Why Do We Care? Native Americans And The Keystone Pipeline XL | 12073
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The growing demand for new fossil fuel sources has caused the landscape to be uprooted with devastating consequences
to the environment and the associated communities. The Oil industry and our government have conspired to escalate the
exportation of tar sands from Alberta, Canada to refineries and ports in the United States by way of the Keystone Pipelines.
Although the latest connector pipeline has been marketed as providing jobs and lowering gas prices, the environmental risks
associated with the Keystone Pipeline XL outweigh any economic benefit.
Native Americans have a strong traditional connection with Mother Earth and they can foresee what will happen if the
pipeline is built. Oil spills, land fragmentation, and exploitation threaten the relationship between the Native American spiritual
being and their natural world as it has in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico and in so many other disasters. For many, the construction of
the Keystone Pipeline XL portends the destruction of everything they believe in and worked for. Now the people are finding the
power of their voices to fight for Mother Earth. May we be inspired by their awareness and sense of responsibility
Katie Bielicki is a sophomore in Natural Resource Program majoring in Wildlife Management in Delaware State University. She is a treasurer for the
Wildlife Society. She graduated from High School from St. Georges Technical High School in 2010 with Biotechnology background. She is involved
in the research project to observe and monitor bluebird boxes and the occupancy for different bird species as a summer intern.
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