May 21 News: GOP Plans Keystone Approval Vote Tomorrow, House Dems Clarify True Impact

Our thoughts this morning are with those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives should pass a bill aiming to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, but some House Democrats are trying to offer amendments to clarify the true nature of the project. [The Hill]

The House is expected to easily pass a Keystone XL pipeline approval bill this week with bipartisan support, but liberal Democrats that oppose the project will try to land some punches too.

Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) wants a floor vote on an amendment requiring that oil transported through the Canada-to-Texas oil sands pipeline — and any refined products made from it — remain in the U.S. …

Holt’s export ban amendment is one of several submitted thus far to the House Rules Committee, which will meet late Tuesday afternoon to decide which amendments will receive votes on the floor the next day. …

And a separate amendment from Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) requires that prior to the pipeline approval taking effect, TransCanada must “disclose its campaign contributions and other electioneering expenditures over the previous five years to the public,” a summary states.

A good brief summary of what can be said about tornadoes and climate change (hint: it’s complicated). [Grist]

Chris Christie says there is no “proof” that climate change helped cause Superstorm Sandy. [WNYC]

Pakistan, facing extreme heat and electric blackouts, is turning off air conditioning in public building and directing civil servants to not wear socks. [Guardian]

Governor Sean Parnell of Alaska told the Chamber of Commerce that Alaska would contribute $50 million to model how much oil is in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to better lobby the federal government to permit oil companies to “recover” oil from the refuge. [LA Times]

Ernest Moniz gets sworn in as Energy Secretary today. [The Hill]

The United States and European Union have decided to negotiate a settlement among a set of antidumping cases with China involving solar panel exports. [Bloomberg, New York Times]

Organizing for Action, the successor to the Obama campaign, has listed dozens of climate deniers in Congress and is asking supporters to “call them out.” [Organizing for Action]

The Post reports on the “impatient” Obama supporters who want action on climate change, do not see enough executive action, and are planning protests of OFA meetings. [Washington Post]

Yes, we’re definitely over 400 parts of carbon dioxide per million parts of air in the atmosphere now. [LA Times]

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is criticizing green groups for suing the EPA for failing to meet a regulatory deadline or requirement. [The Hill]

The largest wind farm on tribal land will proceed in Oklahoma, with Cherokee Nation, Kaw Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Pawnee Nation and Ponca Nation expecting $16 million in revenue over 20 years. [Sustainable Business]

Electric plug-in car sales have passed 100,000, according to EV America, with the market approaching 48 percent growth. [EarthTechling]

13 Responses to May 21 News: GOP Plans Keystone Approval Vote Tomorrow, House Dems Clarify True Impact

  1. Zimzone says:

    Keystone reminds us all that with enough time, money & political kickbacks, you can still sell a big lie to a majority of people.

    As we cross the 400ppm threshold, the LAST thing we should be doing is approving this monstrosity of a fossil fuel facade.

  2. Sasparilla says:


  3. Sasparilla says:

    Alaskan villages try “climigration” in the face of climate change

    Article has great picture of Alaskan permafrost falling into the ocean.

  4. Raul M. says:

    Thanks, for telling about OFA reveal.

  5. fj says:

    Great seeing the OFA action to get Obama to start urgent action on climate change.

    There must be no let up until he provides the necessary climate leadership to battle extremely dangerous and rapidly accelerating climate change at wartime speed.

  6. fj says:

    All politicians who do not understand the extreme and immediate danger of accelerating climate change must be held accountable.

  7. fj says:

    . . . Democracy has no place for representatives with this level of ignorance and or corruption.

  8. Mark Shapiro says:

    While confrontation and anger have their place, we can also improve our communication skills. I second the recommendation (from another CP commenter) to read TalkingClimate, here:

    Worth reading and considering.

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Yes, but those valiant Democrats are going to ‘add language’ to the document of death. What a victory! What strength of character! What noblesse oblige! Some might even contemplate selling their fossil fuel stocks-well for a while, I suppose, possibly.

  10. prokaryotes says:

    Supreme Court declines to hear Alaska climate change case

    The appeals court said that Kivalina could not pursue its lawsuit under federal common law because the Clean Air Act and Obama administration regulations aimed at cutting emissions displaced such claims.

  11. Raul M. says:
    Terrestrial Ecosystem Loss and Biosphere Collapse abstract shows a reasonable bibliography to expound boundaries.