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Keystone Sludge Asks: "May We Borrow America?"

Climate change is not in America's best interests. We need the Keystone Pipeline like a hole in the head.

 “We can be the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil.”
— President Barack Obama


I am strongly opposed to the approval of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. And, brothers and sisters, you should be, too—passionately, adamantly, with the urgency of fleeing a burning building, with your child in your arms.

There will be a march against permitting Keystone XL Pipeline to “borrow” America, on Feb. 17 at City Hall in Los Angeles.* 

It will be in support of the largest climate march in history—in Washington D.C. on the same day.


I hope I can convince you to join the local march, or at least explain why it is so important to me. Here is why I will be there:

Keystone XL of Canada wants to pump extremely “dirty” tar sands – 800,000 barrels/day - thousands of miles, through our country, to be exported overseas.   And forcing some off their land to do it.

Producing and processing tar sands oil results in roughly 14 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than the average oil used in the U.S.  See

 

How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=tar-sands-and-keystone-xl-pipeline-impact-on-global-warming


Looking at the historical records of carbon-dioxide levels and global temperatures, we see a strong connection between the two. Temperatures have rapidly increased. Climate scientists have carefully looked for the reasons: Is it changing Earth orbits, sunspots, solar intensity, cosmic rays, water vapor, volcanoes, Earth’s “wobble” on its axis, etc.?


Answer: For our current rapid warming, increased carbon-dioxide levels (up almost 40 percent) emerge as by far the main factor in resetting the earth’s “thermostat." Click here to read a comparison of "Is it Fact or Fraud?" see

 

Global Warming Debate is No Debate At All

 http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/01/global-warming-debate-is-no-debate-at-all/



We have known about carbon dioxide's warming effects for more than 116 years (first published by Svante Arrhenius), so it is not such a surprise. One can easily demonstrate its warming ability in a high school science lab. It's like a blanket you can't take off - for hundreds of years.

So, how would using the Keystone tar sands effect Americans? Is it a boon, or a boondoggle? Click here and decide for yourself whether Dr. James Hansen, chief climate scientist at NASA, is right or wrong about the arguments in his New York Times oped, "Game Over for the Climate". See

 

Game Over for the Climate

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/opinion/game-over-for-the-climate.html?_r=1&



"Moving to tar sands, one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fuels on the planet, is a step in exactly the opposite direction, indicating either that governments don't understand the situation or that they just don't give a damn," writes Dr. Hansen. "People who care should draw the line."
“If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate," he adds.

Why? We are currently at 390 ppm (parts per million) of carbon-dioxide. If only 50 percent of the tar sands were exploited, carbon-dioxide would increase by about 62 ppm, bringing us past the "red line" of 450 ppm, where our climate would likely be out of control and nothing we do could stop the tragic consequences for us all.   At this point, sea levels would rise to 50 feet higher than now.


To see what a large sea level rise looks like, check out the global sea level rise map by clicking here. The link will take you to a website where you can explore what, for example, a 40-foot (13M) sea level rise looks like in maps of New York, Venice, San Francisco, New Orleans, the Netherlands, the East Coast, etc. See

Cost: Trillions of dollars and hundreds of millions of climate refugees and battered lives.

Global Sea Level Rise Map

http://geology.com/sea-level-rise/



And of course, it is the poor who will be most hurt. So, this is also a social justice issue.  A wise man once asked,  "If I am for myself only, what am I?"


Exploiting the Canadian tar sands would also gobble up boreal forests the size of Florida and destroy their ability to take up carbon dioxide.

Some in Congress will tell you America will benefit greatly from Keystone. They say it will reduce the price of oil. Actually, it may actually raise the price of Midwest oil, according to the Christian Science Monitor. See

 

How much would Keystone pipeline help US consumers?

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/46689167/ns/us_news-christian_science_monitor/t/how-much-would-keystone-pipeline-help-us-consumers/%22%20/l%20%22.UQVUzOj-2IY

 

Or, they say, we need the 6 billion dollars the project would bring.  But, if the CO2 emissions bring just one more Katrina and one more Sandy and just one more Midwest drought than “normal” (and it will, at least!) our nation will be hit with a $200 billion bill.

Some will tell you we need this oil because it will create jobs. Will it? Not much.  Not only are those jobs numbers exaggerated*** but far more jobs are created in stimulating Green Energy.**

Some will say it will increase “energy security,” and there is no reason not to approve Keystone. (Yet I feel far less secure, looking at Keystone.)  That is like a junkie saying, “I would feel so much better if I could get my heroin locally.”

Tell Mr. Obama we just don’t want to gamble that virtually every climate scientist—and our own citizens’ experience with a pattern of off-the-charts drought, storms, forest fires, sea level rise, and rapid melting of ancient Arctic ice—is wrong.

Tell Mr. Obama we strongly support his views given in his recent inaugural speech.  He is asking for  your support.


Come to the march against the Keystone XL Pipeline gathering on Feb. 17 at City Hall.*

Me? I’m going to take the Gold Line to Union Station and walk from there.
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*http://www.wilderutopia.com/february-17th-rally-solve-the-climate-crisis-take-a-stand-mr-obama/
Sunday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m.
Starting Place: Olvera Street, the southwest side of Paseo De La Plaza.
Destination: City Hall, South Side Steps.

** About 136,000 people work in the coal industry, according to the National Mining Association. However, the number of green employees far exceeds this—in each of three states along. For example, New York has more than 185,000 green workers, already bypassing the national coal employee numbers. On top of that, Texas has upwards of 144,000 green employees, and California—not surprisingly—has a whopping 318,000-plus green laborers.
U.S. Green Technology (http://s.tt/1wvTY)

*** In Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL, (PIPE DREAMS? - Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor)

 

The Global Labor Institute says more jobs could be destroyed than created by the pipeline. 

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not Carl Peterson lll February 28, 2013 at 05:39 AM
More, Your link above... http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment It uses the word extreme over 600 times. "Certain types of extreme" ".intensity of extreme", "more extreme" "extreme high" "extreme low".... "Precipitation averaged over the entire U.S. has increased during the period 3 since 1900,"....but wait Freed, You state that it means less rain. Perhaps it is the same deal as always.... WHATEVER HAPPENS WITH ANY WEATHER IN THE WORLD, BLAME IT ON GLOBAL WARMING. It goes on..."Precipitation averaged over the entire U.S. has increased during the period 3 since 1900, but regionally some areas have had increases greater than the 4 national average, and some areas have had decreases" Wow! weather can vary year to year huh? Wow the end of the world! "U.S. average temperature has increased by about 1.5°F since record keeping 34 began in 1895";......We were beginning to come out of an ice age, the most major of climate changes for hundreds or thousands of years. Yet absolutely no mention of that when they make their alarmism report. A TRUE SCIENTIFIC REPORT WOULD NOT ELIMINATE THAT. It is the continual example of a sales job. Everything in all these reports are the same. Anyone with logic, and not pre-biased, can sit back and see this throughout this and the other reports. It is scary how people have sat back and inhaled all this garbage. This is the polution.
not Carl Peterson lll February 28, 2013 at 06:04 AM
MORE ." More winter and spring precipitation is projected for 8 the northern U.S., and less for the Southwest, over this century" "Droughts in the Southwest and heat waves everywhere are projected to become more intense in the future." "With regard to other types of storms that affect the U.S., winter storms have increased slightly in frequency and intensity",..o.k .. The report goes on to name every type of weather in all regions, it then claims that every one of the points are because of global warming, it is extreme of course, and listen to this......every single which way of these reports is speciffically the correct way it would go because of global warming,...and much more is EXPECTED. Just in case the point is lost here. All weather events...all..as in more or less rain, for every single region, more, or less snow, cold, hot, wind etcc is ALL GOING THIS WAY BECAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING. So a region that had lets say more rain, is not going to be a drought area in the future. Because they know!!! Therefore, If one state is getting more snow, THAT WILL INCREASE. Now, what are the odds that all of the weather events everywhere is indicating global warming? Anyone with a fifth grade education, can see this does not pass the logic test. My god, Stop, look, and do logic I am now going to take on "skeptical science", once I see who is really backing them. (still hidden), I will let you know. Buzz Lightyear..To infinity.. and beyond>>>>>>>>
not Carl Peterson lll March 02, 2013 at 07:14 AM
I thought that perhaps Freed was seeing the logic, and reflecting. But as I look at his last posts which calls people who are questioning the blatent lies... -----"paid deniers (i.e. murderers and whores)"------ And directly at me from an earlier post: -----"complacent in the deaths of thousands per day---" But he had no content with a scientific answer. I was embarrassed for you, and did not want to press the issue when you were folding. However, you are on automatic mode, and can not bring yourself to look. Sometimes our greatest moments in life are the ones that cause pain. We have all been there, me many times. If you want this whole blog erased somehow, I will leave it at that. And by the way ....No global warming?.....remember, thats a good thing. Celebrate!
not Carl Peterson lll March 04, 2013 at 08:55 AM
CLOSING THE OZONE HOLE ACTUALLY SPEEDS UP MELTING OF THE POLAR ICE CAPS!! http://www.livescience.com/9899-happened-hole-ozone-layer.html The ozone hole can be another whole debate, however, my first statement i read from reading a global warming alarmist website. But as it is now, I can't buy primatine mist anymore, because that lifesaving little bit of mist that I inhale, savesme....but somehow, this whole planet will die from it..... Now one would have to go to a doctor, get a prescription, and a pharmacy Cost before $22.00 available almost anywhere over the counter. cost now $300.00-400.00 including doctor. If you need it "now". Go to emergency, then your $22 over the counter is $1,000 plus.....They, or we taxpayers pay....THIS is what the scam, hoax brings, and is only the beginning.. In the meantime G.E among others got to make tons of money of the ozone Disclaimer: there might be one in the works that will be over the counter.
not Carl Peterson lll March 08, 2013 at 08:39 AM
I spent some time looking at the suggested site "skeptical science". I really am concerned for our country. This site is simply the same garbage, in an organized fashion. One with a thinking brain, and the ability to allow a new thought will be able to learn the truth. If anyone spent a liitle time researching both sides, the whole alarmist hoax falls apart. We are in the end stage of this social phenomenon where junk science is swallowed so easily by so many. People stuck thinking through emotions and propaganda, for a length of time is dangerous. If one simply learns what b.s the "consensus" lie is it would open your eyes. I have read every point. It falls apart quickly. As the "coming ice age", and the "population bomb" that would "kill off hundreds of millions" in the 70's, and the Alar scare twenty five years ago, this will fade away. The liars and crooks will tell more lies that will allow ego's of the kool-aid drinkers to walk away unscathed, and ready for the next hoax. Some of the same key players will rise again to begin a new scheme. But I believe this one, here now, will go down in history, and our grankids will laugh and wonder how could we of fallen for such filth. Well, I believe there is a Mr. Ponzi somewhere in the after life, wanting to ask Bernie Madoff the same thing. I won't change anyones mind hitting hard. Ego's won't allow that. Good luck to those who refuse to simply look. I can't help you anymore

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