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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Keystone XL pipeline: Obama rejects controversial project

Republicans set up election-year showdown by blasting Obama for decision, saying thousands of jobs have been lost, Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent,  Wednesday 18 January 2012

John Boehner, surrounded by other House Republicans, decries the state
 department's announcement that the US will not proceed with the
controversial Keystone Pipeline. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Barack Obama rejected the controversial Keystone tar sands pipeline on Wednesday, making good on a promise not to give in to a Republican ultimatum on the project.

The announcement from the state department – which was expected – was hailed by environmentalists as a victory.

But it sets up an election-year confrontation over the pipeline, which was to carry carbon-heavy crude from the tar sands of Alberta across the American heartland to refineries on the Texas coast.

However, TransCanada, the Canadian company which was seeking to build the pipeline, will be allowed to re-apply for permission to go ahead with the project.

"The Department's denial of the permit application does not preclude any subsequent permit application or applications for similar projects," the state department said in a statement said.

Obama, in his statement, pinned the blame for the decision on the Republicans for trying to push the administration to an earlier deadline. "The rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline's impact, he said. "This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the state department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people."

He said officials would continue to explore new pipeline routes

Environmental groups immediately hailed the decision as David versus Goliath victory for an unlikely coalition between national activists and Nebraska landowners opposed to the pipeline's route across an ecologically sensitive area known as the Sand Hills.

Industry groups – and Republicans – said the decision showed Obama did not care about jobs. There was also disappointment from the Canadian government, which had pushed hard for the pipeline.

As news spread on Wednesday of a forthcoming announcement, Bill McKibben, the environmentalist who galvanised opposition to the pipeline, said: "Assuming that what we're hearing is true, this isn't just the right call, it's the brave call. The knock on Barack Obama from many quarters has been that he's too conciliatory. But here, in the face of a naked threat from Big Oil to exact 'huge political consequences' he's stood up strong."

Damon Moglen, the climate campaigner of Friends of the Earth, cast the decision as an epic victory. When the project was first proposed, in August 2008, "No one thought we could win," he said

Industry groups said Obama was squandering a chance to create jobs through pipeline construction, and warned he would rue his decision come election day.

"This political decision offers hard evidence that creating jobs is not a high priority for this administration," said Tom Donohue, president of the Chamber of Commerce, which has pushed hard for the pipeline.

Mitt Romney, the Republican frontrunner, said the decision showed a "lack of seriousness" about bringing down unemployment, and that Obama was pandering to his political base.

Republicans in Congress echoed the jobs argument, and said they would try and put forward new legislation to push the project forward.

"President Obama is about to destroy tens of thousands of American jobs," a spokesman for Republican house speaker John Boehner said.

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has also pushed hard for the pipeline, telling the CBC earlier this week that the administration's earlier delays were made for "very bad political reasons".

In an extraordinary rant this month, the natural resources minister, Joe Oliver,lashed out at opponents of the pipeline as foreign radicals and jet-setting celebrities.

However, administration officials argued that Republicans would have to take some of the blame for the cancellation of the project.

The White House had warned repeatedly that it would be forced to turn down the nearly 1,700 mile pipeline, after Congress voted last month to give the administration a tight 60-day deadline to render its decision.

White House spokesman Jay Carney made it clear on Tuesday that Obama would not be stampeded into approving the project. "There was an attempt to short-circut the review process in a way that does not allow the kind of careful consideration of all the competing criteria here that needs to be done," he said. "It's a fallacy to suggest that the president would sign into law something when there isn't even an alternate route identified in Nebraska," he said.

In an official statement, the state department said: "The Department of State recommended to President Obama that the presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline be denied and, that at this time, the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline be determined not to serve the national interest."

The statement said officials had not had enough time for an adequate review of the project, given the 21 February deadline set by Congress. The State Department has final authority over the pipeline because it crosses international border with Canada.

The state department had earlier delayed a decision for up to a year, saying it needed to review additional routes through Nebraska.

That decision, which the state department attributed to intense grassroots opposition from Nebraska, was a political gift to Obama, saving him from making a decision on a project which had been cast as a choice between jobs or the environment.

The state department said at the time that the review, including a search for alternate routes across Nebraska, would likely delay a final decision until 2013.

TransCanada had begun to work with officials in Nebraska on finding a new path around the Sand Hills, adding about 100 additional miles to the route. Officials had indicated earlier they were close to agreeing on a new route.

But activists in Nebraska and Washington warned that they would be as ready to fight off a new tar sands pipeline. "If they do reapply, TransCanada will face the same valid public concerns and fierce opposition as the first time," said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, a campaigner for the Natural Resources Defence Council in Washington. "If they do reapply, TransCanada will face the same valid public concerns and fierce opposition as the first time."

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