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    From a diary i wrote recently:

    Keystone XL pipeline is not just risky, but unnecessary. Fossil fuel advocates argue the usual need for oil from a friendly country to answer rising oil prices. However, the Energy Department says the "pipeline would have a minimal effect on prices, and there is already sufficient pipeline capacity to double United States imports from Canada."

    What are the real motives?

    Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says the "oil is not for domestic consumption," but likely destined for foreign export. The existing pipeline now ends in Cushing Oklahoma: The XL will extend the pipeline to Gulf Coast refineries, providing the "tar sands' first major pipeline to a port." In short, Canada needs to reach ports where it can ship its oil overseas.

    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) called for a Federal Trade Commission investigation whether Canadian oil companies have colluded to control the price of oil.  Sen. Wyden wrote:

    While the full nature of the arrangements agreed upon by the Canadian shippers is unclear, there is clear indication that there is a coordinated 'strategy' among Canadian suppliers to gain higher prices. According to TransCanada, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline can be used by Canadian oil shippers to add up to $4 billion to U.S. fuel costs.
    After Wyden's request for FTC probe, TransCanada flipped, stating XL will not increase gasoline prices.

    ...We need more public pressure to stop this pipeline that sounds more like a rip-off where we pay with our health, economy, environmental resources and wildlife while TransCanada satisfies its greed.

    your diary is key message we need to keep spreading. thanks.

    Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 07:59:16 AM PDT

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