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In a new video four energy experts out line the issues surrounding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the Alberta Tar Sands and climate change.

The video features Dr. Danny Harvey, a Climatologist at the University of Toronto, Dr. John Abraham, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of St. Clair, Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International and Nathan Lemphers, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Pembina Institute. The four experts recently traveled to Washington, DC for an event at the National Press Club to send a message to political leaders that any response by the US government to reduce climate change pollution must include the rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
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This is the greatest issue of our times and we can have a hand in influencing a positive outcome by participating in the #ForwardOnClimate Rally on 2/17!  Come to Washington DC on Presidents Day to let President Obama and political leaders know that the Keystone XL pipeline stands between us and a clean energy future.

Arrange your transportation right here!

Originally posted to Climate Hawks on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM PST.

Also republished by DK GreenRoots.

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  •  experts predicting end of climate if done (9+ / 0-)

    how much more clear can the case be?

    now the pipe line companies are using extreme legal means to get rid of protesters in Canada

    Indigenous people in Canada standing up to govnt take over of their lands and the destruction of environment. Good start. 50 groups engaged.

    Need to look back through the last couple of days to find that article from, but here is another article about what is going on in Canada

  •  And thank god for the people standing (5+ / 0-)

    against this across the country.  I wish there was more I could do to support their efforts.  A lot of people who were a part of occupy have organized against the pipeline, and it's good to see that the Sierra Club has decided for the first time to endorse civil disobedience in opposition to the pipeline.

  •  What part of "Game Over" don't non-radicals (4+ / 0-)
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    AoT, beach babe in fl, aliasalias, DawnN


    I mean, if the state and stakes of Climate Change does not radicalize you, can you really be considered either sentient or compassionate?

    I would listen to people who suggest we should stick to calm, open-minded, reasonable, realistic discussion if they demonstrated for one second that they actually had even the inkling of a roadmap to get from here to even the questionable safety of a future at or below 2 degrees C. Because they don't. It's like listening to someone say "don't panic" a mile downstream from a dam that's burst, while they gather beach buckets from the garage and mutter something canoe in the backyard.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:56:52 AM PST

  •  I'm planning to go from Utah, though that is (2+ / 0-)
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    beach babe in fl, DawnN

    dependent upon my ability to arrange enough other work of importance to justify the carbon footprint of a flight. I have places to stay.

    Pretty sure there will be some gun control rallies to attend.

    What I am really interested in though, are:

    1) Affordable, sustainable housing (where the class and climate wars intersect) - particularly using natural and/or reclaimed construction materials. All aspects, building code, zoning regs, promotion, design, construction...

    2) Permaculture - especially as it relates to home ownership.

    3) The kinds of communities that are largely behind Permaculture, including sustainable housing -- Eco-villages, Intentional Communities, Transition Towns, Cooperatives, Post-Carbon Cities...

    4) Groups planning or engaged in developing these communities within a 50 mile or so radius of D.C.

    5) Alternative economic relationships people are working on -- economies of reciprocity, cooperatives and participatory economics (parecon).

    If I can line up opportunities to network and learn or contribute around these topics in D.C. in the next two days, I will go.

    I would arrange a bus, but I doubt I could come close to filling it. It would be a very long, uncomfortable ride... each way.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:08:57 PM PST

    •  if a chartered bus is not available in my area... (2+ / 0-)
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      DawnN, Words In Action

      i'll try to organize one if can fill if not, greyhound will take about 26 hours from where i am.  amtrak takes about 23 hours and is less expensive, both are overnighters ugh.  those seem to be the lest carbon intensive methods of transport.   i could probably organize a carpool of 4-5 which also could work

      Macca's Meatless Monday

      by VL Baker on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 02:12:08 PM PST

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  •  Expansion proposals (2+ / 0-)
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    6412093, beach babe in fl

    There are at least three proposals for expanded output from the Alberta oil sands
    ...Keystone XL to pipe the diluted bitumen to Texas refineries then sell the product to export markets.  Presently some of this crude is piped into refineries in the U. S. midwest.  The XL extension would take this away to higher value export markets out of Texas and raise the price of oil products in the Midwest.
    ...Twin pipelines onto the northern B.C. port of Kitimat.  One pipeline would bring natural gas liquids into Alberta to be used to dilute the bitumen from the oil sands for pumping, and the other pipeline would be to transport the "dilbit" diluted bitumen back to Kitimat for loading into tank ships for export.
    ...Expansion of an existing pipeline into Vancouver harbour, also for export.

    •  There are other schemes to move tar sands (2+ / 0-)
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      beach babe in fl, Dirtandiron

      There are existing pipelines from Canada into Michigan that are expanding.

      The railroads are also hauling considerable tar sands oil.  They advertise in Oil & Gas Journal for more business.  The BNSF ad states,"Mix some rail into your crude."

      CN, the Canadian railroad, has a "Crude by Rail" advertising campaign.  "We can deliver your crude from Alberta to the Gulf Coast ... connect to ... overseas"  it states.

      The railroads don't need a permit, like a pipeline does.

      Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

      by 6412093 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:09:14 PM PST

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  •  Why? (2+ / 0-)
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    beach babe in fl, Don midwest

    Do they want tons of sand for each tank of gas going to Texas?

    They planning to alter the Gulf ecosystem some more?

    Moving sand is the only big thing TS does. And when looking at boondoggles you have to wonder why?

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:31:52 PM PST

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