Friday, November 14, 2014

Honorable Senator Bennet why are you running away ?

{This is for the sharing, it includes a collection of a couple dozen links to important related articles, images and scientific information}
The bill was narrowly defeated, with no help from Senator Bennet, who voted in favor ! 

Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate
WASHINGTON Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:50pm EST
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Senate Defeats Bill on Keystone XL Pipeline in Narrow Vote
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Honorable Senator Bennet, I remember shaking my head back in March when I read the stories of you turning tail on your 2010 campaign talk.  

March 25, 2013, 11:23 am 
Senator Michael Bennet says yes, Udall says no in split vote on Keystone Pipeline 
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As one of those who voted for you, it seemed to me during the 2010 campaign you sure sounded like you appreciated the destructiveness and shortsightedness of the Canadian Tar Sands project on general terms, which was reflected in your implied opposition to allowing Keystone XL pipeline to cut through the US. Now there's this:

Two Senators who should NOT be voting for Keystone XL 
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Michael Bennet brings Senate’s pro-Keystone count to 59 
The House approved its Keystone bill by a 252-161 vote Friday. 
By Elana Schor | 11/14/14 
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Keystone XL backers counting votes in Senate 
Jennifer A. Dlouhy  | November 13, 2014
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This time, rather than merely shaking my head in disappointment, I want to share this letter with you, your colleagues and others it might interest.  I doubt I'll influence your vote, but I do hope to spark some introspection next time you look in the mirror.

I appreciate Senators project themselves as wise elders, so to speak, looking out for the future of this country.  That's how it should be, that's how I once trusted it.  Now I wonder. 

Obviously, 'we the people' aren't buying it.  After all millions upon millions of eligible voters won't even bother to participate in a US Citizen's most basic right and duty "Voting".  Think about it, of eligible voters in this country a third won't even bother to register and of those that do register to Vote, only a third mustered to Vote this past election.  Yes sir, I myself did vote in 2014, Democratic even, thank you very much. 

The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years 
By The Editorial Board of the New York Times | November. 11, 2014
"Over all, the national turnout was 36.3 percent; only the 1942 federal election had a lower participation rate at 33.9 percent."

Why is that?  I'll offer some thoughts, we the people are seeing a Senate full of self-interested posers, rather than the intelligent elders who are supposed to be guiding our nation through a challenging future.  I keep hoping and waiting for you Representatives of The People to prove us wrong, but it never seems to happen.
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Back to the issue that inspired this letter.  I recall, during your campaign, you told us that you understood the destructive nature of the Keystone XL pipeline and that you opposed it slashing through our country.  Now you are in favor of it?

Senator, have you and your colleagues given your decision any serious thought beyond the Political Math?

It's like the actual physical consequences of your decisions, doesn't seem to enter your collective awareness.  Keystone XL is wrong on so many levels it's ridiculous that we're even having to argue about it.  To support my claims I have added many pieces of information and links at the close of this note.

May I remind you of the physical surface of our ocean planet?  
The land, rivers, mountains, forests, fields and farms, and so much more - our biosphere and life support system.  
You know, our biosphere (or do you?), 
the thing that makes our life and prosperity possible - 
Why keep ignoring that it is being battered from every direction?
Why destroy yet more of it, while drastically increasing our atmosphere's insulation ability, thus speeding global warming yet more?

When, will enough be enough?  How astronomical do profits need to be before your puppet masters are satisfied??

When will you, your colleagues and the masters of our economic universe who own modern elections, slow down enough to start considering the down to Earth consequences of your collective actions?  You know, the ones your children will also be forced to live with.

For decades I've been watching Washington politicians playing kick the can with our most challenging issues/problems.  Always choosing expediency rather than substantively confronting our various challenges.  First ignoring the challenges giving them a chance to evolve into serious problems; and now continuing to ignore them, thus allowing them to evolve into monsters, with constructive solutions becoming all but impossible.  
What's up with that?

And now you want to add this new Keystone XL pipeline monstrosity to the Bill of Goods?

Mr. Senator Bennet and your colleagues, I wish one of you could explain, how you can ignore information such as the following... which makes abundantly clear that the costs and damages inflicted by the various Canadian Tar Sands projects is nothing less then a Faustian Bargain of the meanest most destructive sort.  Mind you, our children can't survive on a tailings pile!

From here on I share some background information to the various reasons why stopping this Keystone XL  project before it starts is the only sane course of action, even if it costs a few king pins their mega-bucks worth of profits.  

Sincerely, CC
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Does the Alberta Tar Sands Industry Pollute? The Scientific Evidence
Kevin P. Timoney and Peter Lee
The Open Conservation Biology Journal, 2009, 3, 65-81

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For a survey of scientific papers describing the various harmful impacts on those "externalities" that are actually vital for our wellbeing, do a search at Google Scholar:

"Environmental costs - Tar Sands"

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Buried under Canada’s boreal forest is one of the world’s largest reserves of oil. Bitumen—a very thick and heavy form of oil (also called asphalt)—coats grains of sand and other minerals in a deposit that covers about 142,200 square kilometers (54,900 square miles) of northwest Alberta. According to a 2003 estimate, Alberta has the capacity to produce 174.5 billion barrels of oil. 
Only 20 percent of the oil sands lie near the surface where they can easily be mined, and these deposits flank the Athabasca River. The rest of the oil sands are buried more than 75 meters below ground and are extracted by injecting hot water into a well that liquefies the oil for pumping. In 2010, surface mines produced 356.99 million barrels of crude oil, while in situ production (the hot water wells) yielded 189.41 million barrels of oil.
This series of images from the Landsat satellite shows the growth of surface mines over the Athabasca oil sands between 1984 and 2011. The Athabasca River runs through the center of the scene, separating two major operations. ...
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Satellite Views of Canada's Oil Sands Over Time
Image courtesy Robert Simmon, NASA/Landsat/USGS  

A Beginning by the River

Into the Woods

Feeding the World’s Growing Demand

Mining for Fuel

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A Dilbit Primer: How It's Different from Conventional Oil

Bitumen extracted from tar sands has the consistency of peanut butter and must be diluted to flow through pipelines. And that's just the beginning. 
When emergency responders rushed to Marshall, Mich. on July 26, 2010, they found that the Kalamazoo River had been blackened by more than one million gallons of oil. They didn't discover until more than a week later that the ruptured pipeline had been carrying diluted bitumen, also known as dilbit, from Canada's tar sands region. Cleaning it up would challenge them in ways they had never imagined. Instead of taking a couple of months, as they originally expected, nearly two years later the job still isn't complete. ...
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Deformed fish found in lake downstream from oil sands

A group of scientists and aboriginals want a the government to conduct a study on what’s happening on the Athabasca River.

By: Bob Weber The Canadian Press, Published on Fri Sep 17 2010
EDMONTON—The fish are hard to look at. 
One whitefish has a golfball-sized tumour bulging from its side. Another is simply missing part of its spine, its tail growing from a stumpy rear end. 
One has no snout. Another is coloured a lurid red instead of a healthy cream. Others are covered with lesions and still others are bent and crooked from deformed vertebrae. 
All were taken from Lake Athabasca, downstream from the oilsands in northern Alberta, and were on display Thursday. All are reasons, say a group of scientists and aboriginals, for the federal government to conduct an independent study on what’s happening to the Athabasca River and its watershed after decades of industry expansion.
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Lac-Mégantic oil spill even worse than first feared, investigation shows

Monique Beaudin, Gazette Enviromental Reporter  | 10.20.2013

More oil spilled in the Lac-Mégantic train disaster than was previously reported, according to new information made public by Quebec’s environment department.While the department had previously estimated that the 72-car train that crashed July 6 was carrying 7.2 million litres of crude oil, it now says it was in fact carrying nearly a half million litres more of oil — an estimated 7.6 million litres. 
In July the environment department estimated 5.6 million litres of that oil spilled from the crashed train cars or burned in the ensuing fire. But the department’s October update now says nearly 6 million litres — 5.978 million to be precise — burned or was spilled in the devastating accident that left 47 people dead.
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Is this what we are going to come to Senator Bennet?

CNOOC-Nexen deal: 
Chinese firm closes $15.1-billion acquistion

Euan Rocha, Reuters | February 25, 2013
TORONTO — The contentious $15.1-billion takeover of Canadian oil and gas company Nexen Inc. by Chinese state-owned entity CNOOC Ltd closed on Monday, more than seven months after China’s largest-ever foreign takeover was announced. 
Nexen, based in Calgary, Alberta, said in a statement on Monday that the deal had closed and its shareholders would receive $27.50 in cash for each Nexen share.
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Government Scientists Feel Muzzled: 
'The Big Chill' Survey

By Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | 10/21/2013
OTTAWA - A large survey of science professionals in the federal public service has found that almost 25 per cent of respondents say they have been directly asked to exclude or alter information for "non-scientific reasons." 
Some 71 per cent of those surveyed said political interference is compromising policy development based on scientific evidence, and almost half of those who took part said they were aware of cases in which their department or agency suppressed information. 
The study, entitled "The Big Chill," was commissioned by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, and paints a disturbing picture of government scientists who feel they are being muzzled. ...
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For more information:
The Global Expansion of Tar Sands and Oil Shale
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The true cost of oil
Garth Lenz:

What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project — and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.

Why you should listen
Garth Lenz’s photographs capture the detailed reality of what happens when a pristine landscape is confronted by an industrial project. His work as a photojournalist has won him top awards at Pris de la Photographie Paris and the International Photography Awards. He is also a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His solo exhibition featuring the Alberta Tar Sands, “The True Cost of Oil” premiered in 2011.

also see

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These Pictures: 
The Nightmares About Canada Oil Sands

Robert Johnson | OCT. 18, 2012
Canada's economic boom depends on tearing up 54,000 square-mile of pristine Alberta wilderness. 
Development of the world's third largest oil supply is proceeding rapidly. It already represents a $3.5 billion annual paycheck to the Canadian government and 75,000 immediate jobs. 
But many are aghast at the project, which is also the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas in Canada. . .
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Tar Sands 101
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Tar Sands Watch.  Polaris Institute's Energy Program
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The Alberta Tar Sands
Todd Korol | SEP 25, 2014 
Reuters photographer Todd Korol recently traveled to Alberta to photograph some of the mines, facilities, and surrounding landscape.
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Top 10 Facts About the Alberta Oil Sands
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How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming?
January 23, 2013 |By David Biello

To constrain climate change, such unconventional oil use needs to be stopped, according to scientists ...
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Climate Science denialist types have ripped into this story, but they've done so by misrepresenting the substance of this op-ed from one the leading experts on our atmosphere, which ironically also makes him one of the biggest targets of dirty tricks and misrepresentation by certain special interests.  

It's as though 'scientific fair-play' and 'honesty in reporting' are dead principles these days.  In any event, we should all be paying attention this down to earth information that the experts have to share with us.

"Game Over for the Climate"

Published: May 9, 2012 

GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in which he said that Canada would exploit the oil in its vast tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do.”  
If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate. Canada’s tar sands, deposits of sand saturated with bitumen, contain twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history. If we were to fully exploit this new oil source, and continue to burn our conventional oil, gas and coal supplies, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era, more than 2.5 million years ago, when sea level was at least 50 feet higher than it is now. 
That level of heat-trapping gases would assure that the disintegration of the ice sheets would accelerate out of control. Sea levels would rise and destroy coastal cities. Global temperatures would become intolerable. Twenty to 50 percent of the planet’s species would be driven to extinction. Civilization would be at risk. ….link to the rest of the story 

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What’s the Problem with the Tar Sands?


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