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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:50 PM

60 Groups to John Kerry: Prioritize Climate Change, Reject Keystone XL

link to contact yourself to express your opposition http://contact-us.state.gov/app/ask

also contact the President and Congress.


<Secretary Kerry takes the helm at the State Department in the midst of a permitting process for the pipeline that will complete an environmental review of the impacts of the pipeline as well as an evaluation of whether the pipeline is in the national interest. Previous reviews by the State Department have been considered to be faulty or too limited. That is why NRDC and other organizations have put out a Keystone XL checklist outlining key issues where a fresh and objective review is required:

How Keystone XL will lead to an increase in harmful carbon pollution that would otherwise not occur.
TransCanada’s poor safety record and the safety of tar sands pipelines. Unfortunately, the State of Nebraska signed off on a new route that not minimize the risk to precious water resources.
How the Keystone XL pipeline is an export pipeline that will go through America – not to it – and would not support U.S. energy security.
That low-income communities will bear a disproportionate share of the contamination including refinery emissions from processing dirty tar sands.

One of the key problems with the State Department’s previous analysis was its faulty conclusion that Keystone XL would not affect the growth of tar sands development or lead to an increase in harmful carbon pollution. In fact, the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a fundamental element enabling the tars ands industry to triple production to over 5 million barrels a day by 2030 and to more than 9 million barrels a day over the longer term. Keystone XL would lock the U.S. into a long-term commitment to an energy infrastructure that relies on dirty oil.>


http://theenergycollective.com/danielle-droitsch/182791/kerry-keystone-xl

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:59 PM

1. K&R.

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:43 PM

2. I wish Kerry WAS the one to decide, but, the deal was made by State Dept years ago.

Everything going on now is dog and pony show. I fear our best hope is that Kerry curbs some of the worst aspects of the deal.

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Response to blm (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 06:33 PM

3. And you know this how, exactly?

I'm sorry, but the last thing we need right now is a whole bunch of Sad Sams and Debbie Downers out there spewing their crap out there.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:04 AM

6. Um, you couldn't be too focused on this issue or you'd know why some of us 'know'

there is good reasoning behind the disappointment in our posts. Bill Clinton has been pushing for Dems to accept the Keystone deal the last few months since the election. Hillary was ready to sign the deal 4 years ago. Nothing has changed, except the left pushed back hard and Hillary didn't want to lose support from the left for the next primary.

Any claim that the 'decision' hasn't been made is pure political CYA - it was always a State Dept. decision and there is no way Hillary spent the last 4 years 'studying' the review process and could not reach a decision. She and Bill were always for it, Bill is STILL selling it to DC Dems and lawmakers, and the MSM will be there to remind Obama how much the WH is perceived to owe them both for the outcome of the election.

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But the rumor is that Clinton’s State Department is nonetheless about to recommend approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which the top climate scientists in the nation have unanimously called a terrible idea. As far as I know, though, Clinton’s subordinates haven’t reached out to ask them why. For more than a year now, it’s been one of Washington’s worst-kept secrets that Clinton wants the pipeline approved. And why not? Its builder, TransCanada, hired her old deputy campaign manager as its chief lobbyist and gave lobbying contracts to several of her big bundlers. Leaked emails show embassy officials rooting on the project; it’s classic D.C. insiderism. (And, weirdly, her rumored successor is just as involved—Susan Rice has millions in stock in TransCanada and other Canadian energy companies.)

And in one sense it doesn’t make much difference. Everyone in the capital’s also known that the Keystone decision, in the end, will come down to President Obama, who will weigh State’s findings and then rule whether the pipeline is in the national interest. When that happens, we’ll find out if he’s a more modern politician than Hillary, or if he’s still fighting yesterday’s wars too.
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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/09/hilary-clinton-and-obama-s-dismal-record-on-the-environment.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/09/hillary-clinton-keystone_n_2268536.html

http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/29/bill-clinton-we-should-embrace-keystone-pipeline-video/

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Response to blm (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 02:12 PM

7. Yes, I AM in the loop, contrary to what you may have thought.

Now, of course, I'll grant you that stranger things have happened before, so I guess we'll see.

Most indications suggest that Keystone isn't likely to go through, at least not in its entirety. You also may have forgotten that Kerry is our new SecState now, and he's a lot friendlier to us than he is Big Oil.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 02:30 PM

8. Then you missed the point. That deal was made before Kerry and Kerry was left to

sign it so Clinton would be protected politically for the primary. All we CAN hope for is that Kerry will curb the most onerous aspects.

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 07:19 PM

4. I don't have reason to doubt that Kerry will act in some fashion.....

Only problem is, we're not the only customers. There's also China and several other countries.....

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Response to JI7 (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:23 PM

5. The excuses at DU when the admin approves this debacle

should be hilarious.

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