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Keystone Pipeline Politicians Threaten Animals

Animals  (tags: keystone pipeline, tar sands, animal life, wildlife conservation, animal welfare, animal law, dirty fuel, oil companies, TransCanada, America, Canada, North America, oil sands, America Heartland, pollution, Obama, farmland, agriculture )

- 2630 days ago -
President Obama appears ambivalent towards the importance of sustaining animal life by giving the United States Congress the right to approve the Keystone expansion unless he immediately rejects the scheme.


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Yvonne F (181)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 10:40 am
What a shame! The poor animals need a voice, a strong voice! Thanks for posting, Deb!

Elizabeth P (99)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 10:44 am
Great read, Thank You Deb, Happy New Year! Hopfully more people will stand united against this greed.

. (1)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 10:47 am
Noted. Thank you Deb.

Constance F (418)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 11:00 am
Thank you for the update and very concise, spelled-out article, Deb. I have been sitting here for about 5 minutes now, with nothing enlightening to add. The majority of the members of Congress are not intelligent people. I am serious, I am not trying to be glib. They are also exceedingly arrogant and think their right without a shadow of a doubt. The combination of stupidity and arrogance is scary and these are the people in power. No doubt in my mind that enviromental orgs will fight this, and the only thing I can think right now to do is support them both in action and monetarily. Jeez, this is really depressing....I am getting depressed. Signing off...

Constance F (418)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 11:05 am
O yes, forgot to add - have already signed and signed today petitions in article.

Stelizan L (258)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 11:59 am
Thanks for sharing, Deb - will try to sign right now! Compliments of the season to everyone - may the 'best' of 2011 be the 'worst' we experience in 2012!! We can still dream, can't we?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 12:03 pm
all petitions signed. will re-post tomorrow in groups :)

Lisa N (204)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 1:21 pm
Signed all of these petitions previously, thank you Deb. Let's hope Obama stands strong for the enviroment & not cave on the "it will create more jobs" argument.

Terry King (113)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 3:11 pm
Actions taken

Mary T (178)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 3:14 pm
Thanks Deb all petitions signed and shared.

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 3:28 pm
Thanks, Deb, all signed (as a gazillion of the like...). In my humble opinion, President Obama should take a firm stand against this project; may he take heart from many Americans who are against it and thus would sure applaud such a decision of his. Going green and acting democratically are great values!

Carlene V (202)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 3:33 pm
Of course, they all know the right thing to do, let's hope they do it.

Ruth McD (839)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 4:46 pm
Noted. Really sad. We are the voices for the animals. Thanks for the article Deb.

Anne Settanni (152)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 6:28 pm
thanks Deb petitions signed and shared-God help us protect the animals of this earth!

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 11:09 pm
Another great article, Deb! I didn't realize that Mitch McConnell was so heavily involved in promoting this disaster, but I can't say that I'm surprised. It appears that very few will benefit from allowing this pipeline to snake its way from one end of our country to the other --except big oil, of course. Considering the risks involved, the potential danger to our water supplies, farmland and wildlife, and the fact that the refined oil will probably be exported, it's a no brainer that we should reject the pipeline. We have to keep up the pressure on our legislators!

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 11:28 pm
Noted. I signed every petition I hadn't already signed. Thanks for making these opportunities so easily available to us, Deb!

Danuta W (1251)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 2:38 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 2:42 am
Action taken!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 6:55 am
Sadly noted.

Waltraud U (85)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 7:32 am

Nancy Roussy (79)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 8:36 am
Petitions one to nine fourteen fifteen already signed petitions ten twelve thirteen I cannot sign petition sixteen's link does not work but entering keystone pipeline in the search engine when there is the error code there are four petitions that come out which are already signed and noted, thank you!

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 8:36 am
Noted, petitions signed.

Valerie H (133)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 2:50 pm
It is HORRIBLE enough that we have the wretched tar sands here in Canada.....I would certainly NOT want another environmental DISASTER to work its way down to our American friends...killing your wildlife and creating more environmental damage in your country!!!!

Thank you for posting......

Myron Scott (70)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 3:03 pm
Signed them. I agree about wildlife, although BHO has no authority to shut down the tar sands. That's Canadians' job. Also, I think this analysis, as others have done, misreads what Congress passed and BHO signed. It does not allow Congress to evade the Constitutional veto power. That's part of the fundamental Constitutional separation powers scheme, and I really don't see anyone at SCOTUS but Thomas upholding such a blatantly unconstitutional interpretation.

Eternal G (734)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 3:23 pm
Thanks Deb, signed all related petitions...we need to END ECOCIDE!!!

David C (80)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 5:31 pm
trying my best to sign, having trouble with

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 11:46 pm
Noted & signed some petitions.

Elsie Au (259)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 2:44 am
Thanks for the article. Petitions signed. I think it is really a time to reduce our demand on oil, not to find more oil to supply our demand, nothing gonna last forever and none can sustain the human's growing demand on any natural resources.

Waltraud U (85)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 6:27 am
Noted, .......... politicians ?

Ingrid A (524)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 7:01 am
Very sad. Thank you for the article Deb.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 2:28 pm
Thanks for an excellent article as usual Deb! Noted and so signed!

Laurie S (73)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 7:07 pm
Good post!!

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Friday January 6, 2012, 9:57 am
All signed, thanks and Happy New Year Deb !! :-) Lets win some for the animals.

Farah Hage Ali (155)
Friday January 6, 2012, 11:43 am
noted and signed, thank you

Ann L (15)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 2:07 pm
Noted and signed

Richard B (6)
Friday February 17, 2012, 1:55 pm
Here's a reply from Marco Rubio for a petition I sent him:
Dear Richard,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding your concerns about the Keystone XL Pipeline.

As you may know, in 2008, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP proposed the creation of a network of pipelines designed to provide America with a safe and reliable supply of energy resources from one of our greatest international allies, Canada. The final component of the three-phase project, the Keystone XL pipeline, would be capable of transporting up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil per day to refineries within the United States, increasing the total Keystone network capacity to nearly 1.3 million barrels a day. Construction of the 1,700-mile pipeline will create more than 20,000 American jobs and, once fully operational, the Keystone XL pipeline will reduce our demand for oil imported from hostile and unstable regions of the world, like the Middle East. Although approval for the Keystone XL pipeline had been under review by the federal government for over three years, the Obama Administration announced in November 2011 that a final decision will be even further delayed until after his reelection campaign ends in November 2012.

At a time when Florida families and businesses are struggling with staggering levels of unemployment, high energy costs, and slow economic growth, the last thing Washington should do is unnecessarily delay projects like this pipeline that would create American jobs, increase our energy security, and promote economic prosperity. It is with this thought in mind that I joined 38 of my Senate colleagues in co-sponsoring the North American Energy Security Act (S. 1932). S. 1932 would have required President Obama to end this unnecessary bureaucratic delay and make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days of the law's enactment unless he determines the pipeline is not in the national interest. Subsequently, on Saturday, December 17, 2011, I, along with 88 of my colleagues, voted to end this bureaucratic hold-up by supporting the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 (H.R. 3630), which included provisions similar to S. 1932. President Obama signed the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 into law on December 23, 2011. However, on January 18, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that they will not approve the permits for the Keystone XL pipeline.

I am disappointed in the decision made by the Obama Administration. While I understand the need to balance environmental concerns with economic benefits, I remain supportive of the Keystone XL pipeline and the important contribution it will make to our ailing economy and future energy security. I feel that this project is so important to our national interest that I have joined a bi-partisan group of 43 Senators in co-sponsoring legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and also provide for environmental protection and government oversight (S. 2041). I welcome the opportunity to continue working with my colleagues on ways to spur strong economic growth, job creation, and energy independence, and will remain mindful of your concerns as we address this, and similar issues in the 112th Congress.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. It is an honor and privilege to serve the people of Florida. If I can be of any further help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Marco Rubio
United States Senator

Richard B (6)
Friday February 17, 2012, 5:04 pm
Whenever big business wants to move a project forward, they just have to push the "jobs" hot button. Big business knows the public and the politicians are sensitive about the jobs issue. Yet, after big business got what they wanted, jobs never seem to materialize the way they said they would.
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