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Another bad day for Harper!
U.S. to delay Keystone XL decision
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Office expresses 'disappointment' with decision
Not suggesting I agree with this report but..........too bad folks, but it appears as if it is going ahead. But nothing is cast in stone.
Keystone XL Pipeline “environmentally sound”
Obama to make decision this summer
Keystone Review Delay Draws Angry Reaction From Backers
Doer is embarassing.
Keystone delay increases greenhouse gases: Ambassador
Keystone Pipeline Fate Now in Hands of Nebraskan Jurists
New Keystone XL Delay: 'A Stunning Act Of Political Cowardice'
But what is most interesting is that even Obama’s erstwhile political allies are sick of the delays. The best quote came from Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’International Union of North America. “Once again, the administration in making a political calculation instead of doing what is right for the country,” said O’Sullivan,according to Bloomberg. “It’s clear the administration needs to grow a set of antlers, or perhaps take a lesson from Popeye and eat some spinach.”
Gov. Heineman sees no need to delay Keystone XL decision
Keystone XL pipeline protesters gather in Washington
'Reject and Protect' demonstrators promise to fight together against common foe
This is rich on Kenney's part. Smacks of MaCarthyism to me. All Canadians should be protesting the latest stuff from this deranged politician.
Kenney lashes out at millionaire anti-pipeline advocate
I remember when Ralph Nadar was brought in to stop the James Bay Hydrodevelopment Dam and then the people who he was allied with pulled the carpet out from under him.
Not very good.
Keystone proponent found 'non-compliant' again
The audit again confirms allegations made by former TransCanada employee Evan Vokes that the firm supported a "culture of non-compliance."
I suppose enlightened Jason Kenney will want to stop Neil Young from coming to Canada now as well, eh!
Neil Young, Daryl Hannah lead anti-Keystone XL march in Washington, D.C.
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/neil-young-daryl-hannah-lead-anti-keystone-xl-march-in-washington-d-c-1.1794223#ixzz303DoSZG2
U.S. senators push for Keystone XL approval with new bill
4 votes can be too large to overcome but what about the Nevada court cases.
U.S. senators four votes short of Keystone XL bill approval, as White House launches climate change report
Jane Kleeb vs. the Keystone Pipeline
Keystone XL one step closer as House passes bill, Obama could veto
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, and the Senate may follow next week.
The House voted 252-161 on a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana....
Proponents were 1 vote short in the Senate.
Obama doesn't even have to veto it.
Keystone XL pipeline bill rejected by U.S. Senate
Bill shot down by vote of 59-41
A Forest Threatened by Keystone XL
Keystone XL No. 1 Republican priority in 2015
Obama vetos Keystone pipeline. Both Harper and Trudeau will be disappointed their favourite tarsands pipeline is a bust.
Keystone Pipeline R.I.P.
Not necessarily, but at least for now.
There are now local US court cases that could delay its proceeding as well if the idea continues to be pursued to go ahead.
TransCanada Suspends Request for Permit to Build Keystone Pipeline
The company seeking to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline asked the Obama administration on Monday to suspend its years long review of the project, potentially bringing an abrupt halt to a politically charged debate that had become part of a broader struggle over President Obama’s environmental policies.
It was not immediately clear whether the administration would grant the request, which was swiftly denounced by environmental activists as a bid to dodge a near-certain rejection of the pipeline. Allowing the delay would push off a decision until after the 2016 presidential election.
The company’s request introduced a new element of uncertainty into the administration’s decision-making process, offering the potential to free Mr. Obama from a politically difficult choice that has hung over much of his presidency. But if anything, it appeared to intensify pressure on him from crucial Democratic constituencies to reject the pipeline or risk being blamed for punting to another president. A delay would keep the issue alive in the presidential campaign....
TransCanada an underdog, but has strong case against Washington
Slapping Washington with a lawsuit and a multi-billion dollar North American Free Trade Agreement claim takes a certain level of bravado, but considering the long, arduous and expensive path TransCanada has travelled with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it's easy to see why it has the guts to do it.
The Calgary-based pipeline company does not want to walk away from Keystone XL empty-handed after seven years of frustration, billions of dollars spent and thousands of pages of filings.
Instead, it's asking for $15 billion US and permission to start construction on the cross-border pipeline.
To that end, TransCanada has launched two separate legal challenges against the U.S. government.
The first is a NAFTA claim, which was not unexpected, as there have been musings by the pipeline company's CEO in recent years about taking such action.
The question was always whether it was more of a threat than a promise.
Direct challenge to Obama
TransCanada also filed a separate lawsuit, arguing that Obama exceeded his power by denying construction of Keystone XL.
The basis of the argument is that the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate international commerce. The U.S. Congress passed a bipartisan bill nearly a year ago to approve Keystone XL.
The company isn't looking for any damages in this case; it essentially wants to overturn the denial of the permit and get started on construction of the pipeline.
A chill on U.S.-Canada relations?
Under the Chapter 11 provision in NAFTA, firms are allowed to sue another country without first getting the approval of their own country. So TransCanada was able to launch the lawsuit against the U.S. without approval from Ottawa. That may put a chill on the warming relationship between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Obama.
"TransCanada, by launching this case, is going to basically stop all dialogue between the two governments on pipelines and projects like this, and that's going to continue even after there's someone new in the White House," said Christopher Sands, a fellow with the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C..
In March, the White House will hold a state dinner for Trudeau, the first for a Canadian prime minister in 19 years.
"With Trudeau and Obama getting along well, they had put the KXL pipeline issue on the side for a while," said Sands.
"They could talk about other things, like North American energy strategy, but now a lot of that is going to be held up with this case pending, and I think it's going to be frustrating to Washington, but also frustrating to Ottawa."