LINKS Sept. 14, 2011


Detroit bridge owner gets Koch help [Bloomberg]

More secure passports coming next year [CP]

US federal prosecutors discuss northern border issues [WSJ]

Holder: Officers from US, Canada will work on cross-border investigations [AP]

Harper, Obama to give details of border security deal [Postmedia News]

Much good has come from tightened border security [Peace Arch News]


Ottawa says it will fight Buy American measures [Toronto Star]

US envoy says trade with Canada is top issue [AP]

Canadians anxious about Buy American provisions in Obama’s jobs bill [CP]

Geithner: Economy in an early stage of crisis [Real Clear Politics]

Obama declares ‘national emergency’ for jobs [Politico]

Strong Cdn dollar not only reason for shopping in US [CBC]

Weak job market has Canadians looking north [Postmedia News]

US media juggernaut still a threat to Canada [Troy Media News]

Cdn doctors still make dramatically less than US counterparts: study [National Post]


Doer says he won’t run for NDP leadership [Toronto Star]


Canada to extend Libya mission by 3 months [CTV]

Canadian companies will benefit from military intervention: Libyan official [Postmedia News]

NATO balks at Libya nation-building, policing [AP]


Oliver stumps for Keystone pipeline in California [CP]

Peter Lougheed opposes Keystone pipeline [CBC]

Yedlin: Lougheed comment sparks pipeline debate [Calgary Herald]

Oil patch steams ahead [Financial Post]

Tar-sands showdown [Wired]

10 reasons why the Keystone pipeline will be built [National Review]

Over 1,200 Keystone protesters arrested [Living on Earth]


LINKS Sept. 7, 2011


Border agent says there’s nothing to do, money is being wasted [CNN]

Canada dropped $92-billion on security post-9/11 [Postmedia News]

Canadian trucker admits smuggling cocaine from US [AP]

Tragedy forged new reality [CP]

Schumer calls on Feds to move ahead with joint border crossing []

Hampson: 9/11 and the Remaking of Canada []

Robertson: The border: The bygone days of ‘pass friend’ [Embassy mag]

After 9/11, border patrol doubles, fewer tourists cross border, more criminals caught [Detroit Free Press]

More Canadian manufacturers encountering difficulty as they try to cross into the US [NB Business Journal]

Georgia man stays in jail after border child porn bust [Winnipeg Sun]


Flaherty wants probe into ‘irritating’ US-Canada price gaps [Postmedia News]

How Canadians get access to US-only deals [Globe and Mail]

Is the US ready for Little Mosque on the Prairie [BBC]

Canadian dealers get ‘carve out’ from US regulations [Financial Post]


Lt. Gen. Bouchard assesses NATO’s mission in Libya [NPR]

Plan would keep small force in Iraq past deadline [NY Times]


Sen. Johannes, second prominent Nebraska Republican opposes Keystone pipeline [Des Moines Register]

Study: Tar sands oil will reach US sans pipeline [Forbes]

Oil sands need US workers: Alberta minister [Bloomberg]

Dalai Lama joins Keystone pipeline opponents [Calgary Sun]

McKibben: What comes next for oil sands action []

Nobel Laureates urge Obama to reject pipeline [Huffington Post]

Canada minister ‘increasingly optimistic’ about Keystone approval [Dow Jones]

Cdn ambassador confident pipeline will be approved for jobs [Postmedia News]

Oil-funded study: more drilling would add 1.4 million jobs [Reuters]

Are Canadians growing apathetic about the oil sands? [Huffington Post]

Keystone XL benefactor to send oil overseas [Michigan Messenger]

Letter to Oprah Winfrey on ‘ethical oil’ ads []



US Farmers move against Keystone XL

March 25, 2011

At their convention in San Antonio, Texas last week, the National Farmers’ Union passed a resolution adopting a new pipeline policy in response to concerns in Nebraska about TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Expect the group and other state groups to weigh in with the US State Department against the pipeline, and to put pressure on senators from states such as South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Here is the statement from the Nebraska Farmers’ Union regarding a resolution passed by the National Farmers’ Union:

“Last week the National Farmers Union Convention Delegates approved pipeline policy introduced by Graham Christensen, Public Affairs Director for the Nebraska Farmers Union, designed to protect farmers, landowners, and the Ogallala Aquifer. The policies were introduced in response to member’s concerns about the Keystone XL pipeline. Nebraska Farmers Union passed a resolution opposing the project at last December’s State Convention.

NEFU Public Affairs Director Graham Christensen said, “I truly value the grassroots policy procedure that National Farmers Union has adopted since the early 1900’s.  This democratic process gives farmers and ranchers the opportunity to let their voice be heard on issues that are affecting them back home.  In this case Midwestern landowners have felt they have been misled by a multi-national oil company that is planning to build a pipeline at all costs.  Farmers have high ethical standards and expect business partners to have those same values.  I am pleased that the delegated body passed language to give landowners some basic protections from pipeline companies that may have conflicting both economical and environmental interests.”

The text of the pipeline policy is here: 2011 Proposed NFU Policy Dealing with Pipelines


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2 Responses to US Farmers move against Keystone XL

  1. James Ira Liermann on March 30, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I am no hydrologist, but I know that it takes very little oil to contaminate a lot of water. The Ogallala Aquifer recharges very slowly, so it’s not like new water would flush out any oil contamination. Plus, sandy soil does not act as an effective barrier against contamination seepage. Make Keystone be responsible before they build, not after, because you know any oil company can out-lawyer farmers and ranchers, and any claim would be tied up in court for years.

  2. dragonfly on March 30, 2011 at 6:09 am


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