Canada loses patience on Keystone XL, tells U.S. to make a decision

Canada appears to be losing patience with U.S. foot dragging over the Keystone XL pipeline (TRP +0.8%), as Canada Foreign Minister John Baird tells a D.C. audience that his country wants a decision on the project - even a negative one - sooner rather than later.

It appears to mark the first time a senior Canadian official has directly criticized Washington on the topic: "The time for a decision on Keystone is now, even if it’s not the right one. We can’t continue in this state of limbo."

PM Harper turned a bit testy last week when he said Pres. Obama had "punted” the decision on Keystone.

Earlier: CEO Russ Girling says TRP might look at building rail terminals to get crude oil shipped to the U.S. in the absence of new pipeline infrastructure.

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  • rjj1960
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    What took them so long???? Pick up the phone, call the President and ask him a simple question, Yes or NO.
    16 Jan 2014, 03:29 PM Reply Like
  • SimonSaysShort
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    Ohh, I don't know...maybe the fact that the results of the key environmental study haven't been released yet.
    Ohh I forgot, we need a decision ASAP. The President should forgo any analysis and just flip a coin!
    16 Jan 2014, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • Rope a Dope
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    Simon, just continue shipping oil by rail. That's been working out really well lately.
    16 Jan 2014, 03:47 PM Reply Like
  • rvshaw
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    Not worth the time to call Obama. He'd have to check with his political handlers, then he'd just lie anyway.
    16 Jan 2014, 04:04 PM Reply Like
  • rvshaw
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    Indecision is what happens when you put a guy, who can't even run a Koolaid stand, in the White House.
    16 Jan 2014, 03:29 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    No one cares about your politics.
    16 Jan 2014, 04:35 PM Reply Like
  • Rope a Dope
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    bgold, I don’t care whether you want to call it politics or economics but Obama has been the most anti-business president in my lifetime. Anything that even remotely makes sense is shot down by this fool.
    17 Jan 2014, 04:34 AM Reply Like
  • Daniel5150
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    rvshaw..So true..So very true
    16 Jan 2014, 05:48 PM Reply Like
  • Darren McCammon
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    Buffett bought a company that helps oil flow through pipelines. He will no longer be encouraging his politician to stall Keystone's implementation. Canada recognizes this political reality and see's it as a good time to apply some pressure.
    16 Jan 2014, 06:18 PM Reply Like
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    oh really?! as a canadian, i cant tell you how much everything up here is dilly dally, feet shuffling, pretentious delaying in the name of making money. how many lives have been delayed and ruined by the canadian style of dilly dallying?
    16 Jan 2014, 06:30 PM Reply Like
  • bobby44
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    16 Jan 2014, 10:34 PM Reply Like
  • lorneb
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    Tuxman- How ridiculous can you be?
    17 Jan 2014, 12:02 PM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    Its a no lose situation for Canada. A no decision gives them the ammunition they need to make a pipeline to the west coast look even that much better. A no decision would probably cost Obama more votes than he will get come the mid terms. A yes decision gets the keystone line moving forward and does not take anything from the argument of Canada needing to build a pipeline to the west coast. Obama made that need loud and clear with his continual punting on Keystone. The biggest losers are the American people who had an major friendly oil supplier that was quite happy with one customer and has now thanks to Obama lost patients and is moving on to other markets.
    16 Jan 2014, 06:54 PM Reply Like
  • omarbradley
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    you already have a pipeline to the West Coast. "and its expanding." i can't speak to the politics other than "everyone loves higher prices...until they don't."
    16 Jan 2014, 11:12 PM Reply Like
  • Angel Martin
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    if he follows what he has done previously, obama will do what bush would have done, while pretending to do the opposite...
    16 Jan 2014, 07:29 PM Reply Like
  • User 509088
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    Minister Baird as tully Bascomb in the mouse that roared v2.0.... They're losing patience…


    A bigger, flatter tailed rodent menace!
    16 Jan 2014, 11:50 PM Reply Like
  • SoCalNative+(RIP)
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    Comments (651) | Send Message
    Wow. When Canada calls you out....
    17 Jan 2014, 12:42 AM Reply Like
  • Paulson7
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    Obama, no decisions or bad decisions.
    22 Jan 2014, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • msdds1
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    SSSHHHhhhh..dont tell anyone butI think he is using it as leverage in this no budge House that he has. It will happen.
    22 Jan 2014, 06:18 PM Reply Like
  • Rope a Dope
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    Keystone will never happen under Obama and the EPA jackboots.

    22 Jan 2014, 06:25 PM Reply Like
  • Rope a Dope
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    And the EPA jackboots pale in comparison to this former high ranking EPA official. This represents what the Obama 'administration' really wants. An excerpt;


    A former high-ranking EPA official who recently was sentenced to prison for fraud told lawmakers last month that, before he left the agency, he was working on a "project" examining ways to "modify the DNA of the capitalist system."

    22 Jan 2014, 08:11 PM Reply Like
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