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Doing so will adversely impact other spending and cost jobs. KXL will also have "a chilling effect on green investments and green jobs creation."

Thus far, green economic spending generated "2.7 million jobs in the US and could generate many more."

In addition, "Tar Sands oil and energy independence really do not belong in the same sentence."

Cornell, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other independent assessments say KXL assures higher gas prices.

Exporting tar sands oil won't reduce US dependence on foreign supplies. Prioritizing exports is planned. At issue is selling at the highest possible price.

KXL violates tribal sovereignty. The Indigenous Environmental Network's " Mother Earth Accord " supports and urges opposition to tar sands development. At issue is preserving the integrity of US and Canadian First Nations and tribal lands.

TransCanada won't disclose an analysis of chemical dilutants used to facilitate transporting tar sands oil through KXL. At issue are human and environmentally destructive substances.

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The Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration told Congress that pipeline regulations weren't crafted with tar sands oil in mind. They're woefully inadequate and require strengthening. At a time of deregulatory extremism, don't expect it.

The State Department, not EPA, conducted KXL's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Hillary Clinton has close ties to TransCanada lobbyist Paul Elliot. He was one of her main 2008 presidential campaign officials.

EIS analysis was rigged. Its methodology lacked credibility. Results claimed minimal environmental contamination risk.

KXL's southern area "Gulf Coast Project" failed to conduct its own environmental assessment. Issues related to the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, wild fires, droughts, and others weren't examined.

Connect the dots. Omnipotent money power, permanent imperial wars, corporate empowerment, rigged elections, homeland repression, and government of, by, and for the privileged few characterize today's America.

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Even independent presidential candidates challenging a system this corrupt, venal and dysfunctional risk arrest, abuse, and possible imprisonment.

On November 6, consider your options. Boycott America's duopoly. Vote independent or stay home. Change depends on ordinary people struggling long-term. Nothing else works. Not now! Not ever!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed

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