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President Obama doesn’t think he can play politics and stall on the Keystone pipeline project forever without Canada moving in another direction, does he? Maybe that’s what he wants, and if so, that could be in the works:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday that he was looking at exporting more oil to China after the United States delayed a decision on a controversial pipeline.

President Barack Obama’s administration last week put off a decision on Keystone XL project after a major protest campaign by environmentalists, who say the pipeline would be prone to accidents and worsen climate change.

The conservative Canadian leader, taking part in a summit in Hawaii hosted by Obama said the pipeline decision had produced “extremely negative reactions” and that he discussed oil exports with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

“This does underscore the necessity of Canada making sure that we are able to access Asian markets for our energy products,” Harper told reporters. “I indicated that yesterday (Saturday) to President Hu of China.”

The Harper government has pressed Obama to approve the 1,700-mile (2,700-kilometer) pipeline extension, which would stretch through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma before ending up in Texas.

Canada, the pipeline’s lead company TransCanada, and Obama’s Republican opponents say the $7 billion project would provide the United States with a stable source of energy from an ally and create thousands of jobs.

Environmentalists say the pipeline would be prone to problems. What would be one of those major problems? I’m guessing sabotage by radical environmentalists.

It’s nice to know that America’s economy and energy policy is being affected by Daryl Hannah and Elaine from Seinfeld.

Comments

20 Responses to “Canada’s Prime Minister May Deal with China in Response to Pipeline Delay in US”

  1. Marshall_Will on November 14th, 2011 2:46 pm

    Why? Is the 'plan' to allow the tar sands to flow in an OPEN aqueduct?

    Cuzz' you know… ( I'd be good w/ that too? ) Isn't it sad we're painted into this corner where we have to -plead- on the basis of Job Creation? How pathetic is that.

    We're funding an Army of Progs bringing absolutely nothing of value to the table, even if their retirements BREAK us, but we have to bust out the kneepads for a service or commodity we might actually need? What is the Watermelon's alternative, Solyndra?

  2. Marshall_Will on November 14th, 2011 2:55 pm

    Somewhat OT, but while we're on the topic of Unsustainability..?

    Anyone remember a time when, hippies endlessly touted alternative medicine? Doctors, insurance and drug co's represented The Man. Be it meditation, acupuncture, herbal medicine they really -did- make an honest attempt to place as little strain on the medical community, AND take a keen amount of personal accountability!

    Since the 70's, it's been a complete 180! It's the Conservatives aligning themselves w/ Naturopaths and taking as many OTC herbal supplements as possible while OWS/illegals treat the entire health SYSTEM as nothing more than an inner city de-tox ward?

    How'd that happen?

  3. laree on November 14th, 2011 3:43 pm

    Speaking of Canadians meddling in American affairs Doug :)

    Is Black Thursday Retailers Response To Adbusters?
    http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot

  4. SignPainterGuy on November 14th, 2011 3:51 pm

    One of my truck radio presets has Christmas music "all the time" already. That used to start "after" Thanksgiving !

  5. Pasadena Phil on November 14th, 2011 3:57 pm

    This is just a follow-up to Obama's first foreign trip in Feb 2009 where he went out of his way to insult Harper and Canada by criticizing them for being serious contributors to global warming and so should expect the US to take serious measures. Harper responded by introducing China as the alternative preferred trading partner even then.

    http://articles.cnn.com/2009-02-19/politics/obama

    In ObamaWorld, a friend of America is an enemy.

  6. backwoodsconsr on November 14th, 2011 3:58 pm
  7. SignPainterGuy on November 14th, 2011 4:08 pm

    The term "Energy Independence" sure is different for the left and right.

    For the left, its about abandoning all the energy forms that have fueled the world`s economies for a couple centuries cold turkey and jumping full bore into "wind and solar". Who cares how expensive and inefficient they are !

    For the right, it`s extracting our own resources, in ALL their forms, to be "independent" of sources who hate us and be more "self-sufficient". We can develop those non-polluting forms and bring them online once they are improved to the point that they last longer than their point of diminishing returns / can be paid for before they wear out / after they become attractive enough that private entities "want" to invest in them and DO NOT require gooberment subsidies !

    And for a refresher; Man-caused Climate Change is just a huge HOAX and a global wealth redistribution scheme !

  8. SignPainterGuy on November 14th, 2011 4:12 pm

    Capt. Zero is between a rock and a hard place … placating both the enviro-weenies AND big labor.

    The enviro-nuts are afraid the pipeline will leak and will sabotage it to prove their point !

    Big labor supports it because of all the jobs involved !

    It`s good to be king until you have to make a decision !

  9. SignPainterGuy on November 14th, 2011 4:15 pm

    98.9 FM ?

    Snickered at the Tue / Fri coming on different days comments. For me, it`s multiple Mondays per week !

  10. backwoodsconsr on November 14th, 2011 4:21 pm

    You guessed it. I got a kick out of cracking McGehee up over Obama getting elected on a Tuesday. When I posted it I had no idea the humor potential was so high.

    I rememeber calamity striking the Pogo comic strip on the 13th of the month, followed by one of the characters saying, "Friday the 13th came on a ____day this month."

  11. SignPainterGuy on November 14th, 2011 4:25 pm

    Wasn`t it Pogo who said, "I have seen the enemy and it is us." ?

  12. Dexter_Alarius on November 14th, 2011 4:31 pm

    Okay, I'm apparently not very well informed on this issue.
    Why do they need to build a pipeline all the way down to Texas?
    Is it because that's where the refineries are?
    Wouldn't it be cheaper and less "eco-risky" to build a new, updated-technology refinery in, say, Montana?
    Or, if post-refinement distribution infrastructure is an issue with Montana, how about a shorter pipe to, and new refinery in, Nebraska? That's pretty centrally located, with lots of rail, highway, and Missouri River transport available.
    Just wonderin'.

  13. SignPainterGuy on November 14th, 2011 4:38 pm

    Yes, the refineries are in Texas and don`t you dare ask for new ones. Your logical and common sense suggestions have no place in Bizzaro World ! ;-)

  14. laree on November 14th, 2011 4:56 pm

    Right now, thanks to Canadian Adbusters, folks down in Manhattan are being laid off and fired, they have hurt business down there, with their OWS nonsense. I call it nonsense, because as I point out in my post – They have large sums of money, they are depositing in the evil banks, and they have high end tech toys that are getting stolen. Which should be great with them – redistributing the wealth and all.

    Adbuster is accomplishing getting folks fired and laid off from their jobs before the holidays and Christmas, because they are hurting merchants ability to conduct business. No jobs no capitalism, no consumerism. This is at the core of Adbusters anti capitalist anti consumer message. Remember our President is out their on the campaign tail stump, telling all of us it's all about jobs while OWS is destroying merchant's businesses in the cities where OWS is operating.

    I would like to see Hillary Clinton confront her Canadian counter part over Adbusters – that is meddling in our domestic politics.

    Doug needs to look into this why is our government letting the pseudo Marxist Canadians direct protest in our country?

    Ready for OWS to end, NYC residents protest the protesters. People down in Manhattan are fed up with OWS ruining their businesses. Last I checked Bloomberg is a Jewish Billionaire, who doesn't have any problems with the Anti Semitic Adbusters, ruining businesses of the people he's supposed to be representing.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/11/14/ready-for-o

  15. Marshall_Will on November 14th, 2011 4:57 pm

    Ok how about energy independence for Red States and Blue State pukes can live in a NYC apt. w/ no toilet paper while composting all their food scraps under the kitchen sink! ( Bet the landlord loved that? )

    If BS want to pay $9 a gal. more power TO 'em ( or is that 'less'? ) So tired of these driftbags. The Prog Movement IS dying. No question about it. But as is often said of the stock market: "The market can stay irrational ( a lot longer than you can stay LIQUID! )"

    Even though we've had them dead to rights for ever and a day doesn't mean Progs can't bleed us DRY in the meantime? What we really need is one decisive moment and a giant wooden stake we can drive right thru their hearts once and for all.

  16. Pasadena Phil on November 14th, 2011 4:57 pm

    I really don't believe that this has much to do with refineries. My best guess is that this is mainly export-driven. There currently are no natural gas liquification plants in North America and only two are being planned, one in Vancouver and another in the Gulf off of Texas. The Gulf plant hasn't gotten off of the ground and the other is scheduled to be up and running in 2013.

    My big question is why a new pipeline? Our national pipeline grid is extensive along that route. Is it because Canada and their Chinese investors want a pipeline of their own to keep their production and throughput separate from everyone else's?

    I really don't buy the argument that this is about securing an alternative source of an energy from a friendly country rather than a hostile one because we don't import natural gas and are swimming in it ourselves. And the natural gas industry promises to be a major exporting industry in 3-5 years with enough volume to reverse our trade deficit into a surplus.

  17. SignPainterGuy on November 14th, 2011 5:08 pm

    I read last night that officials are planning (may have begun) Denial of Service Protocols against the OWSers. Good move; cut them off from use of those hi-tech toys, maybe from directions from HQ. Heh !

  18. Dexter_Alarius on November 14th, 2011 6:10 pm

    Okay, I think I've got it now. Don't let the unions get involved in the planning or the pipeline from Canada will get to Texas by first going north.

  19. SignPainterGuy on November 14th, 2011 6:21 pm

    Sure ! North, then South and North again, crossing all but two continents in the process……. Keeping the pipeline warm enough to maintain sandy tar flowing across two Arctic regions should be "No tribble at`all !"

  20. Pasadena Phil on November 14th, 2011 6:39 pm

    If the following analysis is correct and the objective of this pipeline is to export Canadian natural gas through the Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, it would be a mistake to build it IMO.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/print/440443

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