Green Versus Greed

by Rose D. on January 25, 2015 - 1:38pm

Rare can a habitation be as environmentally friendly as the four Harrington sisters' barn. Located in Bradshaw, Nebraska, the farm building has a windmill and many solar panels that plaster the roof to provide clean energy. Unlike the exterior of the property that seems harmless and peaceful, the interior shows a much more aggressive side. Indeed, covering the walls of the residence there are multiple signs with slogans such as "Build your Energy" and "#NOKXL", in protest of the construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. This act of disapproval against the oil company isn't only because the sisters are against the tar sand oil extraction in Alberta, but more importantly because the pipeline is planned to be constructed on their farmland that has been passed down through generations. The Harringtons and many other land owners have made lawsuits against TransCanada, but the company simply sees this situation as a way for the opponents to drag out the progress. Nonetheless, the four sisters refuse to stay silent and would do anything to keep the pipeline from polluting their land.
 
Improvement

While reading this article, I felt that the only way this situation could be improved if tar sand oil extraction would stop. This type of extraction has too many negative effects towards the environment and on people's lives. It may provide jobs for the population, but about the same amount of jobs can be done if Canada and other countries would turn to a cleaner approach. People should also be more aware about what is being done in northern Canada where forests and entire ecosystems are at risk of being overcome by the oil extraction. In the same time, oil companies should respect the fact that some people don’t want their property to be used for their cause and they should look for other alternatives.

The original article “Defenders of Tradition in Keystone Pipeline Fight” is from The New York Times’ U.S section. It was written by journalist Mitch Smith and published the 22nd of January 2015.

Website:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/us/defending-family-farm-traditions-in...

This source is reliable because it is a widely known news source and articles are mostly written by experienced journalists. The New York Times also receives a lot of positive feedback.

Comments

I think the article was well summarized, the issue is clear and presented in a precise manner. I also find the situation to be greatly ironic. I agree with you when it comes to tar sand. Oil extraction should be halted due to environmental destruction. Loose regulations in exchange for corporate gains have already caused substantial damage. Recent studies have suggested that renewable energy could in fact create more jobs than off shore oil extraction jobs.
For example if contamination would occur in the Atlantic ocean, then it would have a negative impact on fisheries and tourism, the Article below also stated that there could be twice as much jobs and energy created if wind farms would be install rather than oil extraction. It is possible that such project could become a reality with the falling demand and price for oil. Oil is non-renewable and contributes to insecurity in energy supply, to invest in renewable energy is to invest in a stable energy supply and a cleaner future.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adrian-grenier/offshore-wind-energy-woul_b...

I agree with you, people should be aware of what is being done in Northern Canada. The oil extraction process used is the most polluting way of getting oil, not many know this. Many chemicals are used to cleans the oil, but then the waste has to be thrown somewhere, which means double maybe triple the pollution of regular oil extraction systems. This is definitely not a sustainable activity on either the social, economical, and environmental perspective. I like the fact that you have added a solution, they should spend all the money used on oil extraction developing new and sustainable energy. I support the Harrington sisters and hope that we stop destroying our environment.

Green versus Greed couldn't have said it better. this is the reason why our planet is in the situation that it is today. Canada's biggest export is oil and without it our country would not be this powerful. unfortunately the oil in canada is not clean like in the middle east. the process to extract the oil out of the sand takes far more time and is extremely harmful to our environment. the issue that we have is that many decide to make money over being ethical. The Harrington sisters are right they should not let their farm be toxified by these oil pipe lines. it is time for us to find more self-sustainable resources in order to keep living a green life. enough of investing in today's technologies its time for us to leap frog and find the next innovative way to continue living the way we do but subtract all the bad emissions. its time for us to strive. if canada needs to create jobs they must create a new fossil fuel. Not only will this create jobs but it will greatly affect the economy.

I agree with you when you say that tar sand oil extraction should stop as it is very environmentally detrimental. Big companies like TransCanada are focusing on finding ways to make this pipeline happen. They are using up their time and effort which costs a lot of money on projects that are destroying the planet. Instead they should be focusing on finding ways to make money in a more environmentally friendly way. Although the oil in Canada is a great source of money and a great source of jobs, we should focus on creating jobs on other things like cleaning the pollution we have created. If companies like TransCanada would be just half as economically friendly as the Harrington sisters or would focus on reducing their carbon footprint, it would have an immense impact on the planet. The big oil companies pollute but make no effort to compensate at all. Instead, they focus on their plans and try to buy people to get them out of their way like the pipeline. They cannot force the 12% who do not want the pipeline, including the sisters, to have this pipeline put in place on their land. TransCanada believes that the 12% will eventually change their mind because they think they are powerful enough to get what they want. These companies stop at nothing to get what they want and they need to be stopped. They are polluting and have no concern of the effects it will have later or on the obstacles they have to go through to get what they want like placing pipelines on people's homes who do not want it. These companies need to put in perspective what they are doing. The pipeline can cause damage on the Harrington's green property that they have worked hard on keeping sustainable. More people like the Harrington sisters should put their foot down to big oil companies in order to stop them because once that is done we will all focus on finding new ways to get energy that will not harm our planet.

I agree with you when you say that tar sand oil extraction should stop as it is very environmentally detrimental. Big companies like TransCanada are focusing on finding ways to make this pipeline happen. They are using up their time and effort which costs a lot of money on projects that are destroying the planet. Instead they should be focusing on finding ways to make money in a more environmentally friendly way. Although the oil in Canada is a great source of money and a great source of jobs, we should focus on creating jobs on other things like cleaning the pollution we have created. If companies like TransCanada would be just half as economically friendly as the Harrington sisters or would focus on reducing their carbon footprint, it would have an immense impact on the planet. The big oil companies pollute but make no effort to compensate at all. Instead, they focus on their plans and try to buy people to get them out of their way like the pipeline. They cannot force the 12% who do not want the pipeline, including the sisters, to have this pipeline put in place on their land. TransCanada believes that the 12% will eventually change their mind because they think they are powerful enough to get what they want. These companies stop at nothing to get what they want and they need to be stopped. They are polluting and have no concern of the effects it will have later or on the obstacles they have to go through to get what they want like placing pipelines on people's homes who do not want it. These companies need to put in perspective what they are doing. The pipeline can cause damage on the Harrington's green property that they have worked hard on keeping sustainable. More people like the Harrington sisters should put their foot down to big oil companies in order to stop them because once that is done we will all focus on finding new ways to get energy that will not harm our planet.