Type to search

Environmental Disaster: Trump Plans To Advance Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines

Business Environment Headlines Money National News Reuters US

Environmental Disaster: Trump Plans To Advance Keystone, Dakota Access Pipelines

Share
Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump plans to sign two executive actions on Tuesday to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, an administration official told Reuters.

The move comes after months-long protests by environmentalists and Native American groups in North Dakota against Energy Transfer Partners LP’s $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which would bring crude oil from the state’s Bakken oil patch through the Midwest and into the U.S. Gulf Coast.

A company spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Under former president Barack Obama, Transcanada Corp’s Keystone XL oil pipeline was rejected in 2015 after environmentalists campaigned against the project for more than seven years. Transcanada declined to comment.

Trump’s action, which comes in his fourth full day in office, would be a boon for oil producers concerned about limited pipeline capacity bringing oil to market.

(Reporting by Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru and Catherine Ngai in New York; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli; Editing by Savio D’Souza)

IMAGE: Benji Buffalo (R) greets a friend to his campsite inside of the Oceti Sakowin camp as “water protectors” continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Tags:

64 Comments

  1. RED January 24, 2017

    Perhaps this is where the first battle in the war to come will be fought. I guess more accurately I should say where the battle was already fought since the violent blue thug sociopaths have been assaulting and attacking people in ND for months. So the battle has already begun,but DAPL may be the place where people finally decide to fight back because they have had enough abuse from the billionaire class that controls our country and it resources.

    Reply
    1. dpaano January 24, 2017

      I agree….I wish I had the youth and energy to go fight with them!!! I’m sick and tired of how our indigenous peoples are treated and how this country took their lands in the first place, put them on reservations (much like our government put the Japanese into internment camps), and now want to continue to take away from them what they were given to replace their native land! I wonder how Republicans would feel if someone came along and wanted to put an oil pipe under THEIR homes or under THEIR water sources! Of course, the billionaire cronies in Trump’s gang don’t seem to care about anything but the bottom line, and that’s pretty damn sad!

      Reply
  2. Godzilla January 24, 2017

    If it spills, just send Hillary, she can “wipe it with a cloth”.

    Reply
    1. I Am Helpy January 24, 2017

      Haha yeah I get it – you hate & fear women, like a weenie.

      Reply
      1. dpaano January 24, 2017

        It’s easy for Gorilla to say something like that….it’s probably not in his state! Maybe it would be different if they wanted to drill right next to his home or under wherever he gets his water! Wouldn’t that be an interesting dilemma!

        Reply
        1. FireBaron January 25, 2017

          Here is another thing that pisses me off. The pipeline was rerouted to the Lakota lands because of potential contamination of Fargo’s water supply! Guess as long as you aren’t white, it’s OK to pollute your waters,

          Reply
          1. dpaano January 25, 2017

            It’s getting harder and harder each morning to get up and read the paper to find out what further ridiculousness our illegitimate president is up to. Today, he’s going to take money from public funds to launch an investigation into the so-called “3M illegal popular votes.” Why in HELL does he care….he won! He needs to give it a break and deal with the other stupid things that he’s doing. Yesterday, he signed a bill to keep money from going to international organizations that help other countries with birth control, family planning, etc. Without that help, these organizations have stated that there will now be MORE abortions because these people will not have access to birth control medications, etc. More women will die; more babies also. How in HELL is that going to help anything. Apparently the Woman’s March did nothing to make him see the idiocy of his actions!
            As for the pipeline on the Lakota lands….this is a travesty! This is THEIR land given to them by a land grant….how can our government now go and just willy nilly dig a pipeline under their one and only source of water!
            The bottom line is that this idiot, and I won’t call him “president,” because he isn’t, is doing everything he can to take this country back to the 1950’s. Remember, that’s when we had smog in California, coal miners with black lung disease, etc. Apparently, he doesn’t care about anything but the bottom line!
            AND, if he thinks the Mexican government is going to pay the U.S. back for his stupid wall, which the Border Patrol has already said won’t work, he’s totally insane!!! He wants Congress to allow him to use OUR taxpayer money up front to build the wall and then figures he’ll “negotiate” with Mexico to pay it back! Ain’t going to happen!
            As you can tell, I’m mad as hell!!! Every day it just gets worse and worse, and the sad part is that we can’t do a damned thing to stop him! HIs followers have been brainwashed to believe he’s doing good things for this country when, in all actuality, it’s going to hurt them as much as it will the rest of us!
            Sorry….had to vent!! It hasn’t even been a week, and I’m fed up with this jackass already!

            Reply
    1. johninPCFL January 24, 2017

      The one running through the Ogallala aquifer, since it provides drinking water for the toothless droolers in five states.

      Reply
    2. I Am Helpy January 24, 2017

      The ones that are stupidly placed.

      I hope that helps!

      Reply
    3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 24, 2017

      Jim, don’t try to get cute. It confuses the heck out you, you lose your train of thought, and wind up in a gully.

      Reply
    4. bobnstuff January 24, 2017

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-dakota-pipeline-spills-estimated-176000-gallons_us_584f2375e4b0e05aded56896
      Maybe had some one protested this one this spill wouldn’t have happened. It was small only 176000 Gallons.

      Reply
    5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 24, 2017

      Jim, I hope you and your kids like the air they breathe to be as smoggy as that in Beijing. And maybe you and they also like to have your coffee and water with oil added, to lubricate your joints. China will gladly step in to take the moral High Ground on climate change, while you, Trump, and the like, take the low road, and enjoy the back seat to China while the Chinese government fills the vacuum to be left by America, reaping benefits as you choke on those oil field/fracking fumes.

      Reply
      1. I Am Helpy January 24, 2017

        Why bother trying to argue? Like all current conservatives, he’s incapable of arguing with anything that isn’t a strawman of his own invention, and is impervious to facts.

        Reply
        1. dpaano January 25, 2017

          Much like our illustrious illegitimate president!

          Reply
      2. Jim Samaras January 25, 2017

        You must have been a drama major in school Aaron

        Reply
      3. dpaano January 25, 2017

        And, don’t forget to enjoy the earthquakes that have been decimating many of the Midwest states, like Oklahoma, the Dakotas, etc., because of the fracking! It’s already been proven that this has been the cause of many earthquakes in states that rarely, if ever, had them! Maybe you need to talk to some citizens of Oklahoma…..

        Reply
      4. FrancesPoo January 25, 2017

        Wow, you are 1 sick and delusional liberal moron. How about you get a job loser.

        Reply
    6. FireBaron January 25, 2017

      The one designed to bring Canadian Shale Oil to Louisiana for shipment overseas. Not the one designed to bring US oil to US customers. It probably wouldn’t be so bad if the company that runs the contraption had a better environmental record. That is why the Canadian provinces are refusing to allow it to cross Canada to deliver the oil they are producing (have you gotten that less than subtle hint yet?) to foreign markets (have you gotten that yet, too?)!

      Reply
      1. dpaano January 25, 2017

        Apparently, Jim doesn’t realize that we’ve already been drilling enough oil in the U.S. to take care of OUR needs. These pipelines won’t help the U.S…..the oil won’t be going to us. We already have a glut of oil in the U.S., which is what is driving the prices down!! Add more to the glut, and the prices just go down more! That could be a good thing if it didn’t affect the environment by building totally unnecessary pipelines! Why do you think that Saudi Arabia has lowered their pumping of oil? It’s because it’s not needed here as much as it used to be. We’re not using oil as much as before…..Trump would be better served if he used our taxpayer money for solar, wind, and nuclear power rather than provide “temporary” jobs to build unneeded pipelines!

        Reply
  3. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 24, 2017

    President Trump Tuesday signed executive actions to push construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines./// of course DONNY DUMPO is going to ok this why wouldn’t he he has stock in the pipeline . and the government is going to let him get away with this bull . he has said he was a billionaire . well by the time (if he makes it ) 4 years are up he will have his $ billions and made it but what he dose best con’s fraud’s and scam’s the USA . if ever the country needs the CIA like thy did with JFK AND HID LITTLE BROTHER BOBBY ! drop the hammer on the DUMPSTER CIA YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU NOW.

    Reply
  4. Lynda Groom January 24, 2017

    Here we go again with the inflated hypebole over JOBS. It would be easier and more long lasting to help renewables grow and those jobs would be over the entire nation.

    Reply
    1. itsfun January 24, 2017

      jobs count. They feed families, buy autos, buy homes, pay for college, etc.

      Reply
      1. bobnstuff January 24, 2017

        http://www.newsweek.com/state-department-keystone-xl-pipeline-would-only-create-35-permanent-jobs-228898
        Keystone will create thirty five to fifty permanent to ship Canadian oil to be sold overseas. The Dekoda

        Reply
        1. dpaano January 25, 2017

          Thirty-five to fifty permanent jobs doesn’t sound like it’s going to do much for the unemployment rate or will it help most of Trump’s followers to get their jobs back……it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the jobs that are going to be lost due to the repeal of Obamacare, the re-negotiation of NAFTA, etc. But, apparently, Trump, who doesn’t care to actually read anything, doesn’t quite understand this and his cronies refuse to tell him….they’re only interested in their own pockets!

          Reply
      2. Lynda Groom January 24, 2017

        Agreed, let’s get on board with infrastructure that provides long lasting not short term employment. Finishing a pipeline is not a viable solution to long term employment no matter rhetoric. You can’t go the bank and prove the ability to make mortgage payments with a temporary job.

        Reply
      3. FireBaron January 25, 2017

        ‘fun, it’s Canadian Shale oil. The second dirtiest oil around (behind Black Hills Shale oil). It is being run through the US because Alberta and British Colombia refused to allow the damn thing through their provinces because of the suckass record the pipeline company has for leaks. Guess it’s OK to pollute US waters, especially if it is only on a Lakota Reservation.

        Reply
        1. itsfun January 25, 2017

          I know what kind of oil it is. Its not okay to pollute any waters, and you know that. Now you are trying to make some kind of racial issue out of this. Just a leftist using another one of the big 5. Racism, bigotry, sexism, hate, or blaming George Bush. They don’t work anymore.

          Reply
          1. bobnstuff January 25, 2017

            If you know the type of oil then you also know it eats pipelines and has a very bad safety record. We know this because there already is a Keystone Pipeline that has had nothing but problems.My question is why do we care if the Canadian oil gets to market? This oil isn’t for us but for China. We take the risks and Canada gets the profits. The Dakota pipeline is in the wrong location. It could be moved to a safer, better route. It was moved once because it was going to close to a city, if there is no safety problem as claimed why did the relocate it. At least the Dakota pipeline is our oil for our use it’s just in a stupid location.

            Reply
          2. dpaano January 25, 2017

            And, we don’t need additional oil…..we’ve been producing more than enough for our nation’s use without having to drill for more! There’s such a glut of oil in the U.S. now and that’s why the gas prices have gone down so low!!! That’s a good thing for drivers, but it’s a ridiculous thing for oil companies to think they need to drill for more!!

            Reply
          3. bobnstuff January 25, 2017

            The sad thing we are burning some of the most useful stuff on earth. There is a world of thing you can do with oil.
            http://www.ranken-energy.com/Products%20from%20Petroleum.htm
            Welcome to the wonderful world of plastics.

            Reply
          4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 26, 2017

            Still smarting from the Bush Era. Time to move on—Fast Forward 8 years, and try to catch up.

            Reply
        2. dpaano January 25, 2017

          Itsfun…..do you not understand….the jobs of building the pipelines are TEMPORARY!!!! Once the pipeline is built, there will be NO permanent jobs! Why are you so dense that you can’t understand that….but I shouldn’t complain, you’re right up there with Trump!

          Reply
      4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 26, 2017

        Thanks again Einstein, for telling us something we’re all keenly aware of already. Are you seriously trying to have a conversation or just pulling our chain??

        Reply
    2. dpaano January 25, 2017

      And, he wants to do away with NAFTA, which, if he had a brain in his head and actually KNEW what he was talking about, he would realize that NAFTA has brought the U.S. many more jobs. By dropping it or “renegotiating it” (as he says), it’s going to end up costing jobs in the thousands…..much like his repeal of Obamacare is bound to do also! For someone who is such a BIG liar about wanting to bring jobs back….he’s sure losing them by the millions!

      Reply
  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 24, 2017

    of course DONNY DUMP is giving it the ok his plan years ago back when he bought stock in it . the DUMPSTERS Is playing the country & the world and mostly the brain dead followers are the stupid ones of his fools . its said and heck he even talks about it the forgotten people of the country . do you know who the forgotten people he is talking about ? ITS ALL YOU BRAIN DEAD FOOLS THAT VOTED FOR THE CLOWN CAR DRIVER HE USED YOU LIKE T-PAPER he whipped his B/S dripping mouth (HIS AZZ) and flushed you away and now your the dumpsters forgotten ones he used you and now its be gone with you ohh ya he says THANKS BRAIN DEAD SUCKERS stupid easy morons

    Reply
  6. itsfun January 24, 2017

    A President actually doing something to help secure our energy future and help Americans get good paying jobs. Imagine that.

    Reply
    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 24, 2017

      I’m trying hard to imagine you getting beyond a “me-first/America first” infatuation and mental dysfunction, and saying something intelligent for a change, but the image never materializes.

      Reply
    2. I Am Helpy January 24, 2017

      Right, but Obama isn’t President anymore, and Trump is doing this instead.

      Reply
    3. I Am Helpy January 24, 2017

      Also, I dunno why you idiots always try to claim that this is about The Jobs. Since Eisenhower, every Democratic President – EVERY SINGLE ONE – has left office with lower unemployment than when they entered. Every single Republican President except Reagan has lost jobs.

      Your policies, based on outright lies, do not work. You are morons.

      Reply
    4. FireBaron January 25, 2017

      Really? Do you know that the oil being pumped through (Shale oil from Canada, not the US) there is only scheduled to go to Texas and Louisiana to be shipped for the overseas market? This is because the Provinces in Canada don’t trust the pipeline company, with their history of leaks and ruptures, to do to Canada what they are now likely to do to the US. So the only benefit we will get is the temporary construction jobs for the completion of this project. Then bupkes! No energy benefit.

      Reply
      1. itsfun January 25, 2017

        Yep Really. How many good paying jobs will be created building this pipeline? I saw a man from the petroleum institute this morning, he said this is projected to save the average home $1350 in heating costs. President Trump also said only American made steel will be used. More help for American steel companies. I didn’t realize you get to speak for all of the Provinces in Canada.

        Reply
        1. Faraday_Cat January 25, 2017

          Not sure why he said that about American steel, he can request it, but he can’t mandate it…only by denying the pipeline altogether can he actually stop them from using foreign steel. Wonder why that issue suddenly matters to him now, considering nothing he’s built up till now included American steel (whole lot from Chy-na, though!).
          A man from an oil lobbying group making KXL sound like a good deal? Well, surely that person has no reason to trump up (or flat-out lie about) the supposed benefits at all, huh? I would advise you to never attend a timeshare presentation…
          By the way, you want real savings and real energy independence? Take all the current oil subsidies and plug them into renewable ventures…how much can you save when your source is free like sunlight, and how independent could we be if we didn’t need ANY energy from foreign sources?

          Reply
          1. dpaano January 25, 2017

            Wow, thanks for reminding me of Trump’s hypocrisy….as if we didn’t already know that (LOL)! Of course he wouldn’t mention the fact that his steel comes from overseas….that would be too much for him to handle once everyone got wind of it and started tweeting about how much of a hypocrite he is! I think he also still has his clothing line manufactured in both China AND Vietnam, along with Ivanka’s jewelry and shoe business! It’s amazing that no one brought that little ditty up during the campaign….I would have LOVED to hear him get out of that one! Of course, Macy’s stopped selling his clothing line, so maybe he’s no longer availing himself of China’s services….you NEVER know with him and his “alternative facts.”

            Reply
          2. itsfun January 25, 2017

            Are you aware of the millions Obama gave to “green energy companies” and then they went out of business? Oil subsidies are producing real energy, green subsidies are producing companies going out of business.

            Reply
          3. Faraday_Cat January 27, 2017

            Put up or shut up… find me a comparison of subsidy performance to oil industries and green energy industries and let’s see how that shakes out. (Hint: green energy has the highest rate of return and least failures of any subsidy program)

            Reply
          4. itsfun January 27, 2017

            I will NOT shut up. Do your own research.
            Jerks like you are a dime a dozen.

            Reply
          5. Faraday_Cat January 30, 2017

            Jerks like you are more than a dozen for less than a dime…YOU made the claim, YOU have to back it up or stop making it (this is the “shut up”, not telling you to shut up in general, just stop making an unsupported claim). That is how this works, and really if you’re making the claim you must have seen support for it already and possible even have ready access to it. Providing it also strengthens your position, and can easily be the deciding factor in swinging someone’s opinion to your side. Telling someone to do their own research reeks of “I’m lying, but you can’t prove it.” or “I’m sure that’s what I read, but you have to trust me instead of seeing what I based my statement on.” That’s like buying a house for an asking price that is your entire life savings without ever seeing it. Oh, and by the way, I DO do my own research…and rarely do I ask for support of your claim unless I couldn’t find it myself. So since I can’t find anything supporting your position, you can either provide what you found or everyone reading this can assume you were lying.

            Reply
          6. itsfun January 30, 2017

            I couldn’t care less about what you assume or make up. I will decide what I want to post and I will decide if I am going to do research for you. You’re the one calling me a liar – prove it. You have the burden of proof not me.

            Reply
          7. Faraday_Cat February 1, 2017

            So in your view, you would have to prove that the salesman selling you a car is lying about the price…doesn’t make much sense, does it?
            You made the claim, it is up to you to back it up. If you can’t or won’t, we can all assume that you are uninformed, or lying. Now, I didn’t claim that you were lying, and I originally asked for your source because I can admit to being wrong when shown proof. And I, like many others, can be swayed by facts if you have them. But if you’re not trying to convince someone that your position is correct, why bother posting at all? Just know that if you are actually trying to win people over to your side, “Because I said so” is not, and never has been, and effective argument.

            Reply
          8. itsfun February 1, 2017

            I used to post articles and stats and all that good stuff. All I ever got back was how the article were nothing but lies from the right and the stats were wrong. Once I even cut and pasted right from the Constitution, and the answer I got back was it was bogus. I then told the person where to find the info in the Constitution, then I was told I had set her up. After getting numerous responses like that I decided I would not waste any more of time posting articles and stats.

            Reply
          9. Faraday_Cat February 2, 2017

            And you never thought, even once, that maybe your stats were wrong? That they were actually lies from the right? I’m acutely aware of confirmation bias, and strive not to have it in my own life after the Dan Rather / Bush NG story…perhaps it’s time to examine yours.

            Reply
      2. dpaano January 25, 2017

        I wish to repeat…..”TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION JOBS.” There will be NO long-term permanent jobs once the pipeline has been built, except maybe someone that will have to come in every month or so to find and fix the leaks and clean up the mess!!!

        Reply
  7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 24, 2017

    The following stem from some thoughts I had on the article above.

    Axiom 1: — In a politically-charged conservative environment there is little regard
    for the sanctity and sacredness of the environment.
    Axiom 2: — A majority of Conservatives and the Fossil Industry put Fiscal Matters
    at the top of list of things to consider—everything else is pushed down.
    Axiom 3: — A majority of Conservatives have little regard for Science and/or never
    took Science Courses beyond the 8th Grade.
    Axiom 4: — A majority of Conservatives have little if NO regard for the Rights
    of Indigenous Peoples lands, customs/cultural values.
    Axiom 5: — A balanced ecosystem requires a harmonious relationship between
    humans and the environment
    Axiom 5a: — Harmonious relationship involves people and the inanimate components
    being in balance, and using consultation to arrive at such a balance.
    —————————————————————————————————————-

    Proposition: Effective management of the Environment, ecosystems,
    requires knowledge of Science, requires a sense of morality that
    takes into consideration the living/nonliving components within
    the environment by consultation with all individual parties who
    would be impacted. By doing so, we would qualify as
    responsible Stewards.
    —————————————————————————————————————

    Theorem: Trump, the GOP, the Fossil Fuel Industry, and anti-Science sentiments by
    an anti-science electorate make for unfit Stewards.

    Definitions and other Basics

    a) By definition, stewardship means the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property. By property, we mean the earth and all physical entities, such land, water, the air breathed, that are associated with it.
    b) For these items, i.e., “property”, to be in a stable condition, there must be a balance between all the component elements associated with “property”.
    c) The field of Science informs us of the nature of the interactions between these component parts, and enables us to measure, monitor, take note of changes and the effects of such on all entities within the property.
    d) To interpret the data properly requires a minimum of competence in sciences
    e) Management requires making note of the consequences an impact due to imbalance in the interactions of the components, and to take appropriate decisions to by consulting with all parties concerned, indigenous peoples, the status quo majority
    population, and experts in cultural affairs and the fields of science. Proper extraction and distribution of the resources in the environment requires consultation that gives equal voice to all parties, including hearing and factoring in comments from objective
    and dispassionate “guests”.

    Disposition:

    Since Donald, the GOP, and many of the electorate known as “conservatives” have little, if any, knowledge of science, they are unqualified to give input from a science
    perspective. (Axiom 3) The Fossil Fuel industry has proven to be unconcerned with balance and interactions in the environment due to emotions and primary concern for the “bottom line” they are unreliable to fairly assess the situation, oftentimes skewing results from impact studies to meet said bottom line. (Axioms 2, 5)
    Little, if any regard, has ever been given for the concerns of the indigenous people who culturally and for Religious purposes the land, air, and water are considered sacred—this applies to the GOP, Trump and conservative voters.
    There has never been a respect and regard for the voices of the indigenous peoples and their supporters in the matter due to lack of a “spiritual” consultation that considers a balance of cultural, scientific, and business concerns (Axioms 4, 5, and 5a)

    Conclusion:

    Therefore, no balance among the component will be achieved, no effective stewardship would be forthcoming, and therefore Trump, the GOP, the Fossil
    Fuel Industry are unfit as stewards and consequently can’t be relied on for
    proper stewardship.

    Q.E.D.

    —————————————————————————————————————–

    Excerpts from Statement on the Environment, by by Richard Landau, on behalf of The Baha’i International Community, in a statement delivered at the UN are as follows:

    The Bahá’í view on environmental conservation and sustainable development holds that: a) because the natural universe is a reflection of the majestic qualities and attributes of the Supreme Being, it inspires and should be accorded the utmost respect; b) all of creation is interconnected; c) that the unity of humanity is the essential truth and compelling force in this age. Of this, Bahá’u’lláh wrote: “The earth is but one county, and mankind its citizens.” The concepts of world citizenship, prudent stewardship of the earth, and the interconnectedness of all things is the essence of the Bahá’í Faith.

    Abdu’l Bahá (tr. Servant of the Glory), the son of Bahá’u’lláh amplified this point:
    For every part of the universe is connected with every other part by ties that are very powerful and admit of no imbalance, nor any slackening whatever. . .
    In another reference, he remarked:
    Cooperation and reciprocity are essential properties which are inherent in the unified system of the world of existence, and without which the entire creation would be reduced to nothingness.
    At the very heart of the Bahá’í view of the relationship between humanity and the natural universe is the belief that all of creation is an expression of the many names and attributes of an all-powerful God. Like the many different attributes of God, the natural realm has diverse “causes” or ideal environments in which it flourishes and expresses itself. Life is tenacious and can adapt itself to such diverse climates as polar, temperate, tropical and desert.
    Nature in its essence is the embodiment of My Name, the Maker, the Creator. Its manifestations are diversified by varying causes, and in this diversity there are signs for men of discernment. Nature is God’s Will and is its expression in and through the contingent world.

    Every man of discernment, while walking upon the earth, feeleth indeed abashed, inasmuch as he is fully aware that the thing which is the source of his prosperity, his wealth, his might, his exaltation, his advancement and power is, as ordained by God, the very earth which is trodden beneath the feet of all men. There can be no doubt that whoever is cognisant of this truth, is cleansed and sanctified from all pride, arrogance, and vainglory. . .
    Yet, while nature is seen as the repository of the many attributes of God, Bahá’ís are not pantheists. They do not worship nature or hold it in high esteem for its own sake. The natural realm exists to serve a humanity that has as its task the carrying forward of an ever-evolving divinely ordained world order that will usher in universal peace and harmony.

    ——————————————————————————————————————

    Just my personal views, aside from the excerpt from the actual text from the BIC
    Statement. Somewhat hasty, I grant you. But I just had to start from some point.

    Reply
    1. dpaano January 24, 2017

      So very true, Aaron, as usual! Trump just wants to see our environment turn into another “concrete jungle” much like New York City….to hell with the environment, the land, the wildlife, etc.! The most we can hope for is that neither of these projects take place due to the current glut of oil that is bringing oil prices down.
      As a Lakota chief said recently….the earth is a SOURCE; not a RESOURCE!! I had never heard it put that way, but it is so true! It’s just unfortunate that our Republican-run government in Washington, D.C. consists ONLY of billionaires who only give a damned about the bottom line and NOT about what this earth is going to look like in the next century!!!

      Reply
      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 24, 2017

        I am beside myself with rage, so I had to post the above to relieve some steam. We all know that the Trumpster and the GOP are like heathens when it comes to the environment, people’s health, and everthing else, but this takes us further down the slope. Something has got to give, and it ain’t gonna be me. I know you, and the rest who are responsible and on the same page, feel the same way.

        Reply
        1. dpaano January 25, 2017

          You are absolutely right….see my very long vent below!!! I just feel helpless to stop the ridiculousness that’s now running our country! I can only hope that his so-called followers begin to see his blatant lies and “alternate facts” are just a bunch of BS! He’s going to cause them much pain, and they just haven’t begun to realize it yet!

          Reply
    2. FrancesPoo January 25, 2017

      enough with the copy and paste’s. you do realize that no one gives a crap, right?

      Reply
      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 26, 2017

        You do, that’s why you keep reading these posts. And I hope you’re not flattering yourself to think anyone will be deterred by a simple little troll like yourself.

        Reply
  8. dpaano January 24, 2017

    If I were an Indian, I would SUE the government for breach of contract. The land belongs to the Indian reservation, and American (and it’s idiot president) have NO right to tell oil companies to build their pipelines on, under, or around the land! This is ridiculous and just another way we’ve taken from the Indians that were here before we were! Trump should be ashamed!
    As for the oil drilling….prices for oil have dropped significantly because there is a glut of oil….I doubt seriously if Canada is even still interested in the Keystone deal! If I were any of the states involved, again, I would sue the American government for usurping state’s rights! For a president who says he wants to give MORE rights back to the states, this is a hell of a way to start!

    Reply
    1. FireBaron January 25, 2017

      Actually, OPEC is cutting back on production in order to drive prices back up. Their ploy of glutting the market to break Russia and force Venezuela back into the Cartel didn’t work. This means the shale oil will be back again – at least as long as our friends in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Bahrain, and Brunei decide to keep production down.

      Reply
      1. dpaano January 25, 2017

        I’m hoping that Canada has dropped it’s reason for building the Keystone pipeline, and that the company that wants to drill on Lakota lands will decide that moving the pipeline somewhere else would be more beneficial. One can always try to hope, right? As I said somewhere else….a Lakota chief recently said in a television documentary that “this earth is a source; it is NOT a resource!” This is SO true….this land was given to us to take care of, not decimate piece by piece in the name of money!

        Reply
  9. Dan S January 24, 2017

    But but Donnie said he was a friend to the environment. He wouldn’t lie to the American public would he ? ☹️

    Reply
    1. Brooke McCartneyv January 24, 2017

      This is the way you can also make a quite wonderful wealth on a monthly basis… You can Try it for yourself! After been without work for 6 months, I started freelancing over this web site and so now i couldn’t be more happy. After 6 months on my latest job opportunity my monthly income is around 12k per month…>> http://www.facebook.com/For-US-UK-Canada-Australia-and-New-Zealand-1081278581977571/app/208195102528120/

      Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.