Washington, D.C. – With the go-ahead just given for construction of the southern portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline – which would stretch from Canada to the Louisiana Coast if the entire project is ultimately approved – one national grassroots organization isn’t taking anything for granted.
As the public comment phase of approval ended yesterday – where the U.S. State Department gathers comments from the general public for or against a project – American Tradition Partnership (ATP), a national grassroots organization dedicated to fighting radical environmentalists, delivered over 150,000 public comments generated from Americans all over the country.
“This is an astounding number of public comments and proves what the polls are saying are true,” said Donny Ferguson, ATP’s Executive Director.
“Americans are sick and tired of the Obama administration’s kowtowing to radical environmentalists, and – whether it’s oil, natural gas or coal – they want to see America’s energy future secured.”
A Pew Research Poll from February showed nearly two-thirds of Americans who had heard about the Keystone XL Pipeline project supported its completion.
Proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline – including ATP – argue construction of the pipeline would create tens of thousands of new jobs and ultimately lower fuel prices as the pipeline would make it easier to bring new oil to the global market.
“American Tradition Partnership is the one group out there that is taking the radical environmentalists head-on at the grassroots level.,” continued Mr. Ferguson.
“Those 150,000 public comments should send a message both to President Obama and members of Congress. Americans don’t want to see our economy locked up under the radical environmentalists lock and key, and they’re prepared to take action.
“November is rapidly approaching. Politicians who ignore voters’ wishes will pay a severe price.”
Senate Democrats have vowed to obstruct efforts to put approval of the Keystone jobs pipeline in legislation to be voted upon this week.
“Keystone is a program that we’re not going, that I am not going to help in any way I can,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, told reporters.
“The president feels that way,” Reid emphasized.
Upping the ante in Democrats’ efforts to kill the pipeline, seven of the eight slots given to Democrats on a conference committee to has out legislation went to Democrats who voted to kill the jobs pipeline.
The other, Montana Democrat Max Baucus, promised in writing he would not support Keystone as a member of the committee.
Democrats’ efforts to kill the pipeline come as rising unemployment and gas prices are putting millions of American families beyond their financial breaking point.
A huge thank you to all the ATP supporters who bombarded Congress with their phone calls and e-mails as part of ATP’s FuelingJobs.com project.
“Rep. Lee Terry’s (R-Neb.) bill — which passed the powerful committee in a 33-20 vote — is likely heading for the House floor next week as part of wider transportation and energy legislation.
“It would instruct the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline within 30 days, taking the issue out of the State Department’s hands.”
Senate Republicans have their own bill to overcome Obama’s job-killing radicalism.
“Environmental and other “radical groups” are trying to block trade and undermine Canada’s economy, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said Monday,” reports CBC News in a development that would kill hopes for economic renewal here in the United States.
“Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade,” Oliver said in an open letter.
“Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth. No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams.”
Oliver says the groups “threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda,” stack the hearings with people to delay or kill “good projects,” attract “jet-setting” celebrities and use funding from “foreign special interest groups.”
“Layoffs and a brief company shutdown is what employees face at Welspun Tubular Company, which makes steel pipes for the oil industry,” Little Rock, Ark.’s Fox 16 reports.
“Company leaders say miles of pipe are on the property and that has caused five dozen employees to lose their jobs. The pipes would be part of the Keystone oil pipeline, which is a project running oil from Canada to Texas. But plans are delayed on the federal level. Now leaders say the local job market is affected.”
“We had to make a staffing reduction with some of the temporary employees. Due to the KXL pipeline not being shipped out. We have 500 miles of pipe just sitting in the yard, expected to be shipped out, that some of the employees were working on,” company president Dave Delie tells Fox 16.
Even the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge had Christmastime changes of heart.
But will “Green Grinch” Obama rethink his decision to appease Gang Green by throwing thousands of working families onto the unemployment lines?
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Reeling from an Obama administration decision to stall by more than a year a final decision on its Keystone XL pipeline until 2013, TransCanada is taking desperate measures to save the project from what some observers believe is a fatal blow,” Petroleum News reports.
“By rerouting a 30-mile section of the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline outside the eastern edge of Nebraska’s ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region, the Canadian-based pipeline hopes it can win over lawmakers in the state and Washington, D.C….It now hopes for a favorable decision within six to nine months from U.S. decision makers, including a presidential permit from the State Department which is needed for XL pipeline to cross from Canada into the United States.”
The permit will not be reviewed until early 2013, meaning even if it were approved the pipeline now would not be operational until 2014. The delay will cost TransCanada over C$1 million a day.
But experts, including radical green activists, tell Petroleum News Obama will still seek to kill the pipeline, and the more than 200,000 jobs and lower gas prices it would bring.
“But David Wilkins, a U.S. ambassador to Canada under President George W. Bush and South Carolina Republican whose Washington, D.C.-based law firm has been retained by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said it was “premature” for Keystone proponents to celebrate victory.
“‘Any way you shake it, it looks like the decision has been put off past the (2012 U.S. election), which I believe was the intention to start with,’ said Wilkins, who described the postponement of a final ruling on XL as a ‘catastrophic’ cop-out by Obama to improve the president’s chances of re-election.
“’The agreement in Nebraska won’t satisfy others who don’t want the pipeline at all and they’re going to continue to put pressure on the administration,” Wilkins warned.
“That view was echoed by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of the international program at the National Resources Defense Council, who said TransCanada should ‘listen to the American people tell them ‘no’ to the pipeline as a whole and we need Canada to stop pushing dirty tar sands oil on America.’”
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