Keystone XL Victory Will Help Stop the Tar Sands

Uncategorized — the tar sands action team December 24, 2011 at 10:48 am
These days, it’s easier to kill pipelines than “conventional wisdom.” In a news analysis published today, the New York Times concludes that while the tax bill provision on Keystone XL will likely kill the project, the victory will do little to stop future pipelines, stall tar sands development, or slow down global warming. After all, the world needs energy, the tar sands have it, and therefore, they’re going to be developed, atmosphere be damned. It’s a compelling argument that’s been made over and over again during the fight against Keystone XL. Here’s why it’s wrong. Time and again, public opposition has stopped things that made “economic” sense. That’s why ever mile of the Colorado river isn’t dammed, why we haven’t cut down every last inch of Brazilian rainforest, or, to pull from another time period, why the British Empire finally abolished the slave trade even though it was great economics. As it turns out, there are other forces in the world than supply and demand. Just because morality is hard to quantify, doesn’t mean it can’t change history now and then. As political opposition to the tar sands grows, it’s going to be nearly impossible for oil companies to build the pipelines they need to get tar sands oil out of landlocked Alberta. You thought the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline was contentious? Just check out the struggle over the Enbridge Northern Gateway, a pipeline that was slated to be built from the tar sands out to the coast of British Columbia. Thanks to the opposition from indigenous communities along the entire pipeline route and people up and down the coast, the Canadian government has been forced to stall the project for yet another year of environmental review. The delay, along with the news on Keystone, has fired up the anti-tar sands movement even more. When Goliath teeters, David puts another stone in the sling-shot. The pipeline victories also create the momentum necessary to push for the larger, structural changes that can really shut down the tar sands, like ending fossil fuel subsidies, rolling out a clean energy economy, and putting a price on carbon. In the United States, the fight against Keystone XL made tar sands a (dirty) household name for the first time. Over 500,000 people signed petitions against the pipeline, tens of thousands of people to part in demonstrations, and over 1,000 people were arrested over the course of the campaign. At places like 350.org, we’re busy brainstorming with supporters across the country about how to quickly get into these larger fights. The New York Times is right: if it was let up to economics, tar sands development (and the planetary destruction that comes with it) would be inevitable. Good thing we’re not leaving it up to economics.
  1. This is a TOUGH situation!
    If Obama halts the keystone pipeline in 60 days then the GOP will say He is aganist shovel ready jobs!
    If he approves the pipe line then he risk losing one of his key supporters and risk you guys protesting in front of the white house —which is exactly what the GOP wants!

    Solution: Protest and EXPOSE Bohner, Mcconnell, Cantor and the tea party! This action will give obama COVER to make the RIGHT choice and show that the gop are against the health and welfare of its citizens!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excellent! There are dozens up on dozens of Goliaths, but we have 500,000 Davids. We can take on a couple Goliaths, indeed I believe we must assert ourselves on multiple fronts.

    What do “ending fossil fuel subsidies, rolling out a clean energy economy, and putting a price on carbon” have in common? Congress! Are we going to wait for Congress and for hell to freeze over? Do we have the right numbers in the right places?

    Yes we should increase the volume of our messages to Congress exponentially, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst (sound familiar?) … AND …

    Parallel to pressing with all our political might for the http://bit.ly/HR3242 carbon fee and dividend “Save Our Climate Act of 2011″ and other wishful-thinking legislation, we need all 500,000 of us to speak with a sustained and unified voice on a wide range of messages using a wide range of media including OpEds and LTEs and bill boards and radio and TV “news” about occupations and demonstrations and noise and jammed switch boards at the Corporate offices of refinery operators and coal-fired power plants, for starters.

    While the majority of us are at the gates and in the streets and occupying the offices and filling stations and headquarters and pipelines and railways that feed them, we need a team of negotiators inside the CEOs’ offices and the Board Rooms calling into question the moral values of the men and women (fathers, mothers and grandparents of children who will inherit their earth as well as their soon-to-be-depleted carbon-based portfolios) who are slaves to the multi-billion-dollar refineries’ and power plants’ demands for carbon-based feed stock.

    Conventional wisdom says that vehicles and industry and ordinary people create the world energy “demand.” Let’s be unconventional for a moment and consider the possibility that the multi-billion-dollar investments in refineries and power plants “demand” a minimum return on investment and therefore the processing facilities become the slave masters which create the “demand”– the CEOs are slave to their infrastructure. Consider also that we, the consumer, don’t really care as long as we have electricity at our finger tips and a powerful engine in our car or truck. All the energy company has to do is provide energy that does the job, and we will buy it. Are we creating the demand? Who is in control?

    Reducing CO2 emissions from burning oil, coal and natural gas goes hand-in-hand with declining refining capacity, reducing the numbers of steam-turbines and gas-turbines, and vice verse. Declining refining capacity and declining output of steam- and gas-turbines will result in an economically predictable increasing “carbon fee” in the form of higher prices, irrespective of legislation. “Carbon fee and dividend” legislation would be preferable.

    Putting the moral values of individuals transparently on the table for open discussion and disallowing the Corporate officers and manager to duck the question will elevate visibility and engagement of the public, one way or the other. Awakening the public to actually think and form opinions is what is needed on a very broad scale — quickly. Our goal should be to wake people up in such a way that they quickly form an informed opinion, while providing avenues for them to speak their mind and recruit others. We need unavoidable discussions to begin at more and more breakfast nooks, diner counters and dinner tables.

    2012 is here. The time has come for new paradigms and thinking outside the boxes.

  3. Ezekiel_trinity says:

    The XL Keystone pipeline.
    Now on Satan’s fast track with the Red Plague OIL PIGGS and Lucifer Boehner.
    Just another attempt by EVIL Man in 2011, 201x, 201 to attract Satan into the United States.
    This is a PIPE DREAM of Satan.
    Stupid Man, Inconsiderate Man & Wreckless Man follow EVIL Man.
    Is the answer to the question: The 2 legged takes what it wants and ph*cks other creations.
    Haste brings Waste and Waste BRINGS Satan in 2011, 201x, 201 2 waste the World.
    Why does America need a tapper on the blood of Satan from thousands of miles away?
    Looking down from the heavens why are U destroying Christ creations and habitats?
    Who gets to look at that sore eye?
    Y not build it along & over 2 legged cement highway so when it fails, it fails and spoils what already has been ruined?
    Have we asked the animals and looked in their eyes when we tell them we are taking their homes and watch their tears fall down their cheeks?
    Satan brings EMINENT DOMAIN 2 The World and applies IT the weigh the 2 legged DOES.
    If America has such a thirst, use the trucking nation and NOT ruin what exists today. Forfeit profits instead of sacrificing the creations of Christ.
    100 blown up trucks on 2 legged highways is better than continuing to add ticking time bombs along thousands of miles of pristine untouched land and the animals habitat. These R jobs 4 Satan’s Legion.
    The GOAL of the 2 legged Good Man is 2 DESIGN OIL OUT as MUCH as possible and NOT use the mirage of independence on it to continue to follow the path of Satan and EVIL Man.
    When Good Man Works Hard at this – HE WILL BE REWARDED.

  4. Ezekiel_trinity says:

    Satan Am I,
    Am I here because you want me here and U invited me here long ago. Throughout infinity Man truly represents the word “KILLER” the BEST and like NOTHING else throughout infinity. NOT killer Beluga whale or killer mama bear or killer wolf or killer pup coyote. KILLER MAN IS TOPS. Why Do You MuRdER Animals & DEsTROy the EArtH? They are a Creations of XXX. U Do My Work For Me!!! A rare place like this to find in infinity. My Legion prepares for war against the warriors for XXX. There is no other place in infinity where I can walk with so much freedom. Lots of EVIL here. What a super place this is to take. XXX has 3 creations: U and me, animals & Earth. EVIL has always been here with Man, thus, Am I here. But now you attack the planet and the animals of XXX. Crossing over and destroying the other creations. THIS IS MARVELOUS!! YOU DO MY WORK FOR ME. THERE EXISTS NO OTHER PLACE LIKE THIS IN INFINITY. UNIQUE. YOU SHALL ALL BE REWARDED.
    I did not even have to TAKE the Gulf. It was HANDED to me. 88 days for 24 hours a day, 20,000 psi, 21 inch diameter pipe. ……… “DEAD SEA”. Drill and drill and drill and drill in water for my blood as my Legion prepares and YOU strengthen MY Legion. Kill & Kill & Kill the animals of XXX and my task becomes simple and my Legion strengthens and strengthens. I PREACH “Patriotism” to my disciples and U carry that slogan well out West to Murder Wolves. SUCH GREATNESS IN America This place. You FILL MY SOUL. Once you take out the animals of XXX and the environmental Earth:
    Then YOU are my targets. Finite. YOU are easy and you starve for End Time.
    YOU ARE THE PIGS that Worship Me & just today 900 dead pigs in Pennsylvania fulfill me with the amazing CRUELTY that ONLY U CAN PROVIDE. It JUST GETS BETTER EVERY DAY. U take Joy in creating new born. We’ll SO DO THE ANIMALS and U take that away and with weapons and transportation and drilling for oil deep into the chambers of my home!!– This is OUTSTANDING!! THIS IS MY KIND OF PLACE. LIKE NO OTHER IN INFINITY. THIS PLACE WAS CREATED FOR ME and IT SURPRISES ME EVERY DAY JUST HOW CRUEL and SICK YOU ARE HERE. Things that EVEN I COULD NOT HAVE HOPED FOR ON A GOOD DAY. And chasing animals TO DEATH using helicopters. BRILLIANT!! YOU BRING MY LEGION SO MUCH STRENGTH as you follow MY PATH. U murder beautiful natural predators like wolves and replace them with human hunters to obliterate animals because U are sneaky – U all have turned this INTO MY Heaven. How ironic. XXX gave you Heaven to build on with his creations, Earth and the animals, but you came to your senses and have become MY DISCIPLES and every day the way you leave your highways littered like trash with dead animals. As if NO VALUE. THERE IS SO MUCH JOY FOR ME HERE IN AMERICA as you DO NOT focus on what you were supposed to: Love Each other, take care of the Earth and the animals. Instead, you spread hate & contempt for each other, mutilate the animals and plunder the Earth. YOU ALL MUST HAVE READ MY BOOK!!! I LOVE U.
    What a place where human leaders care only about their persons.
    I LOVE YOU. I SHALL KILL ALL OF YOU. THE SURFACE OF AMERICA WILL MIRROR THE SURFACE OF MERCURY ON MY LEGIONS DAY OF TRIUMPH!
    Satan Am I and this is NOW SATAN’s WORLD –
    Ezekiel 7:9 4

    GREEN Nation is a Wealthy, Healthy Nation and KEEPS US PROTECTED BY CHRIST

  5. Ezekiel_trinity says:

    I AM
    I AM and I do exist here in this beautiful place that Christ provided for me. Every day I can talk with my Spirit, because that Spirit which met Christ and this one on Earth are the same and I don’t need much else. Christ provided for me everything in my watery paradise AND IT’S A SIMPLE Heaven.
    I AM; the Earth, the Animals & Nature that generate the music of love for all ears in the Kingdom of Christ and the Earth spins in harmony.
    I am the Seas and the Whales and the Dolphin and the Turtles and the Pelicans, but

    We cannot see anymore in our watery home; something is in it. Our eyes….we cannot open them from the swelling & stinging; everyone is suffocating, vomiting blood, convulsions, and seizures. Sores, burns, contusions all over our skin. My organs are failing. Where is our food? There is nothing left; all the crabs, anemone, tube worm fields, shrimp & scallops & mussels DEEP DOWN…and my beautiful coral…….millions of years – GONE – JUST GONE!!!!!!!!!!!
    But there are all these metal statues everywhere. Why HAS the 2 legged creations DONE THIS TO MY GULF HOME?

    So, we now have a DEAD SEA & 500 Years of Recovery & our innocent animals asking:
    What did we do wrong Jesus? What did we do? It hurts Jesus. It hurts. Please make it stop. Please Jesus, but what is wrong with my babies, MY BABIES – what is wrong?
    There is nothing left of my Spirit Jesus, only sorrow & pain; the 2-legged Creation “has again turned bitter”, and my watery family, my children, are dead and we must take ourselves to end our suffering and I pray that Christ & The Heavens answer OUR CRY TO THE KINGDOM OF JUSTICE.
    I LOVE YOU JESUS. THIS IS MY LAST BREADTH OF LIFE AND I DIE THE CHAMPION YOU MADE ME AS YOUR WATER CREATION and I shall meet YOUR CHAMPION WOLVES who too have fallen to the SADISM of the 2 legged creation.
    AS WE ALL DIE ON THE SHORES OF THE GREATEST OCEAN IN INFINITY
    WE LOVE YOU JESUS.
    THANK YOU JESUS FOR MY TIME HERE

  6. Ezekiel_trinity says:

    The comments below are FROM

    REAL AMERICA

    AND WE DONT PHUCK AROUND ANYMORE

    PREPARE WORLD FOR THE PARTY OF JESUS CHRIST !

  7. Ezekiel_trinity says:

    What is a Hunter of OUR WILD animals in 2011?
    Frankenstein 2011 and he feeds the Beast that attacks the World and he is sick. And because he is sick, he is treated like a disease by the heavens.
    Things WILL NOT get better in U.S. until we put this in the past and move closer to our Spirit. Hunting FEEDS & strengthens THE BEAST and ALL that comes with his Legion. This act stains all innocence on Earth and places the MARK of the Beast on us ALL and U LOST hunter SOUL Have NO RIGHT TO PLACE US AT RISK with the compensation feedback reward we get when the Heavens WALK AWAY FROM US!!!
    A hunter is a self possessed COWARD and the worst. He falls in line with the morality of a suicide bomber, sniper. etc. He is a COWARDICE FAILURE IN LIFE. HE AMBUSHES DEFENSELESS ANIMALS OF CHRIST THE WAY OUR SOLDIERS ARE AMBUSHED yet they have a weapon. KILLING ANIMAL’s AS THEY GRAZE IS “PRE-MEDITATED MURDER and they suffer as we would” and you put all of America in jeopardy for your deeds today because we KNOW BETTER. You stain the souls of innocence. YOU FAIL THE TEST OF CHRIST. YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO NO ONE EXCEPT YOUR DISTORTED PERSONAL JOY. Food is available at the SUPER MARKET. SO, EITHER STOP IF YOU ARE A HUNTER or take that weapon up against your mouth pallet and fire. Now that’s a Hunter! Following the footsteps of animal butchers Palin & Murkowski does NOT buy America points from the heavens.
    Ambushers in Louisiana are allowed 1 Bobcat per Season because IT’s SUCH A Problem. This does NOT buy America points from the heavens. We BOTH KNOW THAT this is a sad & sick solution which IS NOT A SOLUTION! Back to the drawing board!!!! Bobcats are a tremendous cat and like most animals, they hide when they hear us. They want NOTHING to do with us because they know OF US………
    After the Great American Wolves out West are placed BACK on the endangered species list, Beast Senators from Idaho APPEAL TO KILL THEM!!!!!!!!!! How low can we GO? Appeal to KILL??? That’s a new low and does NOT buy America points from the heavens. Nope. It was also someones SICK idea IN AMERICA to remove wolves (mold the animal nation) to setup hunting & the MURDER of deer, elk, etc. The slaughter of 500 Great American Wolves opened the door for Satan and the GULF disaster – and Satan who handed his baton to the British Pig BP, has taken OUR Gulf and sea friends. FORGIVE BP & DESTROY THEM in the courts.
    EVIL Man does not go too far. ACCEPT CHRIST OR SUCK ON SATAN. Christ wants us to stop the plundering of the Earth (everywhere) & animal pestilence (everywhere); hurting of his wild animals and their habitats and the Earth. Otherwise, Satan works hard to destroy America.
    Christ only asks a few things. He does not care about Wall Street or our jobs but if we come through “WE ARE REWARDED”; and it’s a sad ending if we fail to do these things.
    Hunting of all wild animals & migratory birds throughout America needs to stop and proclamation from a Great Leader is where it needs to come from and NOW!! We were NOT CREATED TO PERFORM THESE DEEDS
    Environmental agencies ARE NOT ENOUGH.
    Is this you Democratic Party? How about you red plague? Big Points here.
    Please Stop this SICK unearthly violation and repulsive behavior that stains my soul and every other human on this planet & The Beast MARKS us all.

  8. Anon says:

    Keep at it! Well done so far.

  9. Western Ranchers says:

    No more construction jobs protest all the jobs

  10. Reverend Jaa says:

    In his second term the President Denies the challenges from EVIL Man and Satan.
    He accept the challenges from Good Man and Christ and America steams ahead.
    ——————————————————————–
    The XL Keystone pipeline.
    Now on Satan’s fast track with the Red Plague OIL PIGGS and Lucifer Boehner.
    Just another attempt by EVIL Man in 2011, 201x, 201 to attract Satan into the United States.
    This is a PIPE DREAM of Satan.
    Satan has a PIPE 4 America and he hands his anal trident to Congress.
    Stupid Man, Inconsiderate Man & Wreckless Man follow EVIL Man.
    Is the answer to the question: The 2 legged takes what it wants and ph*cks other creations.
    Haste brings Waste and Waste BRINGS Satan in 2011, 201x, 201 2 waste the World.
    Why does America need a tapper on the blood of Satan from thousands of miles away?
    Looking down from the heavens why are U destroying Christ creations and habitats?
    Who gets to look at that sore eye?
    Y not build it along & over 2 legged cement highway so when it fails, it fails and spoils what already has been ruined?
    Have we asked the animals and looked in their eyes when we tell them we are taking their homes and watch their tears fall down their cheeks?
    Satan brings EMINENT DOMAIN 2 The World and applies IT the weigh the 2 legged DOES.
    If America has such a thirst, use the trucking nation and NOT ruin what exists today. Forfeit profits instead of sacrificing the creations of Christ.
    100 blown up trucks on 2 legged highways is better than continuing to add ticking time bombs along thousands of miles of pristine untouched land and the animals habitat. These R jobs 4 Satan’s Legion.
    The GOAL of the 2 legged Good Man is 2 DESIGN OIL OUT as MUCH as possible and NOT use the mirage of independence on it to continue to follow the path of Satan and EVIL Man.
    When Good Man Works Hard at this – HE WILL BE REWARDED.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I think Obama just used Keystone to green wash a 60 billion dollar mercenary contract with the Saudi monarchy. He got your support for it. He is a brilliant politician.

  12. HJP says:

    At the risk of being considered a heretic: —go to your Republican Caucus and vote for Ron Paul–he’s the only SERIOUS environmentally conscious candidate whose ACTIONS MATCH HIS WORDS (Unlike President Obama whose ACTIONS speak soooo loudly I no longer hear what his words are saying!).

    Wake up!!! LOOK at the advisers the President has surrounded himself with, look at his attacks on whistle blowers, Look at the attacks on the Occupiers around the country (not a word against the militaristic crack down on them!). Look at the drone proliferation by the CIA. Look at the attacks on Civil Liberties (President just signed the NDAA & prior to that agreed to an extension of the Patriot Act). The list goes on..do you REALLY think he cares a whiff about the environment? He’s as Corporate as the Republican candidates.

    Besides, it’ll be harder for the Republicans to commit more election fraud if thee nominee from their party is Ron Paul since they barely tolerate him—he’s too independent, not a corporate clone, against what most of them stand for. It would bring REAL debate about the environment if it was Paul vs Obama.

  13. Icaworld says:

    You people are worse than the weak-kneed fascist facilitators of the 1930s. The pipeline will be built because the American people (the vast majority) will not sit by a watch their families, properties, and country destroyed.

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