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Indoctrination! Teacher’s geography ‘lesson plan’ turns K-12 students against the Keystone Pipeline project

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Via EAGnews.org

MILWAUKEE – Every year, 1.7 million college students take remedial classes to acquire basic academic skills they should have been taught in high school.

How is that possible when Americans are “investing” record levels of money in K-12 schools and demanding greater levels of accountability?

A popular high school “geography lesson” being promoted around the nation may offer a clue. Students spend five days getting a steady stream of one-sided political propaganda with little in the way of real learning involved.

New York City high school teacher Abby Mac Phail recently used the debate over America’s energy future as the basis for a five-day lesson designed to turn students against the Keystone pipeline project.

Her lesson plan – “Dirty Oil and Shovel-Ready Jobs: A Role Play on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline” – was included in the list of resources that the left-wing teachers group “Rethinking Schools” emailed to educators across the country.

The proposed pipeline would transport oil extracted from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in the United States. The project is a major source of political controversy. In general terms, Republicans believe the Keystone pipeline would help kick-start the sluggish economy, while Democrats argue it would only contribute to America’s oil addiction, which is a major cause of global warming.

Mac Phail explains the purpose of her lesson plan in an accompanying essay:

“As a Canadian teaching at an international school in New York City, I had long been planning to teach about the tar sands. Although many people are aware of the devastating effects of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or Shell’s human rights abuses in Nigeria, few know about the enormous environmental and social injustice caused by oil extraction just to the north.” (emphasis added)

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Have Lawmakers Turned Their Backs on Keystone XL?

 American Products. American Power.

WASHINGTON D.C. — On breaking news that a congressional conference report for the transportation bill will not include a provision forcing the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, American Energy Alliance President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Harry Reid seem ready to push a major, multi-billion dollar transportation and infrastructure bill through both chambers just in time to meet a deadline this weekend. But nowhere in the package is a provision to finalize approval for the most important infrastructure project currently blocked by the Obama administration — the Keystone XL pipeline. The American people deserve decent roads, and they need the fuel for their cars to drive on those roads. Coupling Keystone XL with the highway bill makes good sense for our economy and our energy future.

“Already, the Obama administration delays have cost the United States more than $15 billion dollars — money that apparently Senator Reid would rather send to overseas oil cartels rather than our closest North American trade ally. Members who support a transportation bill that doesn’t force the Obama adminstration’s hand to approve — once and for all — the TransCanada permit application are taking a Keystone cop-out.”

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The Sierra Club’s Mentality Regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline is Destructive and Futile

The Sierra Club’s wrecking ball of the U.S. economy.  This club is not just about scenic calendars anymore.



Institute for Energy Research

Anti-energy environmental groups, ensconced in Washington, DC, have a vastly different agenda from the one embraced by the great majority of consumers, voters, and taxpayers in North America.

Instead of working to create prosperity and greater wealth for a better environment, far too many special-interest groups are working to artificially restrain natural marketplace economics. Witness the intense opposition of groups like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to a shovel-ready trans-national oil pipeline that sellers and buyers have executed contracts to build.

Nocera Looks at Keystone

New York Times editorialist Joe Nocera recently looked under the hood of the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would transport Canadian oil sands from Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries. And here is what he wrote in the Times:

As it turns out, the environmental movement doesn’t just want to shut down Keystone.  Its real goal, as I discovered when I spoke recently to Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, is much bigger. “The effort to stop Keystone is part of a broader effort to stop the expansion of the tar sands,” Brune said.  “It is based on choking off the ability to find markets for tar sands oil.”

Nocera calls out such a mentality as destructive and futile.

This is a ludicrous goal. If it were to succeed, it would be deeply damaging to the national interest of both Canada and the United States.  But it has no chance of succeeding.  Energy is the single most important industry in Canada. Three-quarters of the Canadian public agree with the Harper government’s diversification strategy. China’s “thirst” for oil is hardly going to be deterred by the Sierra Club. And the Harper government views the continued development of the tar sands as a national strategic priority.

It is a sign of desperation that Keystone XL has become a cause célèbre for the critics of modern industrial society and requisite dense energy (oil, gas, and coal). One could only wish that the same effort was being directed against a much bigger problem: industrial wind turbines that both leave taxpayers poorer and pristine environs compromised.

Malthusian Gloom

Limits-to-growth environmentalists wish to impose artificial restraints on economic growth and trade to save us from ourselves. This has been dogma for decades. Consider this statement from 1977 written by current Obama science advisor John Holdren along with Paul Ehrlich, “A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States.” They continued, “This effort must be largely political.”

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Don’t Let the Libs Make You Think the Keystone XL Pipeline Would Be the Only Pipeline in the U.S.- We Already Have 2 Million Miles of Pipeline Now

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While the Obama administration says it needs more  time to assess the potential risks surrounding the proposed Keystone XL  pipeline, a vast underground network of more than 2 million miles of energy  pipeline already traverses the United States.

Several energy experts who represent the oil and gas  industry say the controversial Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile pipeline that would run  from Canada to Texas, poses less of a risk to the environment than the estimated  50,000 miles of crude oil pipelines already crisscrossing the U.S., a  network they say is safe and efficient.

The Obama administration on Wednesday blocked a  permit for the $7 billion Keystone XL, at least temporarily, claiming a more  thorough review is needed to examine problems it may pose to the nation’s air  and water quality. The administration also blamed Republicans for including a  provision in a recent tax cut bill that compelled a decision within a 60-day  time frame.

The pipeline system, proposed by the Canadian firm  TransCanada, would transport crude oil from the Athabasca Oil Sands in  northeastern Alberta to multiple locations in the U.S., including as far as the  Gulf Coast of Texas. The Keystone XL would go through Montana, South Dakota,  Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, and the so-called “feeder pipelines” would  connect it to rich oil fields in North Dakota and Montana.

The U.S. State Department has expressed concerns  over the pipeline’s environmental impact, particularly in the Nebraska  Sandhills, an area of porous hills that includes a high concentration of  wetlands and a key aquifer.

Environmental activist groups claim the pipeline  system could pollute air and water supplies as well as harm fragile ecosystems.  The original route also called for the pipeline to cross the Ogallala Aquifer,  one of the world’s largest aquifers that extends into eight states and provides  drinking water for two million people.

“It will be environmentally and economically  devastating if there were to be a spill,” Kim Huynh, a spokeswoman for Friends  of the Earth, told FoxNews.com. “We think that Keystone XL pipeline would be  dirty at both ends and certainly dangerous in between.” She described tar sands  oil as “the world’s dirtiest oil” that she said “needs to stay in the ground.” Huynh also said the air surrounding oil refinery communities adds “immense  amount of air pollution that causes lung disease and other detrimental health  impacts.”   Continue reading

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