"President Trump signed executive orders Tuesday clearing the way for the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines to move forward, another step in Trump’s effort to dismantle former President Obama’s environmental legacy. • He also signed an executive order to expedite environmental reviews of other infrastructure projects, lamenting the existing “incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible permitting process.” •“The regulatory process in this country has become a tangled up mess,” he said. • It remained unclear how Trump’s order would restart the pipeline projects or expedite environmental reviews. Many of those reviews are statutory and the legislation that created them cannot be swept aside by an executive order. The White House did not immediately release texts of the orders. • Trump said that both pipeline projects would be subject to renegotiation. In an Oval Office signing before reporters, the president said he would want any new projects to make use of American steel."
OTTAWA—Canada’s new government, seeking to recast the country’s image as a producer of dirty oil after Washington’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, is undertaking a shift on environmental policy.
In a sharp pivot from the previous government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose Liberal Party won a majority in parliamentary elections last month after almost a decade of Conservative rule, says he will develop a national framework for provincial rules to cut carbon emissions.
Mr. Trudeau, who was sworn in earlier this month, met Monday in Ottawa for the first time to discuss the plan with provincial and territorial leaders from across the country, some of whom already have rules in place.
While he didn’t announce specifics, Mr. Trudeau appeared to win broad backing from the provincial leaders for a plan to be developed in the coming months that he said would include putting a price on carbon emissions.
"WASHINGTON — The company seeking to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline asked the Obama administration on Monday to suspend its yearslong review of the project, potentially bringing an abrupt halt to a politically charged debate that had become part of a broader struggle over President Obama’s environmental policies.
It was not immediately clear whether the administration would grant the request, which was swiftly denounced by environmental activists as a bid to dodge a near-certain rejection of the pipeline. Allowing the delay would push off a decision until after the 2016 presidential election.
The company’s request introduced a new element of uncertainty into the administration’s decision-making process, offering the potential to free Mr. Obama from a politically difficult choice that has hung over much of his presidency. But if anything, it appeared to intensify pressure on him from crucial Democratic constituencies to reject the pipeline or risk being blamed for punting to another president. A delay would keep the issue alive in the presidential campaign."
"Senate Republicans on Monday blocked bipartisan-energy efficiency legislation and derailed a promised vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, striking a blow against two Democratic incumbents facing tough re-election races. • Only three Republicans, including its chief GOP sponsor, Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), voted to end debate and move to a final vote. Supporters needed 60 votes to overcome a filibuster from Republicans angered that Democrats wouldn't allow votes on their amendments. • Monday's 55-36 vote followed days of negotiations that failed to yield a deal on amendments. • The stalemate denied an important victory to the bill’s other sponsor, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who faces a general-election challenge from former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)."
More than 100 scientists and economists sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry Monday urging them to block the Keystone XL pipeline project, saying it would worsen climate change.
"President-elect Donald Trump’s team is preparing a list of early energy-related executive actions dealing with carbon calculations and pipeline permits, according to a Friday report.
Bloomberg reported that Trump’s team has narrowed in on executive actions to suspend a government metric measuring the climate impact of rules, as well as one to end the process that gives the State Department power to review pipelines that cross federal borders.
The latter was the process by which President Obama denied the Keystone XL pipeline in 2015. Trump has promised to support that project once he is in the Oval Office.
The social cost of carbon metric is an accounting system the Obama administration used to estimate the economic cost of carbon dioxide emissions. Suspending it would clear one hurdle away from Trump actions that would benefit fossil fuel interests by dampening climate scrutiny of projects and rules."
"WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Friday that he had rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that had become a symbol of the debate over his climate policies. • Mr. Obama’s denial of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, which would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, comes as he seeks to build an ambitious legacy on climate change. • 'America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,' Mr. Obama said in remarks from the White House. 'And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership.’'"
"The Senate tried, but failed, to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday. " The measure drew 62 "yes" votes, with nine Democrats joining Senate Republicans in v...
"Behind the scenes, Landrieu furiously tried to lobby her 60th vote." • "Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told reporters on Monday night that she had the 60 votes she needed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. • But secretly, she knew she was one short. • Behind the scenes, Landrieu furiously lobbied Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), hoping he’d become her 60th vote. She also targeted Sen. Angus King, the independent from Vermont, and the Democratic senators due to retire at the end of the year, Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), according to lawmakers familiar with the negotiations. • She hoped a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, most likely Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), would cross the party’s base and cast a yes vote that could save her Senate career."
The Keystone XL project is still hold, TransCanada gives details on the project to SMU.
"TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline has been on hold since 2008 waiting for U.S. presidential approval of the permit to allow the pipeline to cross the U.S./Canada border. President Obama has said he would approve the pipeline only if it did “not significantly exacerbate the climate problem.” Opponents of the pipeline are concerned the pipeline will reduce the cost of oil, thereby increasing consumption and spurring new carbon dioxide emissions. Others are concerned about potential pipeline breakage contaminating ground water and crops.
In response, pipeline advocates say the oil from Canada will not affect supply and that it will get to market whether by pipeline or rail. Pipeline safety has been addressed by TransCanada by upgraded safety measures that include using 36 inch diameter with a wall thickness of 0.72 design factor. Recent rail tank car spills have shown than petroleum transported rail is not necessarily a safer option. Tankers carrying oil are now being replaced and/or retrofitted with new safeguards that will take years to complete."
"Whenever President Obama eventually decides on a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, it will be safe to say this: A lot has changed since Washington's previous two big pipeline decisions. • As part of the research for Keystone and Beyond, a new InsideClimate News e-book on the history of the Keystone XL decision, I examined George W. Bush's 2008 granting of a permit for the first Keystone pipeline, the initial step in TransCanada's plans to link Canadian tar sands oil with American refineries. And I looked at Obama's 2009 granting of a permit for the Alberta Clipper, a similar cross-border pipeline built by Enbridge. • It's not easy to see either as a meaningful precedent for the Keystone XL verdict, even though all three pipelines are meant to expand energy supplies of Canadian crude into U.S. markets."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline are seeking a swift election-year Senate vote on legislation to approve the project that environmentalists oppose strongly and the Obama administration has delayed indefinitely.
Desmond Tutu: "Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects. This is why, no matter where you live, it is appalling that the US is debating whether to approve a massive pipeline transporting 830,000 barrels of the world's dirtiest oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Producing and transporting this quantity of oil, via the Keystone XL pipeline, could increase Canada's carbon emissions by over 30%. If the negative impacts of the pipeline would affect only Canada and the US, we could say good luck to them. But it will affect the whole world, our shared world, the only world we have. We don't have much time.
TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline route through Nebraska was ruled illegal by a state court judge in a decision seen as setting back the project by as long as a year as U.S. officials consider approving it.
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