Wednesday, December 8, 2010

   There is beauty in the northeast, lived here all my life.  Now the winter is setting in, 27degrees this morning.  We still live in the modest home we built forty years ago and although the kids are grown and the economy being as it is, we can only put off moving to a smaller home or a warmer climate.  Being that our house is all electric, we have put in the solar on the roof and installed the pellet stove to try to cut the cost of the winter fuel bill.  I have always wondered why with so much coal, natural gas, and oil off our shores to be had, we would be dependent on other countries for our energy supply.  I learned today of a new pipeline in the works coming from Canada.  Seems the environmentalists want the President to take another look at the process.  As for me, my concern is to keep warm this winter and to live long enough to leave the northeast and live where I am able to sit outside year round and not have to shovel snow.

Congressmen push Obama to review Alberta pipeline

Warning that a proposed Alberta oilsands pipeline poses “major environmental and public health hazards” to the United States, more than two dozen members of Congress are pressing the Obama administration to conduct a new eco-review of the controversial project.
In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 28 lawmakers have asked for a “supplemental” environmental impact statement to be conducted on Calgary-based TransCanada’s planned Keystone XL pipeline.
The letter was signed by Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen, a member of the House transportation and infrastructure committee, and 27 others.
The lawmakers said they have “become increasingly concerned that the State Department is inadequately evaluating the pipeline’s lifecycle environmental impact.”
The 2,700-kilometre-long Keystone XL pipeline, slated to run through six U.S. states, would carry up to 375,000 barrels of oil per day from northern Alberta to ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The $7-billion project is under review by the State Department, which is responsible for approving or rejecting its construction because the pipeline will cross an international border.

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