WBEZ | Keystone XL pipeline http://www.wbez.org/tags/keystone-xl-pipeline Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en At Argonne, Obama calls for Energy Security Trust http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-03/argonne-obama-calls-energy-security-trust-106128 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP80880711566.jpg" style="height: 225px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill., Friday, March 15, 2013. Obama traveled to the Chicago area to deliver a speech to promote his energy policies. (AP)" />President Barack Obama visited <a href="http://www.wbez.org/venues/argonne-national-laboratory">Argonne National Laboratory</a> Friday (<a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2013/03/obama_at_ar.html">full text of his speech here</a>) to tour its research facilities and call on Congress to flag oil and gas money for research that could help wean the nation&rsquo;s vehicles off oil.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The idea is a clearer vision of the Energy Security Trust he outlined in his most recent State of the Union address. Obama proposed diverting $2 billion over 10 years from oil and gas leases on federal land to pay for clean fuel research.</div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Citing an <a href="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fetrends.htm#report">Environmental Protection Agency report released Friday</a>, Obama recounted recent gains in fuel efficiency. The President responded to recent price spikes at the gas pump, touting <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/autos-must-average-545-mpg-by-2025-new-epa-standards-are-expected-to-say/2012/08/28/2c47924a-f117-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_story.html?hpid=z4">a jump in fuel-economy standards</a>&nbsp;under his administration and a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/autos-must-average-545-mpg-by-2025-new-epa-standards-are-expected-to-say/2012/08/28/2c47924a-f117-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_story.html?hpid=z4">downward trend in CO<sub>2</sub> emissions from vehicles since 2005</a>.</p><p>Argonne is a major research center for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/54-mpg-argonne-natl-lab-wins-grant-fuel-efficiency-research-90433">fuel efficiency</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-19/changing-gears-will-advanced-batteries-charge-midwest-economy-93278">advanced batteries</a>. The Department of Energy&nbsp;recently&nbsp;<a href="http://energy.gov/articles/team-led-argonne-national-lab-selected-doe-s-batteries-and-energy-storage-hub">named the lab a national hub</a>&nbsp;for advanced energy storage technology.</p><p>Though the Energy Security Trust idea was hatched from a bipartisan team with support from business leaders, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/16/us/politics/obamas-2-billion-plan-to-replace-fossil-fuels-in-cars.html?hp&amp;_r=0">its passage through Congress remains uncertain</a>. Securing America&rsquo;s Future Energy, the group <a href="http://www.secureenergy.org/policy/national-strategy-energy-security-2013">that drafted the policy report</a>, notes that federal funding for energy technology research and development in 2012 was less than half what it was in the late 1970s.</p><p>The plan attempts to bridge a political gap between Obama&rsquo;s professed &ldquo;all-of-the-above&rdquo; energy policy, which involves ramping up fossil fuel production, and environmentalists who expect decisive action on climate change. In lieu of comprehensive legislation to curb carbon dioxide emissions, Obama positioned the Trust as part of his economic strategy. It could also potentially supplement clean energy research currently <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/business/energy-environment/future-of-american-aid-to-clean-energy.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank">suffering from the expiration of stimulus funds</a>&nbsp;and the mandatory spending cuts known as the sequester.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83448147" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Obama addressed the effects of the sequester on basic scientific research. He joked that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-02/sequester-would-cut-funding-environment-and-energy-105774">the sweeping budget cuts</a> could be to blame for a lack of chairs in the audience, but also said the cuts &ldquo;don&rsquo;t trim the fat; they cut into muscle and into bone.&rdquo; This week Eric Isaacs, Argonne&rsquo;s director, co-authored <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/03/the-sequester-is-going-to-devastate-us-science-research-for-decades/273925/">an article in <em>The Atlantic</em></a><em> </em>decrying deep cuts that he said would cancel all new research initiatives for at least two years.</p><p>&ldquo;In a time where every month you&rsquo;ve got to replace your smartphone, imagine what that means when China, Germany and Japan are pumping up basic research and we&rsquo;re just sitting there doing nothing,&rdquo; Obama said Friday.</p><p>Environmentalists also traveled to southwest suburban Lemont to protest&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-02/environmentalists-protest-keystone-xl-pipeline-105576">the controversial Keystone XL pipeline</a>. The polarizing fossil fuel project did not come up during the President&rsquo;s address.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/8559582711/in/photostream/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/argonne%20protesters%20350.org_.jpg" style="height: 456px; width: 610px;" title="Environmentalists gather outside Argonne National Laboratory, where President Barack Obama was giving an energy policy address, to protest the Keystone XL pipeline project. (Courtesy 350.org)" /></a></div></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-03/argonne-obama-calls-energy-security-trust-106128 Environmentalists protest Keystone XL pipeline http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-02/environmentalists-protest-keystone-xl-pipeline-105576 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chicago%20youth%20climate%20coalition.jpg" style="height: 313px; width: 610px;" title="Protesters gathered in Grant Park Sunday to rally against a proposed pipeline that has become a crucible for the Obama administration's policy on climate change. (Image courtesy Chicago Youth Climate Coalition)" /></p><p>Roughly 200 Chicagoans rallied in Grant Park Sunday to call on President Barack Obama to reject the controversial <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/keystone-xl-pipeline">Keystone XL pipeline</a> project and take action on climate change, an issue he prioritized for his second term but which remains politically problematic.</p><p>The crowd, convened by the Chicago Youth Climate Coalition, demonstrated in solidarity with <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/18/business/energy-environment/obamas-keystone-pipeline-decision-risks-new-problems-either-way.html?smid=tw-share&amp;_r=0">thousands of protestors gathered at the Washington Monument in the nation&rsquo;s capital</a> for what is believed to be the largest climate rally in U.S. history.</p><p>The proposed XL extension would complete a pipeline from Canada&rsquo;s Athabasca oil sands in Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Climate scientist <a href="http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/jhansen.html">James Hansen</a> has said the carbon dioxide emissions from the vast tar sands reserves <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/opinion/game-over-for-the-climate.html">would mean &quot;game over for the climate.&quot;</a></p><p>Proponents of the $7 billion pipeline tout its property tax benefits and construction jobs, and dismiss or downplay its environmental impacts.</p><p>Obama delayed his administration&rsquo;s decision on the issue last year, citing disputes over the 1,700-mile pipeline&rsquo;s path, but Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/01/22/keystone_xl_nebraska_governor_heineman_approves_pipeline_route.html">approved a revised route</a> in January.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/keystone-xl-rally-305px-wide.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(WBEZ/Chris Bentley)" />Protesters in Chicago marched from Grant Park to the Federal Building at 77 W. Jackson Blvd., home to the Environmental Protection Agency&rsquo;s regional offices. Climate advocates view the EPA <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/obamas-state-of-the-union-climate-call-may-buy-time-for-epa-87567.html">as the most likely vehicle for action on the issue</a> given that Republicans in Congress have continually stymied legislation intended to curb carbon emissions. Thanks to a series of court rulings, the EPA has considerable power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.</p><p>Congresswoman <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/jan-schakowsky">Jan Schakowsky</a> (D-Ill.) sent a statement to the protesters in Chicago, thanking them for their advocacy. Schakowsky serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.</p><p>&ldquo;There should be no doubt that all of us need to get bolder and louder in the call for action,&rdquo; read Schakowsky&rsquo;s statement.&nbsp; &ldquo;Climate change is happening, and its consequences are dire.&rdquo;</p><p>Dozens of protesters, including James Hansen, <a href="http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/arma-virumque-cano-police-arrest-keystone-protesters/">were arrested at the White House Wednesday</a> in the first act of civil disobedience ever organized by the 120-year-old environmental group Sierra Club.</p><p>In Chicago, support for the youth-led rally was not limited to students and environmental groups.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/keystone-xl-rally-305px-2.jpg" style="float: right;" title="(WBEZ/Chris Bentley)" />Mike Sinner, a 52-year-old employee of Weiss Memorial Hospital, lives in the West Ridge neighborhood. Toting a &ldquo;Resist KXL&rdquo; sign and walking a bike he said had logged 111,000 miles, Sinner likened the present day climate action movement to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.</p><p>&ldquo;As you get older you know that in most issues there is no moral black and white,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;But some issues are black and white. Today we&rsquo;re saying to President Obama that we have his back if he does the right thing and rejects the pipeline.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://triblocal.com/grayslake/2011/07/26/on-yearly-quest-for-genuine-experience-cancer-survivor-bikes-to-lake-county-fair/">A cancer survivor</a>, Sinner said he is hopeful. Despite Obama&rsquo;s bullishness on fossil fuels like natural gas, Sinner said he was heartened by the President&rsquo;s call to &ldquo;act before it&rsquo;s too late&rdquo; during the 2013 State of the Union Address.</p><p>&ldquo;I think if we don&rsquo;t have hope,&quot; Sinner said,&nbsp;&quot;then we&rsquo;re in trouble.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><object height="458" width="610"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632789421303%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632789421303%2F&amp;set_id=72157632789421303&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632789421303%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632789421303%2F&amp;set_id=72157632789421303&amp;jump_to=" height="458" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="610"></embed></object></p></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-02/environmentalists-protest-keystone-xl-pipeline-105576 President Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline project http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/president-obama-rejects-keystone-xl-pipeline-project-95650 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-19/keystone3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Yesterday, President Obama said "no for now" to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The project, to be executed by the company TransCanada, would have carried heavy crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada all the way south to refineries on the Texas coast.</p><p>The pipeline provoked a robust debate across the United States, prompting environmentalists, farmers, and members of the oil industry and Congress to stake out impassioned positions for or against its creation. The issue also seemed to re-energize America's environmental movement. In November, 12,000 people encircled the White House to protest the pipeline, making it the largest protest to ever take place outside the president's residence.</p><p>Last summer, <em>Worldview</em> explored the cultural, psychological and social tolls of the proposed pipeline with University of Alberta professor and philosopher <a href="http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/profs/dgoa/" target="_blank">David Goa</a>. He's director of the <a href="http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/research/centres/ronningcentre/" target="_blank">Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life</a>.</p><p>For David, Keystone XL had opened up a revealing dialogue about the kind of world Americans really want. Today, David returns to discuss the human issues surrounding the pipeline project.</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/president-obama-rejects-keystone-xl-pipeline-project-95650 Worldview 1.19.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11912 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-19/keystone2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Yesterday, President Obama rejected the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, making good on a promise to not give in to Republican ultimatums. The project was supposed to carry heavy crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Texas coast. <em>Worldview</em> speaks to University of Alberta professor and philosopher <a href="http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/profs/dgoa/" target="_blank">Davis Goa</a> about the cultural, psychological and social tolls of the project. And, on <a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, Beth Skorochod of <a href="http://www.psi.org/togo" target="_blank">Population Services International (PSI)</a> discusses her HIV prevention work with men who have sex with men in Togo. Sodomy is illegal in the West African country.</p></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-11912 The societal concerns and ethics of the Keystone XL pipeline http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-30/societal-concerns-and-ethics-keystone-xl-pipeline-91247 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-30/keystone3.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483679-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/wv_20110830a.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>President Obama has a major decision to make, and his support within the environmental community may hang in the balance. The president must decide whether to allow a Canadian company, <a href="http://www.transcanada.com/" target="_blank">TransCanada</a>, to build a massive oil pipeline stretching from Alberta, Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.</p><p>Environmentalists across the country are speaking out against the pipeline, which could carry as much as 900,000 barrels of oil between Canada and the U.S. everyday – oil with a carbon output that’s 20 percent higher than conventional oil supplies. <a href="http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/jhansen.html" target="_blank">Dr. James Hansen</a>, the NASA climatologist whose congressional testimony first warned of climate change in 1988, calls the pipeline the fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet.</p><p>We look at the debate through the eyes of scholar and philospher, <a href="http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/profs/dgoa/" target="_blank">David Goa,</a> director of the <a href="http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/research/centres/ronningcentre/">Chester Ronning Centre</a> for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta.</p></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-30/societal-concerns-and-ethics-keystone-xl-pipeline-91247 Landowners oppose the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-30/landowners-oppose-1700-mile-keystone-xl-pipeline-91244 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-30/keystone2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483679-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/wv_20110830b.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>If built, the Keystone XL pipeline would slice through 1,700 miles of land to deliver crude oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The project would impact thousands of landowners in five states.&nbsp; We speak with three of these landowners who are protesting the project, which has been proposed by <a href="http://www.transcanada.com/" target="_blank">TransCanada</a>.</p><p>Earlier this month, Ben Gotschall of Nebraska, as well as David Daniel and Eleanor Fairchild from East Texas, traveled along the route of the proposed pipeline to speak out against it. The pipeline, they say, will threaten grasslands that have been unspoiled for generations as well as the livelihoods of American farmers, while reaping profits for a foreign oil company. They stopped by to discuss the project while on their way to <a href="http://www.tarsandsaction.org/">protests</a> in Washington D.C.</p></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-30/landowners-oppose-1700-mile-keystone-xl-pipeline-91244 Worldview 8.30.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-83011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-august/2011-08-30/keystone1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/wv_20110830.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-114958" player="Default">wv_20110830.mp3</span></p><p>The Keystone XL is a proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that would carry acidic crude oil from Canada’s Alberta tar sands to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. Today, we speak with landowners who oppose the creation of the pipeline, which spurred environmentalists around the country to action. Earlier this month, hundreds marched on the White House to protest the pipeline. Over two hundred people were taken away in handcuffs – including high-profile activists Bill McKibben, Gus Speth and Lietenant Dan Choi. We also consider the ethics and societal implications of the pipeline with Canadian philosopher <a href="http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/profs/dgoa/" target="_blank">David Goa</a>.</p></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 14:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-83011