Monday, December 05, 2016

About that Standing Rock 'victory'

It takes a lot of idiots.

Now that Dakota is safe let's do the same for America.

A lot of idiots.

"We made it." Protesters celebrate the news that the Dakota Access Pipeline will be re-routed

A whole lot.

Stunning victory at StandingRock! When's the last time the federal gov't was defeated by the Native peoples? Inspiration for what's ahead...

Like a lot.

An incredible example of what we can do when we come together. Proud that joined the many voices that made our government listen.

Why are they so excited?

At least a few got that stopping it at Standing Rock just meant it could be routed elsewhere.

through shld be celebrated. But then prepare again for the alternate route across other rivers

But, more to the point, it was no victory.

It could have been a victory.

Instead, Barack and company just made sure it wasn't happening in the last few weeks of his administration.

WSWS explains:

Nonetheless, the tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux, Dave Archambault, who is closely aligned with the Democratic Party, issued a statement full of praise for the Obama administration. “We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing,” Archambault said.
The decision actually does nothing to “correct the course of history,” constituting only a brief delay before the next administration takes office, committed to a full-blast development of oil, gas and coal deposits, regardless of cultural, environmental or democratic concerns.
Last week, the Trump transition team released a memo announcing the support of the president-elect for completion of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which is financed by a consortium of US and global banks and would transport 50,000 barrels of oil a day from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to southern Illinois. The statement asserted that Trump’s position was not connected to his personal investment in Energy Partners, the Texas-based company leading the project.

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