… Keystone is about more than one pipeline. It is about establishing once and for all whether we have moved on from the disastrous Bush-Cheney view of environmental policy. President Obama’s own Environmental Protection Agency has said in no uncertain terms that the pipeline will contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. That should be the end of the conversation. The fact that it isn’t — that we’re left hanging and hoping — is more than disappointing. It is a very troubling sign for the future.Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona): Obama’s Pipeline - NYTimes.com (via tartantambourine)
Hey everyone. So, if you haven’t heard, President Obama is currently weighing his options and deciding whether or not he should continue in progressing forward with the Keystone XL Pipeline project. If he does, our beautiful planet will face irreversible environmental consequences and unrelenting suffering. Below I copy and pasted some information about the Keystone XL and there’s a petition at the bottom you can sign. PLEASE signal boost this and pass it around.
WHAT IS THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE?
The Keystone XL is a proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline that will transport toxic tar sands from under Canada’s Boreal forest (a forest about the size of New York state), to the Gulf of Mexico to be refined and exported.
WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE?
- The tar sands are about the dirtiest and most carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels, especially when you consider the damage done and energy used in getting them out of the ground.
- If all of these tar sands are developed, we will no longer have the opportunity to stabilize the climate.
- The annual emissions of the Keystone XL would be massive at around a whopping 147 to 168 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to running at least 30 million cars, 7.3 million homes and 42 coal-fired power plants each year.
- Water contamination occurs when polluted water - water used for extracting the oil sands- is stored in “tailing ponds”. The polluted water eventually seeps out of the ponds, letting harmful substances like cyanide and ammonia, work themselves into our water cycle.
- The tar sands oil are underneath the world’s largest intact ecosystem, the Boreal forests of Alberta. The forests not only serve as an important carbon sink, but its biodiversity and unspoiled bodies of water support large populations of many different species. As the Keystone pipeline is built, the forest risks being destroyed in the process.
- Northern Alberta, since the construction of the pipeline, has seen spikes in rates of rare cancers, renal failure, lupus, and hyperthyroidism. In the lakeside village of Fort Chipewyan, for example, 100 of the town’s 1,200 residents have died from cancer.
- The probability of spills from this pipeline is high and more threatening than conventional spills, because tar sands oil sinks rather than floats, making clean ups more difficult and costly. TransCanada’s first pipeline proves that this threat is real, as it spilled a dozen times in less than a year of operation.
- This would affect the Ogallala Aquifer which supplies water to more than one fourth of America’s irrigated land and provides drinking water for two million Americans.
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Sign a petition HERE.
- Write a message to the Secretary of State, John Kerry, HERE, and explain your concerns for your planet.
- Contact the Candian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, HERE.
- Reblog, like, share, and tweet this post. Spread it like fire. (But not actually, because, that’s not great for the environment either).
PLEASE do everything you can to stop the Keystone from progressing any further. Some argue that it will create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars, but, really. Money doesn’t matter if you don’t have a planet to spend it on.
Pretty heartbreaking. These beautiful and bright students deserve so much better. Above I included some of the photographs (there’s many more) of Black women who are students there because I think it’s important to point out how racism is not only impacting Whites’ perception of their intelligence but also how White people approach their appearance as well, in gender-specific ways. This is heartbreaking to me albeit not surprising. The myth that working hard = happy payoff is a fairy tale. Racism is ubiquitous.
I really wish them the best with their education and the ability to navigate these microaggressions and overt acts of racism. This stuff increases stereotype threat and impacts mental health and health which impacts performance. I want the best for them. Much love. ❤
Among girls whose parents never commented on their weight, 4.2% reported use of any extreme weight control behaviors, while 23.2% of girls whose parents frequently commented on their weight reported use of any of these behaviors. Mothers’ more frequent talk about their own weight, shape, or size was associated with lower self-worth and higher depressive symptomology among girls.
This is open access. If you click on the link you can read the whole paper (click to read the PDF at the bottom of the page)
American newspapers just seizing the opportunity to have a little fun with slavery. Totally accidental and/or harmless.
In other news: microaggressions are common verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile or negative slights to marginalized groups. (via Donovon X Ramsey)
What do you think? Catchy headlines or microaggressions?
The last two I could write off as just lazy editing
The first two? Motherfuckers playing games
All of them are intended to demean. You could shorten the film title to “12 Years” just as easily and actually more descriptively, but throwing the word “Slave” around with “master” and pictures of Lupita Nyong’o is a way of re-emphasizing how US society views Black people.
The American white media never fails to disappointment me.
- Susie the Moderator