April 25 News: Canada In DC To Lobby To Approve Fuse To Biggest Carbon Bomb On Planet

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources is in our nation’s capital today, lobbying Congress and the State Department to approve the Keystone pipeline. He will continue to face the reality that the pipeline will create only 35 permanent jobs, pump a lot of carbon into the atmosphere, and export a large portion of its tar sands oil abroad. [The Hill]

Green groups bashed comments Oliver made earlier Wednesday in which he said it is “simply not the case” that Keystone would facilitate oil exports.

The groups cited a State Department review of the pipeline and congressional testimony from Keystone builder TransCanada Corp. that indicated some of the oil would head overseas.

Responding to that, Oliver said, “I don’t think I said no oil would be exported.” He explained that claims that Canada plans to use the U.S. as a “conduit” for exports are “untrue.”

“My understanding is that most of it will not be exported,” he said.

Imagine a world in which we never stop burning carbon. [Atlantic]

Coal sludge impoundment wells may not be so well constructed. [Washington Post]

Two liquid natural gas fuel barges exploded in Alabama, seriously injuring three. [Huffington Post]

The Mississippi is overflowing smaller levees in the upper Midwest. [NPR]

Organizing for Action is entering a multi-year effort to enact climate legislation starting with a video of Congress’ climate denier greatest hits. [Huffington Post]

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Could we stop paying for electricity by the kilowatt-hour, and instead pay a flat fee like in the telecom industry? [GreenTech Media]

There could be bipartisan agreement in expanding the master-limited partnership — currently enjoyed by fossil fuel projects — to renewable energy projects. [National Journal]

The next time you hail a cab in New York, it might be an electric Nissan Leaf. [EarthTechling]

Tesla Motors stock reached an all-time high of $53 a share yesterday. [Gas2]

A byproduct of whiskey distillation will now power up to 9,000 homes in Scotland. [EarthTechling]

A House subcommittee will hold a climate science hearing at 10am (rescheduled due to a rainstorm in March) featuring Judith Curry, Bjorn Lomborg, and William Chameides. [House Science Committee]

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Apples depend on winter chill to thrive, so climate change could affect apple orchard production, or even lead to complete crop failure. [PennLive]