Green groups feeling pretty upset about Keystone pipeline’s southern leg opening for business

posted at 4:41 pm on January 22, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Oil has finally started flowing through the southern portion of the Keystone pipeline, and surprise: Eco-radical groups are most displeased with the administration for what must obviously have been their slapdash approval of such a dastardly infrastructure project — you know, of the sort backed by industry groups as well as organized labor and which our economy desperately needs to continue building in order to accommodate our still-burgeoning shale boom? Man, the nerve of those administration officials. Via The Hill:

Green groups like the Sierra Club blasted the administration for failing to adequately review the pipeline.

“Today’s announcement is a painful example of President Obama’s all of the above energy plan at work: polluted air and water, carbon pollution, and the ever present threat of poisoned drinking water for millions of Texas and Oklahoma families,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement.

“The Sierra Club will fight hard to protect the families who are now at risk, and turn the Obama administration’s shortsighted dirty energy policy around,” added Brune, who is normally a fan of Obama’s climate agenda.

The environmental advocacy group 350.org’s Bill McKibben, also pointed the finger at Obama for falling out of line with his promises to battle climate change.

“Expediting KXL south was not the mark of a president who really ‘gets’ climate change,” McKibben said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Normally a fan of Obama’s climate agenda,” until recently, that is: Last week, the Sierra Club and a slew of similar groups decided to Get Serious with Obama and basically called out his “all of the above” energy agenda as a bunch of crap, chiding him to start doing much more to forcibly curb Americans’ use of fossil fuels and start applying a much stricter climate-change test to “to all decisions regarding new fossil fuel development” — and that of course means nixing infrastructure projects that enable to oil industry to grow. ‘Cause that’s really realistic, and everything.

TransCanada, for its part, is confident that they’ve dotted all of their regulatory i’s and crossed all of their bureaucratic t’s, and welcomes the scrutiny on what they believe is the “safest pipeline ever”:


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Get. A. Job! You lazy, useless bastards!

Lanceman on January 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Front page pic: how telling the “O” in Keystone on the sign is the OFAbama symbol.

Marcola on January 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

These people have a noose around their necks as they vote for their executioners, and they don’t even know it. Maybe we should have one of those “lights out” events — only make it a week or two. Then let’s see which side of the political aisle shrieks the loudest. Wouldn’t be the “take care of me” crowd, would it?

RobertMN on January 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Find someone who gives a d**n what you think.

avagreen on January 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Greenies, the party of “No!”

Fallon on January 22, 2014 at 4:57 PM

“Today’s announcement is a painful example of President Obama’s all of the above energy plan at work: polluted air and water, carbon pollution, and the ever present threat of poisoned drinking water for millions of Texas and Oklahoma families,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement.

So tell me, Sierra Club Executive Director, just how far does a car powered by windmills travel?

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2014 at 4:57 PM

“Expediting KXL south was not the mark of a president who really ‘gets’ climate change,”

Somehow I get the felling ol’ Bill doesn’t understand all he knows about climate change either.

antipc on January 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

China Starts Televising Sunrise On Giant TV’s Because Smog Is So Bad People Can’t Otherwise See It.

As long as China and India are allowed, even encouraged, to burn coal have pollution standards that produce smog like this… the Sierra Club and other ‘environmentalists’ should shut up in this nation. Maybe these protesters would do better to go to China and wave their placards around.

US consumerism fuels China’s pollution, study says, and much of that air pollution ends up in the US

China has been the global manufacturing floor for some time, but they asked for that investment and those businesses and have flourished because of it. It’s time for China to grow up as a nation and accept the responsibility for their own actions and take the necessary steps to clean up their industry, their nation, and the air.

thatsafactjack on January 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

felling

AKA feeling.

&@%$#& %&%@#

antipc on January 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

You mad?

Nah, not really. Was it the sign I was holding up across from them that read, “Drown On Your Way To Starving!” that made you think so?

Bmore on January 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM

obama owns you dirt bags! Shut up, bend over and take it!

crash72 on January 22, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I’ll believe “climate change” when eco-radicals start walking NAKED wherever they go and for-going any product made via fossil fuels.

GarandFan on January 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

There are times I wish we had someone with balls in office who would give them a taste of their own medicine…

“Since the Sierra Club has whined for years for effective wealth distribution to underwrite the cost of subsidizing green energy, I have decided to give them that opportunity. Effective immediately I have instructed the DOJ to place a freeze on all assets of the Sierra Club until they can be redistributed among green energy producers in a new round of investment grants. We thank the Sierra Club for their support.”

I can dream, can’t I…?

dominigan on January 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

It will only take a state the size of Connecticut covered with windmills to power NYC. So, when is everybody moving out and into the utopia of NY state??

These ‘greenies” need to understand the concept of “energy density.”

ny59giants on January 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

There are already over 20,000 pipelines all over the US carrying oil, gasoline, or natural gas. Leaks happen, but have never been a major problem.

The “safety issue” is and always has been a red herring with Keystone. The Greenies HATE cheap fossil fuels because they make their “renewables” look even worse by comparison.

The simple economic fact is that when renewables become viable, they will win market share on their own. As it is, without heavy government subsidies and penalties and taxes on fossil fuels, there would be no market for renewables at all (outside experimental research and the assorted hippy communes).

Adjoran on January 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

If the Canadian PM had any balls at all he would publicly tell Obama and Kerry to shove it and sell the tar sands oil to the rest of the world.Canada hasn’t come up the shake down money Obama wants.The Chinese will take less.

docflash on January 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Oh, yes; this ONE pipeline is SO much worse than all these others

michaelo on January 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

May all of your circle of Willis’s explode.

Murphy9 on January 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM

…how come an “out of control vehicle”…never hits those kind of crowds?

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

This Sierra Club tantrum is a load of *rap to fire up their base for $$$. Nothing more.

Federal permitting on Keystone South was limited by law. My understanding is that federal permitting was limited to Army Corps of Engineering review of design of river crossings. Construction and air permits were by the States of Oklahoma and Texas. Air permits would be necessary for the pumping station prime drivers that would be natural gas fueled. Other operating permits would be related to things like emergency response plans and such.

BHO showed up for an hour or so for a photo op speech in Cushing, OK when the northern end was starting construction. He damn well would of stopped the south leg if he could have. I suspect he couldn’t figger out a way to dink with Army Corps engineering standards without looking like a fool in court and dealing with additional major collateral damage.

Ha! Now I am going to return to lurking. This just ticked me off.

Hootowl on January 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I believe the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Texas Railroad Commission have more to say about the pipeline than the great obamination. There are a couple of things that are still states rights, but not for long under our current dictator.

Old Country Boy on January 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM