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Another Keystone Excuse Bites The Dust

- February 27, 2014

CNN Headline: “Keystone Pipeline Report Boosts Supporters, Deflates Environmentalists” (Lisa Desjardin, “Keystone Pipeline Report Boosts Supporters, Deflates Environmentalists,” CNN, 2/26/14)

A New Keystone Report Cheered The Pipeline’s Advocates And Disappointed Its Critics. “A new State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline released Wednesday cheered advocates, who called for immediate approval, and dismayed environmentalists, who questioned it.” (Lisa Desjardin, “Keystone Pipeline Report Boosts Supporters, Deflates Environmentalists,” CNN, 2/26/14)

“The [State Department] Inspector General Dismissed Complaints That The [Keystone Environmental] Review Was Biased, Finding It Was Handled Properly, With Standards Sometimes ‘More Rigorous’ Than Required.” (Lisa Desjardin, “Keystone Pipeline Report Boosts Supporters, Deflates Environmentalists,” CNN, 2/26/14)

The State Department’s Environmental Review “Has Cleared An Important Hurdle.” “That means the environmental review, which is seen as more positive than negative for the pipeline, has cleared an important hurdle.” (Lisa Desjardin, “Keystone Pipeline Report Boosts Supporters, Deflates Environmentalists,” CNN, 2/26/14)

  • The Results Of The Investigation Could “Further Pave The Way” For Keystone’s Approval. “The results of the investigation could further pave the way for the Obama administration to approve the 1,700-mile, $5.4 billion pipeline, which would move oil from forest in Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast.” (Coral Davenport, “No Conflict Of Interest Found In Favorable Review Of Keystone Pipeline,” The New York Times, 2/26/14)

Obama Is Running Out Of Reasons To Say No On Keystone

Marcia McNutt, The Former Head Of The U.S. Geological Survey From 2009 To 2013: “I Believe It Is Time To Move Forward On The Keystone XL Pipeline.” “Marcia McNutt, who headed USGS from 2009 to 2013 and now serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Science, wrote in an editorial, ‘I believe it is time to move forward on the Keystone XL pipeline’ in exchange for getting Canadian officials to reduce their oil industry’s carbon emissions. McNutt, who also served as the Interior Department’s senior science adviser, is the latest former Obama administration official to come out in favor of the pipeline in recent weeks.” (Juliet Eilperin, “Former USGS Head Endorses Keystone Pipeline,” The Washington Post, 2/20/14)

  • “McNutt, Who Also Served As The Interior Department’s Senior Science Adviser, Is The Latest Former Obama Administration Official To Come Out In Favor Of The Pipeline In Recent Weeks.” (Juliet Eilperin, “Former USGS Head Endorses Keystone Pipeline,” The Washington Post, 2/20/14)

“Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Says He Believes The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline From Canada Should Be Built.” (Matthew Daly, “Salazar: Build Keystone XL Pipeline,” The Associated Press, 2/5/14)

Salazar Said The Keystone Pipeline Could Be Built Safely. “Salazar said at an energy conference in Houston Wednesday that the pipeline could be built safely, as long as conditions are imposed. Those conditions would require the pipeline operator to meet tough environmental standards and even pay for conservation programs along the pipeline route.” (Matthew Daly, “Salazar: Build Keystone XL Pipeline,” The Associated Press, 2/5/14)

  • Salazar: Keystone Could Be A “Win-Win” That Benefits U.S. Energy Security While Boosting Conservation Efforts. “Salazar told The Associated Press that the pipeline could be a ‘win-win’ project that benefits U.S. energy security while boosting conservation efforts in Montana, South Dakota and other affected states.” (Matthew Daly, “Salazar: Build Keystone XL Pipeline,” The Associated Press, 2/5/14)

Former Obama National Security Advisor Tom Donilon: I Would Recommend That Obama Approve Keystone Pipeline. WALTER ISAACSON: “I know you’re not in the administration anymore, so maybe you could answer. Would you recommend for the Keystone pipeline if you were there?” DONILON: “You know, I would.” (Tom Donilon, Remarks At Aspen Institute Forum, Washington, D.C.,)

 


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