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PostPosted: 11/13/14 4:47 pm    ::: Keystone Pipeline... Yea or Nay? Reply Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 11/13/14 5:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I tend towards nay. It seems like something that would just be asking for all sorts of environmental trouble. That's all the profits going to oil and gas companies, and billions of tax dollars to handle the spillage over the years. Seems like a loser deal to me. But I haven't read much about the yays and nays.



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PostPosted: 11/13/14 5:28 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

How badly do you want Brian Schweitzer to be the 2016 Democratic nominee for president? The more you want that, the more you'll favor the XL.



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PostPosted: 11/13/14 5:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

norwester wrote:
I tend towards nay. It seems like something that would just be asking for all sorts of environmental trouble. That's all the profits going to oil and gas companies, and billions of tax dollars to handle the spillage over the years. Seems like a loser deal to me. But I haven't read much about the yays and nays.

The thing I have with the whole spillage aspect is that all that oil is still going to be shipped, whether or not there is a pipeline. So instead of pipeline spillage there is spillage by rail, truck, or ship. And all of that transport is just asking for more troubles like clogging up our rail system.

Ultimately, the pipeline is by far the most efficient means of transporting that oil. So while I don't love it, I'm for it.



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PostPosted: 11/13/14 8:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

against. It's just another excuse to put off developing sustainable energy options until we get really desperate.



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PostPosted: 11/13/14 9:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I was talking to someone in my office today, and we agreed that we'd vote nay, but on the list of important U.S. environmental issues it probably didn't rank in the top 50. (Not to mention that item 1 is so far ahead of the rest as to make it almost not worth discussing the others.)

More troubling to me is that by scheduling this vote, the Dems are giving it up as a bargaining chip for something else.


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PostPosted: 11/14/14 2:41 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

justintyme wrote:

Ultimately, the pipeline is by far the most efficient means of transporting that oil. So while I don't love it, I'm for it.


Amplifying that thought, the Canadian heavy crude is already being transported through the US by train and truck. The Keystone pipeline would not only be more efficient, but it would be a heck of a lot safer.

Something that doesn't get talked about much and seems to have sneaked up on us, is that the US has once again become the worlds LARGEST oil producer - over taking Saudi Arabia and Russia due to shale oil.

Because of the US reduced dependence on foreign oil there's downward pressure on prices. Since we have gotten used to $3-$4 a gallon gasoline, wonder if we shouldn't keep it there with some way to guarantee MOST of the surplus goes into renewable fuel research?


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PostPosted: 11/14/14 3:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

TonyL222 wrote:
Amplifying that thought, the Canadian heavy crude is already being transported through the US by train and truck. The Keystone pipeline would not only be more efficient, but it would be a heck of a lot safer.


Much of it is already being transported through the US by pipeline. The question is whether picking up US oil in Eastern Montana is worth the risk of running the pipeline over the Ogallala Aquifer.



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PostPosted: 11/14/14 3:13 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
TonyL222 wrote:
Amplifying that thought, the Canadian heavy crude is already being transported through the US by train and truck. The Keystone pipeline would not only be more efficient, but it would be a heck of a lot safer.


Much of it is already being transported through the US by pipeline. The question is whether picking up US oil in Eastern Montana is worth the risk of running the pipeline over the Ogallala Aquifer.


I can't see the aquifer being in any real danger by overland transport....there's probably more risk to it from the fracking in ND and MT, etc., but both are minimal.

I agree with Myrtle, that it's avoidance of a sort, but still--in our lifetimes, I don't see the political machinations cutting off their own Lifeblood (Oil $$$) in such short order, so as to implement full-scale alternatives. Hence, "yes" to the pipeline.



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PostPosted: 11/14/14 4:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

This by Robert Reich pretyy much sums up my opinion:


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Republicans claim the Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of American jobs. Baloney. As the President said this morning: Understand what this project is: It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. It doesn't have an impact on US gas prices. If my Republican friends really want to focus on what's good for the American people in terms of job creation and lower energy costs, we should be engaging in a conversation about what are we doing to produce even more homegrown energy.


Id add: If Republicans were really interested in job creation, theyd pass a bill to rebuild Americas crumbling roads, bridges, ports, and public transit systems creating hundreds of thousands of jobs directly and more than a million indirectly, at the lowest borrowing costs in more than two decades. You agree



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PostPosted: 11/14/14 6:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

mb1 wrote:
This by Robert Reich pretyy much sums up my opinion:


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Republicans claim the Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of American jobs. Baloney. As the President said this morning: Understand what this project is: It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. It doesn't have an impact on US gas prices. If my Republican friends really want to focus on what's good for the American people in terms of job creation and lower energy costs, we should be engaging in a conversation about what are we doing to produce even more homegrown energy.


Id add: If Republicans were really interested in job creation, theyd pass a bill to rebuild Americas crumbling roads, bridges, ports, and public transit systems creating hundreds of thousands of jobs directly and more than a million indirectly, at the lowest borrowing costs in more than two decades. You agree



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PostPosted: 11/14/14 11:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

mb1 wrote:
Id add: If Republicans were really interested in job creation, theyd pass a bill to rebuild Americas crumbling roads, bridges, ports, and public transit systems creating hundreds of thousands of jobs directly and more than a million indirectly, at the lowest borrowing costs in more than two decades. You agree
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We just did a gazillion dollars for infrastructure in 2009 with the stimulus bill to practically no effect. Our roads, bridges, ports, and so on are as bad or worse off than they were. Unless you can demonstrate that another money dump will make an impact, there's no point to it.



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PostPosted: 11/15/14 8:49 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
mb1 wrote:
Id add: If Republicans were really interested in job creation, theyd pass a bill to rebuild Americas crumbling roads, bridges, ports, and public transit systems creating hundreds of thousands of jobs directly and more than a million indirectly, at the lowest borrowing costs in more than two decades. You agree


We just did a gazillion dollars for infrastructure in 2009 with the stimulus bill to practically no effect. Our roads, bridges, ports, and so on are as bad or worse off than they were. Unless you can demonstrate that another money dump will make an impact, there's no point to it.


Of the $819 billion, about $182 billion was in tax cuts, plus another $100 billion in tax credits. Only $30 billion went to highway projects, and another $16 billion went to other transportation projects, so it wasn't really that much.

The last estimate I saw of the annual need for road, bridge, etc. repair and maintenance (above what is spent today) was $85 billion.


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PostPosted: 11/15/14 10:38 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

beknighted wrote:
pilight wrote:
mb1 wrote:
Id add: If Republicans were really interested in job creation, theyd pass a bill to rebuild Americas crumbling roads, bridges, ports, and public transit systems creating hundreds of thousands of jobs directly and more than a million indirectly, at the lowest borrowing costs in more than two decades. You agree


We just did a gazillion dollars for infrastructure in 2009 with the stimulus bill to practically no effect. Our roads, bridges, ports, and so on are as bad or worse off than they were. Unless you can demonstrate that another money dump will make an impact, there's no point to it.


Of the $819 billion, about $182 billion was in tax cuts, plus another $100 billion in tax credits. Only $30 billion went to highway projects, and another $16 billion went to other transportation projects, so it wasn't really that much.

The last estimate I saw of the annual need for road, bridge, etc. repair and maintenance (above what is spent today) was $85 billion.


Four years before that we had the largest infrastructure bill in history. What's going to make another Republican bill better?



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PostPosted: 11/15/14 10:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

We have a roughly 30 year history of not spending nearly enough money on road, bridge and tunnel maintenance. The replacement of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge here in the D.C. area, for instance, was something of a crisis because it was more or less falling apart. Then, of course, there's the bridge in the Twin Cities, which was an even worse situation.

What we actually need is sustained spending over a period of a decade or more just to catch up. It probably should happen at the state level, but of course we've had decades of people insisting that taxes are theft and cutting things that shouldn't be cut.


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PostPosted: 11/15/14 10:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

beknighted wrote:
We have a roughly 30 year history of not spending nearly enough money on road, bridge and tunnel maintenance. The replacement of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge here in the D.C. area, for instance, was something of a crisis because it was more or less falling apart. Then, of course, there's the bridge in the Twin Cities, which was an even worse situation.

What we actually need is sustained spending over a period of a decade or more just to catch up. It probably should happen at the state level, but of course we've had decades of people insisting that taxes are theft and cutting things that shouldn't be cut.


I agree that the problem is primarily political. If state and local officials actually spent the tax dollars to fix infrastructure, they wouldn't be able to claim they need the next tax increase to fix the infrastructure. Here in Macon we're pretty well permanently under the maximum 3% SPLOST because the money never seems to actually get used to improve road conditions ad the voters keep voting for it on the theory that this time it will be different.

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PostPosted: 11/16/14 1:46 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe certainly says nay, which is pretty important given that it would be going through their tribal lands.

http://www.theindependent.com/news/national/rosebud-sioux-tribe-house-vote-in-favor-of-keystone-xl/article_799fb5d2-6d47-11e4-aac4-83a7cf537e91.html

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In response to Fridays vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal president announced that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) recognizes the authorization of the this pipeline as an act of war.


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http://boldnebraska.org/


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p_d_swanson wrote:
http://boldnebraska.org/

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You said the job numbers surrounding the KXL are stunning. We agree, they are stunningly insignificant when you consider that this project would create about the same number of permanent jobs as the local grocery store does. It seems ironic that you are extremely concerned about creating these few jobs but have little interest in making sure that all working Americans receive at least a decent minimum wage for their family. You cant even vote for the basics of requiring TransCanada and other tarsands pipelines to pay into the Oil Spill Liability Fund as American oil companies are required.

Nice.



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PostPosted: 11/18/14 7:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Defeated 59-41 on the floor of the senate this afternoon.



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So, are filibusters OK when Democrats use them?


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PUmatty wrote:
So, are filibusters OK when Democrats use them?


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PostPosted: 11/18/14 11:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I vote, Yes. Safest transport available.


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PostPosted: 11/18/14 11:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

jammerbirdi wrote:
Defeated 59-41 on the floor of the senate this afternoon.


So I'm going to be a bit pedantic here (shocking, I know): The bill was not defeated. A motion to close debate on the bill was defeated because the Senate rules require 60 votes to close debate when any one Senator objects. Once debate is closed, a majority vote is all that's necessary to pass the bill. I'm pointing this out because about a million news stories have gotten this wrong over the last six years, including pretty much every story on this vote that I saw in a quick Google search.

Also, up until 2009, these kinds of votes were relatively rare and when they did come up, even Senators opposed to bills generally did not vote against closing debate. Forcing the Senate to vote on cloture on everything of significance is a tactic that the Republicans used since President Obama came to office to clog up the works.


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