Oil and Gas Development and the Keystone XL Pipeline
Fossil fuels are devastating our planet, and the level of drilling now occurring in the United States and remote corners of the globe is actually accelerating; they are leading to massive global warming and, thanks to the technology of fracking, and they are destroying our sources of fresh, clean drinking water.
While people in our country and abroad are being education about the risks, the oil and gas industry has commanded the television networks with a constant drone of commercials designed to misinform, create a false sense of safety and speak as though they really care about our country and communities.
The ad agency responsible for this pack of lies once did the same for the cigarette industry. The power of their lobby controls many elected officials, and sends fear into many others. For his part President Obama, far from “removing us from the tyranny of big oil,” has instead open vast portions of the West to more drilling on public lands, has signaled an openness to open more ocean waters including the Arctic and now is faced with a decision on the XL Pipeline that would bring tar sands, that have been strip-mined through a pipeline from Canada to Texas so that it can be used to continue our countries addiction to oil and to be exported to China.
Many in the conservation community are getting nervous and saying perhaps it was a mistake to put so much emphasis on the pipeline, if we lose, well we lose hard. However, it is a mistake to allow the stupidity of something that promotes more global warming and hurts the environment. The President has shown little stomach for fighting Big Oil, the pipeline is a true and good test. If he caves, he should be publicly embarrassed and criticized. Many Americans want the pipeline because they believe the propaganda they see each night from Big Oil. What we at Bold Visions want to see is a future that is dominated by alternative energy development and retrofitting of homes to make them more energy efficient.
In addition, we must move aggressively to protect lands, lakes and oceans as wilderness, which is the one key to stopping big oil in its tracks. More than anything, we must educate people about the dangers of fossil fuels, to our health, our safety and our future.
Bold Visions is working on your behalf to promote these policies:
• No more subsidies to the oil industry.
• No to the Keystone pipeline.
• Begin an aggressive educational campaign for the general public.
• Work with our SANE Network to better educate youth.
• Promotion of solid alternative energy solutions, which do not include Nuclear.
• Work on a tax subsidies which allow homes to be retrofit at prices affordable to middle-class families with insulation, E-glass and solar, on a national scale to reduce our use of fossil fuels.
• Push federal funding of alternative energy solutions.
• Work to promote passage of a carbon tax.
• Give larger incentives for hybrid and electric cars.
• Begin to demand that television commercials for big oil be banned. Much like smoking, these ads are misleading and threaten our health.
• Push for more wildernesses- more ocean wilderness, more Lake Wilderness, but above all to see areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other key areas of potential development be protected and placed off-limits to any oil development forever.
Once again we will work to create a video that lays out the reality of this dirty fuel development and we hope you can become a project leader and take this video to your community to help stop the madness that is Big Oil.
The most destructive force on Earth, the
oil and gas industry
to educate the public on the irresponsible nature and greed of the oil and gas industry. Having spent millions on advertising, industry wants you to see them as a friend, a teacher, someone working abroad to help defeat aids. Our goals are to debunk such myths, to fight to stop all subsidies to the industry, one that makes billions in profits and to fight the concept that Natural gas is “clean energy. Or that fracking is safe and will not harm our supply of fresh drinking water. Finally, the oil and gas industries efforts to drill in remote and unspoiled lands, directly-harming the free movement of wildlife. Finally, we will issue a resounding “NO” to any effort to allow the Keystone pipeline.
For more than 100 years the oil and gas industry has operated around the globe. Their power and reach are second to none. Oil has been the reason for wars, for major military expansionism, and is not reflected in the true price of gas at the pump. The oil industry controls many elected officials and have transformed the wealth of entire nations. Republican leaders in the US receive millions for campaigns and the President allows them open-ended face time at the White House.
In recent years decisions like Secretary Salazar’s to allow the Deepwater Horizon to drill in the Gulf despite warning from his staff at the Interior Department resulted in disaster. Next was the decision to allow drilling in the Arctic Ocean just a few miles off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We have witnessed repeatedly two separate rigs out of control, crashing on the arctic coast, and for Shell Oil to not be able to control even the rigs, never mind a major spill.
These are NOT our friends; they are advertising props intended to deceive people.
With thousands of unused leases across the West, the industry continues to complain about regulation and the recent Presidential election and current Republicans continue the false claim that environmentalists are stopping progress. Here in New Mexico, the US Fish and Wildlife Service continues to shutter in fear at anything the oil and gas industry wants, recently protecting a small area for the Dune Lizard and touting it as a great environmental victory. It was a shameful outcome.
Industry is using the same advertising firm that for years told Americans that smoking did not cause cancer. We must continue to expose the greed and the destruction this industry is creating world-wide, while working for common sense solutions, like appropriately placed alternative energy sources, which remove the world from its addiction to oil.