What to read on topic

Environmental Problems:  Non-profit groups, such as 350.org, use scientific information and other scientists research in declaring their objectives and movement to reverse climate change. 350.org represents the amount of carbon emission in parts per million that is the last resort to sustain life on Earth, yet we are currently above that marker (350.org, 2015). One of 350.org’s main goal here in the United States is to block the Keystone XL Pipeline (350.org). Looking at my other organizations efforts in correcting the environment displays what people are doing to address the issue, but most importantly who is involved within the organizations.  Besides the continued efforts to remain on oil dependence, other corporations exploit the laws and the people that reside upon them to extract the minerals and other materials (Broze, 2015).  In doing so, the corporations directly destroy and pollute the land making inheritance of a prosperous land impossible to remain inhabitable (Broze, 2015).

Example that is causing these problems: The Keystone XL Pipeline has been researched by Cornell University overviews the economic impacts of the Pipeline, from local to the environmental jobs during and after construction (Cornell, 2011). On the other hand, Environmental Defence took the approach of the environmental impacts of the Keystone XL Pipeline. From sands in Canada to the Gulf Coast, they show how the environment is affected (Environmental, 2014). Understanding the pipeline is key in understanding what is happening to the environment here in the United States, particularly to Native people helps my argument.  Business corporations have no problem with exploiting the communities with everything to loose as long as it turns a profit for them, yet this is an acceptable practice that may benefit the population as well as the “underdeveloped” groups (Ahiakpor, n.d.).  Yet loopholes with the laws and bills that the governments write allow for these environmental and humanitarian threatening actions continuing to play a role in our society and ways of living (Shogren, 2012).

Impacts of the problem: With this overwhelming evidence against the pipeline, Dallas Goldtooth looks at a social impact of this pipeline on Native American lands. The pipeline runs through the midwest and most of the native reservations in that area, which would only further make their lands uninhabitable if a spill were to occur (Goldtooth, 2015). Further updates with indigenous people in the environmental issues today are addressed by the Indigenous Environmental Network, a similar organization to 350.org but focused on policies against native people (IEN, 2015). 

Further analysis:  The government keeps the Native American population of stagnant growth so that they have the power to exploit their resources for themselves or private industry (Regan, 2014).  This lack of growth doesn’t add much upward mobility in society creating an exploitation and weakness for these people (Regan, 2014). This is true in Alaska+ and other parts of the world with indigenous groups where there is a lower populous of people yet abundance in resources (Krogstad, 2014).  Much of this oppression continues to form in the mentality of people since that is how the have been educated to believe, with corporations being in control of much of these educational institutions (Speed, 2014).


350.org (2015, October). The science. In About. Retrieved from 350.org: http://350.org/about/science/

Ahiakpor, James. (n.d.). Multinational Corporations in the Third World: Predators or Allies in Economic Development? Acton Institute. Retrieved October 24, 2015. http://www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-2-number-5/multinational-corporations-third-world-predators-o

Broze, Derrick. (2015, August 1). Arizona Apache Mobilize Against Bill Which Hands Sacred Native American Land To Mining Company. MintPress News. Retrieved October 24, 2015. http://www.mintpressnews.com/arizona-apache-continue-to-fight-bill-which-hands-sacred-native-american-land-to-mining-company/208194/

Carmoom, E. (2014, January 24). Heavy Louisiana Sweet Drops as Keystone Starts Texas Deliveries. Retrieved October 3, 2015. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-01-24/heavy-louisiana-sweet-drops-as-keystone-starts-texas-deliveries

Cornell University (2011, September). Pipe dreams? In Jobs gained, jobs lost by Keystone XL Pipeline (23-30). Retrieved from Cornell University:http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/sites/ilr.cornell.edu/files/GLI_keystoneXL_Reportpdf.pdf

Environmental Defence (2014, December). The risks of and barriers of tar sands expansion. In Far from inevitable (11-31). Retrieved from Environmental Defence: http://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/far-inevitable-risks-and-barriers-tar-sands-expansion

Goldtooth, Dallas (2015, January). Keystone XL would destroy native lands; this is why we fight. In Environment. Retrieved by The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/09/keystone-xl-would-destroy-native-lands-we-fight

Indigenous Environmental Network (2015, October). Retrieved by IEN: http://www.ienearth.org/about/

Krogstad, Jens. (2014, June 13). One-in-four Native Americans and Alaska Natives are living in poverty. Pew Research Center. Retrieved October 24, 2015. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/06/13/1-in-4-native-americans-and-alaska-natives-are-living-in-poverty/

Rapps, E. (n.d.). A gold myth: The truth behind the California gold rush. Retrieved October 3, 2015. http://historymatters.appstate.edu/sites/historymatters.appstate.edu/files/Eric%20Rapps%20Final_1.pdf

Regan, Shawn (2014, March 14) 5 Ways The Government Keeps Native Americans In Poverty. Forbes Magazine. Retrieved October 24, 2015. http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/03/13/5-ways-the-government-keeps-native-americans-in-poverty/2/

Shogren, Elizabeth. (2012, November 15). Loophole Lets Toxic Oil Water Flow Over Indian Land. NPR. Retrieved October 24, 2015. http://www.npr.org/2012/11/15/164688735/loophole-lets-toxic-oil-water-flow-over-indian-land

Speed, S. (2014, November 21). “Pro-American” History Textbooks Hurt Native Americans. Retrieved November 16, 2015, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-speed/proamerican-history-textb_b_6199070.html




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