If tar sands mining is good for our economy, we need a new economy. But it isn’t good for most of the economy either.
The bitum it produces (the consistency of a gel) is the dirtiest energy source on Earth; in that its BTUs of energy netted is the lowest. The Keystone XL will transport the bitum from the Alberta Tar Sands (anticipated to eventually be the size of Ireland), over our lands, our allied and sovereign native nations’ lands and our shared largest aquifer, to the Gulf of Mexico. It will be refined in America, but sold to the highest bidder on Earth. The US projects about 35 permanent jobs. ALL who vote for KXL must be made to cite the jobs both to America and to their constituency.
Obama says its 35; Fox News says 40,000. Given the divergence of data, now is the time officials share the data that informed their decision, and its source. Several native sovereigns contiguous to the US and Canada consider its crossing an act of war, and have pledged to fight it with force.
Almost 100,000 Credo members have pledged at least peaceful civil disobedience to stop it. US Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. and Senator Pat Toomey: please vote no on this measure President Obama is sure to veto anyway. Thank you. Neither Casey (D) nor Toomey (R) have a good track record on this: “On Friday, March 21, 2014 the Senate went on record, 62 to 37, in support of the Keystone Pipeline”:
While according to Erin Brockovich’s FaceBook post: “NASA’s James Hansen estimates that the remaining tar sands reserves contain twice the amount of carbon pollution emitted by the entire global oil industry—in all of human history.”
What you can do:
1) Sign the Indian Country Petition To Sen Heidi Heitkamp – #NoKXL! 130 new signers in 8 hours on Sunday Nov 16!
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/indian-country-to-heidi What else you can do:
2) Rosebud Sioux nation has decreed the USA House Vote an act of war. Support their sovereign decision, as a US citizen. Here’s 96,721 others who pledge at least peaceful disobedience, so far:
Nov 18, 2014 UPDATE – Keystone XL Fails in US Senate vote
Boo to the 14 Democratic US Senators who voted with EVERY SINGLE Republican to bypass Obama on Keystone XL.
The measure failed to get the newly-required 60% to pass the US Senate, so We The People win. But still, Constituents: Make them tell you why they did so.
In the House, the measure was HR519.
All PA Rs voted for it, except Barletta and Gerlach, who did not vote at all (slightly worse in cowardice than voting Yes for big corporate profit and socialized cost for We The People).
All PA Dems voted against it, except:
Brady, Robert (D) PA 1st
Doyle, Mike (D) PA 14th
who voted with EVERY SINGLE Republican who voted at all, for it.
Constituents: Make them Brady and Doyle tell you why they did so.
Nov 19 ANALYIS: Rejected and Resisted. For Now
Constituents must hold all US Senators (and House members) to account. As a Casey supporter, and past financial contributor who called him, identified myself as both, and asked him to vote ‘no’, I am disappointed. Casey’s base seems by all accounts to be taking my stance.
We know that a habitable planet is more important (infinitely and of course) than economic growth. Energy independence will not be affected by shipping Canada’s tar sands bitum to ports on the Gulf of Mexico. China and India will love it though, as will the very few who will increase their already fabulous wealth.
Folks of my friend and former R Gov candidate Bob Guzzardi’s political leanings appear to be pleased with Casey this morning. We’ll have to see who offers more support to Casey in his next Primary.
Looking forward to January, they need 60 to pass, 67 to override a veto. They got 59 this time. They’ll need to pick up 8 more to override POTUS veto when they bring this up in January. Not possible, even with the couple of new Senators. The new Senate might not even get the newly-required minimum 60 to pass.
They already had every single R. Many of the Dems were holding their noses and voting ‘yes’ solely to help Landrieu. That race will be resolved by then, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we can’t swing a few back to ‘no’. They might not even net 59 by that time.
Attempting such vain obstruction will provide a nice break from voting to repeal Obamacare all the time, though. Now they can alternate, and decrease boredom. To the folks actually footing the bill, allow more teams at the table, or pass the popcorn.