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DeChristopher writes: "This morning, 5 activists have successfully shut down 5 pipelines across the United States delivering tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada in support of the call for International Days of Prayer and Action for Standing Rock. Activists employed manual safety valves, calling on President Obama to use emergency powers to keep the pipelines closed and mobilize for the extraordinary shift away from fossil fuels now required to avert catastrophe."

Tar sands protest. (photo: unknown)
Tar sands protest. (photo: unknown)


BREAKING: Tar Sands Pipeline Shut Down

By Afrin Sopariwala, Tim DeChristopher's Website

12 October 16

 

his morning, by 7:30 PST, 5 activists have successfully shut down 5 pipelines across the United States deliverying tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada in support of the call for International Days of Prayer and Action for Standing Rock. Activists employed manual safety valves, calling on President Obama to use emergency powers to keep the pipelines closed and mobilize for the extraordinary shift away from fossil fuels now required to avert catastrophe.

192 nations have agreed that average global temperature should not increase 1.5C° above baseline in order to avert climate change cataclysm. This objective cannot be met, and any hope of keeping temperature below even 2.0°C depends on a total ban on new fossil fuel extractions and an immediate end to oil sands and coal use. In the absence of any political leadership or legal mechanisms for accomplishing this, these individuals feel duty bound to halt the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels by personal direct action.

Ken Ward, 59, of Corbette OR said, "There is no plan of action, policy or strategy being advanced now by any political leader or environmental organization playing by the rules that does anything but acquiesce to ruin. Our only hope is to step outside polite conversation and put our bodies in the way. We must shut it down, starting with the most immediate threats -- oil sands fuels and coal."

Emily Johnston, 50, of Seattle WA said, "For years we’ve tried the legal, incremental, reasonable methods, and they haven’t been enough; without a radical shift in our relationship to Earth, all that we love will disappear. My fear of that possibility is far greater than my fear of jail. My love for the beauties of this world is far greater than my love of an easy life."

Annette Klapstein, 64, of Bainbridge Island, WA said "Like mothers everywhere, I act from a deep love that extends to all children and young people, and all living beings on this planet. I have signed hundreds of petitions, testified at dozens of hearings, met with most of my political representatives at every level, to very little avail. I have come to believe that our current economic and political system is a death sentence to life on earth, and that I must do everything in my power to replace these systems with cooperative, just, equitable and love-centered ways of living together. This is my act of love."

Michael Foster, 52 of Seattle WA said, "I am here to generate action that wakes people up to the reality of what we are doing to life as we know it. All of our climate victories are meaningless if we don’t stop extracting oil, coal and gas now."

Leonard Higgins, 64, of Eugene, OR said, "Because of the climate change emergency, because governments and corporations have for decades increased fossil fuel extraction and carbon emissions when instead we must dramatically reduce carbon emissions; I am committed to the moral necessity of participating in nonviolent direct action to protect life."

WHERE. Enbridge line 4 and 67, Leonard, MN; TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline, Walhalla, ND; Spectra Energy’s Express pipeline, Coal Banks Landing, MT; Kinder-Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline, Anacortes, WA.

WHO. Climate Direct Action is Emily Johnson, 50 and Michael Foster, 52, of Seattle, WA, Annette Klapstein, 64, of Bainbridge Island, WA, Ken Ward, 59, of Corbett, OR, and Leonard Higgins, 64, of Eugene, Oregon, with the support of Climate Disobedience Action Fund.

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+70 # indian weaver 2016-10-12 08:43
I wish I had such courage. I hope millions do, seeing these brave individuals risking their freedom to save life on Earth, unlike Obama / his energy industry bosses / the EPA / ad infinitum. Our government is now a threat to all life on earth. We can't allow it to exist any longer, or we all die, including all plants and animals. Were only humans to go extinct in this mass extinction, that would be the blessing our Great Mother needs now.
 
 
+19 # Skyelav 2016-10-12 10:30
Indian W. You are brave because if you were there, you would be there.
 
 
+48 # guomashi 2016-10-12 08:58
These people deserve the presidential medal of freedom.
Unfortunately, assassination is more likely.
 
 
+42 # wcandler1 2016-10-12 09:33
These courageous people should have a great legal necessity defence. The world is safer with the valves closed than open. It will sort the men from the boys (sorry that is sexist!) among environmental groups: Who will finance their defence?
 
 
+10 # AgeIsRelative 2016-10-12 11:50
Nothing racist about this comment. Also not Age-ist, only Courage-ist.
 
 
+6 # dusty64 2016-10-12 18:02
I'd like to offer this alternative: it will separate the adults from the children among environmental groups.
 
 
+50 # jimmyjames 2016-10-12 09:33
My hat is off to these courageous Native Americans for their fight to save our planet. Only one Presidential candidate has shown support for their actions - Dr. Jill Stein.
 
 
+32 # fletch1165 2016-10-12 09:39
The pipeline is only one feature that needs to be stopped regarding tar sands. Phillips 66 Conoco's plan to set up a refinery in Santa Maria on the Central Coast of California which expands the shipping of tar sands from Canada to be refined there. There is no more fuel to be refined in the area, as illegal(illegal since all California voted against it and they ignored us) off shore drilling is not yeilding the results they once had. So this is what they are resorting to. Shipping toxic waste by rail. Each train car once refined is woorth $68,500. It seems no matter how much effort we put on our local goverments to oppose and stop this, they are jumping on board both openly and in secret.

Our corrupt mayor claimed a $250,000 EIR(environment al impact report) was going to stop them and she should be re-elected because she championed it. Do the math. The first 4 train cars that pass pay for this.

Also they have been trucking the pollution and shipping it by river even in the North East and Plains states thanks to Obama's nearly non-existant pro-environment policies. It seems he does nothing unless the negative feedback is so great his advisors start talking about potential impeachment proceedings.
 
 
+12 # diamondmarge7 2016-10-12 10:17
And if we all agree that Obama is bad, just wait til Shillery gets her murderous corrupt hands on the wheel.
Bravo and Godspeed and bright blessings on these soulful courageous people. I am proud that I can contribute a small amount to grow their legal defense fees.
 
 
+23 # 666 2016-10-12 11:59
It's neither candidate alone. It's their parties and masters in the business world. All are accountable
 
 
+10 # Jim Rocket 2016-10-12 13:38
Exactly.
 
 
+17 # diamondmarge7 2016-10-12 10:20
The people/corporat ions pursuing their destructive policies are all addicts: addicted to proft and greed at any cost to Mother Earth and to the rest of us who don't have another planet to live on. And if they use the Nazi defrense--assum ing they are EVAH brought to trial, i.d., "I didn't know"/"I was not responsible," I would hope a mob of righteous indignation would rise up & just lynch the lot of them.
 
 
+22 # diamondmarge7 2016-10-12 10:23
P S
and the current horses-- being peddled that it is RUSSIA behind so many current crimes is just plain PROPAGANDA to divert the attention of those listeners still so unconscious that they believe what is being peddled. Russia, indeed! It is the profit-drunk greedy addicts who have stolen our government. These neocons are too blinded by their addictions to power/money to see that Putin isn't to be trifled with; for God's sake, he was KBG.
 
 
0 # Conan-the-Younger 2016-10-17 01:59
If the KGB was as good as you think, we would all be speaking Russian. Since we are not, they weren't that good. They were only slightly better than the CIA. It was the FBI that kept the KGB under control, mostly.
If the Europeans were so messed up by their own financial mess triggered by our contribution to the world's financial system, the Europeans would kick Putin ass for the stuff is has been pulling on his borders and in Syria. Putin bought some time from Obama by telling Assad that if didn't pull out his chemical weapons, the US was going to turn his army into so much scrap metal. BTW, that was the so called "Red Line" the Republicans are so happy to call an Obama failure. He got Putin to do the job for him without losing a single American life.
Almost forgot, the destruction of that Syrian mechanized infantry company was not an accident. And the CIA is in the process of training and equipping the Free Syrian fighters in how to use various anti-air missile systems to shoot down Russian and Syrian aircraft including helicopters. The US does not need to declare and enforce a "No Fly Zone" over Aleppo if all of the Russian and Syrian aircraft have been shot down by the Free Syrian forces.
 
 
+9 # diamondmarge7 2016-10-12 10:23
P S
and the current horses-- being peddled that it is RUSSIA behind so many current crimes is just plain PROPAGANDA to divert the attention of those listeners still so unconscious that they believe what is being peddled. Russia, indeed! It is the profit-drunk greedy addicts who have stolen our government. These neocons are too blinded by their addictions to power/money to see that Putin isn't to be trifled with; for God's sake, he was KBG.
 
 
+4 # NAVYVET 2016-10-13 03:57
"KGB"
 
 
+3 # Skyelav 2016-10-12 10:40
Interesting, while trying to post this on facebook it would not populate the story. I had to Google the story and use that URL.
 
 
+7 # HahliHohli 2016-10-12 11:14
We could have had "free energy" in the late 1800's if investors dared to get behind Tesla. And ever since then if patents had not been bought up and shelved or the scientists who would not be bought off were not fetally 'interfered' with.
 
 
+4 # HahliHohli 2016-10-12 11:18
Excussa Me!! that's fatally 'interfered' with. Hate when that happens!!
[quote name="HahliHohl i"...the scientists who would not be bought off were not fetally 'interfered' with.
 
 
+8 # economagic 2016-10-12 13:26
Sorry, but that's just not the case. The notion of "free energy" is the same as the notion of "perpetual motion." Tesla was a brilliant technologist, not much of a scientist. He claimed to have discovered an abstract principle that would lead to perpetual motion, but he never actually described how it would work or built a prototype.

The US Patent office long ago stopped accepting applications for patents on such devices, because the matter of "free energy" was firmly settled by the mid-19th century: The first and second laws of thermodynamics explain WHY it cannot exist, on the basis of observations and experiments regarding the nature of heat, many of them from the need to know how to get the most power out of a steam engine for a given amount of coal.

But don't scientists get things wrong? Certainly; all the time. That is the nature of science. We commonly think of science as a collection of "facts," which may be seen as "proven" or "hypothetical" depending on one's personal "belief" about a particular fact. A better way to think of science is as a process for discovering potential "facts" and disproving ideas that turn out to be false on the basis of observation, often but not always of a controlled experiment.

Like Newton's laws of gravity and motion, the laws of thermodynamics are tested millions of times each day. The only significant exception to either has been Einstein's principle of relativity, which includes Newton's laws as a very common special case.
 
 
+3 # NAVYVET 2016-10-13 03:27
Thanks, Economagic: Forget "perpetual motion" (which really deserves the name "econo-MAGIC"). Sunlight comes closest to providing cost-free energy, but you need at least a clothesline and clothespins. To heat your house, the cheapest method involves passive solar, a big glass window facing the direction of maximum sunlight and a wall behind it painted black, with ducting to bring the heat indoors. And you'd need to cover the window & wall in summer to keep the sun out.

Active solar from solar panels and electric wiring is more expensive. Wind power is also solar. The sun provides the energy causing the earth's weather to circulate. The same for tidal power. Fusion, which hasn't been harnessed, may have hidden costs and potential pollution. Physical phenomena must follow the laws of thermodynamics- -and nothing is "free." Don't count on a tech fix!

Even if they're not free, renewable energy sources are FAR less costlier in money, ruin, health & lives than the intensely polluting nonrenewable energy sources like fossil fuels, nukes and methane. We definitely ought to leave methane in the ground because it heats the atmosphere between 72 and 100 times more than CO2. Problem is, grazing animals, deforestation, and the rapidly melting tundra are releasing ever-increasing amounts of methane--more than nature can handle.

Our government (NOAA, NASA, DOD) knows this--yet supports the polluters nine times out of ten!
 
 
+1 # economagic 2016-10-13 05:54
Excellent -- you sound like an engineer! You weren't in the submarine corps by any chance?
 
 
0 # Conan-the-Younger 2016-10-17 01:40
I agree the natural methane should stay in the ground. Instead we need to use solar power, CO2, and water to make methane to store solar power. This creates a close loop. When the methane is burned to release the stored solar power, the resulting CO2 and water is captured to repeat the cycle. A German company has already built one of these devices. It is about the size of a large refrigerator. The US Navy is also looking to do the same thing on nuclear aircraft carriers to make jet fuel out of the methane. You can also make fertilizer and plastics out of methane.
I am a former Jarhead (for you civilians, it means a US Marine) with a physics, math, and computer science degrees.
 
 
+14 # Texas Aggie 2016-10-12 12:01
It isn't JUST the global warming implications that are important, though they are important enough, but the damage caused by the inevitable spills will have even worse effects locally. The people building the present pipeline are reported to have the worst record of all pipeline companies for maintenance and spill damage, so a spill is inevitable. And this pipeline wouldn't leak on some easily contained desert, but would send it into a tributary of the Mississippi.
 
 
+8 # Logic 2016-10-12 12:35
In general, more than half of the oil is used to make gasoline.

Electric cars are about 2 years away.

Not expensive Teslas cars, but moderately priced wimp cars. There is already a plug-in Prius that will go 25 miles before it switches to gas.
 
 
+6 # economagic 2016-10-12 13:33
True enough. But most electricity today is still produced by burning either fossil fuel or atomic nuclei. In order for electric cars to be truly "zero emission" vehicles it will be necessary to add renewable generation capacity at the same rate that we switch to electric cars, ADDED TO the increase needed to REDUCE the greenhouse emissions from other uses of energy.

For the most part, the MSM do as poor a job of explaining critical scientific principles as they do explaining critical political principle and events. It was not always so.
 
 
0 # Conan-the-Younger 2016-10-17 01:28
You might like to know about a device made by a German company that converts CO2, solar power, and water back into methane and oxygen. The methane can then be stored for cloudy/night days without any wind. Then creates a closed loop except for the diversion of some of the methane for fertilizer and plastics. If the plastic is properly recycled, that carbon is locked away for about 30,000 years or more.
 
 
+9 # janla 2016-10-12 14:36
Quoting Logic:
In general, more than half of the oil is used to make gasoline.

Electric cars are about 2 years away.

Not expensive Teslas cars, but moderately priced wimp cars. There is already a plug-in Prius that will go 25 miles before it switches to gas.

Most of that oil will not be staying in the U.S. anyhow - so the land is being ripped up, the good farm fields damaged, and the threat of spills all for corporate profit.
 
 
0 # Conan-the-Younger 2016-10-17 01:21
Electric cars are already here because I have been leasing a Nissan Leaf since March 2014. I will be renewing a lease with either Nissan or General Motors' Bolt (all electric with 238 miles between full charges). The 2017 Leaf is suppose to be 150 miles. But what we really need is magnetic induction power strips in our highways and roads and electric cars can go until you run out of money to pay for the electricity or you wander too far off the powered roads.
 
 
+2 # Logic 2016-10-12 12:38
Toyota links

http://www.toyota.com/upcoming-vehicles/prius-prime/?&srchid=sem%7CGOOGLE%7CPrius_Prime%7CModel_Prius_Plugin%7CPlugin_General%7CPrime_Reveal_3_23%7CPrime_UVP&gclid=CKmEvc_01c8CFdOagQodT7oBfA&gclsrc=ds#!?&srchid=sem%7CGOOGLE%7CPrius_Prime%7CModel_Prius_Plugin%7CPlugin_General%7CPrime_Reveal_3_23%7CPrime_UVP&gclid=CKmEvc_01c8CFdOagQodT7oBfA&gclsrc=ds

http://www.toyota.com/upcoming-vehicles/prius-prime/?&srchid=sem%7CGOOGLE%7CPrius_Prime%7CModel_Prius_Plugin%7CPlugin_General%7CPrime_Reveal_3_23%7CPrime_UVP&gclid=CNG3xLP01c8CFRGZgQodnJwHyw&gclsrc=ds#!/range
 
 
+4 # janie1893 2016-10-13 00:18
And the amount of oil being pumped out of the ground in the United States is at the highest level in 20 years!
 
 
0 # Conan-the-Younger 2016-10-17 01:14
You can't stop fossil fuels of any kind until you replace it with solar power, not nuclear or biomass. Only solar power will defeat fossil fuels. Every other effort is meaningless in the face of mass starvation. It is fossil fuels that is putting food on your table and clean water to drink. You hate that idea! But it is true. You want to change it, then vote the Republicans out of the US House. Otherwise, continue to eat tar sand oil.
 

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