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Keystone XL will increase green-house gas emissions; State Dept analysis is wrong.

UPDATE: Please also see the letter from Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse

This report from OilChange International disputes the preliminary State Dept. finding on which President Obama seems to be preparing to rely. [See our earlier article Keystone XL: A study in corruption.]

From the summary: State’s analysis is both simplistic and out of date. A closer look at what is actually going on in the North American oil market shows clearly that the project will enable tar sands production to increase and therefore increase emissions.

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Keystone XL: A study in corruption

When President Obama spoke at Georgetown University recently, he declared that "Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that ... this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward. It’s relevant." [Emphasis added] The environmental NGO establishment, predictably, applauded.

But, then, reporting on the President's speech, a Wall Street Journal headline described Mr. Obama's statement as giving "conditional approval" to Keystone XL.

Which President have they been listening to?

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Bloomberg reports fracking relies on 'sealed settlements'

"Drillers Silence Fracking Claims with Sealed Settlements"

Bloomberg notes that "The strategy keeps data from regulators, policymakers, the news media and health researchers, and makes it difficult to challenge the industry's claim that fracking has never tainted anyone's water."
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"Center for Sustainable Shale" is industry greenwashing, grassroots tells Environmental Defense Fund

The so-called "Center for Sustainable Shale Development" is attracting more criticism from grassroots environmental groups. [See our April newsletter.] On May 22, a joint letter was issued from 68 grassroots advocacy organizations to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), accusing EDF of contributing to the 'greenwashing' of toxic fracking.
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Fracking Ourselves to Death in Pennsylvania

"Pennsylvania farming communities are being turned into huge, open-air laboratories by energy companies eager to make North America a twenty-first-century Saudi Arabia, with ordinary people serving as its guinea pigs. And those people are paying a heavy price: mystery illnesses, dead animals, polluted water, land made worthless, and the loss of a way of life. In the midst of this new hell, however, there’s also hope.
[from Nick Turse's introduction to Ellen Cantarow's report]

Click this link for the original story, with many links to related information. (We reprint the story here to facilitate searching.)
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Many Stressors Associated With Fracking Due to Perceived Lack of Transparency and Trust, Pitt Finds

From an April 29, 2013, Press Release from the University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania residents living near unconventional natural gas developments using hydraulic fracturing attribute several dozen health concerns and stressors to the Marcellus Shale developments in their area, according to a long-term analysis by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers. Reported health impacts persist and increase over time, even after the initial drilling activity subsides, they noted.

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New Brunswick: Citizens defy gas exploration, hint at widespread civil disobedience

Here is a Press Release issued by members of the "Council of Canadians"
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Get Ready for Higher Prices and Less Energy Security

Get Ready for Higher Prices and Less Energy Security: Our Natural Gas Reserves Are Being Plundered For Export

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A deeply flawed study that ignores the harmful environmental and health impacts of gas drilling is being used to rally for exports.
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Candidate for Governor, Hanger takes a position on fracking

As Secretary of Pennsylvania's Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Hanger may not have been everything that we'd hope for. But as a candidate for Governor, he at least has staked out a position on fracking, and called out Gov. Tom Corbett on his pandering to the industry. Here's his April 25 press release...
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Pennsylvanians Take It to the DEP

All across the state, Pennsylvanians observed Earth Day by confronting Gov. Corbett's "Department of Environmental Protection" (DEP). What's more, the mainstream media paid attention!

In Pittsburgh, the Post-Gazette and WTAE-TV covered the protest at DEP's office on Washington's Landing, organized by the Shadbush Environmental Justice Collective.
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