Monday, August 22, 2011

American Heroines arrested for standing against big oil

Two American heroines sent to jail for peacefully protesting the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands Pipeline.  I can't locate image credit for this great photo, pls. leave a comment if you know who took this.

 These two young ladies were among 150 others arrested in Washington D.C. in the past week for peacefully protesting the Keystone XL pipeline.  The park service deciding to get tough with the protestors is now sentencing them to jail time.  The grassroots fight against the Keystone XL pipeline gained substantial steam today with a NY Times editorial: "Tar Sands and the Carbon Numbers". Canada has a vast repository of tar sands which contain an oil with a much larger carbon footprint.  To extract the oil, vast tracts of arboreal forests must be cut down, then the tar sands must be steam heated to release the oil.  Not only does the tar sand oil significantly add to global climate change, it also means the loss of a valuable carbon sink through the loss of the forest lands.  Finally, they want to build a pipeline carrying this crude slurry from Canada to refineries in Texas.  Who feels comfortable with an oil company running a pipeline carrying a noxious crude slurry (diluted bitumen) through the heartland of this country?  Toxic chemicals are released throughout the refining process, leaving compromised watersheds wherever the tar sands have been extracted or refined.  This pipeline is the wrong direction for our country, oil is yesterday, we need green energy.  If we are going to build infrastructure, lets do it for the future.  We can build solar plants in Arizona or windmills almost anywhere and upgrade our electrical grid throughout the country to carry this free renewable resource.  This is a much better use of our dwindling resources.
Sign Credo's petition to stop the Tar Sands  Over 160,000 people have signed
Sign the petition to President Obama to stop the tar sands pipeline
Sign up to join the sit-ins to protest the Keystone XL pipeline

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