I’ve heard so many people complaining about Biden blocking the Keystone pipeline that I felt compelled to present some important facts about it, in the hopes that at least a few of them will simmer down. I even saw one friend calling it a “clean pipeline”, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Time to set the record straight. I was just about to do so when I came across a post by Brian Biggs, and he says it much more eloquently than I ever could. I suspect that he won’t mind me sharing the post in its entirety, because he put it on Facebook here, and Facebook posts are meant to be shared, right?
I don’t normally give over my blog to a total stranger, but this post was too informative to ignore. No matter what side of the debate you fall on, I hope you’ll give this a thoughtful read.
Without further ado, here’s Brian Biggs’ post.
45Catharsis Post #2: Keystone XL and de-regulation.
For those who don’t know, I spent the first 18 years of my life in Nebraska and the favorite two words of many school children (because it’s wicked fun to say) is “Ogallala Aquifer.” Seriously. Say it out loud. It’s a true joy to say. Now…what IS the Ogallala Aquifer? It is quite literally the one natural formation on Earth that keeps the country, and the planet, from complete societal breakdown and the deaths of millions.
The Ogallala Aquifer is the primary irrigation source for the Midwest…the “breadbasket to the world.” Without it, there would be food shortages, followed by the inevitable riots, breakdown in social order, and the starvation of millions. This ain’t hyperbole, folks. It’s as serious as it gets.
Now, let’s talk about tar sands…one of the least efficient and costly ways to get oil. This crap is THICK. Think of peanut butter…left outside…in Vermont…in February. So, to make it liquid enough to flow through actual pipes (i.e. a “pipeline” if you will), you have to mix it with a bunch of really nasty chemicals.
Now imagine: You have thousands of miles of pipeline, built by the lowest-bidder, by a company that couldn’t provide sufficient safety and maintenance assurances, full of seriously poisonous sludge that is damn-near impossible to cleanup, running right over…the Ogallala Aquifer…the most important irrigation source on the planet. Folks, that’s as dangerous and as stupid as you can get.
But, hey, there’s more! Trump was totally fine screwing farmers (his base) out of their land to build it. One of my best friends from childhood, Brian Jorde, was their lawyer (and who’s likely feeling pretty damn awesome today) fighting to stop this theft. And then there’s the other fun fact: If it wasn’t farmland, it was going to go through sacred native american lands! We’ve done a good job of screwing native people for hundreds of years, so let’s add poisonous sludge!
So, today I vent at Trump and the hundreds of companies that are happy to trade the future of every life on the planet for a 3% bump on a quarterly earnings report. In the words of my lovely and articulate wife: “May you fall face-first on a fork!”
The Keystone XL pipeline is just ONE example of the massive de-regulation that Trump pushed through in four years that polluted our air, our water, and our land. Some say it’s “all about jobs.” The TRUTH is that it’s all about money…and not for the workers. Fewer regulations means that companies don’t have as much costs and can make more profit by KILLING PEOPLE. Are you upset that workers on the Keystone XL pipeline will be laid off? Well, I like people, including the children of those workers, being able to eat non-poisoned food. I know…I’m such a snowflake.
And those “lost jobs”? It’s only 2,000 TEMP construction jobs and only 30 (no, I’m not missing any zeros) full-time jobs. So…who wants to trade the future of the planet for 2,000 jobs? Anyone?
Ya know….you COULD put those 2,000 guys and gals to work building something else….like F%&ING WIND TURBINES! They’re beautiful, WAY more efficient and cost effective than trying to get energy out of tar sands, provide an excellent secondary income for farmers (wind farming IS a thing), and, hey, they don’t kill us all! And, no, Mr. Trump, wind mills don’t cause cancer, you ignorant pillock.
To sum up: Allowing the Keystone XL pipeline on top of the Ogallala Aquifer is the same as letting a baby juggle knives in a tiger cage…eventually it’s all going to go very, very wrong.
***This is part of a series of posts where I will finally vent after 1461 days of having to keep silent IAW the UCMJ. These opinions are mine and mine alone. I too want unity and healing for the country, but before we can heal, we must recognize harm done, hold people responsible who inflicted that harm, and then – and only then – can we move on.
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