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  •  Please Don't Shoot The Messenger But ... (4+ / 0-)

    ... I'm seeing more than one sign that President Obama could turn out to be a big disappointment again and go ahead and approve the Keystone Pipeline.

    And the biggest indication of that to me is what I'm seeing as a new spin that suddenly seems to be springing up all over the news and internet even from some progressive sources. And the new spin as articulated by none other than Ed Schultz last night on MSNBC is that producing the Tar Sands oil is inevitable and as a matter of safety concerns it would be much safer to transport it in a pipeline than on railroads traveling through population centers,  And I'm not kidding. I haven't just seen that coming from Schultz its been a big theme I've seen on the news channels and around the internet just this morning.

    Also naturally the conservative/Republican/Tea Party extremists in congress are threatening to hold the debt ceiling hostage again and they are proposing two different possible ransoms. One would be the repeal of the "risk corridors" in the ACA which is DOA for two reasons. One it would sabotage the ACA and two the CBO has just estimated doing would add $8 billion to the deficit.

    But the other ransom is a one year extension for approval of the Keystone Pipeline. And that appears to me to be a very tempting excuse for President Obama to go ahead and approve it and then blame it on the Republicans.

    Now I could very well be wrong about this and I hope I am. But I have to admit these appear to be very bad signs to me.

    Collect Different Days

    by Homers24 on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 10:42:25 AM PST

    •  No shots from me, (6+ / 0-)

      but a strong recommendation: Take action!

      A 30-day public comment period begins on February 5, 2014 and will close on March 7, 2014. During this period, members of the public and other interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the national interest determination to Comments are not private and will be made public. Comments may also be mailed directly to:

      U.S. Department of State
      Bureau of Energy Resources, Room 4843
      Attn: Keystone XL Public Comments
      2201 C Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20520

      How can it possibly be in our national interest to even take the risk of more polluted water and air (both the basis for life itself)? More pipeline leaks and/or explosions? More deaths/pollution from moving dirty dilbit by rail??

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 11:11:07 AM PST

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