Activist Monday: 2015 Resolutions
Posted January 5, 2015on:
Good New Year, Widdershins! It’s Activist Monday, and since this is my first post of the very, very welcome New Year, I thought I’d bow to the inevitable and talk about resolutions.
One of my personal resolutions is to try to take the long view. I think most of us are quite apprehensive, and rightfully so, about what will happen with the Republicans take over the Senate. According to the Huffington Post, pushing the Keystone XL pipeline through will be at the top of their list. Why? Because it benefits themselves and their rich friends. (By the way, that is usually the right answer as to why the Republicans do anything.) Scary, right? However, it looks like the bill is unlikely to pass.
Obama has warned that Congress should not circumvent the State Department process, arguing agencies need to time to determine whether the pipeline is environmentally and economically sound once litigation in Nebraska is resolved.
The president has sent signals in recent weeks that he might reject the project.
In December, Obama said building Keystone would not “not even have a nominal benefit” to consumers — a key point, as the federal review is tasked with determining whether the project is in the national interest.
“It’s very good for Canadian oil companies, and it’s good for the Canadian oil industry but it’s not going to be a huge benefit to U.S. consumers,” Obama said.
Senior administration officials say Obama is laying the groundwork to reject the project, according to TheWall Street Journal. That decision would thrill environmental groups, who have waged a long campaign against it.
Unless the Republicans can achieve a veto-proof majority in the Senate, Obama will have the power to stop the building of the pipeline. If you’ve been following this saga and my posts on the topic, the President has repeatedly shown that he is responsive to environmentalists’ concerns about the project, and has put many obstacles in the way of its progress. So, even if he seems to waver, we have the power to sway him with petitions and social media.
And that is the point of this post. No matter how bad things get, and they could get pretty bad, there is always some reason to hope, and something that can be done…if you can’t take part, then at least you can support the efforts of others through FaceBook, or Credo, or other methods.
I will close this post on a positive note. Despite the failure of Congress to mandate raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, per a recent bill, 21 states (and DC) are raising the minimum wage anyway. Who knows what other bright spots we may find in the long darkness ahead?
Let’s make a resolution together to keep looking for these in 2015.
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