Climate Emergency! Trump Approves Keystone Pipeline, Opponents Vow to Fight on


[Editor’s note: If anyone still had doubts that Trump serves the interests of big business, big banks and couldn’t give two hoots about the people or our planet’s ecosystem then this should quash those doubts. We can but hope that the protests that will now ensue are successful in stopping this project. Furthermore, we hope that Trump doesn’t use violence against them, but I fear that is a hope in vain. Ian]

Climate Emergency! Trump Approves Keystone Pipeline, Opponents Vow to Fight on

The Trump administration issued a presidential permit to build the Canada-to-U.S. Keystone XL oil pipeline, the State Department said on Friday, drawing outrage from environmental groups.

Senior State Department official Tom Shannon issued the permit to TransCanda Corp for the US$8 billion project, which projects to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to U.S. networks and refineries further south.

“We will resist these projects with our allies across the country and across borders, and we will continue to build the future the world wants to see,” said Diana Best, a Greenpeace climate campaign specialist.

The 875-mile project was previously blocked by former President Barack Obama before President Donald Trump resurrected the pipeline through an executive order in January, boasting that it would help boost U.S.-based jobs. The U.S. State Department says that it will only create 50 permanent jobs, despite earlier claims by Trump estimating 28,000.

“This dirty and dangerous export pipeline would run right through America’s heartland, threatening our water, our land, and our climate — all to pad the profits of a foreign oil company,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of government affairs at the League of Conservation Voters. “This pipeline is all risk and no reward, and we will continue to fight it every step of the way.”

While the presidential order is a key step for the project’s future, approval from state regulators is still needed and the project could face a number of legal challenges. The presidential permit was needed because the pipeline crosses an international border.

Obama had previously criticized the project for contributing to global warming and argued that it would not improve fuel prices for motorists.

“Ultimately, if we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky,” Obama said when he rejected the pipeline application in November 2015.

Policy analyst from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Josh Axelrod, labeled it “a zombie project,” adding that “it remains an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen: a risk to our shared global climate, our precious fresh water sources, and our farms and ranches across America’s heartland.”

“We cannot let the Trump administration, supported by the Trudeau government, undo that progress. An alliance of Indigenous and climate action communities stopped KXL before, and we will do it again,” vowed Greenpeace Canada in a statement.

In January, Trump also called for the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, which has seen an ongoing resistance and occupation movement from Native Americans and environmentalists.

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  1. If processing the polluted sands were a profitable venture, it would have been assumed by Canadian oil companies. Nor was oil the original intent of the pipeline, and the products to be gained were not intended for the US. The project is an environmental disaster. The pipeline also opens up the transgressed properties to ownership by foreign investors, one of the hidden motives of the pipeline. The possibility of polluting the major aquifer of the mid-western US appears to have been intentionally suppressed. Violating treaties that were established with the original inhabitants of the territory insults the integrity of President Trump and his administration. The Keystone Pipeline conglomerate will ultimately be granted a massive bailout. If enacted, the “Keystone Pipeline” will be one of president Trump´s greatest regrets.

  2. The pipe line is built to transport diluted bitumen or known as dilbit. It’s more or less ta rsands oil that has to be thinned with highly toxic solvents and kept heated to around 140* and pumped at very high pressures. Keystone XL has a long history of pipe line failures.
    This is just another taxpayer rip off meant to line the pockets of the Koch bros.

  3. Seems like building a new refinery where it is needed would be cheaper than building a transcontinental pipe line. I think the real reason for piping it to the coast is so it can then be shipped to other markets.

  4. The correction is Belle Fourche Pipeline,… here is the link to todays article about it.
    There is a trend and consistent observable nature of reporting being false on spills, they are minimized by company estimates. The actual numbers are always higher, much higher. Folks can YT John Bolenbaugh to see on the ground reporting of actual cleanup fraud being exposed by a Navy Veteran.

  5. On the same day it was revealed that the Bell Fourth Pipeline spill in North Dakota that was previously reported to be 176,000 Gallons into the little Missouri, was actually closer to 530,000 gallons and we all know if they admit that, it was probably a Million. The abilities to detect and repair spills is greatly exaggerated by the pipe companies. It’s as if they want them to spill. This particular spill is ironic as it happened during the Standing Rock gathering. The companies are looking to label protestors as terrorists, so word to the wise, if you are going to protest XL, make sure the perimeter of the group is manned with folks who will grab and apprehend anyone who attempts to be violent. Winona La Duke is the best on this stuff, her latest from ICMN about the garbage in ND (Indian Country Media Network)

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