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January 22, 2013

Keystone approval in Nebraska pressures White House

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman today approved a new route for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada and advocates on both sides began calling on President Obama to decide whether or not to give it the approval to be built.

Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, said the decision "clears the way for President Obama to move quickly and also approve KXL for the benefit of our nation and its workers. After extensive public consultation and exhaustive review,  the president can confidently move forward on this critical project that will increase America’s energy security and generate much needed jobs and investment."

But Bold Nebraska, a group that opposes the pipeline pointed to Obama's embrace of climate change in his inaugural address to argue against approval.

"You can not say the words the President did in his inaugural address, and then turn around and approve the pipeline," the group said in an email.

The White House isn't tipping its hand. Press Secretary Jay Carney said the State Department is conducting a review of the project and he didn't "want to get ahead of that process.

"When the State Department has something to move forward on, we'll obviously address that issue when it does," he said.


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renewable energy

Keystone will motivate Obama to perform and command the orders quickly. It's good that there is a situation like this.

Thomas Nass

What emergency measures are being posed for a possible Break, Sabotage or Rupture of this Pipe Line? The potential for a BP type Spill on the land, instead of in the water, is real! I would aver that nothing will prove more precisely the old Maxim: “What goes around, comes around" than the fact that what, we have, allowed to be Sprayed on our Crops, SPILLED ONTO OUR LAND -including the run-off from crops, Spewed into our Air, Buried in our Soil or Dumped into our waters, will soon be seen, smelt and tasted, in that order, as it comes back at us out of our spigots.
Count on it!
The potential for the survival of our environment is directly proportional to the, insatiable, sociopathic GREED of the “Special Interests” and their carte blanche to continue to Pollute, Deceive and then continue to Pollute.
We are our Environment’s Keeper! If not us, WHO? Certainly not those who are Profiting from its Destruction!
Tom Nass
5th Marine Division - WWII

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