Daily Archives: March 14, 2014

FAIR TV March 14 2014


Published on Mar 14, 2014

Putin’s Delusions, CBS’s Conflicted Energy Expert, We’re All Rich Again!

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5 Things We Learned From Today’s Senate Hearing On Keystone XL

By Katie Valentine on March 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm


The president’s decision on whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is drawing closer, and if recent protests and hearings are any indication, the arguments around the issue are only heating up.

On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing to discuss whether or not approving the Keystone XL pipeline was in the national interest, a decision that is now in the hands of President Obama. The hearing saw impassioned exchanges from Senators and panelists on both sides of the pipeline debate, but there were a few that stood out. Here are 5 of the most important lessons from the Senate’s Keystone hearing:

1. Tar sands oil could already be causing cancer in Canada. Sen. Barbara Boxer called for a health impacts study on tar sands during the hearing, quoting an Alberta study that found that a community near tar sands development sites in the province “continues to be disproportionately burdened with blood, lymphatic and rare cancers that have been linked to chemicals produced by the petroleum industry.” Other studies have found the same thing — one 2013 study published by researchers from University of California Irvine and the University of Michigan found incidence of leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in men was higher in communities closest to the oil and tar sands-rich “Industrial Heartland” of Alberta than in the surrounding counties.

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Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund To Mandate Investment In Renewable Energy

By Ari Phillips on March 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund To Mandate Investment In Renewable Energy
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg speaks during a news conference at Maximos Mansion in Athens on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

CREDIT: AP/Thanassis Stavrakis

On Thursday, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced plans to invest more of the nation’s $840 billion sovereign wealth fund in renewable energy in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions as the country struggles to meet its 2020 climate goals.

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, built in large part on investment from the country’s oil and gas reserves, currently only invests a small fraction of money in green technology. The fund invests in listed equities, bonds and real estate, about 10 percent of which is made up of coal, oil and gas investments. The fund is also evaluating whether to exit these investments, as over the last 10 years nuclear weapons producers, companies in-breach of human rights, and tobacco companies have all been excluded.

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Hearing Keystone XL Oil Pipeline – James Hansen + | C-SPAN.org


March 13, 2014

Advocates and opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline testified on the project. Senators focused on whether approval of the pipeline, that would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast, serves the national interest.

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Senate Committee Debates Whether Keystone XL Is In The U.S. National Interest


Kate Sheppard

Posted: 03/13/2014 4:23 pm EDT Updated: 03/13/2014 4:59 pm EDT

WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Thursday to consider whether approval of Keystone XL, the proposed 1,660-mile pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Texas, is in the national interest of the United States.

The State Department released its final environmental impact statement (FEIS) on Keystone in January, moving the decision on the pipeline into the hands of Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama. The administration is expected to make a national-interest determination in the coming months, possibly as soon as late May.

The Senate hearing produced few new insights, instead rehashing much of the political debate over Keystone that has dragged on for years now. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said he felt the case for building the pipeline “is clear and compelling.” Democrats on the committee mostly expressed opinions opposing the pipeline.

The pro-Keystone panelists testifying before the committee set up the national-interest question as one of energy security.

“Our neighbors to the north and south are also blessed with energy abundance. North America can and should become an energy hub,” said retired Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones, who is now president of the Jones Group International. Jones has also served as president of the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as an adviser to President Obama on national security, and he is a paid adviser to both the chamber and the American Petroleum Institute, which support the pipeline.

Jones described the Keystone approval decision as “a litmus test of whether the United States is serious about national and energy security.” He later argued that “Canada’s oil sands will continue to be developed if the Keystone XL is not approved.”

Karen Harbert, the current president and CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, testified as well. “Energy vulnerability equals geopolitical vulnerability,” said Harbert. She argued that the question is whether the U.S. will get oil from Canada “or places far away that don’t share our democratic values and principles.”

“I don’t think we have to fear the Canadian Mounties coming and circling,” Harbert said, referencing the threats to energy supplies that Russia has been making against Ukraine.

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Europe’s broken climate promises


Published on Mar 5, 2014

We need real climate action NOW. Join the Energy Revolution in Brussels: https://www.facebook.com/events/67545…

The world is warming at a dangerous rate, and the EU is still pushing weak, inadequate policies that give us a 50/50 chance of overshooting the 2°C limit – with devastating consequences for people and planet.


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Weather and Climate Summit – Day 3, Dr. Jennifer Francis


Published on Jan 25, 2013

Session 6: Dr. Jennifer Francis – Rutgers University
Topic: Wacky Weather and Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice: Are They Connected?

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