running more than 1,000 miles from Canada through the heart of the U.S.

The State Department reported no major environmental objections to the proposed $7 billion pipeline, which has become a symbol of the political debate over climate change.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_KEYSTONE_PIPELINE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-01-31-14-58-05

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It is not one of delays, it is one of concessions. Some left wingers want Obama to Nationalize all oil companies and pipelines.

Good, awesome news. It’s long past due this country further develop it’s own energy resources.

george e. smith

Well I heard a radio broadcast re-run of a Q&A by the White House spokes puppet, as to what was holding up Keystone, if the President had said he wanted to create jobs.
The buffoon hemmed and hawed, and generally gobbledegooked his way through an ersatz answer, the apparent gis of which was that POTUS can’t just do things on his own when other countries were involved. He suggested it might be a matter for the State Department to look into.
He had no answer when asked howcome they hadn’t already looked into it.
Talk about bs.

Lance Wallace

One would think that Kerry could have leaned on the writers of the report, however “hands-off” (wink, wink, nudge nudge) he may have wanted to be perceived. And for that matter, he would have had a sense of what Obama wanted. So overall, maybe there’s a chance the Administration will for once do what’s best for the country instead of their useful (geen) idiots.

Lance Wallace

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joelobryan

350.org (McKibben’s nutters) object vehemently to KXL.
That there was zero reality behind that objection, we skeptics already knew.
And the Obama Administration saw fit to spend our tax money on that study.

Janice Moore

That is GREAT NEWS!
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jones

“I wonder what Obamas and Kerrys reasons for further delay will be now?”
.
Because……..

Mac the Knife

Errr… Keith Sketchley commented on the lack of snow on Mount Washington, Vancouver, BC, in Tip ‘n Notes.

I take it that, if Obama has approved this pipeline, it is either going to move CO2 from the atmosphere to somewhere less “troublesome”, or the missing heat from the oceans to the atmosphere to prove the computer models are working?
Slightly off-thread, but I did predict it would happen; after our (UK) warm summer and mild and wet winter, the Met Office has announced that winters are going to continue to get milder and wetter and summers, warmer and wetter due to CO2 levels continuing to rise. They kept very quiet during the last four very cold winters, so obviously the scientific minds at the Met Office cannot differentiate between climate and weather!

Mac the Knife

george e. smith says:
January 31, 2014 at 10:45 pm
Well I heard a radio broadcast re-run of a Q&A by the White House spokes puppet, as to what was holding up Keystone, if the President had said he wanted to create jobs.
The buffoon hemmed and hawed, and generally gobbledegooked his way through an ersatz answer, the apparent gis of which was that POTUS can’t just do things on his own when other countries were involved. He suggested it might be a matter for the State Department to look into. He had no answer when asked howcome they hadn’t already looked into it.

George,
Odd, that. During the State of the Union diatribe, Our Dear Leader assured us that “if Congress won’t act, I will. I have my pen and my phone…...
I’m fairly sure Obama could take a couple of minutes between the front and back ‘nine’ to give a shout out to Stephen Harper, the Canadian Prime Minister, to say “Hey Steve! Yeah, it’s me, The Choom Gangstha! You know that pipe line thing you Canucks been asking for – It’s ON! Yeah! Hey Man – gotta go. The beer cart is here!
Want to bet that some ‘new concerns’ will suddenly surface that need to be addressed, say for the next 3 years, before Obama ‘n Kerry will be able to get to ita decision? I hope I’m wrong….
Mac

Janice Moore

Hi, Mac the Knight in Shining Armor. #(:))
I’m still up — re-playing this page over and over to see if my 11:06pm post is out of moderation…. yet.
IS there a Mt. Washington near Vancouver, B. C.?! Never heard of it. Must be preeetty short. Like one of those hills they call “mountains” back east. I’ll always remember a woman from New York State saying how charming it was that I lived “nestled amongst the mountains.” I thought she was seriously mistaken about where my house was. Then, I realized that she wasn’t. lol
Well, I can report that this evening there IS snow down to about 3,000 ft. elev. on a very short mountain, indeed, 4,000-ft. Mt. Cultus, a good 60 miles south of Canada… .

Janice Moore

Hi, Andrew Harding — How did (are?) you and your wife enjoy(ing?) Hawaii? Glad you enjoyed your drive from Las Vegas (?) to San Francisco. I am curious, though, where in the world in that stretch of driving did you see “lovely” country? My Washington State eyes are spoiled, or, rather, simply unattuned to the barren beauty of the desert, I think… .
Hope you had (are having?) a great vacation!
Janice

Bill Adams

Next delay waits until after mid-term elections, that’s all.

a jones

Far be it for me to meddle in U S politics but I seem to recall the State Dept cleared this pipeline a couple of years ago and POTUS sent it back for review. It seems State did not do what it was [presumably] told. And cleared it again.
Or have i got that wrong?
I am sure the readers of WUWT know better than I.
Kindest Regards

For the odd off topic Mount Washington comments. I have skied Mt. Washington. It is on Vancouver Island. Recently the south west coast of B.C. has experienced an inversion of temperatures where it has been cold near the surface and warm at high elevations. Mt. Baker, which I have also skied and is several hours closer to me than Mt. Washington has had a lot of snow. My local mountains (Burke) have snow on them and that is rare but not unusual.

Janice Moore

Oh, Mount, Gary, not “odd,” INTRIGUING (lol). #(:))
Thanks for the information. Much appreciated.

john karajas

The sooner the KXL pipeline is constructed, the better. Also, export permits for US crude oil & gas.
And, while we are at it, rescinding of fraccing bans in France & Bulgaria.

Geoff Sherrington

Paul Pierett says: January 31, 2014 at 10:42 pm
“It is not one of delays, it is one of concessions.”
It’s not about delays. It’s in the pipeline.

ren

John Kerry, US secretary of state, will consult eight government agencies over the next three months about the broader national security, economic and environmental impacts of the project before deciding whether he thinks it should go ahead.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
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And if that doesn’t waste enough time, he will then appoint a blue-ribbon panel to determine just how many angels can dance on a CO2 molecule.

Mac the Knife

Good Evening, Sweat Pea!
Nice to hear from you! I’m sipping a short whiskey ‘n water and catching up on reading that was sadly postponed to support a very busy week.
Speaking for those of us that were raised in the heartland, far from ‘real’ mountains, looking at Mt. Rainier looming up from sea level to 14,000ft is pure eye candy! There are few other places on earth (Mt. Fuji, perhaps) that have such awe inspiring, massive, and stretching-to-heaven relief… and I never get tired of seeing it in all its majesty.
Hope the sun shines on you tomorrow, Janice!
Mac

Brian H

Janice Moore says:
January 31, 2014 at 11:41 pm
Hi, Mac the Knight in Shining Armor. #(:))
I’m still up — re-playing this page over and over to see if my 11:06pm post is out of moderation…. yet.
IS there a Mt. Washington near Vancouver, B. C.?!

It’s on Vancouver Island, “Mount Washington, BC V9J 1L0, Canada
+1 250-338-1386” for the resort. 6288′ height.

Curtis

Definition of “insanity”: environmentalists commissioning assessment after assessment of the same project, hoping for a different result.

The State Department would not have made such a decision without Obama’s approval. He is, after all, the President, and he gives the State Department its marching orders. So this announcement essentially means that Obama approves of the Keystone pipeline, but wants to deflect at least some of the wrath coming his way from the left.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

From the AP piece:

However, a top official at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, said the report gives Obama all the information he needs to reject the pipeline.
“Piping the dirtiest oil on the planet through the heart of America would endanger our farms, our communities, our fresh water and our climate,” said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, the NRDC’s international program director. “That is absolutely not in our national interest.”
The report said the pipeline was likely to have an adverse effect on the endangered American burying beetle, found in South Dakota and Nebraska. But it said that could be offset by a monitoring program and other requirements on the pipeline operator.

Sounds more like the endangered American burying Green dodge, they keep sidestepping the issues.
Is that another one of those extremely rare “species” those eco-mentalist groups keep finding, that only lives in the proposed “impacted” area? That is genetically identical to populations of the critters found elsewhere, or perhaps with only a trivial difference that’s barely distinguishable and irrelevant? For which, despite their gene pool being more than adequately represented in un-threatened populations elsewhere, absolutely MUST be saved and protected solely because their population lives “only” in the proposed area of development?

P

“the pipeline was likely to have an adverse effect on the endangered American burying beetle, found in South Dakota and Nebraska”
That’s good enough for me, this pipeline has got to be stopped now!!!
Even with my ecoloon hat on, I still cannot see how any reasonable person can object to this pipeline. The environmental arguments are so flimsy, I would be embarrassed to use them, while the economic and strategic reasons are so compelling, there simply is no reasonable counter-argument.
Those who campaign against this pipeline must have morphed into something beyond ecoloon.
Government by superecoloon? If the USA wants that, then have a look at what this concept has done to the UK and Europe, blindly wandering into long term, self-inflicted, economic decline because of skyrocketing energy costs and imminent shortages of electrical power during winter.

Steve in Seattle

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
Seems as though the left of liberal married females most always have a hyphenated last name(s).
Speaking of ecos, here in WA state a similar delay tactic is in play, by the watermelons, a governor ordered ‘comprehensive’ study to determine the risk of coal trains passing through WA. The state department of ecology ( thank you Dixie ) is living in the limelight of the local green emotions – science and actualities have nothing to do with this dog and pony show. You can submit all the current climate science and/or solar physics you want, it will not be considered. On the other hand, a person can move to the head of the line of experts IF its a ‘she’ and her written page of comments drip with the emotions of how the future of her children and their pet goldfish will be imperiled by these menacing trains, carrying death.

Policycritic

“Piping the dirtiest oil on the planet through the heart of America would endanger our farms, our communities, our fresh water and our climate,” said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, the NRDC’s international program director. “That is absolutely not in our national interest.”

Then why did you wait 40 years to object? The US has been doing it since at least 1973 through various pipelines, getting over 22% of the nation’s oil from Canada.

DirkH

If building the pipeline will commence, it will be with the intention of never getting finished to not jeopardize Uncle Warren’s rail profits, but with the intent of filling the Union’s coffers.
In Germany, we currently have two eternal construction sites, one is a concert hall in Hamburg, one is an airport in Berlin. Both are vehicles to funnel off taxpayer money and are not intended to ever be finished. The state simply says, uh, looks like we signed a stupid contract, silly us. Sue us if you dare, we’re the state, see what it gets you.

The southern portion is already being used:
“The southern leg—the lesser known half of TransCanada’s pipeline—originates in Cushing, Oklahoma and passes through countless communities in Oklahoma and East Texas before arriving at refineries and shipping ports along the coast.”
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/22-9
Bonus, there’s a Weepy Bill McKibben tweet in that link.

pat

you win some, you might lose some, too:
30 Jan: King5 News: John Langer: Washington lawmakers pursue Road Usage Charge .
SEATTLE — A plan to charge Washington drivers per-mile to raise more transportation money is getting a closer look from lawmakers in Olympia.
$1.4 million has already been spent studying the impacts and possible benefits of charging drivers to use the state’s roads. Late last week, a task force created by the Transportation Commission presented a report indicating this type of fee could bring in up to $3 billion.
Washington is now pushing forward with a pilot program to investigate further. It likely would not start until 2015…
Oregon is implementing its own version soon, charging some drivers a cent-and-a-half to use state roads.
http://www.king5.com/news/local/Washington-lawmakers-pursue–242884501.html

Jimbo

The State Department reported no major environmental objections to the proposed $7 billion pipeline, which has become a symbol of the political debate over climate change.

I admit that I have not been keeping very up-to-date with this pipeline but how would a ban have affected global warming or climate change? I understand there were always alternatives that came with unintended consequences.

Financial Times – 31 January 2014
The department’s final supplemental environmental impact statement, the last in a series of reviews of the project dating back to 2008, concluded that greenhouse gas emissions could actually be higher if the US blocked the proposed pipeline, if oil companies used alternative transport routes such as rail………….
The state department study concluded that if all the oil that would have been carried by Keystone XL were moved to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico by rail instead, greenhouse gas emissions would be 27.8 per cent higher than if the pipeline were built.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ad21e3e4-8ab2-11e3-ba54-00144feab7de.html#axzz2s43mLDl0

And the following would have been even worse in more ways than we previously thought!

CNN Fortune – April 25, 2013
Canada considers Keystone alternative in Asia
If the Obama administration gives the green light to Keystone, it would vastly diminish the need for Canada to pursue a much dirtier Asian exit strategy…….
Such a move would not only threaten U.S. energy security but would also dash hopes of making North America truly independent from foreign sources of oil.
http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2013/04/25/canada-keystone/

Would China have said no to the oil? Of course not. The China alternative route.
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/01/obama-canada-alternative-route-keystone-xl/1#.UuzKR5zm5hc
If Canada has the oil and wants to sell it then that is what it will do. Blocking the pipeline is irrelevant and goes against what the environmentalists ‘want’ – to fight global warming climate change. ;-p

cedarhill

If I were to bet, it will be along the lines of “now will refer it to normal channels for standard processing within the boundaries of the US”. This means that champion of hydrocarbon development, the EPA, would kick off the next round of assessments.
It would get past not only the 2014 midterms but at least well into the 2016 Presidential race. And then, regardless of how the EPA ruled, court actions against the EPA will delay it into 2017 as a minimum.

Posted two years ago. SSDD.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/22/weekly-climate-and-energy-news-roundup-38/#more-55226
Three weeks ago I wrote to a friend, who is one of the recognized true experts in global energy, as follows:
_____________________
I remain perplexed by Obama’s Keystone decision, which appears to be very much against the national interests of the USA.
The pipeline is clearly in the USA’s strategic interest. Given the Iran situation, it should have been built yesterday. Furthermore, it will create some jobs and tax revenue at no cost to the taxpayer.
The alleged environmental dangers of the pipeline appear wildly overstated.
I think overconsumption of water from the Ogallala aquifer due to corn ethanol overproduction is a much greater environmental threat. Removal of corn ethanol subsidies will not solve the problem as long a s the corn ethanol mandates in gasoline remain.
Am I missing something here?
His answer: Sadly, no.

Jimbo

Bill McKibben of 350.org, a campaign group that has led the campaign against Keystone XL, said protests would continue to put pressure on Mr Obama to reject the plan.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ad21e3e4-8ab2-11e3-ba54-00144feab7de.html#axzz2s43mLDl0

I do hope that Bill McKibben’s flights are fueled by bio-diesel.

350.org
In November 2012, following publication of his Rolling Stone article, Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, Bill McKibben and 350.org hit the road in the USA to build a movement strong enough to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis. The Do the Math Tour was a massive success, with sold out shows in every corner of the country.
Now the tour is going global — first to Australia, then to New Zealand, Fiji, and beyond!
http://maths.350.org/

Herald Sun – 8 April 2013
Look, in the sky! A hypocrite called McKibben
http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/look_in_the_sky_a_hypocrite_called_mckibben/

Bill McKibben is an ECO-HYPOCRITE

DC Cowboy

a jones says:
January 31, 2014 at 11:53 pm
Far be it for me to meddle in U S politics but I seem to recall the State Dept cleared this pipeline a couple of years ago and POTUS sent it back for review. It seems State did not do what it was [presumably] told. And cleared it again.
Or have i got that wrong?
==========================
Yes and no. This is the 5th Federal study … so far. I believe the administration plans to do what my fellow federal workers (before I retired) would often do when we faced doing something we didn’t want to do …. we’d ‘admire’ the problem and kill any action by repeated ‘feasibility studies’, which would drive up the cost to the point that we could say it failed a ‘cost – benefit’ analysis.
He’ll just study the problem to death by having one sub-agency after another spend a year developing a ‘study’. There’s LOTS of sub-agencies to go, probably hundreds.

Bill Illis

Facts don’t matter to the environmentalists and the far left-wing.
It is slogans, and emotional initial reactions.
We need to change the message from facts and the economy to slogans.
It is no longer the Keystone pipeline, it is the KXL pipeline.
It will eventually reduce US oil imports from the dirty oil sands.
It will keep dangerous oil trains off the tracks and tanker trucks off the roads.
It is opposed by the rail Barron’s and the truck tansport monopolies who want to move more oil by tanker through our cities. And there are many more spills and fires from train and truck transport.
It will clean up the biggest oil spill in history, the oil sands.
Etc.

Leon Brozyna

Well, if what’s his name doesn’t want it, it won’t get built, no matter how many studies are done.

Gamecock

Barack said, “No,” in January, 2012. What part of “no” do you not understand?
Nothing has changed.

daddylonglegs

Regarding climate issues we may have now entered a time of political double speak. Up front, politicians cant be seen to back out of grandiose green and AGW statements involving grandchildren etc. However behind the scenes, more and more governments will be trying to “get rid of all the green crap”.

daddylonglegs

Leon Brozyna on February 1, 2014 at 4:34 am
Well, if what’s his name doesn’t want it, it won’t get built, no matter how many studies are done.
You are referring presumably to Warren Buffet?

Steve from Rockwood

Obama is likely having a “not on my watch” legacy moment. He won’t be remembered (fondly anyway) as the President who brought in “free” health care to the masses. He won’t be remembered as having a strong “green” commitment if he approves KXL. So I would expect him to kick the can down the road as long as he can with the intention of deferring to the next Presidency. “I did not approve the Keystone Pipeline”.
Other than Obamacare and the green energy revolution (i.e. subsidizing solar and wind projects) what has this President really done that is memorable?

oMan

“Bill Adams on January 31, 2014 at 11:46 pm
Next delay waits until after mid-term elections, that’s all.”
What Bill said. This has always been about politics. So look for the political loss/gain inflection point for the Administration: it won’t come until mud-November, and maybe not even then.
This has nothing to do with ensuring that the laws are faithfully executed.

pat

the sooner everyone understands CAGW is not a partisan thing, the better we will be able to defeat the scam. i do believe there are more CAGW sceptics than believers who already know this. this little saga is telling:
30 Jan: Reuters: US consultancy ICF wins bid to help plan China carbon market
U.S. consultancy ICF International has won a 5-million euro ($6.8 mln) contract to help the European Union advise China, the world’s biggest carbon-emitting nation, on designing a national emissions trading scheme (ETS).
http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/01/30/china-carbon-idINL3N0L412J20140130
April 2013: Desmogblog: Steve Horn: Ties That Bind: Ernest Moniz, Keystone XL Contractor, American Petroleum Institute and Fracked Gas Exports
As first revealed on DeSmogBlog, Moniz is also on the Board of Directors of ICF International, one of the three corporate consulting firms tasked to perform the Supplemental Environmental Impact Study (SEIS) for TransCanada’s Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipeline…
Moniz earned over $300,000 in financial compensation in his two years sitting on the Board at ICF, plus whatever money his 10,000+ shares of ICF stock have earned him…
Moniz’s American Petroleum Institute Ties to Shale Gas Export Advocacy…
http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/04/09/ernest-moniz-keystone-xl-contractor-american-petroleum-institute-fracked-gas-exports
29 Jan: News Ltd: The man who could be US president: Ernest Moniz, the country’s Energy minister
EVERY year when the US president gives his annual State of the Union address to Congress, there is a “designated survivor”.
This time, that man is a fellow named Ernest Moniz. He’s the country’s Secretary of Energy and also well known for having a distinct, wavy bob…
And despite the polarised nature of American politicians, the country’s Senate voted unanimously to confirm him to his position…
http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/the-man-who-could-be-us-president-ernest-moniz-the-countrys-energy-minister/story-fnh81jut-1226812986353

pat

31 Jan: UK Register: Andrew Orlowski: Tell us we’re all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists
Is a climate scientist a real scientist?
The majority aren’t angry climate sceptics. They are “So What?”-ers. “So what if humans cause the climate to change?”; “It isn’t it likely to be catastrophic here, we’re likely to cope, so what?” and “So what if it gets a degree or two warmer – I prefer a warmer climate.”
These are reasonable things to say.
MPs therefore had the perfect opportunity to reassess their junkie-like dependence on their hand-picked IPCC scientists. But they decided to hold onto Nurse for now – for fear of something worse. The establishment scientists, less surprisingly, appeared keen to maintain their influence on the policy being made. The unwritten pact between the scientific elite and the political elite which appoints them will go on for a little longer.
Here’s how an enthralling session unfolded….ETC
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/31/tell_us_were_all_doomed_mps_beg_climate_scientists/

Hi Janice! Thank you for asking about our trip.
My holiday (vacation) has just about ended. I am in a hotel in LA waiting for my overnight flight to Heathrow London and then another flight back to Newcastle tomorrow. The family are en route to Miami to pick up a Caribbean cruise for two weeks, sadly I have to work. We had one the best drives ever from Las Vegas to LA through Death Valley. I have never been anywhere where there is complete silence, no birds, no people, just us. In England even in the most remote of places there is always some noise, some people. The views were breathtaking up in the mountains. We did a tour of the Grand Canyon, fantastic! The drive from LA to San Francisco was of a similar length as the one from Vegas to LA, but we had to stop three times for coffee as I was starting to nod off at the wheel, there was just mile after mile of straight roads with either barren countryside or crops, no mountains, nothing. So for that part of the journey, I agree with you. Hawaii is beautiful, I never realised it was so far from mainland US! We fly to the Costa del Sol in southern Spain several times a year, from the NE of England it is a three hour flight. Hawaii is five hours and two time zones (I suspect it should be three, as the sun sets an hour later local time than it does in LA, but a three hour difference makes it difficult for businesses to operate).
We have had a fantastic time, the people here are lovely, very friendly, very helpful. We will definitely be coming back.

Pete M.

Keith Sketchley asks: “I wonder what Obamas and Kerrys reasons for further delay will be now?”
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Reasons? BO needs no reasons. He’s on record saying, “I have my pen and my phone …”
BO imperially believes, “It’s my bat, ball, and glove. We play the game my way, or the highway. Just who in he!! are you to think otherwise?”

Gail Combs

Curtis says:
February 1, 2014 at 12:34 am
Definition of “insanity”: environmentalists commissioning assessment after assessment of the same project, hoping for a different result.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
It is not insanity it works.
1. Endless Delays
2. Mounting costs
As an example the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission charges the plant operator $274 per hour per inspector.

DirkH

Steve from Rockwood says:
February 1, 2014 at 5:15 am
“Other than Obamacare and the green energy revolution (i.e. subsidizing solar and wind projects) what has this President really done that is memorable?”
Creating more public debt than all other presidents combined? His term is not over yet; he’s got a good change of making it.
http://politicalderby.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/us-debt-graph-2020.jpg