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Did we forget about Keystone XL to go to Iraq?

The Canadian Government is debating and ultimately will decide to join the USA in Iraq and Syria on a combat mission.

A combat mission from the air and no boots on the ground is devoid of Intel to determine targets. Canada, with its slashed defense budget, could better participate in humanitarian missions.

Since President Obama has yet to approve our Keystone XL Pipeline, in my opinion we should take a stand and hold back our troops until this approval is signed by POTUS.

As you can read below, the pipeline can only benefit both countries. Iraq and Syria can benefit no one in North America at this time. Harper needs to stand his ground!

Canada has done its part and has been a willing and patient partner throughout this process. This project will enhance our relationship with Canada and increase our drive towards North American energy security and independence, and there is no consultation required to arrive at that conclusion.

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Senate Democrats letter to President Obama in support of Keystone XL
Eleven Senate Democrats to President Obama
This process has been exhaustive in its time, breadth and scope. It has already taken much longer than anyone can reasonably justify. This is an international project that will provide our great friend and ally Canada, a direct route to our refineries. These refineries were specifically built to process heavy crude, and Canadian crude will help replace heavy crude imports from unstable and unfriendly countries like Venezuela.

Keystone XL makes sense
Alex Pourbaix – TransCanada Executive Vice-President
It has been our experience that with vigorous review and oversight, projects like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline can be constructed and operated without jeopardizing public health or the environment.

Letter to the State Department in support for Keystone XL from Missouri Gov.Jay Nixon
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon:

“Keystone XL opponents are running out of straws to grasp. Now that the Inspector General has found no conflict of interest, environmental groups should join LIUNA and others and sit down to discuss an all-of-the-above energy strategy to address climate change issues. We continue to urge the President to approve the project. It will unlock new jobs for thousands of working men and women and harness energy that a trusted neighbor can provide. Keystone isn’t just a pipeline – it is a lifeline for working men and women and for our nation’s energy security.” With IG Finding, Keystone XL Opponents are Running Out of Straws to Grasp
Terry O’Sullivan – General President, LIUNA
“Killing the pipeline would have little impact on reducing the use of fossil fuels and the greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that they emit. The Canadians, if they don’t ship it through Keystone, it’s going to come by rail. The big winner from not building Keystone is Venezuela, because their heavy oil has the same carbon footprint as the oil sands. [So] Venezuela or Canada, take your pick. Who is your favorite country and who is your neighbor?”

Boston Globe — Fossil fuels remain at the forefront, energy expert says
Daniel Yergin — Founder, IHS CERA
“What we probably need is more of a pipeline infrastructure and to diminish the need for rail transport over time. Frankly, I think pipeline transport overall probably has overall a better record in terms of cost, in terms of emissions and in terms of safety.”

Energy secretary: U.S. infrastructure unready for rail-crude boom
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
The State Department’s latest report reiterated that Keystone XL would be the safest pipeline ever built in the U.S. if TransCanada agreed to 59 additional conditions — and we have. These include additional protections like more remote shut-off valves spaced closer together, high-strength steel, more frequent inspections and burying the pipe deeper in the ground. All five federal reviews have concluded that this pipeline won’t have an adverse impact on the environment or on greenhouse gas emissions. The heavy oil from the oil sands is less carbon intensive than oil currently produced in California.”

pipeline – it is a lifeline for working men and women and for our nation’s energy security.” With IG Finding, Keystone XL Opponents are Running Out of Straws to Grasp 
The Canadians, if they don’t ship it through Keystone, it’s going to come by rail. The big winner from not building Keystone is Venezuela, because their heavy oil has the same carbon footprint as the oil sands. [So] Venezuela or Canada, take your pick. Who is your favorite country and who is your neighbor?”

Energy secretary: U.S. infrastructure unready for rail-crude boom
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
The State Department’s latest report reiterated that Keystone XL would be the safest pipeline ever built in the U.S. if TransCanada agreed to 59 additional conditions — and we have. These include additional protections like more remote shut-off valves spaced closer together, high-strength steel, more frequent inspections and burying the pipe deeper in the ground. All five federal reviews have concluded that this pipeline won’t have an adverse impact on the environment or on greenhouse gas emissions. The heavy oil from the oil sands is less carbon intensive than oil currently produced in California.”

LA Times — Myth vs. fact on Keystone XL
Alex Pourbaix — President Energy and Oil Pipelines, TransCanada
The State Department’s latest study — the product of more than five years of investigation — largely confirms the conclusions of previous assessments and those of many independent energy experts:

Keystone report from State Dept. puts common sense back in the pipeline
Washington Post Editorial
“The total annual GHG emissions (direct and indirect) attributed to the No Action scenarios range from 28 to 42 percent greater than for the proposed Project [Keystone XL].”

Department of State — Keystone XL Final SEIS
U.S. Department of State — Final SEIS
The U.S. needs pipelines, “not only to improve conditions in terms of rail, but trucks. With the Keystone pipeline, we’d take 500 trucks a day off our roads in western North Dakota.”

Hoeven: Obama will approve Keystone — The Hill
U.S. Senator John Hoeven — North Dakota
Canada has done its part and has been a willing and patient partner throughout this process. This project will enhance our relationship with Canada and increase our drive towards North American energy security and independence, and there is no consultation required to arrive at that conclusion.

Senate Democrats letter to President Obama in support of Keystone XL
Eleven Senate Democrats to President Obama
This process has been exhaustive in its time, breadth and scope. It has already taken much longer than anyone can reasonably justify. This is an international project that will provide our great friend and ally Canada, a direct route to our refineries. These refineries were specifically built to process heavy crude, and Canadian crude will help replace heavy crude imports from unstable and unfriendly countries like Venezuela.

Fatih Birol on environmental subsidies, carbon emissions and climate
Faith Birol – IEA Chief Economist
Canada emits just 2% of global greenhouse gases, and the emissions from oil sands contribute 0.16% to global emissions. For context, three coal-fired power plants in the United States emit more greenhouse gases than the entire oil sands industry.

Keystone XL makes sense
Alex Pourbaix – TransCanada Executive Vice-President
It has been our experience that with vigorous review and oversight, projects like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline can be constructed and operated without jeopardizing public health or the environment.

Letter to the State Department in support for Keystone XL from Missouri Gov.Jay Nixon
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
“Keystone XL opponents are running out of straws to grasp. Now that the Inspector General has found no conflict of interest, environmental groups should join LIUNA and others and sit down to discuss an all-of-the-above energy strategy to address climate change issues. We continue to urge the President to approve the project. It will unlock new jobs for thousands of working men and women and harness energy that a trusted neighbor can provide. Keystone isn’t just a pipeline – it is a lifeline for working men and women and for our nation’s energy security.” With IG Finding, Keystone XL Opponents are Running Out of Straws to Grasp
Terry O’Sullivan – General President, LIUNA
“Killing the pipeline would have little impact on reducing the use of fossil fuels and the greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that they emit. The Canadians, if they don’t ship it through Keystone, it’s going to come by rail. The big winner from not building Keystone is Venezuela, because their heavy oil has the same carbon footprint as the oil sands. [So] Venezuela or Canada, take your pick. Who is your favorite country and who is your neighbor?”

Boston Globe — Fossil fuels remain at the forefront, energy expert says
Daniel Yergin — Founder, IHS CERA
“What we probably need is more of a pipeline infrastructure and to diminish the need for rail transport over time. Frankly, I think pipeline transport overall probably has overall a better record in terms of cost, in terms of emissions and in terms of safety.”

Energy secretary: U.S. infrastructure unready for rail-crude boom
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
The State Department’s latest report reiterated that Keystone XL would be the safest pipeline ever built in the U.S. if TransCanada agreed to 59 additional conditions — and we have. These include additional protections like more remote shut-off valves spaced closer together, high-strength steel, more frequent inspections and burying the pipe deeper in the ground. All five federal reviews have concluded that this pipeline won’t have an adverse impact on the environment or on greenhouse gas emissions. The heavy oil from the oil sands is less carbon intensive than oil currently produced in California.”

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