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January 16, 2014
The time for a decision on Keystone is now, even if it’s not the right one. We can’t continue in this state of limbo.
John Baird, Canadian Foreign Minister • Demanding an answer from the United States, on whether or not the country will approve construction of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, during a speech in Washington D.C. on Thursday morning. Approval of the pipeline has been delayed several times, and lawmakers aren’t currently expected to reexamine the issue until later this year. source
15:14 // 7 months ago
July 27, 2013
Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator. There is no evidence that that’s true. The most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline, which might take a year or two, and then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in an economy of 150 million working people.
President Obama, in an interview with The New York Times • Dismissing the argument, by proponents of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline project, that the construction of such would generate a meaningful number of American jobs. This is just one of the arguments against the pipeline that Obama seemed to voice sympathy for in his comments with the paper — he also argued the pipeline would not impact American gasoline prices, as oil shipped to the gulf coast would largely be exported to foreign markets. source
20:03 // 1 year ago
May 11, 2013
Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-immigration lobby, FWD.us, is already losing big names. Among them is Tesla Motors founder and eco-friendly exec Elon Musk, who took issue with the group’s willingness to work with politicians on issues directly against his own—such as Keystone XL. “I agreed to support Fwd.us because there is a genuine need to reform immigration. However, this should not be done at the expense of other important causes,” he explained. Former Yammer exec David Sacks also jumped ship, but the group says they don’t plan to change tactics. (By the way, it’s worth noting that Tesla Motors had a really awesome quarter recently.)

Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-immigration lobby, FWD.us, is already losing big names. Among them is Tesla Motors founder and eco-friendly exec Elon Musk, who took issue with the group’s willingness to work with politicians on issues directly against his own—such as Keystone XL. “I agreed to support Fwd.us because there is a genuine need to reform immigration. However, this should not be done at the expense of other important causes,” he explained. Former Yammer exec David Sacks also jumped ship, but the group says they don’t plan to change tactics. (By the way, it’s worth noting that Tesla Motors had a really awesome quarter recently.)

14:13 // 1 year ago
February 17, 2013

Climate change protest: Thousands descend on DC, press Obama to stop Keystone XL pipeline

  • 35k protesters showed up at the White House on Sunday to rally regarding the president’s expected-to-be-forthcoming decision on the Keystone XL pipeline—as well as to hold the president to his statements on climate change. ”This movement’s been building a long time. One of the things that’s built it is everybody’s desire to give the president the support he needs to block this Keystone pipeline,” said one of the lead protesters, 350.org’s Bill McKibben. source
16:41 // 1 year ago
October 16, 2012
…part of that is bringing in a pipeline from Canada…
Mitt Romney, hitting President Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline. His response: “We already built enough pipeline to wrap around the earth… I’m all for oil, I’m all for pipelines, but I’m not for ignoring everything else.”
21:23 // 1 year ago
This has not been Mr. Gas, Mr. Oil, or Mr. Coal. Just ask the people working in those industries.
Mitt Romney, tearing into President Obama on his energy policies, restraint in issuing drilling permits, and the price of gas nationally. 
21:18 // 1 year ago
January 18, 2012

Obama administration reportedly turns down current Keystone pipeline plan

  • then Last November, the Obama administration announced they were delaying a decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project. This elicited outrage from many Republican lawmakers, and temporary relief for many environmentalists.
  • now The administration has decided to reject the pipeline as currently proposed, but this isn’t the end; TransCanada can still apply a plan to re-route the pipeline around an environmentally sensitive part of Nebraska. Which means now we all get to wait for round two. source

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15:35 // 2 years ago
December 16, 2011

Worst compromise ever: Democrats get slight payroll tax cut extension

  • deal The Democrats, after much pushing, got through a modest two-month extension of the payroll tax cuts which Republicans had long fought against. This sounds like a pretty crappy victory.
  • compromise However … it came at a cost: Democrats had to give up on their plan to tax millionaires, and Obama has to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Wow, they sure twisted the GOP’s arm! source
21:25 // 2 years ago
December 13, 2011
If Sen. Reid wants to hold up the jobs bill, he will go on Santa’s naughty list.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) • Offering a somewhat … uh, interesting take on the House’s passage of a payroll tax cut, which Republicans pushed through with a fairly large caveat — it would speed up the process of approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which was delayed until 2013 to give some time to examine environmental issues brought up by critics. The bill is expected to die in the Senate, and even if it weren’t, Obama would most likely veto it. The divided Congress is under the gun to pass a payroll tax cut and a spending bill to fund the government beyond Friday. Sounds like a fun week, all. source (viafollow)
20:39 // 2 years ago
August 30, 2011
newshour:

A map of the proposed Keystone XL, also called Tar Sands, pipeline.
It could carry crude oil some 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast in Texas.
A friendly and safe new source of oil for the U.S. or an environmental disaster waiting to happen?

For anybody curious what exactly is being proposed when you hear the name “Keystone XL,” here’s the route it would chart. James Hansen, the climatologist and head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested today during the protests against the pipeline plan outside the White House (so was Daryl Hannah, for that matter).

newshour:

A map of the proposed Keystone XL, also called Tar Sands, pipeline.

It could carry crude oil some 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast in Texas.

A friendly and safe new source of oil for the U.S. or an environmental disaster waiting to happen?

For anybody curious what exactly is being proposed when you hear the name “Keystone XL,” here’s the route it would chart. James Hansen, the climatologist and head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested today during the protests against the pipeline plan outside the White House (so was Daryl Hannah, for that matter).

17:16 // 3 years ago