I spent most of the time visiting friends and enjoying the fine dining of the city, but I did get out to the Mall and some of the Smithsonian museums.
The Mall is currently home to a group calling themselves The New CIA (Cowboy and Indian Alliance), protesting the
Keystone Oil Pipeline.
|Digging up the tar sands|
For those who don't already know (why don't you?), in Alberta, Canada, huge areas of natural beauty and wildlife habitat are being destroyed. The sands up there are saturated with tar. The tarry sand is excavated, the tar diluted with organic solvents, and then the whole lot is piped south.
|For some strange reason, these people don't want a pipeline carrying dilbit|
across the country.
The big selling point for this environmental destruction is that it will provide jobs. Sadly, those jobs will be for doctors, nurses, and those who clean up oil spills.
|Mayflower, Arkansas, just last year. |
Oil pipelines are completely safe and never leak
Epidemiologists have already noticed the high levels of cancers and other health issues among the people who live near the tar sand operations.
I still think that we should save those precious tar sands until we run out of wind and solar power.