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May 30, 2013 - 2:28 pm

The US State Department is starting to release 1.2 million public comments on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. Going into the comment period, environmental groups geared up to show their muscle. They promised that they would deliver one million comments from ordinary Americans who oppose the pipeline, which would create an estimated 20,000 jobs. The one-million comment march would, according to the pipeline’s foes, show a strong grassroots opposition to it, while also showing strong support for President Obama’s position scuttling the pipeline.

Keystone XL critics said they amassed more than 1 million comments against the pipeline to carry oil from Canada, showing what they called grassroots opposition to the $5.3 billion project.

Keystone will “contribute dramatically” to global warming and pose an “unacceptable risk to water,” according to a letter posted on the website of environmental group 350.org that visitors could electronically sign and submit to the State Department, which is reviewing the comments.

“The president said that he needed a movement to compel him to act,” Daniel Kessler, a spokesman for 350.org, said in an e-mail. “People are more fired up about this issue than any other enviro issue in a generation.”

If that’s true, Kessler may need to find a new definition for “fired up.” Or “more.”

As the 1.2 million comments begin to emerge from the State Department, more than half of them turn out to have come from Americans who support the pipeline. A source at the Consumer Energy Alliance told me today that 332,350 of the comments were gathered up by that organization. The CEA very much supports the Keystone XL, for its job creation, its promise of lowering Americans’ fuel prices, and for its positive impact on energy security.

The CEA also amassed 1,074 letters from elected officials in 24 states who support the pipeline.

The CEA was not the only pro-pipeline group gathering signatures. The American Petroleum Institute, which also supports the XL, amassed about 300,000 comments supporting it. All tolled, the two groups piled up well over 600,000 comments, or about half the total 1.2 million that the State Department will release.

That leaves about 600,000 available for 350.0rg, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups that oppose it.

Their goal was one million.

They didn’t even come close.

Also read: Misguided Energy Policy: Alone, Enough to Cause American Failure

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Also, the number of "signatures" from 350.org is equine body waste, since you can just click and click and click to "add signatures" or - as I just did - click and add a bogus email address, click and add another bogus email address, ad infinitum. My 10 clicks for demo purposes were myname@mailinator1,com, myname@mailinator2.com... etc. Each click I was thanked and taken back to click again. This is a petition in the sense that a Nobel Peace Prize rewards efforts to make peace.
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Also, I kind of like "all tolled". I may even steal it.
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All tolled, s/b All told,
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We're in real trouble in this country when industrial projects have to pass a popularity test before they can be permitted.
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Math has never been the left's strong point.
1 year ago
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The Unicorn Prince's fundraising goal for 2012 was $1 billion. He didn't even come close.

But he still got re-elected.

I'd feel better about these Keystone comments if the pro's were an *overwhelming* majority.
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Even then I'm not sure it would cause anything to happen. Too many wealthy "environmentalists" have contributed to Obama's campaigns.

Delay is the deadliest form of denial... .
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