My conservative friend called again, this time to rub in how Obama’s going to look so bad when he kills the Keystone pipeline project and its 20,000 jobs.
The fact that the Republicans were pushing the Keystone project so hard made me think, these guys are lying again. And they were. Not even half the 20,000 jobs promised will materialize, and most of those jobs won’t be construction.
In fact, Republicans in the Senate and House should have consulted with the governor and the people of Nebraska first, before they decided to attempt to steam roll them for purely political purposes.
Reuters: Nebraska governor Dave Heineman signed into law on Tuesday bills to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline away from the ecologically sensitive Sandhills region.
One bill puts into law a compromise agreed with Keystone pipeline builder TransCanada to move the route away from the Sandhills and the Ogallala aquifer. The second bill approves state funding for an environmental study for a new pipeline route not to exceed $2 million. By law, the governor now has the final say in state government on the new route. The U.S. Secretary of State has the final say nationally. Earlier this month, the State Department ordered the company to find a new route for the line in a decision that set back the $7 billion, Canada-to-Texas pipeline by more than a year.
More than a year!!! That would put the pipeline project in place in 2013, after plotting a new route, and in line with the Obama administration. Not two ridiculous months given Obama to decide.
AP: The State Department announced that it will delay its decision on the transnational pipeline until at least 2013. TransCanada subsequently agreed to divert its proposed route … so that it wouldn't pass through the Nebraska Sandhills, a region of porous hills that includes a high concentration of wetlands and the Ogallala aquifer that provides water to huge swaths of U.S. cropland. TransCanada officials still believe they could have a new Nebraska route approved in six to nine months. Lawmakers credited outspoken constituents for the two laws that emerged from the session. "Our work is done," Heineman said. "I want to say thank you to our citizens and our lawmakers."
It looks like lawmakers in Nebraska appreciated the outspoken interest of the people, instead of telling them to shut up until the next election.