Two million comments opposing tar sands expansion delivered to the U.S. State Department

American and Canadian youth linked in the fight to convince government to put a stop to fossil fuel development

The largest movement in the USA right now is actually about Canada
The largest movement in the US right now is actually about Canada. Graphic courtesy of Communicopia.

The original plan of environmentalist groups in the U.S. was to deliver one million comments opposing Keystone XL to the State Department this morning. But the response from people all over North America speaking out against the Keystone XL pipeline and the Canadian tar sands has been so enormous, a coalition of youth-driven environmental groups will now be delivering upwards of two million signatures to the doorstep of the White House this morning.

Dozens of organizations, including 350.org, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, SumofUs and the Centre for Media and Democracy, have come together to present Secretary of State John Kerry with two million reasons to say no to Keystone.

Amanda Starbuck of Rainforest Action Network said opposition is coming from all across the country.

“The two million comments delivered today reflect a huge wave of resistance to the pipeline. From the Oglala Lakota Sioux fighting to stop the pipeline from entering their territory to the hundreds of students arrested at the White House gates, we stand united with everyday Americans who are ready to do what it takes to stop this pipeline, once and for all.

The action today might be focused in the American capital, but follow the thread and it leads all the way back to Alberta. Energy Action Coalition executive director Maura Cowley said it’s important for young people to make that connection.

“Any expansion in tar sands, when you look at the issue of global warming, young people across the globe are going to be the most impacted.”

She said EAC works with young people in Alberta, particularly First Nations youth, and the sentiment is much the same on both sides of the border.

“We need to see both of our governments moving away from fossils fuel, and especially dirty tar sands oil, as quickly as possible.”

Action on American turf protesting the Canadian tar sands has been steadily growing. Last year, upwards of 40,000 people converged on the White House in what has been called the largest climate rally in history. Just last week, more than 1,000 people—mostly students—march on DC and 398 of them were arrested after hand-cuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest of Keystone XL.

Andrew Nazdin, field director for Energy Action Coalition, dropped everything in 2012 after receiving a phone call from a friends asking for his help on the Obama re-election campaign. Since then, he has focused on holding the president accountable for the promises he made then.

Last year he organized an open letter to Obama from more than 200 former campaign staffers, urging him to stand up for the commitments they all worked for in 2012.  He will speak at today’s gathering.

Other speakers include president of the League of Conservation Voters Gene Karpinski and president of the Hip Hop Caucus Rev. Lennox Yearwood.

Nazdin said many of the latest generation of voters feel a special connection to Obama.

“The president might not realize it, but he was the first president he we voted for,” he said. “In term of putting our faith in a president, putting our faith in parties, he’s the first president we’ve done that with.”

He believes that if Obama doesn’t put a stop to Keystone, there will be a significant loss of support.

“I think Obama really holds the faith of our generation in his hands with this.”

 

 

 

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Matthew 6/ 9-13

there is something bothering me about this massive oil, gas, regulator, corrupt government, against Gods people issue. there is a strange lack of a religious presence. do churches not feel that Gods people are worth protecting? stop preaching to me from behind church doors. look, learn the truth and act. I do understand that some will criticize me for what I am about to do. take part in this and pass it on if you like but if you don't like then don't take part. I don't feel that you need to be religious to pray. so for those that would like to join me I plan to pray about this issue on the first sunday of every month at lunch until there is a change. if for nothing else then for peace of mind. I do not no the perfect answer so I will not make up a prayer. I am going to pray the Lords prayer. OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME. YOUR KINGDOM COME. YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD. AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEPTORS. AND DO NOT LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE. FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER. AMEN. I do not discriminate so pray one and all.

Two million comments opposing tar sands

Do all these young people want the future of the youth in Spain -65% unemployment?  Do they not realize they are being played the fool by clever carbon traders who are channeling money out of their parents' pockets into thin air and the bank accounts of 'impact investors' world-wide?

This is a TRADE WAR against Canadian oil and resources, funded by offshore interests, capitalized upon by carbon traders (many of whom are actually global accounting firms).

Sentencing yourselves to generational poverty on food stamps because you fall for the 'dirty tar sands' or the cult of climate change will not make the world a better place - if anything it will result in chaos and despair and economic ruin. Look at the abandoned wind farms and solar farms that no one is decomissioning. Why? Because they were acclaimed as 'clean' energy - no one thought that thousands of tons of concrete footings (CO2 intensive) would be a problem in the short 10-20 year life of a wind farm; that crumbling metal structures would creak in the wind - rusting and dangerous to all.  Meanwhile the 'dirty' tar sands have a complete decommissioning and reclamation plan in place before the developer can ever begin! And its working already. "Dirty" tar sands were in the river long before humans started cleaning it up ...but the toxic wind farm rare earth magnet mines in China...that's the doing of the 'green clean energy' crowd that lives off taxpayer subsidies.  Do your homework kids.  You're failing the test now...and you'll regret it in the future.  65% youth unemployment in Spain - thanks in large part to a rush to renewables....some people who have jobs there don't even get paid, but they keep working because there are NO OTHER JOBS. Welcome to a green economy.  Cry.

Tar Sands - Bad for your Heatlh

The Keystone XL pipeline should not be built, because a tar sands spill down into the Aquifer will poison the drinking water for millions and destroy the agriculture of the Great Plains states.

Oilsand Opposition

Well it appears the Rockefellers’ “Tar Sands Campaign,” is moving forward quite nicely. The mass brainwash of the general public has been affected. Do none of you wonder why of all things that desecrate our planet, how does that minor little oilsand in Northern Alberta command so much attention. It has very, very little to do with the environment

Two million comments opposing tar ...

Just wondering when these Americans will look in their own backyards at the tar sands in California... You guys are in glass houses people. Stop throwing stones. Alberta has a reclamation policy - it is law.  US has NONE.

Response to: do you want a job?

I do not want a job, if it is a job that poisons and heats the world dangerously, no.

Why is that there is such blind support for the wealthy fossil fuel industry?

Have those commenters decrying this opposition taken a course, to ensure that they understand the concepts behind the science of climate change?  These courses are readily available through non-partisan educators at major universities through online enrolment, such as via Coursera.org.

The IPCC reports are freely available at ipcc.ch.

Suggested other reading: Merchants of Doubt, by Oreskes and Conway.

There are, by the way, jobs to be had in the alternative energy field, and that alternative renewable energy field would expand and grow far more rapidly if we stopped blindly supporting and subsidizing the fossil fuel industry.

Why stand for the status quo, when the status quo is the most harmful option, completely unsustainable, and enriching a narrow minority at the expense of the rest of the world's population?  There are already workable alternatives, if we stopped ignoring them, in Canada.

rebuttal...

Michelle Stirling wrote:

Do all these young people want the future of the youth in Spain -65% unemployment?  Do they not realize they are being played the fool by clever carbon traders who are channeling money out of their parents' pockets into thin air and the bank accounts of 'impact investors' world-wide?

This is a TRADE WAR against Canadian oil and resources, funded by offshore interests, capitalized upon by carbon traders (many of whom are actually global accounting firms).

Sentencing yourselves to generational poverty on food stamps because you fall for the 'dirty tar sands' or the cult of climate change will not make the world a better place - if anything it will result in chaos and despair and economic ruin. Look at the abandoned wind farms and solar farms that no one is decomissioning. Why? Because they were acclaimed as 'clean' energy - no one thought that thousands of tons of concrete footings (CO2 intensive) would be a problem in the short 10-20 year life of a wind farm; that crumbling metal structures would creak in the wind - rusting and dangerous to all.  Meanwhile the 'dirty' tar sands have a complete decommissioning and reclamation plan in place before the developer can ever begin! And its working already. "Dirty" tar sands were in the river long before humans started cleaning it up ...but the toxic wind farm rare earth magnet mines in China...that's the doing of the 'green clean energy' crowd that lives off taxpayer subsidies.  Do your homework kids.  You're failing the test now...and you'll regret it in the future.  65% youth unemployment in Spain - thanks in large part to a rush to renewables....some people who have jobs there don't even get paid, but they keep working because there are NO OTHER JOBS. Welcome to a green economy.  Cry.

  Well, this is the usual delusional thinking of oil people who can't see past their noses. We need to transition from finite carbon resources to alternative energy...and we need to start NOW, saying there will be an economic armagedon is a bit over the top. There are tens of thousands of jobs to be made in manufacturing, designing and installation and upkeep of alternative energy sources, whether they be wind, solar, geo-thermal or whatever else is developed in the future. We have subsidized the oil and gas mafia to the tune of billions of dollars, which in my humble opinion makes them big WELFARE capitalists. Low royalty rates, low corporate taxes and money giveaways by our own governments...what's crazier than that?? So if we stop the welfare and give all that welfare money to sustainable alternative energy (something like levelling the playing field) then we will CREATE jobs, new technologies, prices will go down and we will have a richer economy....what a surprise that would be!! So, get your heads' out of some oil mans' arse and start thinking for yourselves for a change!!

Nonsense

Nonsence my friend.  The people who want to put those pipelines in place want us to believe they are small potatoes, compared to big problems elsewhere.  White men love to solve big problems elsewhere, while ignoring their own local messes.  But if they succeed with all the pipe dreams they are having these days, the amount of in situ sites they plan will do more than overwhelm our northern communities and spell the death knell of our cariboo.  It will make possible the continued ramp up of mining this dirty fossil fuel.  To try to argue that will have nothing to do with the increase in CO2 and the heating up of the planet, is to believe a tall tale can become simple realism.  Not going to happen.

John Roth wrote:

Well it appears the Rockefellers’ “Tar Sands Campaign,” is moving forward quite nicely. The mass brainwash of the general public has been affected. Do none of you wonder why of all things that desecrate our planet, how does that minor little oilsand in Northern Alberta command so much attention. It has very, very little to do with the environment