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CD029: Keystone XL Pipeline

The House passed H.R. 3, a bill waiving permit requirements for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and passed H.R. 1911, a bill that could raise interest rates for college students while tying their rates to the market.

Links to Information in this Episode:

Music: We’ve Got Balls by Robin and the Giant (downloaded from Music Alley)

Congressional Dish summary of H.R. 3, the Keystone XL bill.

James Hansen’s warning about Keystone XL’s effect on the climate.

Refineries in Texas are hunting for business.

Keystone XL route from Canada to Texas

Canadians don’t want tar sands pipelines running through their land.

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Bitumen is not oil; it’s tar and is sticky like peanut butter.

2010 tar sands spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan isn’t clean yet.

EPA photos from the Kalamazoo spill

Tar sands oil sinks near Kalamazoo, Michigan: August 1, 2010. Source: EPA

Tar sands oil sinks near Kalamazoo, Michigan: August 1, 2010. Source: EPA

Keystone XL will go over the Ogallala Aquifer

EPA photo gallery from the tar sands spill in Mayflower, Arkansas

Tar sands oil next to a home in Mayflower, Arkansas. Source: EPA

Tar sands oil next to a home in Mayflower, Arkansas. Source: EPA

 

Tar sands oil flows onto a residential street in Mayflower, Arkansas. Source: EPA

Tar sands oil flows onto a residential street in Mayflower, Arkansas. Source: EPA

Another river of tar sands oil in Mayflower, Arkansas.

 

Tar sands oil is exempt from the oil spill fund

The pipe that burst in Mayflower, Arkansas was 20 inches in diameter; Keystone XL will be 36 inches in diameter.

The pipe that burst in Mayflower, Arkansas was 20 inches in diameter; Keystone XL will be 36 inches in diameter.

Tar sands energy will make climate change worse

James Hansen, NASA climatologist, NYT Op-Ed “Game Over For the Climate”

Look how big these earth movers are! Takes a lot of carbon to operate these beasts.

State Department review of the Keystone XL pipeline

EPA comment saying the State Department review isn’t good enough

Rail transport is not a good option for Canadian tar sands.

Keystone XL jobs are mostly temporary

Keystone XL probably won’t lower gas prices

Keystone XL will not stop U.S. imports of Middle Eastern oil

Oil industry gave Keystone XL cheerleaders in the House a LOT of money

Americans are not paying attention to Keystone XL

Music: All Hail to the Market by Alun Parry (found on Music Alley by mevio)

Congressional Dish summary of H.R. 1911, the student loan bill.

Music: The Veteran by EJ Fortin (found on Music Alley by mevio)

Congressional Dish summary of H.R. 258, the bill that prohibits lying about military medals.

H.R. 1344, the “Helping Heroes Fly Act”

Congressional Dish summary of H.R. 1073, the bill that penalizes chemical attacks and attacks on ships and gives corporations U.S. protection.

Representatives Quoted in Order of Appearance

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