Sunday March 3, 2013, 7:33 am
Needless to say, I am one of the people who is upset at the recent State Department release of their Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Ironically, they got most of the facts right, but used them to come to a conclusion that they do not justify. I also think some folks are being far too quick to blame this on Obama.
I think many of us feel betrayed and deeply disappointed by the EPA, once an agency that held some degree of credibility with the American populace has worked a coy deception. The actual building of the pipeline may not have much deep environmental impact however, once the Tar Sand OIL is released, that will no longer be true. None of this can be viewed in isolation, from the building of a pipeline across farm land and over deep clean water reserves to some of the worst of all possible refining, people - human beings and all forms of life will pay an extreme price for those will gain nothing more than short term profit.
Sunday March 3, 2013, 8:39 am
I was extremely disappointed by this EPA report, although not surprised, given past decisions it has made concerning water safety, fracking, etc. The partisan stuffing of its staffers you mention explains a lot. Due to First Nations court challenges to his west coast pipeline, challenges to his muzzling of science and leaked reports that contradict official government claims on the safety of the tar sands project (the scandals are becoming a daily event), XL is Harpers' last hope.
Let us hope that POTUS sees this as the partisan document it is and acts for the good of all life currently on this planet.
Thanks for the post TC.
Sunday March 3, 2013, 8:54 am
What I have learned about reports - you can always find someone to write a report the way you want it and the EPA is no exception! If you look at the REAL science and look at the record in Canada, you can see exactly what is going on and how horribly bad this is! I am afraid that Obama and the State Dept. just like EVERY OTHER POLITICIAN ON THE PLANET is bending over and whoring to big oil.
One of Romney's election promises was that he would immediately pass KXL. So, it is left up to the public to stand firm, protest and block it is necessary. Why should a foreign country be allowed to bully American citizens, attach their lands, pollute their environment, for a dirty pipeline for which only the oil company and elected officials will benefit! The product it is carrying will be refined into jet fuel and diesel fuel and shipped overseas! Total Petroleum already has the routes mapped on it's website!
Sunday March 3, 2013, 9:11 am
Obama, I believe, will be handed and accept (maybe not privately) that what he is told is the truth and will allow this. We must remember, that MONEY is the "god" of this land now. The very day the protesters were in Washington showing our nation's true feelings about this, Obama was playing golf with..
TEXAS OIL BARONS.
Texas has POWER !!!!
It is OWNED by Republican BIG BIG HUMONGUS MONEY.
We have miles and miles AND MILES of "undeveloped" land just waiting to be exploited and miles and miles of COASTAL ACCESS.
We have low taxes for corporations and NO STATE INCOME TAX !!!!!
We have JOBS and are GROWING rapidly, best in the NATION.
That we are also the EPITOME of all the downsides of these things is no surprise.
Money stalks...truth walks.
Personally, Beverly....I want Perry the TWIT to continue on this path of destructive and ill conceived, anti-human and totally oppositional to humanity, policies. He is the best thing that has happened to grow the democratic party in Texas in many years. Keep on Perry, you have saved us money and grown the democratic movement in ways your narrow and tiny mind could not begin to understand.
Sunday March 3, 2013, 11:15 am
All being done under the guise of providing jobs....really stupid especially when we could be providing jobs in rebuilding the infrastructure and creating environmentally friendly energy sources. Instead we'll get an environmental nightmare and the only jobs then will be trying to clean it up. And we all know how well that goes.
Sunday March 3, 2013, 1:01 pm
I am furious about this but yet am not at all surprised. Clearly, they are not looking at the big picture nor are they looking at the long-term effects of developing and producing oil from the Tar Sands. Sheeple really believe that it bring jobs and we will get some of that oil. Right, and pigs can fly. The media is so helpful to the greedy rich people. If the oil doesn't kill us, the food will kill us. Washington doesn't give a rat's ass about the American people unless you are at least a millionaire.
Sunday March 3, 2013, 1:33 pm
Thanks Tom for the excellent post. I was very disappointed with their conclusion, but did did stick out for me was the line you high lighted "blocking the pipeline wouldn’t make any difference in the U.S.’s high consumption of oil" Just block it then! We should, as you suggest, keep calling, emailing and signing petitions. Read and noted.
Sunday March 3, 2013, 11:41 pm
I heard on the radio news that the EPA draft report was in on the Keystone XL and that the pipeline was looking more and mor favourable. The thought was that John Kerry would recommend and Mr Obama would sign. But in this news report, it said the building of the Keystone XL would provide no unmanageable risks. Now I have a question: Does that mean just the building of the pipeline, or does that mean the building and the operation of the pipeline? I see that as two totally different scenarios — one with manageable risks, the other with horrendous environmental risks (pipeline spills) over and above the contribution to polluting the general environment.
As far as Harper and his harlots (glad you like that name) go, Harper certainly has a vested interest in Alberta since his riding is there (difference with American system — the Prime Minister represents a riding and there are no limits as to the number of times a Member of Parliament can be re-elected).
In addition to the Keystone XL, there is the Enbridge or Northern Gateway pipeline that will travel through central BC — through pristine rainforest, the Great Bear Rainforest — on its way to the coast for shipment through very dangerous waters in large tankers to the US and China. Additionally, Kinder Morgan, a Houston Texas based company, is trying to get permits to build a pipeline from the tar sands to Burnaby (part of Metro Vancouver) and expand its operations there, There are a lot of Canadians oppposed to these pipelines and the great potential for disaster.
Instead of all this money on dirty fossil fuels, alternate clean and renewable energy should be the only option. I will keep signing petitions until I am blue in the face for all three. As Floyd Red Crow Westerman said in a 2004 video, it is time to listen to the earth; it is time to live with respect to Mother Earth.
Monday March 4, 2013, 7:07 am
Anyone who thinks that the department heads appointed by this admistration are acting independently can also buy that bridge in Brooklyn! This was predicted well before the election when we could have stopped the environmental insanity of the last four years. Instead we get this plus God knows what. to come. We need leadership and not the socialist school type either.
Saturday March 9, 2013, 3:38 pm
Harper, of course, had Republican help in cheating his way into power in the Canada he's stated he wishes to make unrecognizable through destruction...
20-year-old Isabel Brooks and two of her friends locked themselves inside a segment of the Keystone XL pipeline -- a controversial pipeline being built to carry toxic tar sands oil to the US coast for export -- to protest its construction. While inside the pipe, they discovered something shocking: there are actually holes in the Keystone XL pipeline, created by faulty welding.
But moments after snapping a photo of the light coming into the supposedly airtight pipe, Isabel was arrested and held for 24 days in prison. An hour after her arrest, TransCanada laid that segment of pipeline in the ground without inspecting it.
Sign our urgent petition to TransCanada to get independent inspection for every single inch of the Keystone XL pipeline to identify and fix any holes in the pipe.
Despite federal regulations making independent inspection mandatory, TransCanada pipeline contractors hire their own pipeline inspectors. Without truly independent oversight, TransCanada can cut corners, and rubber stamp inspections. And when TransCanada cuts corners, communities, farmland, water, health and the planet suffer.
What’s really scary is that if Isabel found one segment of faulty pipeline, it’s likely there are others.
TransCanada has a legacy of pipeline spills. In the Keystone pipeline’s first year of operation, it spilled 12 times. This is a huge moment to show just how dangerous the KXL pipeline really is. With each day that passes, TransCanada is moving ahead with the construction of this pipeline, potentially burying more uninspected pipe, and putting more communities at risk.
If we speak out now we can make sure that TransCanada’s legacy of spills is stopped before it’s too late.
Sign our urgent petition to TransCanada now demanding independent pipeline inspection.
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Emma, Angus, Kaytee and the rest of us
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