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  •  There are legalities involved. Approving the... (17+ / 0-)

    ...pipeline under NEPA requires knowing where it goes. The route is now unknown, and unless the appeal overturns the lower court decision it will remain unknown for certain until the Public Service Commission approves or rejects the revised route, which could take up to a year after the litigation is resolved.

    At any rate, this delay is a good thing. Celebrate it.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 12:40:59 PM PDT

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    •  At this point I'll take what I can get (6+ / 0-)

      and delay is better than no delay.

    •  It's been pointed out to me that the real... (5+ / 0-)

      ...issue here is another point of law, the "National Interest Determination," that is being decided, not NEPA per se.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 01:40:14 PM PDT

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      •  This is what Bill McKibben wrote as a reaction: (2+ / 0-)
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        DawnN, cotterperson
        Friends,

        Today’s Keystone XL news from DC is both important and murky. In brief, the Obama administration announced yet another delay in their decision about the pipeline, meaning it may be past the midterm elections before a final call is made.

        Three things strike me:

        1.    In pipeline terms it’s a win. Every day we delay a decision is a day when 830,000 barrels of oil stays safely in the ground. Together we’ve kept them at bay for three years now, and will continue to until perhaps the beginning of next year it seems.
        2.   In climate terms, it’s a disappointment. Since the State Department can’t delay floods and droughts and El Ninos, we actually need President Obama providing climate leadership. If he’d just follow the science and reject the stupid pipeline he’d finally send a much-needed signal to the rest of the planet that he’s getting serious.
         3.   In movement terms, it’s a sweet reminder that when we stand up we win. Three years ago this pipeline was a done deal, and thanks to you it’s come steadily undone. We can’t match Exxon or the Koch Bros with money; we can and have matched them with passion, spirit, creativity, and sacrifice.

        So the Keystone fight goes on -- we hope many of you will be in DC next weekend for Reject and Protect, joining the Cowboy Indian Alliance to say “hell no” to the pipeline.The Alliance members coming to DC next week are some of the strongest leaders in this fight.

        If you can't be there yourself, can you show your support for the Cowboy Indian Alliance by telling Pres. Obama and Sec. Kerry to use this delay to meet with them? act.350.org/sign/cowboy-indian-alliance/

        The decision to delay was made -- supposedly -- account for the impact of a possible new pipeline route in Nebraska. As it happens, next week Nebraskans and members of US Tribes and Canadian First Nations will be in Washington -- it seems to me that it would be prudent for the President and Sec. Kerry to make plans to meet with the Cowboy Indian Alliance at their encampment and get their story of what this pipeline would mean on the ground.

        The climate fight can’t be delayed. We need to keep building the movement, and we need to keep putting heat on leaders like President Obama till we win not delay but action. Today’s DC decision just reinforces the message that if we stand together we will make a decisive difference -- and there is an important opportunity on the horizon to do that in the biggest way yet, to be announced soon.

        The last thing to say is thank you. You are the strength in this movement, and together we will make even more amazing things possible.

        Forward,

        Bill McKibben for 350.org

        Sources:

        "Keystone Decision to be Delayed" USA Today, April 18 2014.

        www.usatoday.com/story/news/2014/04/18/obama-keystone-xl-pipeline-congress-canada/7874199/

        So, yeah, push for Obama and Kerry to meet with the Cowboy Indian Alliance. Sign the petition.

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