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New State Dep't. draft report promising for backers of Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline

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UPDATE: Here is the draft report.

Here is Josh Rogin's piece, including a reminder that it is only a draft, not a policy document, and here's an excerpt:

The Natural Resources Defense Council issued a statement late Friday afternoon insisting that the new plan does not address its concerns.

"The facts remain absolutely clear: the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in our national interest. Mining the tar sands would be a disaster for our climate," said NRDC Canada Project Director Danielle Droitsch. "Piping it through the heartland would put our ranchers and farmers at risk. And sending it to the Gulf only makes our country a dirty oil gateway to overseas markets. It's not in our national interest. It's a bad idea. It needs to be denied."

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Well this is disheartening, to say the least.

Via an email alert from Politico:

A new State Department draft report makes no clear recommendation on whether the U.S. should approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it also downplays some of the warnings from green activists who say it would pose a major threat to the Earth's climate.

Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones told reporters it's "premature" to say whether the findings of the draft report suggest an endorsement of the pipeline project. Stressing that the report is a draft, Jones said the State Department is "really looking for the public debate at this point."

Still, parts of the report seem to be a blow to environmental groups that have made defeat of the pipeline one of their top demands of President Barack Obama. But it's promising for backers of the project, who said the Canadian crude oil could fuel dreams of energy independence.

For more information... http://www.politico.com

Again, Tar Sands Pipelines won’t bring the dirtiest oil on earth TO America, they bring it THROUGH America.

To repeat: One argument for the pipeline project is profit. However, all the money in the world is meaningless if 1) nobody is around to enjoy it, and 2) it’s spent on health care that will become increasingly necessary to treat symptoms and diseases resulting from a toxic environment.

The “Earth may be near tipping point.” However, we know why the GOP insists that there’s no climate change. Nevertheless, the GOP insists on pushing a dangerous project like Keystone despite the fact that it would create very few long term jobs, gas prices would increase, dependence on foreign oil would not lessen, and Bill McKibben and NASA’s Jim Hansen both warn that it would be “essentially game over for the climate” if this crackpot project gets the go ahead.

This is a potentially catastrophic project.

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PhotOH! San Francisco Says "No" to Keystone XL tar sands Pipeline

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Tar Sands Pipelines won’t bring the dirtiest oil on earth TO America, they bring it THROUGH America.

A whole lot of people agree:

Big fat major credit goes to @wizardkitten for these. We are posting them with permission.

Her post is here. Please read it:

Some choice shots from the Forward on Climate Keystone protest in San Francisco that drew over 4,000 today. ... Tens of thousands across America raised their voices in concern.

She also linked to this information at HuffPo:

A Nebraska utility says the new route for a proposed oil pipeline that would carry Canadian crude oil through the state will delay work on electric transmission lines for the pipeline. Nebraska Public Power District officials said they won't be able to build the transmission lines by the deadline TransCanada set for the end of 2014.

NPPD Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent said there's no way the transmission lines will be ready by 2015, the Columbus Telegram reported. [...]

Environmentalists oppose the project because they worry the pipeline could contaminate groundwater reserves and threaten ecologically sensitive areas in Nebraska and other states along its 1,700-mile path.

Here's a link to some photos of the DC protest.

And here are more PHOTOS: 35,000 Protesters Demand Immediate Climate Action At ‘Largest Climate Rally In U.S. History’

One argument for the pipeline project is, of course, profit. However, all the money in the world is meaningless if 1) nobody is around to enjoy it, and 2) it's spent on health care that will become increasingly necessary to treat symptoms and diseases resulting from a toxic environment.

The “Earth may be near tipping point.” However, we know why the GOP insists that there’s no climate change. Nevertheless, the GOP insists on pushing a dangerous project like Keystone despite the fact that it would create very few long term jobs, gas prices would increase, dependence on foreign oil would not lessen, and Bill McKibben and NASA’s Jim Hansen both warn that it would be “essentially game over for the climate” if this crackpot project gets the go ahead.

This is a potentially catastrophic project, and once in awhile, it would be nice if people trumped profits, if human lives and health concerns trumped corporate interests, and if *real* pro-life attitudes trumped political "pro-life" bull pucky.

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GOP Keystone Kops, er, Clock vs. Alec Baldwin, Morgan Freeman on climate change, Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

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Big Oil is determined to get its way when it comes to the Keystone XL oil tar sands pipeline, especially if our own State Department and president decide to support this potentially catastrophic project, which is a real possibility. Republicans couldn't be more giddy.

But while the GOP is posting widgets to pressure President Obama on Keystone...

... This message should be taken much more seriously:

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“Your legacy as 44th President of the United States rests firmly on your leadership on climate disruption. Only the president has the power to lead an effort on the scale and with the urgency we need to phase out fossil fuels and lead America, and the world, in a clean energy revolution."

The Hill:

In a new messaging campaign, the committee’s GOP members have plastered a “Keystone Clock” on its website that shows 1,606 days have passed since TransCanada Corp. filed its September 2008 application for the oil sands pipeline with the State Department.

vs. The Hill:

Actors Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman are among the stars warning President Obama that his legacy will rest on what he does to stop climate change. 

In an advertisement that ran Monday in Beltway publications, the stars call on Obama to exercise “the strongest resolve in fighting the climate crisis on every front.” [...]

The ad is signed by 30 people, including actors Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson and Susan Sarandon and musicians Adam Levine, Bonnie Raitt and Jason Mraz in addition to Baldwin and Freeman. [...]

The White House has the final say on Keystone’s fate, as it crosses national boundaries.

All the profits in the world are meaningless if 1) nobody is around to enjoy them, and 2) they're spent on health care that will become increasingly necessary to treat symptoms and diseases resulting from a toxic environment.

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Judge temporarily halts Keystone XL pipeline in Texas

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Via the L.A. Times:

A Texas judge has temporarily stopped oil company TransCanada from building a pipeline designed to carry tar sands oil from Canada through eastern portions of the state to the Gulf Coast.

The decision came after Michael Bishop, 64, a retired paramedic and chemist in East Texas, filed a lawsuit arguing that TransCanada lied to him and other landowners, promising that the Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil, not tar sands oil.

If only one person could prevent the Tar Sands pipeline from being built. But it seems nothing will stop Big Oil from getting its way, especially if our own State Department decides to support this potentially catastrophic project, which is a real possibility.

Plus, likely nominee for Secretary of State Susan Rice has a potential conflict of interest concerning the approximately $600,000 worth of investments she and her husband made in TransCanada Corp., the company looking to construct the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

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VIDEO: Offshore platform explosion and fire is now out; 2 dead, 2 missing

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Are you getting it yet, Drill-Baby-Drillers? Catastrophe after disaster after catastrophe continue to occur even as we expand our drilling into even more threatening venues, such as the Chukchi Sea, off Alaska's north shore. And because of the freezing temperature and icy landscape, a cleanup response there would be nearly impossible to perform.

Another accident waiting to happen. More human life, wildlife, and environments waiting to be destroyed.

Yet, here we go again. There was an oil and gas rig off the Louisiana coast that was hit by an explosion and fire today. At least there was no ice.

According to a breaking news alert:

"Local officials: 2 dead, 2 missing in Gulf oil rig fire; no spill immediately sighted, Coast Guard says... per @NBCnews

Via WWL.com:

According to officials, the oil and gas platform is located 20 miles south of Grand Isle, owned by Houston-based Black Elk Energy... Coast Guard Captain Peter Gautier says 28 people were believed to be aboard the facility at the time.  Gautier says the platform was not in active production.

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BREAKING: BP accepts criminal liability in gulf oil spill, will pay $4-billion fine

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UPDATE:

Via an L.A. Times email alert, this isn't enough to compensate for the loss of human life, sea life, and environmental damage:

Energy giant BP has accepted criminal liability and will pay at least $4 billion in connection with the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the nation's worst environmental disasters.

In an announcement today from its London headquarters, BP confirmed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve all federal criminal charges and all claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission against the company stemming from the events that began with the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

As part of the agreement, BP said it has agreed to plead guilty to 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect in connection with the 11 deaths caused by the rig's explosion. It also agreed to plead guilty to other charges, including one felony count of obstruction of Congress. The agreement is subject to U.S. federal court approval.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

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Tests confirm, and Hurricane Isaac exposes, Louisiana oil came from BP spill

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BP has gone out of their way to let us know how much they care. Why, when you think about it, they cared so much that they were reckless as hell, killed eleven people, destroyed wildlife, poisoned and/or killed our oceans, and put countless lives in danger.

Hurricane Isaac managed to redistribute some of BP's care in the form of tar balls, a fact that can no longer be disputed:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill.

Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer's Island and Grand Isle matched the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well.

On Wednesday, BP PLC said oil from its spill had been exposed by Isaac's waves and that the company would work to clean it up.

But Louisiana isn't the only place that oil has been discovered:

About 100 pounds of tar balls collected on the Alabama coast after Isaac are being tested at Auburn University, which has a contract with local government to assess the material. 

Researcher Joel Hayworth is calling this "the new normal for the Gulf Coast." Way to go, BP!

BP has been running TV ads touting Gulf Coast tourism and urging people to "come on down."

Oh, and there's this: How Bain Capital helped BP blow up the Deepwater Horizon

All our BP posts are here.

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