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  • Lindsey Smith

    How did the event go? Unfortunately, I am not in Washington! I am excited to see the press and reactions.

  • graceadams830

    The fossil fuel firms have enough political clout to demand both to be able to make as much profit for the foreseeable future cooperating with anything other than allowing them carte blanche to do whatever they want to do and to be able to sell every last bit of their fossil fuel reserves over the same time frame as with business as usual. Thus the only politically feasible way to replace fossil fuel with renewable energy and save earth's climate from climate catastrophe is to spend at least twice as much as we do now on energy for at least the two hundred years it would take to sell all remaining fossil fuel reserves with business as usual. We need to buy 100 quads (100 million Megawatt hours) worth of fossil fuel as RESERVES every year for the next two hundred years. We also need to spend just about the same amount of money on buying the renewable energy we need to use instead of burning all that fossil fuel. As far as I can figure out we are already spending about 10% of GDP on energy--so figure on spending 20% of GDP on buying such a solution to our problem.

  • William Chiu

    I wish I could come to DC! It would be great to learn more and participate in fighting against the building of a new oil pipeline.

  • Curtis Loftis

    Jamie, please send me your VISA card so you can start paying for my gas.
    Let's hope for your sake, you actually see violent climate change in your lifetime.

    • segen

      Why do dimwits, like yourself, have nothing better to do than sit in comment boards writing childish taunts that half the time don't even make sense, rather than doing something worthwhile? Like proving your point somehow...oh...wait...that would just opinions straight from the mouths of fox "news" reporters.

      • Curtis Loftis

        I like that word "dimwit". The title for you, however, cannot be mentioned here in public. I do believe you, from your example above, have qualified yourself as a dimwit. Have a nice weekend worrying about the fate of humanity and the environment.

        • segen

          @CurtisLoftis call for you to validate your OPINION with facts clearly marks me as the dimwit, or unmentioned lesser, in all this. Honestly, some of you rightwingers need to be put in a home before you do anymore damage to yourselves or the future generations. And thanks. I bet I'll have a better weekend being socially conscious and informed rather than being a dimwit who trolls message boards propagating misinformation and general idiocy.

  • Bradley Urso

    Way to take action, I love this, GO DAVIDS! I like the website too.

  • labrentca

    "The fight over Keystone XL has fired up the climate movement more than any other cause of the last few years. And with good reason: according to our nation’s top climate scientist, NASA’s Dr. James Hansen, fully developing the Canadian tar sands would mean “essentially game over” for the climate. As founder Bill McKibben has said, “Keystone XL is the fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet.”

    Where does Canada currently stand on developing the tar sands? If I recall correctly, if Keystone XL isn't built Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he will simply build a pipeline to Vancouver and ship oil to China. Either way, bad news for climate.

    The real issue is not developing the sands. If they are going to develop, would we rather the oil be refined in the US or China? There are no great options here.

  • Benjamin Friesen

    "Saying no to Keystone XL is smart politics for the President."

    This president has nothing more to gain. His time is up after this 4 years—unless New York Rep. Jose Serrano's bill amending 22nd Amendment gets considered. Smart politics? For what? He can pretty much do what he wants it seems at this point. Him and the other politicians bought by the corporations have no one to answer to. The American people aren't holding any of them accountable. I really wish people would stop thinking Obama is some kind of savior, his behavior has been nothing but imperialistic. Good luck getting him to get the public fired up about climate change. Washington is too busy drawing out policies on gun control, passing legislation to imprison all American citizens under the NDAA, planning their drone wars, cracking down on whistle-blowers, and spying on the American public to worry about the climate.

    Don't expect anything changing any time soon. It's going to take real determination and resilience on the part of the American people to take back the nation from these tyrants. Real physical action—more than just some posts on social media sites.

    References to the aforementioned bills and actions:

    • segen

      Thank you for adding citations. And for the most part you have a point. But when we do manage to get enough money out of the system to actually have a real conversation about legislation sustainable energy will probably have to be the second or third thing on the list. Bottom line is that change starts on the ground, and that's valuable, even if this rally is just the beginning of a national dialogue rather than simply ignoring a major problem.