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#51 capt_morgan

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 02:06 AM

he still hasnt signed it.


whos got my heady fuel cell?

#52 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 01:58 PM

Thousands protest at the White House against Keystone XL pipeline

The Keystone project has emerged as a defining issue for Obama, cast as a choice between the environment and the economy

Several thousand protesters, some shouldering a long black inflatable replica of a pipeline, formed a human chain around the White House on Sunday to try to convince Barack Obama to block the controversial Keystone XL project.

The protest, which had been weeks in the making, had been intended to put pressure on Obama to stop the pipeline, which would transport crude from the Alberta tar sands across the American heartland.

Organiser Bill McKibben described it as subjecting Obama to symbolic house arrest.

"That is the second biggest pool of carbon on the planet. If the US government goes ahead and makes it easier to develop that oil-sands project, then there is no credible way to insist that they're working hard on climate change," McKibben told the crowd.

Not that Obama was there to notice. As protesters gathered opposite the White House he took advantage of a glorious autumn day to go golfing, returning just as the protest was winding down.

A number of protesters carried blue signs quoting Obama's 2008 campaign promises to act on climate change. Others borrowed his election slogan, chanting: "Yes we can, stop the pipeline."

Organisers initially claimed a turnout of 6,000, later doubling the number to 12,000. They included the actor Mark Ruffalo, the climate scientist James Hansen and the Nobel peace prize winner Jody Williams.

Police said about 5,000 had come to the gathering.

The Obama administration had been due to decide on the fate of the pipeline by the end of the year. Over the last year, however, the Keystone project has emerged as a defining issue for Obama – cast as a choice between the environment and the economy.

Officials suggested this month that the deadline could slip. There could also be delays from a series of legal challenges along the pipeline's route. Legislators in the state of Nebraska this week are considering five separate bills to re-route the pipeline away from an important aquifer or challenge the company's rights to build over private land.

Environmental groups have warned Obama he could risk losing their support in the 2012 elections if he lets the pipeline go ahead. But that strategy is also a gamble for environmental groups.

A failure to persuade Obama would expose their own weaknesses.

TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, claims the project would create thousands of temporary construction jobs. "What these millionaire actors and professional activists don't seem to understand is that saying no to Keystone means saying yes to more conflict oil from the Middle East and Venezuela filling American gas tanks," James Millar, a spokesman for TransCanada said in an email.

"After the Washington protesters fly back home they will forget about the millions of Americans who can't find work."

#53 Joker

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:04 PM

I read somewhere he was going to put this off until after the elections.

#54 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:11 PM

I would imagine so. That way it can fall to the bottom of the importance jar and when he passes it in mid-2012, they will all whine and say NOOO! Big oil won again and things will be better when Bush is out of office. :gop:

#55 capt_morgan

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 08:51 PM

why wouldnt people want this...ur talking about over 100,000 jobs right there. and arent these pipe lines safer than offshore platforms and tankers?

#56 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:00 PM

refining tar sand is incredibly pollutive, to start. There are more productive ways. the potential for an ecologcal disaster is pretty significant for the local areas that the pipeline would travel through as well.

#57 Joker

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:06 PM

why wouldnt people want this...ur talking about over 100,000 jobs right there. and arent these pipe lines safer than offshore platforms and tankers?

There's a thread that has a few articles about why people wouldn't want it

http://gatheringofth...ead.php?t=62575



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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:52 PM

why wouldnt people want this...ur talking about over 100,000 jobs right there. and arent these pipe lines safer than offshore platforms and tankers?


Because it's taking oil from the wrong place and sending it to the wrong place. What we need is pipelines from the shales to the refineries and from Cushing to the refineries.

#59 Joker

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 03:27 PM

Obama Administration May Put Off Keystone Pipeline Decision With New Environmental Impact Study

A State Department decision on whether to reroute a TransCanadian pipeline could end up killing the $7 billion project altogether, an energy industry source warned Wednesday.

The source told Fox News that the Obama administration is considering much more than a simple reroute of the Keystone XL project. Instead, 11th hour deliberations are weighing whether to order the State Department to conduct an all-new Environmental Impact Study, which could delay a final decision by two years, well beyond the next presidential election, if not end it altogether.

Under pressure from environmental groups to nix the pipeline from crossing the U.S., the State Department said Wednesday it is weighing all factors before approving the project, which environmentalists say would destroy ecologically sensitive areas.

A spokesman with the State Department, which has authority for approving the program because it crosses national boundaries, said that the process is being driven by an effort to get the best information, and the collective impact on the environment, jobs and national security.

The pipeline, which is hated by environmentalists, but loved by labor groups would carry 700,000 barrels per day from the province of Alberta to refineries in Texas. To do so would require it crossing six states.

But Nebraska lawmakers opposed to the plan are weighing legislation to force a move away from the Sand Hills region and Ogallala aquifer, a major source of drinking water and irrigation.

The State Department's current Environmental Impact Study found the project would pose only limited adverse environmental impacts, but the energy industry source said the department's inspector general has ordered a separate probe of the review process, centering on two questions.

One is whether a lobbyist hired by TransCanada, Paul Elliott, who was a campaign adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008, represents a conflict of interest for the program. The other is whether a firm that was hired to conduct the original study was an inappropriate choice because it was tied to TransCanada.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.c...e#ixzz1dJgkmWMb

#60 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 03:48 PM

Put it off until after Obama gets re-elected. Same with the Iran war that is coming. After all, how can obama run on another "hope and change", "Yes we can!" platform if he is waging war and not working on the promise of sustainable energy prouction? He can't. At least not until he wins again on bogus lies that he has no plan to actually change.

He'll lie to america again and tell us he'll do this that and the other and we can take it to the bank, yadda yadda yadda. then, we'll all complain some more about how nothing changes except our rates of pay, opportunity and purchasing power of our dollar. Yay!

#61 MeOmYo

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:50 PM

well, he said no. blames GOP for not giving enough time.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's denying an application for a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline because a GOP-mandated deadline didn't allow time for a full review.

Obama says his decision isn't a judgment on the merits of the proposed $7 billion pipeline. Rather, he's citing the "arbitrary nature" of the Feb. 21 deadline that was set by a GOP-written provision in a recent tax bill that Obama signed.

The president says in a statement that he's disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced the decision. Obama had until late next month to decide whether the pipeline was in the national interest.

Administration officials says the looming deadline cut short the time needed to conduct environmental reviews after the State Department ordered the project developer to find an alternate route to avoid environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska.

The 1,700-mile pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries in Texas. It would pass through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

http://apnews.excite.../D9SBJOQG1.html

#62 PeaceFrog

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:19 PM

he's not running on a "hope and change" platform. That was 2008. Welcome to 2012. Now he's running on "almost a Republican"

#63 Spidergawd

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 01:23 PM

This deadline business was simply a ploy to force him to say no. They knew damn well he wouldn't approve it without more time to review. Now they can try to use it against him in the election - both from a perspective of dependence on foreign oil and jobs. Not surprising, as the repubs have stated over and over that their only goal is to prevent his reelection. Too bad their focus isn't on improving our country, but you know, that's not as important as getting the brown guy out of office.

At this point, my best hope is for a meteorite to land smack on the Capitol building so we can just start over.

#64 syd_25

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 02:03 PM

Haven't they been working on this for 3 years? What's enough time?

#65 MeOmYo

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 02:08 PM

From what I've read, Nebraska environmental concerns are what is holding this up. The proposed route is no good and there is not enough time to find an alternative route. Of course, the deadline plays a role in that.

#66 MeOmYo

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 02:21 PM

huh, I guess that was in my previous quote. I have read the elsewhere as well.

#67 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 02:54 PM

:lol:

if he said yes, then he's promoting big oil and acting on behalf of republicans. He says no, and the republicans forced him into it because he didn't have enough time to assess the situation.

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#68 PeaceFrog

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 03:05 PM

WWRPD?

#69 Joker

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 03:47 PM

This deadline business was simply a ploy to force him to say no. They knew damn well he wouldn't approve it without more time to review. Now they can try to use it against him in the election - both from a perspective of dependence on foreign oil and jobs. Not surprising, as the repubs have stated over and over that their only goal is to prevent his reelection. Too bad their focus isn't on improving our country, but you know, that's not as important as getting the brown guy out of office.

At this point, my best hope is for a meteorite to land smack on the Capitol building so we can just start over.


I believe, if anything the deadline was a ploy to get him to just make A choice rather than letting him delay the choice until after the elections (and not piss either side off) in order to keep "the brown guy" in office

#70 Spidergawd

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 05:29 PM

http://www.mediaite....political-goal/

#71 Joker

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 05:58 PM

Oh, there's no doubt in my mind the Republicans would like to make him a one term president, I'm sure if it was a Republican in office the goal of the Dems would be to make him a one termer. That's pretty much basic politics 101.

#72 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 06:02 PM


Obama's Keystone Denial Prompts Canada to Look to China Sales



The "decision by the Obama administration underlines the importance of diversifying and expanding our markets, including the growing Asian market," Oliver told reporters in Ottawa.

Currently, 99 percent of Canada's crude exports go to the U.S., a figure that Harper wants to reduce in his bid to make Canada a "superpower" in global energy markets.



"I'm disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my administration's commitment to American-made energy," Obama said today in a statement. "We will continue to look for new ways to partner with the oil and gas industry to increase our energy security."


read more at the link.

Keep looking, Obama. In the meantime, asian markets will certainly look to foster Canadian relations to obtain (and vice versa) contracts for the supply.


The reality of this situation is that one way or another, that tar sand is going to make it onto the market. With or without US involvement.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:46 AM

agreed

there is a new pipeline proposal from the tar sands to the b.c. coast by enbridge
the list to oppose it at the hearings is some 2500 people long and many are not canadian
the government is attempting to have all non-canadians barred from the hearing process
it seems nobody is attempting to bar non-canadian oil and gas from the tar sands however

#74 china cat

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 04:40 PM

I watched this documentary. I can't find a full version on line



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Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:59 PM

Keystone may be revived after U.S. election: Canada official

The finance minister for Canada's top oil producing province of Alberta said he expects the Canada-to-U.S. Keystone XL pipeline project to be "revived" following presidential elections this year.

In an interview on Monday, Ron Liepert said he thinks government approval for the $7 billion pipeline to ship around 830,000 barrels per day of oil sands crude from Alberta to South Texas could come following elections on November 6.

But he said Keystone's delays, and the possibility it will not be built, are already prompting Canada to seek new options to export its crude, including shipping it to Asia via the West Coast, or to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard via a Canadian pipeline reversal.

"We believe Keystone will be revived and approved after the presidential election," Liepert told Reuters. "But it's not a sure thing."

President Barack Obama put a hold on the Keystone XL project in January, saying the administration needed more time to assess the environmental impact of the proposed line before granting a presidential permit needed to build it.

Prior to a deal between the company and Nebraska's government, Keystone XL was slated to bisect the Ogallala aquifer in Nebraska which provides the water to irrigate huge areas of farmland in the U.S. Midwest. Environmentalists opposed the line due to the potential for oil spills and because production of Canadian oil sands crude is more carbon intensive than lighter crudes.

Proponents say Keystone XL would quickly increase U.S. oil supplies from a top trade partner and neighbor, cutting U.S. reliance on crude from OPEC and other overseas suppliers.

Obama has not rejected Keystone XL altogether, and TransCanada, the company planning to build it, has said it plans to apply for another permit.

"Keystone is the project that makes the most sense but we can't put all our eggs in one basket," Liepert said.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:41 PM

Last-Ditch Bid in Texas to Try to Stop Oil Pipeline


WINNSBORO, Tex. — Deep within the oak and pine forests that blanket this stretch of East Texas, the chug of machinery drones on late into the day, broken only by the sounds of a band of activists who have vowed to stop it.Here, among the woods and farmland, what might be one of the last pitched battles over theKeystone XL oil pipeline has been unfolding for weeks now, since construction of the controversial project’s southern leg began in August.

As bulldozers and diggers churn up a 50-foot-wide path for the pipeline — this portion will run from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast — a small group of environmental activists have taken to the towering trees in its way.

And with the blessing of some landowners who live here, and whose property the pipeline will cross, the protesters have fashioned a web of tree houses, structures and pulleys in a last-ditch effort to keep the enormous project from rumbling forward.

“Initially, a lot of the environmental movement on a national scale had kind of written this fight off,” said Ron Seifert, a spokesman for the Tar Sands Blockade, a group of environmental activists who have gathered near Winnsboro and contend that theoil sands crude that the pipeline will carry is especially toxic.

“But we have awakened folks from that slumber,” he said. “I think now there is an understanding that people are not going to give this up.”

TransCanada, the company behind the project, said construction had not been impeded in most cases, proceeding safely around where some activists have remained perched in the oaks for nearly three weeks. The tree sitters, as they are known, have survived on canned food and water and spent much of their time reading.

But at times, the company acknowledged, the situation has become dangerous. “In one case, protesters jumped underneath a truck and tied themselves to the rear axle with plastic,” Shawn Howard, a TransCanada spokesman, said by e-mail. “They were fortunate that the driver saw them go under — if he had not, it could have had very serious consequences for everyone.”

Mr. Howard said the company was making sure that work sites were safe, “even for those who are breaking the law and trespassing on these locations.”

Still, as protesters have staked out positions in tree platforms 70 feet high and along a 100-foot-long wall lashed together with timber, tensions in East Texas have risen along the route of the pipeline — slated for completion next year.

Off-duty police officers, hired by a TransCanada contractor, patrol the perimeter of construction sites day and night. This month, one man chained himself to a concrete capsule buried in the dirt before police managed to disconnect and arrest him, Mr. Seifert said.

And on Oct. 4, the actress Daryl Hannah was arrested alongside a local landowner, Eleanor Fairchild, 78, after they blocked heavy equipment clearing a path through Ms. Fairchild’s property.
Both women were taken to the Wood County Jail on criminal trespassing charges and released, according to jail records. Ms. Hannah also faces resisting arrest charges.


Sheriff Bill Wansley of Wood County did not respond to a request for comment. Mr. Seifert said 21 protesters had been arrested since the end of August.

It is not by accident that environmental activists chose Winnsboro, about 100 miles east of Dallas, to make their stand. They have found an unlikely ally in the battle-weary Texas families here who have fought the project for years.

One landowner, Susan Scott, said she had no idea the pipeline would carry oil sands crude, and signed over a right of way to TransCanada only because she feared a lawsuit.

Ms. Scott, 62, has since taken the $22,000 she was compensated and buried it in a fruit jar on her 60-acre property.

“I don’t care if it rots. It’s tainted money,” she said, staring at a thick scar that now skirts her land.

“I felt like I was guilty of destroying my farm.”

Mr. Howard said TransCanada understood that some landowners were not in favor of the pipeline and that the company was respectful of those people whose land it needed.

“We have always been up front about the materials that are going into the pipeline,” he said.
At some level, the standoff also belies a deeper sense of inevitability around Keystone XL.


This year, after saying TransCanada must reroute the project around environmentally delicate areas in Nebraska, President Obama encouraged the company to submit a fresh application to the State Department.

And he embraced the less controversial southern portion of Keystone XL, whichreceived final permits from the Army Corps of Engineers this summer.
A particularly crushing blow for opponents came in August, when a Lamar County judge ruled that TransCanada could use eminent domain to condemn private land to build the pipeline.


In another setback, TransCanada recently sued a leading pipeline opponent, a Texas landowner,
David Daniel, for refusing to recognize a 2010 easement agreement he reached with the company, his lawyer said.

Mr. Daniel, 45, a soft-spoken carpenter, has since settled the lawsuit and asked the protesters to leave his property.

“It’s actually out of respect for David Daniel that we stay,” Mr. Seifert said. “I stand by the fact that protecting his forest is the best thing for him, the best thing for the community, the best thing for the Planet Earth.”

On a recent day on Mr. Daniel’s land, off-duty police officers warmed themselves by a campfire, as
a protester used a rope to shimmy from platform to platform through the oak canopy above them.

Mr. Daniel was there, too. He gazed up at a tree house he built — now being used by the protesters — turned around and walked quietly back toward his home.



http://www.nytimes.c...texas.html?_r=0

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

EPA head resigns to protest Obama’s support of Keystone XL?

http://rt.com/usa/ne...a-pipeline-235/

The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency announced she will step down from that role in the coming weeks, but a new report suggests her resignation may in fact be motivated by a 180 to be expected from President Obama.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson tells reporters that her decision to walk away as the top environmental regulator in the country after nearly four years comes at a time when she is “ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family, and new opportunities to make a difference.” According to the New York Post, though, politics may indeed play a role in her pending resignation.

The paper reports that Jackson, a chemical engineer who has rallied to bring down greenhouse gas emissions under the Obama administration, is relinquishing her role because she believes US Pres. Barack Obama will put his weight behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline at any moment.

Last January, Pres. Obama put a hold on the Keystone project, essentially stalling progress on plans to install a system that would route Canadian tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico over the course of 1,700 miles of pipeline. At the time, Pres. Obama said, “Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline's impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment," and asked for the application that would have allowed international construction to be denied.

Environmental advocates who have expressed grave concerns over the damage the pipeline could cause lauded Pres. Obama for stopping the construction in 2011. The Post says that insiders with knowledge close to the project expect the commander-in-chief to change his mind, however, and perhaps at a moment’s notice.

“Obama early this year rejected the Keystone project, but the pipeline’s operators have refiled their applications. And Jackson has told insiders that the president will approve the project this time — perhaps as soon as March or April,”The Post claims.

Speaking anonymously, the Post’s so-called “Jackson insider” claims that the administrator’s announcement is in response to Pres. Obama’s rumored intentions to give the pipeline his stamp of approval.

“She was going to stay on until November or December,” the source says. “But this changed it. She will not be the EPA head when Obama supports it [Keystone] getting built.”

Critics of the Keystone project say laying the extensive pipework will involve colossal efforts to clear land, environmentally devastating a large chunk of the American Midwest. Actually extracting and burning oil sands in Alberta, Canada raises whole other concerns, however, since opponents of the pipeline say the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released in the process will be hazardous not just to the land, but for the people of North America.

In 2011, Jackson opened up about the Keystone project, saying, "This isn't a little tiny pipeline, this is a pipeline that cuts our country literally in half.”

In a statement released last week, Jackson said she would step down from the EPA after Pres. Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address. She was appointed to that role by President-elect Obama in December 2008 and has in all spent around two decades with the agency.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

RFK Jr. arrested at Keystone XL White House protest

 

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his son, Conor Kennedy, were among those arrested at the White House while protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday.

 

 

The two Kennedys were among the 48 people who were taken into police custody after tying themselves with plastic zip ties to the White House fence in Lafayette Square as part of the protest.

 

Police arrested the protesters after they were asked to move and refused.

 

The elder Kennedy is the president of Waterkeeper Alliance, an activist group working to protect global water resources.

 

He released a statement through the organization: "It's unfortunate that civil disobedience is the only recourse against a catastrophic and criminal enterprise that will enrich a few while impoverishing the rest of humanity and threatening the future of civilization."

 

"This is the dirtiest possible source and most expensive for the energy consumer and for future generations who will have to pay the price," he said, according to Politico. "This is a boondoggle. It’s a giant criminal enterprise that has subverted democracy and will enrich a few billionaires and impoverish all of humanity by threatening civilization as we know it.”

 

Among those arrested were Sierra Club president Allison Chin and Executive Director Michael Boon, making Wednesday's action the first officially sanctioned protest in the group's 120-year history.

 


Read more: http://www.upi.com/b.../#ixzz2KtNW2Q3d
 



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

RFK Jr. arrested at Keystone XL White House protest

 

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his son, Conor Kennedy, were among those arrested at the White House while protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday.

 

 

The two Kennedys were among the 48 people who were taken into police custody after tying themselves with plastic zip ties to the White House fence in Lafayette Square as part of the protest.

 

Police arrested the protesters after they were asked to move and refused.

 

The elder Kennedy is the president of Waterkeeper Alliance, an activist group working to protect global water resources.

 

He released a statement through the organization: "It's unfortunate that civil disobedience is the only recourse against a catastrophic and criminal enterprise that will enrich a few while impoverishing the rest of humanity and threatening the future of civilization."

 

"This is the dirtiest possible source and most expensive for the energy consumer and for future generations who will have to pay the price," he said, according to Politico. "This is a boondoggle. It’s a giant criminal enterprise that has subverted democracy and will enrich a few billionaires and impoverish all of humanity by threatening civilization as we know it.”

 

Among those arrested were Sierra Club president Allison Chin and Executive Director Michael Boon, making Wednesday's action the first officially sanctioned protest in the group's 120-year history.

 


Read more: http://www.upi.com/b.../#ixzz2KtNW2Q3d
 

 

 

Wait, did Taylor Swift's ex get arrested?



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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:25 PM

New Obama Admin. Report on Keystone XL Pipeline Has Enviros Worried

 

On Friday afternoon, the State Department released a draft of its much-anticipated new analysis of the environmental impact of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Although the report makes no firm statement one way or the other about whether the controversial pipeline from Canada to Texas should be approved, some of its conclusions have enviros worried that a greenlight is inevitable.

 

The administration has spent more than two years considering whether to approve the 1,600-mile pipeline that would carry oil from Canada's tar sands to refineries in Texas. Because the pipeline crosses an international border, the State Department gets to decide whether it should be built. Climate change activists have been holding rallies and civil disobedience actions outside the White House for the past year and a half in an effort to convince the administration to block the project. Obama delayed a decision on the pipeline in November 2011, asking the State Department to produce more research on the pipeline's potential environmental impact—the report, a "supplemental environmental impact statement," or SEIS, that was issued Friday afternoon.

 

Enviros immediately seized on the new report, arguing against its claim that any spills associated with the pipeline are "expected to be rare and relatively small," and said it underestimated the project's contribution to planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. They also challenged the idea that TransCanada's pipeline will not make a huge difference in the development of the tar sands, pointing to the industry's own claims that the pipeline is essential to their plans to expand export of this type of oil.

 

"If they don't have [Keystone XL], they won't be able to expand the tar sands like they've been planning to," said Bill McKibben, the author and activist whose group, 350.org, has organized the pipeline protests. He called the pipeline "the most important issue for the environmental movement in a very long time," noting that it has brought "huge numbers of Americans into the streets."

 

Michael Brune, president of the Sierra Club, noted the timing of the draft's release. "You know the news is bad when it's buried at 4 o'clock on a Friday afternoon," he said on a call with reporters shortly after the release. Enviros have framed the pipeline as a test of Obama's sincerity on dealing with climate change. Brune acknowledged that the SEIS likely "makes the president's job more difficult" because it will increase pressure on him to approve the pipeline.

 

But, Brune added, "this is the president's decision. He can either lead our country to a clean energy future … or he can approve a pipeline that will bring the dirtiest oil on the planet through the US, and for the next decades we will know that the Keystone XL was approved under Obama at the time that we needed strong leadership on this issue."

 

The report is in draft form and will be open for public comment for 45 days. After that, the State Department will issue a final report and, eventually, a final decision on whether the pipeline should be built.

 

McKibben said the pipeline's critics will not be deterred by Friday's draft report. "I don't think anybody is going to walk away form this fight," McKibben said. "My guess is this will produce more determination in a lot of people."

 

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#81 Joker

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 12:40 PM

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    Administration again delays Keystone pipeline decision

 

 

The Obama administration on Friday extended the review period on the Keystone XL pipeline, perhaps pushing back a final decision on the disputed project until after the Nov. 4 congressional elections.

 

The State Department announced that officials need more time to review some 2.5 million public comments, and to assess the impact of a pending lawsuit in Nebraska that could change the route of the pipeline.

 

Republicans (and some Democrats) who support the pipeline denounced the delay — placing the blame on President Obama — while environmental groups hailed it as a sign that the project will not move forward.

 

In its statement, the department, citing an "unprecedented" number of public comments on Keystone, did not provide a specific date for the end of the review.

 

"The permit process will conclude once factors that have a significant impact on determining the national interest of the proposed project have been evaluated and appropriately reflected in the decision documents," the statement said, not providing a specific deadline. "The Department will give the agencies sufficient time to submit their views."

 

In criticizing the delay, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said: "Here's the single greatest shovel-ready project in America — one that could create thousands of jobs right away — but the President simply isn't interested."

 

He added: "Apparently radical activists carry more weight than Americans desperate to get back on the job."

 

While the State Department is reviewing the proposal, Obama has said he will make the final decision on the pipeline based on the national interest.

 

 

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#82 concert andy

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 07:30 PM

What is this like 2 years later and still no decision?  Oofa.