Oh, my: Green group suing the State Department over Keystone XL

posted at 5:21 pm on July 16, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

After President Obama’s big climate-change environmentalist pander-fest in June, during which he contended that his administration will not be approving the Keystone XL pipeline unless they find that doing so “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution,” his ambiguity understandably sent radical environmentalists into a slow-burning tailspin of panic and desperation. Seeing as how Canada plans on developing their oil sands whether or not the United States decides to show up at the market, and that the State Department’s previous reports have nixed exacerbated net climate-change effects, the president certainly didn’t effectively rule out the pipeline’s ultimate approval.

The green groups that have dedicated so much of their time, resources, and PR to killing the project are ergo putting the pressure on the Obama administration in every way they can think of; last week, several were not-so-subtly hinting at organizing mass protests across the country in the event of a green light (uhm… reminder: two-thirds of Americans support building the Keystone pipeline), and one green group is now taking a leaf out of what has typically been conservative groups’ book for extracting some of that much-promised transparency from the Obama administration:

An environmental group is suing the State Department to force release of communications between State officials and lobbyists seeking approval of the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Friends of the Earth, in the public records lawsuit filed Tuesday, says the department has failed to provide information that’s “critical” because several pro-Keystone lobbyists once worked for Secretary of State John Kerry or former Secretary Hillary Clinton.

“In light of these relationships, the requested records would allow [Friends of the Earth] to inform the public about the nature of the State Department’s decision-making, and the role any of these lobbyists may be playing in that process,” the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, states.

It challenges State’s refusal to provide “expedited processing” of documents sought in late April under the Freedom of Information Act, noting that, “the value of the records will be lost if not received quickly because the environmental review process is moving forward.”

And in that same vein, both chambers of Congress have now expressed their majority support for the pipeline’s construction, but The Hill also reports that Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair Sen. Ron Wyden is considering conducting some oversight proceedings on the pipeline’s proposal — and I don’t mean the type that would look into the administration’s bizarre and inexcusable dithering about it.

Wyden told reporters Tuesday that he’s had “a number of conversations” with senators about oversight proceedings for the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline.

“There are a host of questions with respect to Keystone, foremost of which is the evidence pointing to the fact that much of that energy is going to get exported,” Wyden said after a Senate hearing, highlighting an issue that has divided the pipeline’s backers and detractors. …

Wyden has long said he believes the oil sands Keystone would haul to the Gulf Coast are destined for markets abroad, rather than for domestic consumption — a claim he reiterated Tuesday.

“You’ve got basically half of the refineries in the Gulf Coast area essentially foreign-controlled. And they’ve already indicated that they want to export. And a bunch of the American-owned refineries want to export. So I’ve been concerned for some time about the export question,” he said.

Yes, and I’m sure he in turn has plenty of environmentalist lobbyists whispering in his ear — just like he does with the special interests that are similarly trying their hardest to hold up the natural gas export battle. Because, miraculously, the federal government manages to actively promote exports in some economic sectors, and yet find fictitious reasons for actively deterring them in others — as if free trade in some strange instances somehow doesn’t lead to more wealth and prosperity. Amazing.


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Folks sit back enjoy the ride.

RickB on July 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

How many of these people own a car?

Use public transportation?

How many cook their meals, heat their homes, and shower using hot water? How many live and work in air-conditioned buildings?

Do they make their own clothes, using a spinning wheel to make their own thread and a loom to finish the product?

Do they watch TV or listen to radio?

When these people stop trying to make our lives miserable without cutting off the things from themselves they want to make more expensive for us, maybe they’ll be worth being given heed. Until then, until then, they can go kiss fluffy ducks.

They have outlived their usefulness. Time for them to put up or join the rest of Modern Man in the 21st Century — quit panhandling and suing to make money, and get a real job.

Liam on July 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

As they fly around in their private jet meeting at homes located in semi arid desserts that take thousands of gallons of water and millions of kilowatts of power.

They have “seperate but equal” carbon footprints.

acyl72 on July 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Folks sit back enjoy the ride.

RickB on July 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Sounds more of a case of ‘get off the fracking car while you still can’ :), since it’s headed inexorably to the clif…

jimver on July 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I had someone tell me the future of energy is ocean waves.
Okay, so when’s that coming online? What do we do until then? Huddle in the dark??

vityas on July 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha…..

more Skittles please

roflmmfao

donabernathy on July 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

They must want all of that ‘dirty oil’ to continue to be transported by Warren Buffett’s railroad.

After all, transporting oil by rail is much, much, much safer than pipelines. Just ask the residents of Lac Megentic, Quebec.

Resist We Much on July 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

they have no ‘standing’ to sue

RonK on July 16, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Can We the People sue these eco-fanatics for all the damage they do to our economy? It’s an outrage that, yet again, the will of the majority is thwarted by shrill, Leftist lunatics funded by smug, elitist, coastal uber-Liberal a-holes.

Charlemagne on July 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

More Canadian news.

a capella on July 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM

“There are a host of questions with respect to Keystone, foremost of which is the evidence pointing to the fact that much of that energy is going to get exported,”

So what even if it is?

We have been hearing for years that drilling here won’t affect gasoline prices because of the “global market”. Now they are saying that putting oil onto the “global market” won’t drive down costs either?

Idiots. All of them.

weaselyone on July 16, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Liberals in decades past like to build infrastructure now they only like to build bureaucracies.

gwelf on July 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM

btw, there will be a Senate show hearing on climate this Thursday…

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/16/climate-change-showdown-coming-to-the-senate-thursday/

They’ll probably shut off the a/c the night before….Shep Smith in shirt sleeves…sweat dripping down his nose. I can hardly wait

r keller on July 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM

braindead environmentalists.

SC.Charlie on July 16, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Wyden has long said he believes the oil sands Keystone would haul to the Gulf Coast are destined for markets abroad, rather than for domestic consumption — a claim he reiterated Tuesday.

“You’ve got basically half of the refineries in the Gulf Coast area essentially foreign-controlled. And they’ve already indicated that they want to export. And a bunch of the American-owned refineries want to export. So I’ve been concerned for some time about the export question,” he said.

The Gulf Coast refineries want to export gasoline or diesel fuel about as much as Saudi Arabia wants to export fresh water. Why would they export gasoline (or other refined products) when they have a thirsty domestic market where they can sell fuel at $4 a gallon with minimal transportation costs? Especially if they can get Canadian crude for $30 per barrel, instead of paying $100 per barrel for imported crude?

Besides, if the NEW part of the Keystone XL pipeline was built between Alberta and southeastern Nebraska, it would connect with two existing pipelines–one leading toward the Gulf, but the other leading eastward into Missouri and Illinois. Refineries in MO and IL would prefer refining cheap Canadian crude and selling to the domestic market (gasoline prices in IL are over $4.50 per gallon!) than paying to ship imported crude up the Mississippi River.

If the Keystone XL pipeline was built, much of the Canadian crude would be used by refineries in the Midwest, and never make it to the Gulf Coast.

Steve Z on July 16, 2013 at 6:55 PM

“There are a host of questions with respect to Keystone, foremost of which is the evidence pointing to the fact that much of that energy is going to get exported,”

So what even if it is?

We have been hearing for years that drilling here won’t affect gasoline prices because of the “global market”. Now they are saying that putting oil onto the “global market” won’t drive down costs either?

Idiots. All of them.

weaselyone on July 16, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Next up, those evil and greedy capitalists at Microsoft and Apple and General Motors. They are actually exporting their products to other countries. If they kept all that they manufacture in the USA, that would force prices down and benefit the USA! Stop the evil exports!

BTW, this is pretty much the position of the moron Bill O’Reilly.

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Each and every member of Friends of the Earth should be required to disclose how many shares of Berkshire-Hathaway (Warren Buffett’s company that is getting richer by the day carrying oil by rail) or any other railroad company they own. As with anything else: Follow the money.

catsandbooks on July 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

It’s a standard tactic of “environmental” groups to sue EPA to “force” them to do something (i.e., create new and more restrictive emissions regulations, etc.) which EPA wants to do anyway. But by having a lawsuit and a compliant Federal judge “forcing” them to do it, they can smile at Congress and say, “gee, we had no choice”.

My guess is that somebody at State- probably a Sierra Club member themselves- “suggested” this gambit to the eco-fanatics. And is even now greasing the skids to expedite it.

Once more, I hold that at least half of the “deep ecology” groups should be classed as terrorist or terrorist-connected organizations.
Seeking to turn out the lights on civilization, and not caring who gets hurt as a result, is by definition a terroristic goal.

Add in the patently fraudulent behavior of so-called “green energy” advocates, “anti-fracking” activists, and “green stimulus” fund recipients (especially regarding their political contributions), and I see grounds for RICO proceedings as well.

I want these people in a Federal court. Not filing lawsuits, but explaining themselves under oath.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Blue on blue.

jnelchef on July 16, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Here’s a map of the USA / Canadian pipelines

http://www.capp.ca/canadaIndustry/oil/Pages/PipelineMap.aspx

ss396 on July 17, 2013 at 12:58 AM

I read about this tank car train in Canada that ‘got away’ and ran 7 miles down the track before it derailed and exploded. Killing over 30 innocents with 20 still missing. The story said it crashed a few miles short of the border. So what would the NO PIPELINE peeps position be if the train crashed and blew up in a little town in Maine?
Yea, pipe lines are dangerous when they fail. But how often do they fail? Pipeline failures are avoidable and are localized. Trains on the other hand go here and there and EVERYWHERE.

Missilengr on July 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM