Obama State Department — No XL Pipeline – No Jobs!

Russ Steele

Well this decision will add more arrows to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s economic quiver as he meets with China’s political leaders next month.  The Atlantic Wire has the story:

  •  The Hill is reporting that it’s confirmed with State Department sources that the U.S. will reject the proposed pipeline, and a formal announcement is planned for 3 p.m. today.
  • Fox News’s Ed Henry just tweeted that the U.S. State Department plans to announce it won’t approve the controversial Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

Remember who killed these jobs in November.  Remember who slowed down our economic recovery in November!


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

9 Responses to Obama State Department — No XL Pipeline – No Jobs!

  1. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    You would certainly think to build it they wouldn’t start in the middle – I would think there is alot of work that could be done before they got anywhere near Nebraska

  2. Sean says:

    The Democrats disdain for anything that causes blue collar employment is complete. I’m sure Nancy and Barack will remind the iron workers, steel workers, plumbers and pipe fitters of the stimulative nature of their unemployment checks and food stamps.

  3. Sean says:

    Drudge points out that back in December, the Obama Administration said just that, “As Obama called for passage of those bills, he also responded to a recent Republican push to require him to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. “However many jobs might be generated by a Keystone pipeline,” he said, “they’re going to be a lot fewer than the jobs that are created by extending the payroll tax cut and extending unemployment insurance.”

  4. Ben Emery says:

    Why is it you don’t report that a vast majority of this oil will be exported to Asia in the form of refined fuel? You don’t report that the US main export for the first time is gasoline/ diesel/ jet fuel?

    These are indicators of a third world nation, thank you free trade and supply side economics for bringing down the world super power to a third world nation. The other indicator of third world status is quality of infrastructure or commons. Tax breaks for the wealthy instead of investing towards our nations future, real smart. Our nation in the last three decades stopped investing in infrastructure and now our out of date and underfunded infrastructure needs $3 trillion to bring it into the 21st century. We now find ourselves way behind other developed nations in ability to be competitive in a world market.

    You want to help blue collar workers end our free trade agreements and make imports equal in teh cost of as if they were made in America. Free Markets only work if capital, resources, and labor can cross borders. The way it works now is that capital and resources cross boarders but not labor. The WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, IMF, and World Bank have stripped the economic sovereignty of the United States. Lets go back to the policies we followed from 1793- 1970’s. Hamilton’s policy on manufacturing.

    • Russ Steele says:


      You raise and interesting issue, why are we exporting refined fuel, with the prices so high in the US, and projections that it will go much higher by Memorial Day. See my post on that here: http://nextgrandminimum.wordpress.com/fuel/ As i understand pricing the reason for the high prices are the high cost of crude. The only solution to that is more domestic drilling, and that is not going to happen with Obama in the WH and his climate change pit bulls in the EPA and Energy Department.

      I have no problem with US refining and selling the Canadian Oil to Asian countries. If we do not build the pipeline the oil is going to Asia vie a pipeline to the Pacific Coast anyway. If we refine and sell the fuel we get the tax revenue, the jobs and the ability to divert the fuel in a national emergency for US use. If it just goes to China with no US control or participation then we lose across the board.

    • Sean says:

      Before you blame free trade, you need to look at the self inflicted wounds on the manufacturing sector. Bloomberg had an article just this morning on this very topic: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-18/america-s-dirty-war-against-manufacturing-part-1-carl-pope.html The second to last paragraph sums things up nicely, “We are not victims of an impersonal Leviathan called “globalization.” We’re the suckers who allowed our government to sacrifice the manufacturing sector while protecting the real winners: commodities, intellectual property, finance and agribusiness. The U.S. didn’t lose its manufacturing leadership; it threw it away.”

  5. Russ says:

    Obama lays off 250,000 Americans, when he disapproves building this pipeline.

  6. Bob W says:

    OK here is what I heard this afternoon on a radio show. It is up to you to decide how valid it may be.

    The pipeline was to be for heavy crude because the refineries targeted were for heavy crude. Canada has heavy crude and Venezuela has heavy crude.

    These refineries are on the Gulf Coast and were intended for Venezuelan oil.

    Soros is invested in Venezuelan oil and the Kochs are invested in Canadian oil.

    Your call.

  7. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    The Kochs get oil from the existing pipeline, they will not get any from this one. The existence of this one actually hurts them, as it brings more competition into their market.

    Ben, there really is something called the “Trade Deficit” it is the amount of stuff you sell vs the amount you buy – we have been negative for a great while which means more money leaving than coming – we need to sell stuff

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