This Week's Blogosphere Soup
The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline that would pump dirty tar sands oil from Canada through the Midwest was a big focus this week. For an update on the politics behind this asinine idea, click here. And check out Carl Pope's commentary:
This country has no shortage of controversial energy projects but the Keystone XL Scamline is in a class by itself. It has been and continues to be sold as a project that will increase supplies of Canadian tar sands oil in the United States. In fact, it is designed to reduce supplies of tar sands oil to Midwest customers. That's because the Koch Brothers and others who profit from tar sands oil are tired of the fact that gasoline in Missouri costs only $3.67 a gallon, while it is $4.07 in New York and $4.09 in California.
House Democrats are trying to figure out what's going on here. But the Koch Machine is on all cylinders:
Rep. Henry Waxman's attempts to find out if a proposed controversial Canada-to-U.S. Gulf Coast oil sands pipeline will benefit Koch Industries appears to have hit a dead end. At least for the time being. Representatives for billionaire brothers and oil magnates Charles and David Koch — major donors to GOP elections and influential conservative organizations — are evidently stonewalling the California Democrat about their possible financial interest in seeing the permit approved for TransCanada's proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline.
Tell the Koch Brothers to get the Koch out of your gear -- your beloved camping, hiking, and biking gear.
Also floating in the blogosphere this week:
-- Solar is losing money in Michigan because of a "schizophrenic" property tax.
-- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pulling the state out of a regional cap-and-trade program.
-- California considers banning harmful chemicals embedded in baby toys.
-- And lastly, we all survived last weekend's scheduled Judgment Day. Now the new day of annihilation is set for October 21. Mark your calendars.
-- Brian Foley