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Lobbyists Sue Obama Administration After being Booted from Boards

"Lobbyists who were booted from federal advisory committees by the Obama administration are suing the government to reverse the ban on their service."

"The White House announced the policy to ban lobbyists from advisory committees in a September 2009 blog post by Norm Eisen, who was then serving as the White House ethics czar.

“The president made a commitment to the American people to reduce the influence of lobbyists in Washington out of a belief that lobbyists have too often in the past achieved disproportionate impact on government decisionmakers at the expense of broader voices from the public at large,” Eisen wrote. “If we are going to change the way business is done in Washington, we need to make sure we are not simply continuing the practices of the past.” 

Since his 2008 campaign, Obama has often positioned himself against K Street. He has banned lobbyists from contributing to or fundraising for his presidential campaigns and prohibited them from serving in his administration. 

The White House did, however, institute a waiver process that allowed several lobbyists to join the administration."
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The Politics of Keystone, Take 2 - Joe Nocera

"Building the oil pipeline is not going to lead to apocalypse."

 

"Here’s the question on the table today: Can a person support the Keystone XL oil pipeline and still believe that global warming poses a serious threat?

 

To my mind, the answer is yes. The crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, which the pipeline would transport to American refineries on the Gulf Coast, simply will not bring about global warming apocalypse. The seemingly inexorable rise in greenhouse gas emissions is the result of deeply ingrained human habits, which will not change if the pipeline is ultimately blocked. The benefits of the oil we stand to get from Canada, via Keystone, far outweigh the environmental risks.

 

When I tried to make that case on Tuesday, however, I was cast as a global warming “denier.” Joe Romm, who edits the Climate Progress blog, said that I had joined “the climate ignorati.” Robert Redford — yes, that Robert Redford — denounced my column in The Huffington Post. “Let’s put the rhetoric aside, and simply focus on the facts,” he wrote.

 

Yes, let’s. In particular, let’s focus on two issues that have become the cornerstone of the opposition to Keystone. The first is that the crude from the tar sands is, in Redford’s words, “the dirtiest oil on the planet” — so dirty, in fact, that it will dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions and greatly exacerbate the growing threat of global warming."

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Obama's Budget Doubles Down on Renewable Energy

"President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request doubles down on renewable energy amidGb growing Republican attacks on the administration’s green agenda.

The budget request, which was sent to Congress Monday, increases investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency at the Department of Energy.

“In light of the tight discretionary spending caps, this increase in funding is significant and a testament to the importance of innovation and clean energy to the country’s economic future,” the budget request says.

The administration’s budget wish-list comes as Republicans in Congress are ramping up criticism of the Energy Department’s loan program, pointing to the September collapse of Solyndra, the California solar panel maker that received a $535 million loan guarantee.

Using Solyndra as a rallying call, the GOP has raised broader questions about the administration’s investments in clean energy. But Monday’s budget request is the latest signal that President Obama will continue to position renewable energy as a key policy priority and campaign issue."
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Keystone XL Opponents Need a Jobs Program

Keystone XL Opponents Need a Jobs Program | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"The Keystone campaign was a great success, but environmental advocates must still convince the public that they care about jobs."

 

"There are a host of reasons to oppose the pipeline, from protecting native people in the tar-sands region to avoiding spills into a critical aquifer to preventing a catastrophic increase in climate-changing carbon emissions. But none of them will cut much ice with people who start from the assumption that jobs are simply more important right now than the environment.

 

The neglected half of the job for environmental advocates is to ourselves become the voice for job creation. We need to develop robust programs to put unemployed pipefitters, teamsters and others back to work. The prerequisite for every environmental campaign should be a plausible and detailed jobs program. The sustainability movement must be a voice for workers, students and others who want to both save the earth and promote appropriate economic development. Our goal must be to transform the debate from 'jobs vs. the environment' to 'our credible jobs program vs. the climate deniers’ fraudulent ones.'

 

Where should those proposals come from? As the six labor unions that opposed the KXL pipeline permit pointed out, one source can be the jobs programs that Republican politicians are currently blocking in Congress, like the Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act, which would boost employment by almost 2.3 million jobs in 2012 and almost 3.1 million jobs in 2013; the extension of the Highway Trust Fund, which would create hundreds of thousands of jobs and provide for critical infrastructure repair; and initiatives to fund jobs for teachers, firefighters and police. It’s time for the environmental movement to put the spotlight on the way climate-denying politicians are crying crocodile tears over a few hundred or thousand jobs while blocking millions of jobs unemployed American workers could be hired to do right now."

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The Poisoned Politics of Keystone XL

The Poisoned Politics of Keystone XL | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"Canada moves on to China after getting the cold shoulder from the United States."

 

"On Monday, Stephen Harper, the prime minister of Canada, traveled to China for a week of high-level meetings. He brought with him a handful of his cabinet ministers, including Joe Oliver, his tough-talking minister of natural resources who, until recently, had been withering in his scorn for the opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which President Obama rejected a few weeks ago. The pipeline, of course, was intended to transport vast oil reserves in Alberta to the American refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Oliver no longer talks so freely about the environmental critics of the Keystone pipeline; all of Harper’s ministers have been instructed to stop making comments that might be construed as interfering in the American presidential election. But there are other, more diplomatic, ways to send messages. Like going to China with your cabinet members and cutting energy deals with a country that has, as The Globe and Mail in Toronto put it recently, a “thirst for Canadian oil.” Oil, I might add, that may be a little dirtier than the crude that pours forth from the Saudi Arabian desert — that is one of the main reasons environmentalists say they oppose Keystone — but is hardly the environmental disaster many suppose."

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McConnell: Keystone pipeline unlikely to pass until Obama is voted out

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vows to continue the fight to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Byron Dorgan on Making Banks Play by the Rules

"Bill Moyers talks with former Senator Byron Dorgan about making sure big banks play by rules that protect consumers from financial calamity, and how those big banks continue to leverage power and influence to avoid responsibility while maximizing profits. Dorgan was a nearly-lone voice in Congress in 1999 when he predicted economic calamity following a repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and its protective measures. But given the economic meltdown nearly 10 years later, it turned out to be one of the most prescient speeches in American political history.

“If you were to rank big mistakes in the history of this country,” Dorgan tells Moyers, “that was one of the bigger ones, because it has set back this country in a very significant way and caused so much heartbreak and heartache, and a near total collapse of the American economy. ”"
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Oglalas’ Keystone XL Pipeline Position Issued

Oglalas’ Keystone XL Pipeline Position Issued | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
"The Oglala Lakota Nation is grateful that President Obama denied a permit for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, but is concerned that his decision will allow TransCanada to “simply re-file its application for a Presidential permit,” said Tom Poor Bear, tribal vice chairman, who issued the Nation’s official position on the pipeline decision.

“Several members of Congress are already discussing ways to legislate around the Presidential Permit to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline to start as soon as possible—in spite of the president’s recent decision,” he said.

The Nation’s position contradicts pipeline supporters who include business interests, some labor unions and others who tout the project as a source of jobs, a boost for the economy, and a step toward energy independence.

Among project supporters are Oklahoma Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe, both of whom would endorse a bill to bypass Obama and allow Congress to approve the pipeline under Constitutional powers. A similar bill in the House would grant Congress permitting authority under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission."
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Senate moves forward with a 93-2 vote on insider-trading legislation - The Hill's Floor Action

"The Senate on Monday voted 93-2 to move forward with the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, legislation that would prevent members of Congress from making investments and trades based on non-public information.

The bill, originally sponsored by Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), would ensure that existing insider trading prohibitions apply to members of Congress and staff. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scheduled the cloture vote on the motion to proceed on the bill Thursday after President Obama demanded action on the issue in his State of the Union speech. 

Reid said the legislation would help restore confidence in Congress by stipulating that profiting from privileged political intelligence is illegal. 
"Members of Congress and their staffers have the duty to the American people," Reid said. "They may not use privileged information they get on the job to personally profit. [This bill] will end any confusion over whether members of Congress can be prosecuted for the serious crime. They can be.""
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Republicans Eye Highway Bill as Vehicle for Keystone XL Pipeline

"House of Representatives Republicans looking to force approval of the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline that was blocked last week by the Obama administration are considering attaching it to a massive highway bill, a key lawmaker said on Tuesday.

 

'It's not settled,' said Representative Lee Terry, a senior Republican on the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. 'But there seems to be some coalescence for an infrastructure bill.'

 

The Republicans, searching for ways to resurrect the $7 billion project, also are not ruling out coupling it to a payroll tax bill that needs to get through Congress in February.

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, said on Tuesday he does not think a provision to speed approval of the pipeline belongs in the next payroll tax cut bill.

 

'If we want to wean ourselves from foreign oil, why would we allow a pipeline to be built of 1,700 miles to manufacture petroleum products to be shipped overseas? That's the purpose of this,' Reid told reporters.

 

Terry said an infrastructure bill seems like a "marriage" for TransCanada's Keystone, which would sharply boost the flow of crude from Canada's oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries."

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K Street Headhunters Enamored with Upcoming Class of Retiring Lawmakers

"Corporate headhunters are sizing up the K Street prospects of the retiring members of the 112th Congress — and they like what they see.

 

Twenty-five representatives and senators so far have announced they will retire from Capitol Hill after this year’s election. Executives who work to place ex-lawmakers at law firms, lobby shops and corporate boards are monitoring the outgoing lawmakers and discussing who could go where — and how much they would earn.

 

'We are doing a mock draft with some of our clients,' Ivan Adler, a principal with the McCormick Group, told The Hill.

 

The retiring class includes lawmakers who are known for their bipartisan ties, and others who have spent decades on Capitol Hill accruing seniority on powerful committees. That mix of attributes has many on K Street licking their chops. 

 

'As a retiring class goes, this is a very valuable class. A lot of these members are marketable and will be welcomed by K Street with open arms,' Adler said, noting that committee experience will be key.

 

'More than the actual members retiring, it’s the committees they’re retiring from.'

 

Among the prized recruits: Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), minority whip and a member of the Finance Committee; and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), chairman of the Agriculture subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management.

 

Looking to 2013, headhunters said an ex-Republican senator would likely receive the biggest offers from law and lobbying firms. The least-compensated would likely be a former House Democrat, they said.

 

Former senators could expect to earn somewhere between $800,000 and $1.5 million in annual salary next year at lobby firms, while ex-House members could earn between $300,000 and $600,000, headhunters estimated. They predicted ex-Republican lawmakers would draw bigger salaries than retiring Democrats."

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Lawrence Lessig on Money, Corruption and Politics

Lawrence Lessig on Money, Corruption and Politics | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"How to fix American politics. Money out, people, up, says Harvard's Lawrence Lessig."

 

"'We’ve got to work on getting a representative democracy working,' said legal scholar turned political activist Lawrence Lessig. 'We can do that by destroying this corrupting influence of money in our system.'

 

Lessig says that our political system is so corrupted by money that it hurts both causes on the left and the right. On the left, for instance, the failure to pass global warming legislation or universal healthcare, in the face of institutional inertia. While on the right, he says, issues like simplifying the tax code have fallen victim to the same forces resisting reform. 'Our current tax system with all its complexities is in part designed to make it easier for candidates, in particular congressmen, to raise money to get back to congress,' Lessig said. 'All sorts of special exceptions which expire after a limited period of time are just a reason to pick up the phone and call somebody and say ‘Your exception is about to expire, here’s a good reason for you to help us fight to get it to extend.’ And that gives them the opportunity to practice what is really a type of extortion – shaking the trees of money in the private sector into their campaign coffers so that they can run for congress again.'"

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TransCanada Considers Early Start on Southern Leg of Keystone Pipeline

TransCanada Considers Early Start on Southern Leg of Keystone Pipeline | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

TransCanada Corp. CEO Russ Girling said his company is considering splitting up Keystone XL into different phases to build a southern segment first, following Wednesday’s rejection by U.S. authorities of the $7-billion project.

 

"Gulf Coast refiners are keen to replace declining supplies of international oil with Canadian and U.S. volumes and a glut in supply at Cushing has had North American crudes trading at a discount to the international benchmark Brent for more than a year.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama breathed life into the southern route after rejecting Keystone XL Wednesday, when he said his administration would work with the oil and gas industry "including the potential development of an oil pipeline from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf of Mexico."

 

TransCanada had floated the idea of building a leg from Cushing to Texas last November when the U.S. State Department delayed its decision from the end of 2011 to the first quarter of 2013, saying it required additional study on alternative pipeline routes through Nebraska. But the company later said it was sticking to its plan to get the entire 2,700-kilometre Alberta-to-Texas pipeline approved as one project.

 

Wednesday's denial of Keystone XL by Obama, who said Republicans forced his hand with a requirement in December to decide on the cross-border pipeline within 60 days, has changed the game."

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Joe Nocera Is Still Wrong and “Very Unfair” About the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Joe Nocera Is Still Wrong and “Very Unfair” About the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"We must leave the overwhelming majority of unconventional fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic warming, but Nocera wants to open every spigot."

 

"NY Times business columnist Joe Nocera responded to my post 'Joe Nocera Joins the Climate Ignorati.' He also interviewed Bill McKibben for his new column, 'The Politics of Keystone, Take 2.'


But he is still very wrong, and he didn’t represent McKibben’s position well at all. Nocera’s new arguments are more elaborate. Since you see them a lot from centrist economist types, I will respond in some detail – with the help of McKibben, who explains here what he was trying to explain to Nocera and why Nocera’s final paragraph is 'very unfair.'


I’ll also show that Nocera holds the environmental costs of the pipeline up to a considerably different standard of analysis than he does his hand-waving assertions of the supposedly vastly larger non-environmental benefits of Keystone. A leading expert on life-cycle greenhouse gas analyses of the tar sands responds to Nocera’s lowball estimate.


Nocera goes astray almost immediately:


'Here’s the question on the table today: Can a person support the Keystone XL oil pipeline and still believe that global warming poses a serious threat?


To my mind, the answer is yes.'


I know what you’re thinking. Since when does Nocera 'believe that global warming poses a serious threat'?"

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Urgent! Action Needed to Stop Keystone XL - 24 hrs. Take action here: http://ow.ly/92IZH

Urgent! Action Needed to Stop Keystone XL - 24 hrs. Take action here: http://ow.ly/92IZH | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"Remind your Senators who they really work for, and show huge opposition to the ill-conceived, disastrous Keystone XL pipeline."

 

Despite President Obama’s much-celebrated rejection of the Keystone XL a few weeks ago, Republicans in Congress (and a few Democrats) are trying to attach a measure to the transportation bill that would force approval of the pipeline.

 

Big Oil is using the full power of its monetary resources to make the pipeline a reality, even though millions of Americans, Canadians, and First Nation peoples have made it clear that they don’t want it. But all Big Oil can see are dollar signs: the 1,700-mile pipeline would transport up to 35 million gallons of tar sands oil from Canada to refineries in Texas every day. Once there, much of it would be exported overseas.

 

If the Transportation Bill passes with the Keystone XL provision attached, it means the pipeline would be built without an environmental evaluation process, a National Interest Determination, or a new route through Nebraska.

 

Care2 is proud to stand with our friends at 350.org and dozens other environmental organizations in mobilizing against this sneaky attempt to sacrifice our health and environment to the wishes of Big Oil.

 

Here’s how you can help stop the Keystone XL once and for all:

 

Read more: hhttp://tinyurl.com/77ozw6u

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Senate GOP Pushes for Keystone Vote on Highway Measures

"Senate Republicans backing the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline plan to file an amendment to the Senate transportation package Monday that would mandate approval of the project."

"Senate Republicans want to add an amendment to the highway bill that would mandate construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

GOP lawmakers backing the controversial oil pipeline plan to file an amendment mandating the project to the Senate transportation package Monday. It is unclear whether the Keystone measure  —one of scores of proposed additions to the highway package — will come up for a vote. 

The Senate last week began debate on the big transportation program funding bill. 
The move underlines the GOP's determination to promote the pipeline and attack the Obama administration for rejecting a permit for developer TransCanada Corp. in January. Republicans in both chambers, along with the GOP candidates for president, have consistently bashed President Obama for his decision to reject the pipeline, which they argue will cost the country jobs."
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Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: The Facts Deserve Repeating

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: The Facts Deserve Repeating | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"The Keystone XL pipeline doesn't deliver on jobs or national security, it jeopardizes public health and safety and the president was right to reject it."

 

"Joe Nocera's op-ed in the New York Times yesterday deserves a response and a reiteration of the facts surrounding the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. President Obama rejected the pipeline's permit last month when the GOP, in a political stunt, forced his hand to approve it without even the final route evident.

 

Let's put the rhetoric aside, and simply focus on the facts. Nocera wants us to believe that approving this pipeline is a matter of national security. He also seems to think that we should all be kicking ourselves because the Canadians are flaunting a tar sands sale trip to China.

 

Nocera might ask himself how likely this oil is really to go to China from Canada if Keystone XL is not built. He might ask why the oil companies are looking to bring tar sands almost 2000 miles south rather than just send it across British Columbia for export to Asia.

 

The answer can be found in the deep and fierce opposition to a new tar sands pipeline in Canada -- especially by the First Nations of British Columbia. In fact, those First Nations this week sent letters to President Hu of China and to the Chinese people letting them know their tar sands grievances in advance of Prime Minister Harper's trip this week."

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House Panel Advances Keystone Pipeline Plan

A plan to fast-track the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline was passed by a key committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, as Republicans made yet another attempt to spur approval of the project that has become a major issue in the 2012 elections.

 

The bill would wrest decision-making on the pipeline from the Obama administration and hand it to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which would be compelled to issue approval permits quickly on the Canada-to-Texas project.

 

But the plan would need to clear several more congressional hurdles, including getting through Democratic opposition in the Senate, before it could land on President Barack Obama's desk for approval.

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Full Show: How Big Banks are Rewriting the Rules of our Economy | BillMoyers.com

Full Show: How Big Banks are Rewriting the Rules of our Economy | BillMoyers.com | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
"Big banks are rewriting the rules of our economy to the exclusive benefit of their own bottom line. But how did our political and financial class shift the benefits of the economy to the very top, while saddling us with greater debt and tearing new holes in the safety net? Bill Moyers talks with former Citigroup Chairman John Reed and former Senator Byron Dorgan to explore a momentous instance: how the late-90’s merger of Citicorp and Travelers Group – and a friendly Presidential pen — brought down the Glass-Steagall Act, a crucial firewall between banks and investment firms which had protected consumers from financial calamity since the aftermath of the Great Depression. In effect, says Moyers, they “put the watchdog to sleep.”

There’s no clearer example of the collusion between government and corporate finance than the Citicorp-Travelers merger, which — thanks to the removal of Glass-Steagall — enabled the formation of the financial behemoth known as Citigroup. But even behemoths are vulnerable; when the meltdown hit, the bank cut more than 50,000 jobs, and the taxpayers shelled out more than $45 billion to save it.

Senator Dorgan tells Moyers, “If you were to rank big mistakes in the history of this country, that was one of the bigger ones because it has set back this country in a very significant way.”

Now, John Reed regrets his role in the affair, and says lifting the Glass-Steagall protections was a mistake. Given the 2008 meltdown, he’s surprised Wall Street still has so much power over Washington lawmakers.

“I’m quite surprised the political establishment would listen to groups that have been so discredited,” Reed tells Moyers. “It wasn’t that there was one or two or institutions that, you know, got carried away and did stupid things. It was, we all did…. And then the whole system came down.”

How Wall Street and Washington got together and stacked the deck against the rest of us. Watch it here."
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GOP Makes it Official: No Kochs at Keystone Hearing

"House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans are again rebuffing Democratic attempts to bring the billionaire Koch brothers into hearings on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, prompting a top Democrat to claim the Kochs are getting “special treatment.”

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) assured Koch Industries in a letter that he won’t compel a witness at Friday’s hearing from Koch, the conglomerate that includes refining and other interests and is headed by the famed brothers who bankroll conservative causes.

Whitfield, who heads the Energy and Power subcommittee, is rejecting requests from Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who wants lawmakers to probe whether Koch Industries would benefit from the proposed Alberta-to-Texas pipeline."
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Waxman: GOP 'so stupid' to include Keystone pipeline in payroll tax package - TheHill.com

"A senior Democrat on the payroll tax conference panel had some strong words Thursday for Republicans hoping to attach Keystone pipeline language to the package.

"That is so stupid, already, for them to be pushing the Keystone pipeline issue in this bill, in this conference," Rep. Henry Waxman told reporters gathered near the Chesapeake Bay for the Democrats' annual caucus retreat. "The pipeline issue is one that the Republicans are obsessing over."

The California Democrat suggested that a provision forcing approval of the pipeline would alienate the Democrats on the panel and kill any shot at a bipartisan deal.
"Many of us believe that that pipeline will lock us into a 50 to 100 years of dependence on the dirtiest source of oil," said Waxman, the senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He characterized the GOP's Keystone provision as a "special interest earmark" with no business on the tax bill."
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GOP wants Sen. Baucus to go rogue on Keystone XL oil sands pipeline

"Republicans are pressing Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to buck his leadership and use his authority in the payroll tax conference to green-light the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Baucus has told business leaders in Montana that winning authorization for the transnational pipeline is one of his highest priorities for 2012.

Republicans say Baucus, as co-chairman of the payroll tax conference, has the power to include Keystone language in must-pass legislation and will pressure him to act.

“The quickest and surest way to get the pipeline going is for the Democratic chairman of the conference committee to put it into a must-do piece of legislation, the payroll tax package,” said a senior Senate Republican aide.
Senate Democrats think Baucus will stick with the caucus and oppose the inclusion of language to force President Obama’s hand on Keystone but they acknowledge the senior Montana lawmaker could go rogue, as he has in the past. "
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New Study to Probe Corrosiveness of Canada Oil

"A U.S. safety regulator will look at whether pipelines carrying petroleum from Canada's oil sands are at greater risk for spills than those carrying other types of crude, and whether any changes are needed to its rules.

 

The new study, to be completed by July 2013, could address some of the issues in play in the debate between environmental groups and the oil industry about TransCanada Corp's $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline project, designed to feed 700,000 barrels of oil a day from the Canadian oil sands into the United States.

 

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other environmental groups have said they believe diluted bitumen from Canadian oil sands is more corrosive than other grades of oil, fueling their concerns about spills.

 

A study done last year for the provincial government of Alberta, home to Canada's oil sands, found diluted bitumen was no more corrosive to pipelines than conventional oil, but noted there was no definitive peer-reviewed research on the issue.

 

President Barack Obama signed a new pipeline safety law earlier this month containing a little-noticed provision for a study on diluted bitumen that may answer some of the questions."

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Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman Expects to Seek Obama Decision on Keystone Before Election

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman Expects to Seek Obama Decision on Keystone Before Election | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"Though the president just rejected a permit for the controversial project, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman told Fox News that he expects to send the Obama administration a new proposed route for the pipeline well before Election Day."

 

"President Obama might be compelled to make a decision on the Keystone pipeline before the election after all.

 

Though the president just rejected a permit for the controversial project, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman told Fox News that he expects to send the Obama administration a new proposed route for the pipeline well before Election Day.

 

'I fully expect we could get it done certainly in the early September, August time frame,' the governor told Fox News on Thursday. 'I would send the letter back to the president of the United States saying we approve it and if he were decisive, he could turn around and approve it shortly thereafter, well before the November election.'

 

The White House, in justifying its decision to turn down the permit, blamed Republicans for forcing a decision in a tightened time frame. Congressional Republicans had attached a provision to last year's short-term payroll tax cut extension requiring a presidential decision on Keystone in 60 days, a time frame administration officials warned would not be sufficient.

 

But all along, administration officials have also invoked the concerns over the pipeline of Nebraska officials, including Heineman, in justifying their handling of the issue."

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Ex-Representative May Lobby for Project He Helped Finance

Ex-Representative May Lobby for Project He Helped Finance | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
The lobbying firm of former Representative William Delahunt of Massachusetts is set to be hired for a project that he earmarked $1.7 million for while in Congress.
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