Daily Archives: February 2, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Keystone XL


Bloomberg

Published on Feb 1, 2014

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) — The State Department’s final environmental assessment of the Keystone pipeline from the Canadian tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast is coming soon. What happens if the pipeline is approved or rejected? Bloomberg’s Megan Hughes takes a closer look at the impact on jobs, oil prices and the railroad business. (Source: Bloomberg)

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State Dept.: Keystone XL would have little impact on climate change – latimes.com

By Neela Banerjee   January 31, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A long-awaited environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline released Friday by the State Department found the project would have a negligible impact on climate change, bolstering the case for the controversial project as it heads to the White House for a decision on its construction.

During a sweeping speech on climate change last June, President Obama said his main criterion for approving the pipeline was that it not significantly worsen the problem of carbon pollution.

Because the northern stretch of Keystone XL, which would carry 830,000 barrels a day from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Neb., would cross a U.S. border, it needs a so-called presidential permit from the State Department. But Obama has said that he would make the final decision.

A senior State Department official was careful to note that the environmental review took no position on whether to approve the pipeline, saying: “Its analysis is only one factor in the final determination, which will also weigh national security, foreign policy and economic issues.”

Federal agencies now have 90 days to submit comments about the final assessment, while a 30-day public comment period runs concurrently. Then the president will have to determine whether Keystone XL is in the “national interest” based on those analyses, which will include one from the Environmental Protection Agency, which has been critical of the State Department’s previous reviews.

The president has no deadline to issue a decision on the pipeline’s permit. Given the contentiousness of the issue, Obama may delay until after the November elections. A decision on the permit was expected in late 2011 but was postponed until after the 2012 presidential election, in part because of widely held concerns that the original environmental impact statement did not adequately assess the pipeline’s effect on greenhouse gas emissions or on a huge aquifer in Nebraska.

Supporters of Keystone XL said the final environmental assessment should clear the way to getting a permit. “Five years, five federal reviews, dozens of public meetings, over a million comments and one conclusion — the Keystone XL pipeline is safe for the environment,” said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, an oil industry trade group in Washington. “This final review puts to rest any credible concerns about the pipeline’s potential negative impact on the environment. This long-awaited project should now be swiftly approved.”

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Noam Chomsky “You Are Responsible For The Predictable Consequences Of Your Actions”


The Chomsky

Published on Feb 2, 2014

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Pirate Television: Is Sustainability Still Possible?


freespeechtv

Published on Jan 22, 2014

Presented by The Worldwatch Institute
With Erik Assadourian & Annie Leonard

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Misinformation Is Winning – Doubt In Climate Change Climbing | DeSmogBlog

Sat, 2014-02-01 06:00Farron Cousins

Climate change-related disasters have been rising for decades; yearly temperatures are rising in a nearly consistent pattern; extreme weather events are costing economies across the globe hundreds of billions of dollars. Despite the mounting evidence that climate change is both real and a major threat to our security, more people are buying into the idea that climate change is a myth.

A new poll from Yale University and George Mason shows that the percentage of Americans who don’t believe in climate change rose 7% in 2013 to 23% of the entire population. While 63% of the general public believes that climate change is occurring, only 47% believe that human activities are to blame. The poll also revealed that less than 50% of Americans believe that climate change will affect their lives, but 65% say that it could harm future generations.

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S0 News February 2, 2014: Star Clouds, Earthquake, Solar Flares

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Published on Feb 2, 2014

Website: http://www.suspicious0bservers.org

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Fmr. Presidential Speechwriter: Obama Plagiarized Bush’s 2007 SOTU FNC (1.28.2014)

Truth Revolt

Published on Jan 28, 2014

On The Kelly File Tuesday, Former Presidential Speechwriter Marc Thiessen accused President Obama of plagiarizing the 2007 State of the Union he wrote for Bush, stating, “Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. Bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush.”

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