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US president rejects oil pipeline from Canada - Al Jazeera



It is certainly a huge victory that Obama was forced to back down on this pipeline deal due to mass pressure from sustained environmental protests.

However, it’s troubling that Obama made a point of saying that he was only backing off from the pipeline because of ‘time constraints’, not because of anything having to do with its ecological dangers.

“In the months ahead, we will continue to look for new ways to partner with the oil and gas industry to increase our energy security — including the potential development of an oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico,” said President Obama.

Very alarming …   


Barack Obama says decision not a judgment on its merits but the arbitrary nature of a deadline set by the Republicans.

Last Modified: 19 Jan 2012 11:15

US President Barack Obama has rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, saying he could not vouch for its safety by a deadline, despite intense election-year pressure.

The rival Republican Party had forced Obama to make a decision on whether to approve the 2,700 km route through the Great Plains to Texas, forcing him to choose between environmentalists and industry.

The Obama administration said on Wednesday that the company TransCanada could resubmit the Keystone XL project, but that officials were not able to assess its plan by a February 21 deadline put into law by Republicans in Congress.

TransCanada has said that it would re-apply.

I hate the discussion on this, it really epitomizes everything that distresses me about environmentalism. Yes, it is messing up the environment, this type of oil takes a lot of water to refine and it’s carbon emmissons are awful and yes, long term impacts are important but why have I read probably upwards of 30 articles on this (I’ve written a couple papers for school about this subject) and all of the mainstream news articles I’ve read on this NEVER MENTION THE CREE NATION! These are people, and their needs are immediate and pressing and like, yeah, of course I think that disrupting the environment is a big deal but why does no intrepid reporter think that this is an important point to bring up when they are talking about the effects on the environment?

. “46-year-old former chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. He blamed the high rates of cancer among his people on toxic pollutants from massive mining operations 150 miles upstream.

More than 100 people in the small lakeside village of Fort Chipewyan have died from cancer, out of a First Nation population of about 1,200.

Studies have suggested the cancer rate is 43% higher than normal and some of the cancers are rare varieties which campaigners claim are linked to contaminants. ‘This has been our traditional homeland for over 12,000 years,’ he told the Sunday Herald.”

Reblogging for commentary. I never even considered the impact on First Nation peoples. #duhtruck

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