House Speaker Boehner’s Boner for Keystone XL is Just a Pipe Dream

This is a repost of a post I originally wrote in January of 2012 for the mad left website The Intersection of Madness and Reality, which is another spot I jot for.  The KXL pipeline is such a no brainer, only idiots would want it.  How is it not only our right but our obligation to protect our Mother Earth.  How do people not see this?  This stupid ass pipeline even broke up a friendship of mine because I am so passionate about it.  After reading Matt Remle’s post today at http://www.lastrealindian.com I decided to repost my research post on KXL, where I found out there is no good to come of it.

Senators Urge Obama to Approve KXL, Slap Tribes in Face by Matt Remle

It’s about sneaky ass Senators who don’t give a crap about the people, the land, or the water, but only about being in office and being freakin puppets for corporations.  Punks.  Punks probably getting their palms greased.  Here’s my repost, sorry for my language, this shit just pisses me off though.

House Speaker Boehner’s Boner for Keystone XL is Just a Pipe Dream

So I wrote my piece for the Guardian on the XL pipeline. I did it for my son because it was something he believed so passionately in. I remembered those days of being 18 and feeling like you could change the world. Having that pure raw energy of youth, hope for change, and an awakening social awareness. And he hinted around enough that I should care, being his mom an all.

The more I read up on the pipeline, the more I feel like I am reading the outline to a new John Grisham or Sidney Sheldon novel. I mean it’s all right there, the scandal, the greedy politicians with their propaganda, the powerful corporate, land seizing, the evil oil industry, the pawn of a President, and poor fuckin’ peasants who are gonna get a few temporary jobs for a few months to compensate for a lifetime illness. Except, Erin Brockovich won’t be swooping in at the end to save anyone’s ass because if this shit goes down and they put a big ass pipe full of dirty oil down the middle of this country, it will be because we didn’t fight hard enough to stop it.

At www.tarsands.com they promise this: “TransCanada is poised to put 13,000 Americans to work to construct the pipeline – pipefitters, welders, mechanics, electricians, heavy equipment operators, among other jobs – in addition to 7,000 manufacturing jobs that would be created across the U.S. Additionally, local businesses along the pipeline route will benefit from the 118,000 spin-off jobs Keystone XL will create through increased business for local goods and service providers.”

What they don’t tell you is that these jobs are temporary, during the construction phase of the pipeline. A third of those construction jobs would be in Canada since a third of the pipeline would be there. According to CNN, The U.S. State Department, which must green light the project, forecasts just 5,000 direct U.S. jobs over a two year construction period.

CNN also reports that even Transcanada admits the real number for permanent jobs would only be in the hundreds. One study from Cornell University shows that KXL will actually lead to a declines in the job market due to crop losses, environmental and pollution issues, and higher fuel prices in the Midwest-which would slow consumer spending and count for more job loss.

Wait, higher fuel? In the Midwest? How is that possible when they are running a big ass pipe full of dirty oil down the middle of tornado alley?
Here is the direct quote from the Cornell University report:

“KXL will divert Tar Sands oil now supplying Midwest refineries, so it can be sold at higher prices to the Gulf Coast and export markets. As a result, consumers in the Midwest could be paying 10 to 20 cents more per gallon for gasoline and diesel fuel. These additional costs (estimated to total $2–4 billion) will suppress other spending and will therefore cost jobs.”

Photo Credit Milan Ilnyckyj: Clayton Thomas Muller, Cree, delivering letter to Canadian Consulate in DC

This isn’t even scratching the surface of the dangers of the potential oil spills, clean up, dangers of explosions, the toxic levels of emissions caused by crude oil, not to mention all the health hazards caused by crude emissions and the possible health costs this could have in the future. And all the dirty waste water used since it takes 3 barrels of water to clean one barrel of the tarsands oil. And I haven’t even mentioned the Ogallala Aquifier which provides drinking water to my reservation plus surrounding states and is directly under the route of KXL. This is a direct violation of treaty rights.

I almost forgot to mention the land seizing. According to The New York Times, the Canadian company has yet to receive federal approval but is already threatening land owners from South Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico. They have been threatened to sell or the land will be condemned. The company currently has 34 eminent domain actions against landowners in Texas and an additional 22 in South Dakota. That seems crazy right? How can someone not even from this land, this country come here and just “seize land” and pretend it’s theirs all in the name of money? Ask any member of any tribe, this can and will happen.

House Speaker Boehner launched a countdown clock, ticking off the minutes until the February 21 deadline that was slyly added into the payroll tax cut extension with a pipeline provision. He also made a youtube video just dripping with propaganda. I was thinking, wow this guy really cares about these temp jobs, right? I mean when the fuck did they (GOP) ever care about jobs, much less temp jobs. For real?

Then I found this tidbit on the Washington Post. They list Boehner’s financial disclosure forms. In December of 2010, Boehner invested 10,000 to 50,000 dollars in each of the seven firms that have stake in the Canadian sands oil. Among these firms are six oil companies, including BP, Canadian Natural Resources, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Devon Energy and Exxon. And the one firm that is not an oil company Emerson Electric, but it does have a contract to provide digital automation for the first phase of a $9.4 billion dollar Horizon Oil Sands Project in Canada.

But get this, that is not CONFLICT OF INTEREST!

“Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in an interview that an investment adviser chooses Boehner’s financial investments. “He doesn’t have any control over day-to-day trades, so there’s no conflict of interest on this or any other investment,” Steel said of the speaker, adding that when it comes to the upcoming decision on Keystone XL, “We hope the president will do the right thing and approve the permit, and create American jobs.”” -Washington Post

I’m sorry, but if my waitress is related to my dinner partner and they get a bigger portion than me, that’s a freaking conflict of interest in my eyes.

Sadly there are no laws for “conflict of interest” or “insider trading” for the people we put in office, because they are the ones who have the power to change those laws. So until then and if ever-politics isn’t as dirty as the oil they are pushing on us as a “jobs package” the rich bitches will get richer while we vote them in.

And that is the Real Deal Holyfield, in the end there is no cheap gas, no jobs, oils spills from here to heaven knows where, health problems up the wazoo and House Speaker Boehner will be a fat cat, drinking his highballs, shining in the sun on a beach somewhere…that fucker.

Unless we stop it.

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