Minnesota and Standing Rock
From: patty guerrero (pattypaxicloud.com)
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:19:01 -0800 (PST)
The discussion tonight at salon was very informative.   Roberta and Ray Olson 
gave us an understanding of what is happening at Standing Rock.   Susu Jeffrey 
has written the piece below.   Read and call the governor and your 
representatives.. Bernie Sanders has it right.  Make this land a National 
Monument and thus ending this fossil thinking.   patty

> Begin forwarded message:
> Minnesota and Standing Rock
> Minnesota has a special connection to the fracked oil pipeline now slated to 
> cross Indian Country and tunnel under the Missouri River in North Dakota.
> We fought the black snake across northern Minnesota. It would have cut 
> through the Mother Waters of the Mississippi (to the south), Hudson Bay 
> (north) and the Great Lakes (east) here on the great Continental Divide of 
> North America.
> I was one of the potential intervenors led by MN350.org. I went to several 
> boring Public Utilities Commission meetings and wrote my citizen-internvenor 
> speech which I never gave because we “won.”
> The “Sandpiper” pipeline was renamed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and moved 
> west to Bismarck, North Dakota, where white people moved it south to Dakota 
> treaty land. The land includes burial and other culturally important sites.
> At last count 8,000 Water Protectors assembled beside the Cannonball River 
> near the confluence of the Missouri at Standing Rock Indian Reservation, 
> close to the tribe’s water intake on the river that also serves 11-million 
> people with drinking water. 
> In 1924 the original people achieved American citizenship. American women got 
> the vote in 1920.
> Infrastructure Crossroads
> Fact: all pipelines leak. So, it’s a matter of when and how much. The 
> cancelled Minnesota “Sandpiper” route is now scheduled to be the new 
> replacement tar sands oil pipeline through a corridor of wild rice lakes and 
> the most pristine wetlands remaining in our state.
> Canadian tar sands is so viscous and rough that it actually erodes pipes from 
> within. The cutesy name will be dropped in favor of an anonymous “Line 3” 
> label. 
> Meanwhile renewables, wind, cheapest of all power sources, and solar are 
> challenging the old fossil fuel economy. Geo-thermal heating and cooling is 
> increasingly popular.  Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are coming online; 
> they increase safety, efficiency and allow triple the number of wagons on the 
> road.
> Instead of investing in the clean power revolution the fossil corporations 
> are literally digging-in to protect their outdated infrastructure. Choosing a 
> jobs program to re-up America’s economy and aging power and transport systems 
> will continue our nation’s place in the world economy. Otherwise it is the 
> end of our post-World War 2 dominance and possibly the beginning of World War 
> 3.
> It’s choice time.
> —Susu Jeffrey                     

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