Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
Yes, regardless of the earnest civil disobedience of groups and individuals protesting the 4th phase of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the reality is that within a month or two, tar sands oil from Alberta will be mainlining its way to Houston and Port Arthur, Texas.
How can that be, you ask, when President Obama has not yet made an official decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline?
The answer is simple: he has.
When Obama approved what is known as the southern leg of the pipeline the spigot was opened to transport the climate-killing tar sands oil to refineries and ports in Texas – and facilities along the way. The only issue outstanding is whether Obama will approve a northern branch of the Keystone XL Pipeline that will be more profitable and deliver much more volume than the current stitched together pipeline that is nearing completion. The southern leg of the pipeline that runs from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Houston and Port Arthur in Texas should be fully constructed, with oil flowing, before Obama might even decide on the northern “express” leg that is a more direct and lucrative option for its owner, TransCanada. [...]
The reality of the nearly finished pipeline dispels the notion that the pending Obama decision about the northern leg of Keystone XL might forestall the ruinous carbon dioxide emissions created by tar sands processing is dismaying. But it can also be a wake up call that even the most laudable goals to save the planet can become the victim of a diversionary shell game. [...]
What most US citizens don’t know – including most progressives – is that when the southern pipeline segment starts flowing with tar sands oil in a short while, the fuse will have already ignited the bomb.
Please read the entire post here.