Rupert Murdoch Tweets Opposition To Keystone XL: It Brings ‘Lots of Heavy, Dirty Oil Across Country’

Over the weekend, 35,000 Forward On Climate protesters called on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. They apparently had one surprising ally: News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch.

In a series of tweets Friday, Murdoch questioned if the Keystone XL project is worth the risk:

Murdoch’s two tweets do manage to misrepresent clean energy and natural gas, which is not surprising from the oil shale investor. There is nothing ridiculous about wind energy when it is beating natural gas in new capacity and supports 76,000 jobs; at the same time, methane emissions from natural gas poses a major climate threat.

But Murdoch still alludes to one painful fact. Fully exploiting Canadian tar sands crude through Keystone XL, while burning oil, gas, and coal, would mean “game over” for the climate, since the carbon-intensive tar sands contain more emissions than our entire global consumption in history.

He would never have known this watching News Corp-owned Fox News, given some of the network’s grossly exaggerated claims about the pipeline’s benefits. Fox reporting includes ratcheting up the number of jobs TransCanada would create to “hundreds of thousands” or a “million,” when the project is poised to create just 20 permanent jobs. Throughout its coverage, Fox has mostly quoted Keystone XL proponents, and after the historic climate rally this weekend, Neil Cavuto mocked protesters for holding a global warming rally during winter.

(HT: Houston Chronicle)

14 Responses to Rupert Murdoch Tweets Opposition To Keystone XL: It Brings ‘Lots of Heavy, Dirty Oil Across Country’

  1. Joan Savage says:


    Murdoch’s tweets are not repudiations of the Keystone XL based on climate change issues.

    “ridiculous windmills” and “fracked” give it away.

    Follow the money.

    Murdoch clearly wants the US market for energy to be from domestic fracked sources. When he says ‘cleaner,’ I read that as gas.

    I don’t know his investment profile. Does he own interests in Bakken shale in North Dakota and/or oil shales in Utah? Or fracked gas fields in Texas and Colorado? Other.

    But he is definitely – not – speaking out on climate change in either of those two tweets.

  2. Mark E says:

    His fingers are probably also into entities that stand to profit if one of the other transport/refining pathways ends up being used for the tar sands, instead of Keystone.

    (Stop ’em all cold, is what I say)

  3. Paul Magnus says:

    Interesting to see if Fox now follows this line…

  4. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    Was @rupertmurdoch hacked?

  5. SecularAnimist says:

    Anyone who talks about “windmills” is ridiculous.

    Windmills are obsolete, antique machines once used to grind grain.

    Wind TURBINES, on the other hand, are modern, high-tech machines which in 2012 added more electric generation capacity to the US grid than any other source.

  6. bSpittle says:

    Sounds like a good time to invest in wind power companies.

  7. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    ‘If’!!?? If Rupert said that the moon was green cheese, 149 out of his 150 rags and titles would be headlining the ‘scoop’ the next day. ‘Big Brother’ Rupe doesn’t do dissent.

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Are you accusing Wendy of being an infiltrator?

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    ‘Windmill’ is a favourite term of abuse for the hardcore denialists, and it often features amongst Big Brother Rupe’s menagerie of Rightwing screechers, his ‘Opinion’ writers.

  10. Merrelyn Emery says:

    I agree but don’t knock the good old windmill. They are all over rural Oz and power lots of things like pumping water to keep animals alive, ME

  11. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    What would we tilt at, if there were no windmills, eh, Sancho?

  12. prokaryotes says:

    These 2 tweets contradict themself.

  13. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    No, I was merely suggesting that Rupert’s twitter account might have been Shanghaied by the Peoples Army.