Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Keystone Pipeline


The Keystone XL pipeline was only going to require 35 permanent jobs, after being constructed.

President Obama explained: “As a policy matter, my government believes that we should judge this pipeline based on whether or not it accelerates climate change or whether it helps the America people with the their energy cost and their gas prices.  And I have to constantly push back against this idea that somehow the Keystone Pipeline is either this massive jobs bill for the United States or is somehow lowering gas prices.

“Understand what this project is, it is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf where it will be sold everywhere else.  And it doesn’t have an impact on U.S. gas prices.”

President Trump and congressional Republicans are ignoring the possibility that the Keystone pipeline could damage the Ogallala Aquifer located beneath portions of South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. 

Tar sands oil is one of the most toxic fuels on the planet.  The sand needs to be heat with toxic additives to extract it from the ground.  That process creates three times more carbon emissions than conventional oil.

Oil pipes rupture all the time and the oil in the Keystone pipeline would be flowing over an aquifer which provides clean water for corn, soybeans, and cattle.  Once crude oil is in the earth and aquifer it can’t be clean up.

Legal action was taken by a 100 landowners in Nebraska, who filed a lawsuit regarding property rights and imminent domain.  Those 100 landowners are mostly farmers, who remain very worried about a secure source of water for their agriculture, and ranching businesses.

Basically, our country would be taking all the risk and getting none of the rewards.

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