Environmentalists Plan Phoenix Protest of Keystone XL Pipeline

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One of the many protests against this pipeline.


Phoenix is one of many cities around the country in which environmentalists plan on holding "vigils" to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Mind you, the proposed path of the pipeline doesn't come within 1,000 miles of Phoenix.

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State Department
This leg of the pipeline would connect to existing pipelines that run down to the Gulf of Mexico.
The pipeline has been the subject of Democrat-versus-Republican debates for several years now, with the left arguing against the environmental impact and general energy policy this gigantic pipeline represents, and the right claiming to take a pro-business stance in favor of the pipeline.

These protests scheduled for today (more than 200 are planned) are in response to a State Department environmental report released last week, which found no drastic environmental impact of the multi-billion-dollar pipeline project.

This doesn't mean the project's going forward, or that it's not, but it's enough for 18 environmentalist groups to protest.

Phoenix's edition is planned for 5 p.m. outside the Sandra Day O'Connor US Courthouse in Downtown Phoenix.

"This vigil will be peaceful and respectful," one of the events organizer's says in an e-mail.

The vigil is described as "an all-hands-on-deck moment to send the message to President Obama that Keystone XL fails his climate test and he must reject it. "

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Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

If we import 1,600,000 barrels of oil per day, which we do and if Keystone Pipeline would give us 510,000 barrels per day, which it is projected to, that is 4% of our supply. A $100 dollar barrel at $3.20 per gallon would save 4% of the cost per gallon, which is .15¢. We could cut military spending by 1/5, and lower the tax on gas by .20¢, double every teachers salary, give military workers one extra day with their families per week, solve world hunger and end US homelessness..without ruining anything. Posted on December 31, 2012 $2.50 Gas I read this quote today, “less than 1% of money used on making weapons every year would educate every child on the planet.” It reinforced my desire to make aware those that may not be of the ease we as Americans and as humans can change things that we are passionate about. I have long questioned the amount of money our government spends on protection, the USA spends as much as the entire rest of the world combined on defending itself, yet we are just 4% of the world’s population. Our government allocates $1.6 trillion dollars every year to this end and it makes up about one third of our yearly budget. With the latest talks about a fiscal cliff, I thought I would do a little digging. As Americans, we pay taxes, it is one of the things one can be sure of.. death and taxes, we have all heard it.. do we really know how much we pay? Where it goes? What it is used for? What other things get left out when it is allocated? I doubt we do. I didn’t. As I wondered to myself how much money of our spending on a gallon of gas goes to taxes and where that money went, I found a thing or two much like the above quote that regardless of whether you consider yourself to be a Republican or a Democrat, I believe can be agreed upon. The figures I found indicating what every American pays when procuring a gallon of gas are not a lot. Thirty cents a gallon is the amount of tax on a gallon of gasoline. The money is collected by the state and the federal government, most funds are re-allocated to building roads and improving bridges, etc. The money raised falls short of the money used for much needed upkeep like this. Surprise, surprise, right? So, approaching the ‘fiscal cliff’, how do we tighten our belt? How do we as Americans curb our spending and bridge the gap? At 1.6 trillion dollars, our military spending is too high. A 20% cut on all military spending frees up $320,000,000,000 billion dollars. It changes the work week for those in the military from 5 days to 4. From 40 hours a week to 32. We can still protect our country 24/7, I am not suggesting we stop protecting ourselves. Reducing hours by 8 a week would allow military members to spend more time with their families, and the last time I checked, military pays pretty ok. Paying a soldier $60,000 instead of $75,000 to enlist can be done and the soldier will not go hungry. Additionally, the military man or woman can spend time considering how they might like to serve our country in other ways, outside of the military, in the private sector. The cold war is over, has been for a while, sure there are flare ups we should look out for and we still can, we can just focus on it more specifically, rather than throwing so much money at an issue we should look at preventing to begin with. This would include cutting spending on war machines in production as well. Not convinced in the reasoning? Unsure if it might help? The cost of ending world hunger is estimated to be $200 billion per year. With the excess of $320 billion saved from spending on military, we could solve world hunger. S-o-l-v-e. It’s no longer an issue, everyone eats, no one goes hungry, America gets it right and we do something to give credence to the beacon we portend ourselves to be. I’m not done. We have $120 billion dollars left. Our entire education budget is $70 billion dollars. We can double the money spent on education in American, starting by doubling every teacher’s salary. The events in Connecticut should remind us all how important every teacher is and what better way to reward their dedication than to give them all more money. Do you know how happy you get when you get a 5% raise? How happy and inspired would every teacher be to get the financial support they deserve? The average teacher makes about $40,000 a year. There is no such thing as an average teacher. They do good for our country and our society that is immeasurable and should be treated like it is. Sounding better? I’m not done. Homelessness. One in three homeless people in our country are veterans. This is despicable! These hard-working people signed a piece of paper saying they would lay their lives on the line and we return the favor by allowing them to be without proper care? Are you kidding me? That’s shameful. Fixing homelessness for the 600,000 thousand without a home is estimated to cost 2 billion dollars a year. Problem solved. I’m not done. There is still $48 billion dollars left to re-allocate. The amount of taxes on a gallon of gas are about $.30 a gallon, with the $48 billion dollars left, we can pay this tax with the money left and remove the tax entirely from gasoline. A gallon of gas will cost $2.50, which is what it actually costs (minus Uncle Sam’s sticky fingers).(Based on a $2.80 gallon price) A future consideration worth mentioning although not addressed would be to have Canada and Mexico chip in to help cover the cost of our military machine. Canada and Mexico get pretty good fringe benefits by virtue of being our neighbor. Let them pay 10% (5% each) and they will be for cutting the size of the military much, too. Meantime we can use the funds to do even more. If our goal is to preserve life, and add to the quality of it, we can do no greater deed than to see to it that we set an example like this for the rest of the world. Americans are innovative and born leaders, we must serve to lead. This is how.

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

It goes to U.S. Refinery's and to my knowledge we weren't exporting all of our oil to other countries.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

This has nothing to do with " hippies ". It has to do with everyone.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

What do you not get? This oil is not going to be ours. It's going directly OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

David Holliday
David Holliday

Who cares? Holding some stupid vigil won't stop these big oil crooks anyway. But, if it makes the hippies in Phoenix feel better then....ok. smh

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

Yes it's a good idea cause it would mean less dependence on foreign oil and we need to stop lining the goddamn Saudi's already over inflated pockets

Dee Anne Santos
Dee Anne Santos

Perhaps that's true for regular crude, but transporting this shale oil is more expensive because the tanks have to be heated.

William Hoycott
William Hoycott

Anybody who thinks this pipeline is a "job creator" is seriously misinformed. The pipelinr will create about 2000 jobs during construction, which will last about 2 yrs. at most. Afterward, about 50 jobs will remain to maintain the pipeline. Use your fuvking brains guys!!

David Heward
David Heward

No, no, hell NO! Build windmills and solar farms.

Joe Abrahamson
Joe Abrahamson

Yes, we need the oil and we need the jobs. Otherwise it goes elsewhere in the world...

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

first of all, people who want this..i suggest you read up on the details, including what kind of crude they want to ship through the pipeline (hint, its the worst kind to clean up when it spills). Second of all, does anyone else find it amusing that the party who howls "evil socialists!" are the ones pimping this oil line for a socialist country? Third, again to those who think this is all fine and dandy..ask the people in the Canadian town where they just had an explosion from a pipeline what thats like. Or anyone in the Michigan town where a pipe burst and it got into a local stream..(and 4 years later they are STILL cleaning that up!). Im all for creating jobs and cheaper prices at the pump, but this does NEITHER! 

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

You know I've said that at least 4 or 5 times on here already, but they are just too damn dense to get it.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

It's like you people live in a bubble. WE get nothing from this other than more pollution and very possibly an environmental disaster.

logicman
logicman

I'm ok with this as long as every one of these people walk or ride their bike to protest this.  I would bet this is not the case.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Leave it to Mr. Hendley to misrepresent the intent of a environmental group's message.  Hendley knows perfectly well that the Environmental Groups are not protesting the contribution of the KXL Pipeline to the local pollution in Arizona but to overall Global Climate Change. 

"Mind you, the proposed path of the pipeline doesn't come within 1,000 miles of Phoenix."


Why would Mr. Hendley make such an odd, out of place statement?


Is that the type of journalism which improves the understanding of the reader or confuses the issue?  Yellow journalism at its finest at the Phoenix New Times - congratulations Mr. Hendley you get the award for the best Head up the Ass journalism story written to date this year.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/03/1274822/-KXL-Night-of-Action-The-Coalition-Builds#


Britton Wingfield
Britton Wingfield

You can do it, but it doesn't really gain you anything. Transporting refined fuel is more difficult and dangerous than transporting crude oil, and you'd need multiple pipelines for different refined products.

Tess Lambrecht
Tess Lambrecht

Wink if you think Phoenix is anywhere near this pipeline. Phoenix is closer to zero degrees Centigrade.

John B. Wilson
John B. Wilson

Yes. Unless you are willing to give up all your electricity and heating, you are a hypocrite to oppose it.

Luki Pela
Luki Pela

Anyone who believes it's good or will create jobs is an idiot and ought to have their right to vote revoked. You're lucky you still have the right to breathe (through your mouth)

Matthew Waterman
Matthew Waterman

If you don't like oil pipelines, use less gasoline. Otherwise STFU. Stop blaming corporations for filling the demand you asked for in the first place.

Mike McAuley
Mike McAuley

Stop driving, eating and buying things. Then you can protest. Each one of us us responsible for a small part of the petroleum problem.

Daniel Rush
Daniel Rush

This oil won't go to our market. It will go on the World market and our prices will not change.

Daniel Rush
Daniel Rush

Jobs? The thousands and thousands of job promised is now 3,900 for two years then it will dwindle to 325! If we took the money we are subsidizing oil companies and subsidized solar we could have millions of jobs putting solar panels on every house! Yes there are miles and miles of oil pipes all over America...and they all leak! That is why you cannot eat a fish in any river in North America! Don't buy the lie!!!

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

Texas needs more oil like I need a migraine.

Steve Ballard
Steve Ballard

somebody's SUCCEEDING in pulling one over on the Canucks and the Yankees!!!!

Bob Heyworth
Bob Heyworth

Those blasted Canadians are trying to pull one over on you!!

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Because bringing it in by ship or truck is much safer and less polluting... Hah!

John Taylor
John Taylor

Spend the billions on solar. No that would be dangerous because of all the sun spills and radiation leaks. Don't forget we could use up all the sun and have to live in the dark. ;)

Andrea Zumsteg
Andrea Zumsteg

Why don't they just build a refinery closer to the source of the oil????????? (sorry...not an expert.....asking a sincere question)

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

I'd wink if that were the issue - Global Climate Change is the issue.  You need to learn a little bit about what is in your best interests Tess.  I can assure you that the amount of government spending which will be necessary to mitigate the local effects of a rapidly changing climate due to environmental pollution these corporations have been allowed to freely exude will not make you  happy, nor will be in your best interests. 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/03/1274822/-KXL-Night-of-Action-The-Coalition-Builds#

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

lol wtf are you talking about? this DOES NOTHING for the US. It WILL NOT effect prices, it WILL NOT serve any interest for our economy, and only will open us up to the same spills and eco disasters that they have to deal with in Canada. (the only Americans that stand to gain from this are the Koch brothers)

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

lol what jobs? look at this company in Canada, they have enough problems with spills and burst pipes. Do you really think bringing that to the US is a good idea?

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