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Congress' Letter To The President To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

Environment  (tags: CO2emissions, climate-change, habitatdestruction, pollution, greenhousegases, Keystone Pipeline, Hazardous Waste, Planet )

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The President received a 5/23/2013 letter from 30 house members who said No to XL Pipeline dated 5/23/2013. Latin American Herald Tribune published President Vetoes Canada-Texas pipeline today leId=463557

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JL A (281)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 7:50 pm
Thanks Sherri--important story and I am so glad to know who those 30 speaking up for the American people and our interests are!!

Sherri G (128)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 7:55 pm
My CA Representative Anna Eshoo sent me a copy of the letter 30 House Representatives sent to the President Dated today. In another link which you may cut and paste into your browser is a veto of the XL Pipeline by President Obama. Interesting the only place I could find his veto was in the Latin American Herald Tribune. Republicans are not likely to let go of this easily - stay tuned.

Gina Caracci (219)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 9:02 pm
Thank so much Sherri! Im surprised I havent heard about this on the news..

At least the republicans greed did some good for a change..
for now anyway...

. (7)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 9:20 pm
Thank you Ros for signing everything against the XL Pipeline. I am no longer in America, but as you said it's bad for the environment and bad for the planet, I hope it can be stopped. It's great to know there are 30 house members saying "No", as well as the people, just maybe we can win this. Thanks for this story Sherri.

James Merit (144)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 10:58 pm
Thank you.

Sherri G (128)
Friday May 24, 2013, 12:08 am
Thanks to all of you for your comments. If we can keep the Keystone XL Pipeline from traversing the US so billionaires can make even more billions then the American People will have really accomplished something. This pipeline has already done major damage for spills in Arkansas. Sent all stars except those I couldn't because I did so in the last 24 hours.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 24, 2013, 2:44 am
Obama Administration Vetoes Canada-Texas Pipeline
WASHINGTON – The U.S. government said Wednesday it has decided not to give permission for a proposed pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, a project hailed by the domestic oil industry but denounced by environmental groups and landowners along the proposed route.
“The Department of State recommended to President (Barack) Obama that the presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline be denied and that, at this time, the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline be determined not to serve the national interest,” the department said.
Obama, who had delegated the process of evaluating the project to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said in a separate statement that he agreed with her agency’s recommendation.
The department said it recommended denying the permit because a move by congressional Republicans to fast-track a decision on the pipeline had left it with “insufficient” time.
It added that its “denial of the permit application does not preclude any subsequent permit application or applications for similar projects.”
The Obama administration thus has left the door open for Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. to reapply for a permit at a later date after coming up with a more environmentally acceptable route.
The proposed 2,735-kilometer (1,700-mile) pipeline would transport crude bitumen from the western Canadian province of Alberta to the Texas coast. Based on the original route, staunchly opposed by environmentalists, the duct would have run through the states o Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.
Due to those concerns, the State Department said in November it would evaluate alternative routes that would avoid the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills area of Nebraska and it estimated the review process would be completed and a decision made in the first quarter of 2013, or after the presidential election.
Sensing a political opening, congressional Republicans attached a clause requiring an accelerated decision on the pipeline – a project they claim will create 20,000 jobs – to a payroll tax cut extension bill passed in December.
Congress gave the president 60 days to either approve the pipeline or explain why it is not in the national interest, putting him in a politically awkward position since giving the green light would enrage a portion of his base while rejecting it could make him seem uncommitted to bringing down high unemployment and bolstering energy security.
Opponents of the Keystone XL have stressed the environmental damage they say the pipeline would cause in the Sand Hills area, especially due to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and the destabilization of sensitive ecosystems.
thanks Sherri for info :))

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday May 24, 2013, 2:46 am

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday May 24, 2013, 2:56 am
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Thanks Cherri for the update. Noted and shared on FB.

Sherri G (128)
Friday May 24, 2013, 3:05 am
Thank you Magda for the additional information. It was good to see the environmentally friendly representatives 30 of them who signed the letter to the President recommending he not grant the permit. US residents can choose to look up who recommended against granting the Keystone XL Pipeline. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the American People and our representatives continue the fight to stop this insidious destruction of the US. Canada's rich elite like the US rich elite are backing the pipeline and fracking. We must not give up the fight.

Friday May 24, 2013, 5:06 am
"Bad for America, bad for the environment and bad for our beautiful planet "
i agree...
Thank You, Sherri.

divergent revolution (309)
Friday May 24, 2013, 6:32 am
Good intentions.
But it's official, we have passed the carbon toxicity levels already.

Even if keystone fails, we are doomed.
Thanks Sherri

Sheryl G (363)
Friday May 24, 2013, 7:10 am
This Representative said:

Which is why I’m urging President Obama to reject final permitting for the project. He is currently awaiting a final assessment of the project from the State Department to determine if Keystone XL is in our “national interest.”

So this isn't a halt. Obama already approved part of the pipeline earlier. He just backed off because of election time. Give me a break people, the only two Candidate that would of stood up to this was with the Green Party or the Justice Party but not enough voted for them. Everyone too busy with the voting of the lessor of two evils, depending on what side of the coin one was on.

Well hate to tell you, both were IN the Pockets of the Big Money, the Oil Barons. Both were IN the Pockets of Wall Street and the Banksters and both were NOT environmentally friendly. Obama speaking of "clean coal" that is a dead giveaway he wasn't environmentally friendly.

Stop voting along Party lines and start voting for Candidates that have our environment in mind......else none of the other stuff will matter, be it on guns, medical, women's rights, gay rights or whatever the cause is. It will not matter if we destroy our Earth.

Even if Obama votes this pipeline down, there are plans to go across the State of Maine, there are plans to go across Canada to British Columbia.

The Greedy Heartless Ones see only $$$$ and they do not care if they ruin an eco system to gain that $$. In fact one of them was said, I'll be dead before it happens anyways, so what do I care.

You see the type of mentality we are dealing with, when $$ for one is more important than the continuation of the Earth or anyone or anything upon the Earth. His thoughts on the matter is, by that time I'll be dead anyways. So screw the rest of you and any future for anyone.

Michela M (3964)
Friday May 24, 2013, 7:32 am

lee e (114)
Friday May 24, 2013, 11:49 am
The most important fact is that KXL also represents further carbon rises in our already saturated 400parts per million experienced now - tha atmospheric capacity is 350

Sheryl G (363)
Friday May 24, 2013, 12:37 pm

It is as simple as that....we have no other choice now.

Hugo L (255)
Friday May 24, 2013, 2:48 pm
Noted, thanks Sherri

Sherri G (128)
Friday May 24, 2013, 7:29 pm
Thank you Dandelion, Michela, Hugo, Tasunaka, Anna for your comments. Sent stars except where I've done so in the past 24 hours. Couldn't agree more that the carbon levels continue to rise. Asthma is common place now 400 parts/million explains it a lot doesn't it.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 10:23 am
The article in the Herald refers of course to the FIRST veto years ago when Hillary was in office. But we HOPE to soon read a similar veto by the prez, it's not summer yet and his coming decision better be the right one and WITHOUT a corrupted "scientific assessment" from the DOS! Thx Sherri.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 10:33 am
It's of vital importance-if not even more important- that Canadians fight Harper and his govt. plans for this desastrous project! As Sheryl correctly stated, the alternative routes in the plan are just as deadly.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 1:17 pm
Noted, thx

Anders Jonsson (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 1:18 pm
Noted! thanks for sharing!

Cathe romano (52)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 2:06 pm
The XL Pipeline or anything having to do with tar sands oil transportation is bad news. Glad to see that Congress is taking action even if it is only a handful of them. Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 2:14 pm
HATE all these tar sands pipelines! GRRRRRRRRR!

David C (131)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 2:33 pm more poisoning our world.

. (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 3:26 pm
Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Ryan Yehling (49)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 8:41 pm
Thanks for sharing!

Sherri G (128)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:02 am
Thank you for your comments Angelica, Wim, Anders, Cathe, Lynn, Dave, Lauren, and Ryan. Sent stars to all. Angelica and Dandelion I couldn't agree more that there is no acceptable route for this nasty, polluting, and hazardous tar sands crap. We wait and watch President Obama's reaction to the May 23, 2013 letter he received from 30 representatives asking him to veto.

Michael M (60)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:24 pm

While uncountable innocents are doomed, yet the demand/momentum of this tragedy will continue.

But as Dandelions sez, even this great Ill is a source of change.

Mind wandering across care2, as the Wolf still hobbles in too much pain to walk, I remember a day high under a thundering sky pouring rain filling the sediment down the wash around us. I call you to a remembered song:

"Well take a look at that
I made a castle in the sand
Saying this is where it's at; you know
Couldn't understand now -
If I realised that the chances were slim
How come I'm so surprised when the tide rolled in?

I wanna live on solid rock"

That was by Mark Knopfler of the appropriately named Dire Straits.

Sherri G (128)
Monday May 27, 2013, 1:28 am
Thank you John, Michael, and Nyack for your comments. Sent stars. Have a good Memorial Day to all. Sherri
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