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Indigenous Protest Canada's Tarsands in Durban, South Africa


Indigenous Activists from Canada Protest Tar Sands Oil at Durban Climate Change Summit
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This morning in Durban, South Africa, a group of youth and indigenous activists from Canada gave delegates to the U.N. climate talks mock gift bags containing samples of fake tar sands along with tourism brochures for Canada and Canadian flags. Kandi Mossett, one of the activists participating in the action, says Canada’s reliance on tar sands oil "is the largest catastrophic project that I am aware of on earth right now." Mossett, who is the Native Energy and Climate Campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, notes that the tar sands extraction process is energy- and water-intensive, emits immense amounts of pollution into the air, and destroys the landscape. "To even get to the tar sands, they have to remove boreal forest, old-growth forest. And they call it overburden. They just scrape it off and get rid of that, and then they dig down and move so many tons of earth," Mossett says. "And then they squeeze out the last little 10 percent of oil that’s actually in the sand. And then they have to use chemicals to make it liquid enough to be able to put it through the pipelines. It’s much more toxic than any other kind of, you know, sweet crude oil." [includes rush transcript]
Filed under Durban Climate Summit 2011, Climate Change, Tar Sands, Africa, Canada, Natural Gas & Oil Drilling
Daniel T'seleie, works with Climate Action Network, based in Canada.
Kandi Mossett, Native Energy and Climate Campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network.
Francois Paulette, works with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
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AMY GOODMAN: A group of youth and indigenous activists from Canada staged an action outside the United Nations Climate Change Conference this morning here in Durban, South Africa. They were protesting Canada’s reliance on tar sands oil. The activists gave delegates mock gift bags containing samples of fake tar sands along with tourism brochures for Canada and Canadian flags. Democracy Now! spoke with some of the organizers.
CANADIAN YOUTH ACTIVIST: Hello. I’m from Canada. Here’s your sample of the tar sands, your ticket to catastrophic climate change. Hello.
CONFERENCE DELEGATE: Hi. How are you doing?
DANIEL T’SELEIE: My name is Daniel T’seleie. I’m K’asho Got’ine Dene from Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, in Canada. We’re here today because Canada’s environment minister, Peter Kent, has arrived in Durban, and he’s made it very clear that he’s here to push tar sands oil on the rest of the world and not to negotiate for a good agreement or to represent the people. So we thought we would hold a little welcoming party for him and help him push the dirtiest oil on the planet: tar sands oil.
The tar sands deposit is huge in Canada. It covers an area of boreal forest about the size of Florida. And NASA scientist James Hansen has told us that if we exploit this entire resource, that’s game over for the climate. That’s going to push us past the tipping point of catastrophic climate change. So there’s a very direct link there about the huge emissions from the tar sands, and they’re skyrocketing. It’s the fastest-growing source of emissions in Canada. The Canadian government has made it quite clear that not only are they not going to meet their current Kyoto Protocol commitments, but they aren’t going to agree to any targets under a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. And again, this is one of many tactics they use to block progress in these negotiations and tie things up here.
KANDI MOSSETT: My name is Kandi Mossett, and I’m actually from North Dakota. It is the largest catastrophic project that I am aware of on earth right now because of the amount of emissions that it kicks up into the atmosphere, because of the immense amount of water that it uses. And also, to even get to the tar sands, they have to remove boreal forest, old-growth forest. And they call it overburden. They just scrape it off and get rid of that, and then they dig down and move so many tons of earth. And then they squeeze out the last little 10 percent of oil that’s actually in the sand. And then they have to use chemicals to make it liquid enough to be able to put it through the pipelines. It’s very—it’s much more toxic than any other kind of, you know, sweet crude oil. So it’s even worse. And it is about four barrels of water to every one barrel of oil. It’s immensely toxic. Not only that, it doesn’t make any sense. They’re actually using coal-fired power plants to get out the tar sands oil. They’re using natural gas to get out the tar sands oil. And now they’re talking about nuclear energy, building nuclear plants, to be able to get out more of the tar sands oil.
FRANÇOIS PAULETTE: My name is François Paulette. I’m with the Dene Nation in the Northwest Territory. At this very moment, we are in ground zero. People in Fort Chip that are dying of cancer, there is unknown cancers that has come into our territory. The river that stretches from the tar sands to the Arctic Ocean and dumping all this waste, these hard chemicals into the Arctic Ocean, and a lot of people are affected by this.
KANDI MOSSETT: The Oprah Winfrey Network has commercials that they’ve been airing about ethical oil. And they have women on there with their faces all covered and everything, as if the tar sands oil is more ethical than oil from Iraq or things like that.
ETHICALOIL.ORG AD: We bankrolled a state that doesn’t allow women to drive, doesn’t allow them to leave their homes or work without their male guardian’s permission. Today there’s a better way: ethical oil from Canada’s oil sands. Ethical oil, a choice we have to make.
KANDI MOSSETT: It’s ridiculous, what it’s saying. There’s human rights abuses. People are dying in Canada as a result of the tar sands. And there is no such thing as ethical oil anywhere.
AMY GOODMAN: Thank you to Democracy Now!’s Mike Burke and John Hamilton.

Bolivia's Pablo Solon: The Great Escape III at COP 17


Photo Grassroots Global Justice Campaign
Durban, South Africa
Sara Mersha, Michael Leon Guerrero, Jen Soriano, Treston Davis-Faulkner,
David Gonzales, Kandi Mossett and Rosalinda Guillen.
 
Photo: Pablo Solon/Groundwork/Friends of the Earth
By Pablo Solon
Posted at World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
Crossposted at Censored News
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

DURBAN, South Africa -- After 9 days of negotiations there is no doubt that we saw this movie before. It is the third remake of Copenhagen and Cancun. Same actors. Same script. The documents are produced outside the formal negotiating scenario . In private meetings, dinners which the 193 member states do not attend. The result of these meetings is known only on the last day. In the case of Copenhagen it was at two in the morning after the event should have already ended. In Cancun, the draft decision just appeared at 5 p.m. on the last day and was not opened for negotiation, not even to correct a comma. Bolivia stood firm on both occasions. The reason: the very low emission reduction commitments of industrialized countries that would lead to an increase in average global temperatures of more than 4° Celsius.

In Cancun, Bolivia stood alone. I could not do otherwise. How could we accept the same document that was rejected in Copenhagen, knowing that 350,000 people die each year due to natural disasters caused by climate change? To remain silent is to be complicit in genocide and ecocide. To accept a disastrous document in order not to be left alone is cowardly diplomacy. Even more so when one trumpets the "people's diplomacy" and has pledged to defend the "People's Agreement" of the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth held in Bolivia last year.

Durban will be worse than Copenhagen and Cancun. Two days before the close of the meetings, the true text that is being negotiated is not yet known. Everyone knows that the actual 131-page document is just a compilation of proposals that were already on the table in Panama two months ago. The formal negotiations have barely advanced. The real document will appear toward the end of COP17.

But more importantly, the substance of the negotiations remains unchanged from Copenhagen. The emission reduction pledges by developed countries are still 13% to 17% based on 1990 levels. Everyone knows that this is a catastrophe. But instead of becoming outraged, they attempt to sweeten the poison. The wrapper of this package will be the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and a mandate for a new binding agreement. The substance of the package will be the same as in Copenhagen and Cancun: do virtually nothing during this decade in terms of reducing emissions, and get a mandate to negotiate an agreement that will be even weaker than the Kyoto Protocol and that will replace it in 2020. "The Great Escape III" is the name of this movie, and it tells the story of how the governments of rich countries along with transnational corporations are looking to escape their responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Instead of becoming stronger, the fight against climate change is becoming more soft and flexible, with voluntary commitments to reduce emissions. The question is, who will step up this time to denounce the fraud to the end? Or could it be that this time, everyone will accept the remake of Copenhagen and Cancun?

The truth is that beyond the setting and the last scene, the end of this film will be the same as in Copenhagen and Cancun: humanity and mother earth will be the victims of a rise in temperature not seen in 800,000 years.

More of today's Indigenous news from COP 17, Durban, South Africa: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-indigenous-cop-17-durban.html

Pablo Solon is an international analyst and social activist. He was chief negotiator for climate change and United Nations Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia (2009-June 2011). http://pablosolon.wordpress.com

Mohawk Nation News: Super Zeros

SUPER ZEROS
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MNN 6 Dec. 2011. The secret ruling cabal of an old European blood line is trying to run a fascist globe out of London, the financial capital of the world. Washington DC is the military capital and Vatican City is the religious capital. These are three city states with no allegiance to any country, except their own blood line.

The dictators at the top of the pyramid know the agenda. As power descends, they know less and less. At the bottom they know nothing.

The rulers dictate to the governments, banks, corporations and military through their hierarchy.

They control nations, towns, cities, regions and communities. Their serfs load the guns, fire them and die for them. They have been brainwashed through propaganda and patriotism. Flags, songs, heroes and holidays give them an artificial identity.

To make their servile people fearful, insecure and easier to control, the masters sent them from their mother land, to live on and exploit other peoples’ land sand resources for them. These wanderers have been lost ever since.

The cabal’s aggression takes many forms. The people are kept on a leash. Treats are sometimes offered as part of their conditioning.

The rulers hide, secretly spin webs and keep everybody trapped in debts and taxes to keep them down.

The political parties wear the same masks. President Obama claims to be different, but is pushing the cabal’s agenda. The two US parties are the repo-cons and demo-cons. Both have the same masters.

Independent candidates are a threat to the party system.

Taking care of one’s nest is natural. These invaders destroy the environment and expect others to clean up after them. It’s unnatural for them to look after the land because it’s not theirs!

They won’t change because the land itself will never recognize them. They are temporary occupiers. We Indigenous are the real deal!

They fear the unknown. There is repetitive shouting at them to condition them to the message of doom.

Something venomous and deadly controls their lives. They feel they can do nothing about it. They sometimes have a yearning for the “old country” but theydon’t know it. That is why they treat our land badly.
They fear this mysterious clandestine hand that imprisons them. Promotion of super beings is a way fort the serfs to bond with their rulers’ message.

Their mythology is that super heroes hide away and look out for them. These crusaders are saving the world,they are told. It’s meant to distract them from doing something about their own enslavement.

Their mind is taken off the economy, corruption, the murder of over 100 million Indigenous, theft of our resources, and so on. Not looking back at the truth and gobbling up the fantasies created for them gives a fake meaning to their lives.

The cabal is systematically destroying the US to create a global one party state. A world dictatorship cannot have other superpowers with financial and military might.

These old self declared super heroes eventually die and lose their power. They have to hang up their tights, speedos, capes and masks. The armed peasants are gnawing at their door. Friendless, who is going to bring these old farts their pills and their bed pans?

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