LINKS Oct. 24, 2011


Canadian government, Snyder discuss next steps for bridge [Detroit News]

Feds assail Michigan bridge vote [Windsor Star]

Republican bill would allow Border Patrol to ignore environmental laws [McClatchy]

US Customs commits passport switcheroo [CBC]

Northern border agents see southern entrants too [AP]

New border crossing facility in North Dakota [AP]

 Anchorage man nabbed at Canadian border with undeclared gun [Juneau Empire]


Canada bristles over provision in free trade deal [Wall Street Journal]

Jobs plan stalled, Obama to try new economic drive [NY Times]

US announces new plan to help ‘underwater’ homeowners [Washington Post]


Revolution won, top Libyan official promises more pious state [NY Times]

Panetta’s Pentagon, without the blank check [NY Times]

US to sustain military power in the Pacific [NY Times]

Libya to investigate Gaddafi’s death [Washington Post]


Harper sees Keystone XL prevailing in Nebraska [Bloomberg]

Jones: Pipeline review thorough, independent [Lincoln Star Journal - Nebraska]

Pipeline protesters to greet Obama in San Francisco [Los Angeles Times]

Occupy Wall Street embraces environmentalists []

Oil pipelines criss-cross the US: Why the fuss over Keystone XL? []

Reservation leaders question oil pipeline [Rapid City Journal - South Dakota]

Pipeline will provide good jobs, energy [Billings Gazette - Montana]

Pumpkin carvers protest pipeline [Lincoln Journal Star]

Oil pipeline fight roils unions [Labor Notes]

Canadian PM confident about pipeline [The Hill]



LINKS Oct. 21, 2011


Proposed bridge to Canada loses key vote [Washington Times]

Windsor-Detroit bridge voted down in Michigan committee [Windsor Star]

Is time running out on perimeter deal? []

Canadian Truckers encouraged after meeting with US border commissioner [Truck News]

Crowd denounces Bush at Surrey Economic Summit [The Province]

Immigration support by Canadian at all-time high [CBC]


US senator want to boost Canadian and Chinese demand for US homes with new immigration  bill []

Ambassador’s words a decent start [Vancouver Sun]

Inside effort to fight Buy American [Huffington Post]

US Senate votes to keep Canadian prescription drugs out of US [The Hill]

Canada starts probe of US retail pricing [UPI]

Canadian retailers face challenging holiday [Toronto Star]

New agreement with Canada a must for broadcasters []

Occupy Wall Street and labor form uneasy alliance [NY Times]


Canada begins to wind down Libya mission in wake of Gadhafi’s demise [Globe and Mail]

For Obama, some vindication on Libyan war [NY Times]

Ignatius: Obama chose the right course on Libya [Washington Post]

Gaddafi’s final hours [Washington Post]


US Senators weight Keystone pipeline strategy [The Hill]

Sen. majority leader Reid comes out against pipeline [Washington Independent]

Alec Baldwin wants you to “Occupy Pipeline” []

Randy Thompson: Unlikely symbol of anti-Keystone movement [Postmedia News]

Keystone seen as saviour for struggling Texas city [CBC]

Why Obama may be about to give a handout to the Koch brothers [AlterNet]



Obama: ‘environmental questions’ about ‘destructive’ oil sands, but won’t pre-judge Keystone XL decision

April 6, 2011

President Obama declined to pre-judge the State Department permit process for Keystone XL today, speaking  at an energy town hall in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania:

From the White House transcript:

Q    My name is Alan Berchel (ph).  I’m a Canadian.  I just moved here about a year ago.  And my question for you today is in reference to the Canadian tar sands.  Now, we’ve heard you speak today about the importance of manufacturing things domestically for the purpose of exporting.  We’ve heard you speak about the importance of domestic energy security, as well the importance of out-performing China in terms of the ability for us to manufacture wind turbines.

Now, I would like to know how you balance your commitment to the environment with domestic energy security, given that there has been recent domestic dissent from the idea of importing Canadian oil, and as well, keeping in mind that it does require energy in order to manufacture these turbines — if you do not import the Canadian tar sands oil, you are opening the door to further investments by SunCor in Canada; as well you’re essentially offering up this very vast and politically stable oil — energy resource to a country like China.  I just want to know how you’re balancing all these different pressures.

THE PRESIDENT:  Did you talk to this guy?  (Laughter.)  You know — (laughter.)  For those — just to give background to folks, there are these tar sands in Canada than can produce oil.  There is talk about building a pipeline into the United States to import that oil.  I can’t comment on the specifics of this because the State Department is going through this complicated review process, and if it looks like I’m putting my fingers on the scale before the science is done, then people may question the merits of the decision later on.  So I’m not going to get into the details of it.

I will make this general point, which is that, first of all, importing oil from countries that are stable and friendly is a good thing. So, for example, some of you saw I went down to Brazil a couple of weeks back.  And I know people think I was going there to see samba dancers or something; they play soccer.  I was going down there partly because Brazil is actually already doing a really good job with biofuels.  They’ve got some of the best cellulosic ethanol — this ethanol that’s not made with corn, but it’s made with like sugar cane stalks.

So I think a third of their cars already on the road run on biofuels.  So I wanted to make sure that we learn from them — this goes to the point about another way that we can lower gas prices.  But they also just had these huge discoveries of oil off their shores underwater, pretty deep down.  And can we start working with them using our outstanding technology — some of the lessons we’ve learned in the Gulf — to create another regular source or supply of oil.

Canada already is one our largest oil exporters, or that’s — we import from Canada.  These tar sands, there are some environmental questions about how destructive they are, potentially, what are the dangers there, and we’ve got to examine all those questions. It’s the same thing with natural gas here in Pennsylvania.  Everybody has been hearing about the whole fracking issue, right?

Now, natural gas is a clean, relatively clean energy.  It’s a fossil fuel, but it burns pretty clean.  But we’ve got to make sure that as we’re extracting it from the ground, that the chemicals that are being used don’t leach into the water.  Nobody is an environmentalist until you get sick.  And it turns out, well, gosh, why didn’t somebody tell me that this might affect the water that we drink or the air that we breathe, or what have you?  So we’ve got to do some science there to make sure that the natural gas that we have in this country, we’re extracting in a safe way.  The same thing is true when it comes to oil that’s being piped in from Canada, or Alaska for that matter.  We just got to do these evaluations, and we’re always trying to do that based on the science.  All right?



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