Keystone XL foes react to State Dept report: Unleash the protesters.

posted at 7:01 pm on February 1, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

On Friday, the State Department released their final environmental impact review of the proposed extension of the already-operational Keystone XL pipeline that would help connect Canadian oil sands and North Dakotan shale to a network reaching the Gulf Coast’s refineries, and the State Department essentially concluded exactly what they did in their previous versions of the report: That oil from Canada’s oil sands does emit marginally more greenhouse gases than that from conventional crude, but that the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is a non-issue in net climate-change consequences because Canada will develop those resources with or without it.

The report didn’t really provide any valid reasons for President Obama to nix the project, so the greens would very much like to visibly remind the president of just how strongly they oppose the whole situation. Via the NYT:

On Monday, activists plan to hold “rapid-response vigils” around the country, primarily at the State Department and other federal offices, said Elijah Zarlin of Credo, one of several groups backing the demonstrations. Ms. Sittenfeld said a campaign to inundate State Department offices with emails and phone calls will begin early next week.

“Given the lack of a key breakthrough,” Mr. Zarlin said, activists are going to be “more motivated than ever.”

The same holds true for the groups’ wealthy donors, said Betsy Taylor, a philanthropic adviser on environmental issues.

“The biggest effect right now is that more money is going to flow,” said Ms. Taylor, adding that she had already received an offer from a donor to pay for the buses to bring activists to Washington.

Of course, they won’t reveal the full extent of their opposition just yet — they’re leaving those reserves in the tank (heh) in case the State Department’s next report on whether the pipeline is ‘in the national interest’ doesn’t produce a favorable outcome. Via BuzzFeed:

CREDO, a San Francisco-based progressive organizing group, has repeatedly promised to unleash an army of tens of thousands of activists to commit acts of civil disobedience across the country if Keystone goes ahead. Becky Bond, CREDO executive director, said the group is not ready to pull that trigger quite yet, but will be an active participant in the upcoming protests.

“Over 76,000 people have pledged to get arrested if necessary to stop the president from approving this pipeline. And over 100 events have already been planned and are ready to go should they be necessary,” she said. “We think these numbers will double — both of people taking the pledge and of events, if [Secretary of State John] Kerry advises the president to approve this pipeline.”

“But this won’t happen today,” she said. “That is a couple of months down the line.”

Good grief. These guys can go out and protest their hearts out ’til the cows come home, but until they come up with a better plan than their senselessly vociferous opposition to an infrastructure project that won’t actually impact net carbon emissions, merely because they quixotically wish the world would turn away from fossil fuels in an act of voluntary impoverishment, they aren’t doing themselves any favors.


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I’m seriously pissed off with the ads on HA. I have some faux Christian organization telling me that I need to pray for amnesty for the illegals.

I left a congregation when I was told to pray for Obamacare- I sure as hell am not going to sit around and see these kinds of ads! They go beyond advocacy in the way they proclaim I am somehow an unworthy follower of Christ since I don’t think that the illegal aliens in this nation should be granted amnesty. There will be a special place in hell for these people. Mike Huckabee will be their mayor.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM

That oil from Canada’s oil sands does emit marginally more greenhouse gases than that from conventional crude, but that the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is a non-issue in net climate-change consequences because Canada will develop those resources with or without it.

Am I to understand that this was the entire issue that has taken 5 years to resolve? Good lord, how dumb is that?

whbates on February 1, 2014 at 7:14 PM

What’s wrong with global warming? Wouldn’t these idiots rather have that than global cooling?

tbear44 on February 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

I never cease to be amazed at climate change activists. They accuse Republicans of being anti-science and then go ahead and ignore the science and math surrounding Keystone. What a bunch of nutjobs. Unfortunately they have a willing press to be their unofficial press secretaries. Those who are the voice of reason have to be as vocal and be armed with facts to outweigh the lunacy coming from the climate change crowd.

armygirl on February 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

…even the protest signs?…I wanted to Press 1…for English!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

tbear44 on February 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

We have ice floating in the Chesapeake Bay right now. I’d be happy to have me some global warming right now. LOL

armygirl on February 1, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I never cease to be amazed at climate change activists. They accuse Republicans of being anti-science and then go ahead and ignore the science and math surrounding Keystone. What a bunch of nutjobs. Unfortunately they have a willing press to be their unofficial press secretaries. Those who are the voice of reason have to be as vocal and be armed with facts to outweigh the lunacy coming from the climate change crowd.

armygirl on February 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Presstitute organs, really (and yes, it’s about as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrel of oatmeal).

Steve Eggleston on February 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM

These guys can go out and protest their hearts out ’til the cows come home, but until they come up with a better plan than their senselessly vociferous opposition to an infrastructure project that won’t actually impact net carbon emissions, merely because they quixotically wish the world would turn away from fossil fuels in an act of voluntary impoverishment, they aren’t doing themselves any favors.

They are “idealists”. Of the nihilist variety.

The only reason they’ll settle for voluntary impoverishment is that they don’t have the firepower to force “voluntary” human extinction.

You are trying to reason with fanatics who dream of the erasure of civilization- and ultimately humanity- from the face of “Holy Mother Gaia”.

It is a waste of time and resources.

If they protest- ignore them.

If they break the law- arrest and prosecute them. Forget Holder, who probably sympathizes with them; but they will have to break state and local laws to carry out their “acts of civil disobedience”, so throw the book at them in state courts.

If they resort to violence- treat them like any other violent criminal.

If the left doesn’t like it- f**k ‘em.

At age 56, I’ve run out of patience with a$$holes in general and this lot in particular.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM

The report didn’t really provide any valid reasons for President Obama to nix the project

We all know why Hussein wants to nix this or any other such projects, we are just too cowardly to say it .
So let’s just say it now :
Hussein will never do anything which harms muzies, of OPEC .
It’s not about the environment.
It’s about muzies .

burrata on February 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Over 76,000 people have pledged to get arrested if necessary to stop the president from approving this pipeline… in opposition to an infrastructure project that won’t actually impact net carbon emission.

Why then… oppose it?

Yes, for a sacrificial act of penance, of “voluntary impoverishment.” Or maybe they think that if they to whatever degree possible squash our economy, there will be more deer and butterflies. But it’s got nothing to do with CO2.

And CO2′s got nothing to do with the climate. That’s the evidence presented in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&info=GGWarmingSwindle_CO2Lag

Do the warmist scare mongers even give a moments notice to the 17 years of no warming, to the record ice extent or growth at both poles, to the hockey stick’s debunking, and to the falsification of the ipcc’s contention of a causal correlation between CO2 and temperature? No.

Because it’s not about the science. What the warmist establishment claims as “undeniable” is actually little more than propaganda, camouflaged by a veneer of “science.” Yes, because in their own words, as lead ipcc author Steven Schneider said: “We have to offer up scary scenarios… each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective and being honest.” How is it credible science when the leaders of the ipcc have declared publicly and explicitly that they should make up “scary scenarios” and not be honest about it? Honestly, that’s not credible.

“No matter if the science is all phoney…. climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.” -Christine Stewart, Canadian Environment Minister
“The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.” -Daniel Botkin, ex Chair of Enironmental Studies, UCSB
“Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.” -Sir John Houghton, first chairman of IPCC

anotherJoe on February 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

The only reason they’ll settle for voluntary impoverishment is that they don’t have the firepower to force “voluntary” human extinction.

eon on February 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Agreed.

Were they not moral cowards but instead possessed the courage of their convictions, they’d have already led by example and voluntarily extinguished themselves …

ShainS on February 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

How can we take anyone dressed in pink seriously?

RdLake on February 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

What was it that George Wallace advised protesters about the results of blocking his car?

WannabeAnglican on February 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

f’ing retards.

dmacleo on February 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Then don’t be complaining when there are not enough jobs or that energy costs are too high.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM

We all know why Hussein wants to nix this or any other such projects, we are just too cowardly to say it .
So let’s just say it now :
Hussein will never do anything which harms muzies, of OPEC .
It’s not about the environment.
It’s about muzies .

burrata on February 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

And the domestic tree huggers who donate to Dems and get out the “environmental” vote in support of the DNC.

One perennial candidate for County Council here says we should elect her because she’ll bring about a bag tax. Nevermind that local/county boards can’t do that in this state. All such taxes have to originate in the state legislature and they are not going to allow such a tax.

Same holds true with Keystone XL. The tree huggers are against it so the rat-eared wonder has been slow rolling approval. The filthy bastard has no reason to disapprove but he’ll shuck and jive at least until after the midterm elections because that’s how you keep the tree huggers voting for your party.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2014 at 7:39 PM

ShainS on February 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

AMEN

armygirl on February 1, 2014 at 7:39 PM

And here is where the rubber meets the road. These wackadoodles are VERY well organized and funded. We’re not. There won’t be any counter protests. Their acts of civil disobedience will be met with “meh” by the MFM. Their voice will be heard and from our side….crickets. We’ll piss and moan on blogs, but we’re not doing anything to counter this.

lfwest on February 1, 2014 at 7:40 PM

So all those “protestors” WILL WALK to their next demonstration. Right?

GarandFan on February 1, 2014 at 7:41 PM

So all those “protestors” WILL WALK to their next demonstration. Right?

GarandFan on February 1, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Of course not! They will hop on planes and huge buses and other vehicles spewing EVIL carbon emissions in order to protest something that will not make one scintilla of difference when it comes to the amount of greenhouse gas that will wind up in the atmosphere.
It is a religion for them and they will go to any lengths to make their point. They remind me a little of the Westboro freaks!

armygirl on February 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Awww, shiite. I count 7 or 8.

WryTrvllr on February 1, 2014 at 7:56 PM

It is a religion for them and they will go to any lengths to make their point. They remind me a little of the Westboro freaks!

armygirl on February 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Or the freaks who buy ad time demanding that I pray for amnesty.

I recently registered for a ten-miler here in DC. One of the options at check out was to buy carbon credits to offset the harm I was doing by taking public transportation down to the starting line. It’s more than ideology to these people, it is also a funding mechanism. Al Gore alone made billions pushing fake science.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Do you mean to tell me that importing the SAME type of crude from Venezuela via ship is more environmentally friendly, Vene effing zuela?

Kermit on February 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

WE HATE FACTS!

WE WILL FIGHT AGAINST THEM!

Socratease on February 1, 2014 at 8:10 PM

So let’s just say it now :
Hussein will never do anything which harms muzies, of OPEC .
It’s not about the environment.
It’s about muzies .

burrata on February 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Bingo!

CW20 on February 1, 2014 at 8:12 PM

So, a possible 150k v 300+ mil?

Yeah, that sounds reasonable./

OldEnglish on February 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Pink used to be okay by me as a color, but now it makes me see red.

Sherman1864 on February 1, 2014 at 8:23 PM

“Over 76,000 people have pledged to get arrested if necessary to stop the president from approving this pipeline. And over 100 events have already been planned and are ready to go should they be necessary,” she said.

LOL. More events where the reporters outnumber the protestors.

Dusty on February 1, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Oldness: Code Pink

Hotness: Crude Pink

hillsoftx on February 1, 2014 at 8:30 PM

‘Release the protesters’, huh ?
.

“Release the hounds . . . . . “
.
Montgomery Burns

listens2glenn on February 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Go ahead. Release them. Defecate on cars, throw rocks, maybe kill a few people.

All in the name of peace.

itsspideyman on February 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Well, I guess the local hoosegows can start making 76,000 baloney sandwiches, then.

tpitman on February 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

“Over 76,000 people have pledged to get arrested if necessary

I heard it was more like a hundred million gajillion.

John the Libertarian on February 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Do they really believe 315 billion barrels of oil is just going to sit there in the ground forever? That 30 trillion dollars worth. Enough to supply the world oil for hundreds of years. This cannot be stopped.

steel guy on February 1, 2014 at 10:29 PM

“Given the lack of a key breakthrough,”

Presumably, they mean, “Given that the study failed to find a valid reason to object”

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 1, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Eco terrorists Earth First are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sierra Club. I consider they, Sierra Club, Audobon Society and the rest of the “environmentalists” to be guilty of committing crimes against humanity.

They ought to be put on trial for capital crimes against humanity at the Hague.

MILLIONS have died in Africa from Malaria because of environmentalists. Billions have been stolen and wasted. Their goal is to implement a socialist/communist regime on the entire planet with them at the top.

If 76,000 Environmentalists try to stop the pipeline, then don’t coddle them. Keep the dozers and shovel going.

georgej on February 1, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Time to build the pipeline… past time, actually…

Khun Joe on February 1, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Unleash the quacken!

Severian on February 1, 2014 at 11:49 PM

I’ve Got A BETTER Idea…….

williamg on February 2, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Nobody gives a rat’s patootie if 76,000 leftist greenies get “arrested” when all it amounts to is an appearance ticket for a later probation hearing.

If they REALLY want to send a message, they should kill themselves in protest. Mass suicide. And give it some variety. Some could hang themselves from trees, others sit in running cars with blocked exhausts, others slit their wrists, others immolate themselves like Vietnamese Buddhist monks.

Pills are too slow and boring. And we know guns scare them. But they could put on a real show.

Do it, losers, you know you want to.

Adjoran on February 2, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Goodness, March for Life gets hundreds of thousand and no coverage from the MSM and the anti-energy clowns get…..
Maybe they’ll get todays half time show?

Don L on February 2, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Sometimes I have to slap myself when I begin to think positively of the old Soviet system that would instantly whisk these kinds of folks off to a nice “guaranteed for life “job at a minimum carbon using salt mine…..

Don L on February 2, 2014 at 6:15 AM

“Given the lack of a key breakthrough,” Mr. Zarlin said, activists are going to be “more motivated than ever.”

In other words, more forceful, destructive and undemocratic.

Nobody disputes that protest is a great American tradition. But today’s petty despots hide behind the guise of that practice as a distraction from their real activities.

Their political supporters, such as this administration, subvert the law and obfuscate our governments processes to serve their own purposes. This is not in our best interests, but the product of dishonest political corruption. It serves no one but the master of authoritarianism and has no place in democratic process.

This is a common sense decision which is long overdue. It has delayed a lawful, wise and bountiful decision that will benefit our country and her citizens.

It is about time we remove the unlawful, corrupt people who seek to coerce and force their personal will upon the people of this nation, from our democratic process. They are a blight upon us and are largely responsible us living in this contemporary misery.

Marcus Traianus on February 2, 2014 at 7:19 AM

What is it with the war on science waged by the left and so called enviromentalists?

joated on February 2, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Sometimes I have to slap myself when I begin to think positively of the old Soviet system that would instantly whisk these kinds of folks off to a nice “guaranteed for life “job at a minimum carbon using salt mine…..

Don L on February 2, 2014 at 6:15 AM

These vermin are the product of the old system re-instituted. Their “wealthy contributors” are our tax dollars laundered. The protestor’s work for this system, come and go when ordered, and destruction of America is their ultimate goal.
The very same hoard was out in full regalia to protest any and all wars during the Bush administration, then evaporated into thin air when those wars ended their leader took charge. They returned every time their leader needed diversive upheaval in the form of “Occupy… whatever/where ever”.
After hearing of Dick Lamm’s “How to Destroy America” speech from a decade ago, I’m convinced Mark Levin is right. We are in a political non shooting civil war. This reoccurring left wing hoard is their Cossack army and if they can ever disarm the American people, the “Occupiers” will be able to wield real administration sanctioned power. At the end of a gun.

onomo on February 2, 2014 at 7:46 AM

What a bunch of bull crap…..Bet these are the same paid monkeys that protest war but shout hail satan at abortion events. Killing babies makes sense to these pagans.

crosshugger on February 2, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Who in their right minds would take advice from these clowns? Do they plan on getting to their protesting stuffed inside a wind up rubber band clown car? I hope there’s another polar vortex being planned for the day they decide to ‘pull the trigger’. Notice how they don’t mind using violent descriptors to describe their little plans.

Kissmygrits on February 2, 2014 at 8:52 AM


onomo on February 2, 2014 at 7:46 AM

You said it. The big difference between this and other actions at other times in other countries, is that the end of the gun will eventually be pointed at these trained monkeys. They’ll never get our guns without a fight – and they will lose.

HomeoftheBrave on February 2, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Do these people plan on blockading the ports of Vancouver with their yachts to stop the flow to China?

blammm on February 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Progressive Jonathan Chait just wrote an article in NY magazine that said the obsession with the Keystone XL is based on an error in an offhand remark made by James Hansen. He also says some of the enviros chose the pipeline as their big issue anyway because it’s easier to fit on a bumper sticker than calling for actual effective policies such as stronger EPA. So the leaders of this movement are dishonest and their followers are stupid. What a disgusting spectacle. We all know all this, but when even some progs admit it, it makes the protesters seem especially sheeplike.

juliesa on February 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I am so tired of the color of pink. Don’t even need to see the signs to know this is nothing but a bunch of whinny crap weasels.

Wade on February 2, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Those activists are not only not doing themselves any favors, they’re actively pissing off normal people who just want a normal life. Beware, greenies, you can only push us so far.

RebeccaH on February 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I am amazed at the ability of these people to get an immediate protest up and running whenever anything the don’t like happens. Either they don’t have jobs, which begs the question of how they can afford to travel all over to their protests, or they are the idle rich, the ,uh, 1%. Now , I don’t care how they spend their money, but if they are employed, are they considered so unessential that they aren’t missed when they’re out protesting?

yesiamapirate on February 2, 2014 at 1:55 PM

So, the greenies do not want us to do one particular thing, but have no alternative to offer. Sounds like they have become the party of “No!”

DublOh7 on February 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Good grief. These guys can go out and protest their hearts out ’til the cows come home, but until they come up with a better plan than their senselessly vociferous opposition to an infrastructure project that won’t actually impact net carbon emissions, merely because they quixotically wish the world would turn away from fossil fuels in an act of voluntary impoverishment, they aren’t doing themselves any favors.

But the Greenies LUUUUUUUV choo-choo trains. Which is how the oil now travels from Alberta to U.S. refineries on existing infrastructure while waiting for the pipeline to be built. Pulled by diesel locomotives that emit black smoke across the wide-open prairies.

The Keystone XL pipeline, if it were built, would send about 700,000 barrels per day of oil from Alberta to southeastern Nebraska. The average crude-oil railcar contains 500 barrels (21,000 gallons), meaning that 1,400 railcars per day make the round-trip from Alberta to Nebraska. Which is more likely to cause oil spills into that precious aquifer–one pipeline or 511,000 railcars a year with all possibilities of accidents due to bad weather, wear-and-tear on tracks, or human error?

Steve Z on February 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM