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Elianna Mintz reports: "As President Obama's deadline to approve or disapprove licensing of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline draws closer, NASA's lead climatologist, Dr. James Hansen, addressed reporters at the National Press Club to explain the grave consequences of approving such a project. 'We have a planetary emergency,' Hansen, an adjunct professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and at Columbia's Earth Institute, told reporters Monday."

NASA's lead climatologist Dr. James Hansen was arrested in Washington, DC, while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, 08/29/11. (photo: Ben Powless/flickr)
NASA's lead climatologist Dr. James Hansen was arrested in Washington, DC, while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, 08/29/11. (photo: Ben Powless/flickr)

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+34 # fredboy 2011-08-30 11:15
The greatest crisis in human history will involve water. Our life source. That so many are doing so much to deny and ignore the likely consequences of our present course will most certainly be viewed as the main cause of the coming catastrophe.

It is as if most are going through their lives with the old tune "Let's live for today--let's not worry 'bout tomorrow, hey, hey, hey." Grow up, friends. Let's do all in our power to create a positive future for our grandkids and their grandkids.
+11 # propsguy 2011-08-30 12:50
and the oil is going to ruin the water
+17 # jimwebster 2011-08-30 12:46
It's time to start calling ourselves The Greedy Generation. We profess to care about our children and grandchildren and not wanting to leave debt piled on their shoulders, but I'm sure they would really appreciate air to breath, water to drink, food to eat, and some assurance that they won't be extinct before they have their own grandchildren.
+26 # Helen 2011-08-30 12:57
It is time for President Obama to listen to people like James Hanson, people who know what they are talking about and who care about the future of planet earth. This is not the time for politics.
+13 # juliajayne 2011-08-30 14:15
With the Koch brothers and big money involved, this idiotic pipeline will get the go ahead. We need a leader on this, and we don't have the right one at this moment in time. I wish at least Hillary would have had the gumption to oppose this thing, but it looks like she's signing off on it as well. Which makes me believe that she'd have been as DLC as Obama. We need a president Bernie Sanders right now!
+4 # Kootenay Coyote 2011-08-30 14:13
& now, of course, he’s in a Washington jail.
+3 # Glen 2011-08-31 09:57
Exactly, Kootnenay. That is how concerned and active citizens are treated. Always have been. That is because we are not a democracy. Participation not welcome.

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