Reasoning behind going to Washington


in Politics, The environment, Travel

Over on BuryCoal, I have posted an explanation of why I am going to the Keystone XL protest in Washington D.C. 

I hope it is comprehensible, despite having been tapped out during an unusually exhausting Greyhound journey and posted using snatches of WiFi from passing coffee shops and motels.

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Milan August 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Photos I have been taking on my dSLR are appearing in the Tar Sands Action photostream.

. August 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm
oleh August 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Thank you for sharing this history and your experience. Your photos provide an eye into what is happening.

These protests are effective in providing support to those within government who have the power or at least the influence to help minimize damage to the environment.

Milan August 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Many people here have been making the moral point about our obligations to future generations. It would be far better to pass on a legacy of renewable energy development than a legacy of continued oil dependence and a rapidly changing climate.

. October 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

The State Department — and read this carefully, because it’s almost beyond belief — asked TransCanada who they would like to have conduct the “independent” pipeline review. TransCanada submitted the name of three firms, and State helpfully chose the first one on the list: Entrix Corporation. If you head over to their web site, you’ll find that TransCanada is listed as one of the company’s “major clients.”

The Times called this “flouting the intent of a federal law.” You could say it was like hiring Fox Associates for a security study of Henhouse Inc. It’s hard to imagine even the Bush administration doing anything quite this blatant — it makes a complete and utter mockery of the idea of independent review.

It also helps explain how the review found that there would be “minimal” environmental impact, even though we’re still cleaning up the Kalamazoo and Yellowstone rivers from big leaks of tar sands crude. Even though 20 of the nation’s top scientists sent the president a letter saying the pipeline was in neither the nation’s nor the planet’s best interest. Even though our most important federal climatologist, NASA’s James Hansen, wrote recently that heavily tapping tar sands for oil would mean it was “essentially game over” for the climate.

. November 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

As the military’s senior logistician in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, I saw the impact of our oil addition in the Iraq combat zone. Our appetite for fuel wastes billions of taxpayer dollars, transfers $1 billion daily in our wealth to the Middle East, and puts our soldiers at risk. The fuel trucks we depend upon provide hundreds of convenient rolling targets for our enemy. My experiences in Iraq convinced me that the greatest threat to our security is our over-reliance on oil and that Americans must immediately take steps to cut our petro-addiction before it’s too late.

The Keystone XL pipeline doesn’t help. This pipeline would move dirty oil from Canada to refineries in Texas and would set back our renewable energy efforts for at least two decades, much to our enemies’ delight. It would ensure we maintain our oil addiction and delay making the tough decisions regarding energy production, management and conservation that we need to start making today.

Transcanada, the company that would own the pipeline, makes various claims about the pipeline’s supposed security benefits. It claims the pipeline will reduce dependence on Mideast oil, that tar sands will feed a growing US demand, and that it will provide a supply cushion in times of natural or man-made disasters. None of these claims holds up. Transcanada says the project will supply roughly half of the amount of oil the US imports from the Middle East and Venezuela – but conveniently leaves out a crucial detail: This tar sands oil will not reduce imports from those nations.

Milan November 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

This ‘Connect the Dots’ PowerPoint presentation uses one of my photos from the Keystone XL protests in 2011.

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