Keystone XL Pipeline Updates: Gov. Scott Walker Lobbies Kerry for Pipeline

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is sending another letter in support of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would deliver oil from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

Walker addressed the letter Thursday to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the project’s approval. The letter is similar to one he sent in April and comes after the State Department found the pipeline would have little impact on the environment.

Walker says the pipeline would create up to 9,000 jobs in Wisconsin over 20 years.

The Obama Administration has delayed a decision on the pipeline for years. Environmentalists and some landowners oppose the project, while oil companies and the Canadian government support it.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Environmental groups are planning a protest in Philadelphia against the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

The protest is planned for Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the Federal Building on Arch street, according to a release from the Earth Quaker Action Team and the Pennsylvania chapter of the Sierra Club. They say the event will include civil disobedience targeting the Obama Administration.

The proposed 1,100-mile pipeline has become a high-profile symbol of the political debate over climate change.

Pipeline supporters, including lawmakers from both parties and many business and labor groups, say the project would create jobs and reduce the need for oil imports. Opponents say the pipeline would carry “dirty oil” that contributes to global warming.

The pipeline would travel from Canada to Nebraska and connect there with existing pipelines.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is in favor of the proposed oil pipeline route through the middle of the United States, joining other Midwestern governors who are urging President Barack Obama to approve its construction.

The Democratic governor endorsed the Keystone XL pipeline in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday.

“The approval and construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will strengthen our economy, create jobs and promote North American energy independence,” Nixon wrote.

The roughly 1,100-mile pipeline would carry oil derived from tar sands in western Canada to a hub in Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry the crude oil down to refineries in Texas. The new pipelines would not cross Missouri’s borders.

The State Department is currently taking comments on the project before making a recommendation to Obama on whether to approve it. The department needs to sign off because the pipeline would cross a U.S. border.

Environmental groups have opposed the long-delayed project, arguing the pipeline would carry oil that contributes to global warming and could possibly spill.

Last month, the State Department reported no major environmental objections and Nixon dubbed the project as an “environmentally responsible way” to promote energy independence.

Nixon previously hadn’t directly weighed in on the Keystone project, but did previously support the expansion of another oil pipeline in Missouri. Last year, He praised a Canadian company’s announcement to build a new 600-mile pipeline from Illinois to Oklahoma along an existing pipeline route running diagonally from northeast to west-central Missouri.

Missouri’s two U.S. senators — Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt — have also endorsed construction of the Keystone pipeline.

Obama told a group of state governors at a White House meeting in February that he expects to make a decision on the project’s future in a couple of months.

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  • mememine

    Can we all agree climate change “could be” a crisis instead of “will be” a crisis? At least respect the science and stop exaggerating their 32 years of nothing beyond; “could be”. YOU don’t get to decide and you must stop telling kids that science “believes” as much as you do.

    • Chiron

      Science and common sense dictates that this pipeline should have approved, operating and delivering heavy crude oil since 2009. Two million miles of existing pipelines, historical pipeline safety records and thousands of existing producing oil and gas wells already drilled safely through the ogallala aquifer prove it.

      • jfreed27

        Science and common sense? I do not think so.

        There are many good reasons to say “no” to Keystone.

        The IEA estimates that Keystone would harvest 3 times the carbon that would take usover 2 degrees C, the absolute limit for a catastrophe we might survive, if we’re lucky.

        “IEA acknowledges fossil fuel reserves climate crunch”

        We are of warned of a potential climate abyss by our most trusted messengers, such as NOAA, NASA, the Royal Academy of UK (SIr Isaac Newton was president), National Academy of Sciences (Einstein was a member) the World Bank, the IMF, of disastrous health effects by
        American Academy of Pediatrics, WHO and the AMA.

        We cannot rely on State Department assessments, if made by employees of the carbon industries.

        And it would strip forests the size of Florida, forests that might have absorbed enormous quantities of CO2 before they were removed as “overburden”.

        Would Keystone “replace” those forests? They say they repair any
        damage, right? Laughable.

        Even 2 degrees itself may be too high – a “prescription for disaster”
        says Dr. James Hansen, chief climatologist at NASA (ret.) , one who, early on, predicted many of the catastrophic effects that we have seen.

        We have had just a bitter taste of the weird weather out there, with just .8 deg C, say virtually all scientists. Shall we roll the dice for our kids and grand
        kids, saying “let it ride!” beyond 2 degrees and more? No, a trip to Disney World does not make up for that.

        Keystone XL is not a smart gamble.

    • rwmsrobertw

      Mememine is a troll that posts the same set of messages over and over and over again across the Internet on any forum that discusses climate change. He has been caught posting on the same site using multiple personalities (sock puppetry) to dishonestly boost his message. He rarely responds to the topic of the article he posts on or responds to anyone who addresses his claims. He never backs any of his claims with science. I don’t know whether he is being paid to make his anti-science posts or if he is just that obsessive, but he is not to be trusted.

      Links to a few of his repeated posts:,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=c933f7452b4afda8

      (If the link above does not work, just Google “How ironic is that,
      considering we bowed like fools to our Gods of science for 25 years of
      unstoppable warming” ).

      Links to when he was caught using multiple
      accounts to comment on the same thread:

      See comments 2 (Meme Mine), 3 (Al Bore), 14 (Dizzy May), 18 (Jack
      FrostBurrrrr!), and 21 (Rachel Carson). Then see comment 22 where the site host points out that all of the above are sock puppets and bans him (site hosts have access to poster IPs, so they can tell if a single person is posting using different names) :

      “In case you hadn’t noticed, Meme Mine, Al Bore, Dizzy May, Mother Nature, Rachel Carson, and Jack FrostBurrr! are all sockpuppets.

      Sockpuppetry is one of the only bannable offenses here. Bye, bye, Meme Mine.

      Posted by: Orac | June 28, 2010 11:58 AM”

      In comment 24, Meme Mine comes back and pretends not to know what sock puppetry is or that there is anything wrong with it, pretending that he is being banned for “an opposing view” rather than for behaving in a deceptive manner:

      “Sockpocket, never heard of it till now. You must be one to know one maybe? I’ll leave you now and I’m sorry for posting an opposing view.
      Oh, and stop scaring my kids, please?

      Posted by: Meme Mine | June 28, 2010 12:04 PM”

      This is not the posting of an honorable person. Again, based upon his behavior, I would not trust a single word that he has to say.

      Another example of sock puppetry from Meme Mine.
      Here, he is posting as mememine69 and Jum Bay, as well as Neil Craig (or he is using Craig’s posts without giving credit elsewhere).

      Nothing Meme Mine has to say is to be trusted.

      If you want to see some real science on global warming, please visit .

      • jfreed27

        Right. I have replied with the actual IPCC statements of near certainty, or the 11 Noble Laureates’ letter to the President urging action, but ol’ meme just churns it out, regardless.

        If he is getting paid, I hope the Koch sucker chokes on his new Beemer,

        • rwmsrobertw

          My opinion is that his posts are too shoddy to be paid work. He is amazingly obsessive, though. He has posted things very similar to the above tens of thousands of times. He used little more work into his (as you can see from his use of many different names on the sane board), but he’s not putting nearly as much effort into it as he used to (except in quantity – not quality).

        • Chiron

          The entire argument you are making is essentially irrelevant to the question that is really the nub here: N. Dakota, Montana and Canada are currently shipping their ever increasing oil volumes by rail car, truck river barge and incremental viscosity pipeline (flow) improvements.

          Every one of these modes of transportation are of greater environmental concern to planet earth than shipping the same crude via a pipeline. The Canadian oil sands is growing production apace and will continue to do so **irrespective of whether Keystone II is approved or not**. Approval is an absolute ‘no brainer’ wrt scientific certainty as all of the 5 separate Environmental Studies/Reviews that DOS has commissioned and reported.

          You’re time would be better spent reading one, or all of the DOS Reports, or at least the 48 page ‘Executive Summary’ on the January 31, 2014 Environmental has analysed this in great detail than quoting statistics on incremental increases in C02 in the atmosphere. Apples and oranges.

          In other words, you can pick and choose which science you are fond of quoting, especially when the only issue is how to transport crude oil. Heavy quality crude or not.

  • jfreed27

    Time swiftly passes away and we are losing precious
    opportunities to avoid runaway climate trauma. Experts tell us we have only years, not decades….

    … no time for playing ping-pong with the
    road apples (horse turds) the deniers are so fond of.

    Those concerned about the climate might join
    Citizens Climate Lobby, It’s a very effective organization with strong, concrete solutions approved by most scientists and economists.