Thursday, October 20, 2011

1 vs.99: Keystone XL Seizes Private US Land

This is so beyond outrageous I hardly know where to begin. We're talking about a foreign company suing Americans who refuse to give up part of their property for a uber-destructive pipeline project largely owned by China. This is the crap that Hillary Clinton's State Department is trying to force on America, in spite of massive public opposition. Obama is supposed to be the final decision-maker, which doesn't bode well for us, considering he's a tool extraordinaire of the corporatist global elite...

By Rady Ananda, Coto Report:
Canadian oil firm sues to seize US land for Keystone XL oil headed to China

The NYTimes reports that TransCanada, a Canadian oil company, promises to confiscate private land from South Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico, and has already filed nearly 60 lawsuits against private US citizens who refuse to allow the Keystone XL pipeline on their property, even though the controversial project has yet to receive federal approval.

“Randy Thompson, a cattle buyer in Nebraska, was informed that if he did not grant pipeline access to 80 of the 400 acres left to him by his mother along the Platte River, ‘Keystone will use eminent domain to acquire the easement.’”

In an email, Vince Wade comments:

“One of my frequent preaching topics is why NAFTA is bad for our economy and our nation and how it is a tool of the robber baron globalists who have destroyed the Middle Class of the industrialized world–which is why we have a global recession/depression.

“For those of you who worry about U.S. Sovereignty, let’s think about this: a Canadian company–that is, a foreign company, which is part of NAFTA, is threatening Americans who are refusing to surrender their property to build a pipeline to carry highly toxic tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the refineries of Texas.

It will cross the Ogallala Aquifer, the prime source of water for about 11 states. In some places the aquifer water table is 5 feet below ground. The oil fat cats tell us with a straight face that there’s nothing to worry about. By the way, a branch of the Tar Sands pipeline project is responsible for the massive spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River last year. It’s still a mess.

“Would you be surprised to learn that much of the Canadian tar sands oil to be pumped into the Keystone XL pipeline is owned by the People’s Republic Of China?

“Communist China has invested billions in the Canadian Tar Sands oil industry, and Keystone XL is intended to transport China’s oil. In other words, Keystone XL is intended to transport Canadian oil to Texas so Communist China can recoup its investment in Canadian natural resources. The Obama Administration doesn’t see a problem with this pipeline and it is leaning toward giving the pipeline the full go-ahead. Obama hopes approval will mean a campaign contribution windfall from the oil barons.

“Once again–a bi-partisan shafting of the American people. Hey-the 1% globalists of NAFTA want this, so our for-rent politicians in both parties stand ready to oblige.”...

More here.

5 Comments:

Blogger Anna Van Z said...

You can sign this letter to Lisa Jackson, head of the EPA, who is probably the last hope at all of stopping this mess:

Sign here.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

And when those who lost land (probably many redneck Right Wingers) to these Businessmen decide to get even, I'm sure there are long stretches of un-patrolled pipeline that is just begging to be used for target practice...which of course, will allow Barry to issue death warrants on more Americans to be carried out by the new 21st Century Gestapo!

FT

10:08 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

If this thing goes, through, a lot more people than just right wingers may have to take matters into their own hands...

11:50 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Eminent domain is a travesty of corporatist government that most Americans despise. Public roads and projects are one thing, but its become another tool of corporate welfare. Big Money always gets its way...

2:59 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Does eminent domain apply to foreign governments and corporations? This is bullshit!
Instead of accepting that "this is the way it is", let's make a stink, and take action.
This kind of dictatorial action is further proof that we do NOT have "a democracy", by any stretch of the imagination.
Furthermore, this project has potentially destructive consequences on a global scale.

6:54 PM  

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