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Showing posts with label Keystone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Keystone. Show all posts

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Keystone XL Looms; Obama Has Jobs Concerns!

Pipelines leak, spill or simply disintegrate.  How much more can our environment take?  Why did Canadian Provinces deny approval of a pipelines to the Canadian East and West Coasts based on unanswered environmental questions?

If you are an informed person, you know Trans Canada, Corp. is seeking approval from the Obama Administration to build a trans national pipeline from Quebec, Canada to Port Arthur and Houston, Texas.  The Keystone XL Pipeline, if approved, would also have pipeline fissures across the heart of the Midwest; fissures that would involve construction across to the nation's major waterway: the Mississippi River.  Consider the spills table above and think about a Trans Canada contaminated Mississippi River! 

The Keystone Pipeline already exist.  Trans Canada is seeking a expanded version of the pipeline: the Keystone "XL" Project.   Prior to my following issues related to the Keystone project, apparently President Obama approved the Southern Leg of the XL Project.  The Northern Leg posses issues not common to the Southern Leg.

Critical issues are as follows:

First and foremost concerns for the lives of First Nation original inhabitants of North America.  Additional issues are as follows.

I. Environmental concerns
a. EPA on Keystone XL: Significant Climate Impacts from Tar Sands   Pipeline 
b. Keystone XL - The New York Times
c. Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cause Damage Beyond Spills (Op-Ed)

Oil produced from tar sands is projected to grow to 5.2 million barrels per day by 2030. Credit: NRDC; Environmental Defence Canada, 2013.

If tar sands reach projected levels of 5.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2030, the environmental impacts will be substantial.
If tar sands reach projected levels of 5.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2030, the environmental impacts will be substantial.Credit: NRDC; Environmental Defence Canada, 2013.
II. Alleged Jobs
a. Cornell GLI Study Finds Keystone XL Pipeline Will Create Few Jobs 
b.  Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL (pdf)
III. Lobbying and political contributions
a. Open Secrets Dot Org:  Surge of Lobbying Fuels Keystone XL Pipeline Project
b. Think ProgressA Pipeline of Oil Dollars Flowing to Members of Congress Pushing Keystone XL Decision
IV. Politics (linked pieces above address this category)

Republicans have applied incessant pressure regarding Keystone XL Pipeline approval. A few noted Democrats (e.g. Harold Ford, Jr.) have also commented about the prospect of jobs associated with the project.  Jobs is a much a dog whistle for the GOP as their often used "food stamps" dog whistle. 

President Obama after many months of quiet regarding the project has come-out with questions about the veracity of  pipeline jobs projections.

Huffington Post GREEN via Reuters

"Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator," Obama said, according to the newspaper.  

"There is no evidence that that's true. The most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline, which might take a year or two, and then after that we're talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in an economy of 150 million working people."

Credible sources have labelled Trans Canada 'jobs' estimates false and misleading.  We are hopeful President Obama continues his concern about inflated jobs numbers and factors-in (as we know he has) the amounts and level of contributions to 'friendly' US politicians.  The Keystone XL Pipeline is a project the US can do without for so very many reasons. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Money In Politics, Consolidated Media, Keystone Pipeline, And People As Vicitms

People as pawns and subservient victims!
OpenSecretsBlog has published a piece on the money trail associated with the recent congressional vote to force President Obama out of the approval process for the Keystone XL Pipeline.  If you ever suspect any Congressionals of  money/contribtuions for votes, you have to read the piece (Posted below). 

This piece is in two parts. We strongly feel we should first spend time on our increasing losses of viable and credible national media. It is important for people to realize news sources are becoming increasing consolidated into entities that become susceptible to the politics of its leaders. Sites like OpenSecrets, Addictinginfo, Talking Points Memo, Think Progress, Media Matters, and Mediaite are becoming the only voices for credible left leaning reporting or commenting. If you care less about our consolidating media, skip to the OpenSecrets piece below and follow the money for votes trail. 

We at The Progressive Influence values dissemination of information. During times of issue with federal (and state) governance, money in politics and our interest taking a back set to political contributions, cronyism and 360 degree "back-rubbing", information is our prescription "awareness antibiotic."  If we choose to follow the information prescription through its full scope, we have opportunity to avoid bad decisions. If we do not follow the prescription to its full scope we become immune to credible and valid information. Thus, we become subjects for obvious efforts to manipulate like pawns in some plutocratic subservient and worshiping "Hunger Games."  Think of the souls who sit daily and soak-up pure manipulative propaganda from Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and every FOXPEN  (Fox Propaganda and Entertainer Network) evening propagandist. MSNBC is 90 percent left leaning (exception for Chuck Todd, Scarborough and Morning Joe regular guest) and reporting (plus opine). But, the network appears to seek out and use information that is correct with far fewer needs for correction.  CNN is lost in a wilderness of conversion to more conservative programming and reporting.  It is a shame what ratings wars have done to the pioneer of 24/7 news coverage.  We are also very much concerned that CNN seems to have either demoted or terminated contracts with the vast majority of African-American (on-air) personalities (hosts, guest and pundits). The new staffing model appears very much intentional which speaks to efforts appeal to a political party that is 92% white and dominated by male ideology.  Or, CNN's new 'head huncho" is factually a conservative and is wielding his people like Roger Ailes at Fox News. 

The latter scenario is particularly dangerous as it places us in a position for mind-altering manipulation. Let's face it, most of use have forsaken reading deep news stories from newspapers; a problem and a reality. News magazines are a skeleton of days past and those magazines are also susceptible to a lack of diverse  thought (group think) and politically influenced reporting. What are our options?  

You know the options.  You are using the options as you read this piece. The Internet has its issues, but in many ways it gives us access to information that helps inform us, expand our thinking capacities, provides information to challenge propaganda (Left or Right), helps in avoiding manipulation and makes our physical lives much easier (shopping, environmental alerts and the like).  

Before we introduce a Keystone XL Pipeline (money) vote piece from OpenSecretsBlog take a quick look at an infographic that is disconcerting and utterly disturbing. As you view the graphic, think about the MEN who in these corporations.  It should only take a second to realize their social and political views are fed to us like our former consumption of Gerber baby food. You could not avoid it! 

The Business Insider

media infographic

Now, let's do a quick visit to OpenSecretsBlog and how the recent House vote related to stripping the president's Keystone XL Pipeline signature requirement is a 'money grab", equal to none.

Join OpenSecrets after the break below or click here.