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The report begins: "Under fire from Republicans over high gas prices, President Barack Obama on Monday cheered news that the Canadian company hoping to build the Keystone XL Pipeline to carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico would press ahead with a US-only segment of that controversial project."

Demonstrations against the Keystone XL Pipeline before President Obama's appearance in San Francisco, 10/25/11. (photo: Paul Sakuma/AP)
Demonstrations against the Keystone XL Pipeline before President Obama's appearance in San Francisco, 10/25/11. (photo: Paul Sakuma/AP)

Obama Welcomes Southern Keystone Pipeline

By Olivier Knox, The Ticket/Y!News Blog

27 February 12


nder fire from Republicans over high gas prices, President Barack Obama on Monday cheered news that the Canadian company hoping to build the Keystone XL Pipeline to carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico would press ahead with a US-only segment of that controversial project.

"The president welcomes today's news," spokesman Jay Carney said. "We support the company's interest in proceeding with this project."

The southern segment would connect a storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, to refineries in Texas. Carney also signaled that Obama, who last month rejected a key permit for the entire Canada-to-U.S. pipeline, would approach a new application for the rest of the project with an open mind. Because the project spanned the two countries, it required approval of the State Department.

"TransCanada gave the State Department advance notice of its intention to submit a new application for the cross-border segment of the Keystone XL Pipeline, from Canada to Steele City, Nebraska, once a route through Nebraska has been identified," Carney said.

"House Republicans forced a rejection of the company's earlier application in January by not allowing sufficient time for important review or even the identification of a complete pipeline route," he added. "But as we made clear, the President's decision in January in no way prejudged future applications. We will ensure any project receives the important assessment it deserves, and will base a decision to provide a permit on the completion of that review."

House Republicans had forced the issue by giving Obama a 60-day deadline to approve the Keystone permit as part of a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut. The State Department, which has jurisdiction over whether to approve the pipeline, had stalled the project earlier amid environmental concerns. your social media marketing partner


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+144 # WFO 2012-02-27 21:38
We need energy, but the cost of this pipeline in terms of property rights (imminent domain property seizures through many states) and the continued destruction of the Boreal Forest in Canada to mine the low grade oil sands is a price too high to pay.

The one party two headed political system always does the same thing no matter who pretends to be in charge, only the rhetoric is different - and the drones always fall for the head-fake, over and over and over.
+6 # Quickmatch 2012-02-28 10:22
This is not the pipeline--the Keystone XL from Canada pipeline--that you refer to. This line does not access the Alberta Canada oil sands oil. This will carry northern US oil to refinery. It doesn't impact the Ogalala aquifer; it's not even particularly contentious--ju st anothe relatively short addition, from Cushing to Houston/Port Arthur, to the existing 55,000 miles of trunk pipeline in the US
+99 # Tippitc 2012-02-27 22:45
Shame on you Obama!! This is a deal-breaker and what shred of hope I had for you to work for the American people just vaporized!! You are no better than the rest of the criminals in DC. I can't say that I am surprised by your 'caving' to repugs demands once again, I was pretty sure you would. Nice world you are going to leave to your daughters!!
+44 # John Gill 2012-02-27 23:31
Well, by the time the Earth has had it perhaps his daughters will move into Newt's exclusive neighborhood... .on the Moon!
+7 # disgusted American 2012-02-28 00:21

what shred of hope you had that Obama would work for the people??

What about his signing of the NDAA? And that's just one of all the rest of his hope and change farce.

He has taken up where Bush left off and worse.
+3 # universlman 2012-02-29 11:52
wrong - Bush is the gold standard of worse
+117 # fredrad 2012-02-27 22:45
What we don't need is more energy that pushes us relentlessly toward irreversible climate change and being uncompetitive in the development of clean energy alternatives.
+12 # Capn Canard 2012-02-28 10:01
fredrad, I believe we have all the viable clean renewable energy sources that we need to replace oil, and it would be far more economically sustainable. However, the problem is that Oil(a depleting resource) makes the most profit in the current American economy. Based on that alone, it is clear that those in power will do nothing to make a change to new cheaper and abundant viable sources. Long story short: we have the technical means, we just don't have the economic means and especially the political means. Under our political system it won't happen, it can't happen.
+13 # Dukester 2012-02-28 12:09
Good post CC. I would add that the true costs of an oil-dominated economy (and government) are rarely mentioned...tha t is air/water pollution, increased cancers/lung disease, and how about trillion-dollar oil wars. Also, reduction of needed income to workers as they pay for increased gas prices and diversion of money away from our infrastructure/ schools, etc. Canada should step up to the plate and keep the pipeline on Canadian property and bring it to Canadian refineries ("build it and they will come"). Then give full tax credit to Americans for rooftop solar panels and electric vehicles (the technology is already here for solar-powered electrical cars, just need government assistance instead of oil wars).
+27 # DPM 2012-02-27 23:21
At least it wasn't a surprise.
+14 # grandma lynn 2012-02-27 23:57
How many have heard that the oil is pre-sold for non-US destinations? We are wrong twice: we continue dependent on non-renewable, carbon-producin g oil. We send it away, the "last of the ancient sunlight," as Thomm Hartman has phrased it. We are lead by stupid, stupid people. I have to reread, from a long-ago last read, The Petit Prince, with accurately portrayed businessmen being pathetic.
+13 # MizKatz 2012-02-27 23:58
If this pipeline is so safe and beneficial, why don't the XL people run it to the Vancouver, BC port or the St. Lawrence port instead of through our heartland?

As has been reported in various progressive media, this dirty oil isn't for US consumption and it won't lower our pump prices, so why must our farmers have their family farms confiscated for this project?

I wonder how much Keystone money went into Obama's super-pac in exchange for this "blessing"? I would venture a guess that it was the money that changed his mind -- not Republican pressure.
+11 # disgusted American 2012-02-28 00:18
Was all part of the plan. Raise the gas prices at the pump more each week and then cry out, "Republicans forced me to do it."

Nothing new here. Just another game of good cop, bad cop on Capitol Hill.

Wonder how many of the usual Obama and Democrat apologists will drink this I'm-a-victim-of -the-Republican s Kool Aid and proceed to weigh in with their ad nauseum don't ever vote republican.

The last paragraph of the first comment by WFO nails it: ". . .and the drones always fall for the head-fake, over nad over and over."
+13 # unclesam 2012-02-28 00:25
Everybody should just relax. All that happened is that the White House commented favorably on a proposal to build a pipeline from storage facilities in Oklahoma to refineries in Texas. This is not a big deal. This oil is going to be refined. It's already out of the ground. This is just about the method of transportation of oil from Oklahoma to Texas.
+7 # fdawei 2012-02-28 00:32
Who knew he WASN'T going to vote against it? This will be to his eternal shame. Let history treat him the way he deserves to be remembered.
+6 # Larkrise 2012-02-28 00:45
If you are surprised by this, you must live on an alien planet. Obama is a gutless wonder. Instead of educating the public about the real reasons gasoline prices are rising, i.e. oil speculation and Iran punishing Europe, he caves in, as usual. This is what he intended anyway from the getgo.He is all about smoke and mirrors, playing tricks for his own advantage, and big campaign donations. He is a fraud, like all politicians, and very disingenuous. What a shame that we do not have honest, decent, ethical leadership in this country. The few good men and women that are out there, do not have guts enough to take him on.
+11 # rsnfan 2012-02-28 00:45
Could someone please start talking about conservation.
+2 # Jorge 2012-02-28 00:49
No surprise. This is the true Obama. Follow the money. Corporatist Obama wants that Big Money from Big Oil and what better time than now (with manipulated higher gas prices) to have an excuse. Analysts show that even with the Keystone pipeline, due to the global oil market, the maximum reduction in gas prices in the U.S. would be 3 Does the Sierra Club still support this guy? Support Rocky Anderson for a difference.
+6 # Mardi Gras 2012-02-28 00:51
Did Obama HAVE to "welcome" this pipeline?

I don't see that he was under any pressure to do this. this was disappointing to me.

I guess he wants to look good to the oil industry. And I guess he thinks no Republican has a chance at winning the election....

It seems to me that Obama is asking to be "OCCUPIED".
+1 # susienoodle 2012-02-28 01:00
Hey, I'm anti Keystone Pipeline too, and anti fracking everywhere, but just 'cuz he's open to it doesn't mean it's a done deal. I think you fail to see how shrewd a politician he is. Give the guy a little credit.
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-28 11:53
We will see. With all that is wrong with is still going strong and devastating boros
0 # Suavane 2012-02-28 19:07

However, one can't see what you and others see, when one's eyes are blinded by bias!!

When the President makes his decision, then one can praise or denounce his decision based on factual evidence!
+8 # grouchy 2012-02-28 01:12
Anyone still have any doubt that we are owned by the corporations (in this case, the petro ones)?

Remember that greed rules!
+5 # teineitalia 2012-02-28 01:39
please pass me the airsick bag. I think I'm going to barf. Obama is not a stupid man. Why would he cave on this????
+11 # barkingcarpet 2012-02-28 01:43
I am ashamed to be an American, and proud of it. We may as well just kiss our ass's goodbye. Only a revolution of We, the people, will save us from the coming environmental collapse caused by the greed, corruption, and insane policy of the profiteers of destruction. Money will not mean much as nature crumbles.
Shame on us, and U.S. We are governed by the criminally insane and the corrupt.
+3 # Susan W 2012-02-28 01:49
Anything to get reelected. The tragedy is this ploy will work.
+2 # seeuingoa 2012-02-28 01:50
another frustration,
another disappointment,
another reason for not voting.

Don´t vote if no Green Party

+7 # noitall 2012-02-28 02:37
"Under fire from Republicans over high gas prices..." what a bunch of crap! I guess the American public is so stupid that they'll get away with that "reason" to allow "progress". Gas is being exported due to the surplus and gas prices are rising due to speculation by the very people who are using it as a ploy to SCARE Obama into doing their bidding. As if... Anyone else sick of "America"? This place they call "America" is no place I recall. Its a cast of looters destroying this place as Americans watch them carry the castle away stone by stone. Be careful, the military has laid their oaths aside too.
+8 # Ralph Averill 2012-02-28 03:27
This segment of the pipeline is all about exporting gasoline. In fact, the whole XL pipeline scheme is about exporting gasoline. Why make $4 a gallon gas for the US market when you can export it to $8, $9, $10 a gallon markets of Europe. The US is today a net exporter of gasoline. There is a glut of unrefined oil.
I'm not endorsing any of this. For my money, the US won't get smart about energy until we end oil company subsidies and the price of gas here matches the price in Europe and Japan. That won't happen any time soon.
+3 # LML 2012-02-28 03:40
Precisely this is why I cannot vote for this craven sell0out!
+7 # Valleyboy 2012-02-28 04:53
1) High gas prices are a result of Wall Street speculation - up the 1/2 the total price.
2) All this oil will go to Europe anyway to satisfy their diesel shortage.
+5 # walt 2012-02-28 06:39
"Under fire from Republicans..."

This sentence began most important issues Obama has had to deal with. He caved on almost all.

The GOP sure has figured him out and knows exactly how to manipulate him.

"Change we can believe in?"
-2 # Bruce Gruber 2012-02-28 06:49
And where is the research effort to develop a fusion reactor within the next decade to rid of us both fossil fuel dependency AND environmental degradation? Why have highway generated heat and friction failed to offer energy recapture and distribution enhancements?
Research! Research! Research!

We have had no problem creating deficits around Star Wars weapons systems. Toxic waste cleanups and Wall Street bailouts seem to be a rather inefficient way to cover up the destructive nature of the influence of oily greed on mankind's future - to say nothing about its contribution to politics and the effectiveness of governance.
+1 # dick 2012-02-28 07:19
Tragically, it would have been political SUICIDE to openly oppose a pipeline during skyrocketing gas prices & an election year. I am not an Obama promoter but we may need to be patient on this one. Hopefully prices will moderate until the election, then rise & rise, forcing reduced consumption, alternative energy. Personally, I find Obama's refusal to indict or even call out criminal Big Bankers more offensive, since not only is it just, it is politically feasible, even politically advantageous. No excuse. SHAME on him.
-4 # MidwestTom 2012-02-28 07:20
Will this being on the long awaited Hockey Stick curve?
+3 # reiverpacific 2012-02-28 19:17
Quoting MidwestTom:
Will this being on the long awaited Hockey Stick curve?

+6 # angryspittle 2012-02-28 07:57
I thought he'd wait until after November to ok this travesty. I guess his polls are giving him some reassurance. Fucking shame.
+1 # wcandler1 2012-02-28 08:11
Is there no one in Congress who will impeach this man? Repeat after me: "We do not need more carbon in the atmosphere".
+10 # juliajayne 2012-02-28 08:11
Well, not so fast. This part of the pipeline didn't require a presidential permit as outlined in this article from Bill McKibben, founder:

Excerpt: founder Bill McKibben, who has led protests against Keystone XL, gave the following response to the news:

“Transcanada's decision to build its pipe from Oklahoma to Texas is a nifty excuse to steal some land by eminent domain. It doesn't increase tar sands mining because there's still no pipe across the Canadian border, but it's the usual ugly power grab and land grab by the fossil fuel industry -- we'll do what we can to stand by our allies in that arid and beautiful land.”

While TransCanada does not require a presidential permit for the southern half of the pipeline, it still must secure land along the proposed route. Since few people are eager for a pipeline carrying corrosive tar sands oil to run through their backyard, the company has resorted to using eminent domain to grab land away from property owners.

You can read the balance of the article at the web site above, as well as keep abreast of this issue.
+3 # juliajayne 2012-02-28 14:25
He can say he's for it all he wants. But that political expediency talking, because they do NOT need a presidential permit to do this. And as I noted, they have a long fight to get the lands they need by eminent domain.

I'm disappointed in this article. I feel like it was written to incite anti-Obama sentiment. If you want to do something other than carp, go to Credo and sign a petition. Not voting gets you a possible Romney or Santorum for president. And it does matter who is president. They're the ones who will sign what Congress does and if it's still a TP Congress, you don't want to 1. not vote 2. vote 3rd party!
+1 # Onterryo 2012-02-28 08:41
All of the comments above are right. I am disappointed too, but as DPM pointed out it was hardly a surprise. Ideally we would already be using alternative energy sources to the extent that the oil sands projects would be too expensive but the reality is that is not the case. No matter what you or I think of Obama's decision the reality is a non-vote, a spoiled vote or a vote for a third party candidate or a write-in candidate will be a vote for the Republicans. THAT is a vote backward and the reality of politics now is there is no such thing as one step backward two steps forward when it comes to the GOP! It's all backwards!!! NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN!

BTW...loved the line yesterday...Dem ocrats put their hand on the Bible and agree to uphold the Constitution... Republicans put their hand on the Constitution and agree to uphold the Bible.
0 # veggiebabe 2012-02-28 15:45
I do not believe that a write in or Independent will be a vote for the Republicans. That rhetoric has been used over and over - it will be a vote for a write in or and Independent. Make no mistake - it is not only Dems who are dissatisfied with our government - many Republicans are also fed up and are considering doing the same thing!

MAKE NO MISTAKE - THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO WEAKEN THE PARTY SYSTEM. Neil Obermann posted a very good UTube presentation a couple months ago and he urged the same thing. I have seen just as many anti Repug comments from Repugs - more than I have ever seen. WHAT WE ARE ALL SAYING, DEMS AND REPUBLICANS, IS THAT WE ARE NOT AMERICANS FIRST! Everyone is beginning to wake up. Do you think that all of the Occupy people are Democrats? Not at all! This thinking that voting for a 3rd party or doing a write-in scare tactic needs to stop. IT SIMPLY IS NO LONGER TRUE!
+5 # veggiebabe 2012-02-28 16:44
That should be we are NOW AMERICANS FIRST!
+8 # erogers 2012-02-28 08:52
Yes we need energy BUT the Keystone pipeline will not bring it to us. It will not bring the tens of thousands of jobs but only 2000 jobs which will not be permanent. It will not bring lower gas prices because the majority of the final refined product will be exported. But I am sure Obama will once again find a way to wiggle out of yet another promise. Damned pathetic.
+11 # Vern Radul 2012-02-28 08:55
And there are still people who wonder why he grins like that all the time.

Keystone XL will be the SECOND pipeline from the Alberta tars sands to run through the US. It will link with K1 just north of Kansas at Steele City, Nebraska, and extend a link from Cushing to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. KXL would enable Keystone to almost double their oil capacity to 1.1 million barrels per day.


KXL’s consultant testified to Canada’s government that KXL intends to increase oil prices on Midwestern refineries by six dollars a barrel by diverting crude oil to Texas. A report prepared by Purvin and Gertz International Energy Consultants for KXL estimates it will raise Keystone's profits almost two billion dollars per year. Cornell University warns that this will destroy permanent Midwestern jobs by taking 2 to 4 billion dollars more from our economy every year by increasing gas prices 10 to 20 cents per gallon.

The XL pipeline will increase our fuel bill $4 to $5 billion, increasing farmers’ fuel costs by $2.6 billion per year, partly through manipulation. IHS Global Insights estimates every 24 cents rise in gasoline prices costs 410,000 jobs over a two-year period. KXL will hire only 20 new permanent jobs to operate its pipeline, according to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) issued by the U.S. Department of State.
+4 # jcdav 2012-02-28 08:55
Nice play, Shakespeare! Side-dodge two step- but still a cave in...why am I not suprized? This guy is a false flag solo if ever there was one...Is he really still the lesser of the evils? Would a full flight dolt get folks sufficienty fed up to effect real change? Stay Tuned!
+5 # mjc 2012-02-28 09:08
Feel as if we have been betrayed...once again. Obama must be worried about his chances for re-electon to go with this pipeline.
+6 # Elroys 2012-02-28 09:11
Shame on you, Barack Obama. You seem like a very bright caring human being. You know what we face with climate change and other awful environmental destruction we've already done to our earth. You must know what your own children are facing -what all our children are facing. Yet you cave to the nutcases on the far right; you don't use your bully pulpit to communicate the the American people. What is wrong with you? Is there no hope left? No courage to speak the truth? Where is your spine and your soul?
+8 # dwainwilder 2012-02-28 09:16
Look, Pres. Obama, if the XL Pipeline was actually about gas prices, the Canadians would be building a refinery at the border and selling us the gasoline. Got that? Questions?
+3 # cordleycoit 2012-02-28 09:18
There must be two Obamas. Number one is a Conservative Democrat with an eye to the environment the other a corporate shell bailing out the bansters, enforcing draconian drug laws, trashing what is left of the environment and waging war on small countries to steal their resources. I know this sounds like I visiting a Russian nun living in Pahrump NV. Talk about conflicting the truth.
+5 # reiverpacific 2012-02-28 09:53
Well, it looks like nobody at RSN at least, is surprised at this and many predicted it!
Not only a tiny glimmering of democracy dies but another nail is hammered in the earth's coffin by human stupidity.
Anything but R. & D. for progressive alternatives; just the same old short-sighted drive for short-term profit and (perceived) political gain.
Now wait for the new Nook-ee-ler plants!
-16 # Quickmatch 2012-02-28 10:10
Look for gasoline prices to start coming down. Oil production in the North Dakota/ Montana Bakken Reservoir is being restrained by ability to move production from the area to refineries. This will help clear the log jam. This is oil being produced in the USA, people. I don't understand people who gripe about high pump prices, about lack of jobs, about a stunted economy then gripe about something that will help all three.
+1 # reiverpacific 2012-02-28 19:16
Quoting Quickmatch:
Look for gasoline prices to start coming down. Oil production in the North Dakota/ Montana Bakken Reservoir is being restrained by ability to move production from the area to refineries. This will help clear the log jam. This is oil being produced in the USA, people. I don't understand people who gripe about high pump prices, about lack of jobs, about a stunted economy then gripe about something that will help all three.

You DO live on this planet don't you? I'm one of the "New poor" but prefer to pay a bit more and keep toxics out of an already compromised environment.
It's all a bloody Shell-game anyway (no pun intended) and big oil will always profit, no matter what we say or wish.
Remember the Exxon-Valdeze, or the BP gulf disaster and many many more, or is this just "collateral" damage to you? Be interested to know what you drive.
+7 # Biosci 2012-02-28 10:14
Democrat...Repu blican...Libert arian, whatever. All any of these idiots think about is, "The permanent negative consequences won't happen in my lifetime!"
+4 # Billy Bob 2012-02-28 10:40
Remember this?:

I do. Obama is hoping we can't remember his stance from a month and a half ago.

Ever heard of the "DOMINO THEORY"? It's based on the idea that if you stood Obama and Romney right next to each other, and a cool breeze came through the room, BOTH 2-dimensional cardboard objects would fall, knocking each other over.

Gee, now that Obama is FOR it AGAIN, I guess it's the repug's turn to be against it! AREN'T SHELL GAMES FUN?!?!
+3 # lorin23 2012-02-28 10:42
I am saddened by President Obama's decision to allow the pipeline to go forward. I am hoping the people of this country will stop this madness. I understand the price of gas is going up however; is the price too high for the lower price? There has to be something we as people can do together to stop the dependence on oil. Together we can, right President Obama? Yes we can. And when a person gets into office, please remember who put you there and not just your supporters, remember that all the people are depending on you. The most obvious dis-enfranchise d people of the world are the children for they cannot vote. We not only have to think of the people of today but our future, which is our children born and unborn. Remember!
+7 # lcarrier 2012-02-28 10:44
Just as the railroads controlled U.S. politics in the 19th century, big oil controls politics today.
+11 # fredboy 2012-02-28 10:57
So they are GUARANTEEING Keystone will mean lower gasoline prices in the future. If you buy this bullshit, I have several nice bridges to sell you...
+3 # tbcrawford 2012-02-28 10:58
Grover Norquist rants "starve the beast"...Bring it on...Let's just "kill the beast". Raping the land for oil and raping countries for's all the same. It is sick...we are sick.
+2 # Karlus58 2012-02-28 10:59
I'm gonna barf!
+10 # jooberdoober 2012-02-28 11:10
How about regulating the Wall Street "speculators" and make them actually have to take possession of the oil and gas they trade?
"You can't turn on the television or the radio without hearing about record high gas prices, and yet the CFTC has not yet been able to implement Congressionally mandated position limits to put the brakes on excessive speculation in oil and other commodity markets,"
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-28 12:02
Guess Ob doesnot want a second term. I hope he doesnot get it.
Write In anyone
+1 # veggiebabe 2012-02-28 15:25
Exactly - if there is not a good independent, I will write in - I am, however, torn between Bozo the Clown and Goofy! I will probably vote for whomever is running on the green parry ticket.
+1 # seeuingoa 2012-02-28 16:08
Quoting KittatinyHawk:
Guess Ob doesnot want a second term. I hope he doesnot get it.
Write In anyone

Quite right KittatinyHawk, he simply
hasn´t deserved it.

Vote for a Green Party, third party
(Bernie/Elisabeth) but not for the dem or rep.

When you have big money in politics
how can you have a democracy?

F.D.Roosevelt (1938) in a message to congress:

"The liberty of a democracy is in danger
if the people tolerate the growth of
private powers (corporations, Adelson,
AIPAC) to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state
That, in it´s essence is fascism"
+6 # veggiebabe 2012-02-28 13:06
No surprise here! AND, re gas prices - there is no shortage, and consumption is down - IT IS TOTALLY THE SPECULATORS THAT ARE DRIVING UP COSTS! This stupid pipeline will do nothing about that!

I am a life long Dem, but, I have seen that Obama cannot be trusted! He is one of the biggest big oil whores on the planet! He is also a Republican in drag - a two faced SOB who does not respect nor care for the voice of the people! AND, this was a campaign promise - to listen to the people!

He pulled back temporarily because of the election, and he thought we would not notice! What an ass! This pipeline will not create thousands of jobs and will be an environmental disaster not that Obama care about that - he is pushing to get into the Arctic. What happened to sustainable energy - Obama won't even install solar panels on the White House - the ones that are sitting waiting to go up - his excuse? Solar panels on the White House won't stop global warming! What a stupid comment! I am so ashamed that I fell for his BS and voted for him. It will not happen again. I will vote Independent or do a write in. Given the selection of candidates, It is a toss for for me between Bozo the Clown and Goofy!

Oh, and another thing - what about the oil we produce going overseas? Somebody explain that!
+7 # Califa 2012-02-28 13:37
Whoo-hoo! A big ole terrorist target running through the middle of the country!

BTW how much you want to bet gas prices will not go down?
+4 # seeuingoa 2012-02-28 15:50
I´m looking forward to reading a
commentary from Robert Redford!
+3 # Eliza D 2012-02-28 20:05
Check out Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party. We've got to break the stranglehold of only two candidates. I don't know anyone who is looking forward to voting in the Presidential election. Three more nuclear power plants planned with little chance for public input and now this! I just learned from Frontline that the Japanese have NO plans for disposing of the radioactive material from Fukushima, and the three cores are buried under thousands of tons of debris. No one really knows whether there was a nuclear melt-through (in which radioactive material goes directly into the ground) or not. God help us.
0 # easter planet 2012-02-28 23:37
Obama approves Southern Keystone = Obama is an A-hole, a Republican, and an environmental criminal.
0 # whatmeworri? 2012-02-29 12:20
Please vote! Write in anyone if you don't have a candidate,but as dubious as the elections are (!) at least mW (monkeyWrench)
the Election Farce. I have a candidate (Ron Paul) but if he fails by Nov, I may write in Bugs Bunny, as Bugs wouldn't allow GMO carrots and has a sense of humor. Occupy my fellow 'mericans. Dont give up. Never give up.
+3 # Old Man 2012-02-29 14:26
Remember the Gulf of Mexico is the "Toilet" for the oil companies like B.P. Now the Greed of these companies want to screw-up the land as well.
We can not let this happen.
+3 # Steve5551 2012-02-29 20:18
If your only hope is the political system of the USA and traditional fossil fuels for energy sources you, I am afraid, are in for more disappointments and frustrations. Peak oil has probably already happened and these petroleum related issues are not going away. It may sound primative but we all need to learn to live in community, simplify and to be more self-sufficient in food production.

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