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.
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.
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.