Meet the Twitter account of the 15,500-page Keystone XL report

Pipe is stacked at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. A study commissioned by the State Department concludes that building the Keystone XL pipeline won't contribute to global warming, because Canadian tar sands oil will get to market with or without the pipeline.

First the Pope, now, a 15,500 page document?

The State Department environmental review of Keystone XL debuted quietly on Twitter last week with this tweet:

So far, the Twitter account has been jumping on the pro-pipeline hashtag #TimeToBuild bandwagon -- joining senators, representatives, and the Energy and Commerce Committee in pushing for approval of the pipeline.  

 Oh, and there is also a Lowe's promotional tweet reminding you summer is coming soon.

The account has a scant 102 followers, so there's a ways until it is anywhere near the Pope, or even the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has over 11,000 followers. 

No one has yet claimed authorship of the account. However, this #FollowFriday tweet might showcase a suspect.

The pipeline itself would transport oil from Canada’s tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The report the Twitter account is based on says that Canadian oil, dirty as it is, will be developed no matter what.

President Barack Obama has approved the southern section of the pipeline, but has yet to okay the northern half. The House is set to possibly vote on the pipeline this week, reports The Hill

 

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P. Kim Bui is a journalist focusing on social media and digital. You can follow her on Twitter at @kimbui.

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