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Forum Post: Keystone rears it's ugly head again. Take action each time an opportunity is offered. This is one from CREDO.

Posted 1 year ago on Sept. 25, 2012, 12:17 p.m. EST by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN
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Don't let TransCanada bulldoze over tribal sovereignty.

The updates coming in are heartbreaking: TransCanada and its bulldozers have begun seizing and clearing land to construct the southern portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Texas.

It's nearly impossible to fight the use of eminent domain against private landowners. But now TransCanada is trampling on the rights of sovereign native tribes. If we stand with the tribes, we may be able to block the pipeline's construction.

Tell the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Enforce Native American sovereignty and don't let TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline bulldoze sacred burial grounds. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

A story last week in the Washington Post highlights TransCanada's assault on tribal sovereignty on lands throughout Oklahoma. The Canadian corporation is blazing ahead with construction despite tribal concerns about the protection of burial grounds and other sacred tribal sites.1

TransCanada arrogantly claims "there is no legal obligation to work with the tribes." But that flies in the face of the historic treaties affirming tribal authority over their sovereign lands, and the more recent National Historic Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.

The U.S. government was responsible for genocidal death marches of Native Americans in the 19th century. Today, there are more than 38 tribes in Oklahoma as a result of this forced relocation, and each retains sovereignty over its own land and affairs. The Keystone XL Pipeline will bisect the entire state, starting in Cushing, Oklahoma, on a site that sits within the Sac and Fox Nation.

Tribal leaders fear that digging the route could disturb mass graves or other important sites. As the Sac and Fox official Sandra Massey said, "How many times do we have to move? Our dead are never at rest."

Tell the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Keep our promises to Native American tribes and stop TransCanada from violating their sovereignty. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

We know the Bureau of Indian Affairs is aware of the issue because it held a listening session in Oklahoma last week to discuss the protection of sacred tribal sites.2 Now we need to make sure that the agency knows that it is unacceptable to allow a Canadian oil company to trample on tribal sovereignty and sacred sites to build their fuse to the carbon bomb of the Alberta Tar Sands.

TransCanada's attitude toward the rights of Native Americans should come as no surprise — the company has earned a reputation for lying, deceiving and strong-arming landowners into giving property easements to TransCanada.

As construction gets underway, TransCanada's surveyors and crews have also been met with resistance from local activists, who have on two occasions been arrested for boldly chaining themselves to construction equipment. Both efforts successfully stalled construction on the day of the action.3

These efforts are vitally important, because the courts have so far sided with TransCanada's dubious claims that it is eligible to seize private land under eminent domain — a questionable premise, since the pipeline primarily benefits a Canadian company.

While the Obama administration has bent over backward to promote TransCanada's efforts to drain Alberta's "game over for the climate" tar sands fields, it remains to be seen if the Bureau of Indian Affairs will stand by as TransCanada also threatens tribal sovereignty and sacred sites.

Urge the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take action. Click below to automatically sign the petition: http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=6966708&p=sovereignty_kxl&id=47545-4904244-3m61vZx&t=10

Thanks for fighting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager CREDO Action from Working Assets

1."Keystone XL pipeline raises tribal concerns," Washington Post, 9/18/12

  1. "Indian Affairs to Hold Sixth DOI Listening Session on Sacred Sites in Indian Country," Department of Interior, 9/13/12

3."Texas Tar Sands Blockade"

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[-] 2 points by TruthRightsFreedom (259) 1 year ago

Guess you don't know treason when you describe it.

"TransCanada and its bulldozers have begun seizing and clearing land to construct the southern portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Texas.

It's nearly impossible to fight the use of eminent domain against private landowners."

That is impossible without treason enabling it. NAFTA.

We need Article V to rescind it and GATT. Then get rid of corporate personhood.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4024) 1 year ago

Agree.

[-] 3 points by TruthRightsFreedom (259) 1 year ago

Many are waking up to the legal process of Article V. If the states are ratifying, the congress and president have no influence.

Our big problem is the abridging of free speech and cognitive infiltrations confusing the natural move towards unity under these conditions.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4024) 1 year ago

Well Said

[-] 2 points by TruthRightsFreedom (259) 1 year ago

Accordingly, we need to be sure fundamental agreements showing intentions are made.

This needs to be done in a place under the control of the same intents so it has a natural and pure evolution into unity.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20556) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Here - you might enjoy this -

well sorry guys - for some reason I'm not getting the link formatted right.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Well I like the sentiment.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20556) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I don't understand what's wrong with the code, but anyway.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20556) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I just found this article from the NYT - on the tar sands carbon footprint - and I posted it in comments on the petition.

Do you think they will mind?

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Editorial

Tar Sands and the Carbon Numbers

. . . . . . . . . Published: August 21, 2011

This page opposes the building of a 1,700-mile pipeline called the Keystone XL, which would carry diluted bitumen — an acidic crude oil — from Canada’s Alberta tar sands to the Texas Gulf Coast. We have two main concerns: the risk of oil spills along the pipeline, which would traverse highly sensitive terrain, and the fact that the extraction of petroleum from the tar sands creates far more greenhouse emissions than conventional production does.

The Canadian government insists that it has found ways to reduce those emissions. But a new report from Canada’s environmental ministry shows how great the impact of the tar sands will be in the coming years, even with cleaner production methods.

It projects that Canada will double its current tar sands production over the next decade to more than 1.8 million barrels a day. That rate will mean cutting down some 740,000 acres of boreal forest — a natural carbon reservoir. Extracting oil from tar sands is also much more complicated than pumping conventional crude oil out of the ground. It requires steam-heating the sands to produce a petroleum slurry, then further dilution.

One result of this process, the ministry says, is that greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector as a whole will rise by nearly one-third from 2005 to 2020 — even as other sectors are reducing emissions. Canada still hopes to meet the overall target it agreed to at Copenhagen in 2009 — a 17 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2020. If it falls short, as seems likely, tar sands extraction will bear much of the blame.

Canada’s government is committed to the tar sands business. (Alberta’s energy minister, Ronald Liepert, has declared, “I’m not interested in Kyoto-style policies.”) The United States can’t do much about that, but it can stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

The State Department will decide whether to approve or reject the pipeline by the end of the year. It has already delivered two flawed reports on the pipeline’s environmental impact. It should acknowledge the environmental risk of the pipeline and the larger damage caused by tar sands production and block the Keystone XL.

A version of this editorial appeared in print on August 22, 2011, on page A18 of the New York edition with the headline: Tar Sands and the Carbon Numbers.

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[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Signed - tweeted. Thx Nevada.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20556) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

dayum - I haven't checked my email. Thanks for the reminder!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Not a problem - it is kinda nice to see good things show up on an e-mail - besides contacts from friends and family I mean.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20556) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

ah but now I have a ton of it to sort through

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Must have missed checking for a day or 2?

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20556) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

umm, . . . .

yes - at least.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Ow - that would be a lot of sorting for what gets sent my way on a regular basis.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20556) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

It was - I'm really not done yet either

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Sorting is the easy part - now you have to go through what you saved to review the contents. I don't always have the required patience to do that when I have screwed up and let a pile collect. Some times can take longer to do just because...well just because.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20556) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

just because

that sounds like a damn good reason to me . . . .

haha

. . . you just gave me permission . . .

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Did I become an enabler? Damn - I hate it when I do that.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20556) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Haha!

I was already in the process of letting it slide - I think you're off the hook man.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Cool - thx - I would have gotten little sleep - {:-])

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4024) 1 year ago

Some MSM resistance to anti-frack, but more people are hearing about it.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/09/fracking-goes-global.html

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing the PBS report. It is so gr8 to see the world waking up and starting to act together in protesting the ills of the world.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4024) 1 year ago

Agree. A year ago few people knew what fracking was. And that is what frackers wanted.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

The power of the people using the internet to be proactive - is awesome.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4024) 1 year ago

It seems that Quebec has banned fracking (from frogmanofboreno post). This, is significant.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/major-victory-for-quebec-students-environmental-ac/

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Signs of sanity - let us pray for others to follow.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4024) 1 year ago

Signed & emailed to others.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Thx Nevada I can always count on you to support and forward good actions. {:-])

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Good post. They shouldn't be allowed to trample over the rights of Native tribes.

My Congressman always tries to tell people that this pipeline from Canada with Canadian oil that creates toxic lakes so large you can see them from space is somehow a key path to American energy independence. He is also a moron.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

These things are what we need to keep pointing out ( repeatedly ) as the shills for fossil fuel repeat lies to get them accepted - we must continue to pop their balloons with the truth ( repeatedly ).

Truth is spreading ( witness Global Day of fracking Protests ) - we must continue.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

TransCanada’s permit application to the Canadian government for the pipeline included documents and testimony which said Canadian oil companies could use the pipeline to increase America’s fuel bill by up to $4 billion per year by limiting the supply of Canadian crude to Midwest refineries and rerouting it to Gulf Coast refineries.

read more - http://kucinich.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=253589

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

We must always fight - profits over people - we must always fight - fossil fuel continuation of use and the pollution environmental destruction.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26733) 1 year ago

I got called all kinds of names for pointing this out months ago.

I hope you fare better.

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