Well, we see who his friends are.
WASHINGTON – President Obama on Friday downplayed the potential benefits of the Keystone pipeline, claiming it would not lower gas prices much for Americans — but instead would boost Canadian oil companies.
Obama, who was speaking at a year-end news conference, said the controversial pipeline was not “a magic formula to what ails the U.S. economy” and added that it’s “hard to see on paper where exactly they’re getting that information from.”
The president often downplays the economic benefits of the project, but appeared to be putting new emphasis Friday on claims that it would disproportionately help Canada. He said it would be “not even a nominal benefit for U.S. consumers.”
A spokesman for developer TransCanada fired back in a statement late Friday, noting the project would support thousands of U.S. jobs and describing it as mutually beneficial.
“The Keystone system is about helping our Canadian and American customers — which includes leading U.S. oil producers and refiners — get a safe, secure and reliable supply of crude oils they need to create products we all need — gasoline, diesel, aviation fuels and many other products we use and consume here in North America,” spokesman Shawn Howard said. “After being approved, Keystone XL will employ thousands of skilled American pipeline industry workers in the United States.”
He also said there are no plans to export this oil overseas.
Obama spoke ahead of a new congressional session where majority Republicans are expected to push the pipeline as a first order of business.
Earlier this week, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Keystone pipeline would be the first bill taken up in the new GOP-controlled Senate, setting up a potentially contentious showdown with the Obama administration as well as environmental activists who have championed against the pipeline.
The $8 billion oil pipeline would run from Canada’s oil sands to the Texas Gulf Coast. It has become a symbol of divisions over the country’s energy and environmental policy.
Republicans and other supporters say the project would create jobs and reduce U.S. reliance on oil from the Middle East.
The 1,179-mile project is proposed to go from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. TransCanada filed its first permit application with the State Department in September 2008.
The Republican-led House has repeatedly passed legislation approving the pipeline. But the bills have died in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Last month, a bill fell one vote short of advancing in the Senate.
In a recent Fox News poll, nearly seven voters in 10 support building the Keystone XL Pipeline (68 percent). That included just over half of Democrats (53 percent), two-thirds of independents (69 percent) and almost all Republicans (85 percent).
Overall support for the pipeline has held steady over the last couple years: it was 70 percent in 2013 and 67 percent in 2012, according to the Fox News poll.
When asked by a reporter on Friday if Congress would force his hand on the issue, Obama replied, “I’ll see what they do. Take that up in the new year.”
Let me break this down to the learning impaired. Essentially, Canadian companies want to give the US workers 8 billion dollars. After the $8 billion is spent in upgrading our pipeline infrastructure. It will ensure additional employment at our refineries. Heck, we might even entertain building an additional refinery or two.
As pointed out in the article, this oil wouldn’t come from a bunch of lunatics hell bent on destroying the US. It would come from Canadians —- our friends —- our allies. Indeed, many of them are part of our extended families!!!!!!!!!
What president Zero is telling the world is that he much more identifies with the lunatics in the Mid-East than he does with our historic friends and family. Heck, there’s a lot of people in the US who regard Canada (at least the English speaking part) as America North.
Again, for the learning disabled, let me help explain even further. This project is good for the environment!!!! The oil will be extracted from Canada. This isn’t even a question. The current price of oil may slow the extraction, for now, but, it will be extracted. The only questions are how it will be moved and where will it be moved to. Currently, the oil is being moved by rail —- which drives up the costs, and increases the risks of spills and train wrecks. This has already cost humanity several lives.
Further, as stated above, this upgrades the US pipeline system. Again, this decreases the chances of spills and lowers the amount of leakage onto the ground.
For the lunatics who still believe CO2 has some inexplicable power over our temperatures, the pipeline would decrease CO2 emissions, as well as other more realistically harmful emissions.
But, today, all of these arguments have taken a back seat to the idiotic, treacherous uttering of Zero.
Our friends, the people who fight, and die alongside Americans …. a place where many Americans now call home …. a place where many Americans have come from, want to give the US billions of dollars. Yes, this effort will also help Canadian companies. So what? It helps us, it helps them. That’s what friends do for each other. Does it help Canadians more? Perhaps. But, it also helps the US. We’re going to cut off our nose to spite our face?
The unity of interests between the US and Canada are inextricable.
I would go on, but, from here, I’ve only curses to write. I’ll only say this to the f’tards who voted for Zero. You voted him in. You idiots need to get that bastard out. It will be a horrible disservice to the world if Zero is allowed to fulfill his term. If he is allowed to fulfill his term, it will validate all of his treachery.