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Wheaton reports: "As bad as they argue the 1,700-mile pipeline would be for the planet, Keystone XL has been a boon to the environmental movement."

Following last month's massive protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline, local actions are taking place across the US and Canada. (photo: Ben Powless)
Following last month's massive protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline, local actions are taking place across the US and Canada. (photo: Ben Powless)


Keystone XL Pipeline Fight Lifts Environmental Movement

By Sarah Wheaton, The New York Times

26 January 14

 

Environmentalists have spent the past two years fighting the Keystone XL pipeline: They have built a human chain around the White House, clogged the State Department’s public comment system with more than a million emails and letters, and gotten themselves arrested at protests across the country.

But as bad as they argue the 1,700-mile pipeline would be for the planet, Keystone XL has been a boon to the environmental movement. While it remains unclear whether President Obama will approve the project, both sides agree that the fight has changed American environmental politics.

“I think it would be naïve for any energy infrastructure company to think that this would be a flash in the pan,” said Alexander J. Pourbaix, president of energy and oil pipelines at TransCanada, the company that has been trying to get a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline since 2008.

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+1 # bingers 2014-01-26 10:54
Why a pipeline, why not build a refinery 100 yards from the fracking?
 
 
+1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2014-01-26 20:14
Sometime ago, perhaps six months or so, an article was published on your idea. Came down to cost anaysis. A refinery or more than one costs more than the pipeleine, the rights of way, pumping stations, etc. Frankly, since the State Department already approved the condensate line, the line which will deliver chemicals across the border to Canada to be mixed with tar sands gloop, make it easier totransport and pump. I would't get too excited that the Keystone Pipeline will not be approved. Horrible as it sounds to you, me, the rest of civilization and the planet. Frankly, we do not have enough "High Power trusted personalities, politicians, speaking out in a relentless way in the national media to crush the idea that building of the pipeline is "game over" for the planet. Hell, we cannot get good media coverage that the city of Newport Beach, and Balboa Island which is part of Newport Beach are building new, higher and raising sea walls to prevent flooding of that city, the island and beautiful areas of the Pacific Coast.
 

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