"Over the past few years weve witnessed a rising tide of courage from the frontlines; communities from the pinewoods of East Texas to the hollers of West Virginia have come together to defend the land and the people from the ravages of extreme energy. Yet with every new frack-well drilled, pipeline laid, and mountain blasted, the extraction industry pushes our planet closer to irreversible tipping points.
But now we are coming together as a movement to push back.
For too long we have struggled separately and we are running out of time. If we are going to reclaim our future, we must begin to speak with one voice. Thats why we are calling for the national movement against extreme energy to join in a summer of coordinated action.
As this industry continues to escalate its attack of life on earth, we must respond by asserting our dignity and escalating our action for a livable future. In the face of unfathomable ecological destruction and looming runaway climate change, we must take the kind of bold action that is necessary to save the planet. We must all draw our lines in the sand. We must face our fears together. We must take our future fearlessly into our hands and change business as usual."
Translation: We must all be dumb asses. We must face our idiocy together. We must take the world's future fearlessly into our own hands and turn it FUBAR.
It isn't the fault of the drillers, nor the frac crews, nor the people who decided to ship light sweet crude by rail to refineries which would otherwise be importing their oil by tanker or barge, possibly from countries who are pals with AlQaida, and getting that oil a little cheaper than shipping it in from elsewhere.
Someone, something failed and wrecked the train. If people had an inkling of the hazardous substances which travel by rail, usually safely, most of them would have an underwear wrecking moment. Overall, safety records are pretty darned good, considering the tonnage carried and the miles traveled.
Those who blame the absence of the Keystone pipeline don't realize that the pipeline won't go East, it goes from north to south. The biggest reason trains are being used is that oil can get to refineries which might not have access to those feedstocks otherwise, and would be importing Arab Light or Brent instead of using North American (quite possibly Bakken/Three Forks) crude.
I can only offer my prayers for those who have lost their relatives, lives, or property,