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A perfect example of the Obama economy. An instant job creator, yet Obama will not go forward. You like what's happening with our economy? Well guess what, this is what you voted for. No whining!
Corporate Capitalism. We live in a world where everyone relies on science but lacks the interest and wisdom to actually understand it. More CO2 is not a good thing. Apparently the state department didn't get the memo.
freedumb86---------CO2 has been on the decline for years in the USA. and temps still are going up. It's the way the world has been for millions of years. We are actually 4 degrees Colder than the world has been on average over the millions of years. Was there a secret civilization millions of years ago that was pushing out CO2 to cause the temps to raise in the past? in 1980's, they were warning us that the world was going into an ice age.
avejoecon: "We are actually 4 degrees Colder than the world has been on average over the millions of years."
Joe, you know the earth is only four thousand years old. And official temperature records only go back 150 years. To determine surface temperature before that, researchers examine corals, ocean and lake sediments, ice cores, cave deposits and documentary sources such as historic drawings of glaciers. You know, science. That thing conservatives don't believe in.
The Keystone project consists of extensions to an already-existing oil pipeline. President Obama has already approved the southern portion of the extension through Oklahoma and Texas. The original northern route of the pipeline took it over the aquifer that supplies water to most of Nebraska, and across the Sand Hills region of Nebraska. Even the Republican governor of Nebraska didn't want that route built. Since that route was rejected, a new better route has been proposed farther to the east. The new route avoids the Sand Hills region and the aquifer. The Nebraska governor approved this new route. Now the federal government needs to study it. I think it's likely the President will approve it. Incidentally, the same study cited in this article questions one of the strongest arguments for the pipeline, by suggesting that the U.S. can meet its energy needs without it. The growth in rail transport of oil from western Canada and the Bakken Formation on the Great Plains and other pipelines, according to the analysis, could meet the country’s energy needs for the next decade even if the Keystone XL route is never completed.
avgjoecon - "CO2 has been on the decline for years in the USA. and temps still are going up." --- If the U.S. was the only CO2 producing country in the world, your argument might make sense. Worldwide CO2 emissions have been rising for years and are at all-time record high levels.
The oil will still be shipped to refineries. It will just be via rail cars rather a pipeline. Lets see, railroad engines use carbon based fuel which will increase co2. But since the railroads being utilized are owned by Warren Buffet, who if I remember correctly is a big time supporter of our current administration, then I wonder if the pipeline is doomed because of a conflict of interest. Do you think that it could be political payback to reward a loyal partner in furthering the agenda by not ever approving the pipeline? And the cynic in me thought that only Haliburton engaged in that type of behavior.
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