OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Many of us read DWG's excellent Recommended List diary And-now-a-word-about-oil-pipeline-safety.

This morning on Facebook, I noticed people are sharing a backyard picture of the Mayflower, AR oil spill. I read in the linked article that local authorities haven't allowed the press full access (possibly because all non-emergency persons had been evacuated) so the public hasn't seen the extent of the spill Note: I'm linking to the backyard picture instead of including it for copyright reasons.

Here is another news article where local residents talk to the media. In the article, local residents described "oil running down the road like a river." At this time, it seems residents don't know when they will be allowed to return to their homes.

This is a You Tube video a local resident put on You Tube

Here is a local news report showing a photo gallery with more pictures.

Here is a Reuters news article with more pictures.

This article from Planet Save says the pipeline was carrying wabasca heavy crude which

is a type of diluted bitumen, or dilbit, from Alberta’s tar sands region
The oil spill has reinforced concerns about the pending Keystone XL tar sands pipeline because the crude is more corrosive to pipelines than conventional oil.

The country lived through the Deepwater Horizon oil spill less than 3 years ago. Many Americans remember the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

I've often wondered what will it take for people to wake up on environmental concerns and climate change?  How many people need to be directly and seriously impacted? But I've long asked myself the same thing with regard to health care, unemployment, and other issues. How many Americans need to be uninsured or underinsured?  How many long term unemployed do we need?  How much economic inequality?  

I was a kid when Jimmy Carter was elected President in 1976. I remember when he asked us to give a little - to turn our thermostats down. The public didn't react well. I remember coming home from school one day. My mother wasn't happy because some radio commentator said "If Americans have to sweat this summer, Carter is really going to be in for it."  To me, this illustrates how we want serious national problems solved but we don't want to give anything whether it be conserving energy or paying more taxes so they can be solved.

Or maybe we need more news coverage showing the true impact of oil spills, climate change, inadequate health care, poverty, and other national problems?  

In answer to my question what will it take I offer this song..



Help Us Spread the Word About Climate Change



For those of you on Facebook and Twitter: Please help to spread the word by hitting the FB and Tweet links at the top of this diary and if you have time, join the discussion with comments.  Share such postings with friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances.

Thanks, as all of this helps build the Climate Change movement as well as introducing critically important ideas about renewable sources of energy.

Please use hashtags #climate, #eco, and #climatechange to tweet all diaries about the environment.



"Green Diary Rescue" is Back!

After a hiatus of over 1 1/2 years, Meteor Blades has revived his excellent series.  As MB explained, this weekly diary is a "round-up with excerpts and links... of the hard work so many Kossacks put into bringing matters of environmental concern to the community... I'll be starting out with some commentary of my own on an issue related to the environment, a word I take in its broadest meaning."

"Green Diary Rescue" will be posted every Saturday at 1:00 pm Pacific Time on the Daily Kos front page.  Be sure to recommend and comment in the diary.

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to joedemocrat on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 12:06 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS, DK GreenRoots, and Gulf Watchers Group.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.