Keystone delay seen giving time for climate concessions

The delay on a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL (TRP) pipeline, possibly into next year, is seen buying more time for all sides - giving opponents time to marshal efforts against it but also offering Pres. Obama a chance to wring concessions from Canada.

Observers say Obama may be trying to "extract the maximum leverage" in discussions with Canada on reducing emissions from oil sands production, important for Democrats in upcoming elections because of the money and mobilization the environmental community offers.

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  • SoldHigh
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    Obama can't even manage this country competently, but he thinks the rest of the planet should follow him.


    Pure arrogance!
    3 Sep 2013, 07:27 PM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    The American electorate is quickly seeing past these environmental nut bars and the damage they are causing the economy and the American people. The next election will tell.
    3 Sep 2013, 07:33 PM Reply Like
  • Bret Jensen
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    Nice the President is consider a narrow special interest over the well being of the wonder job growth is poor and almost all part time.
    3 Sep 2013, 08:25 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    I'm sure the residents of Lac Megantic, appreciate it.
    4 Sep 2013, 03:14 AM Reply Like
  • bob adamson
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    My reaction as a Canadian who generally favours concerted and ongoing efforts to reduce the negative environmental impact of fossil fuel extraction, transportation, refining and use is that:


    (a) There clearly are a wide spectrum of environmental issues that need to be addressed regarding the oilsands but the same can be said regarding coal and the fracking for oil and natural gas production.


    (b) National, State, Provincial and local governments need to seriously encourage and pressure industry to find and implement effective ways to address such issues and international cooperation to this end should be welcomed.


    (c) That said, it is not productive or appropriate for one national government (that of the US in this case) to pressure the relevant governments and industries of another (those in Canada in this case), especially when this is largely being done because it is politically popular at home (i.e. the US) and serves to deflect domestic debate (in the US in this case) away from seriously addressing the serious domestic issues related to fracking and coal.


    (d) The US would object if Canada overreacted unilaterally to assuage Canadian domestic concerns by baring the transportation of North Dakota oil (which appears to be highly flammable and there for a danger to communities through it is transported) or US coal by rail or water through Canadian territory or waters.


    (e) Canadians , while being supportive of concerted efforts to devise and implement ever better environmental standards for fossil fuels generally (including international efforts to that end), will take strong exception to Canada being made a scapegoat as a by-product of a US domestic debate (or more to the point, the unwillingness of the US to engage in a serious domestic effort to address US domestic issues related to fossil fuels).
    3 Sep 2013, 08:56 PM Reply Like
  • jwill53
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    well said - we americans (US) certainly need to get our own house in order and should be working hand in hand with Canada in achieving sound, and environmentally friendly, energy solutions. I see no reason that oils and gases cannot be extracted safely and cleanly with present technology. IMO, it boils down to taking responsibility and acting appropriately, and swiftly, when there is an incident.
    4 Sep 2013, 08:40 AM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    The keystone boondoggle will never get approved under President Obama. Get over it.


    The 200 low wage temporary jobs it may or may not have created are a small price to pay for irreparably damaging the climate. Time to think past your own greedy special interests. But then again when have right wingers ever cared about anything but themselves?
    3 Sep 2013, 09:07 PM Reply Like
  • fafatooey
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    Laughable. Even if true, that's 200 more jobs than Solyndra.
    4 Sep 2013, 12:29 AM Reply Like
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    At first I was concerned about the delay. Now I am pleased to see this continue .
    It focuses the need for Canada to develop alternatives and hopefully that is the build east. While not a national policy we need Canadian Oil flowing to Eastern Canada rather than coming in from off shore and from the US.
    Also with concerns about potential disruptions of oil flow from the middle east I wonder about the logic of this delay.
    3 Sep 2013, 09:17 PM Reply Like
  • fafatooey
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    The enviroterrorists will be shut-up after the next election.
    4 Sep 2013, 12:21 AM Reply Like
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