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Pryor, Cotton call for Keystone Pipeline to open

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published May 12, 2014 at 7:16 a.m. Updated May 12, 2014 at 12:54 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and his re-election opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, made a joint appearance in Little Rock at a pipe manufacturer to call for the impasse on the Keystone XL Pipeline to end.

On Monday, Cotton and Pryor visited Welspun Corp. at the Port of Little Rock, which has 358 miles of pipe sitting outside an idle factory, waiting for the Keystone Pipeline to win approval. The company has another manufacturing site that's operating but has more than 200 workers currently laid off.

The U.S. House has approved building the pipeline and Pryor says he's working with a bipartisan group in the Senate and hopes the matter will come to a vote as soon as this week. President Barack Obama has blocked work on the line.

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LR1955 says... May 12, 2014 at 8:58 a.m.

They need to wear their hard hats and steel toe boots, that's a dangerous place, workers have died there.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... May 12, 2014 at 9:11 a.m.

Spoiler alert,,, they make pipes there.

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DRMGATSBY says... May 12, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.

I must say I have never seen a dumber TV ad campaign that that being implemented by Cotton. Even Alfred E. Newman should beat Pryor by a landslide, but Cotton on his present course, NO!

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Populist says... May 12, 2014 at 9:52 a.m.

DRMGatsby,

One poll has Pryor up by 11 points. I think it's due to those ads on Arkansasonline where Cotton has a crazy look on his face--kind of like Jack Nicholson in "The Shining".

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Reason says... May 12, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.

ding, ding, ding: The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) contends that Koch Exploration Canada, the Koch Industries subsidiary that buys and sells land for energy development, could profit by up to $100 billion with the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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The biggest non-Canadian lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David.
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The Koch Industries subsidiary holds leases on 1.1 million acres -- an area nearly the size of Delaware -- in the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada, according to an activist group that studied Alberta provincial records. The Post confirmed the group’s findings with Alberta Energy, the provincial government’s ministry of energy. Separately, industry sources familiar with oil sands leases said Koch’s lease holdings could be closer to two million acres. The companies with the next biggest net acreage positions in oil sands leases are Conoco Phillips and Shell, both close behind.

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80Redux says... May 12, 2014 at 2:27 p.m.

All americans could also become richer by paying less at the pump. Go peddle class envy somewhere else.

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nwar says... May 12, 2014 at 2:38 p.m.

If you think you're going to pay less a the pump because of the Keystone Pipeline, then guess again. By the Canadian company that owns the pipeline's own papers, they admit that they are now "overserving" the area around Arkansas and Oklahoma; where we happen to live. The new pipeline will allow them to bypass here and send more of the oil to gulf coast refineries and then off to China or whatever world's highest bidder is at the time. Prices will be expected to rise here as supply decreases.

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Reason says... May 12, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.

Congressional testimony:
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So, would TransCanada support US legislation requiring Canadian oil and products refined from it, such as diesel, to be sold only in the United States, asked Rep. Ed Markey (D) of Massachusetts, “so that this country realizes all of the energy security benefits your company and others have promised?”
Answer:
“No, I can't do that,” Mr. Pourbaix said.

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nwar says... May 12, 2014 at 3:24 p.m.

That's right reason. And our wonderful Congressional delegation voted against Markey's amendment -- because they know that oil is not intended for here and the Koch's and others seeking to make a fortune on this lined their pockets.

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