Koch Congress Still Pushing Keystone After Four Pipeline Explosions In A Month

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After their 2012 general election defeat, Republicans performed a self-autopsy and concluded that they had to convince the American people that they cared more about the “regular people” and not solely their special interest donors. Obviously they ignored their own diagnosis and have committed to serving the interests of their owners the Koch brothers. This week, despite a looming veto threat from President Obama, after House Republicans passed a bill subverting the President’s purview over a foreign nation’s pipeline and the Senate is following suit sometime this week. Of all the reasons to not build the Keystone pipeline, one that is often overlooked, and ignored by the corporate media, is the real and present danger of a break in TransCanada’s rupture-prone pipeline the company claims is safe and environmentally friendly.

It is absurd to think the Canadian tar sand pipeline is even remotely environmentally friendly, particularly when Canada will not allow the pipeline to be constructed on its own soil. Now, based on the fourth in a string of pipeline explosions just this month, it is also not close to what any thinking human being would regard as safe. However, Republicans could care one iota less about the safety of the pipeline any more than they care about the environment, and in spite of the fourth pipeline explosion in a very brief amount of time, they are going forward to enrich the Koch brothers, a foreign corporation, and of course John Boehner’s stock portfolio.

The latest pipeline explosion took place in West Virginia and fortunately there were no deaths or injuries. Residents reported seeing a massive fireball shooting hundreds of feet into the air, and an emergency dispatcher said the heat from the flames melted siding off of one house and damaged a power line. The Texas-based owners of the pipeline, Enterprise Products, L.P. said it was investigating the cause of the rupture and explosion, but they like TransCanada, claim oil and gas pipelines are safe. It is likely exactly what three other pipeline owners claimed just this month as Republicans are attempting to force construction of a foreign corporations pipeline carrying incredibly dangers and nearly impossible to clean up tar sand.

In Mississippi early this month, a different pipeline operated by GulfSouth rattled nearby residents’ windows when it exploded sending a smoke plume big enough to register on the National Weather Service’s radar screens. GulfSouth, like TransCanada, touted the safety of their pipeline. Another “very safe and environmentally-friendly pipeline” owned by Bridger Pipeline ruptured in Montana less than two weeks ago dumping as much as 50,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River and left thousands of Montana residents “without drinkable tap water.” Within days of the Montana pipeline spill, a North Dakota pipeline ruptured and spilled over 3 million gallons of “drilling waste saltwater” that is regarded as the state’s largest environmental contaminant release since the so-called “North Dakota oil boom began.”

Although Democrats have attempted to add clever amendments to the Keystone authorization legislation in the Senate, there is precious little debate about the prevalence of ruptures and spills inherent with pipes carrying more corrosive tar sand oil across America en route to China, Japan, and Europe. Democrats will never have a better opportunity to demonstrate their concern for Americans’ health, water supply, and the environment than during what is becoming a regular occurring rash of oil pipeline leaks, ruptures, and spills. It is not that the inherent danger of pipelines would convince contemptible Republicans to oppose the Kochs’ demand for authorizing the pipeline’s construction, but Democrats should be screaming and advertising the pipeline’s inherent dangers while recent pipeline incidents are fresh in people’s minds.

Opponents of the pipeline should be educating the ignorant public about how much more dangerous to the environment, particularly the water supply, a 1,700-mile pipeline carrying over 860,000 barrels of nasty, carcinogenic, and extremely corrosive tar sand crude oil is compared to conventional oil, and conventional oil is not easy to clean up. The biggest problem with tar sand oil is that it is not just harder, but nearly impossible to clean up due to its viscosity that prevents it from floating. Instead, it sinks and with a projected path over the Ogallala aquifer, Nebraska residents’ and farmers’ primary source of water would be decimated. Nebraska Republicans care as little about their populations’ source of water as they do their health, and have claimed a tar sand spill “will only affect local residents’ source of water;” obviously nothing residents should worry about.

To get an idea of the devastation and long-term effects of a tar sand rupture over a major water source, it is worth noting the nation’s first and largest tar sand spill happened nearly five years ago and is still a posing monumental challenge to clean up. The company responsible for the spill, Enbridge claimed their primary concern has always been pipeline safety and environmental consciousness.

The 2010 spill has oil industry and environmental experts stumped about how to clean up, much less recover, all the tar sand oil. As the EPA said in 2012, after two years of struggling to clean up the spill, they have been unsuccessful in cleanup and recovery attempts because “there is no known procedure to clean up tar sands bitumen.” An agency spokesman said “they had to write the book” on how best to clean up nasty tar sand (dil-bit) in Michigan. Tar sand bitumen, the type of “oil” Republicans want flowing through the Keystone pipeline spilled into the Kalamazoo River and promptly sunk to the bottom. Local residents and EPA officials are still struggling to save the water supply nearly five years later. It has cost roughly $725 million to recover 1.2 million gallons of the tar sand so far, and environmentalists at the EPA say just attempting to recover the carcinogenic tar sand is decimating the environment.

Residents in and around the Michigan spill have complained and reported nausea, migraines, and burning in the eyes and throat due to the toxins needed to allow the tar to flow. Tar sand will not flow unless it is diluted with toxic chemicals and after it does spill, the tar separates from the toxic “dilutant” and sinks. The chemical-laden dilutant evaporates into the nearby atmosphere affecting air quality. It is obviously a hazard that Republicans are comfortable imposing on Americans in their drive to serve the oil industry.

There is no good reason to allow a foreign corporation to build an environmental hazard waiting to happen on American soil, and yet Republicans are Hell-bent and duty-bound to do the bidding of the Koch brothers; despite President Obama’s pledge to veto legislation approving the permit. A permitting approval process, by the way, that is constitutionally the purview of the President and State Department; not the Koch brothers, a foreign corporation, or Republicans indebted to the oil industry. Still, Republicans continue lying about the pipeline, and wasting taxpayer’s time and money, to pass legislation to construct a pipeline that is certain to rupture, explode, and decimate the environment.  And they are lying about Keystone while four pipelines ruptured or exploded amid ever-present promises it is a safe and environmentally-friendly means of enriching the Kochs, a foreign corporation, and corrupt John A. Boehner.

60 Replies to “Koch Congress Still Pushing Keystone After Four Pipeline Explosions In A Month”

  1. The tea bag/repubs doesn’t give a rats ass about the environment or the health of their children and future generations. They only love to suck that KOCH!

    It’s Crazy to Think Keystone XLWon’t Leak
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2013/04/07/its-crazy-to-think-keystone-xl-wont-leak/
    politifact calls the # of jobs FALSE
    http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/nov/16/russ-girling/transcanada-ceo-says-42000-keystone-xl-pipeline-jo/
    Boehner owns shares in TransCanada
    http://www.examiner.com/article/john-boehner-s-lies-about-keystonexl

    America’s Dangerous Pipelines
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rxqUXqPzog&feature=player_embedded

  2. I want to know if any of the republicans who have a financial interest in Trans Canada have recused themselves from the vote.

  3. An agency spokesman said “they had to write the book” on how best to clean up nasty tar sand (dil-bit) in Michigan. Tar sand bitumen, the type of “oil” Republicans want flowing through the Keystone pipeline spilled into the Kalamazoo River and promptly sunk to the bottom. Local residents and EPA officials are still struggling to save the water supply nearly five years later. It has cost roughly $725 million to recover 1.2 million gallons of the tar sand so far
    ———————————

    And guess who paid that 3/4 of a billion dollars for clean up? Look in the mirror

  4. The only benefit that would come from passing this idiotic pipeline would be to its investors. The GOP tries to make it look like they are doing it in “our” best interest.

    Greed trumps everything, including human life.

  5. This IS the KochReichWing jobs bill! Just think of all the jobs in the burgeoning field of Petroleum fires and hazardous spills! Not to mention the income for funeral directors, coffin makers etc. Also the need for respiratory physicians in the future for the people who are the victims of the KochReichWing GREED!!!

  6. “Also the need for respiratory physicians in the future for the people who are the victims”

    …and yet, they still want to repeal ACA, so where would these people get treatment?

    They wouldn’t, they would die. That folks, is what you vote for if you vote GOPT.

  7. This obsession with the Keystone Pipeline reminds me of their obsession to vote fifty plus times to repeal the Healthcare Law. How did that go for them? How the public can’t see these Republicans are nuts is beyond me.

  8. Not only does the Koch brothers own a few million acres of Canadian land where the tar sand oil is mostly located, they also own most of the refiners in Texas where the Keystone pipeline send the oil to. The oil is to be sold to the highest bidder on international market. They stand to make billions if the Keystone pipeline is built. Plus The Koch brothers are behind the foreign company, TransCanada’s lawsuit to force american landowners to allow the pipeline on their land. It’s a total disrespect for the American people because we are to bear a great risk contaminating our lands and water yet we don’t get the oil. The Koch Brothers, beacon of freedom just as long as it doesn’t extend to the serfs.

  9. I hate to burst the anti-Big Oil bubble that has been floating, but this particular pipeline is the second one to be built. Transcanda ahs had a previous one in service since May 2008. It is working fine.

    In addition, half of this one, Keystone XL, is already in service from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast. it, too, is working fine. Sorry!

  10. You see?

    This is why I can’t believe this is just another missed oportunity by the “spineless” or “clueless” democrats to remind the American people how wrong, and potentially disastrous conservative policies usually are.

    Not only are these devastating spills being totally ignored by most of the media, the democrats are just as silent on these environmental tragedies as the republicans and supporters Keystone have been.

    Good Cop – Bad Cop.

    Most of them are all in it together, you bunch of sheep!

    Just put on the glasses!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI8AMRbqY6w&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  11. From what I hear the farmers that own the land that is wanted by Trans Canada, and also their children will be responsible for the damage done by any leaks for ever.

  12. http://grist.org/climate-energy/long-weekend-pastime-look-for-oil-by-rail-disasters-near-you/

    [Warren] Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment group is the biggest player in the tank car leasing business with around 40 percent of the market … The next biggest player, GATX Corp, is scarcely more than half the size. …

    Buffett is also a major player in the railroad side of oil-by-rail. Berkshire Hathaway has full ownership of BNSF Railway Company, and BNSF is the biggest railroad player in the Bakken oil region … And BNSF isn’t some side line business for Berkshire Hathaway; it’s a major part of the firm, making up 13 percent of revenues in 2012.

  13. You must love the taste of KOCH

    Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Sticky Leaks, Billion Dollar Spills, and Dirty Air – http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/02/12401/keystone-pipelies-exposed-sticky-oil-leaks-billion-dollar-spills-and-human-health

    Keystone pipeline all risk and no reward
    “To make matters worse, TransCanada would not be liable for cleaning up the mess that Keystone XL will create. Because tar sands oil is not subject to the 8-cents-per-barrel excise tax that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, American taxpayers would likely be forced to bear any clean-up costs.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/292313-keystone-pipeline-all-risk-and-no-reward

    America’s Dangerous Pipelines
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rxqUXqPzog&feature=player_embedded

  14. and the cowards vote “no way” on actual links with FACTS…let’s see how many vote no way on these factual links

    Keystone pipeline all risk and no reward
    “To make matters worse, TransCanada would not be liable for cleaning up the mess that Keystone XL will create. Because tar sands oil is not subject to the 8-cents-per-barrel excise tax that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, American taxpayers would likely be forced to bear any clean-up costs.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/292313-keystone-pipeline-all-risk-and-no-reward

    Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Sticky Leaks, Billion Dollar Spills, and Dirty Air – http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/02/12401/keystone-pipelies-exposed-sticky-oil-leaks-billion-dollar-spills-and-human-health

  15. I think it was EarthFirst! who made those pipelines explode. It is kind of odd that they happen when Congress is considering Keystone don’t you think?

    Also, I marvel at you all who claim you attribute human activity to global warming but oppose the best method to cut down on carbon emissions. Transportation by boat, truck or train involves more CO2 than building pipelines.

    In a way your opposition to Keystone makes sense. By not having pipelines it makes oil spills by transportation more likely and, hence, easier to pass more laws on oil and transportation companies in order to shut them down.

  16. Its too bad that liberal environmental extremists work at politicsusa.com. Many moderate democrats support the Keystone XL pipeline. But obviously politicsusa.com did not decide to hire someone moderate (even though journalists are suppost to be moderate). No, politicsusa.com had to hire some extreme left wing radical to further the extremist left wing agenda. The koch brothers might be bad, but the extreme environmentalists that want gasoline to be $12.00 a gallon need to get fired from newspapers, tv networks, and publications like this. politicsusa.com, PLEASE FIRE THE EXTREMIST THAT WROTE THIS ARTICLE.

  17. The irony is that there may be nothing to fill it for years and if there isn’t it will fall into disrepair as Trans Canada goes out of business.

  18. shut up and go watch your Faux Snooze propaganda

    Keystone pipeline all risk and no reward
    “To make matters worse, TransCanada would not be liable for cleaning up the mess that Keystone XL will create. Because tar sands oil is not subject to the 8-cents-per-barrel excise tax that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, American taxpayers would likely be forced to bear any clean-up costs.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/292313-keystone-pipeline-all-risk-and-no-reward

    America’s Dangerous Pipelines
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rxqUXqPzog&feature=player_embedded

    It’s Crazy to Think Keystone XLWon’t Leak
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2013/04/07/its-crazy-to-think-keystone-xl-wont-leak/

    politifact calls the # of jobs FALSE
    http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/nov/16/russ-girling/transcanada-ceo-says-42000-keystone-xl-pipeline-jo/

  19. do you have another Earth to live on? shut up and go watch your Faux Snooze propaganda

    Keystone pipeline all risk and no reward
    “To make matters worse, TransCanada would not be liable for cleaning up the mess that Keystone XL will create. Because tar sands oil is not subject to the 8-cents-per-barrel excise tax that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, American taxpayers would likely be forced to bear any clean-up costs.”
    thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energ…

    America’s Dangerous Pipelines
    youtube.com/watch?v=3rxqUXqPzog&featu…

    It’s Crazy to Think Keystone XLWon’t Leak
    forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2013/04/0…

    politifact calls the # of jobs FALSE
    politifact.com/punditfact/statements/…

  20. I’m amazed at the ignorance of those that defend oil spills and to “believe” it won’t happen again.
    How many more oil spills/disasters does it take?
    Is $$$$ worth more than your life?

    The 1972 oil embargo was a huge wakeup call, the 1979 oil embargo was ANOTHER huge wakeup call. But today we’ve barely scratched the surface of RENEWABLE ENERGY and I’m tired of hearing “it’s too expensive to do”.

  21. Not only is renewable energy too expensive it does nothing to curb carbon emissions. Most countries who use wind or solar have to rely on power plants that use fossil fuels. Even when they don’t produce, wind power farms get paid.

    Hydroelectric might work, but ultimately, fossil fuels are here to stay. Fossil fuels are the basis of our civilization. Get rid of them and the West reverts to another Dark Ages. Don’t believe me? That is the symbolism behind Earth Hour. You think you shut off your lights to make a statement on climate change? Think again!

  22. This article is BS. For example, “when Canada will not allow the pipeline to be constructed on its own soil” is false.

    Canada has said the there will be a deadline for the Keystone, after which they will build their own pipeline, going to the Pacific.

  23. why bother asking for links when every link you have posted is complete and utter bullshit?? It’s not like anyone that believes in your environmentalist propaganda actually wants to KNOW the TRUTH about this topic. You people make me sick. Save the environment, kill the economy. I’m sure your agenda pleases the communists as well as the muslims. You will have your wish of living among them soon. The REAL AMERICANS are tired of saving your sorry asses anyway

  24. Sounds like the environmental terrorists are out again. The timing of these explosions is delicious; hope the investigations are thorough.

  25. We could have only 10 years left to keep Earth habitable. Due to inertia, warming will inevitably reach 1.5 degrees C. We may have 10 years to replace fossil fuels sufficiently to stay below 2 degrees C. Governments will not move fast enough.

    AESOP’s Fuel-Free 24/7 solar engines could help. Five Fuel-Free engines have been invented. More prototypes must be completed to prove them practical.

    These breakthrough engines use Atmospheric Heat, a huge, untapped reservoir of solar energy. The science is new. Few believe it possible. Read: SECOND LAW SURPRISES, under MORE on aesopinstitute.org which provides abundant evidence that we can now harness energy in a totally new manner.

    AESOP’s work is opening new energy horizons (despite attacks by an obsessed troll). A patented earlier engine proved the science, but was not commercially viable. Most of these engines can be 3-D printed and are expected to prove scalable. They could undermine the economics for all new pipelines!

  26. dj. I have the plans I bought for a tower that widens at the base and uses water to cool air and the air sinks and spins turbines and can be self sustaining while producing power. These plans were developed in the early 70’s and I built a smaller version once and it works amazingly well. There are other forms of free energy that the Oil industry does not want known. Two men and their families disappeared in the early 60’s from Indiana for inventing a carb for auto’s called “The Fish” and it gave a 1959 Mercury V8 Station wagon up to 60mpg’s in it’s prototype form. I developed one similar that gave my OpelGT 1.9liter an amazing 78mpg. I quickly took it off and hid it from those who would rather I and my invention die without a trace.

  27. Has anybody else considered what kind of terrorist target these oil pipes are? There is no way to protect them.

  28. The spam comment by the professional con artist Mark Goldes is a typical example of the thousands of false and fraudulent advertisements he has posted for his fraudulent so-called “AESOP Institute,” which has been his instrument to swindle people with false and empty claims of make-believe “breakthroughs” for many years. Mark Goldes has no “surprising new science,” and is not “prototyping” anything at all – all he has is the same old fraudcraft he’s been swindling people with for decades – first at MPI, and then at Chava Energy LLC and his so-called “Aesop Institute.” He does not have any engine that can run on atmospheric heat alone. His pretended “fuel-free piston engine” concept is not worth a nickel, as he knows very well. He has no “patent pending engine” at all. He has deceived and swindled gullible people for decades with his endless empty claims of make-believe “breakthroughs,” by persuading them to give him loans, which are never repaid.

  29. Rrobert Miller is a pseudonym for a Troll who spreads numerous lies and distortions. AESOP Institute, as he knows, has a patent pending on a 10 cylinder piston engine that needs no fuel. It is one of five such engines so far invented. That Provisional Patent Application will become a public document, published by the Patent Office, next month. A Regular Patent Application has also since been filed. See aesopinstitute.org for more about our work, including my bio and a brief history. Trolls are can now be sentenced to 2 years in jail in the UK.

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