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Saying Approval by Trump Ignored Obvious Facts and Threats, Federal Judge Halts Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline


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Saying Approval by Trump Ignored Obvious Facts and Threats, Federal Judge Halts Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

Jake Johnson, staff writer

In a major victory for the planet and blow to the Trump administration's efforts to ramp up fossil fuel extraction and production in the face of grave climate consequences, a federal judge on Thursday halted all construction of TransCanada's 1,200-mile long Keystone XL pipeline and tossed out the White House's fact-fre


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I think we should give a nod to Pres. Obama (and his team), who appointed Judge Morris. Elections do matter and while no politicians have perfect records in many of our eyes, Obama got this right and the right verdict was rendered.


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Standing Rock can hold you up, but after that it’s up to you. yeah yeah yeah


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Good news. Frankly, the only ones who should run this nation are the First Nations because they love the land and understand the interconnectedness of everything.


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That, in a nutshell, needs to sink deep into the subconscious of non indigenous people so that they stop abusing her. Some are developing this awareness but we need to reach critical mass.


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Calif. thanks you. Please pray for us now.


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“This is a win for Lakota, the Oceti Sakowin and other Tribal Nations, for the water, and for the sacredness of Mother Earth,” Tom Goldtooth, executive director for the Indigenous Environmental Network.

This is a win for us all - whether everyone realizes it or not. Hopefully, more people will recognize this, immediately.


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Shame on all those blond blue eyed conformist and the European Americans on the whole for not recognizing the severity and adverse impact of climate change. It’s all our duty to oppose fossil fuel industry’s destructive practices for almost 100 years damaging our planet’s air, land and water.


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At least Trump hasn’t replaced all judges on the federal courts with extreme right wingers. This represents a setback for fascism and signals that there is still democracy in the US as the courts are a key piece along with a free press. I am not optimistic about efforts to fight climate change, however. Scientists are finding the situation is more dire than previously thought and there has no apparent speeding up a response and the US Trump has shifted whatever federal response their was in reverse by opening up more land to fossil fuel production and rolling back vehicle fuel efficiency requirements and regulations to control methane emissions from oil and gas drilling.


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But will this end up in our Trumpian SCOTUS???


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Even though my spouse ( who is Native American) and I agree, it is a CD pipe dream, but just imagine if someone like Chief Seattle was the Chief of the U.S.

In 1857. Chief Seattle in response to an U.S. Government inquiry about buying his tribal lands:

"But how can you buy or sell the sky? The land? If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water…how can you buy them?

Every part of this earth is sacred. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We are part of the earth and it is a part part of us. What befalls the earth… befalls the sons of the earth."


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Yes this is great news but it is not “decisive” as the headline snip-quotes, given the corrupted state of the US court system that you reference.

Unless and until we actually dis-empower the terminally hyper-wealthy and their corporations, they will always return like zombies to pursue their prime directive of predatory accumulation. They have friends on the US “supreme” court.

Every effort, every victory, in every venue, is a brick on the path to the radical changes required in society and the economy if we are to avert collapse of the ecology. But we need deep systemic change, time is very short, and we need to keep our eyes on the prize:

We need to aim to literally de-colonize the economy:

  • Democratize wealth, with land reform, wealth reform, and ownership reform to redress colonization, genocide, enslavement, and neoliberal globalization;
  • Abolish the “limited-liability, investor-owned” corporation (literally invented to carry out colonization, e.g. the Dutch East India Company et al) and replace it with community-owned and worker-owned cooperatives, municipal corporations, non-profits and trusts;
  • Require all corporate charters to prioritize ecology and society above financial profit;
  • Define corporate personhood as not granting human, civil or constitutional rights to corporations.
  • Etc.!

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Too late to edit, should read:

“… land reform, wealth reform, ownership reform, and reparations…”