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Oglala Vice President To Visit Iowa October 10 and 11 - Why The Tar Sands Pipeline Is Bad For Iowa And Bad For America

posted Sep 22, 2012, 6:06 AM by Rob Hogg   [ updated Oct 10, 2012, 5:32 AM ]

Oglala Vice President Tom Poor Bear from Pine Ridge in South Dakota will be touring Iowa on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11, to share why the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a threat to the Oglala Lakota Nation and other native peoples and native lands.  On October 10, he will be joined by Randy Thompson, a farmer and rancher from Merrick County, Nebraska, who has been the leading opponent of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in Nebraska since TransCanada first threatened to condemn his family’s farm to construct the tar sands pipeline.

Here is the schedule of events for Vice President Poor Bear:

Wednesday, October 10

2:30 p.m. – Press conference at the State Capitol (west steps or, in case of rain, Room 116)

3:30 p.m. – Discussion at Drake University in Des Moines (Room 206 Olin Hall)

8:00 p.m. – ISU National Affairs Lecture Series in the Great Hall, Memorial Union and Iowa State

Thursday, October 11

10:30 a.m. - Press Conference at corner of 3rd Street and 11th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids

11:00 a.m. - Community Discussion at Brewed Cafe, 1101 Third Street SE, in Cedar Rapids

1:30 p.m. - Lecture at University of Iowa, S401 Pappajohn Business Building, corner of Jefferson and Clinton

4:30 p.m. - Press Conference at Marquette Boat Landing in Centennial Park, Davenport

5:00 p.m. - Community Discussion at Fresh Deli, 421 West River Drive, in Davenport

Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend one or more of these events.

Sponsors of this tour include Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, Iowa Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Central Iowa Sierra Group, Priairiewoods in Hiawatha, the ISU National Affairs Lecture Series, the UI Office of Sustainability, and the Drake Environmental Science and Policy Program.

Below is a reminder about why the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is bad for Iowa and bad for America




Why The Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Is Bad For Iowa & America


1. Oil from tar sands is very energy-intensive to produce – at least 30-60% higher greenhouse gases than regular oil – taking the atmosphere far beyond safe limits for greenhouse gases (350 ppm CO2)


2. The pipeline would endanger the Ogallala Aquifer, the Sand Hills of Nebraska, and the Great Plains from tar sands oil spills – worse than conventional oil spills.


3. The pipeline and the tar sands will ruin wetlands and other areas essential for North American waterfowl – it is bad for hunting and birding.


4. Mining the tar sands ruins the boreal forests of Canada – an important habitat and “carbon sink” to hold carbon dioxide that otherwise goes into the atmosphere.


5. The pipeline would continue the displacement of Native Americans and desecrate native lands - both here and in Canada.


6. The pipeline would require condemnation of thousands of American farms and ranches by a foreign oil company (TransCanada).


7.  The pipeline is being built for export on the global market from Port Arthur, Texas, and will bypass Midwest refineries, driving gas prices in Iowa even higher.


8.  The tar sands pipeline would help foreign oil companies at the expense of biofuels produced right here in Iowa.


9.  The tar sands pipeline would cost billions of dollars that should be used for fuel efficiency, clean renewable energy, and other transportation solutions.


10. The tar sands pipeline is unfair to future generations - our children and grandchildren should decide whether to burn the tar sands, not us.


Iowans Should Not Believe These Oil Company Misrepresentations


“We should build it because otherwise it will go to China.”


Not True – TransCanada will not – and cannot – build the pipeline to the coast of British Columbia because of many legal, economic, and environmental barriers.


“We need the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to create jobs.”


Not True – the pipeline would create few jobs, mostly temporary – alternatives would create more jobs without long-term damage to health and the environment.