22 March 2012

Obama in Cushing Praises Nevada Solar - Bashes Oil While in Nevada

So many stunts pulled in Obama's speech today at Cushing pipeline operation. He is so out-of-touch he actually bragged about being at the Nation's largest solar plant  in Nevada yesterday, saying the plant is providing energy to thousands of homes. Don't you know the oil workers loved that? What he didn't tell them is, he slammed oil hard while at the solar plant, after mocking those who are against his "investments" (meaning taxpayer monies) in solar (and by the way, he plans more), and alluded to the Flat Earth Society again. 

[Nevada Solar Plant Speech] So as long as I’m President, we’re going to develop every available source of energy.  That is a promise that I’m making to you. 
And, yes, that means we make investments in stuff that is new, and we stop subsidizing stuff that’s old.  The current members of the Flat Earth Society in Congress—[laughter]—they would rather see us continue to provide $4 billion—$4 billion—in tax subsidies, tax giveaways, to the oil companies—$4 billion to an industry that is making record profits.  Every time you fill up the pump, they’re making money.  They are doing just fine.  They’re not having any problems. Source: NewsReview
At Cushing today, this is how he spun his expedition of the Cushing Southern leg of the Keystone to the Gulf Coast:
Right now, a company called TransCanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from  Cushing to state-of-the-art facilities on the Gulf Coast.
The truth: the application was already in. The permitting process was stopped when Obama rejected the larger project. The permitting process at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun again, and there was no need for a new application. The Corps is using the original. They have picked up, where they left off. A Corps of Engineers spokeswoman says the Corps "has the goal of issuing approvals in 60 days," which is long before June 2012. He cannot stop the project. It is happening inspite his efforts.

TransCanada is able to use existing pipeline materials and rights-of-way. They need nothing from Barack Obama. He cannot stop the restart. He cannot expedite anything to do with the Cushing-Gulf Coast project.

Regarding the larger project beginning in Canada:
But the review by the State Department was thorough and complete. It studied and addressed risk to soil, wetlands, water resources, vegetation, fish, wildlife, and endangered species. Keystone XL also met 57 specific pipeline safety standard requirements. 
Some of the concern of environmentalists and Nebraska residents has focused on the original route of the pipeline, particularly the area where the pipeline would cross the Ogallala Aquifer and the state’s Sand Hills region. Nebraska already has miles of natural gas, crude, refined products, and petrochemical pipelines crossing the state’s purportedly sensitive Ogallala Aquifer, including pipelines in the Sand Hills region. 
Even so, if President Obama were sincere in his support of the pipeline, he could have approved the permit and allowed TransCanada and Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality to work on a reroute to satisfy landowners and state officials in Nebraska. The Foundry
Standing in front of oil workers today, he said the investigation on the larger project was under review because he has to keep Americans safe, and these things take time, he said. He said even the Nebraska Governor didn't want the pipeline. That was the Governor's original position, but TransCanada made a small re-route and the Nebraska Governor then was behind it. Obama left that part out.
So what we’ve said to the company is, we’re happy to review future permits.  And today, we’re making this new pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf a priority.  So the southern leg of it we're making a priority, and we're going to go ahead and get that done. The northern portion of it we're going to have to review properly to make sure that the health and safety of the American people are protected.  That’s common sense.
Rush Limbaugh documents how the mainstream media is covering the story, and as he said, it's "breathtaking" in it's dishonesty. Here's another Rush point:
Now, maybe I'm mistaken (that's doubtful), but has there been a huge problem getting oil from Oklahoma all the way to Texas? 
What a mean feat our courageous president's pulled off here!  Do you realize that before he acted there wasn't any way to get oil from Oklahoma to Texas, even though the states border each other? For those of you in Rio Linda, the northern border of Texas brushes up against Oklahoma and vice-a-versa.
But up until Barack Obama saw the light, we had no way of getting oil from Oklahoma to Texas. "US President Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Fast Track Oil Pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas." It's the same story as the previous headline, "Obama Defends Handling..." It's the same event, two different stories: "Obama Defends Handling of Keystone as He Puts Another..." (laughing)
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environments and Public Works said the following about Obama's "whistle stop" in Oklahoma:
The administration is rife with bureaucrats who show disdain for fossil fuel, but Americans need the stuff to get to work - just as Obama needs it for Air Force One" trips between campaign photo ops...
Is it just us or would Obama's green energy evangelism be more convincing if he either kept Air Force One parked more often or used electric vehicles for surface transit?
Every time Obama has a microphone, pleas with us to tell our friends, our family, our co-workers, our 'ahnts' and uncles, that he has done more than anyone EVAH! to drill for oil, to produce oil and gas, and anyone who says differently, is not truthful.  It happened in Cushing, again today. Read the Nevada speech transcript here. To read Obama's Cushing, Oklahoma speech transcript, click the link to Maggie's Notebook below.

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