February 16, 2014

Are you a “Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging Greenpeace activist?” You should love this!

Photo: Carlos Fernández

Valentine’s Day may be over, but there’s no shortage of love.

Especially for Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging Greenpeace activists.

What is it you should be loving, you ask?

The Keystone XL Pipeline, of course! It was Senator Ted Cruz who recently said, “If you’re a Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging Greenpeace activist…you should love the Keystone XL Pipeline.” (It’s the 1,179 mile long pipeline that would move more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas). It’s not really a surprise that he’s pro-pipeline. But he also plans to introduce an energy bill that will focus on scaling down regulation and scaling up production in the oil and gas industry. That includes off-shore exploration and, of course, fracking.

Also in environmental news:

“Steep declines” at ski resorts aren’t just reserved for double diamond runs.

It’s the snow itself that’s on the decline.

In the last 47 years, a million square miles of spring snow cover has disappeared from the Northern Hemisphere. Europe has lost half of its Alpine glacial ice since the 1850s. California is at just 12 percent of its average snowpack. About 70 million in the western United States rely on snow melt for their fresh water supply!

Listen to the myEARTH360 report on The Green Divas Radio Show for more:

Stay tuned for next week’s report!

Adapted from “Green Divas myEARTH360 Report: Weekly Environmental News 2.13.14.”

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