Friday, November 7, 2014

The man-made acceleration of global warming to come.

Senator McCain said this to an Associated Press reporter:

The American people want us to get to work and accomplish things. We just finished the least productive congress in history. They want us to pass the XL Pipeline. They want tax reform. They want government that functions on their behalf. They also reject resoundingly the policies of the President of the United States. [...] But most disturbing to me is if he [POTUS] acts by executive order and grants amnesty to millions of people that will inflame the entire situation to the point where I think it would make it much more difficult to enact comprehensive reform. There's no reason for him to do it, I do not believe it is constitutional, and that was the most disturbing part of his press conference yesterday.

The very first piece of legislation he said he wanted to accomplish was passing the Keystone XL Pipeline. When he was referring to "they" he wasn't referring to the millions of people who face eminent domain land seizures. When he was referring to "they" he wasn't referring to the millions of people whose homes and property will lose tremendous value because of encroaching oil pipelines and water contamination from leaking oil pipelines. He was referring to the people who are the largest lease holders of Canadian Tar Sands from which the Keystone XL pipelines will transport the oil all the way to the refineries on the Gulf of Mexico; the Koch Brothers.

According to the Washington Post, the Koch Brothers are the largest foreign lease holders of the Canadian Oil Sands. If the Keystone XL pipeline is finished, they are expected to yield hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil over the next few years. There is much higher risk of oil spills from pipelines than from using rail cars as shown in this video which shows the amount of oil spilled by other means of transportation than oil tanker railroad cars, but shown as the equivalent of oil tanker cars. I hope that's not too confusing.

So when Senator McCain is referring to "they" is he referring to you? Not likely. Will Keystone XL free the west from depending on Middle Eastern oil? Maybe for a few years but it won't make a difference because the carbon released from consuming the fuel will have no place to be re-absorbed. This is called the "Carbon Saturation Point." European forests are already showing signs of reaching carbon saturation, and our atmosphere will eventually become unbreathable. We may all slowly suffocate, or weather patterns may cause deadly CO2 clouds or pockets in valleys that will create mass casualties, killing thousands of people at once.

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