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Many of us read DWG's excellent Recommended List diary And-now-a-word-about-oil-pipeline-safety.

This morning on Facebook, I noticed people are sharing a backyard picture of the Mayflower, AR oil spill. I read in the linked article that local authorities haven't allowed the press full access (possibly because all non-emergency persons had been evacuated) so the public hasn't seen the extent of the spill Note: I'm linking to the backyard picture instead of including it for copyright reasons.

Here is another news article where local residents talk to the media. In the article, local residents described "oil running down the road like a river." At this time, it seems residents don't know when they will be allowed to return to their homes.

This is a You Tube video a local resident put on You Tube

Here is a local news report showing a photo gallery with more pictures.

Here is a Reuters news article with more pictures.

This article from Planet Save says the pipeline was carrying wabasca heavy crude which

is a type of diluted bitumen, or dilbit, from Alberta’s tar sands region
The oil spill has reinforced concerns about the pending Keystone XL tar sands pipeline because the crude is more corrosive to pipelines than conventional oil.

The country lived through the Deepwater Horizon oil spill less than 3 years ago. Many Americans remember the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

I've often wondered what will it take for people to wake up on environmental concerns and climate change?  How many people need to be directly and seriously impacted? But I've long asked myself the same thing with regard to health care, unemployment, and other issues. How many Americans need to be uninsured or underinsured?  How many long term unemployed do we need?  How much economic inequality?  

I was a kid when Jimmy Carter was elected President in 1976. I remember when he asked us to give a little - to turn our thermostats down. The public didn't react well. I remember coming home from school one day. My mother wasn't happy because some radio commentator said "If Americans have to sweat this summer, Carter is really going to be in for it."  To me, this illustrates how we want serious national problems solved but we don't want to give anything whether it be conserving energy or paying more taxes so they can be solved.

Or maybe we need more news coverage showing the true impact of oil spills, climate change, inadequate health care, poverty, and other national problems?  

In answer to my question what will it take I offer this song..

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Originally posted to joedemocrat on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 12:06 PM PDT.

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