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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in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of the Interior; repealed the Stream Protection Rule; removed funding for the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Air Act, the Green Climate Fund, and the EPA itself; revived the Dakota Access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

hey remember when Justin Trudeau said the biggest Indigenous issue is canoe and paddle storage

hey remember just last month when he imposed a cap on refugees

hey remember when he promised electoral reform then defended FPTP

hey remember when he called the Keystone XL pipeline a “very good moment for Alberta”


silly me, who cares. all that matters are photo ops with pride parades and funny pictures of him looking at Donald Trump seconds before he shakes his hand.

Here are the biggest lies, mistruths and “alternative facts” from Trump’s joint address

9:11 p.m.: “A new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly in our grasp.”

Polls show Americans are broadly anxious about the future of the U.S. under Trump.

9:16 p.m.: Trump name-checks companies he says have kept jobs in the U.S. under his presidency

According to the New York Times, several companies which the president is taking credit for personally convincing to keep or create jobs in the U.S. were actually just following through on previously announced plans, including Sprint (owned by Softbank) and Chrysler.

Trump has cited misleading numbers of jobs he supposedly saved at Carrier, an air conditioning manufacturer.

9:22 p.m.: Trump claims enforcing immigration laws will make Americans safer

“By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone,” Trump said.

On the last point, multiple studies have concluded immigrants commit less crime than U.S. citizens, according to the New York Times. According to the Times, census data shows immigrant men aged 18-49 are one-fifth to one-half as likely to face incarceration as natural-born citizens, while non-citizens (comprising 7% of the population) are only 5% of the state and federal prison population.

9:25 p.m.: Trump misleads on his role in saving money on the F-35 program

While Trump has touted his supposed role in saving $700 million on the much-criticized, $1 trillion-plus F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, according to Politifact, program costs have been coming down for years.

9:27 p.m.: Trump defends his de facto Muslim ban, saying U.S. cannot afford a “beachhead of terrorists” or “sanctuary for extremists”

No nationals from the seven countries specifically named in Trump’s executive order have committed terror attacks resulting in U.S. fatalities since 1975 and his plan would do little to prevent terrorism, which is mostly homegrown.

9:29 p.m.: Trump cites highly misleading figures on the labor force

As Politico’s Michael Grunwald noted, the vast majority of those in the 94 million figure are not typically considered working constituencies.

9:55 p.m.: “According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.”

According to the New York Times, the study in question actually concluded immigration results in “positive net benefits to the U.S. economy during the last two decades of the 20th century,” and “the infusion of human capital by high-skilled immigrants has boosted the nation’s capacity for innovation, entrepreneurship and technological change.”

It also concluded that while first-generation immigrants create a net government cost of $57.4 billion, second and third-generation adults “create a benefit of $30.5 billion and $223.8 billion, respectively.”

10:00 p.m.: Trump says Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines will create tens of thousands of jobs

As the Washington Post noted, while Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska would each hire between 2,700 and 4,000 construction workers to complete the pipelines, and Kansas would hire 200, the average length of those jobs would be just 19.5 weeks. According to Politifact, the Keystone XL pipeline would only create 35 permanent jobs.

10:04 p.m.: Trump says the Yemen raid produced actionable intelligence

Trump claimed a recent Yemen raid which resulted in the death of a U.S. Navy SEAL and 30 civilians, including children, claimed “large amounts of vital intelligence.” One report citing senior officials, however, contested that account and said no significant information was recovered. The target of the raid, Qassim al-Rimi, escaped the assassination attempt and reportedly recorded an audio message mocking Trump as the “fool of the White House.”

Read more (2/28/17 10:20 PM)

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The Trump administration just paved way for the Keystone pipeline construction to begin

  • On Friday morning, President Donald Trump’s administration approved the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which former President Barack Obama rejected in 2015 upon environmental concerns.
  • During his first week as president, he signed an executive order to fast-track the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines’ application review.
  • And on Friday, the State Department issued TransCanada, the company spearheading the Keystone project, a presidential permit, authorizing work on the pipeline at the Canada-U.S. border. Read more (3/24/17 10 AM) 

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Trump is already breaking a huge promise on the Keystone pipeline

  • Trump issued orders in January to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
  • He signed a memorandum requiring "all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the United States” be constructed with steel and other equipment made within the United States.
  • But the White House is already breaking that promise, telling Politico the Keystone XL pipeline won’t be subject to that standard. Read more (3/3/17 12:21 PM)
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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

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.

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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Trump Survival Tip No. 12: How to Shut Down an Oil Pipeline

The struggle against the petroleum industry is one years in the making. Coming to a head in Standing Rock with Dakota Access and in the halls of Congress with Keystone XL, the struggle hasn’t gone well for our side. Standing Rock was met with an invading military force and Keystone was railroaded through Congress. It may seem that we can do nothing to stop capitalism from finally scraping out the last vestiges of the world it has yet to exploit.

But there’s a much easier and more effective way to shut down an oil pipeline than lobbying your congressman: shut down the pipeline.

Oil pipelines cover thousands of miles of sparsely populated and often totally uninhabited land. It has been estimated that it is literally impossible to fully secure the United States’ energy grid from attack, because there’s just too much ground to cover. And the thing is, over those thousands of miles of pipeline, there are hundreds of shutoff valves, about one every ten miles or so. These shutoff valves are almost totally unguarded. Most have only a padlock and chain-link fence. And depending on how you go about it, you could–by yourself, or with only a handful of friends–shut down these pipelines for hours or days at a time, causing millions of dollars in damage to the companies running them.

In the past, the traditional tactic has been to break in with boltcutters, shut off the valve, call the company to inform them you’re shutting it down, and chain oneself to the pipeline. Three people managed to shut down Enbridge’s Line 9B in Quebec this way for seven hours (link), and related actions did the same on Line 7. However, if you can’t risk arrest, or like me, think this tactic relies on the liberal notion that arresting practitioners of civil disobedience is somehow embarrassing to the state, may I suggest another tactic: guerrilla shutdown.

You’ll need a car, a mountain bike (if you’re a strong biker), or some other way to cover hundreds of miles surreptitiously and quickly to do this. Rather than intentionally getting oneself arrested, try being a bit more sneaky about it: break into one shutoff valve, close it, lock it shut again with your own padlock, and drive off to the next valve and do it again. You keep that up, and with a single car, you could conceivably shut down the pipeline for hours, without the guarantee of arrest. If you have friends, taking shifts, you could do it for days. Just keep shutting the valves; every time the oil company sends a maintenance worker to open one, close another one.

This method of attacking pipelines is a form of direct action. Rather than beseeching representatives or agents to solve our problems for us, we solve the problem ourselves. This action can cost millions of dollars for the oil companies you target, and requires little more than boltcutters and gas money to accomplish; a pretty good way to prevent pipelines from being profitable for oil companies. And, my friends, direct action is the only way forward. The only way any of us can survive Trump’s presidency, the resurgence of fascism it represents, or this last dying breath of capitalism, is by coming together and solving problems ourselves. We can’t rely on anyone else; not the state, not “benevolent capitalists”, no gods and no masters. We carry a new world in our hearts. It is up to us to bring it to life.

Remember: when we fight, we win, so know how to fight!

itsonlypoetry  asked:

People keep saying that the PM can't criticize Trump because of the rules of diplomacy. To what extent is this actually true? (Thank you for all the work you do!)

Pierre Elliiott Trudeau acknowledged controversial countries (Cuba, China) during the Cold War.

Jean Chretien pulled Canada out of the Iraq war against the wishes of the US president.

Stephen Harper put huge pressure on Obama to acccept the Keystone XL pipeline (and that hurt relations a bit but the US didn’t cut ties with us).

So, I think there is a little leeway to do something now. I’m not talking about blatantly insulting the POTUS or trying to provoke the US government, but it just feels wrong to do nothing and pretend that Donald Trump is any other president. The things he is doing are destroying peoples lives and he’s only been in office a few weeks. It feels morally wrong to do nothing right now.