Truthout is reporting that the State Department’s recent report was written by a company that TransCanada hired. Yes, you read that right… the report that says the pipeline would be no big deal was written by someone hired by the folks who want to build that pipeline.
The State Department’s draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL tarsands pipeline was released last Friday and it was, to say the least, disappointing.
Climate activists had been hoping the statement would produce a document to persuade President Obama to do the right thing and say “No” to the pipeline. Instead, as The New York Times puts it, the report “makes no recommendation about whether the project should be built but presents no conclusive environmental reason it should not be.”
Now we are learning that this document was not prepared by any neutral government officials, but rather by a private company in the pay of the pipeline’s owner. So it’s hardly surprising that the statement came out strongly in favor of the pipeline.
Environmental Resources Management (ERM) was paid an undisclosed amount under contract to TransCanada to write the statement, which is now an official government document. The statement dismisses the pipeline’s massive carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, because, it asserts, the mining and burning of the tar sands is unstoppable.