23 Dec '11, 6pm

Republicans put a deadline on Keystone XL, surprising nobody: #noKXL

Republicans put a deadline on Keystone XL, surprising nobody: #noKXL

To understand why the pipeline has become the GOP's line in the tar sand, you have to fathom the nasty logic of alpha-male political messaging in the age of Fox News. You have to grasp what Josh Marshall calls "the Republicans' bitch-slap theory of electoral politics" -- an ugly name for an ugly tactic. Marshall's idea -- originally formulated during 2004's Bush vs. Kerry campaign -- is that Republican campaign moves often aim to expose opponents as weak by, in effect, slapping them to see whether they'll slap back. A failure to respond exposes you as a weakling; if you won't defend yourself, how will you defend the nation? Here's how the bitch-slap theory relates to Keystone XL. Obama's pipeline delay represented a rare event in our public life: Street protests led to actual policy change. The president's reversal was, in fact, the one and only signal achievement progress...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-12-23-republicans-put-a-de...

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Keystone XL Back on Obama's Desk

350.org 23 Dec '11, 6pm

We’ve been doing our best the last couple of weeks to keep you up-to-date on the machinations about Keystone in Washington...

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switchboard.nrdc.org 23 Dec '11, 7pm

Believe it or not, it was actually a horse race that solidified my understanding of the inner workings of the United State...

Keystone XL pipeline #TakeAction #NoKXL

Keystone XL pipeline #TakeAction #NoKXL

foe.org 25 Dec '11, 5pm

After traveling through the Keystone XL pipeline, tar sands oil would be brought to facilities in Texas to be further refi...

Why rejecting Keystone XL is a political winner for @barackobama: #noKXL

Why rejecting Keystone XL is a political winner...

cleantechnica.com 01 Jan '12, 4pm

The two-month deadline was set by Republicans in Congress, as a rider attached to the new spending bill. Before the rider ...

Keystone XL Victory Will Help Stop the Tar Sands, #noKXL by @agent350

Keystone XL Victory Will Help Stop the Tar Sand...

itsgettinghotinhere.org 24 Dec '11, 2pm

As political opposition to the tar sands grows, it’s going to be nearly impossible for oil companies to build the pipeline...

The Year In Dirty Energy: Keystone XL

desmogblog.com 30 Dec '11, 10pm

police force must have recently put in a big order for plasti-cuffs. The commencement of the Keystone XL pipeline protest ...

Half of Canadians Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline | Care2 Causes

Half of Canadians Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline |...

care2.com 25 Dec '11, 8am

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) believes it has the support of Canadians. CAPP President David Coll...

The Two Biggest Myths About the Keystone XL Tar...

treehugger.com 23 Dec '11, 9pm

Jungbim via Wikimedia Commons /CC BY-NC 2.0 There are really only two recurrent arguments the GOP trots out to defend the ...

THE POLITICS OF A PIPELINE.

THE POLITICS OF A PIPELINE.

green-energy-news.com 27 Dec '11, 2am

What’s NOT guaranteed with the construction of the pipeline is whether the additional supply of oil will mean lower prices...

Keystone XL NOT a Big Job Creator

planetsave.com 18 Dec '11, 4pm

Studies NOT conducted by TransCanada, the company wanting to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline Republicans in Congress ha...

Tax Bill Throws Obama into a Catch 22 Situation Over Keystone XL and Jobs: President Obama put off a decision on...

Tax Bill Throws Obama into a Catch 22 Situation...

ecopreneurist.com 19 Dec '11, 7pm

Republicans in the House have added a rider to the bill that would prevent a tax hike on the middle class. If the Senate i...

As Keystone XL victory looms, a ‘top enviro’ games out how to lose via @grist

As Keystone XL victory looms, a ‘top enviro’ ga...

grist.org 26 Dec '11, 7pm

Some guys just don't know how to win gracefully. Over at Rolling Stone , Jeff Goodell has a piece gaming out scenarios for...

Keystone XL is a tar sands pipeline to export o...

switchboard.nrdc.org 20 Dec '11, 2pm

One of the most important facts that is missing in the national debate surrounding the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipe...

6 reasons why America needs to say 'No' to the ...

switchboard.nrdc.org 18 Dec '11, 3pm

Legislation headed to the House this week gives President Obama 60 days to decide whether to approve construction of the K...

Greens poised to win on Keystone, refuse to act like it

Greens poised to win on Keystone, refuse to act...

grist.org 20 Dec '11, 12am

Cheer up! We're winning! Like everyone else, I have no idea how this fight over the payroll tax bill is going to play out....