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Study Warns of Economic Damage in a Keystone Pipeline Spill
New York Times ^ | 03/14/2012 | Dan Frosch

Posted on 03/14/2012 12:59:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A report released on Tuesday by Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute concludes that the economic damage caused by potential spills from the Keystone XL pipeline could far outweigh the benefits of jobs created by the project.

The institute, which advocates the creation of union jobs in renewable energy and analyzes sustainability issues, said that more than a million people work in agricultural or tourism jobs in the six states along Keystone XL’s route and that the economic costs could be considerable if a major spill occurred.

The risks of an economically damaging accident are higher than those for conventional crude, the report said, because pipelines carrying oil sands crude are more prone to spills, an argument long made by opponents of the Keystone XL project.

The report cited a spill from an Enbridge Energy pipeline in July 2010 that dumped about 843,000 gallons of oil sands crude near Marshall, Mich., and has been especially difficult and expensive to clean.

“Given where the pipeline is scheduled to go, it’s not inconceivable that a spill like the Enbridge pipeline spill could occur,” said Sean Sweeney, the institute’s director and a co-author of the study. “And if it contaminated a major waterway in a remote area, it could take a long time to deal with.”

TransCanada, whose application to build Keystone XL was rejected by President Obama in January, dismissed the report and cited an initial review by the State Department that found the pipeline would have little adverse environmental impact if operated properly.

Terry Cunha, a spokesman for TransCanada, said the company stood by its projections that Keystone XL would create thousands of jobs. “Common sense will tell you that you can’t build the largest infrastructure on the books in the U.S. right now without a significant number of people,” he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at green.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: keystone; keystonepipeline; oilspill; pipeline; spill

1 posted on 03/14/2012 12:59:54 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
There's been a pipeline spill? Who knew?

OBAMA KEYSTONE, OBAMA KEYSTONE
2 posted on 03/14/2012 1:02:19 PM PDT by FrankR
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To: SeekAndFind

I remember hearing the same story about the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline.


3 posted on 03/14/2012 1:03:12 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just think of the economic damage which results from a multi-vehicle pileup on the interstates. We should never have built the interstate highway system. < / sarcasm >


4 posted on 03/14/2012 1:03:21 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Need to have the “Department of Shut the hell up” contact Cornell.


5 posted on 03/14/2012 1:05:53 PM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You pay someone enough for a study, their findings will be what you want.


6 posted on 03/14/2012 1:06:38 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: SandRat

Ah yes, the one about how the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline would wreak havoc on the caribou herds. Here's pictorial proof.
7 posted on 03/14/2012 1:07:02 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hire a consultant, they will prove anything you want.

“Most” consultant’s that are involved into politics will sell their soul to the devil for one silver dollar.


8 posted on 03/14/2012 1:08:19 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: pfflier

Just think how many jobs will be created just to clean up the spill. Using Obama economics, we should perhaps just dump oil all over the place and reach full employment.


9 posted on 03/14/2012 1:09:42 PM PDT by organicchemist
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To: SeekAndFind

If the terrorists don’t cut it or blow it up, the enviros will- just to prove that it was “dangerous” all along!


10 posted on 03/14/2012 1:15:44 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Study Warns of Economic Damage in a Keystone Pipeline Spill

Well, we'll certainly see the economic damage from NOT building it.

Besides.....there's HOW many oil drills, etc in OK, TX, etc for a hundred years and there's been HOW many spills?

11 posted on 03/14/2012 1:16:44 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SeekAndFind
A report released on Tuesday by Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute

ROTFLMAO! Now there's a group you can believe :^)

Drill here, drill now, pump it down from Canada!

12 posted on 03/14/2012 1:17:07 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bull shiite!!!!!


13 posted on 03/14/2012 1:20:14 PM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: SeekAndFind
Did these knuckleheads take into account how the oil itself will benefit the economy by fueling it? The jobs created around the pipeline are just icing on the cake.
14 posted on 03/14/2012 1:26:37 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: SeekAndFind
A report released on Tuesday by Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute concludes that the economic damage caused by potential spills from the Keystone XL pipeline could far outweigh the benefits of jobs created by the project.

I can do this too! And without an expensive University report!

The economic damage caused by potential accidents from vehicles on the nations highways outweighs the benefits of individuals being able to move around their communities, states, or the country

The economic damaged cause by people, especially children, who might drown in a bathtub outweighs the benefits of being clean The economic damage caused by the potential for bicycle accidents outweighs the benefits of people using bicycles.

My God, these cretins are stupid!!!!!

15 posted on 03/14/2012 1:28:08 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder just why pipelines that carry oil-sands oil are more prone to spills?

Interesting facts from the 800,000 gallon spill cited in the article:


Have any municipal water systems been affected by the spill?

Marshall and Battle Creek municipal water systems have not been affected by the oil spill. To date, there have been no indications that the spill has contaminated any municipal water supply system. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA sets legal limits on the levels of certain contaminants in drinking water to protect human health. Water systems have routine water testing schedules and methods that they must follow to detect contaminated water. These rules also list acceptable techniques for treating contaminated water.

Will my private well be impacted by the oil spill?

Calhoun County Public Health Department and Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services officials have been evaluating the potential impact the spill has had on private water wells. The health departments continue to conduct a systematic evaluation of private drinking wells located within 200 feet of either side of the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek. At this point, no well contamination has been detected.


16 posted on 03/14/2012 1:28:46 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Democrats love direct democracy until it's time to vote on something. Then they scream for a judge)
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To: SeekAndFind

But the grants etc from the Dems soars at that University. No doubt they will have a bunch of “IF” statements but no “This is how you do it:. I believe they are the Presidential “Nay Sayers” as O has no ground to stand on other than these types of MORONS.


17 posted on 03/14/2012 1:31:24 PM PDT by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. We need a solvent)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another Chicken-Little opinion from a liberal think tank.


18 posted on 03/14/2012 1:33:42 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Vigilanteman
Caribou herds like the warmth the pipeline provides

Reality: Thirty years later we can see the effects of the pipeline on the caribou. Walter Hickel, a former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and governor of Alaska, said that the B>caribou herd has not only survived, but flourished. In 1977, as the Prudhoe region started delivering oil to America's southern 48 states, the Central Arctic caribou herd numbered 6,000; it has since grown to 27,128.
19 posted on 03/14/2012 1:34:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: Vigilanteman
Caribou herds like the warmth the pipeline provides

Reality: Thirty years later we can see the effects of the pipeline on the caribou. Walter Hickel, a former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and governor of Alaska, said that the caribou herd has not only survived, but flourished. In 1977, as the Prudhoe region started delivering oil to America's southern 48 states, the Central Arctic caribou herd numbered 6,000; it has since grown to 27,128.
20 posted on 03/14/2012 1:35:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

Remember in the 1970s when we were told the Trans Alaska Pipeline wold turn the state into an oil soaked moonscape and kill all the caribou? 35 years after the pipeline was built Alaska is still pristine and there are even more caribou.


21 posted on 03/14/2012 1:35:59 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another Chicken-Little opinion from a liberal think tank.


22 posted on 03/14/2012 1:36:47 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: The Cajun

The Ministry Of Truth goes by many different names.


23 posted on 03/14/2012 1:37:11 PM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Predictible Pinch, carrying his dear leader’s water, attempts a laughably obvious distraction/propaganda article over the Keystone Pipeline disaster inflicted on the country by this anti-American administration. LeniR would be proud.


24 posted on 03/14/2012 1:38:34 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SeekAndFind

The only economic damage being done is the result of Obama’s foolish decision.


25 posted on 03/14/2012 1:40:58 PM PDT by pallis
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To: SeekAndFind
Gee, Wally: when the "Global Labor Institute" says it's a bad idea...

Marxist trash. From Cornell, no less (a/k/a The City of Evil). I guarantee you not one of them has ever held a remunerative job, much less created one.

26 posted on 03/14/2012 1:42:23 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Search is your friend.
27 posted on 03/14/2012 1:45:47 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind

>>>about 843,000 gallons of oil sands crude near Marshall, Mich.<<<

Which is about 20,071 barrels.

To put it in perspective, the Alaska pipeline produces about 671,000 barrels per day. That’s down from 2.1 million barrels per day in 1988.

A barrel of oil would fill about four 10-gallon fish tanks, with two gallons left over. I just measured the 10-gallon tank on my desk here to see how big it is, and for good measure added some inches - it’s about 1-by-1-by-2 feet in volume. A barrel would be four of those stacked up.

My back-of-the-napkin estimatation is that the spill in question would cover about four football fields with about five feet of crude, or maybe ten football fields in about 18 inches of crude. It isn’t a hell of a lot, but stating the amount in gallons makes it seem enormous.

Back in the days when I was a journalist, one of my primary jobs was called “perspective.” Now, 843,000 gallons sounds like a lot, but covering ten football fields with about a foot and a half of crude is really the image that people should have trying to get a mental picture of the size of the spill. (I don’t know if my math is correct, either - I do have a job that I’m ignoring right now.)

A long time ago I had to describe a pollutant which was described in several parts per billion. I figured out that meant a few tablespoons of whatever it was in Lake Oswego.

You get a good idea why I was drummed out of that line of work, too. C’est la vie.


28 posted on 03/14/2012 1:49:20 PM PDT by redpoll
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To: redpoll

And if I don’t drive a car I won’t have a wreck. Or buy gas, insurance, tires (made from oil)etc..


29 posted on 03/14/2012 1:58:11 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: SeekAndFind
A study just published in the cornish chicken press has shown 400,000 mosquitoes will have to be removed to New York. Totally unacceptable. However, further study suggests that if the bugs can be forced to stay in the hick south approval might be considered. In our super survey of the fine staff who prepared this thorough report it is recommended that the bugs stay where they are and oil. Go electric golf carts!
30 posted on 03/14/2012 2:12:52 PM PDT by captnorb
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To: SeekAndFind
Study Warns of Economic Damage in a Keystone Pipeline Spill

And that is different than the 10s of thousands of miles of existing pipeline in what way?

31 posted on 03/14/2012 2:30:43 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Think of the jobs that the clean up will create.


32 posted on 03/14/2012 2:36:36 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What I am woried about is an alien spaceship crashing into the Keystone pipe line and getting covered with oil (oil might be a posion to aliens) If they died we might be involwed in an interplanetry war because a greedy US wanted oil. Better leave the oil in Canada to protect those alien explorers/s


33 posted on 03/14/2012 2:47:01 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: SeekAndFind

Windmills are the most dangerous thing made by man


34 posted on 03/14/2012 2:51:45 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: organicchemist

I think they tried that in Louisiana a few years ago.


35 posted on 03/14/2012 2:54:39 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: SeekAndFind

‘potential spills’

The key word is potential. Use can use that stupid argument for not going outside because you could potentially get hit by a car.


36 posted on 03/14/2012 2:58:05 PM PDT by doc
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/globallaborinstitute/about/

About the Cornell Global Labor Institute
‘A Sustainable World is Possible’ event on April 18, 2005

The Cornell Global Labor Institute was established in 2005 to work with trade unions in the US and internationally in developing solutions to some of the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.

One of the main goals of the Institute is to help union officers, staff and activists gain a deeper understanding of the policies and institutions that shape today’s world, and assist in bringing unionists based in different countries into contact with each other for meaningful discussions on strategy and policy. The Institute also facilitates dialogue between unions and other civil society organizations and movements in order to build and strengthen lasting alliances around shared concerns.

The Institute also seeks to make a contribution to the development of policies and perspectives that can transcend the limitations imposed by national and cultural barriers. It aims to help forge international social solidarity based on workers’ rights, environmental protection, needs-based sustainable development, and the extension of economic democracy and popular participation in shaping communities and societies.

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/globallaborinstitute/sponsors/

Cornell Global Labor Institute
16 East 34th Street, 4th Floor, 212-340-2840

Global Labor Institute Partners

The Cornell Global Labor Institute has partnered with many organizations since its launch in 2005. These include:
Unions

AFL-CIO
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
American Federal State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Canadian Auto Workers (CAW)
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP)
Communication Workers of America (CWA)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (IBB)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Longshoremens Association (ILA)
International Longshore and Warehouse Workers (ILWU)
International Transport Workers Union (ITF)
Laborers International Union of North America
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Seafarers International Union (SIU)
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Transport Workers Union (TWU)
United Auto Workers (UAW)
United Farm Workers of America
United Mine Workers of America (UMW)
United Steelworkers (USW)
Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA)

NYC/NYS Locals

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
American Federal State County and Municipal Employees Local 420
Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802
Communication Workers of America Local 1109
Communication Workers of America Local 1180
District Council 37/ AFSCME
Domestic Workers United
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3
Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund
New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)
Professional Staff Congress CUNY (PSC CUNY)
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199
Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) Local 137
Social Service Employees Union (SSEU) Local 371
Transport Workers Union Local 100
United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500
Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 1-2
Writers Guild of America East (WGA East)

Organizations collaborating with GLI on Content and Programs

350.org
Blue-Green Alliance
Center for American Progress
Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
European Trade Union Confederation
Food and Water Watch
Global Coalition for Climate Action (GCCA)
Global Labor Strategies
Institute for Policy Studies
International Transport Workers’ Federation
Jobs with Justice
Labor Network for Sustainability
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Public Services International Research Unit
Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Iniative
Red Vida
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Sustainlabour Foundation
Third World Network
Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD
Transportation For America
UC Berkeley Labor Center
Union of Concerned Scientists
University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center
US Climate Action Network
Via Campesina
Workforce Development Institute
Worldwatch Institute


37 posted on 03/14/2012 3:01:34 PM PDT by maggief
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/globallaborinstitute/about/

About the Cornell Global Labor Institute
‘A Sustainable World is Possible’ event on April 18, 2005

The Cornell Global Labor Institute was established in 2005 to work with trade unions in the US and internationally in developing solutions to some of the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.

One of the main goals of the Institute is to help union officers, staff and activists gain a deeper understanding of the policies and institutions that shape today’s world, and assist in bringing unionists based in different countries into contact with each other for meaningful discussions on strategy and policy. The Institute also facilitates dialogue between unions and other civil society organizations and movements in order to build and strengthen lasting alliances around shared concerns.

The Institute also seeks to make a contribution to the development of policies and perspectives that can transcend the limitations imposed by national and cultural barriers. It aims to help forge international social solidarity based on workers’ rights, environmental protection, needs-based sustainable development, and the extension of economic democracy and popular participation in shaping communities and societies.

http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/globallaborinstitute/sponsors/

Cornell Global Labor Institute
16 East 34th Street, 4th Floor, 212-340-2840

Global Labor Institute Partners

The Cornell Global Labor Institute has partnered with many organizations since its launch in 2005. These include:
Unions

AFL-CIO
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
American Federal State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Canadian Auto Workers (CAW)
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP)
Communication Workers of America (CWA)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (IBB)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Longshoremens Association (ILA)
International Longshore and Warehouse Workers (ILWU)
International Transport Workers Union (ITF)
Laborers International Union of North America
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Seafarers International Union (SIU)
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Transport Workers Union (TWU)
United Auto Workers (UAW)
United Farm Workers of America
United Mine Workers of America (UMW)
United Steelworkers (USW)
Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA)

NYC/NYS Locals

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
American Federal State County and Municipal Employees Local 420
Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802
Communication Workers of America Local 1109
Communication Workers of America Local 1180
District Council 37/ AFSCME
Domestic Workers United
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3
Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund
New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)
Professional Staff Congress CUNY (PSC CUNY)
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1199
Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) Local 137
Social Service Employees Union (SSEU) Local 371
Transport Workers Union Local 100
United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500
Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 1-2
Writers Guild of America East (WGA East)

Organizations collaborating with GLI on Content and Programs

350.org
Blue-Green Alliance
Center for American Progress
Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
European Trade Union Confederation
Food and Water Watch
Global Coalition for Climate Action (GCCA)
Global Labor Strategies
Institute for Policy Studies
International Transport Workers’ Federation
Jobs with Justice
Labor Network for Sustainability
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Public Services International Research Unit
Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Iniative
Red Vida
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Sustainlabour Foundation
Third World Network
Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD
Transportation For America
UC Berkeley Labor Center
Union of Concerned Scientists
University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center
US Climate Action Network
Via Campesina
Workforce Development Institute
Worldwatch Institute


38 posted on 03/14/2012 3:02:27 PM PDT by maggief
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To: SeekAndFind

There are tens of thousands of pipelines criss-crossing this country. One more isn’t going to make any difference to the environment at all.

What it will do is offset a certain quantity of oil normally bought from OPEC. And now you know the source of the caterwauling.


39 posted on 03/14/2012 3:12:19 PM PDT by marron
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To: SeekAndFind
said that more than a million people work in agricultural or tourism jobs in the six states along Keystone XL’s route and that the economic costs could be considerable if a major spill occurred

First - the author is trying to convey a falsehood; that ANY "spill" will affect the entire one million people in the six states along the pipeline route - which is nonsense. Second - the author says the economic costs "could be considerable"; they could be minimal too. No one has a crystal ball.

an Enbridge Energy pipeline in July 2010 that dumped about 843,000 gallons of oil sands crude near Marshall, Mich., and has been especially difficult and expensive to clean

First - "expensive" by what standard, and does that standard take into account the economic benefits the Enbridge pipeline had already delivered? And second, does "difficult and expensive" automatically mean "impossible"? In other words, when there is an accident are we able to account for it, rectify its damages and recover from it, and if so, do the costs of that recovery exceed the economic benefits derived from the pipeline before and after the recovery? Likely not.

Given where the pipeline is scheduled to go, it’s not inconceivable that a spill like the Enbridge pipeline spill could occur

And it is just as "conceivable" that a catastrohpic spill on the keystone pipeline may never occur!!!!

The NYSlimes never fails to confirm why I quit reading them years ago.

40 posted on 03/14/2012 4:15:22 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: relictele
The Ministry Of Truth goes by many different names.

How precisely right you are.

41 posted on 03/14/2012 8:18:28 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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