DAPL — Winning the right war

Well, a few days ago, the Army Corp of Engineers blocked the last little bit of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Congratulations to the First Nations effort at Standing Rock to stop the construction of a pipeline on their land, and to draw attention to the risks to our water. We won. We won a secondary battle.  But do we really know what war we are fighting?  Are we prepared to win it? It was a good win.  The tribes came together.  The American people backed the tribes.  These are two things that haven’t happened before in anything like the manner that they did with Standing Rock.  We built a coalition that can accomplish great things. Believe it or not, the battle that was won was not a strategic win.  It was a small win.  It was an important win.  But it was not a strategic win. The DAPL was designed to pump oil a long distance across country… oil that had already been pumped out of the ground.  Once the oil is out of the ground, IT HAS TO MOVE.  It cannot be left in tanks on top of the ground (that’s not better from an environmental standpoint).  If we don’t put it in a pipeline to move it, how do we move it?  Oil Train?  Tanker Truck?  Riverboat?  All of these alternatives are WORSE than a pipeline!  All are more likely to leak. All are more dirty to water and land and air. The solution is to step back and look at the whole problem.  It is to ask WHY are we pumping oil out of the ground? If...