The Economist says pretty much what I did the other day, just more eloquently:
“Many of these aggrieved youth believe that the government has become unresponsive, that their voices have been silenced, and therefore protest is the only option. But this strikes me as a fundamental misreading…
Climate Adaptation: Sexing-up the oil sands: The meaning of environmental protest in 2011 and why Keystone XL will be approved
The Keystone XL Pipeline has become a very controversial topic. Our guest blogger, Lindsay E. Brown, has written against the proposed construction on the basis of environmental concern.
Here at Earth Hour, we came across an alternative view to the Keystone Pipeline from Michael Cote. While you may or may not agree with the construction of the pipeline, there is value in understanding both sides of the debate and staying informed on the contested aspects of the issue. Check out this interesting read…
I agree with the NYTimes’s Andrew Revkin that Keystone XL pipeline protests are misconstrued and overreaching. True, there are some heavy weights on board, like Bill McKibben and James “game over” “NASA” Hansen. It’s hard to argue with such credentialed people and their deep, lifelong…
Update on the Keystone XL Pipeline by Lindsay E. Brown
Here is an excerpt from the latest blog post from Earth Hour blogger Lindsay E. Brown. To read the full post, click here.
Since I reported last on the Keystone XL Pipeline, 1,253 citizens were arrested in front of the White House between the August 20th - September 3rd sit-ins. These individuals non-violently protested against a pipeline that isn’t just bad for Americans, but for the world. The individuals who risked arrest at the White House had your best interest at heart. That’s right— you, the civilians around the world who will be affected by the construction and operation of the pipeline.
The Keystone XL pipeline cannot be built without a "presidential permit" from the Obama Administration. The State Department has said it will make a final decision on whether or not to issue a presidential permit deeming the pipeline in “national interest” by the end of this year…
In a letter released yesterday, nine distinguished recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize have written to President Obama, urging him to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, saying his decision offers “a critical moment” to make good on his pledge to create a clean energy economy…
Cornell University's Global Labor Institute just released a new fact sheet analyzing the latest economic data about Keystone XL, concluding that the project is far too risky to undertake in a fragile economic climate:
“The idea that Keystone XL is a “game changer” in terms of generating jobs and stimulating economic growth is a massive overstatement … However, building the Keystone XL pipeline represents a serious and long term commitment (valued at $14 billion) on the part of the U.S. to dirty fossil fuels—a commitment that will having a chilling effect on economic activity based on clean and renewable energy.”
Want to help stop this pipeline from being built?
Sign this petition. Anyone on this earth can help the efforts to reject the requested permit for the Keystone XL pipeline!
Americans Peacefully Protest the Keystone XL Pipeline
Today marks the fifth day of the “Stop the Pipeline” sit-in in front of the White House. In what is being billed as “the largest collective act of civil disobedience in the history of the climate movement,” brave Americans are peacefully protesting for a cause near and dear to our hearts.
The 1,700-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, would carry diluted bitumen — an acidic crude oil — from Canada’s Alberta tar sands (the dirtiest fuel source known to man) to the Texas refineries. Suffice it to say: It would lock the United States into a future of energy dependency, and it’d be a very, very bad thing.
On Sunday, The New York Times came out against the proposed pipeline in an editorial piece.
Over 2,000 people have signed up to protest the XL, and as I write, over 220 people have been arrested to send a loud and clear message to the President.
Wherever you are in this beautiful world of ours, please send positive thoughts to these protestors who are so courageously acting in not only their country’s best interest, but in the planet’s.
Lindsay E. Brown