“Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me. So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health decisions on behalf of women.”
…and Obama didn’t speak up because he’s not a Jew. Then they came for the Christians, and Obama did not speak up because he is not a Christian. Now, they come for western civilization and Obama will not speak up because he is not an advocate of western civilization. He believes that western civilization is exploitative and imperialistic, that terrorism is caused by imbalances between the west and rest, and that if only the west would minimalize its arrogance on the world’s stage peace would blossom.
Over the past two years, the GDP grew at an annual rate of 2.8 percent (up from 2.1 percent in the first three and a half years of the economic recovery). Most of the recovery, however, has benefited the top 10 percent of households. In 2009, the median family income was $54,059, in 2012 it was $51,758, and in 2013 it had grown only $181 to $51,939.
The whole economy is growing, but middle class wallets aren’t.
One of the world’s richest forests stretches across northern Alberta, making the Canadian province home to a vast array of migrating birds, diverse wildlife, and the First Nations people who once thrived on the region’s natural bounty. But in recent decades, mining companies have torn up the land and polluted its waters in a quest to extract tar sands, which yield a heavy crude oil trapped in a mixture of sand and clay.
The fuel is dirty; the extraction and refining process is even dirtier. It’s so energy-intensive, in fact, that tar sands oil is barely economical to bring to market.
That’s why the industry is so desperate to build Keystone XL. The proposed $7 billion tar sands oil pipeline would run 2,000 miles across the American heartland, crossing the country’s largest freshwater aquifer to reach the Texas Gulf Coast. There, refineries would process a projected 830,000 barrels of dirty crude daily, most of them bound for overseas markets, with negligible impact on U.S. energy independence or gas prices.
The new pipeline would be harmful for people, water, wildlife, and climate. Here are five reasons why Keystone XL is a bad idea and tar sands oil should stay in the ground.
1. It’s not safe.
Studies show that tar sands pipelines are more vulnerable to leaks than those carrying traditional crude because of the oil’s corrosive nature and the chemicals necessary to make it run through the pipes. Despite the industry’s grand safety claims, we also know from recent spills and subsequent government investigations that its leak-detection systems are subpar and its spill containment and clean-up methods inadequate.
Just look at the 2010 tar sands disaster in western Michigan — the site of what has become the most expensive onshore oil spill in U.S. history. Four years and a billion dollars later, tar sands contamination still plagues the Kalamazoo River and nearby communities.
A pipeline spill would threaten the land and water supply of some 110,000 ranches and farms in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska that produced more than $40 billion worth of food in 2012. In those three states alone, the pipeline would cross 1,073 rivers, lakes, and streams, including the Yellowstone River in Montana and the Platte River in Nebraska, along with tens of thousands of acres of wetlands. It would also run within a mile of more than 3,000 wells that provide drinking and irrigation water in those states.
2. It’s bad for climate.
Because of its silty composition, mining and refining tar sands oil demands an enormous amount of energy — much more than conventional crude. Keystone XL would ramp up tar sands production, requiring even more energy and creating greater carbon pollution: the equivalent of Americans driving an unthinkable 60 billion extra miles every year.
NASA scientist James Hansen estimates that the remaining tar sands reserves contain twice the amount of carbon pollution emitted by the entire global oil industry — in all of human history. “If Canada proceeds and we do nothing,” Hansen wrote in a New York Times editorial, “it will be game over for the climate.”
3. It’s bad for health and the environment.
Once mined, tar sands leave behind a filthy legacy in the form of toxic sludge stored in giant, largely unregulated “ponds,” which are leaking a combined three million gallons of toxic sludge into the once-pristine Athabasca River — every day. Health-care providers fear they are causing cancer and other illnesses in the native communities.
The mining operations are also tearing up Alberta’s boreal forest, home to millions of migratory birds, caribou, bears, wolves, and endangered species like the whooping crane.
4. It’s bad for the economy.
Advocates tout the project as a national jobs creator. The reality is, Keystone XL would likely kill more jobs than it would add. According the State Department, it would create 1,950 construction jobs for two years. Once complete? Thirty-five new permanent American jobs, according to pipeline builder TransCanada.
But won’t refined tar sands oil help fuel the United States and reduce gas prices? Think again. Tar sands miners want Keystone XL because it will help them ship oil overseas to an international market, where their product will fetch more money and add billions of dollars in annual profits. That’s a losing deal for everyone — except Big Oil.
5. It’s a step backward.
At a moment when climate action is more urgent than ever, building this pipeline would be a step into a past instead of a shift into a clean energy future. Keystone XL would represent a long-term commitment to the expansion of dangerous tar sands oil when we need to be investing in safe, renewable sources of energy instead.
But Keystone XL is the linchpin for further tar sands investment. Without it, tar sands mining doesn’t stand much of a future. The pipeline must be rejected, before it’s too late.
»—-> In this documentary, Broken Rainbow (removal act of the 70’s) .. The Navajo and Traditional Hopi (30:03 mins talks about their responsibility to care for Mother Earth) Council Elders predicted human consumption of “climate change,” for we are effecting the balance that these catastrophic poisonous extractions from Mother Earth will cause.
Decades later, their predictions were accurate, effecting the balance, of Mother Earth. #ClimateChange
Obama Threatened Israel With WAR After Giving Netanyahu Ultimatum
It’s no big secret that Obama loathes and despises the country of Israel, but there’s a jaw-dropping report emerging out of Bethlehem that reveals the extent of just how deep his hatred truly runs.
Obama glaring at Netanyahu
According to a Bethlehem-based news agency, Obama had threatened Isra…
At one point in the interview, Scheer says of Obama’s record on civil
liberties, “He’s probably the worst president that we’ve had in our
To Isquith’s question, “What made you want to write this book?” Scheer answered:
I think the Internet is the best and worst of worlds. I
love it. I edit an Internet publication and it’s been very liberating,
and yet it has the seeds of very vicious surveillance and destruction of
privacy. I’ve been concerned about this for some time. I think it was
1999 — I worked on a special issue of Yahoo Internet Life — and this is
before 9/11 — which was warning that the government was already in the
business of mining this data. It seemed to me we were indeed entering a
brave new world that we were barely comprehending.
That has accelerated since 9/11 dramatically, not only because the
government had license to grab this material in the name of making us
safer, but also because computers are faster and the ability to store
data has much expanded and the amount that people turn over freely and
easily now is astounding. I think I used my thumbprint about 10 times
already this morning just trying to make my iPhone 6 Plus work. If any
government anywhere in the world had required you to give your
thumbprint every time you did anything it would be considered the most
invasive totalitarian society. We’ve accepted as normal a degree of
intrusion that would have been astounding any time in history, and we do
it because we’re thinking in terms of consumer sovereignty as a main
expression of our freedom; we want the convenience of picking that
restaurant or what-have-you.
[Watch] Young Conservative Calls Out Obama & Gets Locked Out of Facebook
Last week, a young man named Coreco “CJ” Pearson hopped out of bed one morning and was inspired to speak his mind to the world about a particular political controversy. In his off the cuff spiel, CJ spoke into his camera in defense of Rudy Giuliani and agreed that he also does not…
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Franklin Graham Gives TERRIFYING Warning About Muslims In The White House
On Thursday evening, Reverend Franklin Graham appeared on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor to discuss radical Islam, and during his appearance he gave a chilling warning about what’s been happening in our own White House.
Host Bill O’Reilly asked Graham, who’s the son of famous evangelist preacher Billy…
WATCH: Gloves Off In First Interview With Jordan’s King Since Pilot’s Death
Jordan’s King Abdullah sat down with Fareed Zakaria of CNN for a first interview since the burning death of his country’s beloved pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh, and as the world has come to expect from this exceptional leader, he was assertive about his plan of action, putting it b…