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Simon Leufstedt

The Keystone XL pipeline

AJE has a good article about the Keystone XL pipeline that will supply the US with "dirty Canadian tar sands oil". It's definitely worth a read if you are not so versed with the pipeline and the environmental protests Barack Obama is facing over the proposed pipeline expansion.

Read it: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/08/201182519415657837.html

"The regulatory authorities are looking at the short term interests of the oil industry, not our long term interests," he said. "We need to be considering our air and water as national interests."

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It seems Obama and his government gave the go-ahead for the pipeline. What a bummer... <_<

Yes, unfortunately that seems to be the case. The other day James Hansen was arrested while protesting against the pipeline. He had some pretty hard words about Obama:

"If Obama chooses the dirty needle it will confirm that the president was just green-washing all along."

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-29/nasa-s-hansen-arrested-outside-white-house-at-pipeline-protest.html

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Naomi Klein speaks out against the efforts to re-brand Canadian oil sands, which in my opinion is one of the most extreme examples of greenwashing.

AJE has covered these re-branding efforts: http://english.aljaz...1015735414.html "Controversy is stirring as a campaign launches to rebrand oil sands exploitation as "supporting democracy"."

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