20 Oct '11, 5pm

Keystone pipeline’s last defense: cold, hard cash via @grist

Photo: doctorwonder What do you do if you've lost an argument? Say you really really want to build a big pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta so that you can sell your bitumen to the world. But 20 of the nation's top scientists have written to the president to say it's a terrible idea -- and the planet's leading climatologist says burning the tar sands would be "game over for the climate." And nine recent winners of the Nobel Peace Prize have condemned the plan. And Robert Redford has just made a video explaining why the plan is an attack on the nation's heartland. Then, if you're a poor forlorn oil industry feeling unloved and under assault, what do you do? There's really only one answer: Flash your wad. As we get to the final chapters of the Keystone pipeline saga (the president has said he'll make his decision by year's end), money's the only argument these guys have ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/oil/2011-10-20-keystone-pipelines-la...

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