Requiring the Wisdom of Solomon

President Obama surely is in a no-win situation on the Keystone decision.

Pleasing one side will inevitably alienate the other.  Obama is beholden to both the environmentalists as well as the unions for his re-election. And never mind the impact on Canada which has been a loyal neighbour and ally.

Heading the anti-Keystone side are special interest groups like the Sierra Club, 350.org and various others funded by deep U.S. pockets.

You would wonder why these environmental groups wouldn’t go after dirty coal in the U.S. (they have to do something with all that money ya know) but alas, Obama is beholden to various coal-intense States too. So targeting Canadian ‘Tar’ Sands seems to be the easier route (Globe):

“With coal plants, you’ve got to be fighting all over the place,” said David Pumphrey, an energy and security analyst at Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. “But you can rally around the Keystone project and turn it into a slogan and make it into an icon in the climate fight. And it becomes less about facts and more about ideology.”

Obama’s decision won’t really be based on environmental impact and science. Rather it will have to be some kind of clever compromise that ameliorates the favourable sustainability of his political legacy.

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Update

Canadian ambassador slams press coverage of Keystone XL pipeline battleThe Hill.  Liberal media are part of the problem for sure.

How Obama Might OK PipelineWSJ

Jack Mintz: The absolute case for why the U.S. should approve Keystone XLFinancial Post (H/T Jen)

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45 Responses to Requiring the Wisdom of Solomon

  1. Joanne says:

    Please note that I am making a slight policy change here regarding off-topic comments. I would very much appreciate if you would keep them to a minimum.

    Excessive and rapid comments are sometimes caught in the filter. They also can affect page-load speed; especially for readers that don’t have high-speed internet.

    One well thought-out comment is worth more than a dozen sporadic ones. Just remember to save your comment somewhere before posting if it’s long or especially pithy. We wouldn’t want to miss your words of wisdom.

    Thanks for your understanding.

  2. Sandy says:

    All is well. As Porky Pig used to say, ” th, th, th, that’s all folks. “

  3. Bubba Brown says:

    Good question Jo!
    The last time the Keystone question was asked Obama needed to be re-elected.
    I really, really liked PM Harpers answer to Obamas posturing.
    We have something to sell, (at world prices) next!
    The enviro trust fund babies and their Mom’s basement shock troops have been somewhat outed now.
    I mean who cares what M Moore and the aging sun dance kid think flying in on their private jets from their obscenely enormous homes.
    The new legislation will make it more difficult to delay, delay, delay.
    Anyway Obama no longer needs their support.
    His golf holiday with Tiger was significant if only for his shunning of his most loyal sycophantic followers.
    The press-tit-tutes.
    He no longer needs them either.
    As Hillary famously said re Benghazi “What difference does it make now” that is to say, after the election.
    If Obama OKs Keystone, it will be because he profits personally or he is rewarding a supporter.
    It won’t be because it is good for America. JMO (briefly)!

  4. Fay says:

    CN is building an oil loading terminal at Cromer, Manitoba to be completed in 2014. Oil from the Bakken field will be transported by rail to Churchill, Manitoba. Then loaded on to Oil Tankers in Hudson Bay and will sail the Northwest passage to China.
    I believe one of Obama’s biggest supporters ( Buffet) owns major shares in CNR.

  5. rabbit says:

    Had Obama okayed the Keystone pipeline at the first opportunity, there would have been objections from the environmental lobbies but it would have passed fairly quickly.

    But by rejecting the first proposal, the Keystone pipeline issue has greatly expand in importance for the environmental lobby, and they now expect Obama to turn down the project permanently or there will be hell to pay.

    Obama is a fine campaigner but a lousy politician and an even worse president.

  6. dmorris says:

    When any of the anti-tar sands/gas/oil types start up,I usually ask what alternative jobs they think will take the place of those high-paying construction jobs.

    The reply is usually “green energy” or “tourism”.

    But when I point out that there are very few viable green energy projects and even fewer jobs,and that tourism is a seasonal low paid job,they turn blank and stare off into space. Those were their talking points,and they have little knowledge beyond them.

    Obama has promised fantasies,and his backers,the Foundations and Soros/Buffet types, knew that it would work, Obama would win, and THEY would benefit.

    The rest is just theater.

    Wisdom of Solomon? The guy doesn’t have the wisdom of “Joe the plumber”.

    Fay, Bill Gates is the major shareholder in CNR,Buffet probably has a substantial stake too.

    • Joanne says:

      Those were their talking points,and they have little knowledge beyond them.

      I heard a report on SNN that some of the demonstrators were from Occupy and Idle No More. They seem to travel around from one protest to the next.

      • Liz J says:

        Sure there would be some from Occupy and Idle No More, they have nothing else to do that would allow them to travel far and wide all expenses paid. Whether they have a clue about what they’re protesting is of no concern, it’s just sign carrying robots in the streets.

      • dmorris says:

        Now, THAT frosts me off! So, most of these people are on welfare,and they spend their time protesting instead of looking for work?!

  7. ed says:

    Interesting thought from Lowell Green this morning: who is backing all of these environmental groups? He said he wouldn’t be surprised if Arab money was involved. After all, they do not care to lose their market to Canadian resources. Go to cfra.com to hear precisely what Lowell had to say:

    (Is Arab money behind the protest against the Oil Sands and the XL pipeline?)
    http://devel.autopod.ca/chum/43/podcasts/

    Great opening commentary by Lowell.

    • Joanne says:

      Thanks for the link, Ed. Lowell nailed it!

    • Jen says:

      Anything to shut down PM HARPER, even if it is to bring canada to her knees.

      Elizabeth May is proud of protestors protesting against the KXL pipelines, the only source to getting out oil to markets. Yet none of the protestors are protesting against the heavy dirty California tar. Why is that?
      Nor has denounce the venezuelan oil that goes into the pipelines to feed BCers yet she has a problem with Alberta’s own.
      Who is L M. working for in the USA to help promote USA while she bashes Canada.

  8. Jen says:

    Last Friday(15th) the host taking David Rutherford’s place while he vations interviews Vivian Krause at 10:30am segment ‘follow the money’

    http://www.630ched.com/news/audiovault/index.aspx

    Note: drag the curser across to 36:17 mark.
    Listen very carefully to what he says about California heavy oil to Alberta’s oil.

  9. Stan says:

    Who profits from having the pipe delayed?
    Warren Buffet’s trains are hauling the oil.
    Lucky for him the pipe keeps getting delayed, huh?

  10. Lance says:

    Joanne, Obama is up for reelection? Isn’t there a term limit?

    • frmgrl says:

      Presidents of the United States can only serve for 2 terms max. They cannot run for a third term. It’s in their constitution. Thank God Obama can’t run again but how much damage will he do until his term is up in 2016.

      I for one am not holding my breath for the Keystone XL pipeline being approved based upon the State of Union address where Obama stressed the fact of taking action on climate change to appease the hollywood and environmental crowd who helped him get re-elected. All you have to do is take a look at those he surrounds himself with.

  11. Martin says:

    “Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who was the only member of Congress at the rally, told Reuters that if Obama approves the pipeline he’ll face a “credibility gap”.

    This quote is from the NYT story under the Canada link.
    Rather surprising with 35,000 in the crowd, if the estimate is true, on a Sunday in Washington and only 1 congress member could attend. I think Obama will do whatever he wishes and tough luck to his enviro supporters. He is safely elected now and doesn’t need their support. The lack of politicians marching may indicate the support is more radical and less broadly based then generally admitted. I don’t know what he will do, but if presented accurately the case could be made for approval. Sort of what he should done in the first place.

  12. Joe says:

    Were I Obama I would base my decision on ‘what is good for what is good’. In other words if I believed the US was ‘good’ I would do what was good for it and approve the pipeline. If I believed that the socialist cause ‘good’ I would do what was good for it and turn down the pipeline.

    However I don’t believe Obama is his own man and I suspect Valerie Jarrett is making the executive decisions which throws the corruption element into the mix. While advancing the socialist cause is ‘good’ greasing a few palms that funnel some of that money back to the giver is even better. Having figured out that they can circumvent congress and the constitution they really don’t need much wisdom at all. They just do what they want.

  13. Richco says:

    O/T – Ontario politics – It all starts again tomorrow. I’m betting on an election mid-May.
    The outcome I predict will be too close to call between the PCs and NDP, and it will be a minority IF Horwath’s popularity nose dives, she loses momentum, or runs an awful campaign. If Hudak doesn’t peak too early, stays the course as he’s doing now, and increases his popular numbers the PCs will get a small majority.

    The Liberals are screwed.

    • Joanne says:

      I hope you’re right.

      • Liz J says:

        Yeah, me too.

        Wynne says she’s going to work with the Opposition parties. Well Hello! Isn’t that a novel idea when you have a minority and want to avoid an election!

        IMO we’ve had enough damage from McGuinty’s romp, he’s gone, we’re left with the spoils, not good enough, out with them.

      • Richco says:

        If the NDP cozies up to Wynne, which many expect, that is the only way to avoid an election. I’m pretty sure the Wynne has cast her bait for Horwath already and will pander to the NDP in both the throne speech and budget. PCs? Not so much.

        Throne speech today should give us a few clues, but IMO the Wynne led gov’t is short-lived.

        • Joanne says:

          Live Blog of Throne Speech here. (Sun)

          • Liz J says:

            What? Business tax hikes and trade missions? Isn’t there something kinda wrong with this picture?

            • Joanne says:

              Same old, same old.

              • Richco says:

                That Throne Speech was a pander to Horwath….nothing more.

                Hudak did an amazing job yesterday, yet no one’s talking about it. Not even Conservative blogs. He gets some media play today about his reintro. of the contempt motion in the leg. today. I hope the PCs can continue the way they came out fighting yesterday.

                Horwath gave the Throne Speech a pass, but she too is sounding tough on wanting action rather than fluffy words before she’ll consider supporting a budget.

                Did you all catch the part of the speech in which Wynne said she was going to hold public sector increases to 1% a year until 2017, 2018 or until the debt is paid off? Hahahahahaha!

              • Joanne says:

                New post up for readers that want to comment on the Bafflegab from Queen’s Park.

  14. fh says:

    A story of unprecedented courage by Canadians helping our Friends Americans may we continue to be FRIENDS ” Canadian Caper 6 Americans escape from Iran”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmVEdeRZL3w

  15. fh says:

    Keystone pipeline is on the table we need to remind our American friends that we are truly their best friend
    make that video Canadian Caper go viral

  16. Martin says:

    Again from the NYT link above comes this snippet:
    “Mr. Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are not close, and the two make a portrait of contrasts in style and substance”.
    Could anyone name one ally with whom Obama did enjoy a close relationship? Certainly not British, Austrian, other leaders; he has made a career out of gaffes, foreign affairs it is not his forte. I suspect his knowledge of Canada has not progressed much from his first campaign when he though we were a republic. Canadian considerations will not affect his decision.
    My take on Obama is that only his personal agenda or legacy matters to him. In that sense if he wishes to be remembered as an environmentally activist president, he will probably not OK the pipeline. If he is more interested in jobs and the economy, he might.

    • Jen says:

      IMO, Obama intended legacy is being the ‘The First Black President of United States of America;’ other things can fall apart doesn’t matter.

      I remember Glenn Beck had on video of Van Jones saying ‘ we made Obama and pelosy’ so you can see why Obama is hesitant doing things without the approval of the radicals.

  17. wilson says:

    Why would Obama ok a pipeline for Alberta ‘tar’ when our own tree huggers and FN in BC won’t ?????
    (tho in BC it seems the current Premier and our FNs can be bought)
    Environuts don’t care about jobs, to them people are the problem.

    We have willing partners in Eastern Canada, where jobs are needed.
    Refinery being built in Redwater, Ab for all those fuel guzzling suv’s.
    Finding alternate eastern routes and refining in Canada certainly won’t create jobs in BC and the US, but the oil will flow.

  18. Liz J says:

    If the US, BC, Quebec, New Brunswick don’t want Alberta oil let them use the oil form the ME and support their horrible regimes. While they’re doing this they can keep yelping about dirty oil while they pay ever increasing energy costs.

  19. Jen says:

    o/t,
    Elizabeth May to read at : World Literacy Canada

    http://www.worldlit.ca/kama/author-line-up/

    Under the:
    Kama 2013 Author Lineup

    February 20 — What is Stephen Harper Reading?
    Elizabeth May
    Yann Martel

    Now tell me what is the purpose of this. Who cares what the PM reads-it is none of our business far less discuss it.

  20. fh says:

    I wish Elizabeth May would apologize in the House about her written statement that one to two birds are killed every year by windmills
    She needs to tread more about windmills.

  21. fh says:

    sorry “tread” should be” read more”

  22. Liz J says:

    Ms May’s claim that one or two birds are killed each year by windmills is a great contrast to the US estimate of over 400,000.
    Guess May and her fellow residents far out of the realm of reality won’t notice when we no longer hear the songs and chirping of our precious birds, replaced by the hum of the turbines churning out expensive power.

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