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  •  I'm with Rei (1+ / 0-)
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    erratic

    I've posted too many comments on too many diaries about the XL pipeline over the last year or two.  Just can't quit it.  I shoulda written this diary a year ago and been done with it.

    I am utterly amazed at how many people are simply on fire over carbon pollution.  The huge attendance at meetings on the coal export terminals, the mass arrests in DC over the pipeline, there are more people active on climate change than I've seen active in decades on environmental issues.  I support that activism.

    I've seen over 1000 folks at these coal terminal hearings.  That's the most I've ever seen at an environmental  public hearing in over 25 years. Before, a few hundred  to oppose a power plant or landfill was a big meeting.

    So people are enraged at historic levels.   Kudos to the folks who've made so many aware.

    And the Tar Sands are an easy target.  Aerial photos of mines offend the eye, the oil is relatively more polluting to produce, the first pipeline had some leaks at the pumping stations, and so on.  Plus, XL need a permit from a politician, that could be denied.

    The Tar Sands lack a natural constituency.  Its not like a coal fired power plant that at least services a city.

    I think the XL haters can win.  Maybe they should. Every day of delay erodes the economic viability of the Tar Sands.  Already, the Baaken oil, for instance, has become more plentiful and easier to process than the Tar Sands.  In fact, we are shipping our Baaken crude oil by train to Canadian refineries.

    I saw the "inevitable" LNG import terminal schemes utterly collapse a while back, simply because they were delayed a few years, and the same could happen to the Tar Sands.

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 05:55:53 PM PST

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