Activists Must Shift theTar Sands Campaign To Energy Policy & Reduced Consumption

The State Department has announced that it finds no objection to the newly configured XL pipeline, meaning, on a preponderance of evidence it is in the national interest.  Providing a “MarketLink” for our own dirty Bakken is a significant aspect of what the State Department considers to be “in the national interest”…

It is important for all of us who are committed to lowering the nation’s and the globe’s carbon footprint to understand the full context of the XL Pipeline and the existing legal framework within which it will most certainly be approved.  Hillary Clinton said it best last year.

  “we’re either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the [Persian] Gulf or dirty oil from Canada … until we can get our act together as a country and figure out that clean, renewable energy is in both our economic interests and the interests of our planet.” Hillary Clinton KeystoneXL Project Key: Issues  Congressional Research Service January 24, 2013

 And to that we could add..or our own dirty oil.. Bakken is not significantly  better on a “well to wheel” (total carbon footprint) basis than West Canada Select or Syncrude. In terms of LCFS “well to wheel’, Venezuelan and Mexican crudes which we have been routinely moving through U.S. pipeline into U.S. refineries and consuming..right here in Maine isn’t all that much better than either tra sands based crudes or Bakken.

 It is ludicrous to think Maine is a LCFS state or that our fuels are “clean”. 

 Activists have to move their campaign away from the arguement that dilbit pipeline  spills are more likely or any worse from what we are moving through pipeline now.  There is no difference great enough that keeping only tar sands out of the U.S. will reduce our carbon footprint. if we focus on only tar sands and narrowly within that on piepline spill hazards we lose the war.

 We have to move the arguement to where Hillary points in her comment last year even as she was for ed to say she was inclined to approve the XL as “in the national interest.  Until we make our national interest a full push away fom futhe development of and investment in petoleum and non renewables it really is just a matter of where we get our dirty oil from.

 We Americans are 5% of the world’s population and we consume 25% of the world’s petroleum.

There is no more clean oil.

 It’s all dirty.All the same ( I am speaking here in scientific terms, in terms of properties and processes well to wheel)

If we realy want to end our dependence on dirty oil, we as activits s have shift our campaign to to moving national policy away fromall oil and to recuding our consuption of oil.  If we don’t change our consumption habits they will keep drilling dirty oil.  How many folk at at the big rally were drinking poland spring or other bottled water.????  That’s the point.  That’s the issue.


March 2, 2013

May 29th,2013 Quebec Taking a Lo Carbon Position on its energy/fuel use saying use of the lowest carbon fuel is more important than where their fuel comes from. They are opposing Harpers plans to bring tar sands east to Canadas refineries. We in Maine could make that same point by boycotting Irving for its use of Bakken which is almost as bad well to wheel as tar sands and for its determination to use tar sands.

June 1,2013 Refineries Looking to Rolling Pipeline over Fixed Pipeline for flexibility

June 4,2013 California Refineries Qiuetly Moving Tars Sands by Rail


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Bowker Associates, Science & Research In The Public Interest, is an independent non profit providing self initiated pro bono analysis on key issues with a potential for massive adverse environmental impact . Bowker Associates has been an internationally recognized and cited voice in analysis of the Samarco failure, its consequence, and the possibilties for recovery. In 2017 we partnered with Daveid M. Chambers, a world leader in responsible mining, in our third joint work on the economics of tailings failures. Bowker, L.N.; Chambers, D.M. In the Dark Shadow of the Supercycle Tailings Failure Risk & Public Liability Reach All Time Highs. Environments 2017, 4, 75. A peer reviewed journal published investigation of the cowboy economics of the supercycle and the resulting escalation on the number and magnitude of catastrophic failures. In 2016 we parnered with Dave Chambers in our 2nd joint work together looking at root causes of failures at a conference . Bowker, L.N.; Chambers, D.M. Root Causes of Tailings Management Failures: The Severity of Consequence of Failures Attributed to Overtopping 1915–2015. In Proceedings of the Protections 2016, Fort Collins, CO, USA, 14 June 2016. [Google Scholar] In 2015 Bowker Associates collaborated with geophysicist David M. Chambers to recompile global authoritative accounts of significant TSF failures in recorded history and to analyze these data in the context of global mining economics 1910-2010 ( Risk, Economics and Public Liability of TSF Failures, Bowker/Chambers July 2015) The third annual update of this globally referenced and used compilation was just released at Researchgate. ( In 2014 Bowker Associates commissioned globally respected geophysicist and hydrogeologist Dr. David Chambers to undertake two technical works: (1) development of technical go no go criteria for vetting mine applications tp:// and (2) a case study of Maine's Bald Mountain, an un mined low grade high risk VMS deposit demonstrating the efficacy and accuracy of two risk assessment tools in vetting mine proposals In Maine, Bowker Associates has deeply engaged and been a public voice in the Searsport DCP LPG Tank, The Cianbro proposal for a Private East West Toll Road, JD Irvings rolling pipeline of Bakken crude to its plant in St. John and review of Phase II plans at The Callahan Superfund site in Brooksville, Maine, and Maine's revisitation of mining in statute and regulation... Our only “client”: is always “the pubic interest”. Our model is to focus on only one or two issues at a time so that we have a substantive command of the relevant field as our foundation for ongoing engagement. Our core work is in envirommental risk management, science and technology as well as bringing any available “best practices” models to the fore. The legal and regulatory history/best models are also a major thrust of our work in building and evaluating public policy. Director/Principal Lindsay Newland Bowker, CPCU, ARM is a recognized expert in Environmental Risk Management., Heavy Construction Risk Management and Marine and Transit Risks and has more than 3 decades of engagement in buiding public policy. Appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to New York State Banking Board (served 1986-1996); President New York Chapter Chartered Property and Casualty Insurers; Environmental Committee, Risk and Insurance Management Society; Director, Convenor/Co-Chair Bermuda Market Briefing "From Captive to Cats" Hamilton Bermuda. Published Articles of Significance The Risk Economics and Public Liability of Tailings Facility Failures, co-authored with David M. Chambers, July 2015 Beyond. 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