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Climate Rally in Washington DC

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    The Climate Change rally this weekend in Washington D.C. had good participation with some 40,000 activists attending to protest the Keystone XL pipeline and push Obama on taking meaningful climate change action.

    We've covered the Keystone XL pipeline in other posts, and I don't believe we have left any stone unturned. Now will President Obama approve the pipeline construction, postpone the decision or reject it? Right now we are looking at a decision in June, but that date is later than an April date pegged earlier.

    Reuters: Keystone pipeline decision to languish until mid-June-US source
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Your guess is as good as any Schmidt. This topic certainly has been "discussed" to the max before, and I still find myself torn on the issue. With all the pre- or post-pipeline modifications necessary to bring this "oil" up to typical standards for our refineries, I believe there has to be a financial decision in order justify or negate this huge potential project. So, leave it up to those with that knowledge, and hope that all the facts are in place to make the proper decision, one that is best for our country as a whole, and not just a select group.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I expect that President Obama will make a careful assessment of the risks, maybe postpone the decision a little more, but ultimately he may have to approve it. Canadians will pressure him as well.

    Sheila Jackson Lee, the EPA Administrator quit in January because she sensed that Obama was leaning towards approval and didn't want to be associated with that decision. That's too bad. I don't know if the acting administrator feels as strongly against the Keystone XL as Sheila Jackson Lee.

    It just says that the public needs to keep the pressure on Obama.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Right you are about keeping the pressure on the President, and I will gladly send him another email thru the normal "Contact the President" option on the White House website. However, anybody's guess is as good as mine as to whether or not he will even hear about it, let alone actually see it.