New Film Destroys TransCanada’s Sunny Keystone PR Campaign

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TransCanada’s PR team offers dozens of videos featuring happy “straight talk” — in both English and French — about its Keystone XL pipeline.

In them you’ll meet the smiling TransCanada environmental specialist who says she grew up in Nebraska, and has nothing but “great respect for the people who live here.” They’ll introduce you to a multicultural group of hardworking men in hardhats who will tell you about how much pride they take in building the pipeline. And then there’s the weatherbeaten farmer who grins slyly as he recalls the hard bargain he drove before agreeing to sell the company a right-of-way across his land.

In one video, a narrator intones, “Next to your family, we know there’s nothing closer to your heart than your land. We’re TransCanada, and we understand how you feel about your land. We’ve worked with thousands of landowners in the US and Canada.”

But a new film that premiered at the South by Southwest film festival paints a portrait of a company that uses eminent domain — and the threat of exorbitant litigation costs – to bully landowners into giving way to the Keystone pipeline.

David Daniel.

David Daniel.

Above All Else, a documentary directed by John Fiege, follows the story of David Daniel, a man who ran away to join the circus in his youth and then, after a career working as a high-wire artist, settled down with his family on a quiet plot of land in Texas.

Daniel became an “accidental activist” when TransCanada chose his property to become part of the route of the southern leg of the Keystone pipeline.

“Like most people, I was just trying to plow through life,” he says. Then one day, he woke up to find a series of surveyor’s stakes crossing his land. A month later, he received a letter from TransCanada asking permission to conduct the survey. He hadn’t given much thought to oil pipelines or the controversy over Keystone, he says, “until it literally came to my doorstop.”

At first, David Daniel just wanted some answers about what would be flowing across his property. He says that when he told TransCanada’s attorney that he had some questions, he brusquely replied, “All I need to know about you is which pile to put you in: the cooperative pile or the uncooperative f—ing pile.”

Daniel reached out to his neighbors, many of whom he learned had been similarly pressured by TransCanada. In this clip, Susan Scott explains how she ended up giving TransCanada permission to run the pipeline across her property.

A frustrated David Daniel decides he isn’t going to take it sitting down. Rather, he’ll confront TransCanada from high above. He’s joined by a group of young people who risk their bodies fighting the construction of the pipeline. Daniel uses his experience rigging circus acts to build a little community in the trees — and right in the path of the bulldozers. It’s a bit like Occupy the Canopy.

“They love having fights in courtrooms,” says one of the activists. “They don’t want to have a fight in rural East Texas, in 100-degree weather, in the woods. That’s our turf, and that’s where we’re having this fight.”

The film builds toward a final showdown between this ragtag group of activists in the woods and the Canadian oil giant.

Daniel says, “The whole fight from day one has been about protecting my family.” He had seen for himself the dangers inherent in transporting tar sands crude through a high pressure pipeline, as this clip shows.

Before taking to the trees, Daniel had pinned his hopes on the Obama administration denying approval for the project. In this clip, Daniel, along with some of his neighbors from rural East Texas, are arrested protesting Keystone XL in front of the White House.

Above All Else is a film about a guy with a quirky skill set trying to protect his family’s homestead. But it’s also about how a Canadian company uses its political and legal muscle to lay a pipeline through Americans’ properties so it can ship the dirtiest crude to the Texas Gulf Coast, where much of it will be exported to Asian markets.

“When you go up against bullies and try to challenge them honestly, what do they do?” asks Daniel at a low point in his struggle. “They just punch you, and that’s what they’ve done.”

Watch the trailer:

Above All Else is currently on the festival circuit. We’ll update this post when it hits theaters.

Joshua Holland is a senior digital producer for BillMoyers.com. He’s the author of The Fifteen Biggest Lies About the Economy (and Everything Else the Right Doesn’t Want You to Know about Taxes, Jobs and Corporate America) (Wiley: 2010), and host of Politics and Reality Radio. Follow him on Twitter or drop him an email at hollandj [at] moyersmedia [dot] com.
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  • Alpha Wolf

    This is the southern leg of the pipeline that President Obama “embraced” as part of his Janus-faced energy policy, not that it needed his approval, and Mr. Daniel settled with TransCanada, probably for some nice cash, and asked the protestors to leave his property per the New York Times. The underground pipeline was built and life goes on.

    We’ve built 2.5 million miles of energy pipelines in this country over the last 150 years in order to keep a tiger in your tank, heat your house in the winter and keep your lights, air conditioner, Internet, etc., etc., etc. on without interruption.

    Where exactly do you think all of the energy we consume comes from and how exactly do you think it gets from there to here?

    The options are trucks and trains, which are 70 times more dangerous than pipelines, supertankers (but the oil has to get to and from the oceans to their ultimate destinations) and pipelines.

    Americans consume 290 billion gallons of oil a year and we import 90 million gallons, so not transporting the energy from production sites to refineries to the point of consumption (your car, your home, etc.) isn’t an option, because AMericans aren’t willing to stop consuming.

    The “Sunny” picture at the end of this story is 320 million Americans who are warm in the winter and cool in the summer, have greater mobility and physical freedom than humans and our hominid ancestors did for the preceding 200,000 years, have fresh food and the Internet and everything else we consume, which uses energy in its production, distribution and consumption.

  • Mike Lurz

    Really “Alpha” wolf…lets talk about the renewable energy sources that are being worked on by science and against by these folks, lets talk about the consensus of virtually every environmental scientist that is not on Keystone’s payroll that this is a game over strategy for the US AND Canada. Lets talk about the destruction of Canadian forests, and the second biggest source of oxygen in the western hemisphere. There is much more at stake here than your convenience and the profits of some execs…oh and by the way, much of that oil would be sent out of the country, and every single person interviewed about it both in and outside of the oil business has said it will NOT affect the price of oil in the US at all…still waiting to hear the upside.

  • Alpha Wolf

    It isn’t for my convenience since I don’t personally consume oil (except maybe a gallon a year for my lawnmower) and I’m just explaining what’s going on.

    Renewables will eventually become significant, but they are small relative to demand, with solar for example only representing 0.04% of U.S. energy consumption, while oil represents about 40% or 10,000 times as much. While oil companies aren’t in the business of renewables, nobody is stopping anybody from investing in them.

    In terms of oil being exported from the gulf coast refineries, this is a historical and legacy problem since large parts of our oil infrastructure was built in that area since TX and environs was the epicenter of the domestic oil industry and the ports were built for imports to feed Americans insatiable demand. With changing markets, there has been a glut of oil in this part of the country, which is being exported, but offsetting that we’re importing all of that and another 90 billion gallons a year on top of that in areas of the country where the demand is, namely the “liberal” Northeast and West coasts. Total demand is total demand, but, as noted in my previous comment, transporting the oil to where the demand is is a massive global logistical nightmare, but I’m not seeing people lining up to do without..

    In terms of Keystone, this section was Phase 3a of the 4 Phase project (technically 5 including 3b) and the oil started flowing under David Daniels property on January 21st.

    Phase 4 is the controversial crossborder section, but with almost no one noticing, they’ve been expanding the “Alberta Clipper, Line 67″ (google it) pipeline to Superior, WI, which will carry more tar sands oil to the U.S. than the proposed final section of the Keystone XL.

    Canada is also planning pipelines to the arctic, where the oil will be shipped and a pipeline East to St. Johns, Newfoundland that will also feed refineries in Montreal and Quebec City, so the tar sands oil is coming out one way or another.

    Everybody is focused on the Keystone XL pipeline, but the circus has already left town.

  • Anonymous

    More proof that Keystone is a bad idea being rammed down people’s throats. The risks just aren’t worth any potential benefits and the bullying tactics of the oil industry are disgusting and the opposite of the freedom that the GOP supporters of this pipeline claim to value.

  • Anonymous

    Cape Wind Offshore wind turbine project. This project is rated at 468 mw and will produce 143 mw after applying a capacity factor of 30.4 %, as calculated by the University of Delaware for the proposed Maryland offshore project life cycle is 20 years therefore this project will produce 24.6 Terawatts life cycle. Insofar as the location of this project is enshrouded in fog 200 days a year a low wind velocity environment the 30.4% Capacity Factor appears to be overly generous.

    A combined cycle natural gas turbine plant studied by the DOE completed in 2010 is rated at 570 mw and produces 470 mw, capacity factor 85%. cost $311 MILLION. life cycle 35 years therefore this plant will produce 133 Terawatts life cycle
    .
    The contracted cost of the wind farm’s energy will be 23 cents a kilowatt hour (excluding tax credits, which are unlikely to last the length of the project), which is more than 50% higher than current average electricity prices in massachusetts. the bay state is already the 4th most expensive state for electricity in the nation. even if the tax credits are preserved, $940 million of the $1.6 billion contract represents costs above projections for the likely market price of conventional power. moreover, these costs are just the initial costs they are scheduled to rise by 3.5 % annually for 15 years. by year 15 the rate will be $0.38 per Kilowatt.

    Bottom line, $311 Million 133 Terawatts. $2.6 Billion 24 Terawatts. In other words, it will take $14.4 BILLION worth of Cape Wind to produce the output of one $311 MILLION CCNGT plant.

  • Mike Lurz

    I am not advocating for the abandonment of current technology for unfinished technology, I AM however putting forth that energy providers and their benefactors are doing their best to hold down and make financially unviable the continued growth of such technologies, furthermore local governments are succumbing to the pressure applied by big oil money to tax the use of and discontinue the support of said technologies. Perhaps if the powers in control of energy production were to get on the same page we could push this forward…I notices that there was no argument of the pollution being caused booth by the collection of and use of fossil fuels…

  • Daniel Platten

    Were not even supposed to be burning and acquiring more greenhouse gases to pollute the atmosphere, this is so stupid. Were supposed to be ending the use and aqusisition of further greenhouse gases, period.

  • Anonymous

    and fight fires in California, clean up tornado damage in Kansas, rebuild homes after hurricanes along the East Coast, all mega-disasters brought in part by global warming and the folks like alpha wolf who openly gloat about the wonders of burning fossil fuels and the great things they do for us.

  • Alpha Wolf

    I’m not “gloating” about fossil fuels, I’m explaining how they work and how 4.5% of the world’s population has been the global leader in emitting them (over 25% of cumulative emissions) for at least the last century and a half.

    I was also pointing out that all of the things Americans DEMAND (ie: cars, heat, electricity, air conditioners, the Internet) as well as virtually every product we consume has carbon embedded in its production and distribution and, in general, Americans aren’t willing to give these up. My favorite example is air conditioners, where Americans consume more energy on their air conditioners (primarily natural gas and coal) than the entire continent of Africa, with 2 1/2 times our population, consumes on everything. The fastest growing energy consumer, and carbon emitter, now is the Internet for all those servers and other infrastructure that brings Moyers and Co. and streaming documentaries to your fingertips.

    While I used the term “sunny” in quotes, few people, other than the Unabomber (and he needed modern technology and bus tickets to build and deliver his bombs) and the Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie,” are willing to turn the clock back to the pre-industrial age and throw out all those “good things” (in quotes) that AMericans are dependent on.

    While Americans have been the global pigs when it comes to carbon emissions for the last century and a half, the action has now shifted to the 6 billion people in the developing world, who want a small fraction of what we’ve got, which entails more energy consumption and carbon emissions, since renewables are small relative to the demand. For example, while China, with over 4 times our population recently surpassed us in carbon emissions, it will take them 94 years to catch up with our cumulative emissions. Put differently, while China is rapidly developing and increasing carbon emissions the same way AMericans have unabated for a century and half, the average Chinese still only emits 1/4th of the carbon as the average American.

    While we’re slowly transitioning to renewables, solar represents 0.04% (4 hundredths of 1% of Americans total energy consumption), the Energy Information Agency released a report last week that Americans’ carbon emissions are projected to increase another 50% over the next quarter of a century because of agrowing population and growing demand for things like the Internet, even with pretty aggressive steps to move towards conservation and renewables. In short, Americans DEMAND for energy will continue to grow faster than our ability to shift to renewables.

    In a separate comment, I mentioned that I don’t drive (in an area near where Bill lives where a car is a virtual necessity) and I’ve taken many other aggressive steps to limit my personal carbon footprint, but I’m one person relative to 320 million Americans, 99% of whom aren’t willing to dramatically change their “lifestyles” or downsize their standards of living in order to mitigate climate change.

    In terms of the documentary, this was the 3rd of 4 Phases of the Keystone XL pipeline, which President Obama “embraced,” and the oil started flowing under Mr. David’s property on January 21st. As noted in my other comment, Mr. David settled with TransCanada,probably for some nice cash, and asked the demonstrators to leave his land.

    In terms of the controversial 4th Phase of Keystone XL, while President Hamlet still dithers and again has delayed a decision until after the midterms, they are retrofitting the “Alberta Clipper Line 67″ (which implies their are at least 66 other lines) to carry more tar sands than the proposed KXL extension (880,000 vs 830,000) across the border to Superior, WI and Canada is planning pipelines to the arctic and the East Coast, along with dozens of other retrofits and expansions, to bring the tar sands oil to refineries and markets. In addition, crossborder shipments of oil by rail, which is 70 times more dangerous than pipelines, have increased 900% in the last 2 years and this trend will continue if the KXL isn’t built.

    This is the world as it IS, not as I would wishi it to be.

  • Anonymous

    well you know, you can say no to KXL and Clipper, and reduce your carbon footprint as much as you see fit…and if 300,000,000 industrial nationals did the same (Americans, British etc.) we could have the world we wish it to be, or the beginnings of it.

  • Magic John

    For those who have questions about development of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, I suggest an experiment.

    You’ll need: peanut butter, at least four straws, superglue, some bleach, chloric acid, some Liquid Plumr and a strong tire pump.

    We’re going to create our own model of the pipeline.

    First push some peanut butter into one end of a straw and attempt to blow it through the straw. Bitumen or tar san ds– the product TransCanada wants to ship through the US — is the consistency of peanut butter.

    You’ll notice it didn’t move.

    Now take the three remaining straws and superglue them together end to end. This will be our pipeline.

    Take more peanut butter and mix it with the chemicals we listed to thin the consitency of the peanut butter to a more manageable liquid. This is what TransCanada will be doing with the bitumen, thinning it with corrosive chemicals to be able to move it through their pipeline.

    Push some of this mixture into the end of the pipeline we created. It moves a little better, but we want to increase the movement so attach the tire pump to the straw and apply pressure.

    What’s that you say?

    The pipeline ruptured at the joint? Not surprising.

    Nor are all the small seam leaks, pinhole leaks or larger holes appearing along the length of the straws.

    The pipe to be used by TransCanada is designed for pressure of 1,910 psi. However, TransCanada will be pushing the diluted bitumen through the line at 2,200 psi…

    You can guess what effect the corosive chemicals will have on what experts have stated is substandard pipe.

    Whistleblowers from within TransCanada’s ranks have reported numerous issues which will be detrimental to the safe transport of bitumen tar sands through the US.

    We all know what that means, or should, by looking at TransCanada’s record in Canada.

    TransCanada, and its associates, have experienced 1,047 incidents in the 12 years the pipeline has been in existance in Canada and the northeastern US.

    The TransCanada line running from Oklahoma to Texas experienced 14 spills in one year. Another 21 leaks occurred on the Canadian side of the current pipeline and 25 repairs had to be made to preclude problems.

    Those ruptures (we’re not counting pump station failures, fires, explosions or fatalities — all of which have taken place) have released anywhere from 126 litre ( approximately 40 gallons) to more than 96 million litres (approximately 21 million gallons) of tar sands.

    A TransCanada leak in its current line through North Dakota left a plume 60 feet high near Ludden, ND; while families were driven from their homes in Mayflower, Ark, when one of TransCanada’s partners, Exxon, had a rupture of their pipeline there.

    TransCanada and two Calgary executives, pleaded guilty in 1996, to numerous violations of US environmental and safety laws in Syracuse, NY.

    Another TransCanada project, the Bison pipeline in Wyoming, had to be shut down after a portion of it blew open.

    Where repairs have been made, the topsoil hasn’t recovered and erosion has become a secondary problem.

    It’s already an established fact TranCanada’s claim of being able to create up to 49,500 jobs has been proven to be false. Even President Obama says no more than 2,000 jobs a year will be created during the two-year construction period… and only 35 permanent jobs will result.

    Let us not forget none of the product being transferred through this pipeline will be sold in the US. It will have no effect on our current demands.

    All of the final product will be shipped overseas from refineries in Foreign Trade Zones and will avoid paying US taxes.

    For the life of me. I can’t see how this product will be good for America’s economy or environment.

    Can you?

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  • Anonymous

    Thank you, David, for putting this talking point shill for TransCanada in his place. We are continuing the fight against TransCanada up here in Nebraska and are winning! June 27 TransCanada’s permit for construction of the KXL EXPIRES in South Dakota, leaving them with TWO states WITHOUT an approved route for their pipeline out of three (Nebraska, South Dakota) and Montana necessary to link Canada to the southern half they rammed through your property.
    The New CIA is holding strong, TransCanada is in for a BIG surprise if they think South Dakota landowners will roll over and resign with them this time. The tide is turning, the terrible sacrifice that you and your family made by having your dream destroyed by backhoes, dozers and a 36″ leaky pipe full of carcinogens rammed through your piece of Eden against your will NOT be for naught. We will see to that. I will see to that. The Keystone XL Tarsands crude export pipeline WILL die.
    It has been a long, strange trip since we met in Lincoln days before your arrest in front of the White House protesting the KXL, and my arrest a few days after that doing the same. Peace to you and your family, David, may we all meet again in celebration of the death of the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • Marla

    Just you being on-line consumes oil.

  • Alpha Wolf

    Thank you for responding David and I apologize if I mispoke. I searched online for information, and couldn’t find access to the documentary, which I look forward to watching and was just reflecting what I read in the New York Times and elsewhere, although the reporting may have been inaccurate.

    The rest of what I said is all publicly available information and I was taking the 10,000 foot view, but your story on the ground is also important. .

    I was actually interested in learning what you thought now, although you may be under a gag order as part of the settlement, and am sorry that you lost your fight.

  • Alpha Wolf

    I’m not a TransCanada shill and I apologized to David for mispeaking above.

    I’m just looking at the big picture of U.S. fossil fuel consumption and the 2.5 million miles of energy pipelines we’ve installed in this country over the last century and a half to power all the things Americans depend on. .

    I wish you well in stopping the final phase of KXL, but this doesn’t impact overall consumption. They’re already working on alternatives, including expanding the Alberta Clipper pipeline to Superior, WI to carry more tar sands oil than KXL, a pipeline to the arctic where the oil will be put on supertankers, expanding and building pipelines to the East coast of Canada and a 9-fold increase in crossborder rail transport over the last 2 years.

    Apparently your fate is now in the President’s hands.

  • Alpha Wolf

    Yes Keith. I personally do as much as I can.

  • Alpha Wolf

    That’s exactly my point Marla! While I’ve cut my own carbon footprint dramatically, it’s all but impossible to live in modern America without consuming large amounts of fossil fuels.

    The larger problem is most Americans don’t want to take more than minimal steps to lower their carbon footprints and, if our “supply” is interrupted, even temporarily, as mine was after Hurricane Sandy, it is a national emergency.

    NY’s Democratic Gov. Cuomo revoked Long Island Lightings charter (and gave it to another utility) because they didn’t get the juice back on for everyone fast enough.

    Americans, including most environmentalists I’ve met, want their cake (all those things powered by fossil fuels), but then they complain about the results.

    Unless you fundamentally address the consumer demand side of the equation, because all fossil fuels are directly or indirectly consumed by humans (with AMericans being the global pigs), this will not solve the underlying problem nor meaningfully shift the trajectory of climate change.

  • Anonymous

    On a space ship, no one would dream of burning fuel to produce electric power. It is only a matter of time before the same considerations force us to turn to renewables for space ship earth.

    I read an article written several years ago that predicted that it would take an event like a hurricane hitting New York before we would finally wake up and take action to convert to renewables. Well, a hurricane did hit New York, and with the application of oil-industry financed disinformation and purchase of politicians, we are still sitting on our hands.

  • Anonymous

    Hurricane Sandy, barely a Category 3, tracked up the East Coast hit the Verrazano Narrows at high tide with a full moon.. The surge was greatly amplified by the tsunami bay effect. This is considered a 700 year event. As a native New Yorker familiar with the topography of lower Manhattan particularly Bowling Green, my place of employment, I chose to cliff dwell in Brooklyn Heights for seventeen years. The operative word here is Heights. On several occasions, during my time in New York, surge abatement projects based on the European model were proposed for the Narrows and rejected. Costs ranged from 5.4 to 10 billions, deemed too expensive by several administrations, they chose to create Bike Paths instead.

  • Anonymous

    Dr. Susan Solomon et al. (Irreversible climate change due to carbon dioxide emissions, PNAS 106 1704-1709) predicted a large, imminent and irreversible warming since 2000 due to anthropogenic emissions. However, in January 2010 Susan Solomon et al. (Contributions of stratospheric water vapor to decadal changes in the rate of global warming, Science 10.1126/science.1182488) acknowledged that stratospheric water vapor, not just anthropogenic CO2 and CH4, is an important climate driver of decadal global surface climate change that has largely contributed both to the warming observed from 1980-2000 (30%) and to the slight cooling observed after 2000 (25%). Stratospheric water vapor concentration can also be indirectly driven by UV solar irradiance variations through ozone modulation and its contribution would be included in the phenomenological model.

  • Anonymous

    The peanut butter is going to the world petroleum market, South to US refineries or West to China via railroad and eighteen wheelers. The Canadians are currently in the planning stage of a pipeline to the West. Get over it. China and India currently have 1,200 coal plants funded, one online per week. You obviously don’t get the reality of petroleum transport or the futility of Anthropogenic Global Warming abatement which globally consumed $359 Billion in the form of research and renewable energy investments. Last year 36 Billion tons of anthropogenic CO2 was presented to the atmosphere, 18 billions where absorbed by the oceans and ecosystems therefore 18 billion tons made it to the atmosphere. This is impressive until one realizes that the atmosphere weighs in a 5.5 MILLION TRILLION tons.

  • Anonymous

    We can always manage to rationalize away those facts that conflict with our world view. Care to take a crack at Katrina?

  • Anonymous

    Can you spell “subsidence”? Are you aware of fact that Karina, a totally predictable event, triggered a non existent emergency response that was totally ineffective at both the local and state level? Need I mention what political party was in charge? You bore me, see ya.

  • Anonymous

    Actually the planned increased export of oil and gas from the US will raise the prices here.

  • BBoy705

    So what you’re saying is we can pump a whole lot more carbon into the atmosphere and not worry about it. I wonder at what point we will have to stop. Any idea? You use all the words that make you sound pretty darn smart. I’ll bet you’re a whole heck of a lot smarter than any climate scientist. So please tell us how much more CO2 we can pump into the air before our 5.5 million trillion tons of atmosphere becomes to toxic or changes the climate to the point where the 7 or 8 billion humans living on the planet (not to mention all the other critters) become imperiled.

  • http://annienomad.com/ Sharee Anne Gorman

    Thank you, TransCanada stooge!

    You use numbers to distract from common-sense logic like a snake-charmer uses music to mesmerize his little slave snake.

    Poison is poison, no matter how you ship it.

    Humans were never meant to stay with fossil fuels…it was a dirty stop on an evolution to higher thought and cleaner energy sources. We got stuck in the tar sands (just like the dinosaurs) when the 1% decided to hang onto dirty fuels because they could make more money – even if it means distinction for everyone.

    This is greed on a pathological scale…and you are their little social media monkey.

  • Anonymous

    At some point the President has to remember the common good and his election promises that makes winking at Keystone not just corrupt but the last best friend of free people sold out. ALL OF THE ABOVE SHOULD NOT EXCEED DRILL BABY DRILL AS THE TREND IS.

  • Anonymous

    It is a misconception that the Environmental Movement is benign, well intentioned, and monolithic– it is not. In reality the movement is extremely factionalized and schizophrenic. Unfortunately the legitimate players are the Rent Seekers, Grant Chasers, and Politicans pandering to a constituency, the Green Lobby.

    The True Believers are the Transnational Progressives, Luddites, Malthusians, Narcissistic Xenophobes, Gaia cultists, Margaret Sanger Eugenics disciples, Eco Socialists, and Pathological Altruists to name but a few. Review your “Silent Spring” and the attending banning and restrictions on the use of DDT. The carnage visited on the inhabitants of the Sub Sahara, South America, and Asia is unconscionable. Read Erlich’s “Population Bomb” and the Club of Rome literature “carrying capacity” is code for disdain of inhabitants of Third World countries.. Science is intended to drive policy not the other way around. Policy driven Science misallocates capital but more importantly takes lives.

    These Modern Environmentalists, and I’m including the Anthropogenic Climate Change Cretins, are immoral and inhuman and have racked up a body count that surpasses 80 million and counting, 80% children under five and pregnant women. The 40% US corn production diverted to the Ethanol boondoggle price increase effect on the global market has moved 20 to 30 million inhabitants of developing countries from food insecurity to starvation.

  • Anonymous

    It is estimated that the energy requirements globally, population 10 billion, can be addressed by the 3,000 years of accessible Uranium, more than enough time for the human race is extinguish itself.

  • Anonymous

    the very notion that keystone receives such strong support from ‘free enterprisers’ asserting ‘liberty’ is appalling. As this account reveals, it’s really about something else entirely — greed and power.

  • Michael L Miller

    So why don`t they consider building the refineries in Canada?? That`s kind of a no brainer?

  • Anonymous

    Taking advantage of US tax credits for oil companies courtesy of American taxpayers.

  • Anonymous

    The energy for anything you plug into the wall doesn’t have to come from oil or fossil fuels.

    “Most” Americans? I think you are referring to the 1% cuz the rest of America either prefers renewables or has no real opinion as long as the plug-ins work.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, gotta love the double-speak of our govt officials, who don’t give a hoot about the rights of American Citizens in this new age of Agenda 21 & globalization. They’re supposed to be upholding & protecting our rights, how dare they! Kudos to those brave American Citizens who are standing up against these treasonous pirates.

  • Anonymous

    It’s corruption, nothing more or less. The President, whom I voted for twice, lied to the American People, the very people he’s sworn to protect, whose rights he is bound by law & the office to which he’s been elected -to uphold. This is treason, nothing more or less & you can bet your last dollar that the Bush Family plus the Carlyle Group are behind this as well. They should be ashamed, but somehow I’ll bet they don’t give a damn.

  • Anonymous

    And you gotta see this one coming from a mile away ->the burden of carbon taxes (which are & will be imposed by some quasi-world court & taxing authority, thank you globalist scum) will be borne by American Citizens. This is treasonous activity by elected & appointed officials whose only concerns are for the kickbacks they’re getting from TransCanada and the Chinese. Seriously, it’s all about the money & they don’t give a shite about America, her lands, or the potential AND real consequences to our environment.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll tell you what’s behind it ->has NOTHING, zero, zip, NADA to do with anything more than China’s insatiable appetite for natural resources. The world has a monster munching at everything: they’ve undercut wages in just about every labor market across the globe, which has shifted economic momentum in THEIR direction, while the rest of the world sucks wind. Look at what they’ve done just to The EU & America. It is economic crime, allowed by our elected & appointed officials & this is being done to workforces across the globe. While China sucks up our jobs, we sell them oodles of our public debt (treasury bonds, etc). Anyone who hasn’t seen the writing on the wall better wake up. We have sold the world to the Chinese & we’re supposed to make nice while a very small percentage of the world’s population wages economic war against us. WAKE UP, AMERICA. Stop patting yourselves on the back because you’ve got soldiers willing to enforce the rules of this economic war against you. We are hosed. Thank god we still have the tech sector, otherwise we’d be sinking & fast. I’m guessing that at some point, even they will fly the coop.

  • user xyyyz

    they’re doing an equally fine job to Canadian taxpayers as well. Go to the link in my comment above.

  • Alpha Wolf

    It doesn’t “have to,” but it does. We currently get 0.04% from solar and 10,000 times that amount (40%) from oil, which is only 40% of our fossil fuel consumption.

    I’m referring to the actual behavior of most Americans, which entails a lifestyle that consumes massive amounts of fossil fuels, not what they say they prefer. The Atlantic had an article yesterday that almost all recent economic growth was the result in growing sales of gas guzzling light trucks, while car sales were down.

    In short, regardless of stated preferences, Americans are the global pigs when it comes to fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions. While many people say they care about climate change and support renewables, when you look at their actual behavior they consume lots of fossil fuels and are willing to do very little, particularly when there’s a cost attached, to change their behavior.

  • Tizzielish

    they are already building a pipeline that will end up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Do more research if you don’t now about the northern Canadian pipeline that will run through our farmland, our homelands, etc. and potentially pollute our world. So canada can profit? or, rather, Canadian corporations.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think “most Americans” are given much choice in the matter. 99% of the people don’t make enough to do much more than scrape by are being led around my nose thru every media outlet possible. So don’t act like “most Americans” are making any genuinely conscious choices about their “choices”.

  • MadMan

    TX is a stand your ground state.
    Time for them to stand their ground. Anyone not given permission is trespassing and can be shot.