Try to act surprised. It seems that the report that claimed the Keystone XL Pipeline would have negligible environmental impact was authored in part by quasi-representatives of TransCanada – the firm who stands to benefit from its construction. The Bush Obama Administration even had the TransCanada connected consultants’ work histories redacted in hopes that no one would know that the State Department’s report was not only wrong on the science but a product of political corruption.
From Mother Jones:
[W]hen it released the report, State hid an important fact from the public: Experts who helped draft the report had previously worked for TransCanada, the company looking to build the Keystone pipeline, and other energy companies poised to benefit from Keystone’s construction. State released documents in conjunction with the Keystone report in which these experts’ work histories were redacted so that anyone reading the documents wouldn’t know who’d previously hired them. Yet unredacted versions of these documents obtained by Mother Jones confirm that three experts working for an outside contractor had done consulting work for TransCanada and other oil companies with a stake in the Keystone’s approval.
Hope and change and stuff. Like many things (Wall Street), environmental policy has carried seamlessly over from one president to the next. The game is the same and it’s a loser for those concerned for the environment – which, in theory, is everyone. And given that NASA climate scientist James Hansen has said that exploiting the Canadian tar sands is game over for the planet, the stakes could not be higher.
Environmentalists recently stepped up their game, with the Sierra Club engaging in civil disobedience for the first time in its history. 48 people were arrested protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline in February, to no avail apparently. The game was rigged, stacked with TransCanada toadies before the review even started.
Insider reform activism seems like a fruitless exercise, is it time for something else?