New oil pipeline across Minnesota approved

  • Article by: H.J. CUMMINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 25, 2008 - 8:26 PM

It would be a boon to the north central U.S., supporters argued. Foes cited extracting methods used for the oil.

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larazascumNov. 25, 08 8:33 PM

I can see why the Canda company would be ahead by having a pipelin built to export their goods but where does the US win?

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AnondsonNov. 25, 08 8:56 PM

. . . the less petroleum we have to import from petro-tyrants and mob-states. Besides, this was going to be extracted no matter what. If it wasn't coming to the US it was GOING to be shipped to China -- taking even greater amounts of fuel (and thus more CO2) -- than it will delivering it to the midwest US.

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vortmaxNov. 25, 08 9:11 PM

Is literally plant food. It is not a pollutant. It is as necessary as oxygen to our life cycle. It has been at much higher concentrations in earths past history than it is today...plantlife basically desires about 10X what we currently have as a concentration in the atmosphere 2008. And as a 25yr in the field meteorologist, I find it extremely difficult to buy that it drives global/local temperatures in any way but negligibly.

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minnymadnessNov. 25, 08 9:45 PM

"plantlife basically desires about 10X what we currently have as a concentration in the atmosphere 2008" Where did you ever hear this? I have been studying plant ecology for a while now and have never heard this. It is true that some plants(C3 cool season plants) can easily use more CO2, that does not mean they desire it or even require it. In fact, many botanists and plant ecologists claim the increase in CO2 concentrations has led to a dramatic increase in the invasivness of many cool season grasses into native prairies. The fact is, if plants desired this much, they would use more and keep the CO2 levels from increasing so dramatically.

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bbollNov. 25, 0810:11 PM

1.3 billion in construction in MN alone! Hello?

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sammy007Nov. 26, 0812:19 AM

North Dakota holds massive reserves of oil. I (my family)have had interest in it for almost 100 yrs., though they have been capped for a majority of them (made $20 last year). They are undergoing a major change, drilling new wells, and looking for new products, like ethanol, if they can get enough prarie grass or corn, and will build refineries to handle the products. Even better if we can get a subsidy, though Obama is threatening to take them. Maybe we will build a couple of refineries closer to the product, and save some money, without all the restrictions. No pipelines to maintain. Just your highway tax dollars to keep us going. You will still pay the big bucks, cuz you won't give up the toys that need our product to run. We can't lose.

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ckuhlmanNov. 26, 08 1:07 AM

the number of US jobs and capital going overseas to known-bad-polluting countries. The US is the cleanest/greenest place on the planet to do business yet our 'native sons' seem determined to destroy that with stupid protests and laqsuits like this one. Give up your White Mans Guilt already.

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leg620Nov. 26, 08 6:33 AM

approval by the utilities panel is merely the impetus for the coming avalanche of lawsuits to stop the project. We'll know the economy is in real trouble when there isn't enough money to file suit against anything that could produce a job.

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bovys4Nov. 26, 08 8:46 AM

With the economy ln the dump.What an unexpected suprise to get a billion dollars worth of infrastructure installed in the area.Not only the short term boost to the area.But also 30-40 year taxes it will give to state local governments.p.s. vortmax pipelines don't emit co2

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anthonylisaNov. 26, 0810:25 AM

Let me explain this to you or any others who believe Big Oil's PR campaign to confuse the Global Warming Issue. Excess CO2 is NOT good for the environment, at least for humans. This is how oil was formed and maybe it will change your opinion about what humans are doing to the atmosphere. Tiny, tiny little one-cell creatures spent eons and eons consuming the Earth's poisonous atmosphere and their discharge was one part oil, one part oxygen. As I said, it took eons for them to accomplish this to the point that the Earth could sustain life and they left literally oceans of oil. Now humans (little creatures still) are VERY busy converting this oil BACK into poisonous gasses and we have already reversed at least an eon of work done by those creatures so long ago. What is the effect? I think we are starting to see it.

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