Donald Trump Dooms Us To Climate Change

The entire world has signed on, save only Syria and Nicaragua. It appears that Donald Trump now means to expand that group of two to include the United States of America.

Source: Leaving the Paris Agreement Would Be Indefensible

Donald Trump Dooms Us To Climate Change

Just when you think that Donald Trump can’t take a more offensive position about a crucial issue, he does.  This time he has taken a position against both the Paris Accord and the climate change, and undoing years of hard work by the Obama administration, numerous scientists and experts, and the heads of state of other countries who signed on to the Paris Accord.  His actions can be described as nothing less than irresponsible and dangerous.

By pulling the United States out of this landmark treaty, designed to combat global warming and climate change, he is allowing the United States to be put in the back seat behind other countries who have taken progressive actions to fight climate change.  Not to mention, his denial of the existence of climate change, which has been proven to be a fact by 97% of the scientific community, effectively closes the door to the future of the development of renewable energy and the potential for the creation of a huge number of jobs created by this new and upcoming industry.

Donald Trump is allowing his own personal prejudice to hamstring the development of the renewable energy industry in the United States.  If that wasn’t enough, it keeps the pretext of wanting to be a job creator.  Again, he shows himself to be a hypocrite.

By denying that climate change is a fact, Trump shows himself to be just another corporate dinosaur who hates any type of regulation, no matter how necessary it may be.  His laissez-faire capitalist attitude that puts profit before people puts a large portion of the world’s population in danger from climate change, just to make a profit for him and his wealthy friends.

Withdrawing the United States from the Paris Accord is the most irresponsible and indefensible position that he has taken thus far.  In taking this action, he has declared war on those of us who believe that climate change is probably the biggest danger facing our planet and its inhabitants.

 

Dakota Access Pipeline: Two More Leaks Happen

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons (380 liters) of oil in North Dakota in March.

Source: 2 more leaks found along Dakota Access pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline: Two More Leaks Happen

Once again, The Dakota Access Pipeline has sprung a leak.  This time, it leaked out about 100 gallons of crude oil.  It also leaked  85 gallons in March. It is past time that the federal government, probably the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stepped in and intervene in the situation and hopefully, shut it down until the entire environmental impact has been investigated thoroughly and without corporate interference.  Unfortunately, that last part is highly unlikely.

Considering that the company that built the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has not only invested billions of dollars in this project, and that president Donald Trump and the rest of the federal government has rubber stamped this project from the beginning, makes this highly unlikely.  This, coupled with the EPA has undergone massive budget cuts which have rendered it basically useless, is another fact to consider.  Unfortunately, after the Dakota Access Pipeline has such a large oil spill that it causes a major environmental disaster that this project will be fully explored and reconsidered.

Both common sense and practical consideration to make it a no-brainer that the Dakota Access Pipeline should never have been built, in the first place.  It is just another corporate venture that puts profit before people or the well-being of our environment.  It is another example of how money talks and bullshit walks.

It is also another example that clearly points out that common people, who protest against something that they know to be wrong should not be ignored, nor how the power of protest often carries great weight, even when it is ignored. If the protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline would have been listened to, we could all be spared, this ticking time bomb waiting to destroy the environment of this region.

 

Dakota Access Pipeline Already Has Its First Oil Spill

The Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota early last month, which an American Indian tribe says bolsters its argument that the pipeline jeopardizes its water supply and deserves further environmental review. Source: Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in April – StarTribune.com Dakota Access Pipeline …
Energy Transfer Partners Building Another Pipeline With More Mishaps

The same company that built the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline has twice spilled drilling fluids in two pristine Ohio wetlands this month. Source: The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is in another controversy Energy Transfer Partners Building Another Pipeline With More Mishaps In a recent incident in Ohio, Energy Transfer Partners …

 

Dakota Access Pipeline Already Has Its First Oil Spill

The Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota early last month, which an American Indian tribe says bolsters its argument that the pipeline jeopardizes its water supply and deserves further environmental review.

Source: Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in April – StarTribune.com

Dakota Access Pipeline Already Has Its First Oil Spill

The Dakota Access Pipeline, which isn’t supposed to officially open until June, already has its first oil spill.  The spill, which happened on April 4, was just reported today.  If this doesn’t prove that the Dakota Access Pipeline isn’t a potential environmental disaster, I don’t know what will.  Perhaps, if the pipeline should have a spill that reaches all the way down to St. Louis, maybe they will pay attention to this disaster waiting to happen.

Officials tried to downplay the spill by pointing out that it was only 84 gallons of oil that leaked.  What the hell difference does it make that it was only 84 gallons?  A spill is a spill, isn’t it?  84 gallons of crude oil has the potential to do damage, despite the state of North Dakota saying otherwise.  If a spill kills one bird or one animal, it is too much.  I suppose they think that a spill on the Dakota Access Pipeline would be worth mentioning if it caused as much as some of the oil platform accidents off the coast of Santa Barbara, right?

An official of the North Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources says that the state of North Dakota doesn’t even bother to make an announcement about an oil spill of this size.  To me this begs the question how much, or would it take before they issued an “official announcement”?

The public has a right to know about an oil spill of any size.  The people have a right to know that the Native Americans and others who oppose this potential nightmare for one hundred percent correct when they said that the Dakota Access Pipeline was a potential environmental disaster.  After all, if they can spill 84 gallons of raw crude oil without penalty, how much do they have to spill before they are penalized.  This question is especially important because the state of North Dakota announced that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the builders and operators of this controversial pipeline.

 

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President Barack Obama’s administration is expected to push through long-delayed safety measures for the nation’s sprawling network of oil pipelines in its final days, despite resistanc… Source: Obama oil pipeline rules face uncertain future under Trump   Could The Dakota Access Pipeline Still Happen Under Trump? During the last days of his presidency, President …

Energy Transfer Partners Building Another Pipeline With More Mishaps

The same company that built the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline has twice spilled drilling fluids in two pristine Ohio wetlands this month. Source: The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is in another controversy Energy Transfer Partners Building Another Pipeline With More Mishaps In a recent incident in Ohio, Energy Transfer Partners …

 

Energy Transfer Partners Building Another Pipeline With More Mishaps

The same company that built the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline has twice spilled drilling fluids in two pristine Ohio wetlands this month.

Source: The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is in another controversy

Energy Transfer Partners Building Another Pipeline With More Mishaps

In a recent incident in Ohio, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) once again showed that they cannot be trusted when it comes to protecting the environment.  Obviously, this company cannot be trusted to protect the environment.

In this most recent incident, Energy Transfer Partners spilled a large amount of drilling mud, a substance used in drilling for taking away waste byproducts (mostly dirt and rock chips) and keeping the drill bit cool and lubricated.  This is the second spill of drilling mud made by Energy Transfer Partners in the pristine wetlands of Ohio since the beginning of April.

In the first incident on April 13, the company reported to the Ohio EPA that they had spilled 2 million gallons of drilling mud into the wetlands. The quantity of drilling mud spilled was enough to cover eight football fields. The next day, April 14, Energy Transfer Partners spilled another 20,000 gallons of drilling mud a few miles away.

Though it is chemically harmless, it still has the potential to suffocate wildlife living in wetlands.  This still happened on a pipeline under construction called the Rover pipeline, which will carry oil from Appalachia to Ontario, Canada.  It will be over 700 miles long.

Of course, this company who are the builders of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota is already well-known to not give a damn about environmental protection.  If they did care about the environment, they wouldn’t have built the Dakota Access Pipeline first.

However, since they are like every other corporation, the only thing they care about is their bottom line.  Corporations like this worship profit like it were God.

To think about Energy Transfer Partners being allowed to build yet another pipeline through sensitive environmental areas, makes me shudder in fear and disbelief.  Then I ask myself; why should I be surprised that a company that has no problem endangering our environment and trampling over the tribal sovereignty of Native Americans care about the environment?

 

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EPA Budget Cuts: Trump’s Back Door Way to Destroy This Agency

In his first budget as POTUS, Donald Trump proposes massive budget cuts to EPA.


EPA Budget Cuts: Trump’s Back Door Way to Destroy This Agency

Many people, including myself, think that Donald Trump’s goal is to abolish the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).  He is no different from any other member of the business community because most of them also want to eliminate the EPA.  His recent EPA budget cuts are evidence that the president’s eventual goal is to destroy this important government agency.

His proposed cuts will force the agency to cut some EPA jobs.  What better way to kill an organization than to dry up its funding sources?  The latest EPA budget cuts will force the agency to abandon many of its critical programs that protect us from unsafe air and water and other environmental dangers that we face.  Even though Donald Trump said in the election that one of his primary goals was to protect the American people, his actions of cutting the budget to the EPA shows that he is nothing but a liar.

Many people who are rather naïve might ask, “why abolish the EPA?”  After all, if his agency performs such a vital service, why would anyone want to abolish it? The answer is quite simple; because it’s a regulatory agency that gets in the way of the corporate “bottom line.”

People need to understand that Donald Trump is a laissez-faire capitalist who cares nothing about the well-being of the American people.  He is just another businessman whose primary goal is to make money by any means possible.  If abolishing a regulatory agency that interferes with profit is what needs to be done to make sure that big Capital continues to make money, then so be it.

Others might ask, “can the president abolish the EPA?”  The answer to that question is a bit more complicated, but the answer is no, he cannot do it on his own.  Legally, I think it would probably take an act of Congress to abolish the EPA.  However, by defunding an agency to the point where it ceases to work properly is just as good as destroying it.

Donald Trump knows this fact.  His cutting of EPA funding through massive budget cuts will make the agency ineffective and unable to act, therefore, effectively putting it out-of-the-way of big business.  These cuts are Donald Trump’s back door way of destroying the Environmental Protection Agency.

If his latest EPA budget cuts are not evidence of his eventual goal, I don’t know what is.  We must never forget, there is a method to Donald Trump’s madness.

 

Pentagon Grows, While EPA and State Dept. Shrink in Trump’s Budget

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The Bakken Shale: Fracking in North Dakota

Lately, we have been hearing a lot about the Dakota Access Pipeline, mostly about the negative affect it will have on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, but most people don’t know anything about its relationship to the Bakken oil field in North Dakota.


The Bakken Shale: Fracking in North Dakota

We have heard a lot about the Dakota Access Pipeline, mostly about the over the effect it will have on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, but most people don’t know anything about its relationship to the Bakken Oil Field in North Dakota.  It is important to understand the relationship between the two.

For the past several years, there has been an oil boom happening in the state of North Dakota.  This oil boom is because of oil that was discovered in what is called the Bakken Shale, or the Bakken Shale formation.  The Bakken Shale formation is a large deposit of shale containing oil that is in eastern Shale Montana, Western North Dakota, and part of Saskatchewan, in Canada.

Even though the so-called Bakken oil boom has the potential to create jobs and puts more revenue into the economy of North Dakota, it also poses a significant threat to the environment of that region.  To mention that the oil produced in the Bakken Shale formation will create a necessity to lay a pipeline to help transportation of this oil to where it can be refined into different products.  The Dakota Access Pipeline is being built to carriers oil from the Bakken Shale Formation.

As we know, this pipeline threatens the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and other people living in that particular region because it will be necessary to build this pipeline under the Missouri River, upon which many depend on for their water supply.  Also, this pipeline will also pose a threat to the underground aquifer that is also the supply of a significant amount of water to this region.

To produce oil from the Bakken Shale, it will be necessary for the oil companies to use the controversial and environmentally dangerous technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or just known as fracking.

There has been a huge controversy over fracking, to the point where it has been banned in a couple of states and is the source of large-scale protest across the nation.

Fracking has proven itself to be harmful because it requires the consumption of massive quantities of water and the use of many toxic chemicals, which are pumped underground to force oil from the Bakken Shale.  The use of fracking is a major reason that environmentalists are opposed to further development of the Bakken oil field.

At a time when our nation is trying to end its dependency on fossil fuels, such as petroleum and coal, further developing the Bakken oil field flies in the face of our need to divorce ourselves from fossil fuels.

 

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Veterans Stand in Solidarity With Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Most of the A group of U.S. military veterans has vowed to block the completion of the hotly disputed Dakota Access pipeline.

Source: Standing Rock: Dakota Access battle brews as US veterans, Sioux dig in

Veterans Stand in Solidarity With Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

A group of military veterans, named Veterans Stand,  is standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The organization, known as Veterans Stand, is vowing to help the Standing Rock Sioux defend their tribal lands against the incursion of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the builders of the very controversial pipeline which threatens the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux.

A couple of days ago, The Secretary of the Army granted the necessary easement to ETP so that they could continue building the Dakota Access Pipeline.  As if no one would notice, the secretary of the Army does not have the power or authority to order the US Army Corps of Engineers to do anything.  Previously, the US Army Corps of Engineers suggested that the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline could easily be rerouted to avoid going near the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux.

Before, when President Obama was still in power, ETP was denied the easement the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  At first, people thought that they had won their struggle against the pipeline.  However, all of that changed when Donald Trump became president. President Trump has reopened this entire mess.

Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order, saying that the Dakota Access Pipeline will continue to be built.  President Trump is guilty of a direct conflict of interest because it has been shown that Donald Trump owns a financial investment in ETP. This is one detail that the media has unfortunately failed to mention. If he had anything resembling a set of ethics, he would recuse himself from being involved. Even though spokespeople for the Trump administration say that he has divested himself of any interest in the pipeline, there is no proof of any divestment on the part of the POTUS.

I wish Veterans Stand all the best in their efforts to save the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux.  Veterans Stand has established a GoFundMe page at the following link.  Please contribute!

 

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