Activist Wednesday: Progress on Keystone XL, and Mea Culpas
Posted June 26, 2013on:
Hello Widdershins! Today, it seems like Obama has taken a tentative, Tree-Beard-Like step towards energy sanity by deciding that if Keystone XL increases greenhouse gases, it shouldn’t go forward. (Not that there’s any “if” about it, but still…)
“Our national interest will be served only if this project doesn’t significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution,” Obama said in speech laying out his second-term climate agenda, including greenhouse gas emissions for power plants.
“The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project can go forward.”
Keystone’s foes said they were heartened because they do not believe there is any way the pipeline will pass Obama’s test.
“The president is saying what the science has always demanded. It’s encouraging news for certain,” said Bill McKibben, founder of the group 350.org.
Well, it’s certainly an improvement over his previous statements, which pretty much amounted to “Hoom, Hoom, Let’s Not Be Hasty.” While what he said was somewhat vague, I think I have seen this progression towards the right (left) side of an issue before. It’s reminiscent of his “evolution” on marriage equality. First he wouldn’t take a position, then he said he didn’t favor equal marriage, then he said he did after a great deal of pressure by the LGBT community. After all the pressure from the environmental community on this issue, I do believe our President DINO may just end up rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, and come out smelling like smog-free air on climate change as a result. That would indeed be reason to celebrate.
And now…my mea culpas. I know I have not been around regularly for quite some time, and I am becoming woefully ignorant on the main issues of the day. Oh, I know some things are happening: Aaron Hernandez is probably a murderer, the Supreme Court is ruling on some important issues (including marriage equality), the NSA whistleblower is running for cover and may or may not be in Russia with Pooty-Poot…but I truly, truly do not have the time to investigate them and write about them intelligently. As it has been said in a comic book once, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Okay, okay, I don’t have great power, but I have SOME power now, and a LOT of responsibility. Not to mention that my weekly “commute” is up to 16 hours a week!
But just because I am not as present as I used to be, does not mean that I don’t want to be here with you all. You mean so much to me still, after all these years – both the newer friends, and the ones who have been around since the beginning on TC. And I am so thankful that you are still here, and that you’re still writing about the things you care about. You are the best!
So please don’t take it personally that I’m not able to give as much as I’d like, or (SORRY!) that my next two posts will be re-posts of plays/open threads. (Going on vacation, counting the minutes!) Just keep doing what your doing, and know that the fault lies not in you, Widdershin stars, but in myself.
This is an open thread.
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