From the “our country is so freaking broken” department: remember that State Department environmental report on the Keystone XL Pipeline? You know, the one the State Dept dumped last Friday at 4 pm, the dust bin of wimpy, wussy government drones? Yes, the horribly flawed report that all but said there really were no negative environmental effects to building Keystone across 1000 lakes, aquifers, ranches, etc., because (to paraphrase with snark) “Hey, the tar sands are gonna be developed anyway so why worry?”
Well, hardly surprising news came out a couple of days ago that this very pro-Keystone environmental report was drafted by…Keystone!
Well, to be a bit more accurate, it “was written by a private consulting firm being paid by the pipeline’s owner [TransCanada]” and who also has ties to Exxon/Mobil, BP, and the Koch Bros.
Conflict of interest much? Geez, this one’s worthy of (silent) Justice Clarence Thomas.
Here’s the story from Think Progress:
- Andrew C (✓): ‘State Department’ Keystone XL Report Actually Written By TransCanada Contractor | Grist (grist.org)
- The Hill: Environmental activists reeling as Keystone pipeline gains momentum (junkscience.com)
- State Dept. finds few problems with Keystone XL – MarketWatch (articles.marketwatch.com)
- Brad Johnson: ‘State Department’ Keystone XL Report Actually Written By TransCanada Contractor (huffingtonpost.com)