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Green Organizing in Red States: The Fight Against Big Oil's Next Pipeline
Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM CDT • L100 AB
Kate Sheppard, Marty Cobenais, David Daniel, Jane Fleming Kleeb, Nick Berning

In recent Congressional fights over environmental protections, polluters' influence has often overpowered that of progressives' often narrow and under-energized coalitions. One environmental campaign that has broken this mold is the fight to stop a pipeline that, if approved by the Obama administration, would carry the dirtiest oil on Earth from Canada's tar sands across six U.S. states to refineries in Texas. Ranchers in Nebraska, landowners in Texas, Native Americans and other unexpected allies have mobilized to take the lead in organizing resistance to the project, called the Keystone XL. These unconventional partnerships have changed the political calculus of the pipeline decision, turning a sure bet for Big Oil into a controversial environmental decision for the Obama administration. This panel will explore what has brought and kept these groups together, as well as opportunities for similar types of unconventional alliances to work in other environmental campaigns.

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  •  Not the only pipeline proposal in the (0+ / 0-)

    Great White North.

    And on face value what you report makes no sense.

     Texas oil refineries use the highest quality US oil, They dont have the catalytic crackers to break down the long chain hydrocarbon molecules, as a precursor to feeding the crude into a refinery to make gasoline. IIRC No mid south refinery has this capacity.

    Which brings me another pipeline project.

    Nat gas pipelines from Alaska's Prudhoe Bay and the Mackenzie River Delta area of Canada can provide tens billions s of cubic feet of Nat Gas to "Properly power the tar sands project". what this means is building the catalytic crackers near the tar sands, along with a preliminary refinery, whose output is syncrude not gasoline. Syncrude is far easier to send thru a pipeline, to say... Texas.

    There are at least 3 or 4 proposals that in various configurations all have the  potential to dovetail together.

    There is something on the order of 100 trillion cubic feet of Nat Gas up north, how do you expect to power the Tar Sands project? Well guess what Nat Gas is one way, or how about 10 or 12 nuclear fission plants.

    Opposing one little pipeline project is all warm and fuzzy, failing to understand how an individual project fits into the grander scheme is looking at trees, not the forest.

    SO I have to ask you, how do you expect to provide the energy necessary to power the Tar Sands project, from the viewpoint of big oil?

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Sat Jun 18, 2011 at 01:04:25 PM PDT

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