Keystone pipeline ruling sure to cause rift

  • Article by: JOHN M. BRODER, CLIFFORD KRAUSS and IAN AUSTEN , New York Times
  • Updated: February 17, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Pipeline decision will damage key Obama alliance, regardless of choice.

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gwbuddyFeb. 17, 1310:45 PM

I hope that President Obama also takes into consideration the number of JOBS that the Keystone pipeline would produce. Well-Paying JOBS that can't be "Outsourced" to China, India, or any other nation. There are probably a lot of folks "Just Dying" for one of those JOBS. Approving the Keystone pipeline would be another great step towards getting the United States out of the Great Recession, and on the road to improving the Economy. Rejecting the Keystone pipeline would be a disaster. The United States, and Canada, might end up as bitter Economic Rivals, instead of Friends. I just hope that President Obama considers all the facts BEFORE he makes a final decision.

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potter101Feb. 17, 1311:02 PM

gwbuddy Feb. 17, 13 10:45 PM I hope that President Obama also takes into consideration the number of JOBS that the Keystone pipeline would produce. Well-Paying JOBS that can't be "Outsourced" to China, India, or any other nation. There are probably a lot of folks "Just Dying" for one of those JOBS. Approving the Keystone pipeline would be another great step towards getting the United States out of the Great Recession, and on the road to improving the Economy. Rejecting the Keystone pipeline would be a disaster. The United States, and Canada, might end up as bitter Economic Rivals, instead of Friends. I just hope that President Obama considers all the facts BEFORE he makes a final decision.********************************A few thousand jobs and that is it. It has been stretched beyond reason by the the don't care about tomorrow it's all now and me people. I hope you realize why this pipeline goes to Houston , it is a major port and it will be shipped out of this country. If you don't think so, a oil refinery on sight would cost millions less then the pipeline. So don't let them tell you it's for America and it makes us more oil independent.

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jcinmnFeb. 17, 1311:19 PM

I simply do not understand why the Canadians need this pipeline in the first place. If the oil is destined for South America it would be competing with a better grade of Venezuelan crude. If it were heading to Mexico they are already exporting oil. Brazil is oil independent and exploring its own drilling options. As far as the creation of jobs, once the pipeline is finished the jobs are gone.

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antagonistFeb. 18, 1312:12 AM

A few thousand jobs are better than a few thousand less jobs.

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fiveofusFeb. 18, 13 5:16 AM

Let's see where Obama's laser focus takes us on this. The one thing that has really helped weaken this country is a solid energy policy that has been basially absent for decades. Instead, we have now sunk to incinerating money on companies like Solyndra. BTW, where's that money???

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dmay88Feb. 18, 13 6:04 AM

Too much power for one man. This project is critical to our economic future. Thousands of jobs and a major factor in energy independence from the middle east hang in the balance. Let's quit messing around and get this thing going.

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bizsmithFeb. 18, 13 6:06 AM

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

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texas_technomanFeb. 18, 13 6:33 AM

First, it's Canadian Tar Sands Crude, shipped through a Canadian owned pipeline, to Oklahoma & Houston, to be refined and sold to the highest bidder. It has no impact on the US's energy dependency. The jobs it's creates are less than 5000 temporary jobs. They are already building in other areas of the country, so some of those jobs have already been created. It was the section running through Nebraska that was the hold up. There was a big hoopla in Texas when a farm owner objected to having the pipeline cross her property. The farmer lost. It's a little late to be protesting, since the wheels are already turning on this.

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Dale69Feb. 18, 13 6:39 AM

Anyone who is saying that this oil will help the US be energy independent has no clue what it is about. The pipeline does one thing- gets Canadian Oil to the guld of mexico so that it can be traded on the World market so the oil companies make more money. That oil is not even ear marked to stay in the US.

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elind56Feb. 18, 13 7:08 AM

potter101 said: "I hope you realize why this pipeline goes to Houston , it is a major port and it will be shipped out of this country."--------------------------It goes to the Houston area to be refined. Then the refined product (gasoline, kerosene, whatever) is sold on the world market to the highest bidder. Why is that a problem? The U.S. can't isolate itself from the world oil market and any attempt at it would be disastrous.

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