Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?
This is the sign that is over the front door of Aileen's and my house, our home, going OUT. Meaning that when someone leaves our house they are going into the ACTUAL Mental Ward.

I've always felt that way. When it is considered how much ugliness and killing and hatred there is in the world today, it actually makes perfect sense that this sign is over the door going out of the house.

Because that's where the real mental ward is.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tell John Kerry: Don't let the conflicted oil-industry contractor ERM decide Keystone XL

Tell John Kerry: Don't let the conflicted oil-industry contractor ERM decide Keystone XL

 

Tell John Kerry: Don't let the conflicted oil-industry contractor ERM decide Keystone XL

It just keeps getting worse.

Politico reported this week that Energy Resources Management (ERM) - the contractor hired by the State Department to conduct the crucial environmental analysis of Keystone XL - is a member of no fewer than five oil-industry trade groups that are pushing for approval of Keystone XL.1

It is simply fantasy to expect that a company with such deep ties to the oil-industry would be capable of an impartial decision on a project that the industry has been so desperately demanding.

It's time for Secretary of State John Kerry to end this charade once and for all and immediately halt ERM's involvement in the Keystone XL evaluation.

Tell John Kerry: Remove oil-industry flack Energy Resources Management from the Keystone XL process, and tell the president to reject this project once and for all!

ERM's draft environmental analysis of Keystone XL, released in March, was pretty much what you would expect from a company that is a member of the Western Energy Alliance, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, the American Petroleum Institute, AND has two top staffers on the board of the Western States Petroleum Association. (The American Petroleum Institute alone has spent $16 million lobbying on behalf of Keystone XL.2)

The State Department's ability to vet ERM for conflicts was already deeply in question, after staffers at the agency hid the fact that ERM has worked for pipeline builder TransCanada on at least two major projects in the past.3

But now it turns out that ERM is a member of as many pro-pipeline oil-industry groups as Secretary of State John Kerry has fingers on the hand he must be holding over his eyes when confronted again and again with the unacceptable conflicts of interest at ERM.

When we got Dick Cheney out of the White House, we thought our new leaders would stop letting the oil-industry write our energy future. And it's clearer every day to the American people that we simply cannot afford to continue to do so.

We expect better of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. The president was right to set a climate test for approval of Keystone XL, but as long as his administration is allowing conflicted oil-industry shills like ERM to crunch the numbers, the results will remain a foregone conclusion in favor of a superheated planet.

Tell John Kerry: Remove oil-industry flack Energy Resources Management from the Keystone XL process, and tell the president to reject this project once and for all!

  1. "Keystone contractor’s ties to energy groups draw new," Politico, 12/17/13
  2. "Keystone contractor gives us 5 more reasons they have a conflict of interest," Daily Kos, 12/18/13
  3. "EXCLUSIVE: State Dept. Hid Contractor's Ties to Keystone XL Pipeline Company," Mother Jones, 3/21/13

2:30 PM, EST:

This of course, ladies and gentlemen is another very clear example of what the Republican Party and the tea party have been guilty of ever since the tea party came into being, and ever since the Republican Party basically has existed.  The Republican Party has always been much more concerned about money and power than they have with human rights.  And of course as my biographical profile listed at the top of this page very clearly shows, I have personal experience regarding this.

It's time that we the people of these United States stand up and demand that the oil industry stop running our government.  We the people of these United States are the people of this country.  And without us the oil they would not have anyone to work for their companies.  And in reality we don't need to allow the oil companies to have so much control over our government that they are willing to destroy this planet.  Just so that they can get more money.

I am therefore asking you, my readers, to support this petition to sign the petition.

Thank you.

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