Alternet has an article on the emerging politics of the KXL pipeline. Here are some excerpts: the full article is here.
Elizabeth Warren Comes Down Hard Against Keystone XL Pipeline While Hillary Clinton’s Allies Push It Ahead
TransCanada Corporation wants to build the Keystone XL Pipeline to carry oil from Alberta Canada’s tar sands to two refineries owned by Koch Industries. Hillary Clinton has helped to make that happen, while Elizabeth Warren has now taken the opposite side.
Secretary of State Clinton, whose friend and former staffer Paul Elliot is a lobbyist for TransCanada, had worked behind the scenes to ease the way for commercial exploitation of the tar sands…. and TransCanada has two of Hillary Clinton’s friends working for it.
Clinton’s State Department allowed the environmental impact statement on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline to be performed by a petroleum industry contractor that was chosen by the company that was proposing to build and own the pipeline, TransCanada. That contractor had no climatologist, and the resulting report failed even at its basic job of estimating the number of degrees by which the Earth’s climate would be additionally heated if the pipeline is built and operated.
President Obama is now trying to force the European Union to relax its anti-global-warming regulations so the EU will import the Kochs’ dirty oil…. On December 20, Senator Warren signed onto a letter criticizing the Obama administration’s apparent effort to force the European Union to agree to purchase this oil…. The letter is, essentially, a rebellion by 22 progressive congressional Democrats against the Clinton-Obama effort to provide a market for the Kochs’ oil.
[Meanwhile] on December 17, the Republican House budget chief, Paul Ryan, threatened to drive the U.S. government into default unless President Obama approves the Keystone XL Pipeline .