Environmental 'gut check time' for Obama?
October 7th, 2011
08:21 AM ET
10 years ago

Environmental 'gut check time' for Obama?

(CNN) - Courtney Hight told herself not to cry as police handcuffed her outside the White House. "I knew I was doing the right thing," she said. "So I did not cry."

On a cloudy day last month Hight, a former member of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, took a huge career risk and joined more than 1,200 protesters who were demanding that President Obama deny a building permit for Keystone XL, a planned oil pipeline that would stretch from Alberta, Canada, to Texas.

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  1. steve

    It's funny how people scream for jobs, jobs, jobs, but when the there is a oportunity to create some they fight again it because it might endanger the rare field mice.

    October 7, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. diridi

    Sack Oil Companies is equal to sacking Saudi Greed., Get them...now, push Energy Independence, and Energy Efficiency, Natural Gas...etc, true, true, and true...

    October 7, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Here's the part that I find so odd. Companies that make their money selling petroleum products would naturally find competing forms of energy a threat. That's the easy part. So, why don't those same companies expand into the burgeoning industries? That's the odd part.

    I know they can simply buy these new companies, and kill the industry. That's been done for the last 30 years. But, wouldn't you think there would be more money in it to monopolize a new industry? Apparently, not. The profits are too good under the status quo.

    October 7, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Stop the Charade

    The Administration should take a page out of China's book and subsidize the solar cell business before China, which is already doing it by seliing solar cells below cost, runs everyone out of the business. We can't do that though because policians have sold their souls to big oil which is doing all it can to get another good ol' boy back in the White House.

    October 7, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |