Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.
A Rochester Business Journal survey done last week showed that a majority of Rochesterians are opposed to President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. The RBJ poll showed that 57% disagreed with the outcome, which came after more than seven years of review and debate within the administration.
About 58% of the 800 respondents also reported that they feel the Keystone project is an important aspect of American energy security and plays a key role in the country’s economy. To compare, only 23% say it’s not very important to those things, and 18% believe it isn’t important at all.
In March of last year, an RBJ poll showed much higher support of the project, with a 78% majority out of 800 respondents. The same poll also showed the 59% believed the project was very important to the energy security and economy of the United States.
“This pipeline would neither be a silver bullet for the economy, as was promised by some, nor the express lane to climate disaster proclaimed by others,” President Barack Obama said in his statement. However, he added, the pipeline “would not serve the national interest of the United States” and approving it would undermine U.S. leadership on climate change.
About two-thirds of the poll respondents reported being concerned about climate change, which is just slightly higher that the 62% that reported being concerned in a November 2012 poll.
The Keystone XL project was a proposed crude oil pipeline, with 875 miles of the total 1,179 miles being within the United States. It was supposed to deliver about 830,000 barrels of oil every day to the Gulf Coast from Canada.
The Keystone Pipeline System currently connects Hardisty, Alberta, and Steele City, NE, and has three phases already in operation. This would have been the fourth phase.
The system is owned by TransCanada Corp., which is based in Calgary. They and other supporters of the project say the pipeline would increase energy security and greatly benefit the American economy. However, the State Department has reported that the pipeline would have a “negligible impact” on U.S. energy security, would not actually lower gas prices for American consumers, and would only have a marginal benefit to the nation’s economy in the long run.
The Keystone decision was made a month before a summit will take place on climate change. The summit is said to be producing a global agreement on climate change.
Rochester Environment reports that many fear this summit is the last opportunity for quite some time to get a handle on greenhouse emissions and hazardous waste removal. Hazardous waste is defined by the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as waste which has the potential to cause or at the very least significantly contribute to an increase in deaths or serious illnesses. It also states that this waste must be properly treated, stored, transported, and disposed of.