Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:15 PM
pampango (24,222 posts)
From Canada: CBC: Kerry speech ominous for Keystone XL pipeline
In yet another potentially ominous sign for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, John Kerry used his first major address as secretary of state on Wednesday to make an urgent call for comprehensive action on climate change. While Kerry made no mention of Keystone XL specifically, his State Department will soon decide the $7-billion pipeline's ultimate fate because it crosses an international border.
Keystone XL, which would carry bitumen to the U.S. Gulf Coast from Alberta's carbon-intensive oilsands, is considered a symbol of "dirty oil" by American environmentalists. They're stepping up their efforts to urge President Barack Obama to make good on his recent rhetoric on climate change by rejecting the pipeline.
There have been signals that the pleas of environmentalists are not falling upon deaf ears at the White House.
Kerry's remarks on Wednesday came less than two weeks after his meeting at the State Department with Baird. He was non-committal about Keystone in his joint news conference with Baird, and was rumoured to have been tepid about the pipeline during their private meeting.
Some of this is a bit of 'reading tea leaves' rather than any definitive statements, but it is an interesting look at Kerry's speech today from a Canadian perspective.
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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:32 AM
JI7 (56,598 posts)
6. there is still a chance the deal might have already been made
Kerry's speech was what he has always been saying and what he is hoping will be the case with him as Sec of State.
still, i think you need to continue to contact the president, sec of state, and senators to oppose this.