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TomCat S (128)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 6:31 am
As deliberations on the Keystone XL Pipeline continue, I was dismayed to learn of yet another oil spill from yet another effective pipeline. Big Oil is demonstrating their inability to transport oil safely in pipelines, let alone clean up the mess. They are content to make the US a spillway, but we cannot be.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 6:49 am
Too disgusting for words - three spills in one week - how incompetent can they be?

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 7:57 am

Does this remind others of why we still have a climate "debate" it sure does play into the coffers of Big Oil. They are actually making money on these spills, or "accidents". Should all Oil suddenly disappear tomorrow we would be forced into quick thinking and what used to be called American ingenuity. Within 2 years we would be fully converted to solar, wind and water energy. Because we do need energy to sustain us, it's a matter of what kind of energy. We are currently trapped in fossil fuels because a few very large corporations have and continue to make huge amounts of money at our expense. Why are we not driving cars. buses and transportation that run from solar or water power? It's real and available. Water only car - new $15,000.

We all know the answer, it does not feed the PTB for us to do so. We must shake of the shackles of fear, step forward and build a new nation that is self reliant and stronger without these self serving and nationally crippling huge corporate interests.

I will say again, learn the real truth of these "accidents" know who and what Big Oil actually is, the harm it is doing to you, to us to the future of this planet. READ: "Vultures Picnic" by Greg Palast. (hard core, old school journalist)

Someone (I think Roseann) mentioned these are probably "Brawny" paper towels they are using for these "accidents" and who makes Brawny? The dreaded Kochs. It's not nice to wish something awful on another person, but I sure would like to see these brothers and their cohorts, trying to exist on the streets for about 6 months.

* PTB - Powers That Be


P A (117)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:04 am
"Big Oil continues to demonstrate that the industry cannot be trusted with the earth. It’s the only one we have." You are much politer than I would be – they have proved to be consistently mendacious – ie they are lying b*****ds! I wouldn't trust any one of them to tell me what the weather is doing never mind with the safety of the environment!

pam w (139)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:07 am
Kit...."I sure would like to see these brothers and their cohorts, trying to exist on the streets for about 6 months."

++++++++++++++ OH, YES! And make them help with oil spill clean-ups, washing birds, trying to save baby ducks...all that stuff they never, EVER see!

David C (29)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:35 am
Money, Money it make the oil world go around

Elle B (84)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 10:46 am
Heartbreaking and mind boggling. . .definitely in negative IQ and soul deficit territories now . . .sick greedy stupid scammers. . .real smart. . .kill the all trees that make fresh air to breath for paper towels. . .poison all the waters that keep everything alive. . .to move gobs of grease around the globe. Too bad the KOCH's GREAT BIG BRAWNYs don't work on the BIG messes they and and their little buddy cohorts like to make. . .

"The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven." ―Willam Ellery Channing

"A nation that destroys it's soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people." —Franklin D. Roosevelt

"If in a given community unchecked popular rule means unlimited waste and destruction of the natural resources—soil, fertility, waterpower, forests, game, wild-life generally—which by right belong as much to subsequent generations as to the present generation, then it is sure proof that the present generation is not yet really fit for self-control, that it is not yet really fit to exercise the high and responsible privilege of a rule which shall be both by the people and for the people. The term “for the people” must always include the people unborn as well as the people now alive, or the democratic ideal is not realized." — Fmr U.S. Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, LEFT the Republican Party to work as a PROGRESSIVE Movement. . .

. (0)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 11:04 am
Noted & posted

Winnie A (179)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 11:15 am

Sharon Davidson (371)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 1:15 pm
do they even realize how this is all effecting te fish,waterlife,peoples food for life,they need tostart thinkin of how the river supplies food for so many on our planet.

Carol H (229)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 1:30 pm
sadly noted, thanks Tom

David C (129)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:21 pm
if not already, BIG POISON (fossil fuel energy sources) will make it one if DC doesn't stop their destructive behaviors.

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:44 pm
All big oil cares about is money, money and oh,yeah-money. I think that covers it. They will lie, cheat and steal, then lie some more-point fingers at every thing and everyone but themselves. Rinse, repeat until the planet is destroyed.

Jo S (619)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:47 pm
Ditto TomCat. Thank you.

Mary T (178)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 4:01 pm
They have no idea how to clean this tar sands oil up and then the tax payers are giving the oil companies big subsidies to destroy our planet they have no concern what they are doing to this planet all they care about is making big profits, Sadly our government is a big part of the problem.

Janet R (38)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:48 pm
I had no idea that there have been 3 spills this week, I bet there are more that we don't know about. The media is not making a big deal out of them probably because the media is owned by rich people and we don't need to know. These oil companies and Monsanto are going to be the death of us all.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:57 pm
Thx for the info!

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 6:04 pm

Air power for the cars, my mistake. There is an excellent video (short) I saw a recently about this that is now available on Care2:

Air to power your car!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:49 pm
Thanks! Great idea Kit! (N, P, T)

Lynn S (235)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 9:56 pm
Utah, Arkansas, and now Texas. If I'm not mistaken, all Republican/Teabagger states. How do state and federal politicians explain this to their constituents?

I read further this week that the Arkansas spill, the very same spill that had 'oil' running down the streets of an Arkansas neighbourhood, was from a #9 type line spill similar to that mentioned in the following article from rabble,ca.. . . . an older crude oil line converted to be bitumen carrying, placing stresses on the line it was never made to withstand.

"Line 9 was built in 1976 and was designed to carry light crude oil. In July 2012, the National Energy Board (NEB) approved Enbridge's application to reverse the flow of the pipeline from Sarnia to Westover, Ontario, and is currently reviewing Enbridge's application to reverse the rest of the pipeline to Montreal. Crucially, the reversal isn't about the direction of the pipeline flow, but its contents: Enbridge is now openly seeking approval to transport tar sands dilbit from Alberta through Line 9. This raises multiple flags.

First, Line 9 is a 37 years old pipeline and the risks of a spill are higher for dilbit pipelines (particularly old ones) as tar sands crude is more corrosive, and transported under higher heat and pressure. Moreover, if a spill occurs the impact of dilbit is more severe for health, water and land, as dilbit contains higher levels of toxic carcinogens, including naptha and benzene. In 2010, these risks were brought into sharp relief when Enbridge's Line 6B (originally constructed to transport light crude in 1969) ruptured spilling 20,000 barrels of dilbit into the Kalamzoo River in Michigan, a disaster that continues to have devastating impacts on surrounding communities and ecosystems. Most importantly however is the question of 'ethics' and how the Canadian state is responding to the apparent human rights and environmental crisis created by tar sands expansion."

And from FDL . . .

". . . Last week, DeSmogBlog noted that for example, Oneok is pushing a pipeline proposal that would bring oil and gas obtained via the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) process in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale down to “the pipeline crossroads of the world” in Cushing, OK, where it would be refined and sent further southward to Port Arthur, TX and then shipped off to the global export market.

Now yet another key tar sands export pipeline is in the works, this one making a voyage to New England: the Enbridge Line 9 Reversal pipeline. . . . "

To say the least, this whole tar sands issue is being rammed down the throats of Canadians and Americans by greedy oil companies and complicit politicians in both countries.

Dilbit — I didn't know what this was so I googled it. From Wikipedia:

"Dilbit (diluted bitumen) is a means of transporting highly viscous hydrocarbon. Per the Alberta Oil Sands Bitumen Valuation Methodology, "Dilbit Blends" means "Blends made from heavy crudes and/or bitumens and a diluent usually condensate, for the purpose of meeting pipeline viscosity and density specifications, where the density of the diluent included in the blend is less than 800 kg/m3." If the diluent density is greater than or equal to 800 kg/m3, the diluent is typically synthetic crude and accordingly the blend is called synbit."

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If this whole deception of the tar sands doesn' get your knickers in a knot, nothing will.

TomCat S (128)
Monday April 8, 2013, 4:55 am
Thanks to all. Kudos to Lynn. Today's second article will deal with the pseudo-science that Republicans cite for "proof".
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