Broad coalition backs Keystone XL oil pipeline, adding pressure on Obama

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and House members stepped up pressure on the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline (TRP), holding a press conference today at the Capitol where they were joined by labor leaders and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., Gary Doer.

"This pipeline is essential. The time for study is over," said Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat whose presence was a reminder of the dilemma facing Pres. Obama, who is being pushed by several Democrats up for re-election in November to commit to Keystone.

Landrieu says a top option is new legislation that would set a deadline for the president to make a final decision on the pipeline.

Amb. Doer urges Obama to "choose blue-collar workers over Hollywood celebrities" and accept crude oil from Canada instead of from Venezuela.

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  • vikap2
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    It's sad how overblown this KXL topic has become. Talk about politics destroying the efficiency.
    4 Feb 2014, 07:46 PM Reply Like
  • Larry Smith
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    Blame the environmentalist and especially Mr. Bill McKibbon who thinks it is game over for the planet. if the pipeline is built. Talk about hyperbole.

    4 Feb 2014, 07:53 PM Reply Like
  • taxman100
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    Obama will pick Hollywood every time - he strikes me as the kind of guy who derives some sort of self-importance by being around celebrities.


    In Obama's mind, blue collar people are those people who whore out their vote for a free phone.
    4 Feb 2014, 08:04 PM Reply Like
  • J 457
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    BNSF hikes capital spending plan 25% to accommodate increased oil...sorry...looks like Keystone will not be built. Uncle Warren knows the answer already and seems confident his rails will prevail.
    4 Feb 2014, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • Arnold Layne
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    yes, and which are more environmentally unsafe transporting all that oil ;-)
    4 Feb 2014, 08:22 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    J45 The XL, if and when built won't be the end of oil by rail. It's not all being shipped to the gulf.
    4 Feb 2014, 09:35 PM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    Landrieu is the reason I never spend my vacation dollars in LA.
    4 Feb 2014, 08:48 PM Reply Like
  • Tom in Texas
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    I'm sure you'll be missed at Mardi Gras.
    4 Feb 2014, 08:55 PM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    Wouldn't be caught dead in that rat hole so I could care less.
    4 Feb 2014, 09:41 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    4 Feb 2014, 09:02 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    More proof that Obama is a spineless idiot who bows to his environmentalist overlords every time they demand it. What a lame, pathetic excuse for a leader!
    4 Feb 2014, 09:19 PM Reply Like
  • cymbalta
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    I think there is enough crude to support transportation by pipeline and by rail.
    4 Feb 2014, 09:45 PM Reply Like
  • calikym
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    So which democrats are supporting the expansion of an oil pipeline? Talk about hypocritical.
    4 Feb 2014, 10:11 PM Reply Like
  • DustRemover
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    Above all else, Obama is a politician. He will defer his decision until after the November election so he can have his cake and eat it too.
    4 Feb 2014, 10:30 PM Reply Like
  • evole
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    Mmm, the Ogallala aquifer is already in trouble, so can't wait for the guaranteed bitumen oil spills and the higher gas prices. Obama will OK the Keystone don't fret about that, lol...
    5 Feb 2014, 01:56 AM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    Your comments amount to nothing more than fear mongering as there is minimal chance of this pipeline leaking and zero chance of any of this oil affecting the aquifer if it were to leak.
    5 Feb 2014, 07:30 PM Reply Like
  • thefuture007
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    Funny how many of you supposedly know something,ever thought how many Family Farms are in the way of this project.? Did you see major headlines on this,nah of course not,Squash the little guy,blame environmentalists,blame the other party,keep headlines about Main Street out of the Equation.So why is that Liberal news,oh yeah many are rural Republicans/or the little people who don't have lobbyists to fight this.And shipping any of this OIL overseas,after it crosses half of America is selling us out.OIL is a Limited resource,So we need this pipeline to sell more oil overseas,Really.? $96/Barrel and it needs to be sold,nah dumb idea.Any of you Alive in 70's OIL Embargo,ODD/Even days...wasn't Fun.!!But nothign about this Financially manipulated/Socialists in Charge, Dollar weakening BS is Conservative.With the EPA set to lower the ethanol Blend ,of corn ,this oil has a far greater prupose,Help Americans.Oh you didn't know that,oh yeah they had meetings with Rural farmers in Iowa this week,search that.If the economy actually was based on Real Interest rates and Fannie Mae were sold vs backing 60% of home loans,the stock market,would fall&Housing prices would fall to " Affordable Levels" .Theres so much over stimulating rampant Socializing of America,using OIL compeletely needlessly, whats Crushing the rural Farmer/Little Guy really mean compared to this insane need to keep growing.And on the 8th day GOD made a this a remember these people,whom actually work for a living everyday so people on FOOD Stamps and all the people hyping building this thing can Sellout America yet again.Happy Trails
    5 Feb 2014, 02:15 AM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    Most of the property owners in question were quite happy to collect their initial payment and will be quit happy to collect their future lease payments as once the line is buried they will not even know it is there. As for leaking, this line will be built to much higher standards than the 1000' of miles of pipeline already crossing America and so that should not be a problem.
    5 Feb 2014, 07:35 PM Reply Like
  • totalincome46
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    Uncle Warren owns pipelines as well as rail transport.
    5 Feb 2014, 08:18 AM Reply Like
  • Ignition
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    Berkshire owns several companies active in oil refining who would benefit from lower WTI prices on the refining side. Berkshire also owns a small % in Suncor, an oil sands producer that will realize higher revenue per barrel with the pipeline.


    BNSF will continue transporting oil by rail after the XL is built.


    And the American economy, which he is VERY heavily invested in, will benefit from lower
    WTI = lower pump prices.


    I'd say it's not cut-and-dried that he's against the pipeline.
    5 Feb 2014, 09:37 AM Reply Like
  • JosefK
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    Landrieu voted against moving the military's biofuel allotment into the military's general budget. She supported paying $50/gallon to Synthroleum who made biodiesel from animal feedstock so that the Navy could maneuver war ships around Hawaii. Landrieu needs to go the way of Synthroleum and quit working.
    23 Feb 2014, 01:29 PM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    She also got a bribe\kickback for her vote on the ACA.
    23 Feb 2014, 02:42 PM Reply Like
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