Friday, November 11, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Jim Brown.
Part One of The Current
It's Friday, November 11th.
Remembrance day, the day to honour the sacrifice of more than 100 thousand men and women who died in Canada's wars.
There's no irony today. It's Remembrance Day
This is the Current.
Is the Keystone Pipeline project in trouble? - David Domina
We started this segment with a clip from TransCanada Pipeline spokesperson Shawn Howard speaking last week when rumours first started to fly that the US State Department was considering a route change for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The US still hasn't made up it's mind -- and it won't until at least 2013, after the next presidential election. In the meantime, routes that don't cut through Nebraska's Sand Hills region will be explored. Many Nebraskans objected to the route and pressured their politicians for change.
TransCanada's president and Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling believes the pipeline will eventually be approved. But he warns ... If Keystone XL dies, Americans will still wake up the next morning and continue to import 10 million barrels of oil from repressive nations, without the benefit of thousands of jobs and long term energy security,That would be a tragedy.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he's disappointed as well, but in a statement said he's confident the project would still go ahead. Nebraska's governor seems delighted with the delay. But Dave Heineman suggests he'll be wary until the final decision is made.
Other Nebraskans already claim victory. David Domina is a lawyer who represents about 45 landowners worried about losing their land to TransCanada. He was in Omaha.
Is the Keystone Pipeline project in trouble? - Kevin O'Grady
Alberta's Premier Alison Redford says she hopes the US decision is based on science and evidence and not rhetoric from well-organized interest groups.
Other Albertans are also confused by the lack of decisiveness. Kevin O'Grady is the mayor of Hardisty, Alberta - the starting point for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. He was in Hardisty, Alberta.
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