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  •  If blocking KXL will have no effect (4+ / 0-)
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    shaharazade, marina, NoMoreLies, JVolvo

    - then why are the fossil fuel dinosaurs pushing so hard to get it up and running?

    You may well be correct, Marina, that this fight is not the most efficient place to be spending our energies. But if KXL is not built, it will at the least reduce the profits coming out of the Alberta sands, and raise the price of the resulting petrochemicals. If that were not so, TransCanada wouldn't particularly care whether it's built or not.

    Renewable costs are declining. Fossil costs are rising. If blocking KXL buys us a couple of years of reduced dirty fuel flow, it could bring us up to the day when those two cost curves cross.

    Eliminating fossil fuel subsidies would be a bigger win. But it's also a win that requires congressional action - not a winnable fight until 2016.
    Meanwhile, I say let's all walk and chew gum.

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