A Strategic 4-Step Plan to Make Oil & Gas Pipelines Obsolete

Part One – Identifying The Problem

     The following four PDFs contain a compilation of verified causes for gas & oil pipeline bursts which have occurred throughout the United States, as recorded by the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration:

      With countless waterways destroyed and our nation’s moral & constitutional obligation to manage resources in Good Faith with regard to Indigenous Tribal Nations, it is time to respond immediately to the growing & urgent call to protect the lifeblood of this country and this planet: the water.  Future generations are depending on us to act now.

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Part Two – Peoples’ Safety & the Future of Human Rights Depends On a Strategic Approach

     This urgent yet complex issue must be approached thoughtfully & strategically in order to improve peoples’ safety & well-being, because if U.S. oil production were to cease tomorrow, the country would likely suffer an economic collapse similar to that of Venezuela’s. [1]  Frankly, too many families’ (and Tribes’safety is propped up by oil industry profits, so a strategic plan to get from “here” to “there” is absolutely necessary.  As for human rights, if the U.S. is not producing domestically yet we continue to consume petroleum products at the rate we do now, we will continue funding Islamic states via purchasing every gallon of oil from OPEC. [2]

Part Three – The Plan and The Petition

#1.) “On-Site Oil Refineries” to Make Pipelines Obsolete Create an Incentive Program for oil refinery companies to develop “On-Site, Portable Refineries” to make transporting crude oil across waterways obsolete.  In light of the fact that Hurricane Harvey knocked out almost one-quarter of U.S. refining capacity, [3] the concept of “portable refineries” should perhaps bear serious consideration, for they could prove an ideal solution for providing the U.S. with a Gross Domestic Product to maintain the economy while allowing time for its transition— as follows:

#2.) Transform Gas-Powered Vehicles into Electric VehiclesCreate an Incentive Program and Federal Grants to support scientific study so that inventors have access to the resources & support they need to create economically-viable “replacement engines” capable of converting 20th century vehicles into 21st century technology.  As technological advance allows, we propose subsidizing public access to aid Citizens in converting their vehicles.

#3.) Switch Subsidies away from Fossil Fuel Industries toward Ecologically-Wise Energy Solutions  – In 2013, the Congressional Budget Office‘s official report claimed that federal energy tax subsidies, & additional financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy, were allocated as follows:

  1. Energy efficiency and renewable energy: 13.8  billion
  2. Nuclear energy: 1.8 billion
  3. Fossil Fuels (including research & development): 3.7 billion [4]

      In 2014, however, Oil Change International estimated U.S. fossil fuel subsidies at .5 billion annually.  Other credible estimates range from to billion – however none  include costs borne by taxpayers related to the climate, local environmental, or health impacts of the fossil fuel industry.  Fossil fuel subsidies in the U.S. also include massive military expenditures to acquire and defend fossil fuel interests around the globe, and infrastructure spending and related maintenance. [5]

     According to a Stanford University study, switching to renewables would save 7 million lives per year, and create 24 million jobs. [6]

     We propose annually transferring increased subsidies from nuclear and fossil fuel industries to “single-extraction energy generator” industries, such as:

     Annual transferring of subsidies should continue until the U.S. achieves zero-cost-to-Citizens energy independence in an ecologically-wise way from coast-to-coast, at which time subsidies should be drastically reduced to cover maintenance costs, while automating such maintenance wherever possible in order to continue to reduce spending.  Job creation in this manner should be made available through Civilian Restoration Corps.

#4.) Ratify a Constitutional Amendment to Make Placing Pipelines Across Waterways Illegal Civil Actions to remove pipelines from endangering waterways are responsive actions rather than preventative, & unfortunately, despite their dangers, simply “removing them” can be economically devastating due to current dependence.  However, with both seismic activity and the multitude of causes for pipeline bursts considered, it is reasonable to state that all pipelines impose an imminent threat to discharge oil (natural gas, & other hazardous materials) in devastating manners.  With the above three parts of this plan in place, implementing a Constitutional Amendment to make “transporting oil or other hazardous materials across, under, or over waterways by way of pipelines illegal” can be successfully accomplished.  See how Constitutional Amendments are implemented to learn more. 

     To implement the above solutions, please

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Notice:  The Petition to enact this Strategic 4-Step Plan to Make Oil & Gas Pipelines Obsolete will be available May 1, 2018 both here and on our Petition Drive.  Please contact us if you have any suggestions or join our campaign team.

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References:

[1]: OilPrice: “Cuba Scrambles As Venezuela’s Oil Industry Collapses” b

[2] Energy Independence, “Islam and Oil”:  www.americanenergyindependence.com/islam.aspx

[3]: “Hurricane Harvey knocked out almost one-quarter of U.S. refining capacity in late August” from Bloomberg Markets, “Far From the Texas Coast, Hurricane Harvey Hits Oil Refiners” by Jessica Summers and Barbara J Powell (9-18-2017):  www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-18/far-from-the-texas-coast-hurricane-harvey-hits-oil-refiners-j7qrx1p8

[4]: Congressional Budget Office. Testimony Federal Financial Support for Fuels and Energy Technologies.On March 13, 2013, Terry M. Dinan, senior advisor at the Congressional Budget Office, testified before the Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives that. http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/03-12-EnergyTechnologies.pdf. Accessed 4 January 2015.

[5]: Oil Change International: “Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Overview>How much money does the United States government provide to support the oil, gas, and coal industries?”: http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-subsidies/

[6]: Eco-Watch: Stanford University study, Switch to Renewables Would Save 7 Million Lives Per Year, Create 24 Million Jobs by By Tim Radford: www.ecowatch.com/jacobson-stanford-solar-wind-2476930081.html

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