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Rejecting Keystone XL Pipeline Could Damage U.S. Environmental Movement

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Rejecting Keystone XL Pipeline Could Damage U.S. Environmental Movement

If President Obama rejects the Keystone XL pipeline, he will set a precedent with potentially devastating impacts for mainstream environmentalism.

The Keystone XL pipeline, if approved, would transport oil from the tar sands in western Canada to a hub in Nebraska, then connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries in Texas

On Friday, the U.S. Department of State released a long-delayed environmental review of the 1,179-mile pipeline project.

The State Department report indicated that the project was not likely to have major environmental impacts given that the Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed with or without the pipeline.

In a recent post on Energy Collective, John Miller, an energy consultant and petroleum engineer, summarized what seems likely to happen if the opponents succeed in blocking the pipeline, stating: “Delaying and possibly not approving the Keystone XL can and will negatively impact U.S. Energy Security and the economy, have insignificant impact on world CO2 emissions, and possibly damage the important relationship with Canada . . . without the Keystone XL the negative impacts will continue to exit and could increase.”

Regardless of what happens with the pipeline, the Canadian Oil Sands will almost certainly be developed. The pipeline’s opponents mistakenly assume that blocking the pipeline would prevent oil production from the Oil Sands. Canada’s oil sands will be developed with or without the Keystone pipeline. If the pipeline is not built, Canada’s oil will flow into the United States by rail or be re-routed to markets overseas, most likely Asia.

The State Department removed any remaining relevance the pipeline may once have had for purposes of mitigating climate change.

The controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline has become the most perverse kind of ideological battle where symbolism matters more than substance.

The Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club and a clutch of other ‘environmental’ groups are organizing hundreds of protests across the country this week demanding that President Obama reject the pipeline because it would create “a huge source of carbon pollution.”

The oil sands – not the pipeline – will create “a huge source of carbon pollution” and it will do so with or without the Keystone XL pipeline.

Rather than asking Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline, the protesters should be asking him to invade Canada and seize control of the Oil Sands. That is the only way Obama can prevent the Oil Sands from becoming a huge source of carbon pollution.

Pretending otherwise is misleading at best and dishonest at worse.

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State Department's Real Errors in Keystone XL Review

Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Last month, the State Department published an errata sheet for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. State Department's error sheet, and much of the coverage of it, clearly points out that railing tar sands is potentially even more dangerous than pipelines. This is true. It is also true that it would be even more dangerous still to transport tar sands in bucke ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post 1 day ago, 11:27am CDT
 


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Cory Gardner: "We would create thousands of jobs in Colorado, if the Keystone Pipeline were to be built."

Source: Politifact.com

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Cory Gardner says Keystone XL pipeline would create thousands of jobs in Colorado President Barack Obama’s indefinite delay of the Keystone XL pipeline has become a wedge issue between Democrats and Republicans as the midterm election season heats up. In the Colorado Senate race, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall recently voted against Congress fast-tracking the pipeline, but said the administration ...
Source: Politifact.com   Full article at: Politifact.com 1 day ago, 10:21am CDT
 

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Source: MSNBC   Full article at: MSNBC Jul 21 2014, 4:31pm CDT
 

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Keystone Pipeline Foes Fear Worst for Water Supply

Source: Bloggermann by Keith Olbermann

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline fear that a leak could have devastating consequences for the Ogallala Aquifer, th ...
Source: Bloggermann by Keith Olbermann   Full article at: Bloggermann by Keith Olbermann Jul 21 2014, 3:47am CDT
 

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Proposed Pipeline Poses Dilemma for Keystone Pipeline-Supporting Governor

Source: Planetizen

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad supports the Keystone XL Pipeline, as do most Republican leaders. Then again, it doesn't go through his state. Not so for the newly proposed Bakken Pipeline that cuts across the heart of Iowa. ...
Source: Planetizen   Full article at: Planetizen Jul 16 2014, 12:00pm CDT
 

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My Las Vegas Slide Show on the Bogus Keystone XL Controversy

Source: Openmarket.org

After three fun-filled days at Heartland Institute’s 9th Annual International Climate Conference at the beautiful Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, I moseyed on over to Planet Hollywood, site of the libertarian jamboree known as Freedomfest. I gave a 20-minute presentation on a Heritage Foundation-sponsored panel discussion of the Obama administration’s energy policies. Having come of age in the wild and wooly ’60s, I’ve encounted and debated lots of Lefty spin and ...
Source: Openmarket.org   Full article at: Openmarket.org Jul 12 2014, 7:07pm CDT
 

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Nebraska court’s schedule on pipeline suit takes heat off Obama until after elections

Source: Post Politics: - The Washington Post

It’s official: A final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will wait until after the November midterms. The latest delay comes as a result of a scheduling decision this week by the Nebraska Supreme Court, which doesn’t plan to hear oral arguments in a crucial Keystone-related case until early September. Read full article ...
Source: Post Politics: - The Washington Post   Full article at: Post Politics: - The Washington Post Jul 9 2014, 7:21pm CDT
 

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Keystone XL Decision Won't Come Until After November Elections

Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

A final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline won't come until after the November elections, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Nebraska Supreme Court will soon announce that oral arguments in the case regarding the pipeline's route through the state won't be held until September, according to the Post. That would mean that the court isn't likely to render a decision until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. In February, a state district court in Nebraska invali ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post Jul 9 2014, 1:48pm CDT
 

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Keystone permit expires in SD

Source: MSNBC

Debate over the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline divides communities in Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota even after the building permit expired. Ed Schultz and Jane Klebb discuss.R ...
Source: MSNBC   Full article at: MSNBC Jul 1 2014, 5:30pm CDT
 

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Report Highlights Issues Where Partisan Stalwarts Stand Alone

Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

The GOP's base stands conspicuously apart from the American public on issues including global warming, the fairness of the economic system and the need for diplomacy, according to a report released last week, while Democratic stalwarts are alone in their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and their belief in the severity of racial discrimination. The report, released Thursday by Pew Research, divides Americans into eight ideolo ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post Jun 29 2014, 12:33pm CDT
 

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