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By Tiffany Germain and Jackie Weidman Friday, the State Department released a revised draft environmental impact assessment of the Keystone XL pipeline project that irresponsibly ignored the dire environmental impacts of building the pipeline. In response to the announcement, environmental advocates — including Bill McKibben of 350.org and Sierra Club’s Michael Brune — held a press call to highlight one of the most unbelievable aspects of the analysis: that Keystone “is unlikely to have substantial impact on the rate of development of the oil sands.”
Rail shipments of Canadian crude oil sands are on track to quadruple this year.
A draft State Department report concludes that building the Keystone XL pipeline would not speed up development of Canada’s oil sands, dealing a blow to environmentalists who claim Keystone would worsen climate change.
The U.S. State Department’s “Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Keystone XL Project” released on Friday evening, makes no mention of the impact on the world’s climate that would result from construction of the proposed Pipeline.
Washington’s political wars rarely match reality back home. So when politicians and K Street lobbyists peddle the $7 billion Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, you can bet the red meat rhetoric about jobs and national security -- fanciful charges according to independent analysis -- is straight out of the game plan from DC’s most popular blood sport; trolling for petro dollars. But outside the rarefied circles of Washington, voices of a different world hold sway, voices of people who care more about community health and their children’s future than the Faustian bargains and false promises of Big Oil.
WASHINGTON—Prime Minister Stephen Harper upped the ante for the Alberta oilsands Monday, telling a Washington audience that Canadian oil will be heading for Asian markets regardless of whether the United States okays the controversial fuel. Harper, speaking on the heels of a one-day North American Leaders Summit at the White House, said the mere fact that cancellation of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline is possible leaves Ottawa with no choice but to aggressively pursue other export markets to safeguard Canada’s economic future. Harper stressed that with U.S. public opinion “pretty overwhelmingly” in favour of Keystone, he remains confident the project to as much as double the southern flow of Alberta bitumen will ultimately win approval from Washington.
Last week, President Obama announced plans to fast-track the southern portion of the dirty Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, from Cushing, Oklahoma to Port Arthur, Texas.
By Bill Mann, MarketWatch PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (MarketWatch) — An important Canadian captive must be freed, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made clear in his new budget last week and in a speech delivered in Washington.
By Matthew Little Epoch Times Staff Created: April 8, 2012 Last Updated: April 9, 2012
Suddenly everyone is lowering expectations for Canadian crude oil.
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EDMOND — President Barack Obama is responsible for fewer jobs, higher gas prices and less opportunity, Gov. Mary Fallin said Saturday by giving the Weekly Republican Address.