Dilemma: 20,000+ jobs, or clean energy?

It would seem that the Labor/Green coalition is not on the same page with regard to the Keystone XL pipeline.  The pipeline would pump “tar sands” from Canada to Texas and create 20,000+ private sector construction jobs, but it could put Midwest aquifers (that supply water for the “American bread basket”) at risk if anything goes wrong.


IBEW: Construction Workers Tell Obama: ‘We Can’t Wait’ for Keystone XL Jobs

“The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO has launched a new campaign encouraging President Obama to take action on good construction jobs by supporting the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The proposed $7 billion project would transport unrefined petroleum from the oil sands of northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico, creating an estimated 20,000 private sector positions”

Building Trades President Mark Ayers wrote on Huffington Post:

[I]t is America’s workers who are clamoring for the expedited approval of this important project. As President Obama has rightfully declared when it comes to the creation of jobs, “WE CAN’T WAIT.”



Clean Energy President Embraces Dirty, Dangerous, and Expensive Future:

“So begins a November 3rd story from Reuters assessing the potential political fallout from an administration decision to green-light the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada Corp’s plan to move crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries in Texas.

Back in 2008, Obama the candidate seemed to understand the threat posed by global warming, and he spoke often of moving away from carbon-heavy fuel sources like tar sands. Now, a good part of what is considered the president’s “base,” it seems, understands that the transcontinental pipeline is not only a danger to farmlands and aquifers, but also a betrayal of a campaign promise.”



Unsure.  America is hurting for jobs, but we need to get off oil.  Until the glorious oil-free day arrives though, this could help the pain at the pump for the working class.  Pardon my French: If this pipeline gets fucked up and it fucks up the Midwest’s ground water, then we’re super fucked.  So I guess it depends:  Either everything goes well: We get cheaper North American gas (in theory) and put tens of thousands of union workers back on the job.  Of course this still means that we pump carbon into the air.  Or: Everything goes wrong and we screw Midwest farming up forever.  Or: We don’t go through with it and don’t create 20,000 good-paying private sector jobs.  As I said: dilemma.


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These brothas try to keep it righteous; some said whatever!! we’re still considered prime suspects!!  so how are you living?

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Cowboys and Indians against Keystone

“The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is entering its final phases—a 60-day public comment period is about to end, at which point John Kerry and Barack Obama will be free to decide whether the giant project is in America’s national interest.

"Oil companies and the Koch brothers have said yes; a huge array of groups from the nurses union to the Nobel Peace Prize laureates, economists to climate scientists, clergy to solar entrepreneurs have opposed it, making it one of the biggest and most contentious political clashes in decades.

"But it’s fitting that what may be the final arguments will come from the two groups that have fought longest and most powerfully: ranchers and farmers along the route, and Native Americans on both sides of the border. The members of this so-called CIA (Cowboy Indian Alliance) are bringing their tipis and horses to the Washington Mall later this month; they’ll host an encampment for a week, rallying under the nose of the White House and attempting to buck up the president who once promised he would end the “tyranny of oil.”

"As a late arrival to this fight, I’ve gotten to watch these ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders at work for the last three years. It’s been remarkable to see not only their political skill but the way their arguments have gathered power and force.”

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Today I experienced a protest in front of the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline. The passion of the protesters and their commitment to their cause was inspiring. Thousands came in support of their mission and over 400 chained themselves to the White House fence in anger against the Keystone Xl pipeline. 

Reflecting on today, I am so proud to be an American where people can organize and peacefully protest. The mainstream media may not have reported today but their voices were heard. Social Media, especially twitter and Facebook played an integral role in organizing and executing this demonstration. So proud of everyone who stood up for what they believed in and refused to be silent. This type of civil engagement and passion for bettering their country is admirable.
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