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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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For Hire: Lobbyists or the 99%?

"Amidst a growing federal deficit and widespread economic insecurity for most Americans, some of the largest corporations in the country have avoided paying their fair share in taxes while spending millions to influence federal policymakers. This report builds on a recent report on corporate tax dodging by Citizens for Tax Justice by examining lobbying expenditure data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics. We also look at publicly available data on job creation, federal campaign contributions, and executive compensation, to further understand how these corporations have been spending their cash.

 

Key Findings

 

• The thirty big corporations analyzed in this report paid more to lobby federal policymakers than they paid in federal income taxes for the three years between 2008 and 2010, despite being profitable.

 

• Despite making combined profits totaling $164 billion in that three-­‐year period, the 30 companies combined received tax rebates totaling nearly $11 billion.

 

• Altogether, these companies spent nearly half a billion dollars ($476 million) over three years on federal lobbying—that’s about $400,000 each day, including weekends.

 

• In the three-­‐year period beginning in 2009 through most of 2011, these large firms spent over $22 million altogether on federal campaigns.

 

• These corporations have also spent lavishly on compensation for their top executives ($706 million altogether in 2010)."

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Keystone XL Pipeline a Bad Deal | John L. Ward

"Edward Harmon’s statements about TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, designed to carry Canadian tar sands across the U.S. (Speaking Out, Jan. 2) are based on the unsupported claims of vested interests.

 

Harmon states that the pipeline would create between 10,000 and 60,000 construction jobs. But according to data TransCanada supplied to the State Department, the project will produce no more than 2,500 to 4,650 temporary construction jobs for two years and as few as 50 new, permanent pipeline jobs. By contrast, the solar industry added 6,700 permanent, well-paying jobs this past year.

 

Harmon states that the pipeline would reduce our dependence on oil from hostile countries. But an analysis by Department of Energy contractor Ensys Energy in December 2010 found that the pipeline would have virtually no impact on Middle East imports.

 

Based on a report commissioned by the State Department, Harmon brushes off the environmental threat that the pipeline poses. But he neglects to mention that this so-called “expert report” was written by a company recommended by TransCanada, Cardno Entrix, a “major client” of theirs."

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PetroChina Buys Oil-Sands Project

"Athabasca Oil Sands said it was exercising an option to sell a 40% stake in one of its oil-sands prospects to PetroChina for $666 million, a move that for the first time will give full ownership of such a project to a Chinese company.

 

Athabasca is selling its remaining interest in the MacKay River project in northern Alberta to PetroChina for 680 million Canadian dollars, or US$666 million. In 2010, Athabasca sold 60% stakes in MacKay and a separate development, Dover, to PetroChina for C$1.9 billion.

 

Chinese oil companies PetroChina, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., known as Sinopec, and Cnooc Ltd. have all invested heavily in Canada's oil patch. Chinese firms have typically sought to buy into minority stakes in projects or companies. But last year, interest in buying whole companies ratcheted up."

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Oil industry to Obama: Approve Keystone XL Pipeline or Face ‘Huge’ Consequences

"The oil industry’s top lobbyist warned the Obama administration Wednesday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline or face 'huge political consequences' in an election year.

 

Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, said it would be a 'huge mistake' for President Barack Obama to reject the 1,700-mile, Canada-to-Texas pipeline. Obama faces a Feb. 21 deadline to decide whether the $7 billion pipeline is in the national interest.

 

'Clearly, the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest,' Gerard said at the trade association’s annual 'State of American Energy' event. 'A determination to decide anything less than that I believe will have huge political consequences.'"

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Lobbyist: Berman, Jeffrey G | Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group: Lobbying Tracker - Bryan Cave LLP for TransCanada Corporation (Republic, Lost or Found?)

Lobbyist: Berman, Jeffrey G | Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group: Lobbying Tracker - Bryan Cave LLP for TransCanada Corporation (Republic, Lost or Found?) | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

Bryan Cave LLP for TransCanada Corporation

 

Issues: Energy/Nuclear; Utilities

 

Specific issue: Issues associated with pipeline construction.

 

Lobbyists:


Berman, Jeffrey G

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Bryan Cave | Our People | Jeffrey G. Berman | Public Policy and Government Affairs (Republic, Lost or Found?)

Bryan Cave | Our People | Jeffrey G. Berman | Public Policy and Government Affairs (Republic, Lost or Found?) | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"As a member of the Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Group, Jeff Berman utilizes his distinguished background to provide strategic counsel to clients on public policy issues involving the White House, federal agencies and departments, Capitol Hill, and state and local governments.

 

Mr. Berman’s practice is broad-ranging and includes policy matters in a number of different fields, including energy, transportation, homeland security, health care, telecommunications, education and other matters. He represents corporations, associations, governmental entities and non-profits. Mr. Berman maintains contacts across a broad spectrum of elected and political leaders at both the federal and state levels. In addition to his expertise on public policy matters, he has extensive experience in the negotiation of agreements subject to compliance with federal regulations and international agreements.

 

Serving successfully as the National Delegate Director for the Obama presidential campaign, Mr. Berman led the historic charge to assemble the 2008 delegate majority to nominate Barack Obama for president. He devised primary and caucus strategies, supervised Obama compliance with all state legal and Democratic Party requirements for the nominating contests and oversaw the selection and tracking of all delegates to the Democratic National Convention. At the National Convention, Berman oversaw the development of the 2008 Democratic Party platform and the resolution of all credentials controversies, including those involving the Florida and Michigan primaries. Mr. Berman supervised development of the rules and procedures for the National Convention and negotiated the presidential nominating procedures that guaranteed a unified Convention vote for Obama.

 

Mr. Berman previously served as a longtime adviser to former House of Representatives Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, working as a senior political adviser to Leader Gephardt from 1987-2004, including formal roles in his 1988 and 2004 presidential campaigns. Mr. Berman began his career in politics in former Ohio Sen. John Glenn’s presidential campaign in 1983-84, subsequently serving under Chairman Glenn as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and as Deputy Campaign Manager for his 1986 re-election effort.

 

Mr. Berman is an active member of the Democratic National Committee, and served on the Democratic Change Commission, which was established to improve national Democratic Party rules following the 2008 presidential election.

Civic Involvement and Honors


Following the 2008 election, Berman was appointed to the Democratic Change Commission and the Democratic National Committee and its Rules and By-Laws Committee."

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What Are the Risks of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project? - Room for Debate

What Are the Risks of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project? - Room for Debate | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"The Keystone XL project would create jobs from Montana to Texas. But what scientific and environmental issues should be considered first?"

 

"The State Department considers any pipeline that crosses national borders to be a matter of “national interest,” and the Keystone XL project is definitely that. This pipeline, intended to carry crude oil 1,711 miles from Canada's oil sands through the Great Plains to the Gulf Coast of Texas, has the interest of economists, environmentalists and now watchdog groups, because of e-mails that critics say show inappropriately close relations between State Department officials and lobbyists for the company building the pipeline.

 

The department has concluded, over earlier E.P.A. objections, that the Keystone pipeline would have “limited adverse environmental impacts” if operated according to regulations. Backers of the billion-dollar project say it would create thousands of jobs for Americans. Environmentalists and other opponents point out that the oil itself would be exported abroad.

 

The ethical and economic issues aside, what do we know about the safety and environmental impact of oil pipelines today?"

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Natural gas: Cheap, clean and risky

Natural gas: Cheap, clean and risky | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
"Political leaders from both parties argue that natural gas could save our economy, the environment and promote our national security. Is this so? Or is it just a dream?"

"Well, things are not so simple. Under the best conditions, we may enjoy those benefits, but under more adverse conditions, gas can be a worse generator of greenhouse gas than coal, can wreak massive local environmental destruction and can undermine energy efficiency and renewable energy. And without a strong set of policies to guide natural gas development, the worst case is far more likely.

Start with climate change: Generating a kilowatt-hour's worth of electricity with a natural gas turbine emits only about half as much CO2 as generating the same electricity at a coal plant. Half-off is pretty good. But unburned natural gas turns out to be a very powerful greenhouse gas: One molecule of leaked gas contributes as much to global warming as 25 molecules of burned gas. That means that if the system for the exploration, extraction, compression, piping and burning of natural gas leaks by even 2.5%, it is as bad as coal."
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Top U.S. Export for 2011 Was Fuel; U.S. Gas Prices at Record High

Top U.S. Export for 2011 Was Fuel; U.S. Gas Prices at Record High | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
For the first time since 1949, fuel — gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel — was the United States’ biggest export in terms of dollars, the Associated Press reports. In previous years, dating back to at least 2006, the top export had been aircraft. At a time when oil and gas projects and processes, from fracking to tar sands extraction to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, are points of contention among environmentalists, labor leaders, Tribal leaders, Republicans and Democrats, the fact that the U.S. is actually exporting fuel can be a bit puzzling. However, it’s important to bear in mind that the nation is still the world’s largest importer of petroleum, or crude oil — the flammable liquid that is refined to make various fuel products. International oil markets are notoriously difficult to explain, since they depend not just on supply and demand but also world politics. Yet the main reasons for the surge in fuel exports seem to be fairly simple. First, due to a poor economy and more fuel-efficient cars, there is a lessening of demand in the United States for fuel. Overseas, in Latin America, for example, demand for refined fuel products is high.
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Key Facts on Keystone XL

Key Facts on Keystone XL | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

- Energy Security: Tar Sand will not Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil

- Gas prices: Keystone XL will increase gas prices for Americans—Especially Farmers

- Jobs: TransCanada’s jobs projections are vastly inflated.

- Safety: A rupture in the Keystone XL pipeline could cause a BP style oil spill in America’s heartland, over the source of fresh drinking water for 2 million people. NASA’s top climate scientist says that fully developing the tar sands in Canada would mean “essentially game over” for the climate.

- Climate Change: Keystone XL is the fuse to North America’s biggest carbon bomb.

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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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Keystone XL Pipeline: Republicans Working On Contingency Plan Should Obama Say No

"Congressional Republicans, who are urging President Barack Obama to give a permit to the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline project, are working on a plan to take the reins of approval from the president should the White House say no.

 

Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, a state counting on TransCanada Corp's pipeline to help move its newfound bounty of shale oil, is drafting contingency legislation that would see Congress green-light the project, an aide told Reuters.

 

After delaying the $7 billion project past the November 2012 election, Obama was compelled by Congress to decide by February 21 on whether to approve the pipeline that would sharply boost the flow of oil from Canada's oil sands.

 

Should Obama reject the pipeline, Senate Republicans would look at a bill that would force the go-ahead for work to begin, said Ryan Bernstein, an energy adviser to Hoeven, citing the powers given to Congress in the Constitution to regulate commerce with foreign nations.

 

'We believe that express authority in the Constitution gives Congress the ability to approve and move forward on such a project,' Bernstein said in an interview."

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Canada Pipeline Hearings Near

Canada Pipeline Hearings Near | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"The first of more than a year's worth of public hearings over a proposed pipeline designed to ship crude from Canada's landlocked oil-sands to the Pacific begins Tuesday, threatening to fan a debate in Canada over the country's growing status as a global energy powerhouse.

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently ratcheted up support for the idea of transporting some of Canada's growing oil production westward to the coast, where it can be loaded onto tankers and sent to thirsty Asian markets. The new push comes after another proposed pipeline, TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL, was tripped up by politics in Washington.

 

Keystone XL would move crude from oil-rich Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, but environmentalists and some powerful U.S. Democrats have opposed it. Late last year, President Barack Obama signed legislation—part of a tax compromise with Republican lawmakers—requiring him to make a decision on the pipeline by the end of February. The White House has signaled the deadline might force the president to reject the project."

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China's Softly, Softly Energy Grab

China's Softly, Softly Energy Grab | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"China's oil majors are notching up big purchases by steering clear of controversy."

 

"The latest wave of acquisitions by China's national oil companies shows they have learned from past missteps. Where Cnooc's $18 billion bid was an attempt to swallow Unocal whole, the national oil companies now target minority stakes and joint ventures that are less likely to ring alarm bells in Western capitals. Sinopec's latest deal is typical in this respect, giving it a one-third share of Devon's shale fields.

 

Targeting unconventional assets also helps. The image of China's state-owned giants siphoning off the crude from American wells raised fears about selling the farm to a strategic competitor. Squeezing the oil out of sands in Canada—as PetroChina will do following its purchase from Athabasca—may cause a stir in Alberta. But compared with the Unocal bid, China's new wave of purchases is less threatening."

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'Citizens United' Backlash: Montana Supreme Court Upholds State's Corporate Campaign Spending Ban - The Huffington Post

'Citizens United' Backlash: Montana Supreme Court Upholds State's Corporate Campaign Spending Ban - The Huffington Post | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

"The Montana Supreme Court has put itself on a collision course with the U.S. Supreme Court by upholding a century-old state law that bans corporate spending in state and local political campaigns.

The law, which was passed by Montana voters in 1912 to combat Gilded Age corporate control over much of Montana's government, states that a "corporation may not make ... an expenditure in connection with a candidate or a political party that supports or opposes a candidate or a political party." In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, struck down a similar federal statute, holding that independent electoral spending by corporations 'do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption' that such laws were enacted to combat.

That reasoning -- described by the Citizens United dissenters as a 'crabbed view of corruption' -- compelled 23 of the 24 states with independent spending bans to stop enforcing their restrictions, according to Edwin Bender, executive director of the Helena, Mont.-based National Institute on Money in State Politics. Montana, however, stood by its 1912 law, which led several corporations to challenge it as unconstitutional.

By a 5-2 vote this past Friday, the Montana Supreme Court declined to recognize the common understanding that Citizens United bars all laws limiting independent electoral spending. Instead, Chief Justice Mike McGrath, writing on behalf of the majority, called on the history surrounding the state law to show that corporate money, even if not directly contributed to a campaign, can give rise to corruption."

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Upton Welcomes President’s Approval of Pipeline Safety Bill | Congressman Fred Upton

"Among its numerous safety provisions, the new law increases maximum violation fines, requires notification of an incident within one hour of its confirmed discovery, requires the use of automatic shut-off valves on new transmission lines, sets up leak detection standards for liquid pipelines, and provides for a federal review of pipelines buried under waterways. All of these measures will help pave the way toward a safer energy future.”
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Jeff Berman Joins Public Policy & Governmental Affairs Group 2.2.09 (Republic, Lost or Found?)

Jeff Berman Joins Public Policy & Governmental Affairs Group 2.2.09 (Republic, Lost or Found?) | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

“'Jeff will join Broderick Johnson and other government affairs staff at our firm in providing strategic counsel on emerging public policies at the White House, federal agencies and Capitol Hill, plus in state and local governments around the country,' said Don Lents, chairman of Bryan Cave. 'Jeff’s legal and political background and nationwide network of government and political relationships will be of enormous value to our public-entity, corporate, association and nonprofit clients.'"

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The Stocks of the Keystone XL Pipeline (Republic, Lost or Found?) 1.4.12

The Stocks of the Keystone XL Pipeline (Republic, Lost or Found?) 1.4.12 | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

Nice work Republicans, they managed to squeeze the decision for the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas into the payroll tax cut.  Obama must now make a decision on whether to approve construction of the 1,700 mile pipeline within the next 60 days.  The major players that could bank the most coin from the deal will be TransCanada Corporation (NYSE:TRP), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), and PetroChina Company Limited (ADR)   (NYSE:PTR).

 

Canada holds the world's third-largest reserves of oil, its all in their precious oil sands.  The U.S. would rather get its oil from its friendly neighbors of the north than deal with South America or the Middle East.  The Keystone XL pipeline is the tap on the oil sands keg to allow America to get drunk on oil without leaving the couch to do so.

 

No. 1 -- The pipeline company that will build the Keyston XL line is TransCanada Corp. (TRP). 

 

No. 2 -- The Candian Oil Sands is where the oil will come from and PetroChina (PTR) is buying up what they can.  PetroChina has a very small interest at this point, but we expect they will continue to purchase more with deep money filled Chinese pockets.

 

No 3. -- When it comes the major oil players, Exxon Mobil (XOM) still wears the crown with the largest market cap of them all ($412.2 billion). They have tons invested in the oil sands and will reap the benefits should the Keystone XL pipeline get the green light.

 

Mastery isn't concerned with the argument of how many jobs will it create in the U.S. or what the environmental impact may be.  Sorry folks, we all know big oil always wins, there's no reason to fight it.  I think most Americans think the Keystone XL pipeline is a terrible idea that has the potential to destroy an aquifer critical to Midwestern water supply.  However time and time again big oil wins over our governments (U.S. and abroad), pays next to zero taxes and gets richer and richer.

 

Here's a little tidbit that will make you puke in your mouth -- The Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group, a Washington-based nonpartisan research organization, recently found that four members of our least and dimmest on Capitol Hill who are in favor of Keystone actually own stakes in TransCanada: Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y.

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Sen. Nelson could get $1M from K Street (Republic, Lost or Found?) 1.4.12

"Headhunters say the Nebraska Democrat would draw salary offers above $1 million if he decided to become a lobbyist. Sen. Ben Nelson would draw salary offers of more than $1 million per year if he decided to move to K Street after his term ends in 2013, headhunters for the lobbying industry say."

 

"The path to the influence industry is well-traveled by centrist Democrats like Nelson. Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) was hired as an adviser for the hedge fund Apollo Global Management LLC after leaving office last year. Another recent departure from the upper chamber, former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), took a job with the law and lobby firm Alston & Bird.

 

Conservative Blue Dog Democrats from the House have also been popular hires for downtown firms. Former Reps. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho), Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) all landed at big-name shops after leaving or being voted out of office last year.

 

Nelson’s background in the insurance industry, coupled with his friendly ties to Republicans, makes him a prized recruit for the lobbying industry, insiders say. “I think he would be a very wanted commodity on K Street because he is a Democrat who certainly gets along with the business community and, in fact, has a business background,” Ivan Adler, principal at The McCormick Group, told The Hill."

 

Wkipedia: K Street

 

"K Street is a major thoroughfare in the United States capital of Washington, D.C. known as a center for numerous think tanks, lobbyists, and advocacy groups. In political discourse, "K Street" has become a metonym for Washington's lobbying industry since many lobbying firms are located on the section in Northwest Washington which passes from Georgetown through a portion of downtown D.C."  http://goo.gl/I5WbT

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Why Keystone XL is a Mistake

Why Keystone XL is a Mistake | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
Canada ought to be refining its oil, not sending it south. Then there was the question of whether the United States really needs more Alberta crude. Demand is essentially flat and the country is suddenly gushing oil, thanks to the shale discoveries. Indeed, much of the Alberta crude might be re-exported after being treated by the Gulf refineries.
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Friends of the Earth Fact Sheet: Evidence of State Department Bias in Keystone XL Review

Evidence that the State Department is leading a corrupt federal review of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline is adding up. The State Department cannot be trusted to provide an impartial assessment of the project’s environmental impact, and the department’s authority to grant pipeline permits should be revoked immediately. President Obama should consult independent experts to conduct a balanced review. If he does so, he will have no choice but to reject the pipeline.

 

- Clinton prejudges review

- Clinton aide turned TransCanada lobbyist’s cozy relationships

- Coaching TransCanad

- “Alleviating” Canadian government concerns

- State gives TransCanada inside informatio

- State hands environmental review to firm that takes TransCanada cash

 

To read the full Fact Sheet, go here: http://tinyurl.com/6p4cvrf 

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