Keystone pipeline decision pivotal for Obama

  • Article by: James P. Lenfestey
  • Updated: August 5, 2013 - 9:14 AM

 In his speech on climate in June, President Obama laid out his criteria for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline: “Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interest. And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward.”

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frostyjAug. 4, 13 6:53 PM

Wow! I guess this guy is a real tree hugger! Not too much interest in presenting both the pro's and the con's.

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garagewineAug. 4, 13 7:06 PM

The premise of this entire article is laughable.

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pumiceAug. 4, 13 7:11 PM

Re: "I guess this guy is a real tree hugger!" That's not an argument, frostyj. Choosing an argument presented by James Lenfestey (a former editorial writer specializing in energy) with which you disagree and giving evidence to counter his evidence is an argument.

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pumiceAug. 4, 13 7:17 PM

Re: "The premise of this entire article is laughable." Your opinion is not an argument either, garagewine. What evidence do you have to support your opinion that the premise of this article is laughable? What evidence do you have to counter James P. Lenfestey's premise?

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fdrebinAug. 4, 13 7:56 PM

All Star Tribune editorial writers, either former or present, are simply no employed by the Red Star without proving and demonstrating their leftist/communist bonafides. A "carbon time bomb"? i'm sorry, but such nonsensical hyperbole is simply a collectivist political agenda masquerading as "science".

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dr4golfAug. 4, 13 8:08 PM

Regardless if it gets approved or not, the oil will be mined and transported. If not by pipe, by rail or truck. I'd rather have it in a pipe. And I do not care if it gets exported. We will become energy dependent without it. It's safest to be in a pipeline, so that is why we should build the Keystone XL pipeline. No where does the author say the oil won't be transported, because he knows it will. So lets do it the safe way. Also, comparing this decision to a 'Rosa Parks moment' is certainly completely laughable.

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perronjpAug. 4, 13 8:12 PM

pumice, lighten up. The author gave one position re: the pipeline. Cons; No Pros. Such as, the oil is going to get here anyway, by train if the pipeline isn't built. Hopefully more towns will not have to be incinerated if we can get the trains out of the picture. Also, trains, like super tankers that travel half way across the world to bring us oil (what could go wrong with that?) burn fossil fuels to get the stuff here. Pipelines have electric pumps. Maybe a windmill powers that, in a liberals perfect world. Talk to the people who lost their town up in Canada, ask them how they like trains moving oil.

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pumiceAug. 4, 13 8:28 PM

Re: "No where does the author say the oil won't be transported, because he knows it will." Well, he did say "[O]ne reason Keystone so badly needs to run this export pipeline across American soil is the fierce resistance to it within Canada." Frackin' tar sands....

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pumiceAug. 4, 13 8:30 PM

And he did say that the train-derailment-caused-by-human-error supports the need "for more careful regulation of oil freight."

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pumiceAug. 4, 13 8:36 PM

And he did say, "First, [Keystone] certainly will carry dilbit, the nasty goop produced from tar sands that requires diluting with other fuels and high-pressure pumping for transport, meaning that if a spill occurs [as it has in Wisconsin, Arkansas, Utah, Kansas and other places], the results are far more expansive and dangerous."

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