Have you been following the story regarding the Native Americans’ attempts to block construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota? Briefly, the Standing Rock tribe and its allies are trying to (1) prevent destruction of sacred lands and (2) protect the purity of their water supply. On the other side, Energy Transfer Partners argues: (1) it has fulfilled all of its legal requirements for building the pipeline; (2) as long as we depend on oil to power our cars, etc., we’re going to need to move that oil around; and (3) a pipeline is the safest way to transport oil. At bottom, then, the problem is our overconsumption of fossil fuels. If we use less, we won’t need to move as much of it around.
For decades, we’ve tackled environmental problems primarily on the supply side of the equation. In recent years, however, politically powerful oil suppliers have pushed back, demanding fewer regulations and restrictions. We might be able to reduce the power of the oil-and-gas industry eventually, but, in the meantime, we can’t just stand by and wait for a sympathetic Congress to enact strong new environmental laws. We must reduce our demand.
Here are links to several articles concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Tribes Across North America Converge at Standing Rock, Hoping to Be Heard
What Will Dakota Access Protesters Do If Final Pipeline Restrictions Are Lifted?
Obama Holds Private Meeting As Cops Mass Near NoDAPL Front Lineshttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/26/police-presence-grows-civil-rights-leaders-join-water-protectors-166226
Mark Ruffalo Delivers Solar Panels to Camp Where Thousands Are Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline