Keystone pipeline protesters bound for Pac Heights

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Environmentalists plan to protest the Keystone XL pipeline when Obama visits SF.
PHOTO COURTESY CREDO ACTION

Environmentalists opposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline are gearing up to protest in San Francisco's wealthy Pacific Heights neighborhood on April 3, when President Barack Obama will dine with the city's upper crust for a Democratic Party fundraiser.

Credo Action – the advocacy arm of telecom Credo Mobile – is mobilizing the protest in tandem with the Sierra Club, 350.org and Friends of the Earth. Credo Action political director Becky Bond says she expects around 1,000 protesters to turn out. Since the pipeline will traverse international boundaries, Obama has the power to reject permits for its construction, and environmentalists across the country are calling upon him to do so.

There have been protests outside the White House, but Bond says environmentalists' goal is to follow the president wherever he goes to demonstrate Keystone XL opposition. “Everywhere he has a public appearance he’ll find protesters – even if he’s attending a [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] fundraiser in Pac Heights,” Bond told the Guardian. “Before we can get behind any part of his agenda, he needs to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He doesn’t realize how much this will hurt him, both in his base and with his donors.”

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Obama will make two different stops in Pac Heights when he visits San Francisco early next month. The main attraction will be a $32,500-per-person dinner hosted by philanthropists Ann and Gordon Getty at their mansion, listed as 2870 Broadway on Credo Action’s event announcement. The Getty family fortune, as it happens, was originally derived from the oil industry. 

Obama’s other fundraising stop, meanwhile, raises some interesting questions. 

The LA Times reports that prior to dining with the Gettys, Obama will attend “a $5,000-per-person cocktail reception at the home of Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund manager.”

Steyer isn't just any former hedge fund manager – he’s a billionaire and founder of Farallon Capital, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. Steyer is also a self-proclaimed environmentalist – he recently told the San Francisco Chronicle, “I believe global warming is the big moral issue of our time.” 

He made headlines earlier this week when he pledged to fund an opposition campaign challenging Congressional representative Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat running for Senate, because Lynch supports the Keystone XL pipeline. Perhaps Obama will get an earful on Keystone inside Steyer’s mansion as well as from protesters out on the street.

As a side note, Steyer’s grave concern about climate change apparently hasn’t always prevented him from investing in the fossil fuel industry. According to this report, Farallon Capital bought up 1.8 million shares of BP stock in August of 2011 – after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill utterly devastated the Gulf of Mexico.

Comments

Word is he will allow the pipeline anyway, but don't let thats top you guys trying to disturb his enjoyment of the petit fois gras vol-au-vents.

I'm long BP too. Makes sense for as long as the market is under-valuing it based on the hype from DH. Word - the Gulf wasn't devastated - it's doing just fine now.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

and you would have bet long on Hitler in 1942 too, because you are a piece of filth with no moral values whatsoever.

Posted by Buest on Mar. 24, 2013 @ 12:58 am

Mystery 'oil sheen' grows near site of BP Gulf disaster, says researcher
http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/31/16792048-mystery-oil-sheen-g...

Quote from article:

Dearth of wildlife
Regardless of the source of the sheen, more disheartening to Schumaker is the "dearth of marine life" in a 30 to 50 mile radius of the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. She’s flies just about every month all year long.

"Since the fall of 2011, now about 14 months, I see no turtles, few if any dolphins, few if any rays — Manta rays, cownose, golden rays, any of them — few sharks, few bait balls, all of the things we used to see," she said.

That doesn’t mean the wildlife is dead, she noted, but what they eat may no longer be plentiful. As a result, they are going elsewhere to find food.

A study published in August 2012 found that dispersants used during the spill response may have damaged the microoganisms at the bottom of the food chain, which would have dire implications for fish and larger sea animals.

"I guess the Gulf of Mexico in these parts is a stinky, dead desert for its previous visitors," Schumaker said in an email to NBC News.

As for the Keystone XL Pipeline: All but 1,700 miles of it is already built by a Canadian company. The rest of it will be built by the same company. No jobs for the U.S. of course, and the U.S. gets all of the environmental damage. Also, the oil will be put on the world market and sold anywhere in the world. Congress is trying to do a runaround and pass the pipeline without the White House resident getting his "hands dirty" by approving it (so that the Obamabots will say, "see, he didn't approve it; you have to blame congress and not my savior Obama"). I guess we'll all cook together on a very hot planet too, including willfully-ignorant "Guest" (the first comment....as always... one wonders if "Guest" pays for top posting on this site). S/he must get some sort of thrill out of it. Not much else going on in that life obviously.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

is Prince William Sound.

The pipeline will create 30,000 US jobs.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

some resorts are claiming there is now more marine life than before, due to the 20 billion spent on cleanup.

Prince William Sound is also cleaner than before the Exxon Valdez spill.

The ocean has an innate ability to recover from such spills.

Posted by anon on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

and clean energy will create millions of U.S. jobs. The whole point of the pipeline is to ship refined canadian oil to Europe, while ensuring that we all die before the end of this century.

Posted by Buest on Mar. 24, 2013 @ 1:00 am

More of the stuff was dumped into the ocean than ever before to keep people from seeing what the true scale of the crime was. Who could have guessed that the dispresant which had never been tested for its effect on wildlife, used in massive quantities as *never* before, would have caused any trouble?

Certainly not any of the bootlicker trolls who plage this forum or other similar ones.

Posted by lillipublicans on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

Oh wait, you don't have any.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

The spreading slick of blame for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill
BP and its contractors bear primary responsibility for the disaster. But regulators, the White House, even we share in it, too
Friday 1 March 2013 11.38 EST

It's now almost three years since the tragedy killed 11 men and triggered the worst oil spill in US history. The impact is still being felt in the gulf where disturbing numbers of dolphins and turtles are still being found dead on the beaches.

If you fly over the Gulf today, you will see the sheen of oil everywhere. Each oily patch constitutes an act of negligence to some degree, but some spillage is probably inevitable given the 4,000 active oil and gas platforms in the Gulf.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/01/bp-deepwater-horizon...

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

Natural Resources Defense Council:

http://www.nrdc.org/energy/gulfspill/belowsurface.asp

Also...

Two years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a sorry legacy of enduring damage, a people wronged and a region scarred remains. The BP oil rig that exploded killed 11 workers and spewed some 170 million gallons of toxic crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Whether we look to habitat and wildlife, employment and pay, or basic health and family welfare, the BP oil blowout has devastated the region. The people of the Gulf Coast still live with the disaster every day.

http://www.nrdc.org/energy/gulfspill/

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

"when President Barack Obama will dine with the city's upper crust for a Democratic Party fundraiser."

Translation: Obama will eat with the city's backwater cesspool for a Democratic Party shills and operatives fundraiser in order to keep their charade going.

Meanwhile, for people who are not the bourgeois elite (of the one party system with two names):

Going after social security and medicare:

Prominent so-called "Democrats" — including Obama and Pelosi — are openly suggesting that Medicare be "means-tested" (Orwellian word manipulation) and Social Security payments be reduced by applying a lower adjustment for inflation." When are these people going to take a reduction in their generous benefits that they receive? I have a feeling it won't be any time soon.

And:

US Senate budget bill makes sequester cuts permanent
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/03/21/sequ-m21.html
(If you don't like this link, find your own).

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

Related: Prince William Sound

Twenty years after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound, oil persists in the region and, in some places, "is nearly as toxic as it was the first few weeks after the spill," according to the council overseeing restoration efforts.

"This Exxon Valdez oil is decreasing at a rate of 0-4 percent per year," the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council stated in a report marking Tuesday's 20th anniversary of the worst oil spill in U.S. waters. "At this rate, the remaining oil will take decades and possibly centuries to disappear entirely."

The most recent article I could find about it:

Put this title in your search engine:
Oil plagues sound 20 years after Exxon Valdez

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

some claims that it is true. Google "the earth is flat" and you come up with millions.

But that is a really terrible way to try and acquire knowledge. Try googling "Prince William Sound is now cleaner . . ! and you will get some very different reports.

"Debate by googling" is a sad commentary on what passes for intellectual rigor these days.

Posted by anon on Mar. 22, 2013 @ 5:56 am

It's interesting to me that most of these comments are about oil in the ocean and the clean up that didn't work. The protest is over a pipeline that is on the ground and not in the ocean. It seems the liberals are bashing everything. If you are concerned about the ocean and the mess left by a spill why would you also protest a pipeline on the ground? Why protest thousands of jobs, dependency on foreign oil and boosting the economy of the USA? The same people protested the Alaskan pipeline and that turned out to be a very good thing for the economy and wildlife as well. There is plenty to protest Obama about but this is ridiculous. Protest his continued campaign and corporations giving him millions of dollars. Protest him signing a UN deal to ban guns or protest his cover up and continued lies about Fast and Furious. All more important than your misguided efforts over this pipeline.

Posted by jcb on Mar. 22, 2013 @ 10:49 am

All of the things that you have suggested someone protest Obama over have been and are still protested on some message forums, and here on occasion. First you whine about people presenting information about oil and the oceans which was in response to the willfully-ignorant right-wing trolls on here bringing up Prince William Sound. But since you don't want protest of the Keystone, you instead try to divert attention to other issues but those other issues have nothing to do with oil. So since you whined about people talking about oceans and oil why would you want someone to talk about something completely off topic unrelated to oil? Your hypocrisy is noted and so is your total ignorance.

The Keystone XL pipeline is on top of a freshwater aquifer. DUH! The oil it carries is extremely heavy oil. That means it will have lots of grit and sand in it which will erode the pipe and the pipe will leak. Put in your search engine: pipe leaking on top of ground.

That happens a lot. Please inform yourself and stop spewing so much right-wing ignorant rhetoric.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 22, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

always deflect.

Since they usually can't refute the points you make against them, they attempt to convince you that you are somehow wrong to make them.

Posted by lillipublicans on Mar. 22, 2013 @ 6:02 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 22, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

"And lefties always generalize" LOL.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 22, 2013 @ 7:42 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 22, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

and make the point I was making because it was generalization?

Posted by lillipublicans on Mar. 22, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

And is a common but false basis for spreading fear and hate.

Posted by anon on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 10:05 am

And so what is your excuse, pathetic troll?

Posted by marcos on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 10:12 am

so I would not know.

Posted by anon on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 10:38 am

You're the most generalizing, bigoted class warrior on this site, and that's saying quite a lot.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 11:52 am

When generalizing wildly, at least try and keep your targets straight.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

No, please, hold forth in broad generalizations about how bad generalizing is when other people do it, expound!

Posted by marcos on Mar. 22, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

told u there was a earthquake coming and it xdid there will be a stronger one 8.0 if keystone xl pipeline keeps going the mother is speaking out by the earthquakes ,,, like i said ,,tick tock tick tock tick tock ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2013 @ 8:03 am

FYI: Late last Friday (03.22.12), the cesspool known as the U.S. Senate voted for a non-binding resolution in favour of the Keystone XL Pipeline by a vote of 62-37. Big oil spent nearly $31 Million bribing their political prostitutes (no disrespect intended to sex workers).

Posted by Guest on Mar. 24, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

the greater energy independence it will give us had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Given the level of ignorance displayed on this thread by posters here, it would seem that more than 31 million should have been spent educating people.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 24, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

I googled "30,000 jobs and Keystone pipeline" and nothing comes up.

Please provide a credible link to this "30,000 jobs and Keystone pipeline" claim you're making. Or did you make the whole thing up, as usual?

The reality:

Any jobs will go to the TransCanada Corporation in Canada. That is the company building the pipeline. The U.S. is not building the pipeline. Please inform yourself and stop spreading your bullshit newspeak. You are the most willful-ignorant troll on here, consistently. And I suppose you're proud of your ignorance. You sound like the typical USan sheeple.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 24, 2013 @ 5:34 pm