Green groups to Hillary Clinton: Will you or will you not join us in our mindless quest to kill Keystone XL?

posted at 8:41 pm on May 21, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Hillary Clinton has been deliberately cautious in her public evaluations of the pros and cons of the Keystone XL pipeline, but eco-radicals groups are evidently losing patience with the presumptive Democratic frontrunner’s wishy-washiness on the matter. Via The Hill:

A coalition of 30 green groups will send a letter to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday, pressing her to publicly oppose the Keystone XL oil pipeline. …

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the 30 conservation groups that signed on to the letter, which will officially be sent to Clinton on Wednesday.

“Secretary Clinton, will you stand with us against Keystone XL?” the groups ask.

“Given your longstanding advocacy for the environment and the importance of battling the climate crisis, your involvement would lend an important voice to the struggle against this dangerous pipeline and in favor of energy sources that don’t threaten future generations of Americans,” the letter states. …

The CEO of CREDO Mobile adds that if Clinton does not stand against Keystone XL, then “environmental voters will know that she cannot be counted on in the fight against global warming.”

One hopes that President Obama will have manned up and made a decision either way before the 2016 election rolls around, but even if he doesn’t, the issue may be pretty moot by that point anyway as oil and gas producers increasingly use alternative shipping methods (i.e., railroads) and Canada starts making other plans. As ever, if green groups have been hoping to score anything more than a PR victory for environmentalism on Keystone XL, then they have got their priorities seriously mixed up, because Canada’s oil sands are going to get developed one way or another. All that these eco-radicals have really counterproductively accomplished is ensuring a railroad renaissance, a much more dangerous threat to ecosystems and communities than terrestrial pipelines:

President Obama’s own State Department answered the comparison question plainly in February. According to the report, pipelines larger than 12 inches in diameter in 2013 spilled more than 910,000 gallons of crude oil and petroleum products—compared with 1.15 million gallons for tank cars, the worst in decades. Comparing total oil spilled makes it appear, at first glance, that pipeline and rail safety records are similar. That’s only until you factor in that pipelines carry nearly 25 times more crude oil and petroleum products.

The State Department report estimates that the Keystone XL carrying 830,000 barrels a day would likely result in 0.46 accidents annually, spilling 518 barrels a year. Under the most optimistic rail-transport scenario for a similar amount of oil, 383 annual spills would occur, spilling 1,335 barrels a year.

The report is even harsher on railroads when it comes to human injuries and fatalities. It estimates that tank cars will generate “an estimated 49 additional injuries and six additional fatalities” every year, compared with one additional injury and no fatalities annually for the pipeline.


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Great opportunity for the GOP to capture steel workers unions. The blue collar Reagan Democrats.

So how will the stupid party blow it?

rbj on May 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

The picture on the front page is hilarious

HotAirian on May 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

hilery be vey good presidant will fix everthing

dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Green groups to Hillary Clinton: Will you or will you not join us in our mindless quest to kill Keystone XL?

Distillery’s answer: Only if there’s an open bar.

steebo77 on May 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

If she responds it will be in a generic non committal way expressing sympathy for their cause but no hard answer she cannot deny later.
If she decides to run she will take whatever position suits her politically.

NeoKong on May 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

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dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

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dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

The picture on the front page is hilarious

HotAirian on May 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

The wizard was a nice touch…

OmahaConservative on May 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

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dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

???

Resist We Much on May 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Leaders from the 30 ecofreak groups each flew on a private jet to LAX and were then limo’ed to a central meeting place at the Hollywood Hilton where they gathered in a nicely air-conditioned lounge, drank imported booze, ate upscale catered food, and discussed how serious they were about combating global wormening.

Bishop on May 21, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I wonder if the moonbats know who Trey Gowdy is? He’s got 2 1/2 years to tear hillary to bits.

I don’t think she’s worrying about much else.

wolly4321 on May 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

The blue collar Reagan Democrats.

rbj on May 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

What do dinosaurs and blue collar Reagan Democrats have in common?

Mark Boabaca on May 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

So how will the stupid party blow it?

rbj on May 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Amnesty.

Charlemagne on May 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Every time Killary speaks the squirrel-kissers should fly into a rage about her methane production.

viking01 on May 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Wouldn’t it be easier to achieve your primary objective to just kill America … and be done with it?

ShainS on May 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Well, we now know that VP Joe Biden opposes the Keystone Pipeline, since he has hitched his wagon to San Francisco Billionaire Tom Steyer:

Vice President Joe Biden will attend a Democratic fundraiser at the home of activist Tom Steyer, the billionaire former hedge fund manager who is spending millions to lobby against the Keystone XL pipeline, a Democratic official said on Monday.

The fundraiser will take place at Steyer’s home in San Francisco on May 28, the official said.

Steyer is spending tens of millions of dollars to boost environmentally friendly political candidates across the United States. He fervently opposes the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would bring oil from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/19/us-usa-politics-biden-steyer-idUSBREA4I0UA20140519

wren on May 21, 2014 at 9:06 PM

?? Resist We Much on May 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I think you were awol when this sock appeared.

Yes,, that’s as good as it can do.

It’s english discombobulater is severely broken.

wolly4321 on May 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Green groups to Hillary Clinton: Will you or will you not join us in our mindless quest to kill Keystone XL?

She will do what ever is most politically expedient and the most personally profitable for her.

Pretty simple really.

All one has to do is figure out which side can deliver the most votes and the most $.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

???

Resist We Much on May 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I know. It’s back.

KCB on May 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

What do dinosaurs and blue collar Reagan Democrats have in common?

Mark Boabaca on May 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Heh.

Even cloning isn’t going to help us at this point …

ShainS on May 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM

The Center for Biological Diversity

There we go…the same Soros owned slaves dimwits who were yapping for Greed about some turtle in NV are now yapping for some arab oil guy and Steyer .

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM

O’Keefe on Kelly’s show tonite

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 9:14 PM

I voted for a democrat in 1976 (Jimmy!) and that was bad, but WHO votes for ‘em now?!

Tard on May 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM

One hopes that President Obama will have manned up

Hehhheeeee…

burrata on May 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM

But do they feel as abandoned by Killary as the Benghazi Four?

/

viking01 on May 21, 2014 at 9:21 PM

…Yeah, I’m pretty sure her answer will be a firm, unflinching, ‘maybe’.

Mike Kozlowski on May 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

hilery husbind smart with man frends…

dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

???

Resist We Much on May 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Bill’s cat has been blogging again…..

itsspideyman on May 21, 2014 at 9:54 PM

. All that these eco-radicals have really counterproductively accomplished is ensuring a railroad renaissance, a much more dangerous threat to ecosystems and communities than terrestrial pipelines

…they would need a brain to figure that out!

KOOLAID2 on May 21, 2014 at 10:11 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Steyer

It was reported in January 2013 that Steyer might be named as a replacement for Energy Secretary Steven Chu or that he might run for Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat in 2018.[18] Asked whether he would accept an appointment to be United States Secretary of Energy, Steyer said yes.

Nevermind Democrat millionaires and billionaires, look over there, Koch Brothers!!!

Kenosha Kid on May 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM

hilery husbind smart with man frends…

dale1 on May 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Boys and girls, this is why you should NEVER drink the bong water.

307wolverine on May 22, 2014 at 7:08 AM

The picture on the front page is hilarious

HotAirian on May 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

That’s from “Arrested Development”. Gob Bluth was a founding Member of the Alliance of Magicians, shown.

Hucklebuck on May 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Greens will also cause dirty Chinese refineries to crack the Canadian product rather than cleaner American refineries.

Not that they care. Because here’s what they like and will get if they win:

Canada has announced that our current ‘good neighbor’ discount on oil and gas will go away if we don’t build the pipeline. Higher prices = more suffering for Americans = happy greens.

Meremortal on May 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM