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  •  The only urgency I've seen from Obama (4+ / 0-)
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    is in building more pipelines and giving out more oil/gas fracking leases in a mad rush to obtain that holy grail of energy independence for the US. Combine this with ridiculously low pump prices and you have a winner.

    The US economy is based almost entirely on conspicuous consumption so this should give it the boost it needs. Uncle Sam needs you! Do your part and fill up that tank and go shopping!

    Expanding Our Oil and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks on energy at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard near Cushing, Okla., March 22, 2012. The President highlighted the Administration’s commitment to expanding domestic oil and gas production.
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    Domestic oil and gas production is the highest it’s been in eight years. We’re actually producing so much that, even though we've added enough new oil and gas pipelines to circle the Earth in the last three years, we still don’t have enough pipeline to transport it all around the country quickly enough, particularly to our nation's refineries.

    And, as President Obama explained when he spoke there today, the fact that production is outpacing pipeline capacity is causing bottlenecks in places like Cushing, slowing our ability to further increase oil supplies when gas prices are high and we need it the most.

    Modernizing pipeline infrastructure and expanding its ability to deliver oil to refineries and consumers around the country is a vital piece of a strategy to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and expand production of American-made energy. That’s why President Obama directed his Administration to expedite the permitting and construction process of a new pipeline that will help crude oil make its way to Gulf Coast refineries more quickly, and doing so while protecting natural resources and the health of local communities along the pipeline’s proposed path.

    •  Hi Claudius; your pessimism is understandable (16+ / 0-)

      In what is left of my lifetime, it seems likely that our government will never be such that it will not disappointment me time and again.  But that will not effect my efforts to continue to make changes in my own life to decrease fossil fuel usage, to make more informed decisions in the purchases I make, to live more consciously, more compassionately, to live as if the lives of future generations depend on what I do today.

      And it will not effect my efforts to continue to educate others about climate change, about alternatives that they can adapt, and about efforts that they can make to put pressure on governments, whether it be at the ballot box, or in protests on the streets, or in social media, or wherever, however.

      Pessimism is understandable.  But pessimism can be contagious; it causes others to nod their heads in agreement and to sigh to themselves thinking there's nothing to be done, and to move on to something more pleasant like watching the tv.

      Optimism can be difficult to see in context of political realities; but optimism too can be contagious.  And it is through optimism that people are motivated to examine their personal lives and find ways to lessen their carbon footprint, to think about the purchases they make, to think about recycling and packaging and where stuff comes from and is all this stuff I buy really necessary.

      And optimism can get people involved, it can get people to examine candidates in light of their stands on climate change, it can get people involved locally to change policies in their towns, cities, and counties, it can get people working, to the extent that each is able, to change our world for the benefit of those to whom we will leave it.

      So, your pessimism is understandable, but I think it helpful to see and note progress where we find it, and to build on each gain we make.  And yes, we will be disappointed again and again; but we will also continue to work and to move forward.  For the work we do is not for ourselves; we do this because we care for all of our sisters and brothers on this planet - our human family.  It is at the very core of our nature as human beings.  It is about who we truly are.

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      Love one another

      by davehouck on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 10:35:10 AM PDT

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