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Showing posts with label Trans Canada. Show all posts
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Oil Spills, CNN, Fox News, Propaganda Via No Coverage

Oils spills today, Oils spills tomorrow, Oil spills forever!

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As we move closer to a decision on approval or nopn-approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL), we must remain mindful of the downsides of moving fossil fuel derivatives. We at the TPI have written long, hard and in detail about the XL pipeline. We have also posted protest updates from Tar Sands Blockade Dot Org.  Yet, we can never do enough.

The onslaught of information about the downsides of the XL Pipeline is overwhelming.  From the Right we hear lies about jobs (Daily Kos,  TP Climate Progress  (video), National Wildlife Federation Facts and Myths, Cornell University ILR School Study) and energy self-sufficiency, from the Left we hear about spills, environment intrusions (invasions) on behalf of commerce, damage to regional aquifers, other environmental concerns.  

Ultimately, President Obama and the Secretary of State Kerry will decide.   We, the People, have no say in a second massive structure across our continental heartland.  

There is an existing Keystone pipeline crossing the heart of the nation. The KXL will be much more massive and include fissures that will transport derivatives far too close to the nation's number one North to South (to the Gulf) waterway: the Mississippi River. We have no say in a decision that could render aquifers,  breadbasket land and one of the worlds major water ways ruined for millenniums. Remember the Exxon Valdez and the Gulf Oil Spill.

Upworthy Dot Com and Addictinginfo Dot Org (Excerpted story below) have independent of each other published telling information about our recent history with oil spills. I am reticent to place links to past TPI KXL screeds as you have probably read them. If you have not read any TPI screeds on Keystone XL Pipeline, help yourself via the Search box in the right sidebar.

There are times when we receive messages from guiding forces. The Upworthy piece to follow appears as one such comprehensive message.

Upworthy Dot Com

The message is stark, grave and eye-opening!

As stated above there is another poignant message among the many related to man-made environmental threats. Related yet different from an information perspective. If you did not know the Mayflower, Arkansas spill of two weeks ago was caused by another underground pipeline delivering Tar Sand Oil to a predestined terminal, a reliable source of information fills the gap.  Addictinginfo not only reminds us of that tragedy, the information source also delves into another alarming fact: media avoidance of recent oil spills by CNN and Fox News. 

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AddictingInfo Dot Org

CNN And Faux News, A Conspiracy Of Silence On The Mayflower Tar Sands Spill (VIDEO)

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A backyard in Mayflower, AR, after an Exxon Mobile pipeline ruptured and gushed an estimated 84,000 gallons of Canadian Tar Sands crude. Image from EcoWatch.
A backyard in Mayflower, AR, after an Exxon Mobile pipeline ruptured and gushed an estimated 84,000 gallons of Canadian tar sands crude. 22 homes were evacuated. Image from EcoWatch.
Today I was struck by the fact that CNN is now no better than FOX when it comes to reporting anything even mildly controversial. To test this theory, I visited each site and entered an identical term. 
The term I chose to search was “Mayflower Tar Sands.” 
On the bright Red side of the internet, I found the following gems. 
A very fact filled and informative article on Faux News was first on the list. “It’s obvious that the rupture was not the fault of the state and the state has been damaged in addition to the private property owners” Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said to Exxon Mobil in a terribly soft-handed and kid-gloved approach to the situation.  
This one from Fox Business News, all fluff and no substance whatsoever, on how Arkansas’ attorney general is planning an investigation. Everything’s cool here, some of ya’ll can go home now! Just ignore that smell… 
Over to CNN, proudly neither Red nor Blue and sadly the news here is just as anemic. In a statement that confounds the logical mind, Representative Lee Terry of Nebraska stated the Keystone XL pipeline “is primed to give our economy a shot in the arm and make energy more affordable — and it won’t cost the taxpayers a dime.” If I tried to follow the logic of this I’d end up taking a long walk off a short pier. To see why Rep. Terry’s statement makes my head hurt, consult Pipeline Timmy on Mother Jones.  
35 jobs is just the shot in the arm our economy needs, said no one ever.
 Read more at Addictinginfo linked above

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We realize CNN is fighting hard to stay above the water level ratings.  How better to 'steal' viewers from the number one cable network FOXPEN (Fox News Propaganda and Entertainment Network) than to mimic its appeal to large number of viewers? CNN as the former leader in cable news has dissolved into a long lost memory of coverage past. Coverage from a by-gone era influenced by modern day quests for ratings that result in to major conservative news networks. If you think that language is a bit harsh, think about no middle ground news outlet between FOXPEN and MSNBC. Now, take your thought processes one step farther: the impact of not knowing real facts and data, tragedies and current events relative to "Big Oil".

While we do not expect better from FOXPEN?      CNN may find its current third place slip below that of Current TV. Of course, we know that is not possible, but we also know that is no fourth place in cable news. If environmental catastrophe is not important enough to garner serious coverage on CNN, the network fails as a news source. When it fails as a new source and avoids coverage of oil spills, it effectively renders itself propaganda outlet.  A propaganda outlet that does not disseminate relevant news for no reason beyond political considerations and viewership.

"What we do not know, hurts us"!

Thank you to AddictingInfo and Upworthy.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Keystone XL Pipeline: Environmental Crap shoot, jobs lies & GOP political pandering

Pipelines do not just ruin within a few feet of construction.

The GOP continues efforts to legislate for the benefit of large corporation concerns with a secondary mission of posturing for the 2012 Election.  The GOP's latest amendment in the US Senate fell short of the requited 60 votes.  The amendment would have fast tracked the project by using a Constitutional commerce clause for pipeline wrestling approval from the president and hand approval  to the US Congress. Now, there is a frightening prospect for certain (regardless of party majority in either Chamber).

By proposing the amendment, Republicans sought to wrest the approval process from Obama's control. They have also used the proposal to highlight his decision ahead of November presidential and congressional elections, linking his delaying of the pipeline project to rising gasoline prices. 
"At a moment when millions are out of work, gas prices are sky-rocketing and the Middle East is in turmoil, we've got a president who's up making phone calls trying to block a pipeline here at home. It's unbelievable," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Reuters reports that President Obama supports a southern leg of the pipeline. The unsettled northern route remains an area of contention;  plans show proposed construction across an environmentally sensitive region in Nebraska.  Another perspective on the pipeline from one who has a history of conservationism illustrates a point: Ted Turner.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Keystone revisited.... presidential review is Required.. GOP "Swift Boat"?

Information is powerful even if not exciting!!!!  You have to follow this issue.

Oh, I do not see any Maple Leaf fissures reaching into the US of A!

Rarely do I delve into a single topic such as I have with Keystone XL Pipeline. Well, maybe Ron Paul.

As I was perusing a bit of email yesterday,  I noticed a close friend had sent me a link to an article from the website The article by Susie Madrak, peaked my interest to a level that about pushed my over the edge.   I quickly clicked on a few links in the article. One link took me to these words within the first couple of paragraphs. 
Keystone XL will not lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, but rather transport Canadian oil to American refineries for export to overseas markets.