President Obama made the right call last week when he decided to reject the tar sands pipeline. The State Department, in its Congressional Report debunked the myth that this disastrous project would benefit the US.
With the decision to deny the pipeline permit, it was fitting that Secretary of Energy Steven Chu spoke of Obama's plan to reduce oil imports by one-third by 2025, modernize the electric grid, support fuel-efficient vehicles, and invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
"The arguments on both sides of the debate have been pretty badly exaggerated. Opponents of the pipeline talk about how it's game over for climate change.... The proponents of the pipeline talk about it as if it would allow the United States to become somehow free of Middle Eastern oil.
As Bill McKibben and his environmental supporters bask in a well-deserved satisfaction of the now-infamous Keystone XL pipeline denial, a close reading of the president's statement indicates reason for concern.
What we're watching unfold in Washington, D.C., is more than just a high-stakes political power play -- it's a scam undertaken by Big Oil's congressional puppets on the orders of oil companies that have billions of dollars at stake.
It is not surprising that Republicans have sided with the oil companies, even holding a tax cut hostage to accelerate construction of an oil pipeline which the industry itself acknowledges will increase gas prices for American consumers.
How dare Hollywood suggest that evil oilmen are ruining our communities or that monied interests squash the little guys? The sad truth is in that in today's political environment, the Muppets movie seems less like trumped-up propaganda and more like cinéma vérité.
President Obama's punt on Keystone XL needs to be called out for what it is: an act of political cowardice. This deeply cynical political ploy was designed to placate both his environmental base and the oil lobby.
The Alberta-based energy company involved in Keystone XL has spent $2 million lobbying in the U.S. in recent years, focusing its efforts on states that the pipeline will pass through if the extension plan is approved this December.
High-level federal coordination of energy, water and agriculture policy and planning -- while a complex task -- would help to identify environmentally unsound projects which are bound to continually draw massive protests.