Gore, GOP gov team up to stop TransCanada pipeline

Posted: Sep 6, 2011

Written by

SHELDON ALBERTS, Calgary Herald
Proposed Keystone XL route

Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman have almost nothing in common politically. One is a progressive Democrat, the other a conservative Republican. But the men now have a common cause: halting TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline.

With daily anti-pipeline protests still ongoing at the White House, Gore has issued a statement urging U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the Calgary-based company's application for a permit to build the 2,700-kilometre oilsands pipeline.

Somewhat more interesting — and potentially more consequential for Keystone XL's future — is the decision by Nebraska's Heineman to side with the green community. In his own letter to Obama this week, Heineman said the environmental risks to a precious Nebraska resource — the vast Ogallala Aquifer - are reason enough to block the pipeline.

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