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State Departmentís Keystone report prompts divisive response
The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2013 | Guy Taylor

Posted on 03/01/2013 4:41:59 PM PST by jazusamo

The State Department released preliminary findings of a new environmental impact study surrounding the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but made no clear recommendation as to whether the the pipeline should be held up for environmental or economic reasons.

Reporters trying to make sense of the nearly 2,000 pages of findings were flummoxed by one senior State Department official who stressed that the document “does not come out one way or the other and make a decision” about whether the U.S. should or should not go forward with the project.

Years of heated debate have surrounded the proposed 1,700 mile pipelined that would transport oil sands from Canada through the U.S. to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico coastline. But Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones told reporters that it remains “somewhat premature” to get into questions of whether Keystone would result in seriously negative impact on the environment.

Pro-pipeline groups applauded the findings Friday evening, while Environmental groups responded with immediate frustration — claiming the State Department had only confused an already complicated fight over the project, permits for which were previously blocked by the Obama administration amid environmental concerns.

One the one hand, the findings suggest that big-picture environmental concerns — such as those related to green house gases and global warming — are irrelevant on grounds that western Canada’s oil sands will eventually end being developed and made into burnable fuel whether the White House continues to block the Keystone pipeline or not.

One the other hand, the findings make a clear case that if the Obama administration allows Keystone to go forward, the long-term impact of the project may result in a significant increase the amount of so-called “green house gasses” being pumped into the atmosphere by U.S. consumers.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: Nebraska; US: North Dakota; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: energy; environmentalists; jobs; keystonexl; obama; pipeline; statedepartment
Even though the State Dept impact report is favorable the enviro-nazis are still screaming the sky will fall.
1 posted on 03/01/2013 4:42:15 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: thackney

FYI Ping!


2 posted on 03/01/2013 4:44:32 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo
Barry lied to the enviros to get their votes last November?

I'm shocked, I tell ya.

3 posted on 03/01/2013 4:50:03 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
Agreed...I just wonder what kind of a deal he had with the corrupt Trumka and other union thugs.
4 posted on 03/01/2013 4:52:20 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

The way Trumka was talking it was almost as if someone had quietly given him the impression Barry would double-cross the enviros in a second term.


5 posted on 03/01/2013 4:56:56 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

That could well be it, the two thugs are tight as ticks.


6 posted on 03/01/2013 5:01:11 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo
Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones:


7 posted on 03/01/2013 5:23:11 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

This whole thing is so much B/S. The pipeline was approved by the State Department 2 years ago. Since when does the State Department get involved in digging up some sage brush???


8 posted on 03/01/2013 5:28:59 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (Some times I wake up grumpy,,, other times I just let her sleep.)
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To: jazusamo

The House needs to target State for some serious budget cuts. They keep blowing it across the globe and now their spoiling the nest.


9 posted on 03/01/2013 6:00:03 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: BooBoo1000

It’s GOOD to be Assistant Secretary for Oceans!


10 posted on 03/01/2013 6:12:57 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jazusamo

Large campaign donor Warren Buffett makes about One Million $$ per train load hauling this oil thru cities, over wet lands, and other endangered areas.

A pipe line would avoid those endangered areas but leave less money for the dear leader.


11 posted on 03/01/2013 7:31:41 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

Is that some kind of renewed call from State for NIMBYs against production and wealth?


12 posted on 03/01/2013 8:20:22 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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