FOSSIL FUELS NEWSLETTER
FOCUS ON PIPELINE, October
Compiled by Dick
Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and ECOLOGY
August 5, 2012; #2, March 15, 2013; #3, Jan. 4, 2015; #4 (Divestment #1) June
13, 2015; #5 (Divestment #2). July 6, 2016)
I gathered signatures at the protest of the pipelines, I said I would use them
to help us follow up and stay on the case.
Edward H collated his and my addresses and typed them up for us all. Dick
of Fossil Fuels Newsletter #5 at end
Contents of Fossil Fuels Newsletter #6,
October 4, 2016
Pipeline Opposition Fundraiser
Fuels Against All Creation
Michael Klare, In the
Grasp of Fossil Fuels
McFarlin, FF Assault on
Resistance to Diamond
Pipeline Crossing Arkansas
Tomlinson, All You Need to
Know and More
Resistance to Dakotas Pipeline and
Standing Rock Sioux and Supporters vs. Dakota Access Pipeline
Klein, Blockades in This Changes Everything
Pope Francis Defender of
Obama and Clinton, Speak
Holding Exxon Accountable for
Pipeline Harms and Lying
Water: Oil Spills and Other Sources of Water
Pollution and Scarcity
The Standing Rock Sioux and Supporters vs. Dakota Access Pipeline
Stand Up With Our Protectors of Our Earth in Arkansas! And Special Fundraising Concert!
Your Voice Matters!
Let's Go Together and Stand Up With Our Protectors of Our Earth!
The Diamond Oil Pipeline is going to be constructed through our beautiful Natural State of Arkansas and through our rivers!
Consequences of Oil Pipelines to Our Earth and Water!
Plains All American Pipeline LP and its subsidiaries (Diamond Pipeline) have reported over 200 accidents across their lines since 2006. These accidents resulted in a combined 864,300 gallons of spilled hazardous liquids, damages topping $32 million and 25 enforcement actions by federal regulators.
Please RSVP here at the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/582808735237093/?ti=cl
And also: The Ozark community will be organizing a Huge fundraising special concert with a lot of bands, food and art to raise money for our Protectors of our Earth against the oil pipelines, both in Standing Rock and right here in Arkansas against the Diamond Pipeline; all money raised will be for our Protectors of the Earth.
The new scheduled date for this event is Saturday, October 29th. We have a beautiful two acre private land in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and we plan to have a stage with sound systems.
Would you like to be a part of organizing this?
Do you know of any local bands who would like to be a part of this event?
Will you Please help spread the news about this event.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to help in any way.
Fossil Fuels Killing the Planet
Hooked! The Unyielding Grip of Fossil Fuels on Global Life. Common Dreams (July 14, 2016)Pg 11B Sept 3, 2016 NWA Dem-Gaz
Using up our planet
Every automobile dealer in the world wants to sell as many gasoline- powered vehicles as he can. Every big truck manufacturer in the world wants to sell as many diesel-powered trucks as he can. Every aircraft maker wants to sell as many jet fuel-powered planes as he can. The same is true for diesel-powered trains, ships and heavy equipment. Can you imagine how many millions of internal-combustion engines are started and run every 24 hours? In addition, we continue to operate power plants on fossil fuels and build new ones to do the same. We want to build cross-country pipelines to carry oil-saturated sands to refineries to make more fossil fuels. We are suspicious of wind farms, solar and nuclear-generated electricity. There are more humans on this earth than there ever have been. We would like to ignore the fact that we are using up the only planet we know how to live on. Heat, drought, high winds, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, warm oceans, melting glaciers, heavy rains, flooding, sub-freezing temperatures, heavy snowfalls, lightning, hail, earthquakes. It doesn’t pay to mess with Mother Nature.
JACK C. McFARLIN
Dakota Access Pipeline and Carbon: According to Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, and former VP candidate for the Green Party, states that the proposed Dakota Access pipeline will bring 250,000 tons per day of carbon into the environment. Former editor of Scientific American Trudy Bell says there is a 57% chance of catastrophic leak with this proposed pipeline.
DIAMOND PIPELINE CROSSING ARKANSAS Compiled by Abel Tomlinson
Arkansas Residents Discover They Can’t Stop Pipeline from Crossing Their Land
Diamond Pipeline Project Ready, Some Call It A Flint Water Crisis In The Making
Coalition's fight against Diamond Pipeline routing gets health department backing
Landowners Lose to Oil
Protection on the War Path
Oil pipelines criss-cross nation, creating dangers
Proposed Pipeline Project Concerns Some Residents
Battling Big Oil: Property Rights Not Pipelines: http://hshotspots.com/battling-big-oil-property-rights-pipelines /
Collection of Additional Diamond Pipeline News Articles: http://gnoida.com/kw/Diamond+Pipeline+Project+Construction/2/
Diamond Pipeline: https://www.facebook.com/groups/104080083383523/
Not Pipelines: https://www.facebook.com/propertyrightsnotpipelines/?fref=ts
Property Rights Not Pipelines (Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjfbltVwNyE&feature=share
Abuse Group: https://www.facebook.com/Protecting-Private-Property-Rights-Working-to-Prevent-Eminent-Domain-Abuse-1751230531831736/
Pipeline Meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/313837982322351/
Pipeline Protest on October 15th: https://www.facebook.com/events/1108948085864341/
Pipeline Petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-diamond-pipeline
Water Petition: https://www.change.org/p/protect-our-water-no-diamond-pipeline-in-johnson-county-arkansas
RESISTANCE TO Dakota Access Pipeline
The Standing Rock Sioux and Supporters vs. Dakota Access Pipeline
Protests: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Published 11:00 pm EDT, September 3,
2016 Updated 12:04 am EDT, September 7,
2016 140 Comments By Jessica McBride
Months-long protests against a multi-billion-dollar oil pipeline
have boiled over into tense clashes as snarling dogs were used against protesters and the tribe claims burial grounds were
The North Dakota protest site at the reservation of the Standing
Rock Sioux has grown into “the largest gathering of Native Americans in
more than 100 years,” reports the BBC. The protesters, who have
gathered together from multiple tribes, as well as those supporting the cause,
say they are taking a stand for future generations against the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline Project.
On September 6, tensions heightened further as authorities said
they “plan to pursue charges” of trespassing and vandalism against the Green
Party’s nominee for president Jill Stein “for spray-painting construction
equipment at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest,” according to ABC News,
which quoted a Stein spokeswoman as saying Stein wrote “I approve this message”
in red on a bulldozer blade. You can watch video of Stein spray painting here. Stein, in turn, shared a quote from
Sitting Bull and questioned why others weren’t possibly facing charges.
There were reports of injuries on both sides — of people and
dogs — as protesters and security clashed violently on September 3. The tribal
chairman contended that
burial grounds were destroyed and desecrated by bulldozers.
“In one day, our sacred
land has been turned into hollow ground,” the tribal chairman said,according to The Chicago Tribune.
Vivid photos showed protesters being treated for injuries as
menacing-looking dogs were brought to the scene. The tribal spokesman said multiple protesters were
pepper-sprayed and bitten, including a child. The company’s spokeswoman
told Heavy that “unwarranted violence occurred on private property under
easement to Dakota Access Pipeline, resulting in injury to multiple members of
our security personnel and several dogs” on September 3.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is worried that the pipeline will
negatively impact water quality on its reservation and imperil cultural
heritage sites, reports The Dallas Morning News.
The Sioux City Journal reports the Standing Rock tribe “is fighting
the installation of the pipeline on their reservation bordering North and South
Dakota.” Meanwhile, proponents of the project say it will boost the economy, creating thousands of construction jobs.
The day after the incident with the dogs, the protesters
continued their efforts to stop the pipeline, marching to the site where they
say bulldozers disturbed a sacred burial ground.
“As demonstrators came to stop the tractors, they had
encountered private security armed with pepper spray, attack dogs, and zip
ties. Warriors on the front line were attacked for protecting the land and
water,” wrote one man on Facebook. “Pregnant women were maced, young children
and horses were attacked by dogs … the water provides life for the animals, the
crops, the land, and millions of people.”
According to Energy Transfer Partners, the
company whose subsidiary is developing the project, the 1,172-mile pipeline
“will connect the rapidly expanding Bakken and Three Forks production areas in
North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois,” transporting some 470,000 barrels a day.
“The pipeline will enable domestically produced light sweet crude oil from
North Dakota to reach major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective,
safer and environmentally responsible manner.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Protesters Cried Out on Social Media Amid Reports of Attack Dogs, Pepper Spray & Injuries
Social media filled with dramatic photos, videos and eyewitness accounts of dogs being used against protesters on September 3, including reports of injuries and pepper spray being allegedly directed at protesters.
The Wall Street Journal reports the protests against the $3.8 billion
pipeline have united “groups of Native Americans, landowners and
Activist Winona LaDuke wrote on EcoWatch that the pipeline
struggle represents “the future of a people. All of us. If I ask the question
‘What would Sitting Bull do?’ — the answer is pretty clear. He would remind me
what he said 150 years ago: ‘Let us put our minds together to see what kind of
future we can make for our children.'”
The clashes have grown in intensity.
According to the Daily Mail,
quoting the Associated Press, the Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman
Donnell Preskey said “four private security guards and two guard dogs were
injured,” and the tribal spokesman said six protesters were bitten by dogs,
including a child, and 30 people were pepper-sprayed.
Heavy reached out to Energy Transfer’s spokeswoman, Vicki
Granado, and asked whether it was true that private security hired by the
company used dogs and mace against protesters, and, if so, why, and how many
were injured. Granado provided this statement on September 3:
What has been represented over the past several weeks as a
peaceful protest is simply not the case. We are greatly saddened and extremely
bothered to confirm that today, unwarranted violence occurred on private
property under easement to Dakota Access Pipeline, resulting in injury to
multiple members of our security personnel and several dogs. It is unfortunate
that what has been portrayed as a peaceful protest by the opponents of the
pipeline has now turned to violence and intimidation by a group of criminals
and activists. Assailants broke through a fence and attacked our workers. We
are working with law enforcement to ensure that all offenders are arrested and
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We will not tolerate the assault
and/or injury to our employees or contractors. The safety of all those
associated with our project and those living in the area is our top priority.
We are hopeful that state and federal law enforcement and the tribal leaders
will do their part to maintain order and to ensure a peaceful protest.
People also posted videos of the scene on Facebook:
Videos were also posted on YouTube:
“The Morton County Sheriff’s Department says that their law
enforcement officers did not use pepper spray or tear gas and did not have
dogs,” said KFYR-TV. The Associated Press quoted the
sheriff as saying, “individuals crossed onto private property and accosted
private security officers with wooden posts and flag poles.”
It’s not the first intense clash at the site of the protest. On
August 31, the Sheriff’s Department said eight protesters were arrested after
protesters chained themselves to construction equipment.
You can see maps of the project route here.
2. The Native American Protesters Said They Are Prepared for a ‘Long Battle’ & Have Taken Their Case to Court
The Energy Transfer company says on its website that the company “is
developing a new pipeline to provide crude oil transportation service from
point(s) of origin in the Bakken/Three Forks play in North Dakota to Patoka,
Illinois.” The site contains additional details about the pipeline, including
The tribe has made its stand in federal court as well as at the
The Wall Street Journal says the tribe has sued in federal court
seeking to stop construction of the pipeline with a decision expected in early
September. “The tribe has argued that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
improperly granted permits for the project,” says the newspaper.
You can read the lawsuit here.
The tribe filed an emergency motion on September 4 for a
temporary restraining order “to prevent further destruction of the tribe’s
sacred sites by Dakota Access Pipeline,” said KCCI, quoting the
tribal chairman as saying, “On Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy
Transfer Partners brazenly used bulldozers to destroy our burial sites, prayer
sites and culturally significant artifacts. They did this on a holiday weekend,
one day after we filed court papers identifying these sacred sites.”
In a September 5 filing posted by Indianz.com, the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers wrote that it does not oppose the Standing Rock Sioux
tribe’s motion for a temporary restraining order as to any additional
construction work on the pipeline within 20 miles on either side of Lake Oahu
in North Dakota until the court rules on the suit. The Corps wrote that the
“public interest would be served by preserving peace near Lake Oahu until the
court can render” its decision.
On September 6, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said “work
will temporarily stop between North Dakota’s State Highway 1806 and 20 miles
east of Lake Oahe, but will continue west of the highway because he believes
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacks jurisdiction on private land,” ABC News
said, adding that the judge expects to rule on the lawsuit by September 9.
Also, in court, the tribe said the partial ruling could imperil sacred sites,
and alleged that bulldozed areas had human remains; the sheriff said some
protesters possessed knives and hatchets, according to ABC.
The Standing Rock tribe lists many other Indian nations as well
as other organizations and communities that have joined its cause. Read the
The Bismarck Tribune says the company temporarily halted
construction while the suit is pending.
North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley has called the protests “unlawful” and an
increasingly dangerous situation as the camps grew to as many as 4,000 people.
Green Party presidential
nominee Jill Stein may face vandalism charges for spray painting at the Dakota
Access Pipeline Protests, ABC News says. Watch video.
3. A Texas Billionaire Is Behind the Pipeline Project
Energy Transfer is owned by Kelcy Warren, a Texas entrepreneur worth $4 billion,
according to Forbes Magazine.
In 2015, Bloomberg wrote in an extensive profile of Warren,
“pipeline billionaire Kelcy Warren is having fun in the oil bust.” The profile said Warren lives in a 23,000-square-foot
home complete with “chip-and-putt green, a pole-vault pit, a four-lane bowling
alley, and a 200-seat theater where the billionaire’s musician pals play
private concerts.” Protests have also occurred outside the company’s Dallas
building, reports The Dallas Morning News.
Native American protesters are living in camps on the Standing
Rock reservation while they protest the pipeline’s construction, says BBC. A
community has arisen as the tribe is joined by representatives of other Indian
nations, environmentalists, and others who support the tribe’s cause.
The tribe has created a donation fund. You can access it here.
A petition against the pipeline on Change.org has
more than 250,000 supporters.
Some believe the media are not giving enough coverage to the
protests, which they see as a troubling repeat of the past, with protest
movements and the Native American cause in general marginalized or stigmatized
by the news media.
However, social media has allowed the Indian voices to be heard
more widely than they would have been in, say, the 1960s.
Filming Cops, which describes itself as a movement for police
accountability, wrote on Facebook, “MEDIA BLACKOUT: There are now HUNDREDS of
tribes and THOUSANDS of Native American protesters and others TAKING A STAND
against the Dakota Access pipeline! Help SPREAD THE WORD cause the
#MainstreamMedia is REFUSING to cover this!”
The Standing Rock tribe, on its website, says, “The Dakota
Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,168-mile long crude oil pipeline that will
transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to Illinois.
The Army Corps of Engineers green-lighted several sections of the process
without fully satisfying the National Historic Preservation Act, various
environmental statutes, and its trust responsibility to the Standing Rock Sioux
However, the Sheriff’s Department has continued to insist that
protesters are out of line.According to NPR, the
Sheriff’s Department said of the September 3 protest, “Once protesters arrived
at the construction area, they broke down a wire fence by stepping and jumping
on it. According to numerous witnesses within five minutes the crowd of
protesters, estimated to be a few hundred people became violent. They stampeded
into the construction area with horses, dogs and vehicles.”
KCCI says the Sheriff’s Department also contends some private
security members said knives were pulled on them.
4. Hollywood Celebrities Such as Susan Sarandon Have Joined the Protests, & Leo DiCaprio & Stein Also Showed Support
Before the news that Stein could possibly face charges for spray
painting a bulldozer blade, the presidential candidate tweeted her support for
the protesters. Stein wrote on her campaign website that she believes the pipeline “would
violate U.S. treaties by endangering the drinking water and sacred sites of the
Standing Rock Sioux tribe.” Around the same time the news broke on potential
charges, she tweeted a quote from Sitting Bull:
Energy Transfer Partners declined comment on the Stein matter.
CNN says the pipeline’s proponents “tout
its economic boost,” including millions of dollars in income and sales taxes
and creation of thousands of jobs.
The project developer, Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Energy
Transfer Crude Oil, says the pipeline would help the United States become less
dependent on foreign oil, and they claim the crude oil is moved in an
environmentally responsible manner, says CNN.
Energy Transfer says on its website, “We need to close the gap
between what we produce as a country and what we consume before we can be truly
independent of foreign imports. While the U.S. produced 7.5 million barrels of
crude oil per day in 2013, it still imported 7.7 million barrels per day in
order to meet consumer demands.”
The company also says the project will create 8,000 to 12,000
local jobs during construction and adds that the pipeline “will translate into
millions in state and local revenues during the construction phase and an
estimated $129 million annually in property and income taxes.”
State utilities boards and commissions have granted approvals
for the project, and the company has sought voluntary easement agreements from
property owners, according to a press releaseon
the company’s website.
You can read company fact sheets on each state affected here.
Others raise concern, among other things, about the possibility
of leaks. The New York Times says the pipeline would carry 470,000
barrels of oil a day to Illinois.
KCCI says 30 environmental groups, including the
Sierra Club and Greenpeace, “have slammed the pipeline project, calling it ‘yet
another example of an oil pipeline project being permitted without public
engagement or sufficient environmental review.'”
The tribe wrote in its lawsuit that it is concerned “with
impacts to the habitat of wildlife
species such as piping plovers, least tern, Dakota skipper, and pallid
sturgeon, among others. The Tribe has a particular concern for bald eagles,
which remain federally protected and play a significant role in the Tribe’s
culture, and which would be adversely affected by the proposed pipeline. The
Tribe is greatly concerned with the possibility of oil spills and leaks from
the pipeline should it be constructed and operated, particularly into waters
that are of considerable economic, religious, and cultural importance to the
Hollywood celebrities have joined the protests, including the
actress Susan Sarandon. The New York Times says the protests have centered in the town
of Cannon Ball, which is located in south central North Dakota.
Leonardo DiCaprio wrote on Facebook: “Stand with the Standing
Rock Sioux in their opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline which threatens
The New York Times says 20 people were arrested as of August 26
as heated confrontations also occurred as protesters focus on a site where
preparatory work is being done; in addition, the Times says that the company
has sued some protesters, alleging they are threatening and intimidating
species such as piping plovers, least tern, Dakota skipper, and pallid sturgeon, among others. The Tribe has a particular concern for bald eagles, which remain federally protected and play a significant role in the Tribe’s culture, and which would be adversely affected by the proposed pipeline. The Tribe is greatly concerned with the possibility of oil spills and leaks from the pipeline should it be constructed and operated, particularly into waters that are of considerable economic, religious, and cultural importance to the Tribe.”
5. The Standing Rock Tribe Is Concerned About the Impact on Water Quality for Millions [more on water: see at end]
According to the Bismarck Tribune,
the tribe, located in North Dakota, fears the project “will disturb sacred
sites and impact drinking water for thousands of tribal members on the Standing
Rock Sioux Reservation and millions further downstream.”
“Our cause is just,” the newspaper quoted the tribe’s chairman,
Dave Archambault II, as saying, adding that the tribe was staging the fight on
behalf of future generations.
On EcoWatch, Winona LaDuke wrote a passionate column opposing the pipeline. It started, “My
destination is the homeland of the Hunkpapa Oceti, Standing Rock Reservation…If
you close your eyes, you can remember the 50 million buffalo—the single largest
migratory herd in the world. The pounding of their hooves would vibrate the
Earth, make the grass grow.”
She said the struggle is a continuation of a historical one.
“There were once 250 species of grass,” she wrote. “Today the buffalo are gone…
Many of the fields are now in a single GMO crop, full of so many pesticides
that the monarch butterflies are dying off. But in my memory, the old world
In a press release, Archambault said, “This
demolition is devastating. These grounds are the resting places of our
ancestors. The ancient cairns and stone prayer rings there cannot be replaced.”
He said that “construction crews removed topsoil across an area about 150 feet
wide stretching for two miles, northwest of the confluence of the Cannon Ball
and Missouri Rivers.”
“I surveyed this land and
we confirmed multiple graves and specific prayer sites,” said Tim Mentz, the
Standing Rock Sioux’s former tribal historic preservation officer, in the
tribal press release. “Portions, and possibly complete sites, have been taken
The local sheriff said construction of the pipeline was
temporarily halted “for safety reasons,” said NPR.
According to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe,
the tribe’s reservation is located in both North and South Dakota, and the
people of Standing Rock are “members of the Dakota and Lakota nations,” terms
that mean “friends” or “allies.”
“The people of these nations are often called ‘Sioux,'” a term
that dates back to the seventeenth century “when the people were living in the
Great Lakes area,” says the tribe.
According to the tribe’s website, “The Standing Rock Sioux
Tribal members are descendants of the Teton and Yankton Bands of the
Lakota/Dakota Nations. The Reservation is thirty-four miles south of Mandan,
North Dakota. The Cannon Ball River runs along the north side of the
reservation and Ceder Creek in the northwest side.” The tribe says cattle
ranching and farming are the biggest economic drivers on the reservation.
The lawsuit says the reservation established in the 1851 Treaty
of Fort Laramie “included extensive lands that would be crossed by the proposed
pipeline. The Tribe has a strong historical and cultural connection to such
land. Despite the promises made in the two Fort Laramie treaties, in 1877 and
again in 1889, Congress betrayed the treaty parties by passing statutes that
took major portions of this land away from the Sioux.”
The lawsuit continues, “In addition to specific archaeological
sites that have been identified to date, there are numerous significant
culturally important sites that have not been identified. The lands within the
pipeline route are culturally and spiritually significant.”
NATIVE AMERICANS IN CIVIL RESISTANCE: KLEIN, This Changes Everything
Oct 9, 2014 - In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein explores one of the
decisive roles that Indigenous peoples and their allies are playing in the
Forget everything you think you know
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CREATION! ADD POPE FRANCIS TO YOUR LIST
POPE FRANCIS SUPPORTS
THE PROTEST, REPORT FROM CASA CRY
CATHOLIC WORKER IN MILWAUKEE
Francis has said, “Climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to
our future generations. I would say to you now or never. Every year the
problems are getting worse. We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I
would say that we are at the limits of suicide.”
one knows this better than the Lakota members of the Standing Rock Reservation
who are nonviolently resisting the $3.8 billion dollar Dakota Access Oil
Pipeline. If completed, the pipeline will greatly contribute to climate
change and will pump 450,000 barrels of fracked crude oil per day directly
upstream of Standing Rock’s water source. This pipeline is being built in
violation of treaties and without an environmental impact statement.
In response to the Dakota people’s nonviolent direct actions, private security
guards have been allowed to brutalize, without warning, anyone resisting the
pipeline. Members of the Lakota tribe have been beaten, maced, thrown to the
ground, and attacked with dogs. Pregnant women and children trying to protect
their lands have been sent to the hospital after dog bites. Meanwhile Homeland
Security has removed medical trailers and water tanks. Local police, the
National Guard, and the FBI have allowed this brutality to continue, even to
the point of illegally putting up road blocks to stop anyone from entering the
camp. Civil liberties have been thrown out the window, all in the interest of
getting cheaper oil.
far, we’ve experienced about 1 degree Celsius of warming globally, and the
impacts are frightening. Species are dying. Glaciers are melting. Clean water
is harder to find. Some places are facing severe droughts while others have
massive flooding. The number of climate-related refugees is increasing. Melting
of the artic is releasing methane at a dangerous rate and this is magnifying
climate change. Soon we will have many more wars fought over dwindling
resources. All of the world’s problems will magnify as climate change gets
worse. The poor will, of course, suffer the most. But we can slow the effects
if we act now.
several environmental organizations released documents showing that the Exxon Mobil corporation knew about
climate change half a century ago. In response, Congress decided to investigate
the environmental groups, not ExxonMobil. We cannot rely on our government to
slow climate change. We need to follow the example of the Standing Rock
Reservation and do it ourselves
Creation,” Pope Francis has told us. “Because if we destroy Creation, Creation
will destroy us! Never forget this!” Please join people in your area who are
taking action against climate change. If you need help finding local groups,
you can go to 350.org or contact us and we will connect
you with others. –Mikel
In response to the Dakota people’s nonviolent direct actions, private security guards have been allowed to brutalize, without warning, anyone resisting the pipeline. Members of the Lakota tribe have been beaten, maced, thrown to the ground, and attacked with dogs. Pregnant women and children trying to protect their lands have been sent to the hospital after dog bites. Meanwhile Homeland Security has removed medical trailers and water tanks. Local police, the National Guard, and the FBI have allowed this brutality to continue, even to the point of illegally putting up road blocks to stop anyone from entering the camp. Civil liberties have been thrown out the window, all in the interest of getting cheaper oil.
As Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Grows, Where Are Obama and Clinton?
Green Party presidential
candidate Jill Stein may face charges for spray-painting construction equipment
at a DAPL site on Tuesday by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
presidential candidate faces charges for spray-painting construction
equipment at a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest on Tuesday, many are calling
for President Barack Obama and White House hopeful Hillary Clinton to make
clear their own opposition to the controversial project.
"President Obama could step in any time and say 'no' to
this whole thing—like he did for Keystone XL."
Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier saidTuesday that Green Party nominee Jill
Stein would be charged for her participation in an action that saw about
150-200 people protest at a DAPL worksite in North Dakota.
Watch below as
Stein tags a bulldozer with the words, "I approve this message":
But whereas Stein has been clear in her opposition to DAPL (as has former
presidential candidate Bernie Sanders), Obama and Clinton have been
absent—even as resistance has grown to include Indigenous people from
across the U.S. and activists face increasingly severe crackdowns.
Three weeks ago,
journalist and Oglala Lakota Nation citizen Simon Moya-Smith called on Clinton to weigh in, writing:
February, the Clinton camp posted to its website the candidate's policy platform for Native Americans. In it, Clinton
declares that she "will continue to stand for Tribal sovereignty and in
support of Tribal resources and sacred sites."
this year, Clinton stumped in Indian country,
vying for votes. But if she truly supports Native American sovereignty, and if
she is sincere about honoring the treaties and protecting sacred sites, then
she will take a stand against this ominous pipeline as well as the brazen
violation of our treaty rights.
As for Obama,
Moya-Smith wrote at the time,
two years ago,
the President and first lady Michelle Obama visited the very same reservation being threatened by the pipeline
today. They laughed and played with the children there at Standing Rock. They
listened to the kids as they sang in ancient languages once outlawed by
Christian invaders (popularly known as "settlers.") Will the Obamas
now be silent at a time when those same children they so affectionately
embraced need them most?
But on Tuesday,
he noted that
there has still been no word from Clinton or Obama.
(In the interim,
an investigation revealed the more than two dozen major banks
and financial institutions that are bankrolling the project—many of them
Clinton and Obama donors.)
climate group 350.org is circulating a petition urging Obama to "direct the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits under 'Nationwide Permit 12' and
stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline once and for all."
organization said in an email to supporters, "President Obama could step
in any time and say 'no' to this whole thing—like he did for Keystone XL."
that to defeat a pipeline, it takes a movement of people from all corners of
the nation," 350 wrote in its call to action. "This is Keystone all
over again. And like Keystone, we can stop this pipeline through massive public
pressure on the Obama administration to protect the land, water, and climate."
This echoes an open letter (pdf) sent last week from 350 and other environmental
groups to Obama, which described DAPL as "yet another example of an oil
pipeline project being permitted without adequate public engagement or
sufficient environmental review" and called for the president to
similar demands rang out on social media:
environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill
McKibben wrote in
a piece published Tuesday in the New Yorker, the silence from
politicians is deafening.
people on the [Standing Rock Sioux] reservation organized a run across the
country this summer to deliver more than a hundred thousand petition signatures
to the President asking him to stop the pipeline," McKibben wrote.
"They weren't received at the White House—disappointing, since Obama had
actually visited the reservation in 2014. 'My Administration is determined to
partner with tribes,' he told them then, but so far he's made no public
statement on the Dakota Access pipeline."
which is sad," McKibben continued, "because this case offers the U.S.
government the chance to make at least small amends for some of the darkest
parts of its official history—to demonstrate that it has absorbed at least a
few small lessons from that past."
Debra Hale-Shelton. “Spill Fine, Mandates Fought by Exxon.” NADG (9-5-16,
To reach the truth in
controversies, a simple rule is to discover the facts as fully as possible
(what, where, when, why), and then to search for the meaning-bearing
contexts. This report seems to provide
both in what then amounts to an expose of Exxon’s and the oil industry’s harms
regarding their pipelines. (“the oil
giant is challenging the agency’s authority to order certain safety measures
and to levy much of the $2.6 million fine the company paid earlier this year. .
. .” Exxon “earned $1.7 billion the
second quarter” of 2016.) Thus its information enables us to recognize
the importance of affirmative government for the people protecting the public
from the rapacity of self-regarding companies.
And thank the Congress and those
representatives who passed the safety regulations enabling the Transportation
Dept. to now prosecute Exxon. Finally, praise
the NADG editor who placed the report
Calls Out Fossil Fuel Deception, ExxonMobil Continues to Fund Climate Science
Denial. Common Dreams (July
WATER (#5 of
of you told me you were demonstrating against the pollution of our water by oil
spills. The United Nations struggles to
coordinate efforts to restrain all of the causes of water shortage and
contamination: the economic system, drought,
industrial farming, and population growth. And contamination by radioactivity.
for Clean, Fresh Water
The world has met the MDG
drinking water target five years ahead of ... the sustainable development of
fragile and finite freshwater resources, which are under ...
Aug 17, 2016 - Clean, accessible water for all
is an essential part of the world we want to live in. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to
The development of the
WWDR, coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), is a joint effort of the UN agencies and
entities which make ...
Focuses on international water issues such as working
to alleviate poverty and hunger, sustainable development, environmental
integrity, and human health.
Drought and Deserts
Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Provides access to the
official documents maintained or received by the UNCCD Secretariat and is a
general source of information on the topic of desertification ...
Text of the Convention including all ... Leaflet about the 10-Year ...
Former Executive Secretaries ... The Executive Secretary ...
Guidelines and application form for Organizers of Side Events COP ...
... drought impacts and building resilience. 27/07/2016UNCCD ...
National action programmes (NAPs) are the key instruments ...
Text of the Convention including all Annexes - Table of Contents ...
In 2015 UNCCD published Land Matters for Climate: Reducing the Gap and Approaching the Target
Because of population growth and economic development, water resources in many parts of the world are pushed to their natural limits. In turn, the ability of cities and countries to grow, attract investment, meet the fundamental needs of populations and ensure environmental ...
demand for water mounts and pressure on finite water resources intensifies. ... that thepopulation will continue growing, and this will impact water availability.
Feb 3, 2012 - Water – essential, finite, and increasingly scarce – has been dubbed “the new oil.” Experts debate whether human societies are approaching ...
Here’s a paragraph from a 2012 UN Food and Agriculture Organization study, “Coping with Water Scarcity” http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i3015e/i3015e.pdf :
“Of all economic sectors, agriculture is the sector where water scarcity has the greatest relevance. Currently, agriculture accounts for 70 percent of global freshwater withdrawals, and more than 90 percent of its consumptive use. Under the joint pressure of population growth and changes in dietary habits, food consumption is increasing in most regions of the world.”
Also, see the critiques of EPA drinking water standards and radioactivity in Nukewatch (Summer 2016 and Fall 2016). The Fall report is by Diane D’Arrigo, Director of the Radioactive Waste Project at Nuclear Information & Resource Service (NIRS).
Contents: Campaign against Fossil Fuels Newsletter #5, Focus on Divestment #2
Anti-FF Students Forming Coalitions with Anti-Private Prison Activists
La Sala and University of Maine: Not Only Divestment, But Also Reinvestment
A Point of View from Yale U
Union Theological Seminary
Diane Rehm Show: Divestment Movement Expanding Beyond Colleges
Also Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground for the People and the Planet
Obama, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Curb Arctic Drilling
Analogy to Philly Soft Drinks Tax: Philly Soda Tax Gets Thumbs-Up From Council.
Use Taxes to Prevent Harms and Support Help, Increase Fossil Fuels Taxes and Use Revenue for Renewable Energy.
Use Taxes to Prevent Harms and Support Help, Increase Fossil Fuels Taxes and Use Revenue for Renewable Energy.
Law: Citizens Suing Corporations
Public Service Organizations: Oil Watch, Latin America and Africa
A Few Problems
Climate Change Is Happening
Arid and Semi-Arid Regions are Expanding
The Great Regulator of Climate—the Forest Carbon “Sink”—is Fast Disappearing.
Naff, Renewables Not Enough, Ways to Reduce C02
Climate Change is $Denied$$
Oil Industry’s Clean Air Fight Prepared for Its Climate Denial
END FOSSIL FUELS NEWSLETTERS #6