The Keystone XL was one of our topics for the tomorrow’s Sustainable Sundays segments, but then I just heard last night that what I said last year about states dealing on their own (http://sunsetdaily.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/does-obama-ever-do-anything-he-says-he-is-gonna-do/), had more of a meaning than ever thought it did and honestly, I am spent over the XL issue. When I said that sentence last year about them dealing by state makes sense now. I feel like I have done so much work over the last 5 years to get right back to us going nowhere fast because the system is fixed again for these people in Big Oil.
Not one activist over the last few years ever mentioned to me or to anyone I know that what we were fighting for if you will, was/is over a few mile span of land up near the Canadian Border. It’s a farce. This keystone XL protests are futile. Its worthless and a total waste of time.
What i mean is that considering the NAFTA laws set in place back in da day, the ONLY issue we are fighting for today, or fighting against all of these years is/are these international commerce issues I guess. Or, maybe it is more about the international transport of that oil from Canada into the States and down into the port in the Gulf of Mexico.
Therefore, my joking about the state’s building the pipelines with or without any so-called approval from the government and from our President was NOT a joke. The plan was obviously to build the pipelines by state and even if they canNOT build the pipeline over the Canadian border, the private Canadian oil company can merely truck the oil into the states before dumping the oil into the pipeline starting in Montana and just a mile or two over the Canadian/USA border.
It would cost them a lot less money to connect a pipe to and from Canada and the states, but still, its small cost to pay to get it done.
What I now hate is the “lesser of all evil” mentality that has even now seeped into the far left winged media (Ed Shultz, Bill Maher, etc.) outlets because they are now saying that it is gonna be done anyway, and so we should deal safer than when they transport that oil via train or via trucks. Governor Brian Schweitzer then also makes the claim that this particular type of oil is “just as bad as the oil we bring in from Argentina and what we extract from the ground in Bakersfield, CA.”
As if that makes it ok to use. That is the actually most asinine mentality for humans with brains to say out loud and it’s because we have other ways and means to deal with energy. If we had no other way to deal and if we did not have better ways to deal that are better for the earth, I would not be writing this letter today. But we do have alternative ways to deal. No one wants to embark on it and ironically that would create real jobs perpetually and not part-time like the ones this pipeline would bring to people in the states. This thing will create a few K temporary jobs finishing up the building of the pipelines. And, then it would create a mere 34 jobs is what i say even though the Defense Department or (John) Kerry’s division (which for some reason is involved in this issue but anyway…) says it would create a whopping 50 permanent jobs.
Come on now. Thats the trade-off here?
I am back to discussing this issue with great regard to their being logic because again, and again, and again, this is fixed. They (big oil) are gonna do it regardless of whether the President and Congress signs off on it. It does not even matter if the President or if the Congress gets involved because its fixed. Its set. Its done. It is done by law.
As it has stood since the day that NAFTA agreement was signed back in the 90s, they have to merely account for a 2 mile span of pipe to bring over the Canadian and American borderline. Nothing else about that pipeline matters. 99.99999% of the pipeline can legally be built without any congressional and Presidential approvals. That is exactly why this is alotta running round in circles here. Any protesting or activism won’t matter because the system in this regard is fixed. They will have that pipeline built and what am I saying here? Thats why the states have been building their parts of the pipeline on their own anyway.
I think I also heard that these states are building on people’s private property making some legal claim that it is helping America progress falling back on some antiquated law written in like 1944. These diabolical people fall back on any laws that suits them fine to be able to rationalize their plundering of the earth for a certain few people to make money off doing it.
Regardless of me and how I am disenchanted about any protesting towards the stopping of the building of any more of the Keystone XL Pipeline, here is tomorrows Sustainable Sunday that is entitled, KeyStone XL but I am posting it today with my rant about how I feel about it today…..:
Stopping one pipeline won’t to stop the growth of the fossil fuel industry. But the Keystone pipeline encourages the development for many decades of Alberta’s tar sands, some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet.
Last week, in one of many steps that must be taken in the process, the State Department released an analysis claiming the Canada-U.S. pipeline will have a minimal impact on carbon emissions–because those tar sands will be developed anyway. The analysis is answering the narrowest question, to misleading effect. The pipeline isn’t the polluter; the development of the tar sands is. But the pipeline is part of developing the market for tar sands.
What’s missing? The moral compass. The United States cannot control Canadian industry. But we can, and must, refuse to be complicit–refuse to be a partner–in harvesting this filthy fuel.
Keystone is not only a pipeline to worsening climate change. It is also a symbol. Symbols are powerful. They ignite public awareness. They inspire engagement.
The fight against the Keystone pipeline is about our fight against the greenhouse gas pollution that is disrupting our climate, and causing extreme weather, droughts, floods, and sea level rise all over the world.
The State Department report will trigger a presidential review. Obama will decide if Keystone XL is in our national interest. It is not.
Keystone is about yesterday’s power. We must focus–as engineers, economists, and parents and consumers–on tomorrow’s power. Our goal is to power our country with energy that is clean, affordable, and sustainable.
We must defeat the Keystone pipeline. Meanwhile, Moms Clean Air Force will continue to defend EPA’s regulation of carbon pollution: right now that’s the most ambitious plan to cut carbon pollution and slow down climate disruption.
Last Friday, the U.S. State Department released their final assessment on the environmental risks of the proposal to build the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.
Following the release of the final environmental impact statement, Secretary of State John Kerry will have an opportunity to make a decision on the pipeline before it reaches President Obama’s desk.
The survival of thousands of woodland caribou in Alberta, Canada and many more wildlife is at stake with this pipeline decision, so it is absolutely critical that Secretary Kerry hear the strong opposition from America’s wildlife advocates.
Sadly, the woodland caribou’s boreal forest habitat is already rapidly disappearing due to timber, oil and gas development. And now, what remains of their fragile habitat is threatened by massive expansion of tar sands if the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline is approved.
Woodland caribou require large tracts of relatively undisturbed old growth forest for their food and shelter. We know that if the Keystone XL pipeline is approved, the associated tar sands strip mining would destroy a 1,200 square mile swath of forest and devastate the fragile eco-system on which they depend. In fact, if habitat destruction from tar sands is not stopped, scientists predict that some herds in the region could disappear in as little as 30 years!
We only have a few weeks to demonstrate to Secretary Kerry the significant public concern there is about the risks—to wildlife and the environment—of building the Keystone XL pipeline. Hearing from wildlife advocates will be crucial as Secretary Kerry’s initial decision will weigh heavily into President Obama’s final decision on this destructive pipeline proposal.
In addition to the dramatic loss of habitat, the pipeline would also significantly increase the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change and already harming wildlife across the country.
Secretary Kerry has spoken out about environmental issues that imperil wildlife and has been a champion for strong climate change action in the past.
Now it is critical that Secretary Kerry hears from as many people as possible about how harmful this dirty pipeline would be for woodland caribou and many more wildlife—so he and President Obama can reject Keystone XL once and for all.
We only have a small window to voice our concerns to Secretary Kerry about the risks to wildlife.
Secretary Kerry’s State Department issued its long-awaited report on the environmental impacts of the dirty, dangerous Keystone XL pipeline. This marks a pivotal moment in the fight against the pipeline. Now it’s your turn to weigh in: before Secretary Kerry makes his recommendation to the president, there is a 30 day public comment period.
The Keystone XL pipeline creates tremendous risk of devastating spills right in our heartland by pumping a torrent of toxic tar sands oil from Canada straight through the United States. It would endanger water supplies, destroy forests and worsen climate change at an intolerable rate.
Ever since it was proposed almost six years ago, we’ve been told that this pipeline is inevitable, but we keep beating the odds. Thanks to activists like you, we have stopped the pipeline from being built time and again — but the fight is not over. We can win this, but we’re going to need all hands on deck.
From the beginning, the State Department’s handling of the Keystone XL review has been mired in insider dealing and conflicts of interest. This latest report was written by a dues-paying member of the American Petroleum Institute. This firm, ERM, lied to the government about its extensive ties to pipeline builder TransCanada and to more than a dozen oil companies with a huge financial stake in Keystone XL. ERM and State Department employees have tried to cover up those lies, prompting an inspector general investigation that is due any day now.
In an effort to slip this past the American people, the State Department issued this environmental review on the Friday afternoon before the Super Bowl. But even before the report was officially released, the oil industry and the Canadian government were spinning the report as “proof” that the Keystone XL would somehow not accelerate climate change.
We’re trying to get to the bottom of how Big Oil and a foreign government seemed to know about the contents of this crucial report before Congress or the American people did. But even a corrupted review, performed by a contractor with ties to the oil industry, couldn’t hide the fact that the pipeline is not in the national interest.
John Kerry has a decades-long record as a climate champion. But if he lends his support to this dirty pipeline based on a biased review, that legacy will be irreparably tarnished. We have very little time to convince Secretary Kerry to put the real facts about the risks for our lands and our climate into that report. Will you speak out now?
On Monday night, thousands went out into the streets of cities across the country to demand the President protect the climate by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline. It was beautiful.
The vigils were rapidly organized because we just moved a step closer to discovering what President Obama’s true climate legacy will be. On Friday, the State Department released the environmental assesment for the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline. We need to respond urgently to ensure Secretary Kerry can’t ignore Keystone XL’s threat to the climate.
The report confirmed what we already knew – the pipeline will be a disaster for the climate. In fact, the assessment concludes that Keystone XL will emit upwards of 27.4 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, creating the equivalent climate pollution of nearly 6 million cars each year.
Following the report, Secretary of State John Kerry must tell President Obama whether he thinks it is “in our national interest” to approve this dirty and dangerous pipeline. He needs to hear from you that Keystone XL is bad for the climate and bad for our country.
The State Department has opened its last public comment period on Keystone XL. This is our last chance to officially weigh in about the risks this dirty pipeline and influence Secretary Kerry’s recommendation to the President.
Secretary Kerry led on climate issues as a Senator. It’s time for him to lead again as the head of the State Department. Can you send a message to Secretary Kerry right now and demand that he work with President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline?
If you factor the lifespan of Keystone XL, likely several decades, the pipeline would lock-in roughly a billion tons of extra carbon pollution at a time when nations are trying urgently to reduce emissions to keep within safe climate limits.
A petition to President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry - Posted By: Sierra Club
On Friday, the State Department released it’s final environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline. On Monday, more than 10,000 people took to the streets in 280 vigils in 49 states to send a powerful message: No Keystone XL.
Now, the State Department will collect public comments for 30 days on whether or not Keystone XL is in our national interest. For so many reasons — from its harm to our climate and the risk of oil spills, to delaying our transition to clean energy — Keystone XL is clearly a bad deal for America.
This is our last chance to have our voices officially counted before President Obama’s final decision. Take a moment to sign this petition and public comment against Keystone XL. Together, we can win this fight.
Let’s make sure Keystone XL never gets built! SIGN THE PETITION
The fight is on. Last Friday afternoon the U.S. State Department released its final environmental review on the Keystone XL pipeline — perhaps uncoincidentally, just when most of the nation was preoccupied with the impending Super Bowl. The review sets the stage for President Obama to make the final decision on the pipeline, which will hasten climate change, spill oil and threaten at least 20 threatened and endangered species.
Obama’s decision comes down to this: Approve Keystone XL and embrace the climate-killing fossil fuels of the past, or reject Keystone in favor of energy policies safer for people, wildlife and a healthy climate. It’s time for the president to decide which side he’s on — and whether he really meant what he said about finally tackling the climate crisis.
More than 10,000 people joined the Center for Biological Diversity and partners to rally around the country against Keystone on Monday. Thank you to all who participated. If we’re going to win the fight against Keystone XL, we need you at our side. Our next step is to ensure Secretary of State Kerry tells the president that Keystone XL is not in our national best interest.
Have you noticed how badly the media is misreading the fight to stop Keystone XL from blowing up our climate?
Like this, from the Washington Post: “Environmentalists get back to your serious work, the Keystone XL isn’t it.”
Or this, from Newsweek: “Tar sands oil will be developed and transported to the gulf coast, with or without a pipeline…”
We’ve launched an effort to call out #KXLbullshit and correct these false narratives the media is happily pushing on behalf of the oil industry.
What these news outlets don’t seem to get is that the movement to stop Keystone XL is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before because people everywhere are waking up to the dangers that expanding our fossil fuel infrastructure poses to life on this planet.
When the U.S. State Department issued its final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Keystone XL last week, our movement responded with spontaneous vigils in 284 cities and communities across North America (including 49 states, Washington D.C., and parts of Canada).
People are rising up in record numbers and drawing a line in the sand, saying “No more fossil fuels.”
This movement is growing by the day. We ARE going to stop Keystone XL.Yes we can stop the Keystone XL pipeline.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a week since last Friday’s release of the final environmental report on Keystone XL.
Since then, we showed that we will not allow our voices to be drowned out by fossil fuel lobbyists. And we delivered an unbelievably powerful message to the president on Monday night, when over 10,000 of us gathered at an astounding 283 vigils in 49 states, plus DC and Canada, to protest Keystone XL. Organized in just 72 hours, it was the biggest, rapid-response, on-the-ground demonstration of Obama’s presidency.
Now, we have 83 more days to keep the pressure on as Secretary Kerry and the State Department consider their recommendation to President Obama on whether Keystone XL is in the national interest.
The fossil fuel industry is desperate to force approval of Keystone XL. They’ve done everything in their power to influence and corrupt the process, right down to the misleading headlines they spun in the media last Friday, proclaiming our defeat.
It wasn’t true. We could have given them the last word, and gone off to watch the Super Bowl. But we didn’t.
Instead, we shouted our message across the nation — from street corners in Nebraska to crowds braving blizzards in Philadelphia, to the White House and almost every state in between — that this pipeline fails the president’s climate test, and he must reject it.
In the next few months we need to go even bigger.
And with your help, we can. From all-out efforts on everything from the State Department’s public comment period to increasing our pressure on the president by bird-dogging him at every public appearance. By building the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance — working with groups like our partners at Rainforest Action Network and Other 98% to double the number of people who have pledged to risk arrest if necessary — and providing over 100,000 people with the training and organizing support they need to risk arrest in peaceful civil disobedience if necessary to stop Keystone XL.
President Obama wants to avoid a decision. Too often, we’ve seen him try to have it both ways on the fight against climate change. He can’t do that on Keystone XL. If we want him to reject it, it’s up to us.
Thanks for all you’re doing.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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