Obama’s former PR manager now working for TransCanada and other Keystone players

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From: Steve Horn
Date: Fri, May 3, 2013 at 9:10 AM
Subject: My Latest Investigation: “Obama’s Former PR Flack’s Firm Does PR For Keystone XL Pipeline, Tar Sands Rail Transport”

Hi All:

Below is my latest DeSmogBlog investigation on the corruption surrounding the Obama Administration’s looming Keystone XL northern half decision. 
Not only does his former PR flack’s (Anita Dunn) firm do PR for TransCanada, her husband Bob Bauer is Obama’s personal/political attorney and the attorney for the national Democratic Party. The icing on the cake is that Dunn’s firm also does PR work for the freight rail equivalent of the American Petroleum Institute, an industry cashing in on the tar sands boom by transporting equipment and the fuel itself to various markets and will continue to do so with or without KXL.
These are just some of the details – see the below for way more, including how the industry has found “other ways to skin the cat” and bring the tar sands to market like increased pipeline capacity in other tubes, and potential barging on the Mississippi River. 
Check it out and pass it along far and wide – thanks! Cross-posts very welcome, but please place a URL direct-back to the original piece on DeSmogBlog

Excerpt below.

Obama’s Former Communications Director’s Firm Does PR For Keystone XL Pipeline, Tar Sands Rail Transport

Double-dipping is a “no go” in the real world of eating chips and salsa with a circle of friends but an everyday reality in the world of lobbyists and PR professionals. Enter double-dipper Anita Dunn, former White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama who now runs the firm SKDKnickerbocker.

Dip one: TransCanada Corporation, which SKDK does public relations work for, as revealed in an Oct. 2012 New York Times investigation. TransCanada is the multinational corporation currently building the contentious southern half of theKeystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipeline, following the dictates of a March 2012 Obama Administration Executive Order. Within months, the fate of the border-crossing Alberta to Port Arthur, TX KXL export pipeline will also likely be decided by the U.S. State Department.

Dip two: Another SKDKnickerbocker client is the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the American Petroleum Institute trade association equivalent for the freight rail industry. Even without KXL – as covered previously on DeSmogBlog – tar sands crude can be moved to targeted markets via freight rail (coupled with pipeline capacity increases of other tubes and potential barging along Lake Superior).

Beneficiaries of tar sands transport via rail include AAR dues-paying member Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), owned by major Obama donor Warren Buffett via his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway. Shell Oil – a major Alberta tar sands extractor – also pays AAR member dues, which indicates Big Oil understands the strategic importance of rail transport.

Click here for far more.

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