Love Letters to Earth

On February 14 people everywhere express their love with actions, flowers, cards, gifts and more.  Some people express their love for Earth by protesting its ongoing destruction by our continuing dependence on oil for meeting our energy needs.  Some write these lovers off as foolish hippies and idealistic tree huggers but they are neither foolish nor idealists. These are the hardcore realists of our world.  Today there is another effort underway to stop the Keystone XL pipeline development yet again in spite of the public outcry.  If you’ve signed any petition for this effort previously I’m sure your email box is currently awash in urgent requests for your signature again because big oil and its supporters don’t give up. Their intention is to wear everyone down until big oil gets its way AGAIN. Apparently the American government has learned nothing from the BP oil spill and its continuing consequences in the Gulf of Mexico.  There is an upside to all this lobbying for more pipelines and greater development of an oil project that is already the size of Great Britain–more people are learning about the Tar Sands. And more people are saying NO to it and to big oil.  Change makes many uncomfortable but change we must–or kill the only planet that supports us with air to breathe, water to drink, and soil for food.  Nature is not dependent upon us. We are dependent upon nature for our survival. As you drive along in your car fueled by oil you may feel far removed from the heartbeat of the world. Everything except your next chore of the day may be far from your mind. But consider how different your daily life would be if there was no clean air to breath, no clean water to drink, and no fresh food in your grocery store. Shall we all live on little purple pills popped into our mouths while we breathe through gas masks? Shall we? Isn’t it time to write your own “love letter” to Earth? Folks–big oil has to “go.” It’s literally killing people and the Earth.  It will kill you and your loved ones–make no mistake about it. And the people who own and operate big oil will also die by their own actions. Denial will not prevent their demise.  So, take some time and figure how you can show some love.  

Indigenous protest at Durban. Climate  Conference

Prince Rupert, B.C.

Ecuador

Nigeria

The People of Erris —  Ireland

Get a view of Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline Action–complete with the plastic pipe handlers.

The following videos offer video information of the Tar Sands Action at the White House on November 6, the Ottawa action (video just recently posted on YouTube) and an older segment from Democracy Now! which offers an introduction to the issue and the ongoing Indigenous struggle.  Approximately 12,000 people surrounded the White House three lines deep–and other buildings to express disapproval of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline which President Obama can veto all by himself.  If you saw live coverage of this protest on your television please post a comment stating which station, where, and when.

 

Much appreciation to the Livestreams of Occupy Oakland and Global for sharing the LIVE Tar Sands Actions video feed with their viewers as soon as they learned of the protest. Thanks to the Occupy DC KSt media team for expanding LIVE coverage of the protest by going mobile with their own equipment.  The combined efforts brought the Tar Sands Action viewership to approximately 3,000 people online via the Livestream media.

We are all connected.

 

 

 

What’s Today? Tar Sands Day! — Surround the White House. Stop the Pipeline!

click logo to visit Tar Sands Action

It’s November 6, 2011 aka  Surround the White House Day to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline from the Tar Sands. Join the people circling the White House today at 2pm ET by sending a message to President Obama. Apparently our public comments have been LOST. Yep, they’re MIA. Now that’s audacity on the part of whomever “lost” the public’s comments.  So don’t wait, use the nifty form on the Tar Sands Action site, call (202) 456-1111, or fax 202456-2461 to lend your voice to this protest of environmental destruction.

Will the mainstream media cover this event? Let’s not hold our breath considering the blackout of Oakland’s General Strike and the march of THOUSANDS of people who shut down the port on Nov. 2. If mainstream media has th gall to ignore that massive turnout they’ve definitely got no problem ignoring this Tar Sands Protest today.

The Indigenous Environmental Network offers great information on the Tar Sands, the pipelines and Indigenous work to save Mother Earth.  Connect with their network today.  November is Native American Heritage Month and Earth is common ground for all of us. Discover your place in the web of life.

Visit the Indigenous Environment Network by clicking here. 

Tar Sands Action Livestream : http://www.tarsandsaction.org/live-stream/

 

State Department Keystone XL Hearings Run By TransCanada Contractor

pIn a stunning conflict of interest, public hearings on federal approval for a proposed tar sands pipeline are being run by a contractor for the pipeline company itself. The U.S. Department of State’s public hearings along the proposed route of the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline this week are under the purview of Cardno […]/p

via State Department Keystone XL Hearings Run By TransCanada Contractor.

The occupation is not being televised. Or is it?

At this point in time the lack of mainstream news coverage of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street event is becoming news in itself. As more people become aware of the now week-long effort to raise awareness of the 99% of the population who are NOT reaping the benefits of Wall Street shenanigans–the more glaring the lack of coverage becomes.  Yet this lack is not really surprising. It is most predictable considering the present nature of the media that flows nightly into the homes of millions of Americans.  Ironically, many of these same Americans unknowingly have a vested interest in the efforts of the occupiers who are from their non-Wall Street ranks.  Yet, showing Americans other Americans engaged in protests like the recent Tar Sands Keystone XL arrests in front the White House for two solid weeks during which over 1,253 were arrested, seems to make the Americans who own and run news broadcasts in America very uncomfortable. Why is that? Have they forgotten that the goal of their occasionally respectable profession is to inform people?  Naw….they haven’t forgotten.  They’ve been co-opted, sold out, and/or taken over by certain interest groups who are distinctly uncomfortable with anyone/anything that rocks the boat of the status quo–no matter how badly that boat is taking on water. Like climate change deniers, news media deniers cannot make the reality go away. Climate change is not invisible nor is the Occupy Wall Street protest.  Tuning into the livestream video at Peaceful Uprising and elsewhere online may not bring stunning images of dramatic nonstop action into your brainpan. But it will provide a sense of what is involved in such activism. Yes, there are scenes of Police presence and arrests when the occupiers are on the move. There are interesting arenas of group communication and consensus reaching efforts during the General Assemblies. There’s a great deal of dealing with the practical issues of everything from keeping the video operating to information on where/how to donate food supplies. Occupations require the necessities of daily life. Who knew? In many ways this is a practical primer for such activist efforts. Is it any wonder the mainstream media is avoiding it like the plague?

Lively streaming from Liberty Park and NYC —

http://www.peacefuluprising.org/watch-and-support-the-occupation-of-wall-street-20110917

Can’t get to Toto-Land? Exercise your right to write! Take a stand against Dirty Oil from the Tar Sands. Write Now.

 

 

 

 

"we see you" @ eva

 

Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline!

 

Save 740,000 Acres of Boreal Forest!

 

Say NO! to Dirty Oil from the Canadian TAR SANDS!

 

Public Hearing Sept. 26, 2011:

 

Kansas Expo Center, I Expocenter Drive, Topeka, Kansas

 

Noon – 3:30, 4- 8 pm.

 

Written comments due by Midnight of October 9, 2011.

 

Email: keystonexl-nid @ cardno.com

FAX: 206-269-0098

Snail Mail:

Alex Yuan, Keystone XL EIS Project, P.O. Box 96503-98500, Washington, D.C. 20090-6503

This pipeline will destroy 740,000 acres of irreplaceable Boreal Forest.

 

This dirty oil is intended for Export not domestic use in America.

This dirty oil will not create long term job opportunities.

This dirty oil has damaged the health, water, soil and air of Indigenous communities downstream of the Tar Sands.

The Keystone 1 Pipeline has already leaked 12 times.

Imagine the BP Oil Disaster in the Middle of America.

WRITE NOW!

 

For more information visit online The Indigenous Environmental Network, Tar Sands Action, 350.org, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, Peaceful Uprising

 

Kick our oil addiction!

 

 

Hats off to Jeff Goodell in Rolling Stone! Number One item that Obama must do for the Environment: Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline!

Click the photograph to visit Peaceful Uprising

 Rolling Stone may finally accomplish what everyone else has failed to do so far: Put the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline on the radar of millions of unaware Americans. Let the googling for information, for YouTube videos, for environmental sites commence! Am I hoping for way too much? Mayhap. But I’m hoping at the moment.

Kudos to Jeff Goodell for laying all the cards on the table  in “Ten Things Obama Must Do. How the president can help slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet without waiting for Congress.”
 
Hell, we’ll all die from the next black plague epidemic before this Congress does anything for anyone besides the military industrial complex, BIG OIL and a multitude of small-minded self interests of its members. Obama has the power to kill this pipeline all by himself. If he doesn’t then we all will know exactly what he’s made of without any further doubts. Earth can expect no help from the United States Government at large. The simple fact that we all have only one planet to live on and hence we need clean air, water and soil to survive seems to be beyond the grasp of the people in government. Or–maybe they just don’t care? Could be. I’ll buy that too.   BUT that does not mean that WE, you and I, should not care. It means we need to care more. It means we will have to take more responsibility for the welfare of this wonderful planet. It means we will have to lead the way by thought, word and action.  People like Tim DeChristopher are blazing some trails.  More cheers for Goodell for making a pardon for Tim DeChristopher number nine on his Obama hit list. Bidder 70 ought to be on American radar full beam ahead ever since his imprisonment for a two-year sentence for disrupting that ILLEGAL land auction set up by Bushies for their oil and gas cronies’ benefit. Why can’t  ordinary Americans BUY the lands we want to save from developers? Don’t we have as much right to purchase for protection as developers have rights to purchase for destruction and environmental devastation that affects everyone? Let’s level the playing field here already between Big OIL and the millions of US. DeChristopher raised the funds to pay for the lands he won in bidding. He was willing to pay for the land in order to save it. Now the government figures he’ll pay with time in prison for doing the truly right thing. Whose priorities are skewed here? Guess what I’m thinking.  What does this reveal? The Government FEARS Tim DeChristopher.  They have advocated preventive medicine to keep others from engaging in Civil Disobedience by tossing DeChristopher into the pokey.  (Novel, isn’t it that they can implement preventive measures for political purposes but have trouble with preventive healthcare concepts–only in America, the rest of the developed world gets this notion quite well.) You know what this means, don’t you? Come on, you know, right? Their FEAR reveals how much power we really have. Even though we are not yet using it effectively–we clearly have enough innate power that the powers that be FEAR massive engagement in Civil Disobedience. WOW!  Judge Benson further empowered Tim DeChristopher the moment he had him hauled off to prison in order to silence him and dissuade others from following his example. Damn, there must be some folks biting their nails to the quick as they read Goodell’s article. Millions of readers who may not have heard of DeChristopher will learn of him via a high-profile magazine. THANK YOU, ROLLING STONE for yanking the cat out of the out of sight, out of mind bag and into the mainstream mindstream at large.  
Obama and pals may pay no head to Goodell’s list in the same way they seem to have ignored the two weeks of protest, 1,252 arrests, the 600,000 phone calls. They may snicker and sneer at it—and us.  The pipeline may be approved.  Construction may go forth. What happens then will be up to US. All of us. Will we let them destroy our life support system? Or will we take action to save it?   
 
 
 

Helenofmarlowe asks and she receives! Can you imagine Helen of Troy and Christopher Marlowe sharing a pint in a pub? Oh what tales they’d tell! Oh yes, where to send your written comments regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline before Oct. 9, 2011.

What is the delightful Helen (oh what  a story in her name–allusion to She of Troy Fame–and an Elizabethan Playwright of dubious character as in spy man! What a delicious combo of literary feasting she brings with her moniker!) receiving?  Knowledge. Hence, power. Power of the “pen,’ of the word, of speaking one’s mind. In other words, some ways to share her thoughts regarding the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline with those inflated egos otherwise known as the Powers-That-Be holding court in Washington,DC.

Oh allusion blessed Helenofmarlowe here are your options for where to send written comments in several manners. Pick whichever pleases your wonderfully allusionary self the most.

Comments must arrive by midnight on October 9, 2011. Why wait? Let your cyber ink flow today.

Snail Mail:

Alexander Yuan

Keystone XL EIS Project

P.O. Box 96503-98500

Washington, D.C. 20090-6503

Send snail mail and justify the employment of some postal workers.

FAX:  206-269-0098   

Oh Faxing can be such machine magical fun! Pop it in at one end and it pops out anywhere you please!

And then there’s the favorite mail tool of cyberspace at your fingertips–yes, you guessed it–email.

email:   keystonexl-nid@cardno.com

Wait! Don’t go yet. There’s more news–the Washington, DC public hearing venue has been posted as follows:

Friday, October 7, 2011

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Atrium Hall

1300 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, District of Columbia 2004

Time:  10 am — 2pm

U.S. Department of State Link for more information:

http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/clientsite/keystonexl.nsf?Open

If anyone learns of different information or the need for a correction or update–Please don’t hesitate to share!

And Helenofmarlowe—thanks so much for asking!!

Discover what’s on Helen’s Mind  http://helenofmarlowe.wordpress.com/

When is Earth Day? Public hearings on Keystone XL Pipeline begin Sept. 26, 2011 in Texas and Kansas. Get your state, time and place thanks to the Indigenous Environmental Network.

The Indigenous Environmental Network has posted the dates and locations of public hearings regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline. They have a great deal of information regarding the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline on their site. If you don’t know what the fuss is about then learn what the Indigenous communities have been fighting. Their fight to protect the Earth is ours too.

http://www.ienearth.org/index.html

http://www.ienearth.org/keystone-xl-pipeline.html

From the Indigenous Environmental Network site:

U.S executive approval is needed before the pipeline can be laid in place. The State Department has announced the schedule for a series of public input meetings in States along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Written comments will be accepted by the State Department until October 9th, 2011.

Public Hearings on Keystone XL Pipeline

Monday, September 26, 2011

Texas:
Bob Bowers Civic Center
3401 Cultural Center Dr., Port Arthur, 4:30 – 10 p.m.
Kansas:
Kansas Expo Center
1 Expocenter Dr., Topeka, noon – 3:30 p.m., 4– 8 p.m.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Montana:
Dawson Community College
Toepke Center Auditorium, 300 Community Dr., Glendive, 4:30 – 10 p.m.
Nebraska:
Pershing Center
226 Centennial Mall, South Lincoln, noon – 3:30 p.m., 4. – 8:00 p.m .

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Texas:
University of Texas Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium,
2313 Red River St., Austin, noon – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 8 p.m.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

South Dakota:
Best Western Ramkota,
920 West Sioux Ave., Pierre, noon – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 8 p.m.
Nebraska:
West Holt High School, 100 N. Main St. Atkinson, 4:30 – 10 p.m.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Oklahoma:
Reed Center Exhibition Hall,
5800 Will Rogers Rd., Midwest City., noon – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 8 p.m.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Washington, D.C.: To be announced via website and public notice.

Keystone XL Pipeline is a KOCH addiction. Oppose it BEFORE it Leaks!

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