14 Nov '11, 2pm

[email protected] to the 1% energy barons: "Find yourself a spaceship." #tarsands #fracking #mtr #NOOP

.@billmckibben to the 1% energy barons: "Find yourself a spaceship." #tarsands #fracking #mtr #NOOP

My very favorite piece of punditry about the Keystone XL pipeline appeared the day after President Obama sent it back for more review, perhaps killing it off altogether. It came from the pen of a senior fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations named Michael Levi , who had spent the last few months endlessly opining about why the pipeline should be approved. Proven conclusively wrong, his sour-grapes op-ed explained that, in fact, environmentalists had damaged the cause of clean energy because they’d joined with Nebraska ranchers "who simply did not want a pipeline running through their backyards" to defeat the plan. By embracing such NIMBYism, he lamented, we’d made it easier to block transmission lines from solar power plants in the desert and other green infrastructure. The argument is absurd on its face -- one should embrace the dirtiest energy on the planet so that s...

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