Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Marcia McNutt's ill-considered endorsement of Keystone XL Pipeline



Looking more like Mordor than planet earth - Canadian tar sands mines larger than Greater Manchester dominate the landscape next to the Athabasca River, with no proven way to reclaim the boreal forest. Oil sands are a mixture of bitumen and sand. The province of Alberta has proven reserves of 174 billion barrels of oil, second in size only to Saudi Arabia. (WWF)

Credit: © Rezac / WWF-UK Source: WWF-UK

This image comes from an article that documents how Anthony Watts and friends blatantly misquotes and lies about what scientists have said.


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Skeptical Science has published a story that takes Science Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Marcia McNutt to task for her endorsement of the XL Pipeline.  In the process Andy Skuce has produced a concise review of the many reasons why this pipeline needs to be stopped.  It's something worth passing around, so thanks to their generous sharing policy, I'm reposting it here.

For myself, from the beginning the entire XL tar sands seemed a project out of touch with down to Earth realities.  The amount of land, wildlife, biosphere, fresh sweet water and fossil fuels that needs to be consumed (and destroyed) during the production of this alternate fossil fuel is something that could only be justified within a system run by people completely addicted to profits ├╝ber alles, folks who possess a complete disregard, if not total oblivion, to the life support system that is our biosphere… and that we humans desperately need to stop destroying, if for no better reason than our own lives depend on it's health !  

But, I better stop and let Andy Skuce take it from here.


Posted on 3 March 2014 by Andy Skuce


The Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine is wrong to endorse Keystone XL (via Skeptical Science)
Posted on 3 March 2014 by Andy Skuce An editorial by the Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine, Marcia McNutt, conditionally endorses the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. Her argument is that: the absence of the pipeline has not stopped oil sands development…


1 comment:

citizenschallenge said...

Somehow this seems worth sharing.
It seems like We The People will never learn to quell our destructive urges...
Like the silly sitting on a limb and sawing that limb off at the trunk of the tree.
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From a documentary on YouTube:
"Light at The Edge of The World - The Wayfinders"
hearthasnohierarchy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWp5MiiVR1k


Starts at 25:00
(during Cap’t Cook era >1774)

25:25 “We have this terrible coincidence, of this new religious idea, new religious ideology, coming in with these missionary’s with the overt and explicit goal of eradicating everything that lies before them.
“There’s no interest in what lies before them, all before them is pagan, heathen, diabolical. To be destroyed.
In fact, the very intensity with which it is seen as diabolical becomes mirror onto your own righteousness.
And that was the whole dialectic with the missionary. So they just want to wipe it out.”