Breathtaking Democratic hypocrisy on Keystone pipeline

Whether you were for or against the Keystone pipeline, you have to be impressed by the breathtaking Democratic hypocrisy in doing what they said could not be done, all to protect the seat of a single Democratic senator. It clearly demonstrates who was responsible for gridlock in Washington. As soon as Harry Reid and Barack Obama decide it is in their political interest, the legislation process moves with lightening speed.

Barack Obama is mostly unteachable. I don't expect that he will improve much in the next two years. He is not up to the Clinton standard of learning or even that of George W Bush, who made big changes after the American voters sent him a similar message in 2006.

But w/o Harry Reid protecting his flank by bottling up legislation, it will be clear who is the biggest stick in the mud. Obama will need to get out his veto pen. Whether that makes him a hero or a dog, we will soon see. My guess is that he will end up on the dog side, but either way it will be clearer who is doing what to whom when old Harry can no longer run interference.

Posted by Christine & John at November 12, 2014 9:15 PM
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This post reminds me of my brothers and I family holiday sausage making, sorta. We make about 150 to 175 lbs using boned and hand trimmed pork butts and then an elaborate cutting, spicing, boxing, grinding and stuffing process handed down to us from our Father (a shot glass of garlic powder is one of the necessary ingredients among others). We have always tried to be sanitary however we do not use plastic gloves or disinfectant in any of the processes. If you watched us do it you might not consider it very sanitary however everyone raves about the homemade sausage and we have never had a case of food poisoning reported from it. It all gets eaten every year.

We have often wondered what it would look like when making thousands of pounds instead of the small amount that we make.

Legislation creation, not unlike sausage making, is best when viewed as an outcome and not a work in progress. Not an excuse just a statement of fact.

Along with the proponents of Keystone there are opponents as well such as land owners and ranchers that have valid concerns and time was needed to make sure their concerns were heard. Not sure what will happen with Keystone but I will bide my time and wait for the outcome instead of inspecting every little piece of the work in progress.

Posted by: Speak4all at November 13, 2014 2:41 PM
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Oil down to $74 today. Better hurry. Won’t be long before it is no longer financially viable. We’re already in borderline territory, the $65 - 75 range. Below $65, good-bye Keystone, and buh-bye to oil from the Albertan tar sands.

Oh, & C&J, if you see Walker, you might want to explain to him that the pipeline has little to do with oil independence for the US. The oil is intended for export to Europe. The whole point is to give business to Texas refineries. That’s it.

Unfortunately, demand for oil is dropping in Europe and China, and more importantly, the market is being flooded. I think the Saudis want to kill off competitors while maintaining market share. They can stand $40. Most producers cannot. For many, anything below $70 puts them underwater. So the Saudis will kill Keystone more decisively than anyone ever realized, they will deny revenues to Iran, which unlike Saudi has a large restive population, and they may prevent development of alternative energies, and perhaps most important of all, electric cars.

Posted by: phx8 at November 13, 2014 3:27 PM
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Speaks and Phx8

I don’t know if the pipeline will ever carry Canadian crude. I figure it will probably carry oil from Dakota or elsewhere. Once things get into a pipe, they can go lots of places and lots of infrastructure is used for purposes other than those originally intended.

I am not talking about the merits of the pipeline or even the sausage making nature of the laws. I am pointing out that we now see the source of the friction that was gridlocking the system. We see that Harry Reid can indeed move legislation very rapidly when he want to do so and has been holding back up until now.

Posted by: C&J at November 13, 2014 7:56 PM
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phx8,

Your correct, the pipeline issue may ultimately be just a pipe dream after all. http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/economics-no-longer-makes-keystone-pipeline-viable/ar-BBdw1uK

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