The jaw-dropping reality that Nebraska regulators approved a plan to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline just four days after it leaked 210K gallons of oil in South Dakota is the latest and sickest example of how regressive environmental standards have become under Trump.
It really does seem clear that the Trump administration is out to corrupt not only our government but the earth as well, even as renewable energy is proving to be cheaper to build and run than ever before.
The timing of this, happening at Thanksgiving, reinforces the sting that Trump has slighted and attacked Native Americans, who continue to protest the pipeline today. (More below)
Here are some notable reactions to the news about the pipeline.
Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show, talked about how the pipeline is just one more modern-day example of how the Trump government has screwed over Native Americans, at Thanksgiving no less.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 19, 2017
Tom Steyer, billionaire activist leading the charge to impeach Trump for his danger to America, noted we all knew this would happen. Trump actively made sure it happened.
We all warned this would happen. It happened. Keystone XL will be even more dangerous. https://t.co/qTLWAtcLo1
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) November 20, 2017
Actor Mark Ruffalo noted that the people supporting the pipeline have had their “senses made dumb by money,” but that renewable energy is going to win out in the end.
The KeystoneXL pipeline permit was just approved in Nebraska. Pushed through by oil companies, Trump and people who have had their senses made dumb by money. Today the the cost of wind and solar is cheaper than oil and coal and nuclear. We will win, but we have to FIGHT. #NoKXL https://t.co/dcSxr19kx6
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 20, 2017
Writer, Jess Dweck, commented sarcastically on what Trump’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt might do to “help” with the leak.
Don’t worry about the Keystone pipeline leak, Scott Pruitt is already on his way to South Dakota to rescue and comfort the affected barrels
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) November 17, 2017
Author Stephen King gave an insightful comparison.
Okaying the Keystone after what just happened is like okaying cigars for a lung cancer patient.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 20, 2017
The Treaty Alliance, representing 150 Tribes, remains resolute in stopping the pipeline, signing a Treaty to stop the expansion of the Alberta Tar Sands.
PRESS RELEASE by the 150 Tribes & First Nations of the Treaty Alliance saying today's approval of Keystone XL in Nebraska won't change a thing: #KXL will be stopped! https://t.co/qzRHG9sRRf#NoKXL #StopLine3 #StopKM #NoTeck #KeystoneSpill @RuthHHopkins pic.twitter.com/ezXztX8klK
— Treaty Alliance (@Treaty_Alliance) November 20, 2017
Native American Columnist, Ruth H. Hopkins, posted a statement from the Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman.
“As you sit at your table this weekend to give thanks for what you have, remember that what you have has been taken at the expense of the people who have been robbed of that ability and a land that has no defense against what is being done. How many more years of taking will you celebrate before mother nature will no longer allow it? Do not forget that we are ruled by a law of nature that cannot be trumped by man-made laws. We may not survive the penalty for breaking the laws of nature.
I encourage anyone that understands this to accept the challenge and defend that which we all belong with a promise to protect mother nature. The time for action is now. There are many ways you can help. You can support organizations that are currently fighting to protect the land. You can organize you and your friends into new organizations to protect the land and work to turn back the damaging laws and decisions,” wrote Chairman Harold C. Frazier.
See the full statement below:
— Ruth H. Hopkins (@RuthHHopkins) November 20, 2017
For more on the ridiculous and maddeing news of the pipeline, see the video from Now This below:
BREAKING: A new path for the Keystone XL pipeline has been approved in Nebraska — days after it leaked 210K gallons of oil in South Dakota pic.twitter.com/vZqUDkxnPA
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 20, 2017
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