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Fighting the Dirtiest Oil on the Planet #XLDissent

Posted 8 months ago on March 1, 2014, 11:08 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt (1) from Plainfield, NJ

While we are living in a world in which Peru is not only turning to the sustainable energy found from the sun, but providing it for free, Capitalism is demanding something completely different.

On Sunday, March 2nd, thousands of students are descending onto Washington DC to say no to the literal cancer of fossil fuels.

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[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

March 11, 2014

We're finally nearing the end of a 5-year journey. It is expected that President Obama will soon announce his decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would vastly increase production of the dirtiest fuel on Earth. KXL has galvanized protests across the U.S., and the Sierra Club has been on the front lines. Last Friday, two million comments opposing the pipeline were delivered to the State Department, with more than 200,000 coming from the Sierra Club. It comes down to this: It's not about the pipe; it's about what the pipe would carry.

Why is Keystone XL such a big deal?

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

If you've been to college or are a parent who's had sick kids, you know how grinding it is to pull an all-nighter. But, staying up all night to watch Senate floor speeches on C-SPAN? Now that's brutal.

But, tonight will be different, and I hope you can join the fun.

Senators Harry Reid, Sheldon Whitehouse, Barbara Boxer, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and about 20 other Senators will be up all night on the floor of the Senate—giving speeches, raising awareness, and prodding the political establishment to take the growing climate crisis seriously.

Like us, these leaders understand the seriousness of the growing climate crisis and refuse to remain silent.

You can be part of this important event with just a few clicks of your mouse and taps on your keyboard. Here's how:

Visit www.wakeuptoclimatechange.com, and send a clear message to Congress that the American people want Congress to wake up to the dangers of climate change. The more voices of support they have, the stronger their message will be.

Then, spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, and ask your friends to join you!

Senate Majority Leader Reid will be kicking off the event sometime around 6:30 or 7pm EDT Monday, so make sure to tune in on C-SPAN or online.

This is our chance to serve notice to the dirty energy lobby and their allies in Congress—if it's a fight they want, it's a fight we're ready to give them.

Thank you for standing with us—and with the Senate's climate champions, Heather Shelby Action Network Coordinator

Share this message on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Email this message to friends. If a friend sent this to you, sign up yourself.

Environmental Defense Action Fund 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20009 (800) 684-3322

[-] 4 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 months ago

http://www.wakeuptoclimatechange.com/ - from which ...

''The science is settled. Climate change is real, manmade carbon pollution is causing it, and it's within our power to limit the damage. Everyone from President Obama and NASA, to major corporations and sports leagues knows that it is time to take action. Everyone, that is, except for Congress.

''Despite all the evidence about the reality of climate change and the damage it is causing, Congress has so far failed to do anything about it -- lulled to sleep through this crisis by polluting special interests. We need to send a clear message that the American people want Congress to wake up.''

Good luck with waking up these paid to be asleep wankers in Congress.

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

It's not the wankers in congress that I am concerned about waking-up - Nope - I am concerned about waking up the people who put them in office. We have got to get the bought and paid for deniers out of office. There are elections this year and again in 2016. The corp(se)oRATists ( in this case specifically the fossil fuel corp(se)oRATists ) in office have got to be booted ASAP - only then will we have an opportunity to make healthy change.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 months ago

Right and 'education' will precede 'agitation and mobilisation' - which is exactly what the Corporate MSM & TPTB want to keep The 99% people dumbed down and divided. Also fyi and in compliment, I append :

''Environmental movements exist all over the world, and they include an exciting renewal of indigenous movements like Idle No More in Canada.... Moreover, there is a distinct eco-socialist pole emerging, which certainly understands the connection between the ecological and economic crises. They call themselves ''System Change, Not Climate Change'' :

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (32981) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 hours ago

It's not the wankers in congress that I am concerned about waking-up - Nope - I am concerned about waking up the people who put them in office. We have got to get the bought and paid for deniers out of office. There are elections this year and again in 2016. The corp(se)oRATists ( in this case specifically the fossil fuel corp(se)oRATists ) in office have got to be booted ASAP - only then will we have an opportunity to make healthy change.

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Someone(?) didn't like this comment? Why did you feel it was worth 2 down votes?

Was it because I said = It's not the wankers in congress that I am concerned about waking-up - Nope - I am concerned about waking up the people who put them in office. We have got to get the bought and paid for deniers out of office.

R U concerned that the public might be encouraged to speak-up speak-out?

[-] 3 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 months ago

"''The science is settled"

dam, humans impact the environment was never up for dispute

[-] 4 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 months ago

''Climate Of Doubt'' [PBS 'Frontline' Documentary Film] :

This is an important doc. that you really need to see Matt.

ad iudicium ...

[-] 3 points by bullfrogma (448) 8 months ago

Got to love how we produce absurdly gargantuan amounts of constant, relentless pollution, and some people actually try to believe that it would have no consequence. Love is not the word I would use.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 months ago

Right and 'cooking on gas' - is the theme even more as we evermore realise our impact on The Carbon Cycle [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_cycle ] and its implications for the atmosphere, climate and weather. Talk about sitting on a branch whilst sawing at its treeward end !!! Also fyi :

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by bullfrogma (448) 8 months ago

Nice. And we're all handcuffed to the those enacting that sawing. Definitely need democracy.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 months ago

Ditto @ ''Definitely Need Democracy'' and so in compliment on this thread, please see and reflect on :

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 2 points by bullfrogma (448) 8 months ago

That opening poem is awesome. I'm going to check this out when it's not my bed time. Thanks.

[-] 1 points by JGriff99mph (507) 8 months ago

Nothing like them preaching to an empty room and then accepting money from the ones they are claiming to be against.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

I wonder if they knew that they were being televised? ( what? I'm not speaking to just an empty room??? )

[-] 1 points by JGriff99mph (507) 8 months ago

Oh hell ya, total pr move.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

I was being a bit sarcastic. But like I said before:

It's not the wankers in congress that I am concerned about waking-up - Nope - I am concerned about waking up the people who put them in office. We have got to get the bought and paid for deniers out of office. There are elections this year and again in 2016. The corp(se)oRATists ( in this case specifically the fossil fuel corp(se)oRATists ) in office have got to be booted ASAP - only then will we have an opportunity to make healthy change.


So hopefully many watched that advertised session -> http://www.c-span.org/video/?318185-1/us-senate-climate-change

and perhaps sent out some of their own public comments - like:

DKAtoday ‏@DKAtoday

@jeffsessions Remove Urself from office and take some "sessions" in school - get an edumacation on the environment. Ur such an embarrassment

Because these assholes have got to get gone.

[-] 1 points by JGriff99mph (507) 8 months ago

Now we have this idiot Feinstein up there talking to an empty room, "concerned" about things she helped put in place.

What a mess. How embarrassing.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

( EDIT ) People need to watch - take notes - and speak-up/out - government needs to be directed by the population - not be left to do what the whims of those in office are.

EDIT -> Kind of hard to claim you are doing what your constituents want if your constituents are screaming at you to stop what you are doing ( call you a liar ).

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Wow.

That's the only word that comes to mind when I think about what went down on Friday. 2 MILLION comments saying a big, resounding NO to Keystone XL were delivered to the State Department, including tens of thousands from you.

Friday's show of strength is just one step in a long journey to stop this pipeline and beat back Big Oil. But the fight is just heating up, and we need your support.

From First Nations communities in Canada standing up to defend their lands, to the Tar Sands Blockade putting their bodies on the line, to Nebraksa farmers protecting their water, and yes, even wonks in DC putting out important research, this movement has come together like never before.

Two million comments won't stop this pipeline on their own, but it is an amazing symbol of how our movement to stand up to Big Oil is growing. But we've just begun, and we can't let up now.

Will you chip in $10 today to help us beat back Big Oil?

Your support will help us place ads like the ones we just put up in trains throughout the DC metro system, pushing back against the Big Oil messaging that so often dominates DC. Your support will also help our cutting edge research to expose the ills of the fossil fuel industry.

We're going to stop this pipeline, thanks to tireless efforts from people all over the country. And once we do, we'll all stop the next one too.

Thanks for all your efforts, and for your support.

-David Turnbull Campaigns Director Oil Change International

Like us on Facebook

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Donate now

Oil Change International campaigns to expose the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitate the coming transition towards clean energy. We are dedicated to identifying and overcoming barriers to that transition.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Elizabeth Warren (info@elizabethwarren.com) :

Hi,

There are a lot of people in Washington -- a lot of lobbyists and a lot of politicians -- who are determined to block any new laws that might reduce pollution.

Year after year, evidence grows about the damage we suffer from carbon pollution, and yet, the science deniers stay locked in place. It's so bad that we can't even have a serious conversation about the growing evidence that the earth is in real trouble.

So I have a question for you.

If we don't do anything at all to stop climate change, what do you think the world will look like 25 years from now?

Monday night, several other senators and I are pulling an all-nighter on the floor of the Senate to talk about the importance of pollution and climate change. We are going to do our best to bring attention to a topic that a lot of people in Washington don't want to talk about.

I've been assigned a block of time to talk, and I want to spend a chunk of it talking about as many stories as I can from people like you.

So take the question wherever you want: What do you think the planet is going to look like 25 years from now if we don't tackle climate change head-on? What small thing will be different? What big thing will change everything?

Make it personal or make it public. Do some research or talk about what worries you. But however you want to do it, write it up -- maybe a paragraph or two? -- and send it to me. I want to post some of your answers online and read some of your answers on the floor of the Senate because I want other people to think about this question: If we don't act, what could happen?

I think about what we could lose. I think about our natural treasures here in Massachusetts, from the Cape to the Berkshires, from hidden away gems to defining features of our great state. I think about what a more acidic ocean will mean for our fishermen, and whether we can sustain great oceanfront cities if sea levels continue to rise. I think about increasing rates of asthma and toxins that work their way into our food chain. I think about the threats to our economy and to our safety.

I also think about my three little grandchildren, and what kind of world we will leave to them. Are they going to live in a world where it's not safe to breathe the air or drink the water because powerful corporations and their lobbyists blocked real change?

Twenty-five years is not such a long time. In 25 years, what will you be doing? What about your family and friends? And what about our earth?

I'm hopeful that if we think more about the future -- if we really think hard about the path we're on and the place it leads -- then the urgency to change will be stronger and change will be within reach.

So back to my original question: If we don't make serious changes, what happens to our world? Take a minute to answer that question now.

Remember, I'm going to read as many of these stories as I can on the floor of the United States Senate, so please make them good! If you find some good research, add a link. If you want to add a picture, I'll include as many as I can. And if you want some friends or family to think about this question too, please forward the email and ask them to write. More voices will make us stronger.

Thank you for being a part of this,

Elizabeth

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

I hope it's done

Me Too - perhaps the action below will also pound a few nails into the deniers coffins.

1,003,930 have signed. http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_keystone_xl_pipeline_loc_us/?bGfGZcb&v=36745

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Good comment

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[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Well as long as staying away from the wood pile does not earn you a trip to the woodshed. {:-]) I think the more consistent and better = nonstop - communications made the better. The Public has really got to get involved if we are gonna have better government.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20335) from South Burlington, VT 1 hour ago

it's acting weird now too. the connection keeps getting reset.

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I wonder if jart is doing stuff to the site?

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

I sent this to be shared http://my.elizabethwarren.com/page/m/2852d6b6/458cf293/69b47bf5/66b82ee7/1632132895/VEsF/ :

California has now joined the severe drought regions of the USA ( currently 2/3rds of the USA ? ) - experiencing a fierce wildfire all out of season when it should have been experiencing it's seasonal RAINS = double whammy as when a truly large storm finally hit dropping torrential rain - the undergrowth had been burned away allowing the massive amount of water to tear through the cleared ground threatening massive mud slides. And after the torrential rainfall - California is still in a severe water shortage condition looking at forced conservation and still have not enough to irrigate crop lands.

For You deniers - GLOBAL WARMING does not mean a simple rise in temperature - it means ADDED ENERGY in the atmosphere - which means LARGER STRONGER STORMS - it also means unpredictable weather patterns. Nope it is not just heat - it is Tornadoes it is Hurricanes it is Snow and Ice storms etc etc etc all causing death and billions - TRILLIONS of dollars of material damage as well as crop failures. This is all on the increase as we continue to destroy our environment with fossil fuel pollution.

But besides unpredictable weather patterns and super storms - it does also mean that results of heat in heat prone areas will be the trend = DROUGHT - WIDE SPREAD DROUGHT - LONG TERM DROUGHT - AS IN YEARS AND DECADES OF DROUGHT - ALL AROUND THE WORLD - affecting what? Well for one thing - THE WORLDS CROPLANDS. Any of you ever study or even hear about the Dust Bowl Years of The USA ? Get Ready For a Repeat - WORLD WIDE.

And to feed such devastation with the continued and expanding use of Fossil Fuel is pure INSANITY. Most especially when it is not at all necessary to continue to use fossil fuel. And deny all you want - fracking as well as tar sands mining as well as all other fossil fuel extraction - IS polluting our ever shrinking fresh water resources - surface water as well as ground water ( aquifer ).

Further - All of the above energy stance(?) = INSANITY

KXL needs to be refused. All expansion of fossil fuel extraction/use needs to be refused. Listen to the 97% of all climate scientists - THEY ARE IN AGREEMENT = We can NOT increase our use of fossil fuel.

We need full implementation of alternative power generation sources - clean power generation. Wind Turbines - Solar Cells - water conversion to Hydrogen to be used in power plants - thorium reactors ( safe - smaller footprint - does not produce nuclear weapons grade material - no chance of a Fukashima or a Chernobyl style failure/meltdown ) - etc etc etc

We have clean VIABLE alternatives to fossil fuel - WE NEED TO USE THEM TO OUR FULL CAPABILITY. ( see - http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017146059 - http://www.ted.com/speakers/donald_sadoway.html - http://hopewellproject.org/ - all of these things for viable alternatives to fossil fuel and this is just a quick sampling of what can be done RIGHT NOW )

WAKE-UP we do not have to go down this road of increasing death and destruction.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

OH & Tweet

DKAtoday ‏@DKAtoday

Mon some of our representatives will b talking about KXL - would you like 2 share ur thoughts? Please Do - click link http://my.elizabethwarren.com/page/m/2852d6b6/458cf293/69b47bf5/66b82ee7/1632132895/VEsE/

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

OH & Tweet Tweet

DKAtoday ‏@DKAtoday

I shared the message in the link below - what R ur thoughts? https://occupywallst.org/forum/fighting-dirtiest-oil-planet-xldissent/#comment-1025548

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

As This "IS" a World Wide Concern/Issue - it is fit that a World Wide Group speaks up:

From Avaaz:

Dear friends,

Right now, our government is deciding whether to approve a monster oil pipeline that would unleash devastating levels of carbon pollution from Canada's dirty tar sands. The State Department is holding a public comment process before the big decision, and insiders say they want a mandate to stand up to industry pressure. Let's help by flooding the comment process with an overwhelming mandate to kill this carbon bomb -- we only have days left:

SIGN THE PETITION

Right now, our government is about to make the defining climate decision of Obama's presidency -- whether to approve a monstrous pipeline that will transport up to 830,000 barrels a day of the world's dirtiest oil from Canada across the US.

If approved, the Keystone XL pipeline will help pump billions of dollars into the pockets of a few companies... but also millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. It's been called "a fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet". Bold public action has delayed it once, and a court ruling the other week has dealt a serious blow to the project. Now, if we act fast and in massive numbers, we can help kill it for good.

Secretary of State John Kerry, responsible for the US's relationship with the world, has opened a final round of comments from the public. He knows this decision is a vital litmus test for US global leadership to avert climate disaster. Avaaz members from every country will turn it into a truly global referendum by flooding the consultation with a million voices calling on them to kill Keystone and take the leadership role they say they want in the fight to save the planet. We only have days until it closes - join here:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_keystone_xl_pipeline_loc_us/?bGfGZcb&v=36745

The heat from Big Oil is already intense -- they’ve bought out the ads in DC subways that politicians pass through to get to work. If we hit a million signers, Avaaz will fight back on the DC battleground, taking out ads right next to theirs so Secretary Kerry and his staff see the people’s voices first and loudest.

Big Oil ads are just the tip of the iceberg. We know that our government is under fire from industry lobbyists who will make serious money from the pipeline. But it will be at the cost of all of our futures. Tar sands oil is the dirtiest dirty fossil fuel ever cooked up - releasing 3-4 times the global warming pollution of normal petrol!

Last year, Obama said he’d let Keystone go ahead only if it was found to be in our national interest and if it could be proven that it wouldn’t worsen the climate crisis for future generations. And Kerry has spent decades fighting for the climate and even opposed Keystone as a Senator. Pipeline supporters are answering with claims of more construction jobs and greater independence from petro-states. But Obama knows that the real jobs are in clean energy and that climate change is perhaps the greatest threat to US and global security there is.

We’re already winning. Three years ago, this pipeline was a foregone conclusion. But then people-power swung into action -- thousands were arrested at the largest act of civil disobedience in the US in decades, and Obama refused the initial proposal. Let's do our part now by collecting over a million comments in the US and around the world and give Kerry and President Obama the public cover they need to reject the Keystone carbon bomb:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_keystone_xl_pipeline_loc_us/?bGfGZcb&v=36745

Wherever we are in the world -- Alberta, Canada, where the pipeline would begin; the UK, still recovering from historic floods; Australia, just emerging from a summer ravaged by record fires, or any other country where extreme weather is taking its toll -- we’re all downstream from climate change. If we stand together today, we can all be a part of a victory to stop this crazy pipeline and help build a strong climate movement.

With hope,

Pascal, David, Luis, Antonia, Emma, Patri, Wen, Ricken, and the Avaaz team

SOURCES:

Pressure is on Kerry as Keystone pipeline decision nears (Washington Post): http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/pressure-is-on-kerry-as-keystone-pipeline-deci...

Pipeline Fight Lifts Environmental Movement (New York Times): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/25/us/keystone-xl-pipeline-fight-lifts-environmental-movement.html

10 Reasons to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline (The Huffington Post): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rose-ann-demoro/10-reasons-to-oppose-the-_1_b_4791713.html

Oil sands pollution two to three times higher than thought (Yahoo News): http://news.yahoo.com/oil-sands-pollution-two-three-times-higher-thought-210153802.html

How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming? (Scientific American): http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tar-sands-and-keystone-xl-pipeline-impact-on-global-warmin...

Foreign Company Tries To Seize U.S. Land For Keystone Pipeline (Forbes): http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2014/02/24/foreign-company-tries-to-seize-u-s-land-for-keysto...

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago
[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

WooHoooooo an hour later and 610,876 - nice.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Damn near 200,000 in two days = 799,840 have signed.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_keystone_xl_pipeline_loc_us/?bGfGZcb&v=36745

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4829) 8 months ago

Signed.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

865,028 have signed. I was watching the counter for a bit last night - it was gr8 to see people from all over the world signing.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Tweet

DKAtoday ‏@DKAtoday

Over 600,000 have spoken-up at this point in time

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_keystone_xl_pipeline_loc_us/?bGfGZcb&v=36745

How about You?

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

One wonders how to spot fossil fuel activity that is against the best interests of the Public/Environment/World - because this is pretty shadowy stuff - Right ? Ummmmm well maybe not so shadowy all the time:

Who killed the electric car? In New Jersey, it was Chris Christie. Unilaterally.

Gov. Chris Christie has passed a regulation that blocks automakers from directly selling to consumers in New Jersey, requiring them to go through third-party car dealers instead.

As a direct result, Tesla—the electric car company that reduces our dependence on fossil fuels—must now close its two dealerships in the state.

This is an outrage. Sign the petition denouncing Christie for bending to corporate welfare, protecting car dealers and the polluter lobby.

But make no mistake about it. This is a national move by Republicans to kill the electric car.

New Jersey is the third state to kick out Tesla that way, the other two being Arizona and Texas. And it’s all been done via executive order by the governor—out of the spotlight.

Sign the petition denouncing Gov. Christie for kicking Tesla cars out of New Jersey.

Keep fighting, Paul Hogarth, Daily Kos

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

What I said http://kos.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=VTYG3G85%2Bd%2BG6nHTHas2fA0xKp4PH/8D :

Know an individual by "their" actions not their words. Well now we know more about you - that you don't care about combating climate change and it's increasing storms ( like Sandy ) - nope - you have shown that you are for fossil fuel destruction. Shutting down Tesla sales in your state you show yourself to be an enemy of the environment and absolutely that you are no friend of the people.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

The protest continues World Wide: 1,030,513 have signed. Let's get to 1,250,000 http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_keystone_xl_pipeline_loc_us/?bGfGZcb&v=36745

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Related - continuing the fight for a healthy world:

Dear Avaazers,

Thousands of Maasai families in Tanzania kept their homes. Convicted criminals were barred from office in India and Brazil. Bees across Europe were protected with a pesticide ban. It might not have happened over the last year without the Avaaz community acting together. Let’s take a moment to think together: what shall we win next?

Click below to take the annual Avaaz all-member poll, and let's decide together what we most want to win this year: (or check poll results as they come in here )

TAKE THE POLL

Last year we ran hundreds of campaigns and, on top of the Bees and Maasai wins, played a key role in dozens of victories, including:

  • Many cases in the war on women, such as stopping the flogging of a 15 year old rape victim in the Maldives and getting a rape victim in Dubai released from prison for extra-marital sex.

  • Ending the corrupt practice of secret voting in the Brazilian congress.

  • Getting H&M and other leading clothing companies to sign an agreement making their factories in Bangladesh safe for workers.

  • Getting top Indian political leaders to sign an election "Womanifesto" protecting women’s rights.

  • Winning dozens of other battles, from closing Dutch ports to whale meat shipments, to saving an important park in Italy, and much, much more.

With the world undergoing profound change, and our community TWICE the size it was last year, imagine what this year's wins list could look like. Take the poll now or see the results, along with a snapshot of our community and who we are, at the results page here.

The challenges may be coming thick and fast, but when we stick together, we can transform them into opportunities to build the world we all dream of. Here's to building dreams in 2014.

With hope,

Ricken, Meredith, Ben, Lisa, Luca, Rewan, Alex and the whole Avaaz team

Support the Avaaz Community! We're entirely funded by donations and receive no money from governments or corporations. Our dedicated team ensures even the smallest contributions go a long way.

Donate Now

Avaaz.org is a 34-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


I have not taken the poll as of yet - but I did send in a separate reply/message:

How many members does Avaaz now have? It would have been very impressive if everyone of them had sent in a comment to refuse Keystone XL.

This is what we need to do = SPEAK-UP SPEAK OUT - straight into the faces of those who are in office in government - all around the world - AND - make those communications PUBLIC as well as directly to those in office.

WE THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD - need to direct the actions of government - we need to tell them when they are wrong - we need to tell them what needs to be done and how to go about doing it.

Government can not say that they are doing what we want and need "IF" we are telling them that they are NOT doing what is in our Best interest or what is in the World's Best Interest.

We TELL THEM - they do not get to do whatever they want - they get to do what is Right/Healthy - or they leave office.

PROTEST in itself is "NOT" enough - we need to push proper action - provide healthy solutions.

Synergy = the whole is much greater than the sum of it's parts: Actions need to include all social justice groups, all health groups, all environmental groups etc etc etc - like the Union of Concerned Scientists, the American Cancer Society, the Sierra Club, AARP, Oil Change International etc etc etc

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Have you taken the poll? https://www.avaaz.org/en/2014_member_poll_d/?cl=4247394707&v=37186

If not - please consider doing it - it is better than a yes no type deal - it gives you the opportunity to voice your thoughts/views and effect world wide opinion/action/strategy.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

One comment I made on the poll https://www.avaaz.org/en/2014_member_poll_d/?cl=4247394707&v=37186:

text section at bottom of question 3 ) suggest a campaign we should add to this list! The more specific, the better!

I put:

A Campaign of education = as it is not any single government system that is good or bad - it is how that government acts for the benefit of it's people/environment or does not - the evil of capitalism is not just an American thing - look at any country any ideaology of how things are supposed to be run for the benefit of all in any country/state - why do these systems not work to promote health and prosperity for ALL in any society/state/country? The causes are all the same - where ever one looks = Greed of the few manipulating government for their own benefit irregardless of whether their actions are healthy or poisonus to the rest of the economy and to the environment locally and world wide. These Powers That Be - in government and in business are not nameless/faceless and it is their actions and inactions which are destroying our world through pollution poverty and war. These people in every corner of the world need to be identified to the public along with their negative actions and influence - they must be removed from power of any sort for the whole world to benefit for the whole world to be able to start making healthy change like cheap clean energy for ALL and the stopping of pollution that is poisoning our Air Soil and Water. The public/population needs to be involved in government and government and business need to SERVE the best interests of the people/society/environment/world.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 months ago

we all drive cars

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Related Necessary Action:

HF276 - We the People Act

Passed the Civil Law Committee

Next Stop Full House

THANK YOU!! To all who wrote a letter to your representative and to all who made calls to legislators last week to urge support of HF276—you were heard. One caller reported that a legislative assistant said "We have received lots of calls about HF276." This is the do-or-die year for HF276 so we will not rest until it has passed the House.

We are one step closer to adding Minnesota to the list of 16 states that have told Congress that only people have constitutional rights and that money spent to influence our elections is not speech and can be regulated.

Next steps:

http://movetoamend.nationbuilder.com/r?u=http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/movetoamend/mailings/1407/attachments/original/Two_Sample_HF276_Constituent_letters_2014-02-27.pdf?1394113194&utm_campaign=fixedlinksje&n=5&e=2ae135fada3068fbc9ccdd9b1d9214f03ddbbcaf&utm_source=movetoamend&utm_medium=email

  • Engage family and friends around the state in this effort!

  • Speak with fellow delegates at upcoming senate district or other political conventions.

The full House vote will come with very little advance notice. You will hear from us one more time prior to that vote, to invite you to join us in lighting up the switchboard at the Minnesota House of Representatives to make clear to all 134 legislators that We the People of Minnesota say:

CORPORATIONS DO NOT HAVE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

MONEY SPENT TO INFLUENCE OUR ELECTIONS IS NOT FREE SPEECH

We Move to Amend!

SAINT PAUL MOVE TO AMEND www.MoveToAmend.org/MN-saint-paul Saint Paul Move to Amend is a local affiliate of the Move to Amend Coalition

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS: PO Box 610, Eureka CA 95502 | (707) 269-0984 www.MoveToAmend.org

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

This Friday marks the deadline for public comments on the Keystone XL pipeline before the Obama administration makes the final decision about whether or not to issue a permit.

Please join Daily Kos and CREDO by signing and sending the petition urging the Obama administration to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

This pipeline would accelerate global climate change and be a game changer in climate destruction. Not only does oil production from the Alberta tar sands emit much more greenhouse gas than traditional oil production, the process involves clearing large swaths of arboreal forest, uses huge amounts of water to separate the bitumen from the sand, and produces excessive waste byproduct.

And those are the consequences before anything even enters the KXL pipeline. KXL presents the very likely risk of an oil spill in the Midwest United States. A pipeline spill along the proposed route of KXL could contaminate the Ogallala aquifer-–which is used to supply the country’s agricultural production in the Plains and supplies 82 percent of the drinking water to over 2 million people around the aquifer.

We cannot allow President Obama to approve the KXL pipeline and accelerate the rate of climate change while putting the American public at risk.

Please join Daily Kos and CREDO by signing and sending the petition opposing Keystone XL. We will deliver all of the comments to the State Department through the official channels provided at regulations.gov at 5:00 PM eastern Friday, March 7.

Keep fighting, Rachel Colyer Campaign Director, Daily Kos

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Friends of the Earth : There are only 24 hours left to make your voice heard on the dirty, dangerous Keystone XL pipeline.

Please write Secretary of State John Kerry right now and tell him that Keystone XL is NOT in the national interest.

The Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute and other pro-tar sands front groups are pulling out all the stops, funding campaigns to manufacture comments in support of the project. If we want to defeat Keystone XL, we need to do more than just beat their purchased influence: we need to overwhelm it with our own voices, by sending in hundreds of thousands of comments in opposition to the pipeline.

Please submit a comment right now telling Secretary Kerry that he needs to step up and be a climate leader by advising President Obama that Keystone XL is NOT in our national interest.

Following the January release of the State Department’s flawed Keystone XL environmental impact statement, many pundits have proclaimed Keystone XL is a done deal. But they said the same thing five years ago when the pipeline was first proposed, and we’ve proved them wrong every step of the way. It’s up to each and every one of us to make clear that Keystone XL fails the president’s own climate test.

Keystone XL has become a watershed test to determine if President Obama and Secretary Kerry's action on climate change will match their increasingly strong rhetoric -- the president simply cannot lead on climate until he rejects it.

We don't know how they're going to decide. But we know that their words are not enough. And we know that the president and secretary of state simply can't be a climate leader so long as they allow oil companies to double down on extraction of the very dirtiest kinds of fossil fuels.

This is your last opportunity to officially weigh in on the decision. Submit a comment before the deadline and send the message to Secretary Kerry that the Keystone XL pipeline is NOT in our national interest.

Thanks, Ross Hammond Senior campaigner, Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth U.S. Washington DC Berkeley CA 1-877-843-8687 Contact us »

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Environment America : The State Department’s public comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline closes this Friday, March 7 -- and we’re nearing 1 million petitions opposing the project.

Will you sign our petition today?

As Congressman Raul Grijalva wrote last week in the New York Times, "Keystone has become about more than one pipeline."[1] It has become a test of whether science or the power of the fossil fuel interests is the basis for decisions made in Washington.

Help us reach 1 million petitions saying no to Keystone XL.

The Environmental Protection Agency said the Keystone XL Pipeline would undeniably make climate change worse.[2] Meanwhile, a contractor hired by TransCanada, the pipeline developer itself, wrote a report saying the pipeline would have no impact on climate.[3]

It’s either draw the line on the dirtiest, most polluting fuel on the planet and take our future and the future of our children into our hands ...

… or let the fossil fuel interests win the big victory they so desperately want.

To me, the choice is clear. There’s only one right decision. We need to raise our voices to make it happen.

Will you sign a petition to the State Department: No Keystone XL pipeline?

Yours,

Margie Alt Executive Director

[1] Obama’s Pipeline, New York Times.

[2] US EPA letter to US Dept of State. 4/2/2013.

[3] Keystone contractor’s ties to energy groups draw new scrutiny, Politico.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Last week, three Nebraska ranchers dealt a serious blow to TransCanada -- the Canadian company behind Keystone XL -- in a David versus Goliath battle over the company's right to seize private property to build the Keystone XL pipeline against landowners' wishes.1

Randy Thompson, one of the resolute ranchers who fought back, recalled, "They came out here like a bunch of bullies and tried to force it down our throats. They told us there was nothing we could do to stop it."

Last week, three Nebraska ranchers, in a lawsuit supported by Sierra Club, proved that nothing is unstoppable, and that the unwavering determination of this movement continues to defy all expectations.

Show them they aren't alone. Now is YOUR chance to raise YOUR voice against Keystone XL! Join hundreds of thousands of other Americans before time runs out!

Thanks to the Nebraska court's ruling, Nebraskans may finally get a chance to weigh in on Keystone XL's impacts on their land, water and climate.

But no one can sit on the sidelines. Just as these families are threatened, so is yours. That's why as you read this, the State Department is accepting public comments from concerned citizens all over the country who know that Keystone XL is not in our national interest. These comments are important because they will help determine the State Department's final recommendation to President Obama.

There's only one week left to make sure the State Department and President Obama hear what you have to say on Keystone XL. Take action now!

Don't forget, every voice can make a difference.

Thank you for protecting our future,

Michael Marx Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign Director

P.S. After you've taken action, forward a copy of this message to five of your friends and family and let them know how they can help defeat Keystone XL once and for all. Or spread the word on social media with the share buttons below:

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[1] David Kashi, Judge Rules Against Keystone Pipeline Route: Will This Project Ever Get Approved?, International Business Times, February 19, 2014

Sierra Club | 85 2nd St San Francisco, CA 94105 | membership.services@sierraclub.org

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

I added to the letter ( http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=zQxJ3iNM8OMe77xV0YUOcQ ) :

Further - All of the above energy stance(?) = INSANITY

KXL needs to be refused. All expansion of fossil fuel extraction/use needs to be refused. Listen to the 97% of all climate scientists - THEY ARE IN AGREEMENT = We can NOT increase our use of fossil fuel.

We need full implementation of alternative power generation sources - clean power generation. Wind Turbines - Solar Cells - water conversion to Hydrogen to be used in power plants - thorium reactors ( safe - smaller footprint - does not produce nuclear weapons grade material - no chance of a Fukashima or a Chernobyl style failure/meltdown ) - etc etc etc

We have clean VIABLE alternatives to fossil fuel - WE NEED TO USE THEM TO OUR FULL CAPABILITY.

[-] -1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 months ago

THEY ARE IN AGREEMENT = We can NOT increase our use of fossil fuel.

sure we can

the earth will warm as a result

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (32981) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 week ago

Last week, three Nebraska ranchers dealt a serious blow to TransCanada -- the Canadian company behind Keystone XL -- in a David versus Goliath battle over the company's right to seize private property to build the Keystone XL pipeline against landowners' wishes.1

Randy Thompson, one of the resolute ranchers who fought back, recalled, "They came out here like a bunch of bullies and tried to force it down our throats. They told us there was nothing we could do to stop it."

Last week, three Nebraska ranchers, in a lawsuit supported by Sierra Club, proved that nothing is unstoppable, and that the unwavering determination of this movement continues to defy all expectations.

Show them they aren't alone. Now is YOUR chance to raise YOUR voice against Keystone XL! Join hundreds of thousands of other Americans before time runs out!

Thanks to the Nebraska court's ruling, Nebraskans may finally get a chance to weigh in on Keystone XL's impacts on their land, water and climate.

But no one can sit on the sidelines. Just as these families are threatened, so is yours. That's why as you read this, the State Department is accepting public comments from concerned citizens all over the country who know that Keystone XL is not in our national interest. These comments are important because they will help determine the State Department's final recommendation to President Obama.

There's only one week left to make sure the State Department and President Obama hear what you have to say on Keystone XL. Take action now!

Don't forget, every voice can make a difference.

Thank you for protecting our future,

Michael Marx Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign Director

P.S. After you've taken action, forward a copy of this message to five of your friends and family and let them know how they can help defeat Keystone XL once and for all. Or spread the word on social media with the share buttons below:

Share this page on Facebook

Share this page on Twitter

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[1] David Kashi, Judge Rules Against Keystone Pipeline Route: Will This Project Ever Get Approved?, International Business Times, February 19, 2014

Sierra Club | 85 2nd St San Francisco, CA 94105 | membership.services@sierraclub.org

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WooHoooo - a week old comment - and yet seemingly out of sight and out of mind ( ? apparently not ) is down voted twice tonight. HUH - some keystone shills looking in?

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 8 months ago

There always are. They play at other games, but they are always here.

Why do you think my demonstrations of the way Enbridge is using to get around it is voted down?

http://grist.org/climate-energy/big-oils-new-strategy-if-you-cant-build-a-new-pipeline-just-overload-the-old-one/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Daily%2520March%252010&utm_campaign=daily

It's like I said said a while ago. Michigan matters. They ignored that too.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

We the Public ( if one can wrap their mind around this fact ) "the Majority" in all aspects of the population/country of the USA/world - are the minority ( treated as such ) because of the interests of greed and of getting their own ( our representatives ) and damn everyone else ( you and I and everyone we know and love ).

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

My pleasure - tweet

@cspan climatechange https://occupywallst.org/forum/fighting-dirtiest-oil-planet-xldissent/#comment-1025712 WTFU - Government seems to continue to sleep in the face of devastation.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 8 months ago

LOL

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/10/michele-bachmann-thank-god-for-putting-the-koch-brothers-on-our-side/

Why do you think they BITCH at me and vote me down and make fun of me and lie about me?

They did it to you too.

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/24589

The pipeline?

It's a States rights, libe(R)tarian kind of thing.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

I laugh as well - not because it is funny - but because those who attack health/life/prosperity for ALL and those who support and forward such - must be laughed at - or slaughtered as quickly as possible - and I am not a violent person - so I laugh at them and their deadly stupidity.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 8 months ago

The deal's been signed and sealed. They will get that shit to the refineries on the ocean, one way or another. By blimps flying over your roof top, if they have to.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

The deal's been signed and sealed.

I believe so - "those" will find the hell of the Bible that they prophesy for others. Yep - so sorry lost ones - you bible thump your own future.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 8 months ago

ALEC, destroying democracy, one State at a time, and now in your own community too.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Don't worry - "scream bloody murder" - as it is not at all localized - The destruction of life has gone world wide!!!

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 8 months ago

Yep, well, the site's acting funny. I guess I'll see you again tomorrow.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

The site "is" acting weird - I continue to watch the climate discussion on C-span and will likely see you again later-on today. G-night.

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[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 months ago

shakey in san diego

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[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4829) 8 months ago

Signed

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (22316) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 months ago

Damn Straight - I mean I figured that you would {:-])

So gr8 to see the continuing and growing number of protests/groups.

[-] 0 points by Durvasa (-4) from Davie, FL 8 months ago

oOooOoHhh we're talking about a big fat dirty Satan aren't we? A black diamond maybe hmmmm