Desperation: Green groups asking begging State Dept to redo their Keystone XL report

posted at 8:01 pm on June 27, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Well, this is cute.

In his big climate-change speech earlier this week, President Obama expounded upon the new raft of regulatory measures he’s enacting via executive authority to defend the planet in the face of obstinate Congressional inaction. One of the more tantalizing tidbits was the potential hint he dropped about the Keystone XL pipeline’s fate, intoning that the pipeline should only be approved if the pipeline is found to not “significantly impact” carbon pollution.

Some environmentalists took the line as a positive sign, but still others were worried that it was an indication that the Keystone pipeline’s approval is indeed on its way. The State Department’s review earlier this year found that the pipeline’s construction would be pretty much carbon neutral, because a lack of pipeline means companies will instead turn to rail and trucks (and, oh yeah — let’s not forget that Canada is going to develop and sell their oil sands whether or not the United States is the buyer reaping the economic benefits).

Which is precisely why green groups are currently panicking, and absolutely insisting that the State Department throw out their findings and do a new environmental impact report in light of “significant new information,” or something. Riiiiiight.

The organizations argue the data and events cited in their request obligate Foggy Bottom to perform another review of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline.

“The significant new information described in this letter demonstrates that the DSEIS (draft supplemental environmental impact statement) relies on an overly-simplistic, outdated view of a rapidly-changing oil market,” the groups said in a petition made public Thursday.

The petitioners include the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oil Change International, National Wildlife Federation, Center for Biological Diversity and Bold Nebraska. …

The environmental organizations, however, said that draft has “been widely disputed, not only by the undersigned groups but by the scientific community, industry analysts, and the Environmental Protection Agency.” …

But green groups have expressed hope that Secretary of State John Kerry will be conducive to taking another look at emissions.

Maybe Kerry will be all too happy to oblige their request, as a fellow climate crusader. He’d only been in office a month when State’s draft review came out, and as Mary Katharine suggested earlier this week, I’m sure President Obama would be all too glad to give in to yet another excuse to delay the decision — but the green movement is really grasping at straws here, and their desperation is all too evident.


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Fishing for contributions and drama.

IlikedAUH2O on June 27, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Sorry. The science in the report is settled.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Am I alone to want to shove a Prius up the ass of all these enviro-wingnuts? Enough!

TXUS on June 27, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Am I alone to want to shove a Prius up the ass of all these enviro-wingnuts? Enough!

TXUS on June 27, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I’ll join you on that, provided it goes up sideways.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Another look at emissions..

What emissions? It’s a pipe.

wolly4321 on June 27, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Keystone is dead, because Obama is out to energize his base for 2014 by doubling down. I’d bet 5:1 on it.

petefrt on June 27, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Arrange for a battery fire after insertion, and I’m all over it too.

Gator Country on June 27, 2013 at 8:24 PM

EPA has issues with the DSEIS that the Dept of State put together. We have such a large government that we have the State Department doing environmental reviews and the EPA objecting to the environmental review mostly because the core issue of higher emissions due to rail/truck transport didn’t delve deep enough into market conditions and transportation feasibility.

In summary:
State is attempting to do environmental analyses.
EPA is bringing up economic and transportation arguments.

No wonder our federal agencies are a mess. They are doing things in areas where they have absolutely no experience and/or knowledge. They suck at their first jobs, why are they attempting to do more?

weaselyone on June 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Sorry. The science in the report is settled.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

I see what you did there.
A+

weaselyone on June 27, 2013 at 8:27 PM

petefrt on June 27, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Plus he has a big donor or two to pay off by blocking the pipeline.

Warren Buffett cleans up after Keystone XL

petefrt on June 27, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Don’t forget to mention that Warren Buffett owns the railroads that are hauling oil. The last thing they’d want is pipeline competition.

GarandFan on June 27, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Yes, please toss out the entire study and instead find the opposite conclusion.

I swear to Gaia, every day I think I can’t hate these bugwits any more than I do and then something new pops up.

Bishop on June 27, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Desperation: Green groups asking begging State Dept to redo their Keystone XL report

If they actually build this thing, they’ll have to hire yet another 20,000 just to guard it from the eco-terrorists.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

This particular set of envirowhackos must be paid by Red China – an official rejection of Keystone XL means that the Alberta-to-British Columbia pipeline to supply Red China with the oil will be built, while “limbo” means nothing will be built.

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

If they actually build this thing, they’ll have to hire yet another 20,000 just to guard it from the eco-terrorists.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

I wouldn’t put it past them to cause an oil spill because they say the pipeline’s very existence even when not leaking is an ‘environmental disaster’.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 8:45 PM

The pic reminds me of the movie “World War III” with David Soul.

Bishop on June 27, 2013 at 8:53 PM

The pic reminds me of the movie “World War III” with David Soul.

Bishop on June 27, 2013 at 8:53 PM

If memory serves correctly, that was the flick in which the US of A had it’s first gay President…

Bruno Strozek on June 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

If memory serves correctly, that was the flick in which the US of A had it’s first gay President…

Bruno Strozek on June 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

What? No. Really? What?

What I do remember is the Snowcat badly disguised as a Russian armored vehicle with a rubbery-looking fake AA missile launcher mounted on the roof.

Bishop on June 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM

“The significant new information described in this letter demonstrates that the DSEIS (draft supplemental environmental impact statement) relies on an overly-simplistic, outdated view of a rapidly-changing oil market,” the groups said in a petition made public Thursday

Oh, sure. And the liberals had a conniption when the Supreme Court used the very same reasoning when they ruled against Section 4 of the Voting Rights act earlier this week.

If liberals can’t have it both ways, they’ll demand it every which way and sideways.

MichaelGabriel on June 27, 2013 at 9:13 PM

If using only the purist,crystal-clear mountain-fed spring water, can it be used to water-board eco-nuts? How about sustainably-harvested bamboo for nail splinters?

trl on June 27, 2013 at 9:48 PM

If using only the purist,crystal-clear mountain-fed spring water, can it be used to water-board eco-nuts?

Waste of good water. I’m sure eco-nuts would prefer to b water-boarded with blackwater, since it, you know, saves the planet.

MichaelGabriel on June 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Bishop on June 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM

The late Rock Hudson played the Prez.

I was being kinda facetious.

Bruno Strozek on June 27, 2013 at 10:53 PM

I suddenly find myself wondering what the environmental impact of all of the paperwork generated by environmental regulations is.

Voyager on June 28, 2013 at 12:14 AM

It won’t be built. It would create jobs, which would take people off unemployment which would make them less dependent on government which makes them less vulnerable to the gangsters demands on how they vote. It’s all about thugs in the White House and who you can harass and intimidate.

odannyboy on June 28, 2013 at 8:29 AM

The organizations argue the data and events cited in their request obligate Foggy Bottom to perform another review of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline.

Why does this remind me of continuing to count the votes until you get the result you want, at which point you demand no more recounts and declare victory?

Why, oh why, does this sound so familiar???

runawayyyy on June 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM