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

    @bobcat2u Can you see my post if I do not put your name? Are you on a phone?

    October 29, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    @Banasy I see your drink is gone another dirty Martini for you.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    Okay I just made a shaker of lemon drops who wants a shot.(vodka, lemon and sugar water)Mostly vodka.lol

    October 29, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    Did Gung pass out already, or did his lady drag him off to bed?

    October 29, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u

    @Scottish Mama

    No, I'm my computer. I don't believe I've missed any of your posts.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    A little more vodka please. lol

    October 29, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I guess we will just haf to open another, this one seems to have evappppporated.lol

      October 29, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lmfao @ mama ty. and what the heck happened to s kell did he pass out? and mama im celebratin with gods valium lol once in awhile its good 4 what ails ya lmao

    October 29, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Whew you like the hard stuff do ya. That'll put your lights out. Swaying with my drink in hand.lol

      October 29, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. dragonex

    They just put up the new blog on the world series win.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    Hey Mama, they just posted the story on the Cardinals win. Need to jump up there.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    Okay wheres philip, should we go observe him, Drak said he is having trouble. What thread is he on.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    K bobcat2u

    October 29, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat2u

    Amen to that girl.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Congratulations moma i was there every second watchin thru my eyelashes woke up as fox was goin off final score is

    October 29, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    hard stuff lol girl im a throwback from woodstock! its been alotta years but im havin insomnia issues on top of several other medical probs and it sure beats poppin pills. anyway takin my happy azz off 2 bed. party on dudes / dudettes ttyt

    October 29, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u

    Good night sweet lady. Sleep well.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
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