Skip to comments.Approving Keystone XL could be the biggest mistake of Obama's presidency
Posted on 02/02/2014 6:33:34 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
A State Department report fails to take into account the full climate impacts of Keystone XL. Who is Obama protecting?
I have made my position on the Keystone XL pipeline quite clear. Approving this hotly debated pipeline would send America down the wrong path. The science tells us now is the time that we should be throwing everything we have into creating a clean 21st century energy economy, not doubling down on the dirty energy that is imperiling our planet.
Now that the State Department has just released a final environmental impact report on Keystone XL, which appears to downplay the threat, and greatly increases the odds that the Obama administration will approve the project, I feel I must weigh in once again.
The simple fact is this: if Keystone XL is built, it will be easier to exploit fossil fuel reserves large enough to drastically destabilize the climate. A direct pipeline to refineries and global markets makes the business of polluting the atmosphere that much cheaper and easier.
The only truly accurate examination of the pipeline would include a full cost accounting its environmental footprint. It needs to take into account how much energy is consumed in refining and transporting the crude from oil sands. It must acknowledge that the pipeline would lower the cost and raise the convenience of extracting and exporting the incredibly carbon-intensive deposits of oil.
There are two main issues at stake in the Keystone XL decision: path dependency and US leadership. Path dependency is the term use to describe the fact that once a policy is put into place, it then constrains future options to those within that policy framework. More simply, the choices we make now determine what choices we get to make in the future....
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Consider the source: The Guardian is a Marxist rag.
He hasn’t approved it. And is this hockey stick Mann saying this?
More “global warming” hysteria from a enviroloony wing nut.
If I only had a brain.
I thought he had been discredited and joined Michael Moore producing fantasy films.
I suppose we should follow Germany’s path?
“Consider the source: The Guardian is a Marxist rag.”
I;ve been saying it more than a THOUSAND times. Funny Freepers still use this source when during the 2003 Iraq war they pretty much cheered for every American soldier’s death and the editors even tried to “arrest” Dick Cheney in the UK.
Is michael mann hospitalized in a mental institution? He should be.
This is the jerk from Penn State (Mr. Hockey Stick) that is suing Mark Steyn.
He’s an ideologue.
“The simple fact is this: if Keystone XL is built, it will be easier to exploit fossil fuel reserves...”
There’s the key part of the statement, from Mr. Fraudulent Hockeystick.
Isn’t Mann suing someone for having “called him out?”
Yep Solar power going to heat all those homes in Obammy land....and you get a free bag of tofu and bean sprouts with every kilowatt!/s
He’s suing Mark Steyn for saying mean things about him
I agree. We should do all we can to remain as dependent as we can on Arab oil. /s
Michael Mann makes Al Gore look like a genius.
I see that Michael Manniac has not given up playing hokey with his broken stick.(sic)