Tuesday, August 23, 2011

White House Keystone XL pipeline protest: '12 more days of this shit'—D.C. cop; New York Times comes out swinging against pipeline for the third time

Officer Cunningham turns to say "12 more days of this shit" as he awaits the arrest and processing
of remaining protestors on Sunday 8/21/11. Photo: Josh Lopez, Flickr
The New York Times has editorialized a third time against TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline:
...But a new report from Canada’s environmental ministry shows how great the impact of the tar sands will be in the coming years, even with cleaner production methods.
     It projects that Canada will double its current tar sands production over the next decade to more than 1.8 million barrels a day. That rate will mean cutting down some 740,000 acres of boreal forest — a natural carbon reservoir. Extracting oil from tar sands is also much more complicated than pumping conventional crude oil out of the ground. It requires steam-heating the sands to produce a petroleum slurry, then further dilution.
     One result of this process, the ministry says, is that greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector as a whole will rise by nearly one-third from 2005 to 2020 — even as other sectors are reducing emissions...
Six Nebraskans arrested Monday in White House pipeline sit-in

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