I know that some of my readers are as concerned about environmental issues as I am. The Keystone XL pipeline is one of those issues that makes me sad about the current priorities in North America. Some of you may find this blog by Julia Butterfly Hill eye-opening. It was for me. Do you have any opinions on what we should be doing about the Keystone XL pipeline project?
Originally posted on Julia Butterfly Hill's Weblog:
I sit down to write this piece with bleary eyes and a head that feels like it is filled both with cotton and the tines of a pitchfork piercing into my skull. It has been a powerful, profound, and overwhelming last few days. But the intensity of what I have experienced is nothing compared to the on-going struggle of the courageous landowners and blockaders in ruralEast Texas facing the onslaught and ravaging devastation of TransCanada and its Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline.
In January 2012, I, like many people thought the Keystone XL issue was over after hard-won victory in suspending the pipeline from crossing the border from Canada into the USA. But shortly after reveling in the victory which was a result of the efforts and sacrifice of so many people who organized and many who were arrested, I read the words of President Barak Obama (the same man who claimed to be for creating green jobs and leading America away from dependence on oil), “And today, I’m directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done.”
And that is exactly what he did.