15 Dec '11, 10pm

How Oil Industry Interests & GOP Back Room Dealing Revived the Keystone XL

How Oil Industry Interests & GOP Back Room Dealing Revived the Keystone XL

This is not what democracy looks like , to revise the chant embraced by Occupy Wall Street. After a popular movement rose up against the proposed Keystone XL project--over a thousand people were arrested at one protest outside the White House, and 12,000 people joined hands around it at another --president Barack Obama announced that he would delay the tar sands pipeline until another environmental review was carried out. That makes sense. People demonstrate vocal opposition to a measure, politicians respond. Cause and effect. It is, if I might be so bold, how democracy is supposed to work. So why is the tar sands pipeline back in the game? Why are Republicans suddenly fighting to get a measure approving the Keystone XL tacked onto an otherwise bipartisan payroll tax cut bill ? One main reason: The oil industry wanted them to. We have, in essence, a two-part example of the...

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