Why Obama Killed the Keystone Pipeline

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    Been thinking about this ever since he did it. Seems odd doesn't it, to turn down a project that the unions wanted, thousands of new, good-paying jobs, and importing oil from a freindly neighbor rather than an unfriendly country elsewhere. Well, maybe we now have the answer, the rest of the story. It comes from a San Francisco newspaper story a month back, basically says it was about money.

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    Now we know that the decision to reject the Keystone pipeline really came down to the desires of one ultra-wealthy person: Susie Tompkins Buell, a leading donor to Democrats:
    Buell, a co-founder of the Esprit clothing company, has donated millions of dollars to Democratic causes and presidential candidates, including Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore and her good friend, Hillary Rodham Clinton. In the past 10 years, she has given $25 million to progressive political and charitable causes and has raised $10 million for candidates and committees, her office said.
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    So Ms. Buell took to the streets (very tidy, upscale streets, to be sure) to protest:
    In October, Buell made headlines after she led a protest of monied Democrats in San Francisco against the controversial 1,700-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline. Her fellow protesters outside an Obama fundraiser included Michael Kieschnick, co-founder of CREDO Mobile and Working Assets, which has donated $75 million to progressive causes; IT executive David desJardins; and Anna Hawken McKay, wife of Rob McKay, a wealthy philanthropist whose father founded Taco Bell.

    The Democrats, who could have easily afforded the $5,000-a-plate Obama fundraiser, stood on the curb outside the W Hotel as Buell delivered a tough assessment of the president: “I don’t know where he stands on anything,” she said.

    And, like magic, that was the end of Keystone:
    Kieschnick said Buell’s decision to take an aggressive stance was pivotal to the eventual outcome – a White House announcement last month that the application for the pipeline from the Canadian province of Alberta to Texas refineries would be rejected.

    “Before her involvement, the powers that be clearly dismissed our concerns” about the long-term environmental impacts of the pipeline, said Kieschnick, who has known Buell for 20 years. People inside the White House “clearly noticed,” he said. “Then they realized this was not only bad policy, this was bad politics.”

    Obama losing financial backing of big S.F. donor
     
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    Umm because the governor of Nebraska requested it?
     
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    You really think Obama gives a crap about what the governor of Nebraska thinks, regardless of what party he belongs to? And BTW, hasn't that governor come out in support of the pipeline a couple of months ago?
     
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    You really ought to try and keep up. The pipeline wasn't killed. It's moving forward.
     
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    Yes but with a different route which has yet to be determined.
    Kinda hard to build a pipeline with no determined route?
    But that would be the republican way it seems to be how they pick presidential candidates.
     
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    Keystone is not dead. The first extension is going from Ok to the Gulf Coast. And likely after the election the next part that will come in from Canada will be approved.
     
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    You are leaving out the fact that the Big Wallstreet Banks bought Obama the presidency & they own more oil & production than the "Big Oil" companies do. These Wallstreet Banks benefit the most by Obama driving up oil prices. These guys hedge themselves each way, So as long as Obama makes oil price move they make money. So first he is against the oil pipeline to drive up prices & then he will be for it. Next he will bring Iran back into the political ring to drive prices even higher. All his efforts move up & down in a direction to slow the growth of oil production in the USA in order to make his banker buddies rich.
     
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    Crony Capitalism in action.
     
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    Interesting theory, but I've seen no evidence to support it.
     
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    Only after in an election year Obama has faced a shitstorm of criticism from even his beloved unions.

    It's transparent as Hell.
     

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