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Not much of a diary since Ed JUST said this on his show, but he's finally come around on KXL. Running it across the Ogallala Aquifer is too much of a risk, and it should be rejected.

I'm not sure why he did the sudden 180 now, since this has been a longstanding concern, but hey, that's one more voice on the side of stopping this thing, and I'll take whatever I can get.

I can't get the video to embed, but here:

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

    by Hayate Yagami on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 02:20:41 PM PST

  •  I think he just figured out that the same (3+ / 0-)
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    billionaire brothers (your favorite fossil fuel and chemical corporate conglomerate ones) stand to gain up to $100 billion dollars from this pipeline.  They would be the same ones funding the Tea Party who have been trying to bust the unions for some time now.  He previously thought that the pipeline would be good to get a few of them some part time work.  But, where would Ed be without the unions?  Maybe a little bird pointed out to him and his colleagues the flaws in his original logic.

  •  I listened to the Ed Shultz radio show 2 days ago (2+ / 0-)
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    Hayate Yagami, Laurence Lewis

    where he was saying he wasn't sure what he thought but was leaning toward being for KXL approval.  So this is good news. One more voice in the growing sea of #NoKXL.  

    I have the honor of helping to promote the latest #NoKXL Blogathon this week, “Public Comments,” in order to elicit comments to the State Department between now and Friday night (11:59 PM EST).  Add you voice to the mix now!  

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    XL Pipeline "Public Comments" Blogathon: March 3-7, 2014

    Let your voice be heard by opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline.  
    The deadline for submission of comments is March 7, 2014.

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    Public comments absolutely make a difference. The vast number of prior public comments on the earlier drafts of the environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline raised issues that President Obama and the U.S. State Department cited when delaying a decision on whether to move ahead with the NID as well as extending the time for completion of the process.

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    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 02:36:56 PM PST

  •  Acquifer? Hell Enbridge has one under the (2+ / 0-)
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    Great Lakes.

    The Straits of Mackinac pipelines, owned by Enbridge Energy, are 60-years-old and considered one of the greatest threats to the Great Lakes because of their age, location and the hazardous products they transport—including tar sands derived oil.

    For nearly two years, NWF has been pressing pipeline regulators and Enbridge to release information about the integrity of these pipelines, including inspection videos showing how the pipelines cross the Straits of Mackinac. These requests have gone largely unanswered from both Enbridge and the Pipeline Hazards Safety Administration (PHMSA), who regulates pipeline operations. Because Enbridge hastily moved forward with plans to increase pressure on the aging pipelines, and has bypassed critical environmental permitting for changes in operation, NWF decided we needed to obtain our own:

    I will not vote for Hillary. What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 03:07:37 PM PST

  •  I think he changed his thinking...... (3+ / 0-)

    because he actually talked to a lot of people who would be affected by the pipeline. Much like an actual journalist might have done in the before time.

  •  Props to Ed that he changed his mind (2+ / 0-)
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    Ditch Mitch KY, Hayate Yagami

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 04:21:08 PM PST

  •  I think he pissed off a shitload of listeners (3+ / 0-) me, back in early Feb when he was clueless, rude and belligerent with his audience.

    I'm pretty sure XM radio knows I haven't been listening for a month or so, so I figger he knows also...(I assume I'm not the only listener he drove off)

    Glad to hear he's come around, he's been an important voice on a lot of issues we mostly agree on, on health care and labor rights in particular.

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 04:25:55 PM PST

  •  his main argument was safety, it seemed, but (1+ / 0-)
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    he had his priorities wrong- thought trains blowing up killing people was worse than polluting groundwater.

    i think he also was thinking about reducing the chance for more wars for oil but he seemed open to ague about it and had a lot of environmentalists on as guests.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 04:38:56 PM PST

  •  Ed supported it in the beginning (1+ / 0-)
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    because he stands behind the unions.

    He decided to do a 'study' on it for weeks on his show.

    Glad to hear that he came down against it.  That takes a lot of moxy.

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