‘Friendly’ TransCanada Barrels Ahead!
In Spite of Obama’s Permit Denial, Proceeds with Eminent Domain Against American Farmers and Ranchers!
The arrogance of TransCanada is shocking, even for an oil company.
The company is threatening to seize the property of American landowners and start construction of its Keystone XL pipeline — even though President Obama last month rejected the permit to build.
The pipeline path includes the 600 acre working farm that Julia Trigg Crawford's grandfather bought in 1948, on the Texas Oklahoma border, where the Red River meets Bois d'Arc Creek, which waters the farm. Fearing for the safety of her farm and it's water source, Julia Trigg rejected TransCanada's offer to buy an easement on her land. TransCanada announced it was seizing her land under eminent domain and would begin digging, but Julia won a temporary restraining order, 1) at least until this Friday, when the court will hear the case challenging TransCanada's status as a "common carrier" under Texas law. It's bad enough that TransCanada expects landowners like Julia Trigg to accept permanent damage to their land and possible oil spills. But it's beyond arrogant for this foreign oil company to trample on private property rights and start construction on a project whose permit has just been denied!
Under eminent domain, the government can force landowners to accept monetary payment for the use of their land for certain public-good projects like highways and railroads. Of course, TransCanada's massive fuse to the carbon bomb of the tar sands shouldn't qualify as one of these projects — it does great harm and only helps the profits of a foreign corporation, with the bitumen oil planned for export to non-domestic shores. But regardless, the company doesn't even have the permit to build it, because the White House just rejected their application. But that hasn't stopped TransCanada. According to The New York Times, the company has at least 34 eminent domain actions against landowners in Texas, and 22 in South Dakota. 2) And their threats to landowners in Nebraska 3) helped spark massive public opposition and a special legislative session that were key in the decision to consider a different route. Many of these landowners are being sued by the company, and told that if they don't take the small monetary offering — sometimes less than $10,000 in exchange for the permanent damage to their land, and huge risk of spills — their land will be condemned and TransCanada will seize the easement.
Julia Trigg and others are fighting back and doing everything they can to oppose TransCanada's land grab. Everyone from environmentalists to Tea Partiers in Texas are showing their support for Americans' property rights. 4) As these court challenges unfold, we need to build pressure against TransCanada and spread the word about their reprehensible tactics. Click below to automatically sign the petition:
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager CREDO Action from Working Assets
1. " Keystone XL Pipeline: Texas Farmer Wins Temporary Restraining Order Against TransCanada," Huffington Post, February 14, 2012
2. " Eminent Domain Fight Has a Canadian Twist," New York Times, October 17th, 2011
3. " TransCanada Keystone XL Eminent Domain Threat Letter," Dirty Oil Sands
4. " Texans rally against Keystone XL oil pipeline easement," LA Times, February 17, 2012
In general, attendees of ‘Occupy Koch Town!’ believe ‘Occupy Koch Town!’ event activities and occupation was just a start in getting our issues and message to the public and to Charles and David Koch by beginning our ‘conversation’ with our urgent and overriding concerns for future generations, public health, climate change and many other environmental concerns! For this first Occupation, the ‘front burner’ focus and concern was environmental. While the Kochs point to environmental cooperation and awards, we point to their ‘small government’ issue funded efforts and backing that would lead to less environmental and other public health and financial regulation that would, ultimately, be detrimental, not beneficial, to the public good, the very reason any government that operates ‘of, by and for the people’ has the involvement and support of ‘the people’. If government does not exist for this and when any corporation or government is no longer sufficiently concerned and delivering end products that actually ‘lift all boats’ and when that government or corporation will not correct this and keep it corrected, it will fail! Read Full Report Here
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Monta Welch, ‘Occupy Koch Town!’ lead coordinator and originator from Columbia Climate Change Coalition and Columbia, Missouri, Occupy, Occupy CoMo, discussing with Mike Elk, journalist from In These Times, and OKT event speaker the points he would be making in his address on Koch ‘employee mind control’, unions, the balance of power, ALEC and the ‘business of’ and privatization of prisons.
Click Here to read more about the ‘Occupy Koch Town!’ event and its concerns and message along with event photos and U-Tube links of excellent explanation and addresses on climate change and related concerns.
Obama Heard You--No Keystone XL Pipeline!!
Great news today! Your hard work paid off!! The President has finally been listening to our wishes and today said No to Keystone XL! Now we can expect the Big Energy Industry to ‘keep their promise’ to make it politically impossible for Obama and we must take the opportunity to shine the light on this dirty money fight we are sure to see! Now is the time to keep pushing ONWARD! Until we get the 1% dirty money out of our government and stand vigilant over it for a very long time, we have more to do.
Enjoy and savor your sweet victory, then help us keep moving the line forward—As many of you will remember in a recent letter to you I explained why we had to shift our focus to getting the 1% and their ‘deep pockets’ out of our government and democracy. I explained that we wouldn’t have had the victories we’ve had without the birth and help of Occupy Wall Street and Occupations across the nation! We are moving forward with them as co-workers just as we’ve joined forces with others working on important and likeminded issues.
Today we are announcing our alliance building work with Occupy groups, multi-ethnic and other environmental groups, faith communities, food, farm, union and labor and take Big Corporate 1% to task as we stand together to: “OCCUPY KOCH TOWN!” in Wichita, KS, headquarters and hometown of the infamous Koch brothers, on President’s Day Weekend, February, 17/18/19! We’ll tell the President ‘thank you’ and continue to put the rest of the 1% ‘on notice’!!
JOIN US, FIND OUT MORE, SIGN-UP and SPREAD THE WORD!! Click Here
Many thanks!!! Don’t miss ‘OCCUPY KOCH TOWN!’ Join Us! It will be awesome!!!
Join us in Wichita, KS
hometown & headquarters of
The KOCH BROTHERS, KOCH INDUSTRIES,
& Koch funded think tank, the Kansas Policy Institute
Occupy Koch Town
Move beyond fossil fuels and corporate corruption!
Tell the Koch Brothers
NO KEYSTONE-XL PIPELINE!!
Save the Ogalala Aquifer, our farm and ranchlands in the Heartland—NO KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE!
Let’s take a regional and national stand ‘TOGETHER’ for our environment!
President’s Day Weekend
February 17-18-19, 2012
Direct Action!! Speakers! Music!
More details, schedule of direct actions and speakers, to be announced.
Some camping, inexpensive, free overnight accommodations available.
Occupation/further action welcome. https://www.facebook.com/
A watershed moment for Obama on climate change
by Bill McKibben from the Washington Post:
Ain’t eBay grand? For $10 you can buy a sack of 50 assorted Obama ’08 buttons, and that’s what I’ve been doing. If you look closely, you might see them this weekend on the lapels of some of the global warming protesters holding a sit-in outside the White House.
Already, more than a thousand people have signed up to be arrested over two weeks beginning Aug. 20 — the biggest display of civil disobedience in the environmental movement in decades and one of the largest nonviolent direct actions since the World Trade Organization demonstrations in Seattle back before Sept. 11. (Among the first 500 to sign up, the biggest cohort was born in the Truman administration, followed closely by FDR babies and Eisenhower kids. These seniors contradict the stereotype of greedy geezers who care only about their own future.)
The issue is simple: We want the president to block construction of Keystone XL, a pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of northern Alberta down to the Gulf of Mexico. We have, not surprisingly, concerns about potential spills and environmental degradation from construction of the pipeline. But those tar sands are also the second-largest pool of carbon in the atmosphere, behind only the oil fields of Saudi Arabia.(CCCC Edit: The previous is incorrect, but tar sands are still a potentially very large source of atmospheric carbon) If we tap into them in a big way, NASA climatologist James Hansen explained in a paper issued this summer, the emissions would mean it’s “essentially game over” for the climate. That’s why the executive directors of many environmental groups and 20 of the country’s leading climate scientists wrote letters asking people to head to Washington for the demonstrations. In scientific terms, it’s as close to a no-brainer as you can get.
But in political terms it may turn out to be a defining moment of the Obama years.
ANNOUNCING LOCAL VICTORY!
Thanks to you, your calls, emails, letters all helped get a significant improvement to our city building codes! We did have to compromise a bit, not badly, in adopting the full International Residential Building Codes; however, the Building Commission said they would agree to full adoption of the codes in the next review cycle!
Find information on Public Health and the Health Costs of Dirty Energy at this link.
Small Businesses Urge US Senate To Let Clean Energy Create Jobs:
CLIMATE COSTS “BY THE NUMBERS”
The following data is from the time the Senate failed to pass comprehensive clean energy legislation, July 22, 2010, until it resumed from summer recess, September 13, 2010: (For those 54 days only).
1) For the first time, China surpassed the U.S. as one of the most attractive countries for renewable energy projects. ----Ernst & Young
2) The U.S. fell $11,269,800,000 ($208 million a day) behind other G20 nations in private investment in clean energy and $21,215,342,466 behind the rest of the world! ----Pew Charitable Trust
3) A U-Cal Berkley analysis showed the American Power Act would have created1.9 million jobs! Nearly 600,000 of these jobs were lost where they are needed the most, in the 10 states with over 10% unemployment! Other states lost hundreds of thousands of urgently needed jobs that could have been filled immediately with little or no training! Senate inaction will cause American families to miss out on anincrease of family income of up to $1,175 per year and a boost to America’s gross domestic product (GDP) of $111 billion with huge economic benefits flowing across 50 states!
FOR MORE COSTS: