Green energy more important for climate than Keystone-White House

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, March 15 Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:56pm EDT

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, March 15 (Reuters) - A White House spokesman said on Friday that new investments in green energy technology are more important for easing the effects of climate change than whether or not the controversial Keystone pipeline gets built.

Asked by reporters whether the construction of the pipeline was less important to slowing climate change than supporting projects such as the Argonne National Laboratory that President Barack Obama is visiting on Friday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it was.

"There's no question about that," he said. Measures such as increasing automotive fuel economy standards would have the clearest impact, he said.

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IronicSarcasm wrote:
We are utterly opposed to the Keystone pipeline project::

1.Devastates the pristine lands and native homes of Canadians;
2.Distillation of low-grade, transport, and use of such material will contribute to climate change;
3.Delay critical development of green energy innovation;
4.Construction of pipeline by demonstrably technically incompetent, indifferent companies with Â
atrocious safety histories notable for outstanding fines and continuing and long-term failure toÂ
properly clean and dispose of numerous eisting spills;
5.Pipe planned for use is of substandard steal and will not weld correctly or safely;
6.Monitoring of pipeline is provably unreliable by current and proposed technologies. Period;
7.The technology to build this large of a pipleline is unprecedented as are the challenges. The technology simply
does not exist at the present time to insure the safety of all those in the impact zone of this project;
8.the sole motivation for this project is the obscene profit to be made by a few while many may toil toÂ
build this edifice to hubris, their jobs will be shortlived and a sad testimony to man’s greed and hubris.

Many other reasons remain, just as consequential as the above and details can be provided if requested.Â
Please do not make the mistake of passing this devestating project which poses a dire threat to the safetyÂ
and health of this nation and ultimately the world. Â This is far more than some jobs program and throw-awayÂ
to the republicans in congress – passage of this bill will stain the Obama presidency for years to come andÂ
will rival the success of the Healthcare Act. Please act in the planet’s best favor.

Mar 15, 2013 4:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Beldezar wrote:
We are for the pipeline.
1) It builds an infrastructure that will be used for years to come.
2) While the construction jobs will be only till the project is finished the refinery and maintenance jobs will be a life time.
3) Will bring in needed tax revenue.
4) already proven that it will not be detrimental to the environment.
5)Does not effect climate change.
6) EPA will be standing by to hand out fines at every turn so project will be monitored.
7) Green Energy is not viable at this time,is costly,and filled with fraud..until such time that these issues are dealt with,we need Oil.
8) Yes money is the motivation,Most things ever built were because money was to be made..DUH!!
Jobs and Energy..something we all need, Don’t let the global warming lemmings rule you.

Mar 16, 2013 2:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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