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Mon, 2012-01-23 21:38Steve Horn
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Demise of Keystone XL Means More Bakken Shale Gas Flaring

Damned if we do, damned if we don't - this is the CliffsNotes version of the ongoing Keystone XL pipeline debate. President Barack Obama recently halted TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project, which would bring tar sands crude, or dilluted bitumen (“dilbit”) from Alberta through the heart of the U.S., to Gulf Coast refineries near Port Arthur, Texas, where the oil would then be exported to the global market.

Most environmental organizations declared victory and suggest the Keystone XL pipeline is dead. Unfortunately, this is far from the case. Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) recently told The Hill he may attempt to rope the pipeline into the next payroll tax extension. Furthermore, a recent Congressional Research Services (CRSpaper said that under a little-used Consitutional clause, the two chambers of Congress, rather than the White House, could have the final say on the pipeline's ultimate destiny. CRS explained, 

[I]f Congress chose to assert its authority in the area of border crossing facilities, this would likely be considered within its Constitutionally enumerated authority to regulate foreign commerce.

Because the pipeline crosses the U.S.-Canada border, many thought that the U.S. State Department, and by extension the White House, had the final say in the manner. This may no longer be true.

On the other hand, even if the Keystone XL becomes a “pipe dream,” the grass isn't necessarily greener on the other side.

Richard Lindzen

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Richard Lindzen

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University (1964).
  • S.M., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University (1961).
  • A.B.(mcl), Physics, Harvard University (1960).

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Nigel Lawson

Nigel Lawson

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Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford.

 Background

Nigel Lawson, recently named Lord Lawson of Blaby, has spent the majority of his professional career involved in British politics and journalism. [1]

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Viv Forbes

Viv Forbes

 Credentials

  • Degree in Applied Science Geology, and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. [1]

 Background

Viv Forbes is the Chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, which was created to “defend the role of carbon on earth and in the atmosphere,” and which describes Forbes as a “pasture manager, soil scientist and geologist from Rosevale in Queensland.” [2]

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David Whitehouse

David (Robert) Whitehouse

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Astrophysics, Victoria University of Manchester (1983). [1], [2]

 Background

David Robert Whitehouse is a scientist, writer, and broadcaster. He was BBC's Science correspondent from 1988 until 2006, and also served as the Science Editor for BBC News Online. [2]

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Augusto Mangini

Augusto Mangini

 Background

Augusto Mangini is a paleoclimatologist and professor at the University of Heidelberg in Germany where he also directs the Research Centre of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.

Mangini is one of the scientists listed in Senator James Inhofe's list of “scientists” skeptical of climate change.

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