""Do I think I can hurt a major international corporation with a $2 million civil penalty? No," he said."
"Cynthia Giles, the E.P.A. assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance, said that the State Department had failed to adequately support its two fundamental conclusions supporting the project — that the climate change effects of building the pipeline would be negligible, and that Canada would develop the oil sands regardless of whether the $7 billion pipeline is built."
"As Lloyd has noted on TreeHugger before, stopping the Keystone pipeline won’t keep the tar sands in the ground or the carbon they will produce out of the atmosphere. Trans Canada could build a pipeline to the west or continue shipping the oil by rail, but as KC makes clear, to not speak out against this pipeline is to concede defeat. And when the stakes are a ruined atmosphere or a chance at preventing catastrophe, what choice do we have?"
"The AP reports that US production of oil and other liquid hydrocarbons is set to rise 7% this year, marking the fourth straight year of increased production—so much for the Republican notion that the Obama administration has been anything but supportive of the oil industry. It’s the biggest gain in a single year since the early 1950s."