The Heat is On Downtown, Politics and Energy

Its’ been hot here in Tulsa. Especially downtown Tulsa. The main diversion here at lunch used to be dodging the tumbleweeds. Now all sorts of things are happening.

US Rep John Sullivan campaigning in downtown #Tulsa on election day.

John Sullivan, our local US Representative was strolling the main mall Tuesday with his handlers and body guards and a KRMG radio reporter talking to local voters. He lost the election. So, if he calls you looking for a job, take the call ok? He really is a decent guy, I think voters were wanting change.

#protest #keystone #tulsa #environment #energy #jobs
There was also a demonstration down by the Federal Courthouse. I walked down and chatted with this lady a while. She is of course is against the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline that will be built to take tar sands oil from Canada down to refineries on the gulf coast. She has a lot of concerns about the extraction of the tar sands oil and the air and water pollution involved. She is also worried about the integrity of the pipeline and potential leaks and the effect on the environment. I neglected to ask if she was a part of an organization. Check out the Natural Resources Defense Council to see what they have to say. She and I parted friends. I’m just glad that she and her friends were taking advantate of their right of peaceable assembly.

#protest #environment #energy #jobs #keystone #tulsa - these guys think my iPod is cute.
I walked across the street to see these guys. I didn’t talk to them very much.  Anyway, these guys and gals above are from LiUNA, the Laborers International Union of North America. They are for the pipeline for the jobs it will create.

I think the Keystone Project is one of the biggest no-brainers I’ve ever seen. I don’t want to dismiss the concerns of the anti partisians but I think they have been addressed. Energy is what makes our economy go. I would rather get our energy from a close friend and partner like Canada instead of the Middle East. Anyway both pro and anti groups were downtown trying to influence the Army Corps of Engineers who are considering a permit for the Oklahoma leg of Keystone XL. I didn’t want to be the big know it all and tell them that Corps hasn’t been downtown  for years. They are in east Tulsa, hunkered down with the IRS behind a big iron fence.

I hadn’t had as much fun downtown since the Occupy Tulsa folks last Fall.

Tulsa World article on Tuesday’s protests.

What do you think? Are you for or against Keystone XL?

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5 thoughts on “The Heat is On Downtown, Politics and Energy

  1. Barb

    Yogi – always in the middle of controversy over your lunch hour! I agree with you 100%: “I would rather get our energy from a close friend and partner like Canada instead of the Middle East.”

  2. SandyCarlson

    I would rather think outside the oil box and get away from the idea that trashing the environment in the name of energy is somehow an act of patriotism. I think we’re capable of better.

  3. EG CameraGirl

    The tar sands are quite the controversy on both sides of the border…only we don’t call them TAR SANDS anymore as here in Canada it’s not considered politically correct (Oil sands sounds better apparently.)

    Yes, energy is what keeps our economy going – that’s for sure. I DO think, however, that the pipelines need to be laid in safe places because there ARE leaks.

    What concerns me the most is what’s happening to the water in Alberta. Alberta is a dry province and people need water to live, farm…you get the picture. But they also need jobs. The balance is a delicate one.

  4. Cheri

    I agree with you, we need to do something where we are not so dependent on others. Politics is getting very volatile anymore even in my small town the Court clerk race was pretty mean.

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