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. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    YEA WHEN I SAID NORTH ,I MEAN SOME PLACE CLOSE TO THE DRILLING SITE.:)

    October 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    Howdy jif go ahead ask him g w i dare you

    October 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    lmao and doncha luv it bobcat when they spell ur name wrong? mary did mine bout 3 times one nite and i couldnt take it no more i told her she should at least get my name right if she wanted to be me. after that she did it right.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    well something has to be done we cant keep being dependent on foreign countries for oil! and go cards they are whoopin some serious butt lmao

    October 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u

    @chrissy
    And the funny thing is that they are stupid and don't know it. I mean I think they really believe they are saying intelligent stuff. LMAO

    October 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    Where you at mama. Boy that was a silly question.
    Cards 5 Rangers 2

    October 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lol @ bobcat actually philip is very intelligent he just has a huge chip on his shoulder. i believe he needs to get a dif therapist and im not bein mean bout that cuz a year ago he was the nicest guy. and mary, i used 2 like her but she wasnt the smartest

    October 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    oh well they are 2 of the lost souls in life i guess and im just not gonna dwell on why they do what they do and what makes em so dayum mean. its pointless but hey maybe they need to lighten up and become potheads or somethin? gods valium ya know? lmao

    October 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    @chrissy
    Yeah I do know philip has posted some really impressive facts, so I will give him that.
    I guess I'm just being a little petty right now and trying to get a rise.
    I do hope that Philip gets the help he needs though. He is dwelling on the past way too much.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    I JUST CAME FROM PERU EARTHQUAKE THREAD .IT IS BEYOND CRAZY. PHILIP IS OD ING ON DRUGS OR SOMETHING.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HE HAVING A PERSONALITY BREAK DOWN

    October 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HE'S

    October 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    yea funny he never used to be like this honestly. i was not on here much for along time when i was workin 7/l2 then i cut back on my hours and was on here more and i was TOTALLY shocked how he was. he made me cry and that p+sses me totally off

    October 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat2u

    I know Drak. I think he went off the deep end tonite.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    and my mom wonders why i have trust issues lmao and hey drak wondered where u went

    October 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
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