US rejects Keystone XL pipeline from Canada 

Posted: November 6, 2015 by oldbrew in Energy, government, Politics
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Pipeline cancelled [image credit:]

Pipeline cancelled [image credit:]

The political ducking and weaving is over. After years of indecision, there will be no new oil pipeline from Canada to the US, as BBC News reports.

US President Barack Obama has announced he is rejecting an application to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. Speaking from the White House, he said it would not have served the “national interests” of the US.

Its construction has been hotly disputed for seven years, with environmentalists saying it would do irreparable damage. But the president said the pipeline had taken on an “overinflated role” in the climate change debate.

The proposed pipeline would have run 1,179-miles (1,897km) taking 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska. But Mr Obama said it would not have: lowered petrol prices, created long-term jobs, or affected energy dependence. “The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,” he said.

Republican presidential candidates condemned the news, with Jeb Bush calling it an attack on the US economy.

Full report: US rejects Keystone XL pipeline from Canada – BBC News

They will just have to keep sending the oil by rail.

  1. oldbrew says:

    One in the eye for Canada’s new PM.

    ‘Trudeau has said he would woo Obama into accepting the pipeline with a renewed focus on environmental regulations on the transportation and extraction of oil.’

  2. hunter says:

    Mr. Obama has selected to enrich his supporter, Warren Buffet, instead of improving American energy security, American workers and our Canadian allies.
    His reactionary ignorance in accepting deceitful “green” claims pushing so-called “climate change” policies is historical in its pervasive influence on his Administration.

  3. Kon Dealer says:

    “There are none so blind as those who will not see”
    Obummer is a disgrace.

  4. manicbeancounter says:

    President Obama does not understand basic macroeconomics. Economic income per capita is identical to economic output per capita. In the long-term, to raise living standards (income) means producing more per capita in monetary terms. Unless people are to work longer hours and/or labour force participation increases, this means driving down costs per unit of output and destroying less productive jobs. A pipeline employs less people than rail, so in the long-term helps increase living standards. As has happened for the last two hundred years, the lost jobs will be replaced in time by more productive ones.

  5. manicbeancounter says:

    From the Fortune article, it might not just be the political influence of Warren Buffett that swung the deal. It also states that “Koch Pipeline Co. in early 2014 suspended plans to construct a pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois”. The Koch Brothers are more hated by the Environmentalists than Exxon Mobil. They are supposed to be the major financiers of the anti-climate conspiracy.

  6. People just don’t know how to write headlines any more”

    “Obama Rejects XL After Heavy Buffetting”

  7. Obama rejected the pipeline (Bernd Felsche is right, above) because he rejects the US. He has never done anything in the national interests of the US; that he refers to said national interests in his statement is just his latest blatant lie to the American people. He, and the whole Democratic party of today, will go down in history as willing to throw the baby (US national interests, and the truth in any public debate) out with the bath water (you see, he deludedly thinks he is redressing the sins of America; he wants revenge, period, and the fall of America to the level of a third-world country, where the inalienable rights of every individual are just so many words without real meaning to him). Obama’s incessant lying, from the first, even when he hasn’t needed to, should have taught everyone long ago that he has no true character. Neither do all the radical activists who are his political base.

  8. I wonder if this decision can be contested under NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)?

    As for continuing to ship by rail, Mr Obama has just signed the death warrant for those whose lives will be lost when the trains go off the tracks.

  9. oldbrew says:

    ‘A continental oil boom and lack of pipeline infrastructure have forced unprecedented amounts of oil onto US and Canadian railroads. With 43 times more oil being hauled along US rail lines in 2013 than in 2005, communities across North America are bracing for another catastrophe.’

  10. Bloke down the pub says:

    The new Canadian prime minister has said he is likely to cancel the order for Lockheed F-35 aircraft. I wonder if these two stories are linked?

  11. oldbrew says:

    Bloke: Canadian F35s were already under threat before the KXL decision.

    ‘The dead parrot that was the Keystone XL pipeline and why Obama killed it’

  12. catweazle666 says:

    “he said it would not have served the “national interests” of the US.”

    Always supposing that the interests of Warren Buffet and his big brown envelope machine equate to the “national interests” of the US, of course.

  13. jim says:

    Interesting arguments, but shortsighted. Early on in the keystone deal, the reports were that the unrefined oil is promised to china. No update on contracts since. So why ship it thru the south ports? There are deep water Canadian ports. Open all year.
    As for the train argument, even the smallest grit from the sand cannot be eliminated. At pressure and volume it will, not may, but will erode the pipes, who wants that mess. No one argues to refine the oil in place, eliminate the sand and ship as partially refined, but argue to ship the sand mix.
    Canada has better environmental controls that are enforceable, the US don’t. Or is reluctant to enforce its environmental controls. And, the land loss to Americans, who have pipelines?

  14. oldbrew says:

    Jim says: ‘So why ship it thru the south ports?’

    The Texas refineries wanted to get hold of it but they’re busy enough anyway these days, it seems.

    ‘Department of Energy data shows Keystone XL is an export pipeline’

    Looks like Obama is getting his ideas from the likes of Bill McKibben.

    “Today, we’re continuing to lead by example. Because ultimately, if we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground.”

    If he thinks tosh like that is anything to do with leadership he’s sadly mistaken IMO 😦

  15. oldbrew says:

    The Energy East pipeline looks like taking the place of Keystone in Canada. Oil can be shipped anywhere in the world from New Brunswick’s port.

  16. michael hart says:

    I can’t say that ever expected any other decision from Obama. If the Canadians build their own Eastern pipeline then they will at least be in control of their own destiny, and not at the later whim of another US president or the EPA when it decides to arbitrarily punish corporations in the fossil fuel industry.