First Nations Oppose Tar Sands Pipeline

Keystone XLNative Activists have been on the front lines opposing the Alberta Tar Sands for years. Native Canadians have frequently borne the brunt of industrial pollution, particularly in Northern Canada. How will the new proposed Keystone XL pipeline affect Native communities both in the US and Canada? Colorlines explains:

In hopes that action would discourage President Barack Obama from permitting an extension to the Canadian Keystone pipeline — also known as the “Keystone XL” — a group of First Nations and American Indian activists protested in front of the White House on Friday.

Before being arrested, the protesters insisted that the extension — which will run from Alberta Canada to Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas — will harm ancestral homelands.

“Our Lakota people oppose this pipeline because of the potential contamination of the surface water and of the Oglala aquifer,” said Deb White Plume, a Lakota activist. “We have thousands of ancient and historical cultural resources that would be destroyed across our treaty lands.”

Even the New York Times’ editorial board came out against the pipeline, writing that it was concerned about oil spills along the route and carbon emissions. “[T]he extraction of petroleum from the tar sands creates far more greenhouse emissions than conventional production does,” the board wrote last month.

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  • CosmicAmazing

    We don’t need more oil, we need less. 

    Quoting Tesla: Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic! If static our hopes are in vain; if kinetic — and this we know it is, for certain — then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature.

    So WTF, lets do this instead! 

  • CosmicAmazing

    We don’t need more oil, we need less. 

    Quoting Tesla: Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic! If static our hopes are in vain; if kinetic — and this we know it is, for certain — then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature.

    So WTF, lets do this instead! 

    • Anarchy Pony

      No actually what you need to do is abandon the stupid machinery.

      • Tuna Ghost

        We should keep Tesla’s earthquake machine and his death ray, though.  You know.  Just in case.

        • Anarchy Pony

          Well, death rays might come in handy in the event of alien invasion.

  • Wanooski

    No actually what you need to do is abandon the stupid machinery.

  • Wanooski

    No actually what you need to do is abandon the stupid machinery.

  • gist

    Actually, stupid machinery is what allowed you to post your comment.  If you’re like me it is coal powered.  Don’t be a Luddite and post hypocritical statements just because you probably used a library, or school, computer.  It is still energy at someone’s expense.

    • Anarchy Pony

      This machinery exists, and is a major tool of communication within the current system. Using it to navigate the modern channels of discourse is a necessary task. I would be happy if it wasn’t so, but as it stands I will continue to do so. Whether or not I choose to use it, other people will continue to do so. Personal consumerist lifestyle changes will not bring the required change to the current world order. 

  • gist

    Actually, stupid machinery is what allowed you to post your comment.  If you’re like me it is coal powered.  Don’t be a Luddite and post hypocritical statements just because you probably used a library, or school, computer.  It is still energy at someone’s expense.

  • Tuna Ghost

    We should keep Tesla’s earthquake machine and his death ray, though.  You know.  Just in case.

  • Wanooski

    Well, death rays might come in handy in the event of alien invasion.

  • Wanooski

    This machinery exists, and is a major tool of communication within the current system. Using it to navigate the modern channels of discourse is a necessary task. I would be happy if it wasn’t so, but as it stands I will continue to do so. Whether or not I choose to use it, other people will continue to do so. Personal consumerist lifestyle changes will not bring the required change to the current world order. 

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