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2 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2013 - 3:09PM #1
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Late on a Friday afternoon in early March, the State Department released a 2,000-page draft report downplaying the environmental risks of the northern portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would ferry oil from Canada's tar sands to refineries in Texas, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. But when 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.

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2013 - 4:34PM #2
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No one should be surprised at this. The Canadian Oil companies, in conjunction with American refineries, stand to make billions of dollars, so of course they would lie about it.

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2013 - 8:51PM #3
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Ainsi soit il.

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2013 - 9:37PM #4
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Mar 31, 2013 -- 8:51PM, farragut wrote:

Ainsi soit il.


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2 years ago  ::  Apr 02, 2013 - 5:10PM #5
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Of course, you could set it up so that the oil companies hire all the most expensive, experienced, and competent consultants, and the government, by policy, uses the less experienced and competent ones, but that may be another way to degrade the decision making process.

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