Obama Keystone Stunt: Transcript – Brags on Solar to Oil Workers – Slams Oil to Solar Workers

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 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: (See the complete Transcript below)

Obama Lauding Solar at Cushing, Oklahoma

[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, he 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. You can read it below.

Here’s the stunt transcript – Barack Obama in Cushing, Oklahoma March 22, 2012:

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Oklahoma!  (Applause.)  Well, it’s good to be here.  Everybody, have a seat.  Have a seat.

AUIDENCE [sic] MEMBER:  I love you, Mr. President!

THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  It’s wonderful to see you.

It is good to be back in Oklahoma.  I haven’t been back here since the campaign, and everybody looks like they’re doing just fine.  (Laughter.)  Thank you so much for your hospitality.  It is wonderful to be here.

Yesterday, I visited Nevada and New Mexico to talk about what we’re calling an all-of-the-above energy strategy.  It’s a strategy that will keep us on track to further reduce our dependence on foreign oil, put more people back to work, and ultimately help to curb the spike in gas prices that we’re seeing year after year after year.

So today, I’ve come to Cushing, an oil town — (applause) — because producing more oil and gas here at home has been, and will continue to be, a critical part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy.  (Applause.)

Now, under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.  (Applause.)  That’s important to know.  Over the last three years, I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states.  We’re opening up more than 75 percent of our potential oil resources offshore.  We’ve quadrupled the number of operating rigs to a record high.  We’ve added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some.

So we are drilling all over the place — right now.  That’s not the challenge.  That’s not the problem.  In fact, the problem in a place like Cushing is that we’re actually producing so much oil and gas in places like North Dakota and Colorado that we don’t have enough pipeline capacity to transport all of it to where it needs to go — both to refineries, and then, eventually, all across the country and around the world.  There’s a bottleneck right here because we can’t get enough of the oil to our refineries fast enough.  And if we could, then we would be able to increase our oil supplies at a time when they’re needed as much as possible.

Now, right now, a company called TransCanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from Cushing to state-of-the-art refineries down on the Gulf Coast.  And today, I’m directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done.  (Applause.)

Now, you wouldn’t know all this from listening to the television set.  (Laughter.)  This whole issue of the Keystone pipeline had generated, obviously, a lot of controversy and a lot of politics.  And that’s because the original route from Canada into the United States was planned through an area in Nebraska that supplies some drinking water for nearly 2 million Americans, and irrigation for a good portion of America’s croplands.  And Nebraskans of all political stripes — including the Republican governor there — raised some concerns about the safety and wisdom of that route.

So to be extra careful that the construction of the pipeline in an area like that wouldn’t put the health and the safety of the American people at risk, our experts said that we needed a certain amount of time to review the project.  Unfortunately, Congress decided they wanted their own timeline — not the company, not the experts, but members of Congress who decided this might be a fun political issue, decided to try to intervene and make it impossible for us to make an informed decision.

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.

But the fact is that my administration has approved dozens of new oil and gas pipelines over the last three years -– including one from Canada.  And as long as I’m President, we’re going to keep on encouraging oil development and infrastructure and we’re going to do it in a way that protects the health and safety of the American people.  We don’t have to choose between one or the other, we can do both.  (Applause.)

So if you guys are talking to your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers, your aunts or uncles and they’re wondering what’s going on in terms of oil production, you just tell them anybody who suggests that somehow we’re suppressing domestic oil production isn’t paying attention.  They are not paying attention.  (Applause.)

What you also need to tell them is anybody who says that just drilling more gas and more oil by itself will bring down gas prices tomorrow or the next day or even next year, they’re also not paying attention.  They’re not playing it straight.  Because we are drilling more, we are producing more.  But the fact is, producing more oil at home isn’t enough by itself to bring gas prices down.

And the reason is we’ve got an oil market that is global, that is worldwide.  And I’ve been saying for the last few weeks, and I want everybody to understand this, we use 20 percent of the world’s oil; we only produce 2 percent of the world’s oil.  Even if we opened every inch of the country — if I put a oil rig on the South Lawn — (laughter) — if we had one right next to the Washington Monument, even if we drilled every little bit of this great country of ours, we’d still have to buy the rest of our needs from someplace else if we keep on using the same amount of energy, the same amount of oil.

The price of oil will still be set by the global market.  And that means every time there’s tensions that rise in the Middle East — which is what’s happening right now — so will the price of gas.  The main reason the gas prices are high right now is because people are worried about what’s happening with Iran.  It doesn’t have to do with domestic oil production.  It has to do with the oil markets looking and saying, you know what, if something happens there could be trouble and so we’re going to price oil higher just in case.

Now, that’s not the future that we went.  We don’t want to be vulnerable to something that’s happening on the other side of the world somehow affecting our economy, or hurting a lot of folks who have to drive to get to work.  That’s not the future I want for America.  That’s not the future I want for our kids.  I want us to control our own energy destiny.  I want us to determine our own course.

So, yes, we’re going to keep on drilling.  Yes, we’re going to keep on emphasizing production.  Yes, we’re going to make sure that we can get oil to where it’s needed.  But what we’re also going to be doing as part of an all-of-the-above strategy is looking at how we can continually improve the utilization of renewable energy sources, new clean energy sources, and how do we become more efficient in our use of energy.  (Applause.)

That means producing more biofuels, which can be great for our farmers and great for rural economies.  It means more fuel-efficient cars.  It means more solar power.  It means more wind power — which, by the way, nearly tripled here in Oklahoma over the past three years in part because of some of our policies.

We want every source of American-made energy.  I don’t want the energy jobs of tomorrow going to other countries.  I want them here in the United States of America.  (Applause.)  And that’s what an all-of-the-above strategy is all about.  That’s how we break our dependence on foreign oil.  (Applause.)

Now, the good news is we’re already seeing progress.  Yesterday, I went, in Nevada, to the largest solar plant of its kind anywhere in the country.  Hundreds of workers built it.  It’s powering thousands of homes, and they’re expanding to tens of thousands of homes more as they put more capacity online.

After 30 years of not doing anything, we finally increased fuel-efficiency standards on cars and trucks, and Americans are now designing and building cars that will go nearly twice as far on the same gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade.  And that’s going to save the average family $8,000 over the life of a car.  (Applause.)  And it’s going to save a lot of companies a lot of money because they’re hurt by rising fuel costs, as well.

All of these steps have helped put America on the path to greater energy independence.  Since I took office, our dependence on foreign oil has gone down every single year.  Last year, we imported 1 million fewer barrels per day than the year before.  Think about that.  (Applause.)  America, at a time when we’re growing, is actually importing less oil from overseas because we’re using it smarter and more efficiently.  America is now importing less than half the oil we use for the first time in more than a decade.

So the key is to keep it going, Oklahoma.  We’ve got to make sure that we don’t go backwards, that we keep going forwards.  If we’re going to end our dependence on foreign oil, if we’re going to bring gas prices down once and for all, as opposed to just playing politics with it every single year, then what we’re going to have to do is to develop every single source of energy that we’ve got, every new technology that can help us become more efficient.

We’ve got to use our innovation.  We’ve got to use our brain power.  We’ve got to use our creativity.  We’ve got to have a vision for the future, not just constantly looking backwards at the past.  That’s where we need to go.  That’s the future we can build.

And that’s what America has always been about, is building the future.  We’ve always been at the cutting-edge.  We’re always ahead of the curve.  Whether it’s Thomas Edison or the Wright Brothers or Steve Jobs, we’re always thinking about what’s the next thing.  And that’s how we have to think about energy.  And if we do, not only are we going to see jobs and growth and success here in Cushing, Oklahoma, we’re going to see it all across the country.

All right?  Thank you very much, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

Thanks to NewsChannel4 for the Transcript. Watch the video here.

Many thanks to Grumpy Opinions for linking!

Linked at Political Realities with more on the Keystone Stunt by another Okie – thanks Larry!

Linked at SENTRY JOURNAL in the Placing Blame and Taking Credit Edition – thank you John!

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook