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Hi all, apologies for a brief diary and back to work. Yesterday at lunch, after a restless night thinking about climate change/Keystone, I decided to cobble some links together of what I considered worthy articles on Keystone, and put them in a petition.
I dont' see any active Keystone petitions on there right now.  I'm just hoping if it gets lucky and requires a response, that someone in the White House will read another perspective than the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) from State Department, which was basically written from the usual, "this will all be fine" point of view.  In the SEIS, the effects on climate are minimized (even though using their numbers is a strong case against it), and there's no real way they can take into account "knock on" effects on future development of other pipelines and projects (see the Bloomberg article for some developer statements).
And of course, the SEIS won't mention the effect on Obama's (and Kerry's) legacies of being on the wrong side of history in one of the first big battles on climate change, on one of the few issues where one person can make a huge difference with the stroke (or holding onto of) the pen.

Even if you don't sign the petition, you might find the links useful.  In addition to signing the petition, even more importantly send an email to to submit a public comment on the SEIS (I believe this can be done for at least a few more weeks). Other diaries have covered the problems with SEIS, but also the links below have info that could be relevant to addressing some of the problems in the SEIS in a public comment.

The link(please share if your'e inclined):

The petition and its links:

Acknowledge the climate impacts, and historical impacts of the  
upcoming Keystone XL decision, unmentioned in State's EIS
We the people request that President Obama and Secretary Kerry read the  
following articles.

We request that "if congress doesn't act on climate change",  
President Obama does.

If the "science is screaming at us", literally from outside the  
White House gates, we ask that Secretary Kerry listen to it.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    I'll take "tax and spend" over "cut and gut" any day.

    by Ask 4 Questions on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 07:03:31 AM PDT

  •  Important info from the Bloomberg article (3+ / 0-)

    that you linked above:

    A decision on the 875-mile (1,408 kilometer) U.S. portion of the pipeline, designed to carry 830,000 barrels of crude a day to Gulf Coast refineries, is expected later this year. Stopping the pipeline would mean continued discounted prices for Canadian crude, making it harder for producers to sell their commodity at a profit and potentially slowing oil-sands development.
    Current discounts of almost $30 a barrel are “unsustainable,”Enbridge Inc. (ENB)’s Chief Executive Officer Al Monaco said yesterday in a presentation at the IHS CeraWeek energy conference in Houston. “If we can’t attract world prices, then we will ultimately curb energy development.”
    Canadian heavy-crude prices have plummeted relative to U.S. and international benchmarks because a lack of export capacity has created a glut in supplies. Western Canada Select, a blend refined from oil-sands bitumen, has fallen 23 percent during the past six months amid uncertainty over approvals for Keystone XL, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMP)’s TransMountain pipelines.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 08:26:40 AM PDT

  •  Scientific American: Keystone impacts on climate (2+ / 0-)
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    Ask 4 Questions, Words In Action

    Tar Sands and Keystone XL Pipeline Impact on Global Warning

    Alberta's oil sands represent a significant tonnage of carbon. With today's technology there are roughly 170 billion barrels of oil to be recovered in the tar sands, and an additional 1.63 trillion barrels worth underground if every last bit of bitumen could be separated from sand. "The amount of CO2 locked up in Alberta tar sands is enormous," notes mechanical engineer John Abraham of the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota, another signer of the Keystone protest letter from scientists. "If we burn all the tar sand oil, the temperature rise, just from burning that tar sand, will be half of what we've already seen"—an estimated additional nearly 0.4 degree C from Alberta alone.
    Much more at the link.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 08:44:01 AM PDT

    •  "half of what we've already seen" (0+ / 0-)

      Yet we are told it's not such a big deal, even by other kossacks...

      And this doesn't account for the fact that every ppm from here on out is multiplied by tipping points, such as the release of gases from the permafrost.

      Mindfulness is the first necessity of sanity and survival and the first casualty of Consumer Culture.

      by Words In Action on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 01:34:15 PM PDT

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    In 2013 World Water Day will share the topic of Water Cooperation. Celebrated since 1993, World Water Day has grown to become one of the key dates in the UN calendar…

    The importance for protecting our aquifers from contamination has never been greater--

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    In a report released Thursday, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) warned that the drought that plagued the U.S. in 2012 will continue this year and that extreme weather—a mix of continued dryness in some areas, flooding in others and the destructive interplay of a warming world in general—is what farmers and U.S. residents should expect as the main growing season arrives......

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