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Protesters to Keystone XL Pipeline: Don't Mess With Texas

"As Congressional Republicans and Big Oil allies allies in Washington try to resuscitate the massive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, people on the frontlines have opened a new campaign to stop the massive $7 billion project. In Texas, landowners are locking arms to fight would-be pipeline builder TransCanada over eminent domain cases that may determine where the 1700-mile project will be built.

 

On Friday, protesters gathered in Paris, TX, and in Austin to voice their support for Lamar County farm manager Julia Trigg Crawford, who runs a 600-acre farms that grows corn, soybeans and wheat along the Red River near Paris, TX. More than 50 protesters traveled from nearby counties to wave flags and signs on the Lamar County courthouse steps, shouting slogans like 'Don’t mess with Texas' and 'This is what democracy looks like.'"

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The Cost of President Obama's Keystone XL Dithering

"Politics gets in the way of the TransCanada project that would have brought jobs and energy."

 

"It's not right to compare the Obama administration's performance in the matter of the Keystone XL pipeline to the Keystone Kops. Yes, the bunglers of the Charlie Chaplin silent movies are so busy blowing whistles that they arrest the victim while the bad guy makes off with the swag. But that was very funny, and the confused cops didn't know what they were doing. The administration knows full well what it is doing.

 

It has not gone so far as to kill the proposed 1,700-mile underground pipeline to carry crude oil from Canada to American refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. That might play badly against the president's vision in his State of the Union address of "a future where we're in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren't so tied to unstable parts of the world" (which stand to get a lot less stable, the way things are going). Instead, in Machiavelli's dictum, the president has been willing to wound but afraid to strike. He has contrived an excuse to delay a decision yet again. An environmental impact statement was issued by the State Department on Aug. 26, 2011, the conclusion of three years of reviews and negotiation. The approval process typically takes from 18 months to two years. That's understandable given the variety of concerns and interests a massive project entails about safeguarding water supplies, disturbing local landowners and communities, and restoring the landscape."

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Keystone XL and National Security

"Who gains the most from Obama's rejection of a new oil pipeline?"

 

"Numerous sources in Venezuela say Mr. Lugar has this problem backward. His logic, which has dominated thinking in Washington since Chávez first came to power, is that Chávez has an "oil weapon" that he can use against the U.S. by cutting off supplies. But the Venezuelan strongman needs the U.S. more than it needs him. He is heavily dependent on the greenbacks he receives for his oil, and the authoritarian populist is unlikely to walk away from them in an election year in Venezuela.

 

That doesn't mean Venezuela is not a threat. As Mr. Lugar rightly points out, Iran has shown that it is eager to practice terrorism in the West if given the chance, and Venezuela provides a trampoline to plan and launch attacks from nearby.

 

With this in mind, the U.S. should be seeking to defund the Chávez machine, and there is no better way to do that than with approval of the Keystone XL. The Alberta crude that will travel through the XL is of a similar quality to Venezuelan oil, and the U.S. could begin buying from Canada instead of from Venezuela if a pipeline were put in place.

 

There is one thing that Mr. Lugar and Venezuelans who don't believe that Chávez has an oil weapon agree on, and that is the Venezuelan dictator's vulnerability. "Divisions in Venezuela's Russian-armed military, an inflation rate over 30 percent, a dilapidated oil infrastructure, widespread food and energy shortages, and soaring crime rates are all putting heavy pressure on [him]," the senator writes. Losing a customer like the U.S. might just push him over and with him, Iran's strongest base of support in the hemisphere."

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Keystone Pipeline Bill Passes House, Lacks Match in U.S. Senate

"The bill, approved 237-187 yesterday, would strip President Barack Obama’s authority to decide on TransCanada’s $7 billion project and give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 30 days to approve the pipeline after it’s deemed safe.

Obama rejected Keystone last month and asked the Calgary- based company to find a route that wouldn’t endanger a Nebraska aquifer.

“This legislation would create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs for American workers,” Representative Doc Hastings, a Washington Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said during a floor debate. “It’s time to secure our own future with American-made energy.”

The measure is part of the House Republicans’ three-bill plan to add jobs, lower energy imports and finance highways and mass-transit programs. A portion of the revenue would come from giving oil producers access to federal waters off the coasts of California, Florida and Virginia. The House plans to complete action on the measures after taking a recess next week.

The House and Senate are examining proposals for funding projects from non-transportation sources. The House will next consider a measure forcing federal employees to pay more toward their pensions. The Senate began debating a separate measure last week, which doesn’t include a Keystone provision."
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TransCanada Delays Possible Startup of Keystone XL Pipeline to Early 2015

"TORONTO — TransCanada has pushed back the possible startup date of a controversial pipeline that would carry Canadian oil to refineries in Texas.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company said Tuesday in an earnings release that its executives continue to work with Nebraska to determine the best route that avoids Nebraska’s environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

Last month, the administration of President Barack Obama denied a permit for the project, but left the door open for TransCanada to apply for a new pipeline route. The company said last month it expected the new application would be processed in an expedited manner so that it could be in service in late 2014.

TransCanada has now moved that back to early 2015.

The company said it remains fully committed to the construction of Keystone XL and said “plans are already under way on a number of fronts to largely maintain the construction schedule of the project.”"
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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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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Backing from Grover Norquist / ATR (Americans for Tax Reform)

"A pro business group claims that Building the Keystone XL pipeline through the United States means less oil imports from countries like Venezuela.

 

US Senator Mr Dick Lugar (North American Energy Security Act http://goo.gl/P2sKj) said that he received a letter expressing support for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from the Americans for Tax Reform and the American Iron and Steel Institute.

 

ATR Director Mr Grover Norquist http://tinyurl.com/72tm23r , in his letter http://tinyurl.com/6vxmqrc , said that Keystone XL would create 20,000 jobs immediately and likely displace some of the heavy crude oil America imports from countries like Venezuela.

 

Mr Lugar and Republicans in the House of Representatives are pushing the White House to sign off on Canadian pipeline company TransCanada's plans to build the pipeline."

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Keystone: How the Oil Industry Brought a Knife to a Gunfight

"The ongoing struggle over the Keystone XL pipeline underscores a real sea change in how legislative decisions are now being made. Suddenly we see that a well-integrated grassroots initiative driven by superior digital strategies can trump the conventional inside-the-Beltway politicking of even so formidable a presence as the oil industry.

Indeed, a quick glance at the first page of a February 15 Google search for the words “Keystone XL pipeline” tells quite a story. Of the fourteen links featured on Google at that moment, only one – a posting by the American Enterprise Institute – unequivocally advocates for the project. We did not find the American Petroleum Institute (API) represented on this key page at that precipitate moment.

Seven – half the links there – were from advocacy groups spearheading the impassioned opposition, and the rest were mostly neutral. At such a crucial moment in the Senate debate over the fate of the TransCanada pipeline intended to daily transport 800,000 barrels of oil from Alberta to Texas refineries, you’d think Keystone advocates would be more fully engaged in managing their own narrative on the Internet.

By contrast, one doesn’t even need to read the opposition’s content to get their point. Viewers can simply peruse the links. They’ll see phraseology like “cut through” and “inject” from the National Wildlife Federation to suggest potential environmental infection. Nor are visitors likely to miss a conspicuous suggestion that Keystone will greatly increase the chance of another BP-type spill.

The grassroots campaign mounted by the NGOs is equally effective for its messaging and for how they’ve ensured that that messaging stays viral. By “messaging,” I don’t just mean specific arguments against Keystone. Equally important is the implicit message that the campaign has indeed caught fire; that it is a force to be reckoned with; and that vox populi is being clearly and persistently heard."
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Canada Revs Up for Fight Over Second Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Canada Revs Up for Fight Over Second Tar Sands Oil Pipeline | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
"The prime minister is talking about being "held hostage" by U.S. interests. Radio ads blare, "Stand up to this foreign bully." A Twitter account tells of a "secret plan to target Canada: exposed!"

"The Northern Gateway pipeline faces its toughest opposition in Canada. More than 4,000 people have registered to speak at hearings over the next several months — more than for any project in the nation's history.

Debate is especially intense here in British Columbia. Although some residents are eager for the tax revenue and thousands of local jobs the pipeline could bring, many who live along the corridor and in many First Nations territories, homelands of Canada's aboriginals, are mobilizing to fight it.

Crucial are the streams and tributaries of the Fraser and Skeena rivers that lie in the pipeline's path — possibly the greatest salmon rivers on Earth.

Along the coast, there are fears that piloting more than 200 oil tankers a year through the fiords of Douglas Channel and then southward could jeopardize the spectacular coastline of the famed Great Bear rain forest, full of azure waters and rocky waterfalls.

"We truly live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. We live right at the start of the Fraser River watershed, and if we have a spill, it will devastate everything from here straight to the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver," said Bev Playfair, until recently a municipal councilor in Fort St. James, where a hearing on the pipeline this month was preceded by dozens of townspeople marching down the main street with signs such as "Say No to Enbridge."

The most formidable opposition comes from the First Nations of British Columbia, most of which, unlike those in other provinces, have never signed treaties with the federal government and thus have never relinquished title to their historic lands.

"We have the ability to go to court in Canada and say, 'What you are proposing violates the Constitution of Canada.' And that's the trump card in all of this," said Art Sterritt, director of the Coastal First Nations' Great Bear Initiative."
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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

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"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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