Energy Secretary Steven Chu Gets Practical On Keystone XL Pipeline
    By Hank Campbell | August 31st 2011 02:29 PM | 11 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    In the early days of the Obama administration transition, there were a number of concerns about his anti-science beliefs.  He hired a guy who thought girls couldn't do math and one who thinks there is a government UFO conspiracy.

    But then he made Steven Chu Energy Secretary, and that was good, if only Chu could curb his anti-CO2 fetish.

    Well, it looks like he has seen the light, though perhaps only because he sees what a dark place an America without CO2 looks like.   Emissions are back to 1995 levels - that may sound good but it's actually not because that means there are no jobs in America, which also means Pres. Obama's re-election chances are solely riding on the Republicans trotting out a zany character like Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry.  He might even lose a primary challenge if things don't improve.

    In an interview with energyNOW! anchor Thalia Assuras, Chu says energy security concerns may mean the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline will win approval.   By 'energy concerns' he means 130,000 new jobs.   People have shown tolerance for high gas prices but they haven't shown a lot of patience for a stimulus plan that cost $200-500,000 for each job.   By simply not artificially blocking the private sector and caving in to anti-science activists who contend the studies showing no harm are somehow being faked by Obama administration scientists, they can put people to work and have a victory to talk about that doesn't involve raising taxes or adding a whole lot of cost to an already bloated government deficit.

    The EPA has far exceeded its mandate and they need to be reined in but until that happens, smart projects that have been shown to be safe (James Hansen's aging hippie claims aside) have to be allowed.   Turning America into a third world country so activists can brag about how low emissions are is not good for anyone.

    It's well-known Chu is against fossil fuels so he is to be applauded for taking a stand against his personal beliefs and siding with reality.  Clearly fossil fuels need to be out of the long-term picture but further hurting poor Americans by driving up the costs of oil now (not to mention making middle east dictatorships richer) is not a benefit.   A responsible amount of time to make alternative sources real and not just marketing claims is needed.

    The 1,700 Keystone XL mile pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast will produce 700,000 barrels of oil a day and employ over 130,000 people in construction and management jobs. This is a true 'shovel ready' project and it will be welcomed by people now and voters in 2012.


    I find it hilarious that the lamestream US media and web sites like this do not cover the real world. Today your precious Dr. Chu announces that he loves the Keystone XL pipeline but none of the "progressive" sites (including the NY Times) is covering this story. Guess it is not politically correct to tell stuff like this to the faithful.

    And then if you idiots bothered to read news other than from your holy (but misguided) US sources you would know that China is buying up the oil sands and funding the pipeline that will carry it from Alberta to China. But of course your education system doesn't train you to find out what is really going on outside of the Holy States of America..

    The Canadian tar sands are gong to get burned up and all the CO2 is going to fill up YOUR atmosphere. Get used to it. Or try hari kari. Hahahahaha

    Gerhard Adam
    Stop foaming at the mouth.  It makes you sound more ridiculous than you already do.
    Mundus vult decipi
    About 10 days ago, before the decision was made to go ahead with the pipeline, a non-foaming-at-the-mouth argument against it appeared in a New York times editorial.

    Hank's arguments are also valid; it really is one of those tough decisions that will lead to sleepless nights, no matter what side of the fence you're on.
    Right, we know there has to be an impact - the problem with the carbon numbers is they are not made up, but they are not accurate in the way chemistry is accurate.   It takes a great deal of belief to accept the negative impact that writers lays out, at the far upper range, while ignoring the benefits.  But it's the NY Times. not a newspaper, so they are forgiven.
    I, for one, welcome our new Chinese overlords.  

    They can buy anything they want; I wrote this to applaud Chu for deviating from anti-science militants on the left and not selectively banning an entire industry even if he personally does not like it.
    Gerhard Adam
    I just take exception to someone that's trying to be a smart-ass, and then fails in the punchline.  First by spelling harakiri incorrectly, and then failing to use the proper written term, seppuku.

    You can also notice it in his use of "YOUR atmosphere", as if he lives on another planet and will be returning soon.  It just sounds phony. 

    It isn't a matter of being pedantic.  It's part of the requirements for being a well-rounded smart-ass.
    Mundus vult decipi
    It's part of the requirements for being a well-rounded smart-ass.
    I agree.  We can be patient with people who don't accept evolution or vaccines - but we have no tolerance at all for failed smart-assery.
    Gerhard Adam
    We have to draw the line some place.
    Mundus vult decipi
    And I love you for it. Really did (just tonight) read that whole vampire thread... more enjoyable than i thought it'd be. Honest.

    Best science blog (collective) on the ol' intertubes, imo. Honest