Activist Wednesday: The Keystone XL Pipeline? STILL?!
Posted February 20, 2013on:
As Uppity Woman would say (albeit about our reproductive rights, but it still applies)…
It’s like someone somewhere says, “Hey, I have an idea that would cause environmental disaster and only temporarily make a few people wealthy. What could possibly go wrong?” And then, when someone demonstrates again and again and AGAIN that it is the Worst F*cking Idea Ever, the Idea People go scuttle into a dark corner somewhere. Now, I have no problem with them going and hiding in that corner, if only they would JUST STAY THERE!!!
What the hell is our allegedly Democratic Presnit doing playing footsie with these XL shysters? Every other civilized country is starting to realize that hey, we can’t drill, baby, drill our way out of our energy crisis. No matter what, we are going to run out of fossil fuels. So why go to the devastating extreme of fracking, or blowing the tops off mountains to get to coal and shale, or, as the pipeline proposition would do, build a thousands-of-miles-long conveyor system to carry toxic waste throughout the country?
Well, we know Obama was the only Democrat to vote for Cheney’s energy bill, so I guess it’s not surprising he just can’t seem to say no to this Really, Really Bad Idea. Maybe the protests this weekend will stiffen his resolve.
Thousands of environmental activists flocked to the national mall on Sunday to protest proposed legislation for the Keystone XL pipeline project. If passed, a roughly 1,700 mile pipeline would be built from Alberta, Canada, across the American border into the U.S. Midwest. The pipeline would transport thousands of gallons of tar sands to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas, providing needed energy to the nation. However, the project has sparked a firestorm among environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, and other groups which claim the pipeline could hurt the ecosystem along which it would travel. The climate rally was among the largest of its kind in history, and may highlight growing public pressure against the pipeline which would force President Barack Obama to drop support for the project.
Now that the pipeline project may be on the verge of being green-lighted, thousands flocked to the Capitol in protest. The Sierra Club launched their rally “Forward on Climate” on Sunday and amassed an estimated 40,000 people. The term “forward” was strategic in that Obama helped coin the word in both his presidential campaigns.
The main outrage sparked by the pipeline plan is that it promotes the continuation of excess fossil fuel consumption. In an age where climate change is starting to dominate the national conversation, and with the Sierra Club being one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, environmentalists may be successful in their anti-pipeline push.
Oh man, I wish I could have been there. I am so proud and excited to be a part of this era, when people are rediscovering the power of feet on the street once again. Viva activism, and viva those protesters who braved the chilly weather to show up on Obama’s front lawn and shout, “NO TO KEYSTONE XL!”
I didn’t want to end this Activist Wednesday without mentioning another extremely important development: FLOTUS got bangs! Discuss. (Now you know I’m not a fan, but I think she looks pretty fabulous.)
This is an open thread.
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