Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to the U. S.
The vote was 12 to 10, with all ten Republicans plus Chairman Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) voting yes. Senator Landrieu, who is in a tough re-election race, vowed to push hard for a vote on the
Senate floor. Republicans pointed out that the fact that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is not going to allow a floor vote exposes how ineffective Landrieu is as chairman in promoting pro-energy policies in the face of her own p
arty leader’s obstructionism.
, “The Dark Side of the Oil Boom.”
The photo accompanied a long, investigative story by Kathryn A. Wolfe and Bob King about the safety threats posed by rapidly increasing rail transport of oil. Curiously, the article considered the obvious alternative to rail
namely, building more pipelines
only in order to dismiss it:
“But environmentalists who warn about the dangers of crude
-by-rail say it would be wrong to turn the issue into an excuse to approve Keystone. For one thing, the Texas-bound pipeline would replace only part of the train traffic, which has spread its tendrils
across the U.S.”
True, but building Keystone would solve part of the problem, and building other pipelines would solve the rest.
Across the States
Energy Production on Federal Lands Down Again
this week, for example, North Dakota for the first time exceeded 1 million of barrels of oil produced per day
but production is taking place mainly on state and private lands, over which the federal government exerts less control.
Around the World
Green Energy Pause Started about Same Time as Global Warming Pause
BP this week released its annual world energy statistical review. Coal's share of world energy consumption topped 30 percent in 2013, the highest level since 1970. The report also shows that the global percentage of non-carbon energy has paused at around 13% since about 1995.
Cooler Heads Coalition
Ray Evans, RIP