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Are Environmentalists Getting It Wrong on the Keystone XL Pipeline? – The Atlantic

Are Environmentalists Getting It Wrong on the Keystone XL Pipeline? – The Atlantic.

The characterization of “environmentalists” as only concerned with spills and climate change fails to recognize the environmental justice dimensions to the Keystone XL pipeline.  Indeed, this reflects the historical gap between “environmentalists” and “environmental justice” grassroots activists.  The article fails to examine the local environmental consequences of air emissions at the refineries in Port Arthur and Houston. What about the fenceline communities that already bear an unequal burden of pollution because of the oil industry?  Where are the voices of those communities in DC?  Perhaps it is time to reframe the debate.

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  1. Morgan
    February 19, 2013 at 4:53 am

    The language of this article is also very politically polarizing, and not conducive to a real discussion on the issue. They label all opposition as “environmentalists,” creating an “us” and “them” mentality.

  2. February 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    We always have to ask: why did the author write the piece? What is the purpose and how do we engage it? Indeed, the call to “reframe” the debate is to engage without falling into the polarization presented. We can ask different questions, propose new ways of looking at the problem, and offer new ideas to think about the controversy. Often when articles are polemic, it requires us to offer new ways to approach the question.

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