[QUOTE=Grant;1060207483]Though this has been studied since 2008, route changes and several other issues have forced new study before approval by the U.S.State dept. The Republicans tried to get the President to bypass federal law by pushing him to ignore State Dept. authority...basically they tried to play hard ball, and lost.
Right. They want more studies, despite this thing already being studied for years. If you don't mind spending the money you can study it for several generations.
This is the last sentence of the third paragraph of the link you provided:
Yes, folks! We made a milestone today because TransCan agrees that their original routing is unacceptable to Nebraska and they will move it!!!Additionally, TransCanada has heard our concerns and has voluntarily agreed to change the route.
It doesn't say "They've moved it over here" just that, yes, they will move it somewhere else.
Now, where did they move it? They aren't going through the Sand Hills so where are they going?
- Where are they building it now? (not where aren't they building it, that's been answered.)
- Exactly what route will it take now? (What's the new plan/route?)
- What rivers and streams will be crossed?
- What flood plains will be affected?
Until those questions are answered Uncle Sam can't complete the review. You can't review a set of blueprints unless you have the blueprints. How hard is that to understand?
You want to call me a liar? Then provide the answers to those four questions.
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There are varying opinions on Obama's decision and I happen to think it's a bad one. I could just as easily be wrong. Canada couldn't have better neighbours than the United States and I hope nothing happens to change that, but there are murmurings of discontent.
Pipeline politics: Misguided Obama blocks Keystone pipeline - chicagotribune.com
I agree...this should not be a game. However, in this case it is quite obvious the Republicans WERE indeed playing, and fumbled.
I was about to reply to a comment to my post with the following...
...but I see others have responded in greater detail.Dateline...Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:59pm ESTOriginally Posted by Grant
The United States said on Thursday it will study a new route for the Keystone XL Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline.
President Obama said, at that time:
“Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.”
I have nothing against the pipeline being built and it may very well be built one day. Some may claim that it's nothing but politics, and I'm pretty sure there is some element of truth in that. It just so happens that that this particular bit of politics align with my politics more than the other politics.
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