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Keystone Pipeline and Animal Viability

Animals  (tags: Wildlife, Conservation, Oil Industry, Canada, America, Global Warming, TransCanada, Keystone Pipeline, Tar Sands Extraction, Oil Refinery, Farm Animals, Hunger, Ecological Instability, Earth, Animal Welfare, Protests, Alternative Energy Sources )

- 2747 days ago -
Humankind's need for fossil fuel will always trump the safety and welfare of animals so long as there are no other viable energy resource options utilized.


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pElAgUS hellot (523)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 4:00 am
1. Humans ARE Animals
2. "Animals" being "raised" are just considered as commodities. They are being "raised" so humans can use them as food, clothing, etc. They are going to die anyway. Why would they care about the reason? Non of them wants to die, that's the only valid point.
3. "Animal viability": 1st - only about non humans 2nd - just because they are considered as a "resource".

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1065)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 4:29 am

Carlene V (202)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 5:12 am
Thanks Deb. Of course they know what this will do to the animals, but the sad fact is they just don't care. All about the almighty dollar.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 5:43 am
Excellent article. Thanks for sharing.

Farah H (155)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 6:23 am
noted and signed, thank you
It is an emergency and the US government should take a lesson from the harsh BP oil spill that caused USA environmental, economic, and social damages.

Lisa N (204)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 7:04 am
Noted, thanks Deb. I signed every single petition that I hadn't already signed against this pipeline!

Constance F (418)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 7:22 am
Thank you Deb for posting this. Clear and concise. What I like. I have signed, called, written, whatever I could get my paws on, and I think it's a done deal. The time for intelligent foresight is long past due. And there are alternatives, absolutely. I was just reading about wind power as a viable alternative to drilling near the coast. Something my grandfather told me years ago when I was kid - he was a geologist, and I may get this wrong (but I never forgot it because it scared me) - he said that oil was a lubricant for the plates deep inside the earth, and how it was necessary to be inside the earth, and then he talked about earthquakes....Since I am not a scientist and only talking from the standpoint of a childhood memory, but it makes sense - oil is suppose to be deep inside the earth - that's where it belongs, and sucking it out isn't right. It's clear what happens when we suck it out and it spills on top of our earth, but what is happening inside the earth when we do suck it out? Not good. It belongs inside the earth. A little off topic, but I haven't seen anything on this - on what happens inside the earth and to the plates.

. (1)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 7:22 am
Noted. Thank you Deb.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 7:25 am
They don't care who they hurt as long as they make the damn Money!!

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 7:32 am
Noted and signed every petitions I could sign. Thank you, Deb.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 7:51 am
all petitions signed and will post the page of petitions in my groups :)

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 8:37 am
Noted and signed all the petitions, and some were already signed, thanks Deb....also lit a candle as well :-)

Myron Scott (70)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 9:08 am
An excellent ediroiral, Deb.

The people behind Keystone don't care about the human impacts, much less the impacts on animals, domestic and wild. Thanks for giving those of us who do care opportunities to say so.

Patrick Donovan (344)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 9:22 am
Thanks for the article, we need to keep fighting against it. It can be stopped.

Eileen Novak (444)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 10:06 am
Yet another reason the pipeline is a huge step backwards.
I hope Patrick is right and that it can be stopped. Seems to me it's a done deal and the carbon bomb will explode.

Ruth McD (839)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 10:12 am
Thank you Deb.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 11:44 am
Thank you for this article Deb.

Terry King (113)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 3:30 pm
I'm not very hopeful that the pipeline can be stopped.

Mary T (178)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 3:37 pm
Thanks Deb I have signed all of the petitions that I could find on this.

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 7:40 pm
From the article:

"The numbers do the talking. Review for yourself the facts of oil spills just within America. Here is the breakdown of what oil spills have cost America from 2001 - 2011.

Verified Oil Spilled: 679,012 tons, which equals approximately 2,091,356,996 gallons
Fines Levied Against The Oil Industry For Failure to Comply to Minimal Safety/Environmental Standards: $163,705,050

A majority of these fines sit in litigation as both domestic and international oil companies negate their responsibility to the American people. The court system is overrun with endless appeals, tying up the legal system at an exorbitant expense. Perhaps these costs could have been more avoidable if the U.S. government organization responsible for handing out the fines followed through on their civic duties by shutting down dangerous operations. "
If my calculations are correct, the fines levied for failure to comply to minimal safety/environmental standards amounted to $ .78 for every gallon of oil spilled! And most of these fines remain unpaid! We're paying close to $4.00 for each gallon of gas we buy, yet the oil companies are only fined $ .78 for each gallon of spilled oil that pollutes our land and water! And to add insult to injury, they deny responsibility and have to be taken to court in order to collect the fines! So, the people of this country are: 1) paying the oil industry exorbitant prices for gasoline and other forms of non-renewable energy; 2) the people and wildlife of this country are being poisoned by the toxic spills that are often caused by negligence on the part of the oil industry; 3) the Occupational, Safety, and Health Department (OSHA) appears to be acting in favor of the oil industry by imposing ridiculously low fines for violations, failing to collect the fines levied, and by not shutting down operations that are dangerous.

If we're not able to hold the oil industry accountable for the damages they've already incurred --and OSHA is not effectively enforcing regulations, collecting fines or shutting down dangerous operations-- we'd be inviting disaster by allowing a pipeline of this size to be constructed. Who will protect us in the event of a spill or other disaster? The oil companies? OSHA? Our already debt-ridden government? Let's save ourselves having to worry about such possibilities by nixing the pipeline. The level of environmental damage is even higher when oil sands operations are used, which means that the Arctic ice will melt even faster. With populated islands already beginning to disappear due to rising water levels, we're already forcing people from their homes. I don't imagine that the oil industry is losing any sleep over the plight of these displaced people. They're reporting record profits, and to them, that's all that matters.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 8:20 pm
noted, thank you Deb

Kim O (396)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 9:12 pm
Noted! Thanks for the great article Deb! We in Canada don't want the bloody thing either!!!

Elsie Au (259)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 10:25 pm
Thanks for the excellent article and link to petitions.

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 2:38 am
noted TY

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 2:48 am
Noted. Thanks Deb for sharing!

Kath P (9)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 4:04 am
I guess "we" won't stop until there is nothing left.

Patricia Cannell (825)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 5:43 am
It's all about money and greed. *sigh* Noted. Thanks Deb.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 6:42 am
Petitions four to eleven thirteen sixteen to eighteen twenty to twentyfour already signed petitions twelve fourteen fifteen nineteen I cannot sign and noted, thank you!

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 7:29 am
SIGNED EVERYTHING!! Thanks, Ciao!! Michela

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 8:35 am
noted with thanks.

Suzanne Hall (7)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 10:33 am
Noted. I've signed everything I can from as many organizations as possible that are fighting this horrid pipeline, but at this stage, not sure that's working anymore.

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday September 14, 2011, 8:30 pm
Had missed some petitions...thanx Deb. Good article.

Simon Pearson (95)
Thursday September 15, 2011, 4:24 am
There seems to be one central problem.
That is that all decisions are made for "the benefit of MANKIND".
Listen to all leaders, even eminent speakers it is always "benefit of mankind".
Sadly the start of this can be seen in Genesis 1:26....."and God gave dominion etc".
Human behave like conquering aliens, intelligent but stupid beyond belief in that they cannot understand that our species is an integral part of nature and can not survive without nature.

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Monday September 19, 2011, 4:08 pm
Thank you, Deb, for sharing this; it is well-written, as always. I have signed e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.

I cling to the hope that this planned project will not be green-lighted, although doubts are constantly creeping in. The current American administration does not seem particularly green in its policy, or has not shown to be so, which complicates further the whole matter (if it is not its actual cause). Although people are free to voice their objections, which they do (although I cannot tell whether the opponents constitute the majority here), when one sees that peaceful protestors get arrested, critics embodied by erudite personages are cold-shouldered, and oil companies cause environmental damage undisturbed, it is a cause for concern -- the more so when this happens in a democracy. While this certainly is worth remembering upon the next elections, it cannot be a solution now: It is now that these important decisions are being made that will likely have far-reaching consequences not only for North America. In this climate that is so opportune for a change -- with green sources of energy being available, with risks of fossil fuel extraction and the guaranteed environmental damage accompanying it being well documented, with it being known that these natural resources are unsustainable; with the climate change continuing, with endangered species accumulating as their habitats are shrinking, with the world's population rising, etc. --, in such a climate it is a wonder to witness such a lack of foresight and a level of ignorance to these facts that permeates the powerful, inasmuch as they oddly feel so disinclined to invest into green and renewable energies and thus try to extricate people from their dependence on oil and the like, but they keep on treading this self-destructive path instead. This does not concern themselves alone -- it concerns our Mother Earth, human and nonhuman beings alike --, thus it is a selfish act to disregard the interests of so many others, to disregard so much. I can only hope that not only this administration will disassociate itself from the wrong crowd it seems to be in with, but will show some prudence, considerateness and integrity, and will start building a better future. There is no easy solution to the energy crisis, but there is no solution whatsoever without a will -- where there is a will, there is a way. People can be resourceful -- if they will. Having or letting everything revolve around a quick buck is not a principle to uphold and will not satiate the world when the resources have gone dry and the environment has been destroyed. Otherwise, the price to pay may rise too high and the time for a solution may become long gone. Who can maintain that it is worth the risk?

Stelizan L (258)
Sunday September 25, 2011, 1:55 am
Thanks for sharing, Deb! We will continue to sign everything we can lay our hands on - pipelines should no longer be any option in this day and age!

Elizabeth P (99)
Tuesday October 25, 2011, 10:44 am
People dont forget to sign the petitions at the end of Deb's great stories, It really dose help. Click on and go for it. Thank You. Get that word out.
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