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Drawing the Line at Power Lines

New York Times -- AS plans for the Keystone XL pipeline faltered over the last six months, its route through a pristine aquifer in Nebraska proved to be its fatal political flaw. Environmental groups had raised numerous other serious objections.

But, in the popular mind, none stuck like the vision of a big pipe full of thick crude coursing under America’s pristine heartland. When President Obama himself finally denied the Keystone permit last month, he focused on the 1,000-mile pipeline’s passage through the delicate Sand Hills and the Ogallala Aquifer, suggesting he might accept an alternative route.

Officials of TransCanada, seemed perplexed by the traction this particular argument gained, as they toured the United States late last year trying to salvage their ailing $7 billion project.


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Submitted Feb 21, 2012 By: Martinman
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kelly1016
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:19:27 PM

To Transcanada
Turn the pipeline east to Ontario and Quebec.
To the federal government:
get oil companies to build refineries here or have the Government build them then sell to finished product to the highest bidder.
We need to stop exporting our natural resources in raw form. we could have more employment if we sold finished products.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:17:17 PM

oh boy
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:09:09 PM

We ned it
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N1SJK
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:08:04 PM

Then find the alternative route that spreads the smiles all the way around! C'mon already....
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mageetp
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:07:55 PM

You win some and lose some, if you want these items you have to make allowances. Same thing happens when highways and bridges are built, you live with it.
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wang91554
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:07:14 PM

Let the people who have to live near the pipeline have a say.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:06:57 PM

Yawn.
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esquared
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:06:46 PM

The article is identified as "news analysis" but there was a heck of a lot of undocumented opinion contained therein.
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lonewolfhead
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:05:01 PM

Just do it
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pecos
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:03:24 PM

The environmentalists will always win out.
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NemoIL
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:03:21 PM

Obama does what the "greens" tell him.
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swkcpi
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:01:21 PM

I get so sick of these arguments. We had the same argument in Madison, WI about new power lines. Do you want to have electricity in your home of not? After years of arguments they're building it. Now they're arguing about the size of a grocery store. It's too big. The parking lot is too big. People should be walking to the store not driving their cars. People should ride the bus to the store. Just shut up and build the damn thing.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 1:01:01 PM

Can't blame the Canadians for being perplexed. Environmental groups probably told Obama that the pipeline would endanger Oklahoma Polar Bears.
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coke_kid
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Obama i just see everything he does killing jobs and screwing the US in every way and untill people get smart and vote him out we will spend more trillions we dont have and run us into the ground with inflation! and some say hes smart? where i dont see it why do you?
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China will get this oil without a change in opinion.
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No power lines, you don't get electricity
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:58:52 PM

"News Analysis" Is that anything like a Editorial? Pure Opinion by a paid Opinionator or for free with an ax to grind!

Hooey nevertheless.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:55:57 PM

should be able to find a balance. we need jobs.
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Let us put the problem squarely where it lies; Obozo and his cronies.
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JUST BUILD IT !!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:54:11 PM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:53:33 PM

Build the pipeline.
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Ken2OD
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:51:30 PM

The plans for Keystone are not faltering! It is the Administration who are faltering.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:50:45 PM

Why are we still talking instead of building?
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:49:13 PM

first we had global warming nuts
now replaced by fracking nuts and
enviro nuts..............
time for common sense again.
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19sheldon43
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:46:40 PM

Don't give up Keystone, just one more thing to overcome. Eventually they
will run out of objections
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:46:17 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:43:59 PM

hmmmm
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...games...
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:39:01 PM

a relative has a natural gas line running through his farm. Other than a few signs, you would never know it is there. He farms right over the top of it. It's burried 8 feet down, so there is no problem, and no potential to hit it (unless you are digging with a backhoe. - thus the signs)

So a year after the pipeline goes through, you'll never see it.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:38:38 PM

More Smoke & Mirrors!
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Let Canada refine their own oil and spill it there.
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Hhhmmmm. ..
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big money political games
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BHO is no progressive on energy and power-- try Luddite
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THIS OBAMA CLOWN MUST GO.....HE IS TOO INTELLIGENT FOR ANY OF US POOR SLOBS TO UNDERSTAND.....HE WILL KILL THIS NATION IF ALLOWED TO BE RE-ELECTED.....
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:35:46 PM

I hope they stay perplexed!
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:35:20 PM

after reading this article, I again say, people should put solar panels on their own houses, and that way produce your power locally. no BIG transmission lines, since all the power you produce is used either by you, or your close neighbors.
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NOBAMA 2012!
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There are safer ways to transport energy. But it's more expensive.
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Over half the US land is under federal or state lands! The country is for the people not the government fat cats. Frogs, fish,single cell organisms, and horny toads should not have power over people.
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blah,blah.
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Build the pipeline.
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Ho hum...
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Move the line and lets build it!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:28:19 PM

Who care about a pipeline that only helps the Chinese? Canada needs to built their own refineries.
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Oblunder the king of muslims killed this deal what a idiot
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:25:10 PM

look at a map of all of our pipe lines and tell me that all the land is pristine!!
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"cause of Nobama we owe chinese so much money..."

You can't possibly be so gullible as to think the billions we owe China are only due to the Obama Administration, can you?
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This idiot in chief, Nobama will do anything he can to wreck the economy of the USA.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 12:24:14 PM

When you consider the U.S. already has 2.5 million miles of pipeline in the ground, it does seem strange to oppose another line but keep stalling and the northern pipeline will be built to the west coast and on to Asian markets.
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Oh brother ....
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