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Occupy the Pipeline: Sierra Club Predicts Years of Civil Disobedience, Lawsuits If Keystone Approved

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: environment, Keystone XL Pipeline, civil disobedience, Sierra Club, State Department investigation, Friends of the Earth, cronyism, corruption, ethics )

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"If the President approves the pipeline, this . . . fight that will stretch out for years into the future," said Sierra Club's Michael Brune, adding that he expects civil disobedience "all along the 1,700-miles" of pipeline construction.

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Joe Shults (37)
Monday October 31, 2011, 9:43 am
Interesting. Thanks

Myron Scott (70)
Monday October 31, 2011, 10:54 am
Thank you, Joe. I think it's important to mention that opposition to the pipeline isn't only about carbon emissions and climate change. It's also about Midwesterners' concerns over the potential harm pipeline leaks and spills could do to the soil and water in the pipeline's path through the Nation's "breadbasket," which also is home to tens or hundreds of thousands of wintering waterfowl. Concern for the Ogalala Aquifer has trumped TransCanada's promise of short-term construction jobs in many rural communities not normally noted for "green" values.

Of course, it raises concerns about heavy-handed Federal power in frustration of states' traditional role in health and welfare regulation (a Tea Party and Libertarian concern, in particular) and is a clear example of transnational corporate interests dictating governmental decisions (a la Occupy Wall Street's critique of the "1%"). I've even read reports of Tea Party members joining other Pipeline protestors in - no less - Rick Perry's Texas. The political implications of sustained opposition in an election year could be very interesting.

That last factor, in particular, makes it seem odd that my internet search reveals more energy industry than mainstream media coverage of the anti-Pipeline campaign, including the citizen and Congressional calls to investigate State Department cronyism and Brune's dramatic prediction of prolonged civil disobedience. Is the mainstream media only interested in covering direct action campaigns when there are no specific demands immediately threatening their corporate owners and sponsors? And if so, why on earth would that be?
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