- Tar sands regulation: Alberta puts a fox in charge of the henhouse (climateandcapitalism.com)
- Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal over Jackpine oilsands expansion in Alberta (calgaryherald.com)
- 10 Reasons Canada’s Tar Sands Suck (ecowatch.com)
- The tyranny of the tar sands (thestar.com)
- 10 Reasons Canada Needs to Rethink the Tar Sands (desmog.ca)
- Supreme Court loss pushes Athabasca Chipewyan FN towards Sovereignty Summer campaign (climate-connections.org)
- 10 Reasons Canada Needs to Rethink the Tar Sands (theenergycollective.com)
- Idle No More gets out of the courts and into the streets (vancouverobserver.com)
- More than 30 groups want Alberta’s new Energy Regulator removed (globalnews.ca)
Re-blogged from the Sierra Club.
- Fracking Causes Friction Between Trade And Environment (sierraclub.typepad.com)
- EU-Canada trade agreement threatens fracking bans (climate-connections.org)
- Sign California! Support Fracking Moratorium AB 1301 Petition. 350.org Bay Area (friendnature.wordpress.com)
- Cannon Township Passes Fracking Moratorium (thewmeacblog.org)
- Pushing back against pro-corporate treaties (philebersole.wordpress.com)
- Green group wants fracking ban extended (abc.net.au)
- Group Of Moms In Boulder County Taking On Big Oil (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Viewpoints: Bid to halt fracking in state builds momentum (sacbee.com)
- Fracking brings economic boost, but risks raise concerns (ns.umich.edu)
That’s how long we have to flood the State Department
with comments opposing Keystone XL.
To hit a million comments, it will take a lot of us pitching in in different ways.
At 350, we won’t email you every day for 10 days (more likely 4 or 5),
but we will use social media and other tools at our disposal
to promote the push every day between now and the 22nd.
In particular, we will be relying on our Social Media Team
to share crucial info about each day’s issue —
if you’d like to join the Team and help super-charge key content
over the next ten days, click here: act.350.org/signup/social/
Keystone XL is a climate disaster, and an economic loser.
If built, it would carry 800,000 barrels a day of tar sands to export for the next 50 years,
leaving a toxic legacy for communities along the route,
and a massive carbon footprint on the atmosphere.
And we’re going to do whatever we can to stop it.
Thanks for all you’ve done, and all you will do to stop the pipeline.
I oppose Keystone XL because it is simply not in our national interest.
TransCanada has already arranged to export the oil shipped through this pipeline,
allowing them to pad their bottom line and pump more money into tar sands development.
We don’t need their oil and we certainly don’t need their toxic mess.
The only reason to build this pipeline
is to expand TransCanada’s profits and further expand tar sands
Can you submit a comment to the President and State Department
explaining the energy security case for stopping the pipeline?
Click here to submit your comment: act.350.org/letter/kxl-sprint-day-1/
For the next ten days our friends across the movement are coordinating a ‘Comment Sprint’ to submit hundreds of thousands of comments against the pipeline — hopefully hitting 1 million in total.
If you’ve already submitted a comment, keep reading: you’re able to submit more than one, and in fact, you should. We want to show that people are opposed to the pipeline for many reasons, all of them grounded in hard facts, so every day for ten days, we’ll focus on a new reason to oppose the pipeline and submit new comments.
The State Department’s review has been heavy on politics and light on science, so the more we focus on the facts, the stronger our case to the President and the public will be to stop the pipeline.
The first day of the comment sprint is today. The first issue we’re focusing on is how the pipeline undermines energy security. We need to clear about one thing: TransCanada wants this pipeline so they can get tar sands oil to export.
President Obama’s job is to decide whether the pipeline is in the US national interest. TransCanada has shown that it’s not. In filings to the State Department and contracts with refiners, they’ve spelled out their plans to pad their profits by exporting it to the international market where it will fetch a higher price — putting more money in the pockets of big oil and accelerating tar sands development in Canada.
- Keystone XL: The Pipeline to Disaster (realclearpolitics.com)
- -Keystone XL: The Science, Stakes, and Strategy Behind the Fight Over the Tar Sands Pipeline (righthandglobal.wordpress.com)
- Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Green Light (gielr.wordpress.com)
- Petition Circulating Against Keystone XL (personalliberty.com)
- Risky Intersection: Keystone XL, Pegasus Pipelines Meet At East Texas Landowner’s Doorstep (huffingtonpost.com)
- Big money influences Keystone pipeline Senate vote (summitcountyvoice.com)
The Sierra Club and the Environmental Group 350.org and Others
Meet in San Francisco
Sunday, February 17th, at 1:00 pm,
and will encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza.
ALSO A REMINDER…Later from San Francisco…
D.A. Hartley of Friend Nature, artist, has a Radio Interview
with Blog Talk Radio in the afternoon,
February 17th at 3:30, Pacific Time with
Liana Voia (MA, PhD) conducted all video
and radio interviews in the arts/therapy series.
Here is the link to the program:
My Art Site: www.DAHartley.com
Thank you! Come to San Francisco,
or attend a protest in your area, or write your congress representative!
MOTHER NATURE THANKS YOU!
ReBlogged from: http://www.350bayarea.org/
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On September 24, 2011, over 1,500 people came to San Francisco for Moving Planet “A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels” sponsored by 350.org.
Please contact Jessica Dervin-Ackerman at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your organization as an endorser.
- Sierra Club to go *lawless* with Keystone protests (grumpyelder.com)
- Sierra Club Director Among 48 Arrested at Keystone XL Protest – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Sierra Club to engage in civil disobedience (wnd.com)
- Tons of Californians arrested at White House climate change protest (sfgate.com)
- To Block Keystone XL, Sierra Club to Engage in Civil Disobedience for 1st Time (sfgate.com)
- Climate Crisis Pushes Sierra Club to End Civil Disobedience Ban (commondreams.org)
- Sierra Club Director: Time to Take Climate Action to the Streets (science.kqed.org)
- Sierra Club Radio – January 5, 2013 (sierraclub.typepad.com)
- Obama faces angry liberals over pipeline (fuelfix.com)
- Protest the Keystone Pipeline at Mission Bay – Sunday, February 17th (obrag.org)
Does Our Planet Need a Stroke of Insight?
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Before 2008, everything I did had something to do with mental health. I’m a neuroscientist, and I was all about understanding how we create our perception of reality, and understanding what’s going on in the brains of people who experience hallucination and delusion.
But then I gave a TEDTalk about my own experience with stroke. Within weeks of delivering that talk in 2008, my life changed and the repercussions still resonate loudly in my world. My book, My Stroke of Insight, has been translated into 30 languages. Time and Oprah’s Soul Series came calling. I’ve traveled to Europe, Asia, South America, Canada; I’ve criss-crossed the states. And in February 2012, I took a trip to Antarctica with Vice President Al Gore, 20 scientists, and 125 global leaders who care deeply about climate.
While I was traveling the globe, I still thought my core issue was mental health. But, perhaps spurred by that trip to Antarctica, I’ve come to understand that the two issues of mental health and global health are closely linked — if not one and the same. Similar processes we use to improve our mental health can help us make better, more responsible decisions as a society — by focusing on the compassion and integrity of our right brain, rather than the judgment, punishment and deception of our left brain.
The better we understand the choices we have been making, either consciously or unconsciously, the more say we will have in the world we create. Neurocircuitry may be neurocircuitry, but we don’t have to run on automatic.
— Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
To use a powerful metaphor, we have two magnificent information-processing machines inside our heads. Our right mind focuses on our similarities, the present moment, inflection of voice, and the bigger picture of how we are all connected. Because it focuses on our similarities, in my mind she is compassionate, expansive, open, and supportive of others. Juxtaposed to that, our left brain thinks linearly, creates and understands language, defines the boundaries of where we begin and where we end, judges what is right and wrong and is a master of details, details and more details about those details. Because it focuses on our differences and specializes in critical judgment of those unlike ourselves, our left brain character tends to be our source of bigotry, prejudice, and fear or hate of the unfamiliar.
What this means is that the mean little voice inside my head, the one that is critical of self or others and judges everyone and everything in a negative way, is a part of my neurocircuitry. The question is, what say do I have in who and how I want to be in the world. Do I have the power to choose being kind over being judgmental? Do we have the power to be open rather than based in our fear? Of course we do, and the better we understand the choices we have been making, either consciously or unconsciously, the more say we will have in the world we create. Neurocircuitry may be neurocircuitry, but we don’t have to run on automatic.
We are an amazing species living in an amazing time. We know more about the human brain and how it works than we ever have before, and for the first time in the history of mankind, we have the ability to consciously direct our own evolution. We know we have the ability to not only experience our biological circuitry, but to observe it, nurture it, and change it. We have the ability to consciously choose who and how we want to be in the world, and we are teaching our children skills about mindfulness, reflection, the value of introversion, vulnerability, and how to respect the environment. At the same time our world has become extremely polarized, not only in our politics, but hate crimes abound; war is ongoing between those who look different, those who believe differently or even those who are different genders. By better understanding what’s going on in our brains, we can better understand all of this behavior and what choices we want to make.
I trust we can create an age where we stop relating to the world skewed through our left-brain values as individuals focused on profit, personal gain, power, prestige, authority, advantage, and the material goods money can buy. Instead, it’s time to shift our approach to the planet and our relationship to it, as we explore the most important question of our time: How do we each, as individuals of a collective whole called humanity, bring our gifts to the table to be a part of the solution?
The reality of global warming is no longer an issue for debate. The real conversation now revolves around this question: How are we going to manage the repercussions of our actions , and do it quickly enough to sustain life as we have known it? Needless to say, this is not the way our society works now, and as a result, the health and well-being of our planet has not only been threatened but compromised.
I am a true believer that the next step in our human evolution is upon us, and we are becoming more balanced in not only how we live inside our own heads but in how we treat our planet. When we live our lives through the intention of our right minds, and use the skill sets of both minds to achieve our goals, we become a whole-brained and more balanced society. Change is never easy, and there will always be those who fall behind. But overall, I am encouraged by where we are, and the direction we are heading.
— Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
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