By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Energy giant TransCanada has waited more than four years to see if the federal government will allow construction of an oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to southern Texas.
If company officials read too much into Secretary of State John Kerry’s Wednesday address at the University of Virginia, their hearts might sink a little. Kerry, in his first major speech since taking the post, discussed the nation’s need to confront global warming.
Here’s an except of the address:
The stories we need to tell – of standing up for American jobs and businesses and standing up for our American values – intersect powerfully in the opportunity we have to lead on the climate concerns we share with our global neighbors.
We as a nation must have the foresight and courage to make the investments necessary to safeguard the most sacred trust we keep for our children and grandchildren: an environment not ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms, devastating droughts, and the other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate.
And let’s face it – we are all in this one together. No nation can stand alone. We share nothing so completely as our planet.
When we work with others – large and small – to develop and deploy the clean technologies that will power a new world, we’re also helping create new markets and new opportunities for America’s second-to-none innovators and entrepreneurs to succeed in the next great revolution.
So let’s commit ourselves to doing the smart thing and the right thing and truly commit to tackling this challenge.
Because if we don’t rise to meet it, rising temperatures and rising sea levels will surely lead to rising costs down the road. If we waste this opportunity, it may be the only thing our generations are remembered for. We need to find the courage to leave a far different legacy.
Because the pipeline, known as the Keystone XL, crosses an international boundary, Kerry’s department has final say. Officials project finishing an environmental review in June.
Meanwhile, in Nebraska, some property owners feel slighted in negotiations with TransCanada because the state handed the company eminent domain powers. Read about that here.
Also, Deena Winter over at Nebraska Watchdog has another story about a bill working its way through the statehouse that would give landowners greater protections from pipeline companies. Deena also wrote about some Nebraskans who traveled to Washington, D.C., last weekend to protest the project.
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