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Keystone pipeline won't add to climate change, State Department says

  • The U.S. State Department releases its final environmental study of the Keystone XL oil pipeline (TRP +1.4%), and says the project likely would not change the amount of oil ultimately removed from Canadian oil sands, suggesting that building the pipeline would have little impact on global climate change.
  • The conclusion is that the heavy crude would be extracted and delivered anyway - by rail if not pipeline.
  • The review says it is not an approval or denial of the project, but it is a clear disappointment to climate activists and raises the odds it will win approval from the Obama administration.
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  • fuzzymc
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    Delayed until after the mid term elections I am sure!!
    31 Jan, 03:21 PM Reply Like
  • tomlos
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    After his clueless left wing granola eating base stops paying attention.
    31 Jan, 03:25 PM Reply Like
  • Jolly_Rancher
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    Did it ever occur to you that denying the pipeline is payback for Buffett's support? It has nothing to do with his granola base.
    31 Jan, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    Since he is already know as Obama the Punter, a delay would cost the Democrats mid term votes.
    31 Jan, 05:59 PM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    if you did 1000 more studies and they all came to the same conclusions, the green clowns would still not accept the answers! They are driven strictly by ideology and common sense means nothing to them. It is time for Obama to realize this and approve the pipeline!
    31 Jan, 06:02 PM Reply Like
  • bankstocks
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    IMO it gets the nod BEFORE the midterm elections, to stop the slide of Democratic seats sure to be lost in Congress. They need to show that they are concerned about JOBS and the Economy too!
    31 Jan, 06:36 PM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    Now that we have a couple of rail derailments under our belts maybe a pipeline isn't so bad.

     

    I didn't realize that the state department had expertise in this area.
    31 Jan, 07:40 PM Reply Like
  • eudemonic
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    bd4uandu:
    The State Department assumed jursidiction over oil pipelines because the EPA thinks pipelines are for milk.
    http://bit.ly/1iizomq
    Source: epa.gov search 'pipeline'
    This happened about the time Hawaii became the 57th state.
    31 Jan, 11:04 PM Reply Like
  • IgnisFatuus
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    <I didn't realize that the state department had expertise in this area. >
    They don't, but why would that stop them?
    31 Jan, 11:19 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    The U.S. regulators knew this from the beginning. Now Canada has made inroads towards sending more resources to China.

     

    Canada lost over 140 soliders in Afghanistan. Considering our population of just over 35 million, that represents a large number. Considering it wasnt us that were attacked on 9-11, our contribution is even more striking. We helped the U.S. out when they called. How did they repay us? They played politics with the oil pipeline and gave Canadians a hard time when crossing the border. Illegals from Mexico can cross, get free social services and even a path to citizenship. Canadians get treated like dirt. Next time the U.S. calls on us to support their military, we should tell them to shove it. The U.S. government doesnt care about Canada's interests and we shouldnt show any concern for U.S. interests.
    31 Jan, 08:10 PM Reply Like
  • IgnisFatuus
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    positivethoughts, sad but true.
    31 Jan, 11:21 PM Reply Like
  • Cliff Hilton
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    @ positivethoughts,

     

    I can't speak for others, but Southeast Texas thanks the hard-working Canadian for fighting along side any war. We have the valves open here, send the oil my friends. We're all talking about it. Our president does not share my views on the pipeline nor many other issues.
    1 Feb, 11:52 AM Reply Like
  • The Afghan
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    When you mention our soldiers deaths and then politicize them in the next sentence you shame their sacrifice. Yes we were attacked on 9/11 literally and figuratively; it is a just fight, how it was and is still being prosecuted is for debate as it always should be. And we did tell the US to shove it when they asked for help "next" remember Iraq?

     

    I fought hard beside American soldiers that suffered appalling levels of losses in southern afghanistan, many of these soldiers were "illegals from Mexico" walking the "path to citizenship" who had more time in afghanistan and iraq now than america. You disparage their service as well.

     

    I drive twice a year through the US into Mexico and back to Canada and I can assure you while I've been hassled, I've never been treated like dirt, so calm down with your rhetoric. Canadian's are not sensationalists, maybe you watch a little too much TV, get out and see for yourself.

     

    My friends didn't die for NAFTA, Keystone-XL or any of that. Our country called and we fought for each other as soldiers always do. We've lost 158, many of them I knew and a few were closer than family, so don't steal their valour for your fight. Carry on.
    2 Feb, 08:39 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    Machiavelli, stop reinventing yourself. You lost the argument. Accept it and be more honest from this point forward.
    2 Feb, 10:10 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    So if the XL is approved before mid term elections what will the environmentalists do, vote Republican?
    31 Jan, 08:54 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Stay home, most likely.
    31 Jan, 09:57 PM Reply Like
  • machiavelli
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    Exactly, Hendo... Obama will give his approval soon (based on this study) because Obama is not a left wing extremist like all the SA nutjobs like to blather about. It won't make any difference to the vote, the money flowing from the lobbyists, and finally it won't make a difference to the price for a barrel of oil. Long (SU).
    31 Jan, 10:09 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    'Obama is not a left-wing extremist...'. Are you joking?

     

    1. Obama cancelled the DC voucher program that was a success in sending poor kids to top-notch private schools, allowing them to get a better education and have a higher chance at graduating. He forced the kids back into the failing public school system because he said he wanted to support the public school system.He then sent his own kids to a private school. THAT IS PURE EVIL.

     

    2. Obama watched the attack on Benghazi for 17 hours and refused to send in any help to the 4 Americans who eventually died. I can fly to Tokyo from Toronto, on a commercial plane and exit through Japanese customs, all in less than 17 hours. America has over 100 bases around the world, they have military resources all throughout the Middle East, but Obama refused to send in any help to the 4 Americans trying to defend the embassy/consulate. THAT IS PURE EVIL.

     

    I can go on and on, if you would like to debate me, but you get the idea, I suppose.
    1 Feb, 12:44 PM Reply Like
  • machiavelli
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    Dude, I would never debate you because I find libertarians (especially the Ayn Rand fanboys) to be the most nihilistic and delusional people on the planet, and the extremes of that camp are usually sociopaths of the highest order. But since you are so interested in identifying PURE EVIL maybe you should look in the mirror. GO ahead now and rant on and on about how Obama and his supporters come from hell or whatever nonsense you like to rant on about with your 1000+ comments, a smattering of "likes", and ZERO articles.
    1 Feb, 03:14 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    Your guy - Obama - believes in forcing people to live the life, that he, himself, refuses to live. And you're okay with that, obviously.

     

    As a libertarian, I want people to live the lives that they choose to live, by their own free will. And you're not okay with that, obviously.

     

    You dont even make any sense.
    1 Feb, 04:37 PM Reply Like
  • machiavelli
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    I actually don't believe in the concept of free will but that is a whole other philosophical debate that you would likely not comprehend since nothing makes sense to you, CHAMPION FOR FREEDOM! Keep trucking, little fellow. I can see you are making a huge difference with your righteous dribble.
    1 Feb, 06:57 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    That's says everything about you, Machiavelli - you dont believe in the concept of free will.

     

    My wife grew up in a country whose leaders were much in tune with your current beliefs. She is from Shanghai, China.

     

    When she was a girl in the 70s, she wanted to buy her very first wrist watch - a luxury item in short supply at the time. However, back then, one couldnt just buy a watch at the local store in Shanghai. She had to apply for a purchase slip, which was granted to her (after a waiting period) by the local government in power. And the only reason she was able to even get that permission was because her mother got a promotion at the city's water treatment facility. Her mother, essentially, was an insider.

     

    What a great life central planners give you, dont you think? Even buying a common wrist watch is an ordeal. But to you, that probably makes sense in terms of how it relates to economic justice and equality. In centrally planned economies, almost everyone is equal - equally poor.
    1 Feb, 07:19 PM Reply Like
  • machiavelli
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    Why are you saying everyone in China is poor when they have a growing middle class and certainly a rich upper class. Dude, you just make stuff up. And thanks for boring me with that stupid story about your wife.
    1 Feb, 07:25 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    My real-life example was a reference to the 1970s, stupid. Read my comment again - I clearly talk about my wife growing up in China, IN THE 70s.

     

    Today, In China, the government is allowing more free market, hence the build up of wealth. Let me say it to you in a simple way.....................

     

    China in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s was a centrally planned economy - almost entirely closed to trade. When Mao died, the new administration opened up the economy and that is when China started to grow their GDP by leaps and bounds.

     

    It is not hard to understand, is it?
    1 Feb, 07:31 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    I just told my wife about you Machiavelli. She told me to tell you that she also needed a permission slip to buy clothes, food and almost everything else her family wanted. She doesnt understand why some North Americans love Communism so much. She said to tell you that Communism makes people poor.
    During Chinese New Year, she and her family would line-up with other families in the community to get 'more stuff' than usual from the government. It was a bonus for everyone because of the time of year.
    She just added that Chinese people in China refer to their own country as 'West North Korea.
    1 Feb, 07:44 PM Reply Like
  • machiavelli
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    booooorrrrrrrring!
    1 Feb, 09:07 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    You were a simple opponent, Machiavelli. You cant win a debate against people like myself because I am not a cheerleader for any side.
    1 Feb, 09:13 PM Reply Like
  • machiavelli
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    News of your glorious victory will forever echo throughout the land! LOL!
    1 Feb, 09:28 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Obama has proven he is spineless as he remains on his knees in front of the whiny green lobby. If he wanted to do the right thing for the USA, he would've approved the pipeline years ago. His indecision only proves what a pathetic excuse for leader he pretends to be (and it says even less for the majority that re-elected him!)
    31 Jan, 11:34 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    The majority want to get free stuff. Their sorrow will soon follow.
    I cant wait until they realize that there isnt any social security or public pension money to pay for what they were promised. Detroit is right in front of their faces, but the average voter is too dishonest to acknowledge it, or too dumb to even recognize it.

     

    I have to say though, the general public is getting so dumb that they might be willing to accept anything the government brings upon them in the future.
    1 Feb, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • JANFA
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    And these are your positive thoughts?
    1 Feb, 04:12 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    I think accurate and honest thoughts are positive thoughts. I think fairy tale, unicorn-inspired thoughts are negative thoughts.
    1 Feb, 04:53 PM Reply Like
  • jbrtn711
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    Wait till they find out the difference between a insurance monthly premium and a deductible.Many angry people.
    2 Feb, 01:19 PM Reply Like
  • IgnisFatuus
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    Jbrtn711: Ding Ding Ding!! We have a winner!
    2 Feb, 04:18 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    Actually, approving the XL might be better for the Democrats in the mid term elections.
    1 Feb, 03:06 AM Reply Like
  • YONSU
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    Jobs and less foreign oil and possible money to terrorist
    1 Feb, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • Alfredo Martinez
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    I'm sure the State Department is filled with "experts" on the science of climate change and not just political hacks.
    With some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded on the planet this year, the global warming lie is starting to come unraveled.

     

    Please tell me how the Earth entered and left the Ice Age without human involvement? Maybe because the Earth has heating and cooling cycles that have nothing to do with human production of carbon dioxide.
    1 Feb, 03:53 PM Reply Like
  • Jeb Walport
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    So, uh, what stocks should we buy or sell on this news?
    3 Feb, 04:25 PM Reply Like
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