The primary reason why the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) must be stopped is environmental. It is long past time that we move beyond fossil fuels into renewable energy. A pipeline transporting fracked oil is clearly not the way to do this.
Not only does burning fossil fuels contribute to global warming, but the transport of oil via pipeline is incredibly dangerous to the environment. Sunoco, the company behind the pipeline, does not have a good track record with oil spills. Over the last six years, their pipelines have had 203 spills. Reuters
This is just from the one company. In the last twenty years, according to a report by Citylab, pipeline accidents “have resulted in 548 deaths, 2,576 injuries, and over $8.5 billion in financial damages.” CityLab This is from a total of over 9,000 major spills. These statistics also do not really take into account the environmental damage done by these spills. The pro-pipeline argument is that in spite of the spills, transporting oil via pipeline results in fewer incidents than via road or rail. This is true – but leaving the oil in the ground is the safest alternative. It can’t spill if it isn’t being transported at all. And if it doesn’t spill, it won’t contaminate the water supply.
We now have feasible alternatives to fossil fuels. It is simply corporate greed from the oil companies that is driving the pipeline. Just recently, Tesla powered the entire island of American Samoa with solar power. ZME Science Europe has also made great advances in solar power with Germany leading the way. Triple Pundit America is far behind on their use of renewable resources even though the technology exists to create a more green future. The reason for this is simply because of the amount of lobbying power the big oil corporations have. This is corporate oligarchy at work. The election of Donald Trump will do nothing to help counter the control of the government by the wealthy elite. It is necessary for millions of individuals to stand up against the corporate interests and stop the pipeline. This is the first step toward a better future that doesn’t rely on dirty fossil fuels.
It must also be noted that the original route of the pipeline was supposed to cross the Missouri River north of Bismarck. According to the Bismarck tribune, “ one reason that route was rejected was its potential threat to Bismarck’s water supply, documents show. “ Bismarck Tribune The pipeline route was then moved to its current position where it remains a threat to the water supply of anyone down river including the Standing Rock Sioux. This decision to move the pipeline appears to be inheritantly racist. Essentially, by moving the proposed route of the pipeline, what they are saying is that the water quality of the Standing Rock Sioux is not of equal importance as the water quality of Bismarck, ND, with a population that is almost 95% white. Bismarck Demographics See also: ABC News
In response to this threat to their water supply (and that of millions of people living down stream of the crossing point), the Stand Rock Sioux established a camp near the proposed crossing in order to peacefully protest the pipeline. This camp, the Oceti Sakowin camp, has been steadily growing since it was first established.
The pipeline has responded by militarizing their construction zone through the use of police and private security. Since this militarization, a series of human rights abuses have been carried out against the protesters. On September 3, attack dogs were used against unarmed protesters. On October 27, a long range accoustic device (LRAD) was used against the protesters. This is a device that is capable of causing permanent hearing loss. Gizmodo This same confrontation resulted in 141 arrests, some of the arrested protesters were placed in improvised holding pens that were essentially dog kennels. On November 20, a water cannon was fired on the protesters in sub-freezing temperatures. Concussion grenades and rubber bullets were also used during the stand-off. Over 150 (some reports say upwards of 300) protesters were injured that night including Sophia Wilansky, whose arm was severely damaged in an explosion most likely from a concussion grenade. New York Times
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The official statements of law enforcement have directly contrasted eye witness reports and journalists on the scene. Live video shot from the scene also contrasts the statements of the law enforcement officials. The actions of the police in attacking peaceful, unarmed protesters constitute a clear human rights violation.
In spite of inclement weather and an Army Corps of Engineers evacuation order, the Oceti Sakowin camp remains strong. Thousands of veterans are currently arriving or traveling to the camp. While establishment politicians and the main stream media have remained quiet on the DAPL, it is good to know some people are standing up to corporate greed and protecting the environment.
The DAPL must be stopped.
Here are a few things that you can do to help:
Call the White House – 202-456-1414
Call the Army Corps of Engineers – (202) 761-5903
Sign the White House Petition – Petition
Move your money out of the big banks that are backing the pipeline and let them know why – Banks
Donate to the Standing Rock Sioux Fund – Donate
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