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. Scottish Mama

    Drak I don't plan on stoppin, it's just another friday night, not, the cards won the pendant.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Where is bobcat2u as kel, JIF come one I will buy ya an internet beer. Dark though I know how we are watching our calories, not, Martinis all around Maybe some marguaritas

    October 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dragonex

    @Dakonex1. I am not a troll and again I didn't mean anything towards you upon choosing my screen name. Can you please not be so doubtful on me.
    I was here earlier and had to watch the game.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Had to that does not sound like a happy camper. must be a RAngers fan.lol

      October 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    Chrissy you stay with the sasbrilla, or some non alchohol now.

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

    i said i believe you jazzz so you can stop with the hostility ok? and im way sorry about your daughter.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    Bottoms up Mama.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Okay just went back and read the thread, what a buzz kill. Good night. slap.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    @bobcat2u, wow thanks I will buy ya another.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    I see the shyte has hit the fan again, where is philip?

    October 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    @Scottish Mama

    Just the way I like em. Cold and frothy.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      IBottom of the cooler ice cold.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    I think he has been a little fragile lately.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat2u

    @Scottish Mama

    It seems Philip has been busy on the other stories tonite. The man is trolling everybody, including me. Who'd a thunk it.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama


    October 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    lol not a prob mama im not a drinker anyway, once in awhile i get some carolines irish cream and drink it in my coffee but its rare. believe me pimp dummy drinks enuf 4 both of us lmao

    October 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Carolines in my coffee before the Rams games in the morning, nothing is finer that carolina in my cooooofffee in the morning.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    Whenever there is fighting I think it sets him off. Kinda turns on the chaos mode and confusion mode for him, i find. Just an observation.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
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