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As Obama Ponders Fate of Keystone XL, Major ExxonMobil Oil Spill in Arkansas Is Major Warning for Risks We Face


Environment  (tags: ecosystems, environment, XL Keystone Pipeline protests, activism, activists, humans, pollution, healthconditions, conservation, trees, animals, politics )

Cal
- 379 days ago - alternet.org
Bill McKibben talks about the significance of the Arkansas spill.



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Jason S. (57)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:12 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Elle B. (79)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 9:19 pm
Ty Cal.

“The Greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment's hesitation to crush beauty and life.” ―George Eliot [Mary Anne (alternatively Mary Ann or Marian) Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880)]

"Business knows no pity, and cares for justice only when justice is seen to be better policy. If it had power to control the elements, it would grasp in its iron clutches the waters, sunshine and air and resell them by measure, and at exorbitant prices to the millions of famished men, women and children." — W.A. Duncan, in the Cherokee Advocate, 1892

“Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.” ― Vandana Shiva, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis Published: October 1, 2008

"The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun." ―Ralph Nader

 

John S. (294)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 4:47 am
As soon as the poll is finish he will let you know what he is thinking.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 5:37 am
This just proves yet again how irresponsible the oil industry is. All that matters to them is profit, period!!
 

pam w. (187)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:01 am
The American public needs to do whatever it takes to DEMAND solar/wind energy.

Remember....every time we drive, we're supporting the oil industry.

Every petroleum-based product we buy supports the oil industry.

If the demand dries up, so does the oil industry.
 

Carol D. (98)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:43 am
Oil Companies are just a pain in the backside It will always be the same just ruining the earth


thanks noted
 

Jo S. (456)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:40 am
Will this greed ever end?
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:43 am
The Keystone pipeline should be banned.
 

Dave C. (204)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:44 am
unfortunately, we can't even be sure Mr. Obama hears about this spill....seriously, the only place I see this discussed and written about is Care2 and posts like this on C2 sites.....

greed creates power, greed creates more greed, greed creates inequality and greed kills.....
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:53 am
Here we go again. They could have had wind farms and solar power. No, they prefer oil spills. And the poor have to pay mortgages for houses they can't live in. Some people didn't even know there was a pipeline close to their homes. Just a knock on the door, "Excuse me but you have to leave your home now." Swell. It's the Amerikan way.
 

John S. (294)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:13 am
Do you really think he is pondering anything?
 

Scott J. (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:28 am
All pipelines leak. It is their nature. Why would we want to have an additional 1,700 mile system that will leak? Who will pay to clean up the leaks? The oil companies want it so that they can increase their profits. As a side note, according to Forbes, the number one most profitable company in 2012 is Exxon Mobile with 41 billion in profits. The number two is Chevron with 26 billion. How much profit is enough? I don't believe that the risk to our environment is worth it just so that the most profitable companies can make even more money.
 

Winn Adams (178)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 10:33 am
Thanks
 

Marlene Dinkins (225)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 12:22 pm
noted Cal!!!!!! grazie !!!
 

ewoud k. (73)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 12:39 pm
Until the very last drop, no matter what.

It's just the money that counts, apparently Big Oil doesn't need environment, this planet, us, or whatever.

But what on earth are they planning to do with all their money when tere's no longer a world to live in?
 

Sandra Patterson (60)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 12:48 pm
noted,thank you
 

Dianne D. (450)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 12:55 pm
What is it going to take before we stop big business from ruining our earth for greed. They need to jail all the CEO's in large corporations - starting with the bankers.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:22 pm
Makes me wonder if Wreckson (Exxon) hired their pipeline installer foremen from the same place they get their tanker captains?
 

Claudia O. (73)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:37 pm
The risks are TOO great. Ban the pipeline.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:53 pm
What a terrible mess has been created! This is something that won't be "hidden under the rug," though, because many photos are being taken and put on youtube, twitter, and other sites. Social media & messaging has given those of us in opposition to dirty energy a wonderful tool that can't be erased or forgotten. The White House phones should be clogged with messages of complaint regarding this and the future of KXL.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 2:09 pm
Thanks Cal, Noted. My comment is: We humans are the drivers, the markets, of oil and other planet consumptions, pollutions and excretory activities. Each of us contribute to the profits of those we love to "trash".
 

Birgit W. (135)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 3:08 pm
No pipelines please!
 

Christeen Anderson (419)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 3:23 pm
Please, please, please say no to big oil. Thank you.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 5:17 pm
Noted & posted
 

lee e. (114)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:18 pm
We've got to ban the pipelines (plural) that carry this Canadian shit through our land - we've got to educate the populace -- there really really is no excuse for these homeowners not to know what the hell is going on in their back yard!!! - sorry it almost gets me mad and unforgiving that you were a part of allowing this to happen - it's great to say in the "past tense" - so start LEARNING what's happening around you!
That said - I think it's necessary to teach our citizens - who still deny "scientists climate change" - which is a related area - and the deniers are responsible for our lives as well! - That said, we've got to hold the usurpers of humanity - the oil/gas frackers accountable for all the "mistakes" that have happened - which means (in my world) that they are responsible for lawyers' fees for the victims - housing with pre-paid mortgages that the victims were percentage wise accountable for and paid - and relocations, as well as the clean ups -- that could be multi-billions of dollars - which these MF'ers have - mostly in over-seas accounts, or in their pockets - whichever - hold the People in charge of their "creations" responsible - and tax the shit out of them! Until they decide investments in realistic energy will serve them as well as us - far better! Sorry for the foul language these people are the "destroyers of the Universe" and the sooner we treat them as such - the better! I want to leave a legacy for my grand daughter not a bitter shortened life - because I didn't Do anything!
 

Jude Hand (47)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:52 pm
Noted. Gonna check out 350.org. The political and monetary pull of these companies is, what? Maddening, disgraceful, saddening, outrageous...pick a word. If it's true, and not just an unfounded report to muster upset, that there's a three year's supply of oil already in the US, what is it that keeps us plugging away in such a fragile environment? I'm guessing some fear, but apparently a lot of pull due to a lot of money. Frankly, I hate this!
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:59 pm
And so it has begun..... or should I say continues. Remember Exxon's spill in Montana? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/yellowstone-oil-spill-montana_n_2952042.html#slide=2097858
 

Sylvia M. (70)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 7:20 pm
It's NEVER a question of IF...it's only a question of WHEN.
 

Twyla Sparks (214)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:39 pm
noted and signed
 

Twyla Sparks (214)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 8:43 pm
oopps, I put I signed but I read the story and isn't this the 2nd time Exxon has screwed up our environment!!
 

Edith B. (141)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:14 pm
Noted and shared. Money means so much more than our lives!
 

Susanne R. (248)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 10:00 pm
One of the people most affected by the Mayflower spills was quoted as saying, "I had no idea that there was a pipeline out here, I mean, literally right at the corner of the subdivision. Supposed to be a 20-inch pipeline, run from Illinois to Texas. I don’t know."

That's a big part of the problem! People don't know what's going on and don't make an effort to find out! Let's listen to people like Bill McKibben, who has the best interest of our planet and its inhabitants at heart --and not the greedy oil companies and their lobbies. People have to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those who depend on them!
 

Gail Lopez (65)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 9:43 pm
Submit your comments to the US Department of State by April 22, 2013 by way of email to:

keystonecomments@state.gov

or by way of 350.org's a Million Keystone Comments
 

G. BUD Budlong (4)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:19 am
Here are some facts about this Pegasus/ Enbridge line. Built in 1947 (65 years OLD], Originally used to transfer light crude from TX to IIL at 800psi. It sat idle for 4 years before ...in 2006...they reversed the flow and increased the pressures to 1400psi to transfer Canadian DILBIT (Diluted Bituminous Crude...Wabaska] from IlL to TX. You can push 220,000 barrels a day of light crude at 800psi BUT it takes 1400psi to get 86,000 Barrels a day of this heavy sour DILBIT. No wonder it burst and may have many other leaks all along the entire length of the old pipe. They claim to have inspected the pipe in 2010 and LAST Feb but that is BS since there is NO WAY they can inspect the underground pipe. What they did was look at the newer valves and pumps at the locations they had to work to reverse the flow. The hydraulics of oil and the reversal of flow was a contributing factor in the bursting of the old pipe
 
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