Skip to comments.Native Americans: Help Make America Great Again
Posted on 11/28/2016 5:15:36 AM PST by Kaslin
Native Americans protesting the construction of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline: quit throwing rocks at police; stop setting cars ablaze; discard your Children Dont Drink Oil signsand join your fellow brothers and sisters in making America great again.
We dont have weapons. We are looking out for the children who are not even born yet, Standing Rock Sioux chairman David Archambault II said to defend his 10,000-member tribes use of violence, aggression and disorderly conduct to protest the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline.
A line of sheriffs officers retreated in the face of riders on horseback circling and yipping through the grass, and local Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier relayed reports of weapons and gunshots and that protesters were getting ready to throw pipe bombs at a line of officers, according to the New York Times.
Over 400 tribe-affiliated protesters have been arrested so far in the tribes not-so-peaceful (and taxpayer-subsidized) protest that has been raging near Cannon Ball, N.D. since April. Hundreds of Native Americans have threatened construction workers and law enforcement officersclaiming the pipeline jeopardizes their access to the Missouri River and stifles their heritage.
For the children?
Native American children will, in fact, be far safer; live on a cleaner planet; and have more economic opportunities if we build Dakota Access. Native Americans can still be faithful to their ancestors and traditions and welcome modern progress that will make America a better place for all of us, including the progeny of the Standing Rock Sioux.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers studied the Dakota Access pipelines route, which traverses underground from the North Dakota Bakken oil patch to Illinois, hauling hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil daily to consumers in the Midwest and Gulf Coast. As part of its study, the corps meticulously interviewed representatives of Native American tribes—including Archambaults tribe.
The corps found the pipeline presented no major threats the environment or tribal cultural sites. Yet, instead of accepting science and keeping their word, the same tribes that effectively gave their blessings to the project threw a tantrum. Tribal parents even set up a makeshift daycare for their toddlers on the prairie so they could sustain their public tantrum for the past eight months.
My message for Native American protesters: instead of squandering your lives by menacing cops by day and plotting schemes around a campfire by night—while accessing a state-sponsored medical supply trailer, portable bathrooms, and 500-gallon drinking water tanks—I entreat you to truly advocate for peace and support a pipeline that will make America better for you and your progeny. Let me explain.
Pipelines: Clean, Safe, Smart Energy
President-elect Trump will likely inherit the Dakota Access controversy. You may recall that President Obamas administration shut down a similar project, the Keystone XL pipeline based on parallel protests. In the case of XL, as with Dakota Access, the protestors claims were demonstrably false.
Myth#1: Pipelines pilfer the planet!
The U.S. State Department not once; not twice; butthrice declared Keystone XL to be an environmentally sound project. Furthermore, it has been proven that crude transported by pipeline emits fewer emissions than crude transported by rail. And oil deliveries by rail escalated from 20 million barrels in 2010 to a whopping 323 million barrels in 2015 thanks to pipeline panic.
Oil pipelines are specifically designed to carry the extremely flammable form of crude produced by fracking whereas trains carrying crude are prone to hazardous derailments.
In 2013, a 72-car train derailed in Quebec—leveling over 30 buildings and killing 42 individuals. It is a miracle no one was killed in a 2014 derailment in Lynchburg, VA that occurred just outside of a childrens museum. In 2015, an oil train derailed in West Virginia that hurled a gigantic fireball up 20 stories. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude flowed into the Columbia River in June of this year after a train derailed in Oregon. Earlier this month, a 146-car train derailed in Minnesota—dumping hazardous chemicals and forcing around 700 people to evacuate their homes.
Myth#2: Solar, wind and electric can replace fossil fuels
Earth to environmentalists: wind power kills birds and solar power displaces natural habitats. Overall, green tech is not a job creator. Just last month, Mission Solar Energy closed its doors in Texas, eliminating 87 American jobs. Mission Solars closure is only one of many green companies that Obamas administration forced you and me to help prop up—only to quickly buckle under. Even purportedly successful green companies like Tesla only exist thanks to monetary assistance from the American taxpayer.
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is a billionaire, but what do you and I have to show for his companys profits? The option to buy his pricy deathtraps? A former Navy SEAL was killed by the Tesla S sports cars autopilot technology in May and another driver was run off the road and bloodied by this supposedly superior clean car that Musk promised would always take care of its passenger.
I have no problem with electric, wind, or solar power. I do have a problem with subsidizing the so-called renewable ventures of billionaires—especially when their technology isnt ready for the market.
Renewable energy companies wouldnt stand a chance without funding from EPA-mandated subsidies. For example, petroleum refiner Valero is forced to purchase renewable identification number credits and effectively prop up renewables in order to stay within the EPAs good graces.
Native Americans: better jobs, cleaner air, and a safer future for your children are yours if you only set aside your grievances—which have no foundation in science or spirituality—and join the rest of us in making America great again.
They should step aside and let the grown ups get busy.
Indians have never improved anything, ever.
I was at Alcatraz with family last weekend. They trashed that place, too.
That being said, it is true that solar and especially wind create a lot more problems than they solve.
Never knew teepees had attached garages.
They should stop blowing up those little green propane canisters too.
T-Bone Texan said: “I was at Alcatraz with family last weekend. They trashed that place, too.”
Hey, you think a prison island is trashed out; have you seen what southeast Oklahoma looks like since they let white guys and their trailer houses move into Indian Territory? Just sayin’.
An Oklahoma Choctaw
Those tribes initially gave the OK to build across their land.
Sorry, but they have no complaint.
“such as along interstates”
I lived 1/2 mile from a pipeline blowout and you don’t want to be around when there’s a problem. What could possibly go wrong with placing it next to an interstate?
When you say “those tribes gave permission” do you mean that some leaders sold out or that a majority of tribe members voted for it?
Those were the good old days. Too bad all that peace and love was perverted by leftists into politics.
I don't think this pipeline is actually being built on (or under) any native lands.
I thought about that when I made the suggestion. So where do you put it? I do not agree with messing up the environment or historic/heritage sites for construction projects. I wonder how many of these pipelines go through the country clubs and estates of the elite who make these decisions.
This is a problem that hasn't been solved. Perhaps part of the answer is to build factories, commercial, and residential users of electricity closer to the source.
Is it being built under sacred lands that have traditionally been left undeveloped because of that?
I don’t believe it even goes through their reservation.
If people would do their research they would see that this pipeline does not go through Indian lands.. they just think it’s too close and may someday affect their water.
They need to start living in the present.
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