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Obama pipeline betrayal requires response at polls, says Stein

keystone-obama_stein.gif"President Obama just struck a cruel blow against our hopes for saving our planet from catastrophic climate change" said the Green Party's Jill Stein. 

Yesterday, the White House issued the following statement, “The President welcomes today’s news that TransCanada plans to build a pipeline to bring crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to the Gulf of Mexico. . . . We look forward to working with TransCanada to ensure that it is built in a safe, responsible and timely manner, and we commit to take every step possible to expedite the necessary Federal permits.”

Stein, who is seeking the presidential nomination of the Green Party, was responding to yesterday’s White House endorsement of the construction of a key section of the TransCanada pipeline permitting oil from Canada's tar sand reserves to be shipped to refineries on the Gulf coast. While one section of the Keystone XL pipeline's route remains to be approved, it is clear from the White House statement that the President is making a commitment to the eventual approval of the entire pipeline.

"This is the point at which the President could have chosen to stand up for our planet. Instead he decided to stand with TransCanada and to defy clear scientific warnings about the consequences of exhausting enormous amounts of tar sand carbon into the atmosphere," said Stein.

"His decision is motivated by a calculated political self-interest. The voices of scientists and concerned citizens have fallen on deaf ears. Now the question is whether the environmental movement, in understanding the consequences for the planet, will make sure there are political consequences for the White House. If we do not have the backbone to stand up to the President on this, he will conclude that he made a smart political move and that the environmental movement can easily be brushed aside. That conclusion will lead to a tragic series of setbacks for all of us and for future generations."

"A few weeks ago, over 800,000 people mobilized overnight to say no to Keystone expansion. Yet Obama moves ahead anyway. Now is the moment for those 800,000, and millions more, to speak in the only language this president seems to understand by building the Green Party as a force at the voting booth this November.”

"We are building new political force in this nation: a force that can stand up to the oil lobbyists and the shortsighted politicians and the Transcanadas who would sacrifice our future for their own short-term profit. We can stop this pipeline and we can create 25 million jobs in its place. But it has to begin with unhitching ourselves from the compromised and spineless politics of Washington and giving our support to a politics of integrity and ecological wisdom."

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commented 2012-03-04 11:38:29 -0500 · Flag
Agreed! I am sticking with Jill Stein for President! It is about time we break the corporate duopoly that exists in current day U.S. politics. There is less and less substantive difference between the two parties (especially between President Obama and the Republican Party). The only real difference is in rhetoric, but I am more interested in substance. That is why I am voting for her (or whoever the Green candidate is, but it will more than likely be her). For a genuine democracy we need a genuine choice that breaks the current blockade by the Democrats and the Republicans for third-party and independent candidates by placing increased obstacles to them getting on the ballot. We need electoral reform now more than other.
commented 2012-03-02 11:55:32 -0500 · Flag
Niña, Obama has no reason to listen to our voices. None whatsoever… unless there are real political consequences. That means voting for Jill Stein and doing so in large enough numbers that Obama feels politically threatened . . . as in losing the election. I doubt even that will sway him because the forces are much larger than Obama himself. If he were to “listen” than such forces would rally financially to his opponent most likely to win.
commented 2012-03-01 00:00:43 -0500 · Flag
I %100 percent agree with you Jill, thank you!!
commented 2012-02-29 08:41:04 -0500 · Flag
Obama is merely responding to the new spirit of the age which is greed, egocentrism and the resultant pathology. There has never been a more appropriate time to have a healer in the White House.
commented 2012-02-28 17:22:55 -0500 · Flag
In president Obama’s last SOTU address he admitted this would eventually go through when he referred to pursuing “all” options. That was also his way of avoiding the word: nuclear.
commented 2012-02-28 15:32:44 -0500 · Flag
Kathy, he’s making sure that fossil fuel burning bus has enough of it to run over Oklahoma many times over.

Of course Oklahoma is one of the very few states where it’s nearly impossible to put an alternative party on the ballot, basically eliminating any voter rebellion.
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