State Department: Keystone XL pipeline would create jobs, have ‘no significant impact to most resources’

The Friday night document dump was especially large today, and reporters were cranky. After a long week of sequestration coverage, members of the press were looking forward to the weekend, but some couldn’t escape a Friday afternoon conference call from the State Department on the potential effects of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. What was the big news, then? As it turns out, the big news was no news, according to CNN Radio’s Lisa Desjardins.

Maybe we could build some windmills to scare away the birds before they hit the electrical wires.

As concerned as we are for the American burying beetle, would it be terribly selfish if we skipped ahead to the effect on human beings?

NBC News managed to find a way to spin the report in ways that Fox News and even the New York Times wouldn’t touch.

Big beetle must have gotten to someone.

Update:

Slate’s Matt Yglesias hasn’t read the State Department’s report and doesn’t need to.

  • Terrell Guell

    And NBC wonders why their ratings continue to plummet

  • Terrell Guell

    And NBC wonders why their ratings continue to plummet

  • SJ’s Dad

    So let’s see if I can wrap my wido biddy bird brain around this . . .
    Green energy wind turbines, built by bankrupt government funded crony socialist green energy companies, producing energy at 10x’s both the cost AND above ground square acreage of oil or natural gas , which slice and dice our federally protected national symbol of freedom, the American Bald Eagle BY THE DOZENS!!!!
    OR
    A below ground pipeline to cost effectively transport the cost effective energy we use & need, creating both jobs and energy independence with . .. what’s that you say again . . . .ZERO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!
    Gotta go with the wind!
    Sincerely,
    Barry H Obamarama!

    • $23629333

      I’m glad to see someone mentioning the loss of birds as a result of wind turbines. Every time some bird dies in or as a result of the tar sands, the Watermelons demand that the work there end. Meanwhile, those turbines just keep chopping up fowl – without a peep from the Watermelons.

    • SpinMeNot

      Obamarama … oh, thank you so much for that, I’ve got images of BHO, HR, and JC [Jay Carney] dressed up in 80’s fashion / drag doing a cover of a Banarama music video.

      I think I am going to need some thorazine …

      • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

        NOOOooooo…..If anything they can do a drag cover of The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades by Timbuk 3 but don’t touch Banarama. As a teenager of the 80’s some things need to remain sacred.

      • SJ’s Dad

        Not even spring yet, BUT already . . . “It’s a Cruel Summer!”
        (Oh yes, it will be!-)

  • Catchance

    Wonder how Obama will manage to kill it again, and blame Republicans in congress?

    • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

      By opening his big fat trap.

    • journogal

      ABC is reporting that he is close to approving it, but I wonder what he is going to leverage with? Is he going to demand amnesty for the pipeline? I wouldn’t put it passed him.

      • Catchance

        Whoa. I hadn’t thought of that one. Yup, that’s exactly the sort of thing he’d do.

      • henryknox

        He has been clamoring for tax hikes, so I could see him taxing the responsible for permission to use North American energy.

        • journogal

          Aren’t we up for Armageddon Part 75: Budget Battle in May, I believe? Anyway, he could use this as a way of saying, “Look, I approved the pipeline and the Republicans still won’t work with me.” Of course the media and lo-in-vos (PTR) will squee over this.
          He isn’t going to approve the pipeline for the better of the country. He is going to use it for something he wants.

      • reneehaigh

        maybe if Harvey gave him a role in his next movie that would ice it!!!

        • journogal

          Along with a guarantee Oscar…

      • bonnieblue2A

        He wants a carbon tax to raise revenue for his further spending on reparations/social justice.

        • journogal

          True…

  • J. Cox

    Attn feds…Glad to know Rocks,beetles,and grass are more important than people.I hope when gas hits $7.50 a gallon,we have eleventy billion wind turbines(ty Maxine for the math).

    • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

      Saddened to know you don’t seem to understand that those rocks beetles and grass are part of the environment we depend on for survival. An environment that should be BALANCED.

      • J. Cox

        Please actually read the report before you whine about hugging a tree.Glad to know the same nitwits murdering babies also want to cradle mother earth before their fellow human being…and you call us lost,Bwwahahahha.

        • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

          Without earth where would us human beings get our nourishment? The magical nourishment fairy?

          • J. Cox

            Thanks for completely being a idiot and once again..NOT READ THE REPORT.

          • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

            Thanks for being an idiot and again, not understanding how life works. Maybe you should go take some natural science classes (biology, chemistry, make sure you study human and environmental interaction).

          • J. Cox

            Says the whiny hypocrite that just wrote a response saying nothing…again, using a product made from oil,sitting on a chair…made partially from oil,in a house heated by oil,cooled by oil.When you grow your own food,make your own products for day to day living walk your ass everywhere and not use 1 natural resource,then we will talk,till then…thank the guy that built your house,car,fridge,and the local starbucks.

  • Love of Country

    Has the great Dinglebarry ever even tried to rely on green energy just once in his entire life?

    (rhetorical)

    • dwsmokin

      Oh, I’m sure he’s planning on retrofitting Air Force 1, or the big black Cadillac Escalades he rides around in to run on solar, or wind, or grape juice, or some other such nonsense. Does seem funny that his energy “policy” inconveniences him not one bit-but it’s brutal on the rest of us-especially the low income voters who still love him. Strange.

  • Scott Carroll

    Dude, NBC is not even bothering to pretend anymore.

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      5th place, behind Univision.

      Says it all.

      • bonnieblue2A

        Univision has reporters who refuse to carry the water for Obama.

    • BlueGood

      While Brakky bama pushes American Oil Independence further away, Canada is going full steam ahead with Gateway Pipeline to the B.C. Coast AND a second Pipeline to the East – to Montreal ports for sales to other thirsty nations.

      What you folks need to do is read of the destruction your own Country by the ECO~FACISTS as detailed in Elizabeth Nickson’s new book of same name.

      START FIGHTING BACK…the U.N. Agenda 21 is the root of all these creeps Sierra Club, Pew Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Rockefella….Ted Turner….etc….

      Not kidding folks…you must start fighting back….

  • Maxx

    “If we can save just one American burying beetle, we should take that step.”

    –B. Obama

    • $23629333

      Maybe we should threaten to start stomping on those beetles if the Keystone XL pipeline is NOT approved.

    • reneehaigh

      only one not two: or five or three but ONLY one f***ing beetle! that’s all and then he will ok the pipeline: if we can guarantee one beetle? that shows you the mentality of this idiot I hope they turn off all their cell phones he gave away: don’t cut the commerce dept: or how about the gsa? he will cut fly hours for the air force so he can still use AF1 for his selfish needs: he won’t cut that! travel on your own dime boobama!

  • nc

    Thank God so many major large scale projects got built over the last hundred years or so before this crazyness started or we wouldn’t have any roads or bridges to travel on.

    • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

      LOL this from a supporter of the party that refuses to allow spending to FIX those super old ass roads and bridges

      • journogal

        Ummm…where did all of the money from the Stimulus that was supposed to fix those “super old as*s roads and bridges.” You know, the money that provide all of that awesome signage promoting the stimulus. And don’t you recall Obama’s great quote, “Shovel ready wasn’t as shovel-ready as we expected.” http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/06/obama-jokes-about-shovel-ready-projects/1
        I bet you rolled around laughing on the floor with that! Obama got everyone good, didn’t he?

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Someone needs to tell Matt that it didn’t take 2000 pages to figure out that new large-scale healthscare bills negatively impact the economy, either.

  • Jim Denney

    KEYSTONE – GEOLOGY: “State Dept. writes the pipeline will have no or negilble (sic) impact on area rocks and geology.”

    In other “earth shattering geology newz” the most transparent regime in history tells reporters to go pound sand … again.

  • Stan

    Obama is on a mission to bring down America,so I doubt it will ever happen. Nothing good has come from this WH it over 4 years.

  • $23629333

    If Gyorgy Schwartz were to personally benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline, it would be under construction already.

    • KansasGirl

      Or Al-Jazeera.

      • bonnieblue2A

        Al Gore-zeera is more like it.

  • $27789750

    Iguess stopping it is no longer useful propaganda for the WH. It can go through now?

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Facts are winning out, as evidenced by the media’s desperate spinning. The green kooks are steadily losing every means they got of blocking this bad boy of blocking this thing. Eventually, 45000 possible jobs and high gas prices is going to force Barry break with the eco-loons and get this done.

  • KansasGirl

    When Yglesias contacted Al Gore for comment, Mr. Gore’s spokesman said he had no comment at this time. Hehe

  • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

    Republicans must think the earth’s resources just pop out of thin air. Destroy these wetlands? Kill the species off one by one? Who cares! We’ll just drink oil and eat the money we made destroying the environment with unsustainable energy systems! Who needs clean water to drink, clean food with no steroids in it and clean soil to grow it in Hell, who needs fresh air? Let’s all just ride to work on our unicorns not giving two sh*ts about the very Earth we live on.

    • J. Cox

      Your arrogance and stupidity don’t seem to be mutually exclusive,now go hug a brown bear.

      • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

        Who needs the truth when they can hurl childish insults?

        • J. Cox

          WTH do you know about the truth.The BS propaganda you try to dole out here is thrown back at you with actual facts,and then you go off on crazy tangents.Still haven’t read the actual report have you…thought not.This time,go hug a grizzly.

          • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

            You call it “bs propaganda”, I call it SCIENCE. So tell me again, when you and your party have destroyed all of earths resources, what are you going to eat and drink? What are you going to breathe in?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Ah, where would the MM drones be without hyperbole and strawman arguments?

          • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

            Do you even know what hyperbole and straw man are? Because you just misused both of them in the same sentence.

            Once again I ask. When the Earth’s resources have been destroyed, what will you live off of?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Do you even know what hyperbole and straw man are?

            Evidently better than you.

            Hyperbole: Republicans want to destroy all the earth’s resources.

            Strawman: Mis-representing the conservative point as wanting to destroy the earth’s resources and arguing against that point.

            Because you just misused both of them in the same sentence.

            Statement disproved by evidence – see above.

            Once again I ask. When the Earth’s resources have been destroyed, what will you live off of?

            And you repeat the hyperbole and strawman, here.

          • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

            I’ve never seen someone with their head so far up their ass.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            So, they *finally* put the plexiglass panel in your abdomen so you can see out? Congrats!

  • Junie3

    Obama donors stand to gain Big money from it. http://freebeacon.com/china-deal-benefits-obama-donors/

  • http://twitter.com/jillsfarrell Jill Farrell