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No, Obama Didn’t Tell Republicans He Would Approve The Keystone XL Pipeline

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BuzzFeed reports that House Republicans came out of their lunch meeting with President Obama confident he will say yes to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Rep. John Carter (R-La.) said Obama “indicated” he will support the pipeline.

The truth is the Keystone XL pipeline decision is still months away. There is no indication of how the State Department will decide, and it will happen as early as this summer. Administration officials and reporters confirm the report is false:

Additional reports of the meeting indicate Obama only said he will make a decision on Keystone XL soon. It is worth noting BuzzFeed’s own story now carries the rebuttal from the White House stating that the future of the tar sands pipeline has not been determined.

Keystone XL supporters might be optimistic based on a State Department’s draft report that surprisingly concluded the project is environmentally “sound.” There are tens of thousands of activists who disagree.

Of course, Republicans aren’t content to leave the decision to the State Department. Polluter-backed House Republicans have repeatedly tried to force its approval, with their most recent attempt just last week.

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8 Responses to No, Obama Didn’t Tell Republicans He Would Approve The Keystone XL Pipeline

  1. Tami Kennedy says:

    I don’t know how the president can claim understanding climate change and the importance of action in IA and SOTU and then waffle around on this decision. Short term economic benefit will be shown again to have more supposed benefit than long term planning. The EIS is just another “out” for president. Members of his own caucus are pushing for approval. The big oil dollars in his superPAC will support him. The argument that the oil extracted from the tar sands will just take another route if not through the U.S. seems to be gaining ground. A quick buck trumps science too often in this country.

    • Thomas Rodd says:

      “The argument that the oil extracted from the tar sands will just take another route if not through the U.S. seems to be gaining ground.”

      This could well be true. Why?

      Well, it is easier for an argument to gain ground when there is no factual case made against it.

      Despite repeated inquiries here, no one has linked to any sort of serious factual refutation of that argument.

  2. Lore says:

    Good point here, why drag the decision out if you’re already dead set against it. It makes little difference to the response from the opposition. It can only mean you’re acting deliberate for your constituency. In my estimation the Keystone XL Pipeline is already fait accompli.

    • onyerlefty says:

      Lore, the sense I get is that Obama was ready to approve it – but the public outcry has surprised him, and has potentially put a “no” option back on the table. Part of this is due to the intense propaganda push coming from API and other industry organizations – if it was a fait accompli, why bother? Anyway, gotta keep the heat on…

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      It’s like a cat playing with a mouse. It’s more fun to let the mouse ‘escape’ occasionally, and thinks he’s safe, then drag him back for another cuffing, then, when the torment gets too boring, for the cat-whacko!

  3. Bill Wilson says:

    Combined with Southern leg most Americans will understand it is a crime against humanity. If the Pres. can understand this now he will do the right thing and say NO. If he did wink at the Northern leg too than he will be considered the most corrupt pres. in history. I want him to succeed and do the right thing for America by saying NO.

  4. Sasparilla says:

    “No, Obama Didn’t Tell Republicans He Would Approve The Keystone XL Pipeline” as he had to rush out of the meeting with Republicans before he could answer the question as he was late for his 1pm Golf Tee Time with his Oil CEO buddies whom he was golfing with previously when the Keystone XL protest was happening.

    I’m with Lore on this one and hope I’m wrong.

  5. Dick Smith says:

    Other reports say he said that supporters have exaggerated jobs and that opponents have exaggerated environmental impacts.

    So, his message: I can go either way. So, let’s make a deal. What’s it worth to your side? What will you give me (or give up) somewhere else?