Keystone XL Pipeline Opposition Gets an Unlikely Ally: Rupert Freakin' Murdoch

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Yeah, you read that right. Media magnate Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, whose cable news empire has been almost solely responsible for crafting Republican talking points, came out against the proposed Keystone XL on Twitter.

This is, of course, a remarkable position for Murdoch to take -- and one the empty-eyed blondes on Fox News will no doubt assiduously avoid mentioning -- not least because the pipeline, a nearly 2,000-mile long conduit to the Texas Gulf Coast for Canadian tar sands, has basically become a bullet point, an article of faith, in the GOP platform.

Was his Twitter account commandeered by those tech-savvy youngsters in the Keystone opposition, Keystone Blockade? Well, Murdoch hasn't issued a retraction. Was, as @SWIMGUYCHICAGO suggests, Murdoch's brain itself hijacked? Or, to forward the second prong of his theory: Has Murdoch "reverted to the Communism of his Oxford years?" (Insofar as opposition to a pipeline correlates to Communism, we'll take that one under advisement.)

It is important to note that Murdoch's above tweet wasn't an isolated incident. His disdain for Keystone is of a piece with windmills:

The southern leg of the pipeline, from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Port Arthur, is already under construction. President Barack Obama will make the final call on the northern section, which will cross the U.S.-Canadian border. The president has already signaled climate change's primacy in coming policy decisions. Could two errant tweets from the puppet master push him toward a pipeline denial?

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TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I hear they're pretty thirsty for diesel fuel over there in the burgeoning economies of the far-east.

That and cigarettes.


what Murdoch and Brantley fail to understand is that the Gulf Coast refineries are set up to refine heavy crude like that which would be transported by Keystone. The refineries are running short of that particular crude. 

brantley needs to expand his sources and learn 

in addition if keystone doesn't get built the Canadians will just ship the oil to the West Coast and it will still be exported

As for fracking Murdoch needs to talk to Obama and tell him to open up federal lands to more exploration and production instead of closing them off


"the empty-eyed blondes o" and here I thought you were referring to Chris Matthews


Talk about inability to read between the lines(or even the next line).

He is clearly not against the pipeline for the reasons of your wet dream you vomited into type.

He wants more fracking done domestically. Probably because he has a monetary interest in such(or someone who is paying him does). Can we infer by this article that you suddenly support fracking and oppose windmills?


"...empty-eyed blondes on Fox News..."

Compared to what Mr. Hargrove? The militant lesbians over at MSNBC?

I'm not sure I understand the derogatory remark.


@OakParkStudiohe's just jealous because the other networks don't have anything remotely as good looking as the women on FNC, but then when I first saw the phrase "the empty-eyed blonde" I thought he was referring to Chris Matthews

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