Overheard on CNN.com: Pipeline benefits worth the risks?
Opponents of a proposed oil pipeline protest Tuesday near a San Francisco fundraiser attended by President Obama.
October 28th, 2011
05:29 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Pipeline benefits worth the risks?

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Green donors warn Obama: 'Do the right thing' on Keystone pipeline

Frustrated by what they see as President Barack Obama's failure to honor his environmental promises, former campaign donors are threatening to withdraw financial support if he fails to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline. CNN.com readers talked about their political choices, and argued over whether the economic benefits of the pipeline were worth the environmental risks.

longtooth said, "The choice is clear. You can support Obama, who at least admits the possibility of global warming and our role in it, or you can abandon him, and give the White House to Romney, Perry, Cain, or one of the others in the Flying Republican Circus."

757Matt said, "Given the current global economic issues and our continued dependence on foreign oil - unless the government is going to buy everyone a hybrid - it makes sense to sign this bill."

No9 said, "I am a Democrat, with solar panels on my roof, wind power for the rest of my electric, and a high mileage car. I support this pipeline. The product will be sold to someone. Why not us? Don't you want to buy from a friendly country? This is crazy, build it now."

mgcanmore, who identified as a geologist, said, "Protesting this pipeline is irrational. Transporting hydrocarbons has a small inherent risk regardless of how you do it: tankers, trucks, rail or pipeline. Here we have a huge source of North American oil - second only to Saudi Arabia - and these protesters want to shut it down."

But TruthToTell said, "It's not just the threat from the pipeline itself, the oil will be dirty oil from tar sands, the production and then the refining of which produce a double whammy to the environment. Clinton's State Department out-sourced its "review" of Keystone XL pipeline this year to a corporation that is a close business associate of Keystone. The results were predictable - 'the project is simply peachy.'"

eadfrmfront said, "The pipeline helps lessen American dependence on Middle East oil and will create thousands of jobs."

SKSPLS asked, "Why does Trans Canada want to build a tar sands oil pipeline all the way to the Gulf coast? The intent is to ship the refined products to more lucrative overseas markets, thereby negating any effect the pipeline might have with regard to U.S. foreign oil dependence."

frflyer said, "Alberta tar sands is the most destructive project on the planet. It produces 2-3 times the CO2 emissions of normal oil production. It is endangering the Athabascan River watershed, one of the most important in North America. It is endangering the Canadian Boreal Forest, one of the most important ecosystems on the planet, as well as being one of the biggest carbon sinks on the planet."

SeriousDude said, "We have a very short-term mentality in this country, so environmental issues almost always get pushed to one side when someone raises energy or jobs or virtually anything as a short-term expedient. Jobs and energy can usually be obtained by alternate means; a destroyed environment is often lost for ever."

Busted2010 said, "Poisoning ground water in a state whose economy relies heavily on agriculture is not pro-job growth."

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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. bobcat2u

    @JIF
    That was not me @7:56 or @ 8:00 PM.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    that was not me at 855 either. what a buttcheeze assumming its pd and sorry joey was texting donna with the sports update lol

    October 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat2u

    @chrissy

    Are we sure of who we are now ?
    Seems strange seeing my u/n on here and knowing I didn't write that.
    Like I told joey, hopefully we know each others style by now.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    on a dif blog he said he was gonna troll everyones name. guess thats easier than manning up and using his own and also dumb since we all know is rant style. i think that retraction of the reproductive organ into the abdomin cut off the blood 2 the brain!

    October 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    and yea bobcat its dayum frustrating. cnn i believe is working some issues related to this according to my fbi friend. hopefully soon.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    IT JUST DONT MAKE SENCE PIPING THAT OIL CROSS COUNTRY .I KNOW IT WILL TAKE TIME TO BUILD A REFINERY UP NORTH, BUT LESS PIPE= LESS LEAKS AND SPILLS.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u

    @chrissy
    I surely do hope so. It would be nice if we could have a discussion without all the inept stylings of the "others"

    October 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ bobcat for sure and it really sux when 3 ppl make it tough for everyone else. and some of the evil things they say makes u wonder, do they eat with that mouth?? ewww lmao

    October 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    I VE SEEN ALOT OF NEW NAMES AND I BELIEVE PHILIP IS BEHIND SOME OF THEM!

    October 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HI CHRISSY, HOPE YOURE FEELING BETTER! AND, HAVE YOU TALKED TO dragonex? HOW STRANGE IS THE SUDDEN SIMILARITY?

    October 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    pretty good assumption drak he said he was gonna do just that bout an hour ago

    October 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    I GUESS THAT WHOLE DEAL ABOUT YOU MOVING TO COLORADO WAS JUST A JOKE?

    October 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    yea i kinda wondered that same thing when he came on a cpl nites ago. but he seems ok. dunno tho cuz i used to think philip was the cats azz too til he got mean. so when u say upnorth bout the pipeline u are talking north where?

    October 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    lol oh h@ll yea it was drak was tryin to get to mary and it worked. but visiting her wasnt a joke my daughter lives very close to her lol

    October 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u

    @chrissy
    I just went to the story on the nato mission ending, and the trollman is going crazy on me over there.
    If it wasn't so stupid, I'd be honored.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
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