President’s Statement on Keystone

November 6, 2015

Worth a listen. Talks about renewables, environment, starting about 3:30.

Money quote:

“America is now a global leader when comes to taking serious action to fight climate change, and frankly, approving this project, would have undercut that global leadership.  And that’s the biggest risk we face.
Not acting.
Today we’re continuing to lead by example.
Because ultimately if we’re going to prevent large parts of this earth from  becoming not only inhospitable, but uninhabitable, in our lifetimes, – we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them, and release more dangerous pollution into the sky,”

11 Responses to “President’s Statement on Keystone”

  1. johnkanold Says:

    He didn’t sat “going to” he said “gonna” Does that change anything? I don’t know.

  2. lorne50 Says:

    Calling us Canadians a third world Country was under handed f–k you guys !!!!!!

  3. earl Says:

    7:40 “Right here Right now”… catchy!!

  4. omnologos Says:

    As long as Iraq Afghanistan Libya Egypt SouthSudan Israel/Palestine Iran Obama remains “global leader [in] taking serious action to fight climate change”, there’s little for anybody to worry.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      OmnoMoron strikes again! And you left Syria off your list.

      (Would anyone like to bet that Omno can’t find those countries on a map?)

      • omnologos Says:

        yes there is Syria as well. And Tunisia (where Obama did not intervene, and in fact the future looks much brighter).

        Apologies for bringing up the subject of Obama’s world leadership when talking about the topic of Obama’s world leadership.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Uh, Omno? The topic at hand is Obama’s statement on KXL. Why do you insist on bringing up irrelevant horsepucky about “world leadership” that is unrelated to KXL or climate change? Will you EVER get the point?

  5. andrewfez Says:

    Transpacific Partnership has been leaked and is up on NZ’s website:

    Scanning over the environmental chapter, on the face of it, it seems somewhat benign, save you get things like:

    ‘The Parties further recognize that it is inappropriate to establish or use their environmental laws or other measures in a manner which would constitute a disguised restriction on trade or investment between the Parties.’

    However you also get:

    The Parties acknowledge that transition to a low emissions economy requires collective action.

    The Parties recognise that each Party’s actions to transition to a low emissions economy should reflect domestic circumstances and capabilities and, consistent with Article 20.12 (Cooperative Frameworks), Parties shall cooperate to address matters of joint or common interest. Areas of cooperation may include, but are not limited to: energy efficiency; development of cost-effective, low-emissions technologies and alternative, clean and renewable energy sources; sustainable transport and sustainable urban infrastructure development; addressing deforestation and forest degradation; emissions monitoring; market and non-market mechanisms; low-emissions, resilient development and sharing of information and experiences in addressing this issue. Further, the Parties shall, as appropriate, engage in cooperative and capacity-building activities related to transitioning to a low emissions economy.

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