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Nebraska Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

Nebraska to reveal long-delayed decision on Keystone XL today

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/nebraska-keystone-1.4409960

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Finally Premier Notley got some good news today.

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline just cleared a major hurdle in Nebraska

Environmental activists are gearing up for another legal fight.

 

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/11/20/16679368/keystone-...

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'We are very pleased:' Notley says Nebraska's Keystone OK means energy security

Rachel Notley tours Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to media during a tour of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline replacement project in Hardisty, Alta., on Thursday Aug.10, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jason Franson)

 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/we-are-very-pleased-notley-says-nebraska-s-...

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..from an email

State authorities in Nebraska just issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline – but along a different path than the original route TransCanada wanted. We’re still determining exactly what this re-route means, but we know one thing for sure: this fight is definitely not over.

If politicians like Trump and Trudeau keep bulldozing ahead with pipelines like Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan, it’s up to us to rise up and stop tar sands expansion at the source.

Sign our petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to give the largest open pit tar sands mine ever proposed – Teck Frontier – a proper review that considers climate change and Indigenous rights.

The Teck Frontier mine is a massive tar sands expansion project. If built, it would be an open pit mine nearly three times the size of Vancouver, and would fill massive export pipelines like Kinder Morgan – and, most likely, Keystone XL.

Hearing this news today was tough. But I have hope. TransCanada has argued that any route other than the one they applied for is unworkable. By pushing Keystone XL onto a new route, the commission all but guaranteed more delays for this pipeline. And every day we delay this project, we’re keeping 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil in the ground.  
Let’s not forget that our movement stopped the Keystone XL pipeline for years – and, as you read this, communities in the US are pledging to keep stopping KXL and resisting Trump’s fossil fuel agenda.
In Canada, the best way to fight Keystone XL is by targeting the source of the destruction. Demand that Prime Minister Trudeau give the Teck Frontier project a real review.

We know that we can stop projects like Teck Frontier in their tracks by making sure they receive an honest review that fully considers their detrimental impact on climate change and Indigenous rights. That’s exactly how we won the fight against the Energy East tar sands pipeline.  Hold Prime Minister Trudeau to his promises to honour Canada’s international climate commitments and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It’s time for him to measure all new fossil fuel projects against these standards. Let’s stand up in resistance to the Teck Frontier Project.

Thank you for helping get us to this point - it’s no small feat.

With resolve,

Bill McKibben

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HAPPENING NOW in Lower Brule, South Dakota. Native leaders, Tribal council members, and rural landowners along with national allies are holding a press conference in response to Nebraska's decision to approve a conditional route for Keystone XL.

These tribes would be directly impacted by the pipeline. Stay tuned for a big announcement.

video

 

Martin N.

epaulo13 wrote:

..from an email

State authorities in Nebraska just issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline – but along a different path than the original route TransCanada wanted. We’re still determining exactly what this re-route means, but we know one thing for sure: this fight is definitely not over.

If politicians like Trump and Trudeau keep bulldozing ahead with pipelines like Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan, it’s up to us to rise up and stop tar sands expansion at the source.

Sign our petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to give the largest open pit tar sands mine ever proposed – Teck Frontier – a proper review that considers climate change and Indigenous rights.

The Teck Frontier mine is a massive tar sands expansion project. If built, it would be an open pit mine nearly three times the size of Vancouver, and would fill massive export pipelines like Kinder Morgan – and, most likely, Keystone XL.

Hearing this news today was tough. But I have hope. TransCanada has argued that any route other than the one they applied for is unworkable. By pushing Keystone XL onto a new route, the commission all but guaranteed more delays for this pipeline. And every day we delay this project, we’re keeping 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil in the ground.  
Let’s not forget that our movement stopped the Keystone XL pipeline for years – and, as you read this, communities in the US are pledging to keep stopping KXL and resisting Trump’s fossil fuel agenda.
In Canada, the best way to fight Keystone XL is by targeting the source of the destruction. Demand that Prime Minister Trudeau give the Teck Frontier project a real review.

We know that we can stop projects like Teck Frontier in their tracks by making sure they receive an honest review that fully considers their detrimental impact on climate change and Indigenous rights. That’s exactly how we won the fight against the Energy East tar sands pipeline.  Hold Prime Minister Trudeau to his promises to honour Canada’s international climate commitments and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It’s time for him to measure all new fossil fuel projects against these standards. Let’s stand up in resistance to the Teck Frontier Project.

Thank you for helping get us to this point - it’s no small feat.

With resolve,

Bill McKibben

Isnt this project approval a provincial jurisdiction? Mr. McKibben should mind projects in his own country rather than interfering in another's business. If minding his own business for the ever present busybody is too much, there are over 1600 NEW coal power plants planned for this year globally. I'm sure the Chinese are laughing their heads off every time this crank has another angstgasm.

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This approval should help Notley's re-election chances which I assume progressive folks would want to see.

Pondering

Martin N. wrote:

Isnt this project approval a provincial jurisdiction? Mr. McKibben should mind projects in his own country rather than interfering in another's business. If minding his own business for the ever present busybody is too much, there are over 1600 NEW coal power plants planned for this year globally. I'm sure the Chinese are laughing their heads off every time this crank has another angstgasm.

If everyone just points at others who are contributing more to climate change nothing will be done. Those coal burning plants could end up white elephants. Other countries are ahead of us. That is the direction we should be looking in.

The latest on Keystone XL is that Trans Canada isn't sure they will move forward. There will be increased costs due to the change in path and they want signed contracts from customers that they will use the pipeline. I find that odd.

JKR

NorthReport wrote:

This approval should help Notley's re-election chances which I assume progressive folks would want to see.

I think it would be great if the Alberta NDP were re-elected but that possibility looks dicey now that the right has merged in Alberta and the new UCP currently has an approximately 20 point lead on the ND's.

Pondering

Notley should have pushed for proportional representation when she had the chance.

Martin N.

Pondering wrote:

Martin N. wrote:

Isnt this project approval a provincial jurisdiction? Mr. McKibben should mind projects in his own country rather than interfering in another's business. If minding his own business for the ever present busybody is too much, there are over 1600 NEW coal power plants planned for this year globally. I'm sure the Chinese are laughing their heads off every time this crank has another angstgasm.

If everyone just points at others who are contributing more to climate change nothing will be done. Those coal burning plants could end up white elephants. Other countries are ahead of us. That is the direction we should be looking in.

The latest on Keystone XL is that Trans Canada isn't sure they will move forward. There will be increased costs due to the change in path and they want signed contracts from customers that they will use the pipeline. I find that odd.

Yeah, sure. That's why the Chinese are laughing at us. We are getting played and the earnest activists are lapping it up without challenging any assumptions.  The German renewables policy has failed and they are now bulldozing medieval villages to get at the dirty brown coal beneath them. But hey, why inform yourselves when all one needs to do is follow Mr McKibbin's misdirections.

Pipeline capacity is always contracted out to a certain extent before construction. It's called take or pay. I don't find it odd at all that individuals have very firm views against pipelines while being completely uninformed on the issue and misled by sophisticated organizations funded by interests that do not hold Canada nor its environment near and dear.

ETA: Pipelines will move forward relentlessly much like glaciers flowing to the sea. KM and K2 will be built because the demand for them is there. The opposition to these projects is very noisy but is not as large as they wish to appear.

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Listening to CBC it sounded like the Nebraska decision creates a lot of uncertainty by choosing the alternative route:

  1. The landowners on the alternative route do not appear to have been informed, or at least proof of informing them was not provided to the commission.  They are likely to be very surprised and upset.
  2. Very little research was done by the commission on the secondary route and this leaves it liable to further litigation.
  3. It sounds like it is more expensive and may not be as viable.
  4. It was suggested that this may be a backdoor way of killing the deal.

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..some victory alright

Keystone XL and the big American rollback

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Capitol hill is a mess, the international scene is a disaster, but one sector is winning bigly, fossil fuels. Even back in August 2017, as U.S. President Donald Trump raged over Congress's failure to kill Obamacare, oil billionaires Charles and David Koch, must have been popping champagne. Obamacare may not have been killed, but Trump was scything down the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental regulations. Trump's energy agenda was, in CNBC's words, "plowing ahead as other initiatives stall."

For most people, this may have gone under the radar, as the reality show president lobbed his stream of rants and raves on Twitter. The bullying tweets and manic political drama kept the public distracted, and messily papered over the sad, un-sexy stories about the dismantling of Obama's energy policy.

The regulations Trump loosened may have been ones that most people had never heard of, but they were critically important even if they couldn't garner page clicks and keep ratings going the way mass shootings, Alex Jones conspiracy theories, and the war of words between "rocket man" and the "dotard" did.

The Koch brothers' master plan to roll back American climate policy and environmental protection wasn't easy news to explain. The Kochs like to work quietly in the background and to fully grasp the ambitiousness of the billionaires' plan to gut regulations would require reading the entirety of Jane Mayer's riveting but long book, Dark Money.

And with two unstable rulers hovering their fingers so close over the button, who could focus more than a nanosecond on the death of rules that had prevented America from becoming a toxic sewer, or reduced corruption in U.S. energy deals? Who could focus on how Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was getting to know his Department of Energy by cutting back as many as 525 jobs at national labs? He'd once claimed (then retracted) that he intended to dismantle the energy department altogether.

Pondering

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The German renewables policy has failed and they are now bulldozing medieval villages to get at the dirty brown coal beneath them.

http://www.dw.com/en/germany-clings-to-coal-at-climate-summit/a-41445013

The dirty fossil fuel coal provides 40 percent of global electricity. At the UN climate conference in Bonn, Canada and the UK unveiled the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which is committed to moving from coal to clean energies by 2030. It is expected that the international community will grow to 50 members by the next climate summit in Poland in 2018....

The German Environment Agency (UBA) has published a technical paper outlining how Germany can cheaply and effectively reduce coal-fired energy in order to meet its climate targets.

Coal power plants older than 20 years would only be allowed to produce restricted amounts of energy, while the oldest and least-efficient coal power plants will be shut down altogether. This applied to plants with a capacity of at least 5 gigawatts.

Don't worry. We are working on coal too.

Martin N. wrote:
ETA: Pipelines will move forward relentlessly much like glaciers flowing to the sea. KM and K2 will be built because the demand for them is there. The opposition to these projects is very noisy but is not as large as they wish to appear. 

Activists and oil companies are both few. Both are fighting to sway public opinion in their favor.  Oil companies underestimated the power of citizens to stand in their way. They thought as long as they had the politicians on board they could power through any opposition. Instead pipelines have become the Achilles heel of the Albertan oil industry.

The oil industry is failing to persuade because people are motivated primarily by self-interest. Altruism plays a part too but not if it threatens personal well-being. If pipelines were not a major risk altruism would dictate that we accept the pipelines in solidarity with Alberta. The problem is they are a major risk. That is where all your arguments tumble away.  In the very small teeny tiny chance a major spill contaminated our waterways it would be catastophic. We aren't going to take such a risk altruistically.

Harper couldn't get a pipeline through in a decade. I doubt the Liberals will be any more successful.

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..i find it inspiring to see how quickly the alliances are coming together.

Will You 'Promise to Protect'? Coalition Urges New Wave of Resistance to Stop KXL

Shortly following the Nebraska Public Service Commission's "shortsighted and dangerous" vote to green-light TransCanada's Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, a coalition comprised of Indigenous peoples, farmers, and ranchers living along the oil project's proposed route published a letter on Monday urging the public to join them in protecting sacred land from corporate exploitation.

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The letter goes on to make several requests of those who wish to participate in the "creative resistance" against KXL that is expected to take shape in the coming months, including:

  • Commitment to entirely peaceful acts of protest, even in the face of "the pain caused by TransCanada's aggression";
  • Respect for "the leadership of Indigenous peoples, farmers, and ranchers in the action, and the plans and strategies of the front lines and their allies who have made promises to protect the land, water, and climate";
  • Preparation in advance of the demonstrations, including training sessions with organizers, so that "you're able to find the place you're most needed on any given day."

The fossil fuel industry "believes that with the inauguration of Mr. Trump, the obstacles in their path had disappeared," the letter concludes. "They are unaware of the rising tide of indigenous unity and the strong alliances with ranchers, farmers and the climate justice movement which grew stronger at Standing Rock. When the president approved the federal permits for KXL last winter, he asked TransCanada executives when construction would start: Our job is to make sure the answer is, no time soon."

"The climate can't handle another tar sands pipeline."
—Annie Leonard, Greenpeace

JKR

Pondering wrote:

Notley should have pushed for proportional representation when she had the chance.

I agree.

Martin N.

epaulo13 wrote:

..i find it inspiring to see how quickly the alliances are coming together.

Will You 'Promise to Protect'? Coalition Urges New Wave of Resistance to Stop KXL

Shortly following the Nebraska Public Service Commission's "shortsighted and dangerous" vote to green-light TransCanada's Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, a coalition comprised of Indigenous peoples, farmers, and ranchers living along the oil project's proposed route published a letter on Monday urging the public to join them in protecting sacred land from corporate exploitation.

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The letter goes on to make several requests of those who wish to participate in the "creative resistance" against KXL that is expected to take shape in the coming months, including:

  • Commitment to entirely peaceful acts of protest, even in the face of "the pain caused by TransCanada's aggression";
  • Respect for "the leadership of Indigenous peoples, farmers, and ranchers in the action, and the plans and strategies of the front lines and their allies who have made promises to protect the land, water, and climate";
  • Preparation in advance of the demonstrations, including training sessions with organizers, so that "you're able to find the place you're most needed on any given day."

The fossil fuel industry "believes that with the inauguration of Mr. Trump, the obstacles in their path had disappeared," the letter concludes. "They are unaware of the rising tide of indigenous unity and the strong alliances with ranchers, farmers and the climate justice movement which grew stronger at Standing Rock. When the president approved the federal permits for KXL last winter, he asked TransCanada executives when construction would start: Our job is to make sure the answer is, no time soon."

"The climate can't handle another tar sands pipeline."
—Annie Leonard, Greenpeace

Iwill find it inspiring if these worthies come together to solve the technological issues involved in carbon capture or electromagnetic levitation. 

Third world residents can't stand Annie Leonard who uses her gigantic carbon footprint to deny them any footprint at all. The earth's population has exploded because hydrocarbons have enabled an increase in food production. At this point, the corollary is that a reduction in hydrocarbons will create a food shortage, not for Annie Leonard and the fervent worthies of Greenpeace but for the marginalized populations on the cusp of starvation. 

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..and pondering is right martin..all you have are insults. your old self can't help but seep out.

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US oil prices rise to two-year high on Keystone pipeline outage

  • U.S. crude oil hit fresh two-year highs on Friday
  • The closure of the 590,000 barrels per day (bpd) Keystone pipeline following a spill last week has helped drive up U.S. crude
  • Markets have also been tightening due to an OPEC-led effort to withhold 1.8 million bpd of production
  • OPEC will meet on Nov. 30 to discuss its policy

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/23/us-oil-prices-hit-fresh-2-year-highs-on-...

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TransCanada shuts down Keystone oil pipeline after another leak

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/11/16/news/transcanada-shuts-down-...

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TransCanada asks Nebraska to reconsider Keystone XL approval order

https://globalnews.ca/news/3883678/transcanada-nebraska-keystone-xl-albe...

Martin N.

epaulo13 wrote:

..and pondering is right martin..all you have are insults. your old self can't help but seep out.

What insults, epaulo?  There is no 'old self ', I yam whut I yam. All you have is cowardly silencing tactics when anyone critiques your one-sided post-truth epistles. I suppose you can't utilize your effective editing accusation twice in a row,  huh?

XL will proceed, so will Trans Mountain. Anyone grounded in reality can see that. Anti-pipeline activists are doing a fantastic job in bringing best practices and redundancies to pipeline construction that otherwise will not be applied but their fervent refusal to embrace reality is not lost on the majority of the population.  Even on Fantasy Island there are thousands of oil industry workers who commute to the oil patch. They earn their pay in the oil patch and spend it on the Island. They also pay BC income tax on Alberta earnings. This fact may be lost on activists but it is not lost on the business community. The same goes for the business community in Nebraska.

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What insults, epaulo?

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All you have is cowardly silencing tactics when anyone critiques your one-sided post-truth epistles. I suppose you can't utilize your effective editing accusation twice in a row,  huh?

Martin N.

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What insults, epaulo?

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All you have is cowardly silencing tactics when anyone critiques your one-sided post-truth epistles. I suppose you can't utilize your effective editing accusation twice in a row,  huh?

Ok. Is it insulting if it's true? I don't suppose this method of countering dodgy silencing tactics is very effective but I get feisty when confronted with leftist authoritarianism. 

What I read in these threads is 'enemy', 'fight' etc in reference to anyone who dares to confront said authoritarianism so I roll with it. Sitting below the progressive salt, so to speak, doesn't bother me, neither does being invisible to the self-appointed cognoscenti of babble.

i respect your opinions and methods and will up my game.

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Why TransCanada doesn’t talk much about Keystone XL these days

Russ Girling knows now that a presidential pipeline permit from Donald Trump won’t buy him a cup of coffee in Omaha.

Nor will it permit the CEO of TransCanada Corporation to start digging a 1,900-kilometre trench across five states and two provinces for the long-delayed and bitterly controversial Keystone XL pipeline, intended to funnel 800,000 barrels a day of gooey, carbon-laden bitumen from Alberta to American refinery complexes on the Gulf of Mexico.

Instead, Mr. Trump’s permission — issued with great fanfare last January 24 — wasn’t the final say on the subject, any more than former President Barack Obama’s 2015 rejection of the project as a threat to the planet. Both decisions left Keystone XL trapped in a legal morass with an uncertain future.

https://ipolitics.ca/2017/12/29/transcanada-doesnt-talk-much-keystone-xl...

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In possible roadblock for Keystone XL, pipeline opponents gift land to Ponca

For five years, opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline and members of the Ponca Indian Tribe have sown native tribal corn in the path of the controversial project as a form of resistance.

Now they’ve planted another potential roadblock.

Last weekend, Art and Helen Tanderup, who farm north of Neligh, Nebraska, deeded the 1.6-acre plot of native corn to the native inhabitants of the land, the Ponca.

Selling the land to the Ponca means that TransCanada will have to negotiate with a new landowner, one that has special legal status as a tribe — a tribe that is opposed to the pipeline. The plot becomes the only tribally owned plot of land on the XL pipeline route in the U.S.

“We want to protect this land. We don’t want to see a pipeline go through,” said Larry Wright Jr., the chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. “If this adds another layer (of opposition) to that issue, we’re happy to be part of that.”....