Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hume: Keystone XL Pipeline should be a no-brainer for Obama

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Published on Jan 29, 2014

President keeps Canada waiting on final phase of project

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Chairman Boxer & Senator Sanders Introduce Major Climate Change Legislation (Feb. 14)

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Published on Feb 15, 2013

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), held a news conference to announce comprehensive legislation, the Climate Protection Act (S. 332). Senator Sanders serves on the EPW Committee and also is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

S. 332 calls for a fee on carbon pollution emissions that would fund historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass. The proposal also provides rebates to consumers to offset any efforts by oil, coal, or gas companies to raise prices.

Environment and consumer leaders that participated in the press conference included Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org; Mike Brune, executive director of Sierra Club; Tara McGuiness, executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund; Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen’s energy director; and David Bradley, National Community Action Foundation executive director.

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Boxer Speaks Out Against Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Amendment to Senate Energy Bill (9/12/13)


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Published on Jan 31, 2014

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, spoke out on the Senate floor against a proposed amendment supporting the construction Keystone XL pipeline as part of the Shaheen-Portman energy bill (9/12/13)

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News Wrap: California to cut off state-supplied water


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Published on Jan 31, 2014

In our news wrap Friday, California announced it would have to stop contributing the state’s supply of water to people and farms due to severe drought. Also, President Obama appealed directly to CEOs that they they create employment opportunities for Americans who have been unemployed for six months or more.

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Report Opens Way to Approval for Oil Pipeline – NYTimes.com

By CORAL DAVENPORTJAN. 31, 2014

Pipes for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline lie at the ready in a field in Gascoyne, N.D. Nathan Vanderklippe/Globe & Mail/Reuters

WASHINGTON — The State Department released a report on Friday concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project.

The department’s long-awaited environmental impact statement appears to indicate that the project could pass the criteria Mr. Obama set forth in a speech last summer when he said he would approve the 1,700-mile pipeline if it would not “significantly exacerbate” the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. Although the pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the Gulf Coast, the report appears to indicate that if it were not built, carbon-heavy oil would still be extracted at the same rate from pristine Alberta forest and transported to refineries by rail instead.

The report sets up a difficult decision for Secretary of State John Kerry, who now must make a recommendation on the international project to Mr. Obama. Mr. Kerry, who hopes to make action on climate change a key part of his legacy, has never publicly offered his personal views on the pipeline. Aides said Mr. Kerry was preparing to “dive into” the 11-volume report and would give high priority to the issue of global warming in making the decision. His aides offered no timetable.

“He’ll deliberate and take the time he needs,” said Kerri-Ann Jones, the assistant secretary of state for oceans and international affairs.

Environmentalists said they were dismayed at some of the report’s conclusions and disputed its objectivity, but they also said it offered Mr. Obama reasons to reject the pipeline. They said they planned to intensify efforts to try to influence Mr. Kerry’s decision. For more than two years, environmentalists have protested the project and been arrested in demonstrations against it around the country. But many Republicans and oil industry executives, who support the pipeline because they say it creates jobs and increases supplies from a friendly source of oil, embraced the findings.

The State Department is expected to shortly release the results of an inspector general’s investigation into the preparation of an earlier draft of the environmental impact report. The investigation was ordered after an environmental group obtained documents indicating that some consultants for the firm that wrote the draft report had previously done work for TransCanada, the company seeking to build the pipeline. If investigators determine a conflict of interest in the preparation of that draft, the State Department may have to conduct a new environmental review.

In light of the investigation, environmentalists were particularly critical of the report released on Friday.

“In what could be perceived as eagerness to please the oil industry and Canadian government, the State Department is issuing this report amidst an ongoing investigation into conflicts of interest, and lying, by its contractor,” said Erich Pica, the president of Friends of the Earth.

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Heidi in Panama

Heidi (right) and ELAW partners in Panama

January 31, 2014 in ELAW Partners | Tags: ELAW Fellow, highway, mega-port, mining, Panama

When tourists visit Panama, they enjoy the beaches, islands, and mountain forests. ELAW Staff Scientist Heidi Weiskel was in Panama this month with a different agenda.

Heidi used her marine ecologist’s eye to take in what’s threatening Panama’s natural environment. She joined ELAW partners to tour a new highway project that has cut through Panama Bay, the site of a proposed mega-port near Colon, and the site of a gold and copper mine that threatens the Tonosi and Quema Rivers on the Azuero Peninsula.

The coral reefs and mangroves in the area where ‘Puerto Verde’ is planned are showing very important signs of recovery from oil spills in the 1980s,” says Heidi. “If this ‘green port’ — a miserable misnomer — goes forward, the mangroves will be cut and the seabed, including the reefs, will be dredged. We met with subsistence fishermen and farmers in the area and none of them want the port.”

ELAW is working with partners at El Centro de Incidencia Ambiental (CIAM), Centro de Asistencia Legal Popular Programa para Refugiados, MarViva Panama, and Derechos Humanos, Ambiente y Comunidades to ensure that communities and grassroots advocates have the information they need to make their voices heard and protect Panama for future generations.

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Deconstructing the Barn


National Geographic

Published on Jan 31, 2014

The team decides to use an old barn for building a cabin.

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