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State Department Keystone XL Report Written By TransCanada Hiree

State Department Keystone XL Report Written By TransCanada Hiree

Shocking news. The government has been lying to us.

The State Department’s draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL tarsands pipeline was released last Friday and it was, to say the least, disappointing.

Climate activists had been hoping the statement would produce a document to persuade President Obama to do the right thing and say “No” to the pipeline.

Instead, as The New York Times puts it, the report “makes no recommendation about whether the project should be built but presents no conclusive environmental reason it should not be.”

It even goes as far as to say that the pipeline will be safe from the climate impacts to which it will contribute.

House Speaker John Boehner was quick to jump on the bandwagon and declare that there was no reason to block the pipeline any more, and that President Obama should waste no time in approving it.

Report Prepared By Contractor Hired By Owner Of Pipeline

Now we are learning that this document was not prepared by any neutral government officials, but rather by a private company in the pay of the pipeline’s owner. So it’s hardly surprising that the statement came out strongly in favor of the pipeline.

Time to take back your words, Mr. Boehner?

Obviously this is outrageous, but perhaps it is also an indication that TransCanada is getting desperate.

Grist reports:

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) was paid an undisclosed amount under contract to TransCanada to write the statement, which is now an official government document. The statement estimates, and then dismisses, the pipeline’s massive carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, because, it asserts, the mining and burning of the tar sands is unstoppable.

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Because the impact statement was written by a TransCanada contractor, not by State Department officials, it should come as no surprise that it presents a worldview of a global economy inevitably dependent on dirty fossil fuels that is entirely at odds with the expressed views of Secretary of State John Kerry.

As Secretary of State John Kerry said six years ago, “we’re on an urgent clock” to confront fossil-fueled climate change, which he compared to the threat of nuclear weaponry as a “man-made” and “uncontrolled” weapon with “the ability to change life as we know it on this Earth.” Kerry’s recognition of the scientific necessity to keep global concentrations of carbon dioxide below 450 ppm should preclude the possibility of building a pipeline designed to pump 7 gigatons of carbon dioxide worth of tar sands crude over decades.

Will President Obama Be True To His Promise?

Climate activists were delighted when President Obama made a strong stand dealing with climate change and the environment in his State of the Union address: “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

The dangerous tar sands pipeline would transport some of the dirtiest oil on the planet. That’s because producing this oil from sand leads to the destruction of vast swathes of Canada’s boreal forest, the pollution of hundreds of millions of gallons of water, and the contamination of pristine wilderness and other land as the oil makes its way from Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Now that the State Department’s “neutral” report has proven to be anything but, will Obama keep his promise and refuse to endorse this 1,700-mile monstrosity with its destructive effects on the environment?

We hope so, but meanwhile, please pass the word.

 

Related Care2 Coverage

5 Reasons Keystone Pipeline XL Is A Bad Idea

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The Foul Legacy of the Tar Sands: Lakes Turned Into Cancer Sites

 

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11:51AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

thanks for sharing

8:13PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Shocking news. The government has been lying to us.

It isn't news! Though shocking it stays, unfortunately it is taken for granted...very BAD!!!

11:26PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Strange - but not a concern of others who have commented - the indigenous people who live near the tar sands are now having to live with polluted air and a highly polluted river from which they can no longer use for fishing. Every second person is suffering from some form of cancer - that's if they haven't already died from cancer.

Think of the consequences of your beliefs.........

9:49AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

We are already the number 2 producer. WORLD demand is driving the price. China is driving the price. The oil industry doesn't CARE who they sell their product too. They sell to the highest bidder. The pipeline will change NONE of that.

4:38AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

We need this pipe line to help get us to energy freedom. We need to give our oil money to people who like us. We need to start drilling our own oil!!!!!!

2:52PM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

I hope all the petitions out there against The Keystone XL Pipeline and the real facts about the devastation it would bring gets through to Obama to oppose this project!!

8:50AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Without typos

8:49AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

part 2

President Obama and members of his administration have consistently spoken out about ending subsidies to Big Oil. Yet, somehow, when the rubber hits the road, deals like the one being offered to BP this week keep propping up an industry that is fueling climate change.

Time is short to turn this around. We need your help to tell Attorney General Eric Holder that we won’t stand for our government allowing BP to take a tax write-off for devastating the Gulf. Please add your voice today! And please share this alert with your friends

(cut and paste the link below to sign the petition):

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=R3q8zY%2BdCEY1nXwT1BdbYysTSbvIE3ec

8:49AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

part @

President Obama and members of his administration have consistently spoken out about ending subsidies to Big Oil. Yet, somehow, when the rubber hits the road, deals like the one being offered to BP this week keep propping up an industry that is fueling climate change.

Time is short to turn this around. We need your help to tell Attorney General Eric Holder that we won’t stand for our government allowing BP to take a tax write-off for devastating the Gulf. Please add your voice today! And please share this alert with your friends

(cut and pate the link below to sign the petition):

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=R3q8zY%2BdCEY1nXwT1BdbYysTSbvIE3ec

8:47AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

BP may be about to get a gift from the government for spilling oil in the Gulf of Mexico and we need your help ASAP to cut the deal off at the pass.

BP is finally in court with the Federal Government and a number of affected states in order to determine the fines and penalties they’ll have to pay as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. Great news, right?

Tell the Attorney General, no tax deductions for spilling oil.

Well, unfortunately, word has come out that the Department of Justice may be offering BP a sweetheart settlement deal to BP that could include billions in tax-deductible penalties.

Yes, you read that right: if this settlement goes through BP would be able to take tax breaks as a result of the penalties they are required to pay.

We need to stand up now, before the deal is finalized, to tell President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder that we won’t let this back-room deal be pushed through quietly. Stand with us now to say no, this is not OK!

You know the last time BP was able to write off spill-related expenses? 2010 in the immediate wake of the spill. And you know how much federal income tax they paid that year? NOT A DIME.

President Obama and members of his administration have consistently spoken out about ending subsidies to Big Oil. Yet, somehow, when the rubber hits the road, deals like the one being offered to BP this week keep propping up an industry that is fueling climate change.

8:44AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Tell Eric Holder: Nobody is above the law

Not one of the Wall Street crooks who drove our economy off a cliff has gone to jail. And now we know why.

For the country's top law enforcement official, Attorney General Eric Holder, "too big to fail" has now become "too big to jail."

Shockingly, Attorney General Holder recently admitted as much, saying:

"I am concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy."

Nobody in our country is above the law. But apparently Attorney General Holder has lost sight of that.

Tell Attorney General Holder: "It's your job to prosecute criminals. If you can't bring yourself to prosecute Wall Street crooks, you should resign."

Click the link below to sign the petition (or cut and paste):

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/jail_bankers/?r_by=56093-3102949-goFQpJx&rc=paste-n4

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