Alternate title: OFA has a new enemy — former Obama evangelist Van Jones. Yes, it matters that Van Jones is talking smack about the Keystone Pipeline.
As you know, I’ve been banging on for a while that “legacy” is one of Obama’s big care-abouts for his second term; he wants Clinton’s post-electoral glory and other goodies, and he needs his reputation intact to get there. A big part of his reputation will rest on the Keystone Pipeline.
Obama thinks Keystone will mark him as “Obama, Bringer of Oil”. If Obama approves Keystone, as he’s obviously dying to do, he’ll go to his grave instead as “Obama, Bring of Carbon and Death”. Mark those words.
And Van Jones — the Obama version of a former “loyal Bushie” — is willing to say just that. Huge props to Van Jones. This should put the wood to OFA and its pretend climate concern (click to see what that means). Obama’s been calling people off the fences since the election, and on Keystone, Jones is one of us.
First, this excellent video — it’s brief and perfectly framed. Then a few notes.
Notes and quotes
“Pipe-eating planet-cooking goo”, at 0:50:
“Kalamazoo, Michigan, there was a pipeline trying to move that stuff. That is pipe-eating goo. That is not oil.
“And that pipeline cracked. And when that stuff hit the water, nobody knows what to do with it. So now we’re spending almost a billion dollars, over 4 years, and the Kalamazoo river may never come back. That’s from one leak.
“This is not oil. This is pipe-eating, planet-cooking, water-fouling goo that nobody knows what to do with.”"
On the “energy independence” lie, at 1:40:
“There’s a myth that says this oil is going to come to the United States, give us a lot more oil here. That’s a myth. The oil is going through US to China.
“You might ask a question: why don’t they just pipe it out of Canada, as opposed to the US? Nobody in Canada wants this stuff because they’ve seen spills after spills. And we’re going to shoot it across America farmland and America’s water ways, why?
“So a foreign corporation, who’s made no promises to sell any of it to us, can get it to the global market, mainly China.”
On naming rights, at 3:11 into the clip:
“If he honestly believes that this pipeline, which will be a huge part of his legacy, is a good thing, he should call it the Obama Tar Sands Pipeline … he should stand there for the ribbon cutting, they should have a big neon sign over it that says, ‘This is the Obama Tar Sands Pipeline’ and he should stand by it.”
[The Jones team says that the full quote above was trimmed for length in the final video, but he stands by it.]
If the average voter ever saw the pipeline in just these three ways …
▪ Pipe-eating goo.
▪ A foreign corporation taking foreign oil across our farmland so they can sell it to China.
▪ If Obama loves it, he should name it “The Barack Obama Tar Sands Pipeline“. There should be signs all over it, big neon things.
… you could unsell it to Tea Party voters in a minute, even if they only cotton to the foreign corp–China connection, much less the rest.
This video is worth spreading, folks, and this fight is far from over. The project has some real vulnerabilities, not the least of which is Obama — the more people see it for what it is, the less Obama will want his dabs on it. And those BHO fingerprints are already all over the thing. Join the fight if you can.
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