Congressional Energy Bill Stalls After Keystone XL Tar-Sands Crude Oil Pipeline Added

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Pro fossil fuel burning moguls attempted to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate last week, by attaching a series of needed energy efficiency amendments to the bill. But those efforts stalled when Democratic leader Harry Reid disagreed with the pairing attempt, saying the Keystone XL pipeline ought to be a separate vote by itself.

While the disagreement leaves the nation’s energy efficiency bill in limbo, approving Keystone XL would open the floodgates of climate-killing tar sands crude flowing through the U.S. to the Gulf of Mexico, ensuring more disastrous oil spills, like the one that occurred in Kalamazoo, MI, two years ago, which remains a problem to this day. The Keystone XL project will threaten sources of drinking water for millions, disrupt wildlife, and increase rates of cancer and other health problems in Canada and in refinery communities here in the United States – all for the sake of selling the oil on the open market.

We humans just can’t seem to stop burning up all those buried trees from way back in the carboniferous age, in the form of coal, and the remains of ancient plankton, in the form of oil and gas. If we could, we’d be home free climate wise. Instead, we’re dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate the Earth hasn’t seen since the great climate catastrophes of the past, the ones that led to mass extinctions. We just can’t seem to break our addiction to the kinds of fuel that will bring back a climate last seen by the dinosaurs, a climate that will drown our coastal cities and wreak havoc on the environment and our ability to feed ourselves. All the while, the glorious sun pours immaculate free energy down upon us, more than we will ever need. Why can’t we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What’s our excuse?

Please click on “About this Blog” for my solution to this worldwide oil burning madness. As sung in the song “Fly Like an Eagle” (by the Steve Miller Band), “Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping, into the future”. Those in the know say we can’t wait much longer, or it will be TOO LATE. Then everyone loses, especially those who have yet to see daylight. Its amazing how selfish humans can be.

About Mike Neuman

Environmentalist; Father; Senior Citizen; Husband, Former School Crossing Guard for City of Madison; Bike to Work Advocate; Animal/Children/People Lover (in general); Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Madison, Wisconsin, Anti-long distance travel (via fossil fuel burning); Against militarism in any form; Strong believer in people everywhere having the right to speak their minds openly, without any fear of reprisal, regarding any concerns; for those in authority to listen attentively AND, as warranted, ACT AS NECESSARY AND IN A TIMELY MANNER TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE those concerns; Lover of music, especially live music, music by: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young; John Prine; Steve Goodman; B.B. King; Eric Burton; Gracy Slick, Carol King;John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr; Bob Dylan; Lightfoot; Mark Knoffler; Richard Thompson; Elvis Presley; Tom Petty; Willie Nelson, Others too numerous to mention.

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