In the belly of the Beast: 5/14/11: Big Oil CEO: It’s “un-American” to end Big Oil tax breaks

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CAN YOU GUESS WHO PAYS MORE IN TAXES…by JESSE VENTURA on May 9, 2011 • 9:05 am

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CAN YOU GUESS WHO PAYS MORE IN TAXES…

by JESSE VENTURA on May 9, 2011 • 9:05 am7 Comments

…illegal immigrants or multi-national corporations?

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I thought they told us that the illegals were a bunch of freeloaders who were abusing the system?  Sounds like scapegoating to me.  Let’s go after the real freeloaders and system abusers, the corporate aristocracy.    

Big Oil CEO: It’s “un-American” to end Big Oil tax breaks

Welcome to modern American capitalism. Anyone really wonder why the US isn’t as competitive as it used to be? Executives say this garbage because they own Washington and know they can get away with sticking their thumb in the eye of the American public and get away with it. The GOP is much too gutless to ever stand up to punks like this guy. More from ThinkProgress:

On Wednesday, ConocoPhillips CEO Jim Mulva outraged many on Capitol Hill when he released a statement calling it “un-American” to end subsidies to the Big 5 oil companies — ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips. A press release referencing the subsidies posted on the company’s website was headlined: “ConocoPhillips Highlights Solid Results and Raises Concerns Over Un-American Tax Proposals at Annual Meeting of Shareholders.”

This position is a stark reversal from what Mulva said just a few years ago. In 2005, he testified that he agreed with President Bush’s assessment that with “$55 oil, we do not need incentives to oil and gas companies to explore.” Mulva testified, “With respect to oil and gas exploration and production, we do not need incentives.” But with oil prices now hovering around $100 per barrel, Mulva has inexplicably changed his tune.

As New Race for White House Begins: Can You Identify Wacky Quotes from 2008?

from The Nation Blogs: Media Fix by Greg Mitchell

So Mike Huckabee is out. and Richard Lugar is in?   Donald Trump is threatening to run but Sarah Palin is making too much money to really consider it?   Already the 2012 race for the White House shapes up as anhysterical ride, at least on the GOP side, but it will have a ways to go to top 2008 (for example, that’s a real picture below, not photo-shopped).

To refresh your memory, here are 12 of the most fun quotes from that campaign, all drawn from my bookWhy Obama Won: The Making of a President 2008 — and Lessons for Today, just re-published this week in  e-book form.   Try to identify who uttered each of the following remarks, answers at the bottom.

1. “I am not ready to announce yet — even though it’s clear that the voters are desperate for a white, male, middle-aged, Jesus-trumpeting alternative.”

a) Mike Huckabee
b) Mitt Romney
c) Stephen Colbert
d) Kurt Warner

2. “He’s the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

a) Peggy Noonan
b) Hillary Clinton
c) Sarah Palin
d) Joe Biden

3. This commentator said on CNN that the winner in 2008 simply had to be Hillary or Obama because Bush has been so bad “he has screwed it up for any white man to be elected.”

a) Kanye West
b) Bill Maher
c) Alec Baldwin
d) Chris Rock

4. “Thank goodness, my cousin, Dick Cheney, will not be on the ballot this November…that’s embarrassing. When people look at their genealogical charts they like to find someone cool.”

a) Ted Nugent
b) George Clooney
c) Barack Obama
d) D.L. Hughley

5. “The sooner we accept the basic differences between men and women, the sooner we can stop arguing about it and start having sex.”

a) John Edwards
b) Bill Clinton
c) Rudy Giuliani
d) Stephen Colbert

6. Who quipped,  after some on Wall Street claimed that a possible Democratic victory in November was already hurting the economy: “How bad do the Democrats have to be to pre-fuck the economy?”

a) Paul Krugman
b) Robert Reich
c) Jon Stewart
d) Paul Volcker

7. “That’s all right — he’s still a scumbag….he’s one of the guys that propagated all those lies about Whitewater for Kenneth Starr. He’s just a dishonest guy — can’t help it.'”

a) Bill O’Reilly
b) Bill Clinton
c) Bill Maher
d) Bill Richardson

8. “I want to cut his [Obama’s] nuts out.”

a) Michael Savage
b) Dan Savage
c) Jesse Jackson
d) Osama bin Laden

9. “I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some shit and just fuckin’ chillin’ I guess….Ya fuck with me I’ll kick [your] ass.”

a) Larry Craig
b) Todd Palin
c) Sean Penn
d) Levi Johnston

10. “Every morning, when Alaskans wake up, one of the first things they do, is look outside to see if there are any Russians hanging around. And if there are, you gotta go up to them and ask, ‘What are you doing here?’ and if they can’t give you a good reason, it’s our responsibility to say, you know, ‘Shoo! Get back over there!'”

a) Mike Gravel   b) Jewel  c) Sarah Palin  d)  TIna Fey

11. “Brothers should pull up their pants. You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What’s wrong with that? Come on.”

a) Ann Coulter
b) Will.i.am
c) Barack Obama
d) Michael Steel

12.  “I guess it’s kinda like being a community organizer.”

a) Bill Ayers    b)  Rob Lowe  c)  Sarah Palin   d)  Rev. Wright

Answers:  c, d, d, c, d, c, b, c, d, d, c, c

Greg Mitchell’s most recent books are The Age of Wikileaks and Bradley Manning.  His book Why Obama Won: The Making of a President 2008 — and Lessons for Today, just re-published this week in  e-book form. 

Exxon made $19 billion in profit and got a $150 million tax rebate in 2009

We’ve been on this for a while, these extractive industry profits, but this Rachel Maddow segment makes it all so clear. We give them the store so they can sell it back to us. Watch:

“The U.S. government currently hands out $4 billion dollars per year in subsidies” to the most profitable corporations in the history of the planet (1:35 in the clip). Nice.

I’ll say again — “We” (Americans) don’t have domestic oil, because “we” don’t have a nationalized oil industry. “Our oil” is actually their oil: Exxon’s oil, or Shell’s, or Chevron’s. They own it. “We” just give them permission to extract it from the ground.

From there “our oil” goes onto the world market, where “we” bid against everyone else on the planet for the right to own it again.

We give them the store so they can sell it back to us. And don’t let that nice pant-suited lady from the oil advertisements tell you otherwise. Her name is Brooke Alexander, and she’s used to playing con artists; she played one on As The World Turns as well.

(By the way, and apropos of nothing I’ve already said, it will be interesting to see what Sen. Shumer (3:45 in the clip) actually does with that committee of his.)

Dems negotiated with Republicans for a year on HCR, Rs simply take you hostage

from AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth by John Aravosis (DC)

A very telling story about GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.  You’ll note how McConnell is trying to pass hisversion of health care reform – dismantling Medicare and Medicaid – via extortion.  This is the same McConnell whose party accused President Obama of ramming through his version of health care reform, when in fact Obama negotiated with the Republicans the entire year, and then put HCR up for a vote, no hostages.  The Republicans, on the other hand, demand you accept their version of “reform” or they’ll send the world into an economic depression.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told President Obama on Thursday that he must agree to cut spending on federal agencies over the next two years and make significant changes to Medicare and Medicaid as part of a deal for raising the legal limit on government borrowing.

It’s unclear why the Democrats aren’t making a bigger deal out of the Republican threat to send the country, and the world, into a depression. It’s irresponsible. And as usually-mild-mannered Bush Treasury secretary Paul O’Neill said, it’s what Al Qaeda would do. From the Hill:

“The people who are threatening not to pass the debt ceiling are our version of al Qaeda terrorists. Really,” O’Neill, Treasury secretary in the Republican administration of George W. Bush, said Wednesday in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s InBusiness with Margaret Brennan.

“They’re really putting our whole society at risk by threatening to round up 50 percent of the members of the Congress, who are loony, who would put our credit at risk,” O’Neill said.

Remember, it was the Republicans who demanded Obama accept a smaller stimulus than was needed, thus guaranteeing higher unemployment and lower GDP growth. And it is the Republicans who are demanding that we cut spending now, just in time to send growth even lower before the 2012 elections.

It’s no longer just about politics. These loons, as O’Neill referred to them, need to be challenged, need to be stopped, for all of our sakes.   The White House, and Democrats in Congress, should be reiterating, day after day, how the GOP has been hurting our recovery from their first day back in power.

White House gives Romney bear/death hug on health care reform

from AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth by John Aravosis (DC)

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How downright political of them. From HuffPost:

The Obama administration, on Friday, continued to apply a veritable death hug to likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, praising the health care law he passed as Massachusetts’ governor despite Romney’s insistence that there were major distinctions between his and the president’s approach.

“We have said before that health care reform that then Governor Romney signed into law in Massachusetts is in many ways similar to the legislation that resulted in the Affordable Care Act,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in an off-camera briefing at the White House. “And as to the issue of flexibility, as you know, earlier this year we made quite a big deal out of the fact that the president wanted to move up to 2014 … the starting point at which states can ask for waivers to opt out of the Affordable Care Act as long as they, of course, demonstrate their capacity with their own ideas to achieve the same objectives.”

“We wholly endorse flexibility and we obviously feel that Massachusetts took a smart approach towards health care reform,” the press secretary added. “Its provenance was so mainstream, there are great similarities between Massachusetts’ law, the Affordable Care Act and legislation proposed by then Rhode Island Republican [Senator] John Chaffee in 1993.”

“Making Art in America is a Political Statement in Itself”: Grammy Award-winning Singer Steve Earle on Music, Writing and Acting

from Democracy Now! | Healthcare Reform by mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

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Earle_buttonSinger-songwriter, actor and author Steve Earle joins us in the studio to talk about his art and perform two songs from his new album, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. He is being awarded an honorary degree today from the City University of New York School of Law. Last year, he was honored by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty for his years of involvement with the anti-death penalty movement. “Making art in America is sort of a political statement in and of itself,” Earle says. “I don’t think I’m a political songwriter as much as I am just a political person.” [includes rush transcript]

Anarchists battle police as Greeks march against austerity

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report

A group of 150 “self-styled” (sic) anarchists stormed into an Athens hospital where a protester who was severely injured in a protest march on May 11 is being treated and attacked three police officers guarding him there, a police official said. Thousands of workers walked off the job, pouring onto the streets of Athens and other Greek cities to protest a package of proposed “reforms” and cost-cutting measures designed to save the crisis-hit country $33 billion through 2015. In Athens, some 30,000 marched on the nation’s parliament building, jeering lawmakers and calling them “thieves” and “robbers.” Police used tear gas and pepper spray in running street battles with black-clad youth. (ReutersLAT, May 11)

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Newt Gingrich Quote of the Day

from Informed Comment by Juan

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In honor of the Newtie One’s run for president:

Newt Gingrich quote of the Day:

‘ If combat means living in a ditch, females have biological problems staying in a ditch for 30 days because they get infections…. Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.’

This has been your Newt Gingrich Quote of the Day.

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The Koch Brothers and the End of State Universities

from Informed Comment by Juan

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The real scandal around the endowment by the Koch brothers of two chairs at Florida State University is that state universities now have to seek such outside money and accept strings. The reason they have to do so is that many state legislatures have chosen not to have state universities any more. At many ‘state universities’ the state contribution to the general operating fund is less than 20 percent, falling toward 10 percent.

This abandonment of their responsibilities to higher education on the part of the states hurts students in the first instance. Institutions that used to be affordable to students from working and lower middle class backgrounds are now increasingly out of reach for them. State universities are becoming the new Ivies, a good bargain still for the upper middle class and the wealthy, but a distant dream for the daughter or son of a worker in a fast food restaurant.

This development is also scary because it promotes the corruption of academia. In fact, as Charles Ferguson showed in his film, “Inside Job,” some academic economists are already hopelessly corrupt. The barracuda capitalist system in contemporary America provides many incentives for economists to promote laissez-faire, anti-regulatory ideas of the sort that led to the 2008 collapse of our economy. Endowments with strings attached are just one more.

Starting in the 1980s, state legislatures began putting their money into other things. Some cut taxes for the rich. Some engaged in a vast expansion of the prison system impelled by the phony ‘war on drugs’ that led to a vast increase of inmates guilty of nothing more than toking a little weed. (Getting high off alcohol or prescription drugs is not punished by American society or we’d have tens of millions incarcerated instead of only 2.3 million– though even the two million make the US very peculiar in world terms. Some forty percent of these inmates are incarcerated on non-violent, drug-related offenses. Few other countries are so fixated on maintaining such an archipelago of Gulags. Portugal has decriminalized most drugs, and nothing bad happened as a result).

State universities were designed by far-sighted legislators who believed that it is the duty of a state to provide high-quality, low-cost education to children of working and middle class families. Thomas Jefferson thought that you cannot have a democracy if the “common man” is not educated, and though he is associated with ‘small government’ ideas in some spheres, he thought states should be funding universities.

But the Neoliberal and Neoconservative philosophies that have dominated both parties in the US in recent decades view such a commitment as undesirable. The United States is being refashioned as a plutocracy in which the wealthiest 1 million persons are a new aristocracy and governmental programs that inconvenience them by making them pay their taxes are dismantled.

Positions at state universities ought to be decided upon by the students, faculty, and deans in consultation. They shouldn’t be decided just because a wealthy crank wants us to study X. Along with Koch-funded positions in ‘unregulated capitalism’ of the sort that brought us the 2008 meltdown, we no doubt could have a raft of positions in Atlantis Studies and Post-War Ufology. Rich people are good at making money. They aren’t necessarily good at academic skills. In fact, many are downright hostile to academic knowledge that brings into question their shibboleths. The tenure system was created for academics precisely because one got fired, at the University of Pennsylvania, in the early 20th century, for objecting to child labor. Some of the regents made their money that way and took offense.

We don’t need more positions in economics departments in state universities for ‘free market economics’ of the sort the Koch brothers funded at FSU. Is that what the students there want and need? Is that what the faculty senate would have voted for? Maybe we need some positions in how bad it is for a society to have all its unions gutted or to have its gini coefficient (which measures economic inequality) skyrocket.

The president of FSU, who defended the Koch deal, did not mention that such outside endowments are skewing the curriculum at state universities in unfortunate ways.

But here is the objectionable thing, which he admits, about the way the search for the positions was conducted:

‘ These 50 applications were sent for input to an advisory board approved by the Koch Foundation. The advisory board, formed in 2008, consisted of two FSU faculty members, both Eminent Scholars in Economics, and a Ph.D. economist appointed by the Koch Foundation. (It is not unusual for a donor to have representation in an advisory capacity.) ‘

This allegation is simply untrue. It is not the case that academic institutions routinely insert an outside advisory board into the middle of the search process. In fact, this way of proceeding is absolutely outrageous, more particularly because one of the members of the advisory board was not even on the faculty! Moreover, it is invidious for the Kochs to give some FSU faculty more of a voice in hiring than others.

The only legitimate academic endowment is one with no strings attached. The money should go into the endowment up front. And then the university procedures should be followed in making hires. The endower is owed profuse and frequent thanks and can come hear the public lectures given by those hired with their money, but they absolutely should not have their thumbs on the till in the hiring.

But ideally state universities should be funded by state legislatures, and should have charters of academic and curricular independence from those legislatures. State universities should be for the people. We already have elite universities for the elite.

Our Congress has already largely been bought by the corporations it is supposed to be regulating and by a raft of special interests, from the National Rifle Association to the Israel lobbies. Now if our state universities are to be bought, even our academic knowledge will be corrupt.

And, it won’t be long before the BP Chair in How there is No Climate Change, and the Saudi Arabian Chair in the Necessity of Beheading Adulterers, and the Avigdor Lieberman Chair in Ethnic Cleansing Solutions, and the Communist Party of China Chair in Google Censorship crowd onto our campuses along with a host of other junky positions.

Are Americans doomed to have both their minds and their bodies enslaved by cranky rich people, and how can we hope to remain globally competitive if so?

Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Obama Has Discretionary Authority to Advance DREAM Act, Humane Immigration Reform

from Democracy Now! | Healthcare Reform by mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

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Dreamact_buttonSenate Democrats have reintroduced the DREAM Act for the first time since Republicans blocked its passage late last year. Under the measure, immigrant youth would obtain permanent residency with a chance for citizenship, provided they attend college for at least two years or enlist in the U.S. military. The move comes one day after President Obama delivered a major address on immigration reform. We speak to Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. [includes rush transcript]

FBI admits to Protecting spying Telecoms from Lawsuits

from Informed Comment by Juan

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So, the Bush administration was caught with its pants down, spying on thousands of Americans without a warrant, with the complicity of telecom corporations. So to try to get this massive violation of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution out of cowboy territory and under some sort of rule of law, Congress in 2008 enacted the FISA Amendments Act, which supposedly puts such surveillance under the supervision of judges who have security clearances. Nevertheless, Americans can be wiretapped and spied on for as much as a week without a warrant. I can’t find anything in the Bill of Rights about a warrant only being necessary if the unprovoked government monitoring goes on for more than a week.

The American Civil Liberties Union remained suspicious that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was doing things not provided for under the law (a law they hold is itself unconstitutional). So they sent in a Freedom of Information request and got back piles of paper with black lines through a lot of the text.

The piles of paper did reveal that the ACLU’s suspicions were correct, and that the law wasn’t being followed in many instances.

But it also revealed that some US telecom companies still seem to be spilling our information to the government on request, without a warrant. So the ACLU wrote in asking that the black lines be removed and the identity of the telecom companies involved be revealed.

Amazingly, the FBI answered the question straightforwardly. The official who wrote the reply thinks that the FBI works for the corporations, and not for the people or the Constitution.

‘In this case, the FBI withheld the identities of the electronic communication service providers that have provided information, or are listed as potentially required to provide information, to the FBI as part of its national security and criminal investigations under authority granted by Section 702 of the FAA. Exemption (b)(4)-1, cited in conjunction with (b)(7)(D)-1, has been asserted because disclosure of the identities of electronic communication service providers would cause substantial harm to their competitive position. Specifically, these businesses would be substantially harmed if their customers knew that they were furnishing information to the FBI. The stigma of working with the FBI would cause customers to cancel the companies services and file civil actions to prevent further disclosure of subscriber information.’

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Read the ACLU blog on the issue. And, if you are not a member of the ACLU in this day and age, you’re crazy and acquiescing in the destruction of our constitution. Join here

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FYI: Climate Change driving food prices higher

from Raj Patel by Raj

Finally, some robust data on the link between climate change and food prices. Abstract below, full article inScience.

Efforts to anticipate how climate change will affect future food availability can benefit from understanding the impacts of changes to date. Here, we show that in the cropping regions and growing seasons of most countries, with the important exception of the United States, temperature trends for 1980–2008 exceeded one standard deviation of historic year-to-year variability. Models that link yields of the four largest commodity crops to weather indicate that global maize and wheat production declined by 3.8% and 5.5%, respectively, compared to a counterfactual without climate trends. For soybeans and rice, winners and losers largely balanced out. Climate trends were large enough in some countries to offset a significant portion of the increases in average yields that arose from technology, CO2 fertilization, and other factors.


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The Glory That is the Tea Party: ‘George Washington Would’ve Blown Jim McDermott’s Brains Out’

Charles Turner HabermannCharles Turner Habermann pleads guilty to threatening Cong. Jim McDermott (KESQ/Mona Edwards)

Cong. Jim McDermott, who represents me in the U.S. Congress and is one of the few truly progressive members in that body, suffered an even worse set of threats than I have from a jackass who truly represents the glory that is the Tea Party movement:

A California man accused of threatening Congressman Jim McDermott has pleaded guilty to federal charges, a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said.

In U.S. District Court on Wednesday morning, Charles Turner Habermann, a 32-year-old Palm Springs, Calif., resident, admitted to making threatening phone calls to the Seattle Democrat’s office late last year…

Habermann is alleged to have threatened to kill McDermott in an effort to interfere with his vote on the tax cut proposal in December 2010. A McDermott staffer contacted the FBI on Dec. 10, reporting that the congressman’s Seattle office had received the offending phone calls.

In one, the speaker was heard calling McDermott “a piece of human filth,” “a communist,” and a “piece of (expletive) garbage.”

“Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, or George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, if any of them had ever met uh, uh Jim McDermott, they would all blow his brains out,” Habermann said in the first rambling message, according to charging documents. “They’d shoot him, in the head. They’d kill him, because he’s a piece of, of, of disgusting garbage. …

“Any you let that (expletive) scum bag know, that if he ever (expletive) with my money, ever the (expletive) again, I’ll (expletive) kill him, okay,” Habermann continued, according to charges. “I’ll round them up, I’ll kill them, I’ll kill his friends, I’ll kill his family, I will kill everybody he (expletive) knows.”

The second message continued in the same vein, Giboney told the court, noting that Habermann identified himself by name in both calls.

…Habermann said he’d been drinking the night he made the calls but was “functioning,” the FBI agent told the court.

…”Habermann stated that he never had any intention of hurting anyone,” the agent continued, “and that he had too much to lose — referring to his $3 million trust fund — to ever do anything which could get him sent to prison.”

This story is far funnier than it has any right to be given how scary the charges against Habermann and his crimes.  I’m touched that this moron seems to believe that George Washington, Thomas Jeffferson and Alexander Hamilton were as stupid as he is.  The fact that Hamilton was actually murdered in a gun duel with Aaron Burr seems lost on Habermann.

Is this an argument against providing trust funds to callow youth, or what?  Hilarious that this guy has the presence of mind to realize he shouldn’t actually kill a federal official because it might bankrupt him, but not the presence of mind to understand that if you threaten to kill one you’ll still end up in a world of trouble (up to 10 years in federal prison) and might end up bankrupt anyway.  Note as well, that there’s absolutely no moral sense that he wouldn’t kill McDermott because it actually might be morally repugnant.  Only because he’d lose the bucks dad and mom set aside for him.  Someone should also tell him that the federal pen might not stock his particular brand of booze.  Another thing he may not have contemplated before he picked up the phone.

And clearly it’s an indication that Darwin’s law of survival of the fittest didn’t work in his case.  For him, it appears to be survival of the least fit (mentally, at least).  If I ever got drunk, I can think of a lot of things I might do, some pretty dumb, but threatening the life of two U.S. Congressmembers and leaving my name as a calling card?  That wouldn’t be among them.

Huffington Post says he was investigated for making threats against a California Assembly member in March 2010.  I guess he was looking for even bigger thrills and decided to go after a federal official the next time he pulled this stunt.

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ENVIRONMENT

Twin oil spills raise questions on US-Canada tar sands pipeline project

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report

Two oil line ruptures in as many weeks may jeopardize a planned Alberta-to-Texas tar-sands pipeline that Calgary-based TransCanada is currently seeking approval for. The 1,702-mile, $12 billion Keystone XL line could get the go-ahead from the US State Department by year’s end. But on May 7, a valve broke at a pumping station near near Cogswell, North Dakota, along the first leg of the Keystone pipeline system. The breach released some 500 barrels of Canadian heavy crude inside the facility and set off a geyser of oil that reached above the treetops in a nearby field. Just ten months ago the pipeline began transporting bitumen from Alberta’s oil sands mines to refineries in Patoka, Illinois. A recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups said that because tar-sands pipelines carry a highly corrosive and acidic mix of diluted bitumen and volatile natural gas liquid condensate, they raise the risk of spills. The study found that internal corrosion has caused more than 16 times as many spills in the Alberta pipeline system than the US system because of bitumen.

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NUCLEAR POWER

Japan abandons nuclear development plans as Fukushima crisis goes on

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report

Japan will abandon plans to expand its nuclear power industry and instead focus on renewable energy, Prime Minister, Naoto Kan announced May 11 as Japan marked two months since the devastating earthquake and tsunami. As workers continued efforts to bring the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant under control, Kan said he would “start from scratch” on an energy policy that initially foresaw nuclear meeting more than 50% of Japan’s energy needs by 2030. Japan, whose 54 reactors now provide 30% of its electricity, had planned to build at least 14 new reactors over the next 20 years. “I think it is necessary to move in the direction of promoting natural energy and renewable energy such as wind, solar and biomass,” Kan said. Renewables now make up 20% of Japan’s overall supply.

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