Keystone XL pipeline talks heat up, as Iraq crisis continues

With the escalating violence in Iraq and uncertainty of future crude oil prices, TransCanada’s (TRP) Keystone XL pipeline is once again the center topic of many U.S. energy discussions.

Supporters of the project are pointing to the crisis in Iraq as a reason to push forward with the $5.3B pipeline, which has faced numerous delays in the last six years. Yesterday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee voted 12-10 to advance the bill toward a construction approval.

Still, many are against the project due to environmental concerns, and negative forecasts associated with job creation and oil shipments.

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  • fossilfree
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    Approving the Keystone XL as an answer to the escalation of violence in Iraq is like throwing gasoline on a fire.


    The only way to gain energy independence and increase our national security is to move away from fossil fuels and do so as quickly as we can.


    As for the 12 senators from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee who voted to fast track this, they are all paid very well by the fossil fuels industry to voice those opinions.
    19 Jun 2014, 07:04 AM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    And the 10 that voted against the against let large campaign contributions from environmentalist like Blumenthal (SP?)
    19 Jun 2014, 08:56 AM Reply Like
  • DevilDog85
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    Who pays you?
    19 Jun 2014, 08:44 AM Reply Like
  • joegillam
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    Mr Fossilfree............... Moving away from fossil fuels when the US is rich in the resource makes no reason to me. The world will be burning oil for the rest of our lifetime. We need to maximum our advantage to protect ourselves from things like the Iraq situation and the mid-east war which is a sure think in the next few years.


    And, yes, of course, on we go with the development of alternatives.


    Joe In Georgia
    19 Jun 2014, 09:14 AM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    Common sense is beyond the grasp of those like fossilfree who only see through the green blinders they are wearing. ;-)
    20 Jun 2014, 10:07 AM Reply Like
  • bobby44
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    The fact we are having this discussion about energy security is a clear sign of neglect by the administration. But that is over and done with the billions squandered on TV adds and lavish parties. SHAME!!


    Now get on with it - build the pipeline. Tie in Bakken crude for delivery to refineries on a proper scale. Place a small (.50 maybe) federal tax on shipments. Use that money specifically to support development of alternative energy sources.


    That solves the two issues at once. There is energy security for the near future and energy security for the long term future.


    At a time when ego dominates American politics it is difficult to imagine things getting done so the American taxpayer will continue to pay for the silliness through higher taxes and higher energy and therefore food costs. The days of cheap energy and cheap food are coming to an end. Thanks a lot.
    19 Jun 2014, 11:02 AM Reply Like
  • harryjack
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    The Keystone Pipeline is a pet project for the big money fighting fossil fuel development and use in the US. Environmental concerns are a joke, all pure politics, Canada has to tippy toe around the slow moving Washington Politicians because they would make more money sending their oil to Aisia anyway. Nobody spends enough time reading the facts about other pipelines that run in parallel to this one to really understand this is strictly International poker at its best. Send the oil to Aisia - we don't deserve it.
    19 Jun 2014, 12:16 PM Reply Like
  • joegillam
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    Bobby.............Just what we need another new tax! Can't private industry do their thing and develop alternative energy?


    Harry............Parallel pipelines? That must be what is causing the train and tank truck wrecks moving crude south.
    19 Jun 2014, 06:44 PM Reply Like
  • WP53
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    If the American portion of the KPL isn't being held hostage for purely political reasons, the Administration should either "fish or cut bait". There is sufficient information available to make a decision one way or the other right now. But the sad fact is, once again decisions are being made for political point scoring and not for what is in the best interest of the country.
    19 Jun 2014, 11:19 PM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    Wake up call to Obama!!! Wake up call to Obama!!! Time to take the "green blinders" off and accept reality!!!!
    20 Jun 2014, 10:08 AM Reply Like
  • joegillam
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    If he doesn't green light it after the mid-terms then it's a dead duck. For the life of me I can not see his reasoning on this. And, for that matter on a lot of other things, too.


    All I can say is he has improved Jimmy Carter's place in the history books.


    Joe In Georgia
    20 Jun 2014, 12:17 PM Reply Like
  • ain't andy
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    Andy from mo. The oil will be used pipe line or not. Farmers,EPA,dogooder&a... make the pipe line. It's we the people not tham the few. Let the people vote on it. By god.
    26 Jun 2014, 04:55 PM Reply Like
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