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Showing posts with label Obama and the Environment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Obama and the Environment. Show all posts

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Keystone XL Looms; Obama Has Jobs Concerns!

Pipelines leak, spill or simply disintegrate.  How much more can our environment take?  Why did Canadian Provinces deny approval of a pipelines to the Canadian East and West Coasts based on unanswered environmental questions?

If you are an informed person, you know Trans Canada, Corp. is seeking approval from the Obama Administration to build a trans national pipeline from Quebec, Canada to Port Arthur and Houston, Texas.  The Keystone XL Pipeline, if approved, would also have pipeline fissures across the heart of the Midwest; fissures that would involve construction across to the nation's major waterway: the Mississippi River.  Consider the spills table above and think about a Trans Canada contaminated Mississippi River! 

The Keystone Pipeline already exist.  Trans Canada is seeking a expanded version of the pipeline: the Keystone "XL" Project.   Prior to my following issues related to the Keystone project, apparently President Obama approved the Southern Leg of the XL Project.  The Northern Leg posses issues not common to the Southern Leg.

Critical issues are as follows:

First and foremost concerns for the lives of First Nation original inhabitants of North America.  Additional issues are as follows.

I. Environmental concerns
a. EPA on Keystone XL: Significant Climate Impacts from Tar Sands   Pipeline 
b. Keystone XL - The New York Times
c. Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cause Damage Beyond Spills (Op-Ed)

Oil produced from tar sands is projected to grow to 5.2 million barrels per day by 2030. Credit: NRDC; Environmental Defence Canada, 2013.

If tar sands reach projected levels of 5.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2030, the environmental impacts will be substantial.
If tar sands reach projected levels of 5.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2030, the environmental impacts will be substantial.Credit: NRDC; Environmental Defence Canada, 2013.
II. Alleged Jobs
a. Cornell GLI Study Finds Keystone XL Pipeline Will Create Few Jobs 
b.  Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL (pdf)
III. Lobbying and political contributions
a. Open Secrets Dot Org:  Surge of Lobbying Fuels Keystone XL Pipeline Project
b. Think ProgressA Pipeline of Oil Dollars Flowing to Members of Congress Pushing Keystone XL Decision
IV. Politics (linked pieces above address this category)

Republicans have applied incessant pressure regarding Keystone XL Pipeline approval. A few noted Democrats (e.g. Harold Ford, Jr.) have also commented about the prospect of jobs associated with the project.  Jobs is a much a dog whistle for the GOP as their often used "food stamps" dog whistle. 

President Obama after many months of quiet regarding the project has come-out with questions about the veracity of  pipeline jobs projections.

Huffington Post GREEN via Reuters

"Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator," Obama said, according to the newspaper.  

"There is no evidence that that's true. The most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline, which might take a year or two, and then after that we're talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in an economy of 150 million working people."

Credible sources have labelled Trans Canada 'jobs' estimates false and misleading.  We are hopeful President Obama continues his concern about inflated jobs numbers and factors-in (as we know he has) the amounts and level of contributions to 'friendly' US politicians.  The Keystone XL Pipeline is a project the US can do without for so very many reasons. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Obama Green

Cross posted from......just so we know......

Liberal Info

Obama’s Conservation and Green Energy Accomplishments

Obama promotes green energy

George W. Bush was one of the worst presidents in U.S. history in regards to the environment.  President Obama has had his job cut out for him in working to advance conservation and green energy.

Here are a few of his accomplishments along with citations.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Amendments Act of 2009. ref
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. ref
North American Wetlands Conservation Act. ref
Stewardship of the Ocean (established National Ocean Council ), our Coasts and the Great Lakes (Executive Order). ref
Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance (Executive Order). refref
Established partnerships to share environmental technology with other countries. ref
Increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. ref
Increased funding for national parks and forests. ref
$175 million of ARRA allocated for water conservation, $135 million of that in the West. ref
Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic. refref
Expanded access to places to hunt and fish. ref
Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration (Executive Order). refref
Led effort to phase out whaling. ref
Pursued a wildfire management plan. ref
Encouraged more controlled burns to reduce wildfires. ref
Ordered removal of more brush, small trees and vegetation that fuel wildfires. ref
Established an Energy Partnership for the Americas. ref
Established the Biofuels Working Group to develop a comprehensive approach to alternative fuels. ref
Additional measures to advance clean energy/solar investments and job creation (ARRA).ref
Launched new Climate Service. ref
Worked toward deploying a global climate change research and monitoring system. ref
Implemented renewable fuels mandate of 36 billion gallons by 2022. ref
More than doubled federal spending for research on clean fuels. ref
$60 billion in spending and tax incentives for renewable and clean energy. ref
Invested in all types of alternative energy. ref
Increased funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. ref
Invested $2 billion in solar power, hailed new jobs. refrefref
Established consumer tax credit for plug-in hybrid cars. refref
Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes. ref
Doubled funding for bicycling, walking projects refref
(DOL) Dedicated $100 million in Energy Training Partnership green jobs training grants.ref
(DOL) Dedicated $150 million for Pathways Out of Poverty green jobs training grants. ref
$8 billion combined public/pvt funding committed to develop Smart Power Grid (part of ARRA). ref
Incentivized farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient. ref

Purchased fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government. ref
Ordered 5,000 hybrids for federal fleet. ref
(NIST) Completed first release of Smart Grid framework. ref
Created job training programs in clean technologies for displaced workers. ref
Created Green Vet Initiative to promote environmental jobs for veterans. ref
Established program to convert manufacturing centers into clean technology leaders. ref

First President to create detailed vision for clean energy economy. ref
Wind power growth up 39% due to government stimulus. ref
Study: Almost 5 million charging stations by 2015. ref
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