2011-09-28

New info-graphic shows that Keystone’s support is small but heavily funded

By Andrew Schenkel

Icongraphic: TckTckTck/TarSandsAction

A recent info-graphic posted to the Huffington Post’s Green section shows the disproportionately large amount of opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline compared to the support for it.

The graphic shows that there are literally seven major supporters for the pipeline. Compare that to the hundreds of thousands of individuals, elected officials, spiritual leaders and non-governmental organizations who are on the record opposing the plan. So how could a pipeline proposal facing such strong opposition continue to fly though the United States federal government’s approval process as easily as it has so far? The answer lies in the deep pockets of those seven supporters and supporting organizations.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Koch Brothers, ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute and Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal are among the seven organizations that have advocated for the construction of the pipeline. Thus far the multi-billion dollar arsenal of this small group has trumped the mass of citizens opposing the pipeline. This small group of high priced dirty industry barons have also purchased the support of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as well as the Alberta provincial government.

As you can see below, the info-graphic did still leave a question mark for President Obama’s position on the pipeline. This is a head scratcher since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been directly tied with lobbyists with TransCanada, the company who will own and run the KeystoneXL. Still, the question mark shows that the president could still step in to block the pipeline, but given the deep pockets of those listed on the left of the info-graphic its getting harder and harder to envision Obama’s name being added to the right.