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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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Mixed Opinions in Montana on Obama Decision to Deny Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

Mixed Opinions in Montana on Obama Decision to Deny Keystone XL Pipeline Permit | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"President Obama's decision to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline drew mixed reviews in Montana on Wednesday.

 

[Montana] Gov. Brian Schweitzer blamed the Republican governor and legislature in Nebraska for the delay in approving TransCanada's proposed pipeline.

Schweitzer, a Democrat and a strong proponent of the pipeline, called Nebraska's "irrational" decision to change the pipeline route the real reason the administration couldn't immediately sign off on the pipeline. He said Nebraska's action means the Keystone XL route is not complete and that it can't be approved until it is.

 

'I'm an advocate for the pipeline,' he said in telephone call from Washington, D.C., where he was traveling. 'If I were the chief executive, I would have to reject it. It's an incomplete proposal.'"

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USA Today Reports: Obama to reject fast-tracking Keystone XL pipeline

"The Obama administration will reject fast-tracking approval of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, turning aside Republican demands that he sign off on the deal they claim will create 20,000 new jobs and strengthen American energy security, according to news reports."

 

"Despite today's rejection, the administration will allow TransCanada to reapply after it develops an alternate route through the sensitive habitat of Nebraska's Sandhills. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns is expected to make the announcement this afternoon, the Washington Post reports."

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Aboriginal Leaders Angered by Outright Government Support of Northern Gateway Pipeline

Aboriginal Leaders Angered by Outright Government Support of Northern Gateway Pipeline | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"Aboriginal leaders from around the country came down on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver this week for voicing support of Enbridge Corp.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the British Columbia coast for pickup in Kitimat by mega-tankers.

 

'The First Nations Leadership Council is greatly troubled by recent comments by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver advocating for the proposed Enbridge Gateway pipeline to proceed even before the Joint Review Panel’s environmental review has begun,' the First Nations Leadership Council said in a commentary published in the Rossland Telegraph.

 

They and other aboriginal leaders were responding to statements made by Oliver in a public letter released on the eve of hearings into the $5.5 billion, 730-mile-long dual pipeline. In it, he suggested that radical, foreign groups based in the United States were funding the opposition. At the same time, Harper was promulgating the pipeline project.

 

The hearings before the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel began on January 10 in Kitimat, British Columbia, with testimony from six Haisla First Nation hereditary chiefs."

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Linda McMahon, GOP Senate Hopeful, Wrote Keystone Op-Ed Parroting TransCanada

Linda McMahon, GOP Senate Hopeful, Wrote Keystone Op-Ed Parroting TransCanada | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"After calling out an opponent for plagiarism, Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon pulled key parts of her own Keystone XL op-ed, which ran last week on a Connecticut news site, from the website of the corporation that stands to...

 

HuffPost's Tom Zeller has documented that TransCanada's assertion about the pipeline creating 20,000 jobs -- 13,000 in construction and 7,000 in manufacturing -- is a considerable exaggeration. He wrote:

 

'The 13,000 construction jobs, for example, are really "person years of employment" -- a bit of economic modeling jargon that simply means one person employed for one year. Under that scenario, which is laid out rather plainly in the study commissioned by TransCanada but is frequently mischaracterized, a single laborer working for two years to build the Keystone XL pipeline would be counted twice.


So it was that the State Department, in its analysis of the project, estimated that its construction would create only between 5,000 and 6,000 jobs -- over three years.

 

Construction work being what it is, those jobs would also evaporate as soon as the thing was built.'"

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Money & Politics | Topics | BillMoyers.com

Money & Politics | Topics | BillMoyers.com | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"Bill Moyers has spent years digging into the complex and controversial relationship between money and politics in America, an intersection that has become all the more significant in the aftermath of the 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling — allowing unlimited and often anonymous amounts of corporate cash to be used as political contributions. How far back does the influence go and how much does it corrupt our democracy today? Explore these issues with help from Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers Journal, and NOW with Bill Moyers. Check out our in-depth investigation into the world of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Capitol Crimes, and get crucial insight from guests including Floyd Abrams and Trevor Potter, Lawrence Lessig, Nick Gillespie, Kevin Drum, Zephyr Teachout, and Monica Youn."

 

For videos and other resources on this topic, go here: http://goo.gl/ZobrD

 

"In recent years, the rich have seen their wealth grow dramatically while the poor and middle class have basically flat lined. And it’s no accident, argue Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson in their book Winner-Take-All Politics. The infographic [above], which draws from Hacker and Pierson’s book, explains how our politicians — on both sides of the isle — fell under the spell of corporate dollars and re-engineered our economic system to favor the wealthy."

 

For more on "The Triggers of Economic Inequality," go here: http://goo.gl/W4krQ and go here: http://goo.gl/ZobrD .

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NRDC threatens legal action if Obama approves Keystone pipeline - The Hill's E2-Wire

"A major environmental group said Friday that it would consider a legal challenge if President Obama approves the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council told reporters that she is confident that Obama will reject the pipeline under a GOP-backed measure requiring a decision on the project by Feb. 21.

 

But if Obama decides to greenlight the project, she said NRDC 'would be looking at various legal challenges to the pipeline, which is not in the national interest.'

 

The administrationwould open itself up to legal challenges if it approves the pipeline because the Republican measure — which was included in a broad payroll tax cut package — does not give officials enough time to complete a national interest determination, she said.

 

'Frankly, it’s common sense. You can’t make a decision on the pipeline when you don’t know the path of the pipeline,' said Casey-Lefkowitz, who is director of NRDC's international program."

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Media Advisory - TransCanada Releases Detailed Keystone XL Job Creation Data

Media Advisory - TransCanada Releases Detailed Keystone XL Job Creation Data | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"TransCanada Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TransCanada) released further details today that highlight the thousands of jobs Keystone XL would create for Americans.

 

The $7 billion oil pipeline is the largest infrastructure project on the books in the U.S. right now. It would create 20,000 jobs: 13,000 in construction, 7,000 in manufacturing.

 

Construction of the 1,600 mile pipeline is broken down into 17 U.S. pipeline spreads or segments, with 500 workers per spread - that's 8,500 jobs
Keystone XL also needs 30 pump stations worth tens of millions of dollars. Each station requires 100 workers - that's 3,000 jobs. Add another 600 jobs that would be needed for the six construction camps and tank construction at Cushing, Oklahoma 
A project of such magnitude needs construction, management and inspection oversight - that would create 1,000 jobs, bringing the overall Keystone XL total to 13,000 direct, on-site jobs.

 

A typical union-based pipeline spread/segment for Keystone XL would employ Americans in the following positions: [sic]"

 

For list of positions, go here: http://goo.gl/4S0Rx .

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Keystone XL: Job Creation and Our Energy Choices

Keystone XL: Job Creation and Our Energy Choices | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"Readers respond to an editorial urging President Obama to push for clean energy jobs rather than the Keystone XL pipeline."

 

"Re “Where the Real Jobs Are” (editorial, Jan. 2):

 

ROBERT JONES
JAMES MILLAR
Calgary, Alberta, Jan. 3, 2012

Mr. Jones is vice president of Keystone Pipeline System. Mr. Millar is manager of corporate communications and media relations for TransCanada.

 

TransCanada has been constructing and operating natural gas and oil pipelines for more than 60 years. We know what it takes to build multimillion-dollar pieces of infrastructure — the amount of equipment, the materials and the number of workers.

 

The $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline is the largest infrastructure project planned in the United States right now. It will create 20,000 jobs: 13,000 in construction, 7,000 in manufacturing.

Construction of the 1,600-mile pipeline is broken down into 17 pipeline spreads, or sections, with 500 workers per spread — that’s 8,500 workers.

Keystone XL also needs 30 pump stations, each requiring 100 workers — that’s 3,000 jobs. Add in another 600 jobs that will be needed for the six construction camps and tank construction at Cushing, Okla.

 

A project of such magnitude needs construction and management and inspection oversight — the 1,000 workers here brings the overall Keystone XL total to more than 13,000 direct, on-site jobs. These are new, real American jobs — not person-hours; there is no double counting here."

 

Other Letters from:

 

RICHARD G. LUGAR
Washington, Jan. 4, 2012

The writer is a Republican senator from Indiana.

 

TONY LaMANTIA

Chicago, Jan. 2, 2012

 

THOMAS JANDL
Towson, Md., Jan. 2, 2012

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How Much Would 'Huge Political Consequences' From the Oil & Gas Industry Cost?

"Last week, the head of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard, delivered a message to President Obama: approve the Keystone XL pipeline or face "huge political consequences." As the president of an energy trade association that bills itself as the only national trade association representing all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry, Gerard could possess the clout to make good on his threat. In a recent two-year time frame, contributions to current members of the House of Representatives from individuals and PACs connected to the Oil & Gas industry have totaled nearly $12 million.

 

The decision on the Keystone pipeline has placed the White House between high-contributing environmental policy groups that oppose the creation of the pipeline and sagging poll numbers tied to a troubled economy that would benefit from the creation of new construction projects."

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US Chamber of Commerce Leader calls for Keystone XL, Energy Growth - Oil

"US Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue made energy the lead item in his jobs agenda for 2012, calling for speeding oil and natural gas permitting and quickly approving the Keystone XL pipeline to boost the economy.

 

'Our nation is on the cusp of an energy boom that is already creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, revitalizing entire communities and reinvigorating American manufacturing,' Donohue said, in his annual 'State of American Business' speech on Thursday.

 

The chamber is the US' largest business group, representing about 3 million businesses.

 

Donohue cited development of shale gas and unconventional oil resources as potentially creating about 1 million jobs over the next few years adding hundreds of billions to federal coffers, offering North Dakota's energy boom as an example.

"To tap our energy resources we've got to speed up permitting," Donohue said.

 

"Instead of handpicking a few technologies we must harness all of our resources, traditional and alternative, while expanding nuclear power and driving greater efficiency," he continued later.

 

Asked at a news conference following the speech if exports of new oil and gas resources could hurt the US economy, Donohue said exports should remain small and the benefits of gas production, in particular, would attract companies to the US.

 

'I think over time we're going to keep a lot more [oil and gas] here and we're sure going to attract a lot of companies to come back here, primarily, for starters, in the chemical business because they use natural gas as their seed corn,' Donohue said."

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Help Improve Legislation: Sunlight Drafts SUPERPAC Act to Address Hidden Money in Elections

Help Improve Legislation: Sunlight Drafts SUPERPAC Act to Address Hidden Money in Elections | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"As the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision approaches, the Sunlight Foundation has drafted the Stop Undisclosed Payments in Elections from Ruining Public Accountability in Campaigns Act (the SUPERPAC Act). This bill, if enacted, would be one step towards addressing the corrupting influence unlimited, secret SUPERPAC money has on our elections and our elected officials.

 

Unfortunately, Congress seems to have given up on efforts to shine a light on campaign activities that are financed by secret money flowing from corporations and unions. First, the DISCLOSE Act was largely derailed by congressional Republicans. Now, by failing to offer new legislation, both parties appear to have abdicated their responsibility to ensure our elections are transparent.

 

We hope the SUPERPAC Act reignites the effort and that members of Congress will decide to stop serving their self-interest and start acting in the public interest by taking a step in favor of transparency. The SUPERPAC Act is designed to be a disclosure only bill, largely including the transparency provisions of the DISCLOSE Act while leaving out some of the bans, carve-outs and other provisions that made DISCLOSE controversial.

 

We encourage the public to comment on our effort so we have posted The SUPERPAC Act on PublicMarkup.org, Sunlight’s web site that allows anyone to help improve legislation we propose."

 

Here are highlights of the bill: http://goo.gl/dPWxm 

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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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Rejecting Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal, Obama Blames House Republicans

President Obama on Wednesday rejected, for now, the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the $7 billion project could not be adequately reviewed within the 60-day deadline set by Congress. While the president’s action does not preclude later approval of the project, it sets up a baldly partisan fight over energy, jobs and regulation that will most likely persist through the November election.

 

The president said his hand had been forced by Republicans in Congress, who inserted a provision in the temporary payroll tax cut bill passed in December giving the administration only until Feb. 21 to decide the fate of the 1,700-mile pipeline, which would stretch from oil sands formations in Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

 

The State Department, which has authority over the project because it crosses an international border, said there was not enough time to draw a new route for the pipeline and assess the potential environmental harm to sensitive grasslands and aquifers along its path. The agency recommended that the permit be denied, and Mr. Obama concurred.

 

'As the State Department made clear last month,' the president said in a statement, 'the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by 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.'"

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Obama administration expected to reject Keystone XL pipeline permit today - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

"Sources say administration plans to reject permit for controversial underground pipeline opposed by environmentalists and backed by Republicans Read more by Brian Montopoli on CBS News' Political Hotsheet."

 

"The Obama administration is expected to reject TransCanada's controversial $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline later Wednesday, a source familiar with the decision told CBS News Monday, adding that a formal announcement is expected from the State Department.

 

Multiple media outlets have reported that the decision is imminent, citing unnamed sources, but the White House and the State Department have not confirmed the announcement.

 

As part of deal last December extending the payroll tax cut for two months, Congress imposed a Feb. 21 decision on President Obama to issue or reject the permit. Language in the deal mandates that only the president can block the Keystone Pipeline project, and the impact of an expected State Department announcement is not clear. Shares in TransCanada Corp fell following initial reports about a decision."

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Don't be Fooled - the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline is not a Jobs Plan, but an Oil Export Plan

"You’ll hear the GOP, the American Petroleum Institute, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce make wild claims about the job creation potential of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Don’t be fooled. The pipeline company itself admits only “a few hundred permanent jobs” are created by Keystone XL.  The debate over whether Keystone XL creates jobs is a convenient diversion from something oil company backers don’t want you to know: this is an export pipeline to help them access foreign markets and bypass the United States. Oil companies will make bigger profits and oil prices for Americans will increase. That’s not a project that helps Americans. It’s a project that helps Big Oil."
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Keystone XL Pipeline Would Be Hard to Kill, Analysts Say

"A provision attached to the recent payroll tax bill requires President Obama to decide by Feb. 21 on the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S.

 

But even if the administration rejects the project, it may not be enough to kill it, industry analysts said. Americans' thirst for oil probably will push the administration and TransCanada Corp., the pipeline's sponsor, to find a way to transport Canadian crude across the United States even if it's not through a pipeline called Keystone XL, industry analysts said.


'We think it will be built,' said Jamie Webster, senior manager for markets at PFC Energy, a Washington consulting firm. 'The interesting bit is, what is 'it'? The future of the pipeline could go a couple of different ways.'

 

TransCanada said it had already started to work with Nebraska authorities to find an alternative route. Once one has been determined, the environmental review could take about nine months, TransCanada said.

 

Over the next six weeks, TransCanada could pull the Keystone application to avoid deepening the political fight over the permit and submit it later with a new route through Nebraska, said Frank Verrastro, director of energy and national security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan Washington think tank."

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Jacob Hacker & Paul Pierson on Winner Take All Politics

Bill Moyers explores how America's vast inequality didn't just happen, it's been politically engineered.

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1/14/12 - Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) Delivers Weekly GOP Address On Keystone XL Pipeline

"In the Weekly Republican Address, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven discusses the Keystone XL pipeline and why it's "in the national interest and the interest of the American people."

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Where the Real Jobs Are - Editorial

"The Keystone pipeline is bad energy policy and doesn’t do enough for the economy. President Obama should argue for alternative fuel sources and clean energy jobs."

 

"The Republicans’ claim that the pipeline will create tens of thousands of new jobs — 20,000 according to House Speaker John Boehner and 100,000 according to Jon Huntsman — are wildly inflated. A more accurate forecast from the federal government, one with which TransCanada, the pipeline company, agrees, says the project would create 6,000 to 6,500 temporary construction jobs at best, for two years.

 

The country obviously needs more jobs. Mr. Obama needs to lay out the case that industry, with government help, can create hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs without incurring environmental risks — by upgrading old power plants to comply with environmental laws, retrofitting commercial and residential buildings that soak up nearly 40 percent of the country’s energy (and produce nearly 40 percent of its carbon emissions) and promoting growth in new industries like wind and solar power and advanced vehicles.

 

By even the most conservative estimates, the power plant upgrades required by the new rule governing mercury emissions are expected to create about 45,000 temporary construction jobs over the next five years, and as many as 8,000 permanent jobs as utilities install pollution control equipment. And while the projects are new and the numbers tentative, the Energy Department predicts that its loan guarantee programs could create more than 60,000 direct jobs in the solar and wind industries and in companies developing advanced batteries and other components for more fuel-efficient cars."

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Oil lobby's financial pressure on Obama over Keystone XL pipeline revealed

Oil lobby's financial pressure on Obama over Keystone XL pipeline revealed | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"... Maplight, an independent research group in Berkeley, California, that tracks the influence of money in politics, has conducted an analysis of oil industry contributions to members of Congress supporting the pipeline.

 

The study, which is due to be published on Wednesday, studied industry contributions to members of the House of Representatives which passed a bill last July that would have forced Obama to speed up approval of the Keystone project.

 

The analysis did not include the Senate, which did not pass the bill last July but where there is a strong push now from Republicans to get Obama to approve the pipeline.

 

Maplight found only two of the 118 members of the House of Representatives who list oil and gas industry among their top 10 campaign contributors opposed fast-tracking the pipeline. The two hold-outs were Ed Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat who headed the global warming committee that has since been disbanded by the Republican leadership in the house, and Charlie Bass, a New Hampshire Republican.

 

Only 10 of the 195 members of the House of Representatives who list the oil and gas industry among their top 20 contributors opposed the bill. In all, the oil and gas industry has given nearly $12m in direct contributions to members of Congress in the last two years, Maplight said."

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Stephen Colbert to Explore (or Pretend to) Run for President

Stephen Colbert to Explore (or Pretend to) Run for President | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"If anyone can make a mockery of the newest campaign finance innovation, the 'super PAC,' it’s Stephen Colbert.

 

Mr. Colbert, the Comedy Central television host, has made jokes at the expense of super PACs for months — forming his own group, soliciting money for it, then running an ad that featured Buddy Roemer, a long-shot candidate who has criticized the Supreme Court decision that allows the existence of the free-spending PACs so long as they do not explicitly coordinate with candidates.

 

On Thursday night’s 'Colbert Report,' Mr. Colbert took it a big step further, handing control of his group to his friend and fellow host Jon Stewart so that he can legally run for president, or at least pretend to. Mr. Colbert, who has comically flirted with — and mocked the possibility of — runs for political office before, said he would form an 'exploratory committee for president of the United States of South Carolina.'"

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Clean energy: It’s Time to Get Real - Part 1

Clean energy: It’s Time to Get Real - Part 1 | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"This is the first in a series of blog posts to give you the facts about clean energy and how we can solve the climate crisis. Stay tuned for the second post soon.

 

When people ask what we can do about climate change, what do you say?


If you’ve been listening to us for a while, you know that the way to solve the climate crisis is to make a transition to clean energy. That means clean, renewable sources like wind and solar, and it means finding ways to use the energy we have more efficiently.

 

But lately, a lot of naysayers have spoken up and tried to poke holes in the benefits that clean energy brings to the table. Maybe you’ve heard that clean energy is too expensive. Maybe you’ve heard clean energy technologies will never replace fossil fuels. Or maybe you’ve heard that clean energy doesn’t create a lot of jobs.

 

None of these claims are true — and we’ll explain why in a series of blog posts about our clean energy reality. Scientists tell us that climate change is a real and urgent problem. It’s also a reality that we can begin to solve this crisis, using clean energy solutions that are available today."

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