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Tag: keystone xl pipeline

Feb.
6th

CLIMATE: Carbon tax is working in B.C.

I’m glad President Obama recognizes that there is no Planet B after we succeed in destroying this one. British Columbia enacted a carbon tax in 2008. Since then its GDP has increased, its unemployment is slightly below the Canadian national average and fuel consumption per head has dropped by 4.5 percent.

Its successful carbon tax is based on revenue neutrality (no net tax increase), phased implementation, protection for families and broad coverage.

The Koch Industries leases 1.1 million acres in Canada’s oil sand regions of Alberta. A think tank study found that approval of the Keystone pipeline could generate $100 billion in profits

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Jan.
15th

OIL: Be neighborly and build the pipeline

I fail to understand the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. The oil produced from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, is going to be developed with or without our assistance as long as it is economically viable.

Without our assistance, the oil will likely travel by rail or pipeline to Canada’s west coast where it will be transported by tanker through the pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest – far riskier than if transported by pipeline to the Gulf Coast.

If the Keystone pipeline is built, and all the oil passes through our country only to be transported by tanker

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Jan.
9th

OIL: Questions about proposed pipeline

I have asked and never received an adequate answer to the question of why the Keystone XL pipeline has to be built. Why hasn’t a refinery been built close to the source?

Existing refineries are aging and need constant repairs to say nothing of the safety features that could be built into a new refinery. If the pipeline is still needed after these questions asre fully answered, then I think most objections would disappear.

Nov.
24th

OIL: The ends don’t justify these means

Re: “Keystone copout” (TNT, 11-23).

The writer’s conclusion is wrong when he mentions the familiar adage “the ends justify the means” (a phrase so commonly espoused by conservatives it should be their political motto) to try to expose progressive hypocrisy against the Keystone XL pipeline.

In other words, liberals are hypocrites by bringing a “gun” to a “knife fight.” He fails to mention that conservatives called it a “knife fight” but brought their “AK47s” because the end they want justifies whatever means to obtain it.

Liberals are only now catching the lies. Conservatives are very good at transference: accusing their

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Nov.
24th

GAS: More money for average Americans

Since last year at this time, the price of gas has dropped about $1 a gallon. Most families drive about 30,000 miles per year, getting 20 miles per gallon. This is about 1,500 gallons. This lower price has put $1,500 per year more in every pocket of every average working American family.

This has been done even though the current government has done everything it can to decrease production of oil in our country. The government has said no to the Keystone XL pipeline, depriving us of well-paying blue collar construction jobs and more non-OPEC oil, said no to leasing federal or state

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Sep.
22nd

CLIMATE: Don’t downplay global warming threat

I eagerly went to my News Tribune this morning to read what I thought would be a report on the People’s Climate March in New York City. I was disappointed in not seeing anything on it in the front page or mentioned under “Today’s Top Stories.”

However on page A-8 I found an article on it. And I must say it was a good article given the space given to it.

In my opinion, climate change is one of the most, if not the most, important issues facing the world today. And people around the world are waking up

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April
22nd

OIL: Pipeline delay reflects leadership gap

The Keystone XL Pipeline has been under scrutiny and environmental review since 2008. Volumes of reports have been produced, and it has been debated from both sides. The conclusion is very clear:

This project would create thousands of jobs, bring energy to our markets and produce an influx of money into our economy with minimal environmental impact. Yet President Obama is unable to make a decision until after the November elections (TNT, 4-19).

Again, the “leader” of the free world decides to kick the can down road once again because of influences from his left-wing radical environmental base. This

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Feb.
4th

OIL: Environmental politics delays crucial pipeline

Let’s review the facts here. The world is a fossil fuel economy. For decades North America has depended on OPEC for petroleum. If it was not for American and British private investments in the Middle East back in the 1950s, there would be no OPEC or the economic power it now holds.

However, there is new game in town. It’s called oil shale. This is our “Saudi Arabia.” It’s sitting there in North Dakota, Montana and throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. In fact, discoveries are being made in Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas. It’s called the Mississippi Lime. North America is

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