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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Keystone XL Pipeline: The Push, The Lies and the Money Trail

                     
              A Canadian corporate moment across the US Heartland!
This past May British Columbia, Canada's far western province, formally rejected a Tar Sands pipeline to the west. The Enbridge Gateway  (pipeline) was rejected due to non-compliance with request for information related to pipeline safety and security.  Why should the United States suffer through the decades long nightmare of a trans-national Canadian pipeline? A pipeline that will traverse the US upper Midwest, through the Central Midwest  (with Eastern fissures that cross the Mississippi River) while delivering Tar Sands sludge to Gulf Coast Texas ports. 


The project continues to garner support from people and organization which clearly accept lobbying and other forms of cash contribution for their support.  As we, the public, are fed streams of half-truths and lies about the project.

A perfect example is the July 9th piece form the American Petroleum Institute which included the new XL pipeline advertisement.  As you consider what follows, how can anyone overlook the manipulative omission of a key word associated with the pipeline? The omission is comparable to past GOP/RNC omissions of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from all things "GOP." 
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013 ─ API Downstream Operations Senior Manager, Refining and Oil Sands Cindy Schild announced a new advertising campaign to support the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The new series of television, print and online ads highlight the broad public support for the project. 
“Keystone XL is one rare national issue that attracts consistent support across the political spectrum,” said Schild. “The new ads review the long list of prominent Keystone XL backers from public figures like Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to editorial boards like the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Eighty-two percent of American voters support Keystone XL construction and the support is strong across all political identifications. About 8 in 10 Independents and Democrats agree that the pipeline is in our national interest.
If you wish to read more.....


The new Keystone XL "Pipeline" advertisement has one major and glaring omission.  It does not even mention the word "pipeline."   Can anyone explain the omission beyond my perception of pure unadulterated manipulation? Could the omission facilitate public sentiment while avoiding images associated with the word  "pipeline?" Images such as these.  


Central Arkansas 2013 XL Pipeline spill.  Local residence complained of not knowing their homes were built over or near the old (smaller) XL Pipeline. 

          

The new Keystone XL Pipeline Advertisement. 


I have to assume information in the new advertisement will stand to a good fact-check.  The 82% approval from the American people is completely suspect. 

It should not surprise one of the GOP's major propagandist has come-out with outlandish lies about how the XL Pipeline could have helped to (more quickly) lift the US out of the Great Recession.  Climate Progress has published a piece with video of Grover Norquist spewing outright lies about the extent of jobs associated with projects like the XL Pipeline. You might also notice the CNN captioned headline for the segment: "Summer of Obama Discontent." CNN would exercise the gall use such a headline when it is clear the GOP has taken no action of a jobs bill in over five years. And, for Norquist to demagogue with a promise of hundreds of thousands of jobs is sad and disingenuous. 

Climate Progress
Watch it:


Norquist is wrong on virtually every count.

Read three key facts that dispute Norquist's lies. 
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If you want to know the actual reason so many Republicans and some "supposed" democrats (like Harold Ford) support the Keystone XL Pipeline, a quick visit the OpenSecrets Dot Org will satisfy your quest. How about a peep at Trans Canada Corp. contributes to Bryan Cave LLP and other law/lobbying groups? Trans Canada contribution data to individual members of Congress is even more telling. 


LOBBYING (2011) 

TransCanada Corp

A special interest's lobbying activity may go up or down over time, depending on how much attention the federal government is giving their issues. Particularly active clients often retain multiple lobbying firms, each with a team of lobbyists, to press their case for them.
Year: 
Total Lobbying Expenditures:                                                                                       $1,530,000
   Subtotal for Subsidiary TransCanada Pipelines: $1,330,000
   Subtotal for Parent TransCanada Corp: $200,000
TransCanada Corp Lobbying by Industry
IndustryTotal
Oil & Gas$1,330,000
Electric Utilities$200,000
Itemized Lobbying Expenses for TransCanada Corp
Firms HiredTotal Reported by FilerReported Contract Expenses (included in Total Reported by Filer)
TransCanada Corp$180,000-
Bryan Cave LLP-$180,000
Van Ness Feldman-$20,000
    $200,000
Lobbying Expenses Reported by Subsidiary TransCanada Pipelines
Firms HiredTotal Reported by FilerReported Contract Expenses (included in Total Reported by Filer)
TransCanada Pipelines$1,330,000
McKenna, Long & Aldridge$100,000
NOTE: All lobbying expenditures on this page come from the Senate Office of Public Records. Data for the most recent year was downloaded on July 29, 2013.
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LOBBYING (2012) 

TransCanada Corp

A special interest's lobbying activity may go up or down over time, depending on how much attention the federal government is giving their issues. Particularly active clients often retain multiple lobbying firms, each with a team of lobbyists, to press their case for them.
Year: 
Total Lobbying Expenditures: $930,000
   Subtotal for Subsidiary TransCanada Pipelines: $850,000
   Subtotal for Parent TransCanada Corp: $80,000
TransCanada Corp Lobbying by Industry
IndustryTotal
Oil & Gas$850,000
Electric Utilities$80,000
Itemized Lobbying Expenses for TransCanada Corp
Firms HiredTotal Reported by FilerReported Contract Expenses (included in Total Reported by Filer)
TransCanada Corp$80,000-
Bryan Cave LLP-$80,000
Van Ness Feldman-$0
    $80,000
Lobbying Expenses Reported by Subsidiary TransCanada Pipelines
Firms HiredTotal Reported by FilerReported Contract Expenses (included in Total Reported by Filer)
TransCanada Pipelines$850,000
McKenna, Long & Aldridge$80,000
NOTE: All lobbying expenditures on this page come from the Senate Office of Public Records. Data for the most recent year was downloaded on July 29, 2013.



LOBBYING (2013)

TransCanada Corp

A special interest's lobbying activity may go up or down over time, depending on how much attention the federal government is giving their issues. Particularly active clients often retain multiple lobbying firms, each with a team of lobbyists, to press their case for them.
Year: 
Total Lobbying Expenditures: $470,000
   Subtotal for Subsidiary TransCanada Pipelines: $450,000
   Subtotal for Parent TransCanada Corp: $20,000


TransCanada Corp Lobbying by Industry
IndustryTotal
Oil & Gas$450,000
Electric Utilities$20,000
Itemized Lobbying Expenses for TransCanada Corp
Firms HiredTotal Reported by FilerReported Contract Expenses (included in Total Reported by Filer)
TransCanada Corp$20,000-
Bryan Cave LLP-$20,000
Van Ness Feldman-$0
    $20,000
Lobbying Expenses Reported by Subsidiary TransCanada Pipelines
Firms HiredTotal Reported by FilerReported Contract Expenses (included in Total Reported by Filer)
TransCanada Pipelines$450,000
McKenna, Long & Aldridge$20,000
NOTE: All lobbying expenditures on this page come from the Senate Office of Public Records. Data for the most recent year was downloaded on July 29, 2013.
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GOP Obstruction is one thing. Conservative efforts to building a money-grabbing nation in its image is quite another. Of all that is contemptuous from the Right little surpasses total disregard for the nation's well being vs cash receipts from moneyed entities who wish to rape what is left of the United States of America.

Norquist is a prime example of all that is wrong from the Right. The man isn't an elected official, yet he is afforded status as if a member of Congress.  Status that doesn't include required fair and open reporting of contributions via PACs or other funds raising organizations.

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