Daily Archives: February 23, 2013

Educate yourself about the Keystone XL Pipeline. Please.

I was distressed to find many people who are essentially pro-environment and who generally understand climate change science being less than terribly shocked about the prospect of the Keystone XL pipeline being built. Then I began to realize that many people don’t realize the order of magnitude of the problem. I’m writing a blog post about this which I’ll post Sunday or Monday, but in the mean time I want to provide a list of handy dandy reliable and helpful sources of information about the pipeline and related issues.

Keystone XL decision will define Barack Obama’s legacy on climate change

An Updated Look at What Keystone XL and Alberta Tar Sands Mean for the Climate

Why not Keystone XL. Clear reasons why Keystone XL is not in the U.S. national interest

STUDY: The Press And The Pipeline

Keystone XL: A Tar Sands Pipeline to INcrease Oil Prices (JUST ADDED: PDF file)

5 Myths About Keystone XL, Debunked

Debunking Nature’s arguments for Keystone

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Red herring, symbol, or a piece of a puzzle?

Joe Romm on Climate, Obama, Keystone, and Consequences

New video explains the climate threat from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

New Analysis Shows Simple Math: Keystone XL Pipeline = Tar Sands Expansion = Climate Change

How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming?

Make $20 and support a good cause at the same time!

American currency uses the phrase “In God We Trust” which is a clear violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. This is to the First Amendment roughly like saying “No Guns Allowed” everywhere would be to the Second Amendment, but if we did that to the Second Amendment people would be up in arms (as it were). But since it is merely the First Amendment nobody cares.

Anyway, that is what our money says now, but in the past, it did not say that. The “In God We Trust” was added during the Red Scare, when American started putting screenplay writers in jail and neighbors turned in neighbors over their political views. The nation, it would seem, had a strong need to get in bed with god during the 1950s and early 1960s. Maybe this is because we were the first and only nation to drop Atom Bombs on other people and we were frightened four our souls. Who knows?

Anyway, there is still some of that old, pre “In God We Trust” money left, and Minnesota Atheists are auctioning some of it off to raise money to fund Atheists Talk Radio. As you know, Atheist Talk Radio often does interviews with interesting scientists, and sometime I do those interviews myself. (Sometimes I’m the one being interviewed.) So you know if they’re doing science, it’s a good show. I’ve interviewed John Hawks, Don Prothero, Kevin Zelnio and John Abraham, Martin Rundkvist and Yusie Chou, Neil deGrasse Tyson, PZ Myers, Ira Flatow, and Massimo Pigliucci. And more.

This is your opportunity to help raise a little bit of money for Minnesota Atheists. The money is being auctioned off here, on Ebay. PLEASE GO RIGHT NOW AND PLACE A BID so you can have a nice, framable god-free twenty dollar bill.

The auction ends in just a few hours so ACT QUICKLY!!!!

If you place the winning bid tonight, you’d be funding most of one Sunday’s worth of show time, approximately.