Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Stop Keystone XL

In the same week that record June heat blanketed the country, an massive summer storm wreaked havoc from Indiana to Washington, and the biggest fire in Colorado's history continued to burn out of control — President Obama doubled down in his support for the energy that is causing this deepening climate change spiral.

Last week, the Obama Administration approved the first portion of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline,1 gave away 720 million tons of publicly owned coal to Peabody Energy for virtually nothing,2 and promised to lease more Arctic offshore areas for oil drilling.3

Now, the Canada-to-Oklahoma portion of the Keystone XL pipeline — which would turn up the spigot on deadly, "game over for the climate" tar sands production — is back before the State Department after being rejected by President Obama earlier this year when Republicans tried to force his decision.

Without the pressures of the election, President Obama could very conceivably cave if he is the one making the decision in 2013. This public comment period is our opportunity to go on the record, before the election, with our fierce opposition. And to stop the administration from making another terrible decision for our present and future climate.

Tell the Obama Administration: Reject the Keystone XL tar sands Pipeline! Submit a comment now.

Today's weather is a scary prelude of things to come. And it's clear that our leaders can't take the heat.

Our leaders are simply not confronting the abundantly obvious, terrifying realities of escalating climate change. The present Congress is simply hopeless. And the Obama Administration consistently undermines any progress it might have made. We can't depend on our leaders. But we can take action.

We must make sure the State Department considers the full climate impacts of Keystone XL when determining if it's in our national interest.

Stopping Keystone XL won't reverse the spiral of our heating climate. But as one of the single largest projects to turn up the spigot on the dirtiest form of energy in the world, it will stop us from making the problem much worse for our future. And so we must stop it.

Tell the Obama Administration: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. Click below to submit a comment to the State Department:

Thanks for taking action — somebody has to.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager

CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. Keystone XL Pipeline Segment Approved By Tulsa, Oklahoma Group," Huffington Post, 6/29/12

2. BLM 'Auctions' 720-Million-Ton North Porcupine Coal Tract To Single Bidder For $1.10 A Ton," ThinkProgress, 6/29/12

3. 5-year drilling plan to tap Alaska, Gulf of Mexico," San Fancisco Chronicle, 6/28/12

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