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Actually, the day of the march around the White House is set for this Sunday, Feb. 17th, noon, which is President's Day. No, we are not discoraged at all and expect not the 1,000 you in error reported (it was actually 10,000), but 15,000! This latest event was just a primer for this weekend.
This project has to be stopped and the president has to show he is serious about this issue but rejecting it.
This can't go on. Fossil fuels are killing us. Four months after Sandy, Americans are shivering in NY. Tar sands and similar alterate fuels have such a large carbon footprint it is folly to persue. Additionally, once these projects are in place, they are there for a long, long time.
If Obama had any foresight, he would have taken us on a fossil fuel free course instead of throwing up the stale cap and trade industry friendly approach. He says climate change is real, but I don't think he gets it.
Sorry if I appear radical, but I'm a grey haired old lady who knows folly when she sees it.
The president got the environmentalist vote. Now he will approve the pipeline. He did the same with the GMO labeling, promised to push it in the first campaign and never talked about it again. I am bullish on the pipeline based on this president record.
They should inspect the pipeline thoroughly. Currently the pipes going into the ground are full of holes from poor welding. It's going to leak like a sieve, exactly one of the points that the environmentalists make.
Thanks to fracking technology, our own crude oil production is ramping up exponentially and we are absolutely awash in natural gas. We have so much we can't even store it now. We don't need a pipeline to Canada because we don't need their oil anymore. We pipelines within this country to take the N. Dakota oil down to the Louisiana and other refineries. If we can get energy independent and also start exporting natural gas, then there may be more money for other environmental efforts.
Why don't you forbid and protest things like Mt. St Hellens erupting ? That was quite a bit of polution.
Banning the pipeline won't change global warming or CO2 emmissions, the oil will still be produced, in the oilsands, but it will be sold to other markets.
At least it is produced in a country that protects human rights!
The question is only do you want to have the benefits, or see them go elsewhere. Meanwhile the really dirty coal fired powerstations carry on unchecked. Why? because of jobs and votes.
Most reputable scientists have backed off of the term "Global Warming". That is because the earth goes through cycles of warming and cooling, without the help of humans. All we are doing is possibly accelerating the process with our oil industries and spin-offs. Millions of years ago the entire planet was tropical or subtropical. So all of the fuss about Canada's oil doesn't really amount to a hill of beans. And if the United States does not approve the Keystone XL pipeline, do the environmentalists really think that that will change anything as far as the environment goes? Canada will simply export the oil to China or Europe. Since the delay of the XL, Canada has pretty well sped up the approval of sending the Alberta oil across Canada via pipeline to the east coast where Canada's largest oil refinery is. And eventually two other pipelines to the west coast will be approved. So America may stop the oil and jobs going to the United States, but that will not stop the oil from flowing elsewhere. And what effect do you think that vetoing the XL will have on trade relations with America's largest trading partner, Canada? Right now I think that America needs all of the friends it can get, especially when it comes to trade.
We have protestors here also and I belive in protesting our government. But the irony–ask how these protestors got here. How Gore traels the wolrd. How the Administration travels. Do any of them walk to get there. What powers their many phones, Air conditioners, private jets, 200 million cars, computers, tv's ect. Their very physical existance(food-transportation) wea;lth and standard of living goes back to a well named spindletop in Texas. Our wealth in earnegy is responsible for 4-5 billion peopleliving today. I spent all my life in responsible production of natural resources—Think conservation and not preservation. That was a respectable and popular word in my youth. I think it has been replaced redicalism and reactionism.
As some others have pointed out, you've got the numbers wrong on protesters. Wednesday's event was intentionally limited to 50 environmental leaders, civil rights luminaries, and people from communities impacted by the pipeline or climate change. In fact — more people than ever are joining the campaign against Keystone XL. Our rally against the pipeline last November 6, 2011 brought around 15,000 people to Washington to protest the project. This Sunday, we're expecting more than 20,000 people — in the dead of February — to rally on the mall against the pipeline. Keystone XL opponents have never felt more momentum building agains the project.
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