Obama says Keystone XL pipeline should be approved only if no increase in carbon emissions

  • Article by: MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 25, 2013 - 6:15 PM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to Texas should only be approved if it doesn't worsen carbon pollution.

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brianstrJun. 25, 13 2:25 PM

"President Barack Obama says that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to Texas should only be approved if it doesn't worsen carbon pollution." How could it not? Tar sands produce low-grade oil and require enormous amounts of energy to extract. Quit dancing around, Obama, and do the right thing. I'm not holding my breath.

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gopherguy79Jun. 25, 13 3:20 PM

The oil is going to be extracted, period. It is either going to be routed to the Gulf of Mexico, or straight across Canada to the Pacific. Jobs in Canada, or jobs in US. What is the most carbon friendly way to get it to the Gulf, pipeline. No brainer to do this deal.

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tinosaJun. 25, 13 3:52 PM

Here we go again with the Green Energy thing. If we just throw a couple of billion tax payer dollars down the hole to my campaign supporters, I’m sure that they could get it to work this time. Too bad for him that he can’t stop drilling on private lands that must burn in his belly. Don’t mind the data that shows the avg temp on earth has flattened out and is declining. Nothing like facts to get in the way of a cause. This hurts all of you union supporters that won’t get all those good paying jobs.

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jphaunJun. 25, 13 3:55 PM

Keystone XL pipeline should be approved because it makes sense for national security reasons, makes sense economically and makes sense environmentally. The tar sands will be developed regardless of whether Keystone is approved. However, if Keystone is not approved, the pipleline will go through the Canadian Rockies for delivery to Asia instead of gulf refineries, Canadian workers will be employed to build the pipeline instead of Americans and the potential for environmental issues is much greater trying to lay a pipeline through the rockies as opposed to across the midwest which alreay has thousands of miles of operating pipelines.

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potter101Jun. 25, 13 6:52 PM

phaunJun. 25, 13 3:55 PM Keystone XL pipeline should be approved because it makes sense for national security reasons, makes sense economically and makes sense environmentally. The tar sands will be developed regardless of whether Keystone is approved. However, if Keystone is not approved, the pipleline will go through the Canadian Rockies for delivery to Asia instead of gulf refineries, Canadian workers will be employed to build the pipeline instead of Americans and the potential for environmental issues is much greater trying to lay a pipeline through the rockies as opposed to across the midwest which alreay has thousands of miles of operating pipelines.********************Think about what you just said where do you think the Houston refineries will sell their oil. Thats the point, trying to say this is good for the country is a joke , it's going to the gulf ports to ship someplace else. Can you remember the Alaskan pipeline they sold it by saying we would have this great access to oil to keep our prices down. NOT! better check where that Alaskan oil is going. If they don't build a pipeline, you know they sure could refine it where it is. Now that will keep our Midwest prices down.

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