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Environmentalists urge Obama to block Keystone XL and act on climate change

Guardian (UK) -- More than 70 environmental groups called on Barack Obama to take the lead on climate change on Monday, urging him to shut down ageing power plants and block a controversial tar sands pipeline project.

In an open letter (PDF), environmental groups reminded Obama of his promise to act on climate change in his second term – and then laid out three specific actions including shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline.

About 50 protesters tried to occupy the Houston offices of TransCanada Corp, the company building the pipeline, on Monday. Two were reportedly arrested.

The letter said that at the very least, Obama should lead the public debate on how to protect American cities and coastlines from climate change. "Raise your voice," the letter said. "Lead the public discussion of what we need to


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slicerette
Champion Author South Bend

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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:58:40 PM

I am glad to report that more heavy Canadian crude is flowing to the Texas oil refineries and being made into gasoline and sold to Americans, today!

The Seaway oil pipeline is now bringing 400,000 bpd from Cushing OK to Texas oil refineries.

The heavy Canadian crude is replacing heavy Venezuelan crude at the gulf oil refineries,
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:01:58 AM

with US oil from ND flowing, why do the dirty work for Canada?
teenitup
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:51:39 AM

PDQblues, <<"Obama is proving himself....unconcerned about the American people.">>

Yes sir!
tomok
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:45:39 AM

Environmentalists urge Obama to block Keystone XL and act on climate change. Urging him to shut down ageing power plants and block a controvsial tar sands pipeline project. Sounds like he can manage to do that and cause the economy of this country even more into the ever widening hole it already is in. There's is a limit as to how much envoronmential concerns and care you can have and how much the economy needs to grow for the welfare of the population.
Big Oil and Big Gas sells fuel and natural gas on the world market for higher prices.
The Keystone XL pipeline is to process crude oil into fuel at the gulf coast refineries and export that fuel to countries that will pay more for it. The US will Not see cheaper fuel prices! Big Oil will build the oil pipeline, no matter what Sneeky or D.C. Says.
The US ‘oil and natural gas resources’ belong to the citizens of this country and are to be used by those same citizens! These resources are Not to be exported without taking care of the domestic market first.Speculators, manipulators and the banks continue to unfairly and unjustly make the driving public pay higher prices at the pump for their personal greedy benefit.
The price at the pump needs to go down to $2/gallon - *$3, *$3.50/gallon or *$4.00 is Not the new low!
As more and more vehicles are converted to natural gas the price of natural gas will go up and up, natural gas will Not have a very reasonable price for very long.
More Refineries are Not the answer, Stop exporting fuel is!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After......
gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 8:52:40 AM

The thing will get built after all the right folks get their pockets lined with cash. It will be touted as one of those "jobs creation" programs.
bston
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:05:30 PM

Time to ante up to his promises, only trouble is he can't!
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 5:02:00 PM


Don't count on it. Obama is proving himself just another corporate friend and unconcerned about the American people.
slicerette
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:40:51 PM

I ask the question - When will these protestors march to the Venezuelan ships off loading the heavy Venezuelan crude oil at our Texas ports?

I guess it is political incorrect to protest Socialist Hugo Chavez's "dirty pig oil" from Venezuela but it is OK to try to hurt our friends in Canada?

BTW, Hugo fired 20,000 skilled Venezuelan oil workers and replaced them with untrained political cronies, that lead to deaths from oil refinery explosions.
EMoe57
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 12:05:09 PM

good luck with that
bobcatfan
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 11:35:24 AM

So, they think that because he promised to address global warming, they get to pick how?

No. That isn't how it works.

Sorry!
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 11:15:30 AM

i wonder what name they will give it next year
BudsterMO
Champion Author Kansas City

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 10:49:34 AM

Just say NO to the Keystone XL caustic sour oil pipeline. Just ask Mayor Bloomberg of NY city if he thinks climate warming is real and the $60 billion we the people are going to pay for the clean-up.
VB_Richard
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 10:36:07 AM

You cant please everyone and sometimes, you cant please any!!!
teenitup
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 10:23:47 AM

A never ending battle it seems.
ModelWarships
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 10:17:46 AM

These environmental groups should be removed from the power grids they try to oppose and be forced to live like they preach.
RochBear
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 10:17:02 AM

and if we shut down ageing power plants and block a controversial tar sands pipeline project, then how will we have electricity, and how will we move from place to place, and move goods from farms to grocery stores?

Yes, we need to move from fossil fuels, but we can't do it over night.

Also I wish these two faced Environmentalists, would lead the way. Bike everywhere, and grow their own food, and produce their own electricity.

eagle_scout
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:54:00 AM

I agree with chvytrk!
chvytruk
All-Star Author Kentucky

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:43:23 AM

There can NEVER be 100% clean air OR clean water, but the simple-minded environmental terrorists in this country would have us commit economic suicide in their attempts to achieve it.
Red7002011
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:41:46 AM

Really!
badbonita
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:37:30 AM

Unless they are driving EV's that are powered by the energy supplied by their own solr, wind or water generating systems and NOT by any public power genrated plant, they're hypocrits in my eyes.

They need the power - gas or oil - in order to get to all their little demonstrations/rallys. Wait, the car manufacturing plants aren't as green as these people would probably prefer as well.

Sorry, I find them selectively biased.
TopGunn
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:34:27 AM

Strange this article is driven out of the UK.
MikLamb
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:32:15 AM

We need clean air and water. We also need energy, and for now that still means oil and gas. Cleaner energy is coming, but very slowly. Let's just step it up a bit, that's all I'm asking.
cucamongacurtis
Champion Author San Bernardino

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:31:09 AM

Build the pipe already. Stop pandering to psuedo-science leftists.
flyfast
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:30:53 AM

if they want it block then they can stop driving cars and stay home
Wolfwings
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:28:38 AM

What good is it if only SOME countries are in favor of climate control?

I am AGAINST the proposed pipeline simply because it is all in Canada's interest. Better they should route THEIR oil across THEIR country. That way, if there is a spill, it will be THEIR problem.

We aslready have more oil than we need.
ciimike
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:28:19 AM

No opinion here. Need to fuel, jobs, etc. but the environmental risk is potentially high.
BumpinButch
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:28:05 AM

No Clean Air, No Clean Water, NO PROBLEM!
Spetsnaz
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:24:46 AM

Too many wieners out there. That is the problem with the USA. WAKE UP AMERICA!
WTLITNG
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:24:34 AM

Tree huggers in control.
gilfarm
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:24:31 AM

I hope not!
jay93LA
Champion Author New Orleans

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:23:50 AM

build it safely
mrservonics
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:22:33 AM

Use rail now!
rippinusoff
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:21:51 AM

figures
pitamon
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:21:51 AM

Build part of it and build more refineries that are not in the Gulf area and subject to natural disasters.
BeulahME
Champion Author Maine

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:21:04 AM

I am not a green person, but I do not like the pipeline. All it will do is be a pipeline to China!
Grinch09
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:21:00 AM

make sum noise!
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:20:40 AM

True colors will come through.
ruca2012
Champion Author San Diego

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:20:13 AM

heard that they changed the route, not going thru that section. so whats the big deal?
Wierbe
Champion Author Cincinnati

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:19:52 AM

Once again, will this pipeline bring oil TO us or just THROUGH us to other countries?
liao
Champion Author Montreal

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:19:09 AM

More debates with more delays.
headhog
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:19:05 AM

As I have said before, this oil is going to be shipped to Asia. As a result, let the Canadians build the pipeline through Canada to the Canadian west coast.
briinnc
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:18:17 AM

Loonies.
GManCo
Champion Author Colorado Springs

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:17:42 AM

Of course they do. What is new.
LJGP_MO95
Champion Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:16:30 AM

Let's let the sensible people make decisions.
dlemma
Champion Author Wyoming

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:16:16 AM

There is NO climate change. It was a hoax.

It depends on leaving out the Medieval Warming Period to get their statistics.

We have the East Anglican emails detailing the hoax.

Man is not strong enough to change the climate of the world. Someone else is in charge of that.

On top of it all, carbon dioxide is NECESSARY TO LIFE. Restricting CO2 is a good excuse to get us to one world government, limiting the earth's population, limiting the animals we can grow for food, etc.....

Why are people still falling for this hoax?
gasman50
Champion Author Portland

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:15:40 AM

Just build the darned pipe
RedskinGas
Champion Author Tennessee

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:15:02 AM

WHAT A SURPRISE!!!!!! AND THIS IS NEWS??????????
Oldzin
Champion Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:14:59 AM

I hope Obama doesn't cozy up to these tree-huggers.
There is a balance that must be struck between using the resources we have and conservation, and that balance must be for the greatest good for all.
Minutefan
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:14:36 AM

developing clean alternatives is a good thing.
yelobus
Champion Author Houston

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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:13:44 AM

Develop alternatives but keep the dirty stuff moving.
trombo31
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:12:35 AM

Obama knows better than to listen this time.
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