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  • Oil pipeline creates a political dilemma for Obama

    Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson - The Washington Post

    WASHINGTON — In May, environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben — pondering a simmering energy issue — asked a NASA scientist to calculate what it would mean for the Earth's climate if Canada extracted all of the petroleum in its rich Alberta oil sands region. The answer to McKibben's query came a month later: It would push atmospheric carbon concentrations so high that humans would be unable to avert a climate disaster. "It is essentially game over," wrote James Hansen, who heads NASA's Goddard Institute for...

  • Dems lobby Obama on both sides of pipeline issue

    The Washington Post

    WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers, split over whether to support a massive oil pipeline crossing the U.S.-Canada border, continue to lobby the Obama administration on both sides of the question. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Oct. 5, saying he had "serious concern" about allowing TransCanada to construct and operate a 1,700-mile-long pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta, and Port Arthur, Texas. "The proponents of this pipeline would be wiser to invest instead...