no to keystone xl pipeline

esquire.com
People Shouldn't Buy the Right to Steal Your Land
Native Americans have seen this monster before.

The involvement of the indigenous populations in both the United States and Canada in the opposition to various pipelines, including the Keystone XL, should come as no surprise.

As we have said, the abuse and misuse of the eminent domain process in the construction of the pipeline here has been an effective organizing tool to bring together environmentalists and ranchers to oppose the project. And if it is nothing else, the history of the native peoples on this continent is the greatest example of eminent domain abuse in human history.

They know better than anyone the feeling that greater forces from the outside can overwhelm and threaten long-standing ways of life.

On Tuesday, in a basement ballroom of a downtown hotel, the Ponca, Santee, Omaha, and Winnebago peoples organized a treaty among themselves, and several other tribes, expressing their opposition to the pipeline.

From the start, here and in Canada, the indigenous peoples of the continent have been at the heart of the opposition to projects like this one, most visibly during the extended confrontation over the Dakota Access pipeline. In Nebraska, the alliance between Native Americans and ranchers, particularly over issues of eminent domain, not only was shot through with remarkable historical je ne sais quoi, it was a pragmatic decision based on common interests.

People shouldn’t buy the right to steal your land. The Native people are familiar with this phenomenon and with how angry its victims can become…

gudriin  asked:

i havent been keeping up with canadian politics for the past year so im completely uneducated in this regard, but can i ask what's wrong with Trudeau? I want to be more knowledgeable of what's been going on

A lot.

Here’s a short list I made a little while ago:

-Trudeau is considering selling our ports & airports.

-Trudeau is pushing an infrastructure bank, which is going to privatize public infrastructure.

-Trudeau selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.

-Trudeau approving 2 huge oil pipelines and happy about Donald Trump’s approval of Keystone XL.

-Despite making it pretty clear before the election that communities and First Nations would need to give consent for projects, Trudeau has backtracked and now says that this is no longer true.

-Justin Trudeau bailing out Bombardier with millions, doesn’t care that their CEO’s are getting huge bonuses as they’re laying off thousands of workers.

-Their Marijuana legislation is filled with harsh penalties, and it is not true legalization. There will be limits on the amount you can grow and carry (and if you exceed these limits you can be arrested or charged), and new harsh penalties related to youth & driving under the influence.

-Justin Trudeau’s government is refusing to pay First Nations children equally, despite the Human Rights Commission sending him notices saying he has to (they have now sent 4 compliance orders for him to comply with the law).

-Justin Trudeau’s government is still underfunding First Nations education.

-Justin Trudeau supports Donald Trump’s bombing of Syria.

-Justin Trudeau is in favour of Regime Change in Syria, which many feel could escalate violence in that region.

-Justin Trudeau has not ruled out sending the military into Syria.

-Justin Trudeau is refusing to change the ‘Safe Third Country’ agreement to help refugees fleeing the USA.

-Justin Trudeau is refusing to fund a basic income pilot project on PEI.

-Justin Trudeau abandoned electoral reform (a big election promise) and has stuck with the First Past the Post system (a system the Conservative Party of Canada also supports).

-Justin Trudeau refuses to decriminalize marijuana in the meantime. Cops will arrest thousands more people for marijuana possession before 2018.

-Justin Trudeau is refusing to pardon anyone for marijuana possession despite knowing full well how harmful this can be for people job searching or crossing the border.

-Justin Trudeau is not in favour of a $15/hour minimum wage.

-Despite his feminist rhetoric, Status of Women Canada received no new funding in the 2017 budget.

-Justin Trudeau broke a campaign promise to close a tax loophole that largely benefits millionaire CEO’s.

-Justin Trudeau is breaking indigenous rights to consent with permits given on the Site C Dam and Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline.

-Justin Trudeau’s tax cut for the middle cut, benefits the top 10% of income earners the most. Those making under $40,000 per year get nothing.

-Justin Trudeau still hasn’t changed or repealed the draconian anti-terrorism bill, Bill C-51.

-Despite a push from the NDP, Trudeau is refusing to expand our healthcare system to cover things like Pharmacare.

-Justin Trudeau is maintaining Stephen Harper’s cuts to healthcare transfers.

-Justin Trudeau is maintaining Stephen Harper’s weak climate change targets

.-Justin Trudeau wants to delay a promise to cut methane (a potent greenhouse gas) emissions for 3 years or more.

There’s plenty more than that. Yes, arguably Justin Trudeau is better than Stephen Harper, but that is a very low bar to pass.

If you need sources on any of these points I can provide them.

How are you guys not feeling a bit cheated? 🤷🏻‍♀️I suspect many of you are, but would rather not admit it.

Remember when the President said he wasn’t going to take a salary?
🔴He just accepted his second paycheck.
▶Remember when he said Mexico was going to pay for the wall?
🔴He has asked Congress to appropriate the $25 billion of taxpayer money to cover costs.
▶Remember when he said he wasn’t going to go on vacation or play golf?
🔴5 of the last 7 weekends he went on vacation and played golf, costing taxpayers $11.1 million.
▶Remember when he said he was going to use American steel to build these dangerous pipelines?
🔴Russian steel arrived last week for the Keystone Pipeline XL.
▶Remember when he said he wasn’t going to cut social security and Medicare?
🔴The Republican bill does just this.
▶Remember when he said that nobody on his campaign had any communications with the Russian government?
🔴7 of his people have now admitted they spoke and/or met with Russian officials, after they lied and got caught.
▶Remember when he said he was going to divest from his businesses?
🔴Changed his mind.
▶Remember when he said he was going to release his tax returns?
🔴Changed his mind. (May I add…unless you want to count the 2 pages of his 2005 tax return)
▶Remember when he said he was going to drain the swamp of Washington insiders?
🔴His cabinet is filled with lobbyists, oil and Wall Street executives.
▶Remember when he said would defeat ISIS in 30 days?
🔴He doesn’t have any plan.
▶Remember when he said that the Obamacare replacement would cover more people at lower cost?
🔴The AHCA that the GOP and 45 are now pushing; they now admit will cover fewer people at a higher cost.
NOTE: If YOU voted for him, please hold him accountable to what he promised YOU - for all of OUR sakes.

📢 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Muchacha Fanzine Issue #13

Theme/Tema: “Madre Tierra”

“La Madre Tierra, militarizada, cercada, envenenada, donde se violan sistemáticamente derechos elementales, nos exige actuar.”- Berta Cáceres

Whether it’s indigenous water protectors or led-poisoned black children, communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the effects of environmental degradation. While the oppressors in power harm & exploit the Earth and it’s inhabitants, we have & continue to fight on the frontline of the struggle but we are not always heard and this needs to change. In an effort to center the importance of our voices, Muchacha Fanzine’s “Madre Tierra” (Mother Earth) invites people of color to share short stories, visual art, photography, comics, thoughts, poetry, rants, doodles, and essays all related to environmental justice. Women, queer, transgender & non-binary folks of color are especially encouraged to submit their work.

Ya sea que se trate de protectores de agua indígenas o de niños negros envenenados con plomo, las comunidades de color son desproporcionadamente afectadas por los efectos de la degradación ambiental. Mientras los opresores en el poder dañan y explotan a la Tierra y sus habitantes, luchamos en las frontera de la lucha, pero no siempre somos escuchados y esto necesita cambiar. Con el objetivo de centrar la importancia de nuestras voces, Muchacha Fanzine’s “ Madre Tierra” invita a las personas de color a compartir cuentos, arte visual, fotografía, cómicos, pensamientos, poesía y ensayos relacionados con la justicia ambiental. Las mujeres, personas gay, transgeneros y personas no binarias son especialmente alentados a presentar su trabajo.

DEADLINE/FECHA TOPE: Oct. 1, 2017

Send Submissions to/Envíe sus contribuciones a muchachafanzine@gmail.com 

Please limit written submissions to 2500 words & attach .jpg art images. Including a short bio/contact info is encouraged but optional. All of the contributors will receive free copies including domestic/international shipping! / Por favor limite las presentaciones por escrito a 2500 palabras y adjunte imágenes de arte .jpg. Incluyendo información de bio/contacto se recomienda, pero es opcional. ¡Todos los contribuyentes recibirán copias gratis incluyendo el envío nacional/internacional!

(Topic ideas include but are not limited to: *Environmental Racism *Anticapitalism *Indigenous Resistance *Decolonization *Black & Brown Resistance Movements *Ecofeminism *Queer Ecology *Industrial Pollution *Coal & Oil Companies *Air, Water & Soil Contamination *Greenhouse Gas *Global Warming *Toxic Wastes Sites *Fossil Fuels *Fracking *Radioactive Material *Health hazards i.e. cancer, asthma, lead poisoning *#WaterisLife *Keystone XL Pipeline *Natural Disasters *Deforestation *Heat Exposure *Gentrification *Public Housing *Transit Justice *Migration *Prison Industrial Complex *Police Violence *Military Occupation *Imperialism *Climate Change Denialism *The Trump Administration *EPA *Reproductive Health *Animal Justice *Endangered Species *Factory farms & Slaughterhouses *Food Justice *Food Deserts *Gardening *Public Policy *Power in Decision Making Processes *Sustainability *Renewable Energy *Grassroots Activism *Green Anarchism *Green Socialism *Environmental Spirituality *Healing *Where do we go from here?)

🎨: “Mother Earth Nourish” by Malaysian artist Jennifer Mourin

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Today, Trump signed an Executive Order allowing the construction of both Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline. It’s going to take a lot more than than that for him to overturn what we and the Army Corps of Engineers have done. But it’s a step in the wrong direction. Join Standing Rock in continuing to fight for a cleaner, safer, and renewable future: 

standwithstandingrock.net 

350.org/campaigns/stop-keystone-xl

My Administration is committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and to protecting endangered species.
—  The lying asshole who put climate change skeptics/deniers in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of the Interior; repealed the Stream Protection Rule; removed funding for the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Air Act, the Green Climate Fund, and the EPA itself; revived the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines; and whose administration is rolling back regulations on methane emissions and vehicle pollution standards and is “reconsidering” the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards and the Clean Water Act
reuters.com
Last stand: Nebraska farmers could derail Keystone XL pipeline
TransCanada has route approval in all of the U.S. states the line will cross except Nebraska, where the company says it has been unable to negotiate easements with landowners on about 9 percent of the 300-mile crossing.

When President Donald Trump handed TransCanada Pipeline Co. a permit for its Keystone XL pipeline last month, he said the company could now build the long-delayed and divisive project “with efficiency and with speed.”

But Trump and the firm will have to get through Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup first, along with about 90 other landowners in the path of the pipeline.

They are mostly farmers and ranchers, making a last stand against the pipeline - the fate of which now rests with an obscure state regulatory board, the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

The group is fine-tuning an economic argument it hopes will resonate better in this politically conservative state than the environmental concerns that dominated the successful push to block Keystone under former President Barack Obama.

Backed by conservation groups, the Nebraska opponents plan to cast the project as a threat to prime farming and grazing lands - vital to Nebraska’s economy - and a foreign company’s attempt to seize American private property.

They contend the pipeline will provide mainly temporary jobs that will vanish once construction ends, and limited tax revenues that will decline over time.

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anonymous asked:

You mentioned Harper and the fact you're Canadian recently. I was wondering if I could get your opinion on something. What do you think of the Justin Trudeau keeping the the same climate change targets as Stephan Harper. For 4 years Mr. Trudeau said the GHG emission targets that the Conservative government set were not close to good enough. But now he keeps them in place. I guess what I'm getting at is, do you think the targets the Goverment has in place are good enough?

I’m very disappointed in Justin Trudeau’s actions on the environment. Its not just on Climate Change, on environmental issues as a whole he’s been underwhelming.

Those targets are pathetic, and the Liberals are having trouble even meeting them. Its also really counterintuitive and hypocritical that they pushed the Paris conference to adopt a goal of 1.5 degrees C warming, but then Trudeau approves 2 huge oil pipelines (Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion & Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline) and a large LNG pipeline & plant (as well as supporting the Keystone XL pipeline). Also just this week they announced they were delaying emission cuts to methane from the oil sector by at least 3 years, which is only going to make it harder to make these emission reductions by 2030. All these projects and moves are going to jack up Canada’s Carbon emissions for the long term.

Just yesterday a study came out, which outlines that without new policies the Canadian Government won’t even meet these weak targets:

Emissions down slightly, but Canada not yet on track to meet 2030 climate targets: report

This is what people said when Harper unveiled these targets:

Critics blast Harper’s new climate plan as weak, misleading

These targets are not good enough, and I’m skeptical on whether we’ll even reach them with the current government’s direction.

I know a lot about these issues because I also run a Canadian Politics blog (as well as being an Environmental Chemistry major) and keep myself informed about current events in Canada through it: @allthecanadianpolitics.

You can protest the Dakota Access Pipeline by switching banks.

The following banks are using YOUR money to fund the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline:

Bank of Nova Scotia
Citizens Bank
Comerica Bank
US Bank
PNC Bank
Barclays
JP Morgan Chase
Bank of America
Deutsche Bank
Compass Bank
Credit Suisse
DNB Capital/ASA
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank
Royal Bank of Canada
UBS
Goldman Sachs
Morgan Stanley
Community Trust
HSBC Bank
Wells Fargo
BNP Paribas
SunTrust
Royal Bank of Scotland
Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ
Mizuho Bank
Citibank
TD Securities
ABN Amro Capita
Credit Agricole
Intesa Sanpaolo
ING Bank
Natixis
BayernLB
BBVA Securities
DNB First Bank
ICBC London
SMBC Nikko Securities
Societe Generale


CLOSE YOUR ACCOUNTS!
Move your money to a bank that funds projects helping the environment, a community bank, or local credit union.

These banks WILL respond to public pressure. If enough people move their money they could back out of the project.

Let them know you don’t support the way they spend your money.