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Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) Gives Clinic On Keystone XL Decision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 16:50

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer -- who supports the Keystone XL -- appeared on Fox News today and had to give Neil Cavuto a clinic on the reason why President Obama was completely justified in denying TransCanada's incomplete application to build the Keystone XL.

For those of you who are trying to follow along at home, the State of Nebraska is holding up the approval process. There is no approved/confirmed/offered pipeline route through Nebraska as of right now, and getting that process completed will take another six to nine months.  So the application submitted to President Obama is -- as of right now -- incomplete.  Oil company puppets like John Hoeven and Rick Berg are trying to force Obama to approve an incompete building permit application. 

They have no idea what they are doing.  

At least Brian Schweitzer is smart enough to recognize this. I hope all North Dakotans watch this video clip. It will help them understand why President Obama had to reject TransCanada's permit application.  More importantly, I wish all of our North Dakota Democratic candidates would watch this video clip. It would at least give them an opportunity to avoid looking like fools by attacking the President for doing what any responsible executive branch leader would have to do.

(Read more about this at Crooks & Liars by clicking here.)

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random said:

Hoeven blantantly lied about this today on McFeely's show. He said the project had been studied for 3 years. And there was no reason to stop it.

The old route thru the Ogalala Aquifer may have been studied for 3 years, but the proposed new route has only been under study for about 2 months.
January 19, 2012
Votes: +5

big jake said:

Isn't Cavuto a dandy. He, like so many others pretending to be journalists, did not like the answer he got from the Gov. From the beginning to the end of the interview, he could not acknowledge the facts being stated. It interfered with his beliefs.

His contempt or worse for the President is a sorry excuse for ignoring the facts. I am in agreement with Schweitzer on this one. We need the pipeline. It certainly is a better way of transporting the crude that the rail. I don't know all of the issues in Nebraska but I do know that they are a very conservative state. They are also fiercely protective of the Sandhills and they should be. It is an environmentally fragile area.

This is a red herring issue. It has been designed to discredit Obama. Simple as that. Schweitzer is a smart and savvy guy. I can't imagine him telling a lie about this issue. It just would not be in his best interest nor would it be in line with his past performances. He seems to be a guy with integrity.

I still maintain that there is a bigger issue here. Why is there no real discussion about building one or more refineries here, or in Montana or for the tar sand oil, in Canada?

The notion of environmental issues is also a red herring. Follow the rules, build the refinery and as it must be, the cost is passed on to the consumer. Just who the hell else is there to pay the bill. The consumer ultimately pays for everything.

A sound environment is not cheap. Why should it be. At the same time, an overbearing bureacracy should not be tolerated. However, the history of the oil industry or any industry for that matter is not anything to be proud of. Since the Reagan era, the regulatory agencies have been filled with industry people and that has not been good for our country either. A balance is required and should not be that hard to accomplish.

January 20, 2012
Votes: +3

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