Congress approves bill mandating Keystone decision

Approval of tax-break legislation forces Obama to act on pipeline permit

Republican House Speaker John Boehner bowed to pressure from within his own party on Friday and agreed to a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move breaks a week-long impasse, and averts a payroll tax increase that would have reduced workers’ take-home pay in 2012. The deal includes provisions for extending employment insurance and avoids pay cuts for doctors who treat Medicare patients. Importantly for Canada, the deal also forces President Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline expansion within 60 days. Obama’s approval of the project is far from certain. The president has the option to declare that the pipeline, which faces stiff opposition from environmentalists and other opponents, does not serve the national interest.

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Congress approves bill mandating Keystone decision

  1. Tar sands are an environmental horror show which are only a few months away from final curtain up, revealing maestro Harper with all his environmental coverups.  When the legal challenges begin to flood Ottawa, people will be pointing fingers left and right.  Auditor General’s report has already revealed clear findings of lack of oversight.  No reports filed.

    2.75 Under the Canada Water Act, Environment Canada is
    required to prepare an annual report to Parliament “on the operations
    under this Act.” We found that, from 2004 to 2009, the Department did
    not submit annual reports to Parliament as required under the Act. For
    example, the reports for the period 2006 to 2009 were submitted in 2010.
    The report for the year ending 31 March 2010 has yet to be submitted
    to Parliament. In addition, departments are required to submit annual
    departmental performance reports to Parliament on the performance of
    their programs. We found that information on key aspects of program
    performance and results for these two programs were not included in
    Environment Canada’s Departmental Performance Reports.

    Source: Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (2010). 2010 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. Chapter 2: Monitoring Water Resources. Ottawa: Office of the Auditor General of Canada.

    • Not to worry. We’ll sell to China.

  2. Sort of like the tranches that banksters put together to rid their POS (I understand it’s a special term Justin Trudeau may know) or risky loans.  It didn’t work before and someone got stiffed.  I may as well spell it out that big oil wants what it wants.

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