Our Climate Mama has a personal interest in the Keystone XL pipeline. It originates in her home province, tracks across her adopted country, and carries some of the most energy intensive, carbon producing fuel in the world. It also serves to perpetuate our addiction to fossil fuels, at a time where scientists tell us if we don’t move quickly to renewable energy and drastically reduce our current carbon emissions, we are dooming our planet, ourselves and our children. But never mind all that….
How corrupt and beholden are US elected officials, and how can we allow this to continue? Are our eyes “Wide Shut?” Never mind for a moment what you think about climate change, CO2 or pipelines. But what do you think about the fact that our Congress and a weak Senate allow corporate interests to buy what they want and then try to legitimize it by tying it to congressional actions? On November 10th the President of the United States said he was postponing the Keystone XL Pipeline project, to study it further and to examine it’s route through and environmental impact on the USA. Consideration of the project needed time, for a host of reasons. Fast forward 5 weeks, both Congress and Senate, beholden to industry, are forcing “fast tract approval – within 60 days” of the pipeline by tying it to a TOTALLY UNRELATED bill that the President wants passed that will extend a payroll tax for working Americans. Recognizably a very important issue but TOTALLY UNRELATED to building a pipeline!
NOT OKAY! Now more then ever, Americans need to stand strong and tell our elected officials they represent us, the American people, not just big multinational corporations. This type of wheeling and dealing, isn’t acceptable now nor should it ever be allowed. The pressure is on President Obama, we are watching you and counting on you to veto this pipeline once and for all and send a strong message that America isn’t for sale. Stand strong for my children’s future, our fight against climate change and show my children and YOURS that honesty and reality are important in the USA.
Stay tuned for more on this evolving issue and what you can do to TAKE A STAND!
UPDATE: As of 12/19 the House of Representatives has shown again how dysfunctional it is…now “changing it’s collective MIND” and refusing to agree on the Senate compromise..The Keystone XL Pipeline continues to be a pawn in a political game..unfortunately the consequences of our dysfunctional government are all too real…stay tuned…