TransCanada spent $1M lobbying the U.S. on Keystone last year

TransCanada (TRP) spent more than $1M last year to lobby U.S. legislators and the Obama administration to build the Keystone XL pipeline, ~24% more than it spent in 2012.

TRP's chief Washington lobbyist, Paul Elliott, is a former top campaign aide to Hillary Clinton, who served as Sec. of State in Pres. Obama's first term.

The State Department is conducting an environmental analysts of Keystone and will determine whether the project is in the U.S. national interest before a final decision by Obama.

Meanwhile, Total (TOT) CEO Christophe de Margerie is urging the U.S. to approve the pipeline to unplug a bottleneck that's stalling the development of Canadian oil sands.

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  • marpy
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    1 million is a drop in the bucket when compared to the amount of money organizations like TIDES spent fighting this pipeline. As for this pipeline delay stalling oil sands development, de Margerie is way behind the times as the increase in rail transport (from almost zero 5 years ago to way more than this pipes capacity), expansions of other pipelines and other options are more than making up for the delay of this line. As well, Canada is moving along with lines both east and west.
    23 Jan 2014, 09:57 AM Reply Like
  • User 463968
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    Another example of how corporations buy access to The Government for the People, by the People. Insanium in the Cranium.
    23 Jan 2014, 02:42 PM Reply Like
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