This Map Shows Why the Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Isn’t Over

“What’s wrong with the picture above isn’t the routing of the pipeline”

Carl Sack CC-BY

As gripping as the news around the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy has been, sometimes a picture can speak a thousand words – or, in this, case a map.

Cartographer Carl Sack took to the Huffington Post with his illustration, which shows key flashpoints, current and former Sioux land, and, of course, the current path of construction that’s been halted by a throng of protestors.

“What’s wrong with the picture above isn’t the routing of the pipeline,” Sack wrote. “What’s wrong is that the pipeline project exists to begin with. Some say it’s a good alternative to dangerous oil-by-rail shipments of Bakken crude. Those are bad too.”

But it’s clear from the black and blue lines riddling the map why the fight isn’t over. Unless the pipeline is going to be abandoned – unlikely, given the stakes, the money, and the potential customers involved – it has to be rerouted somewhere, and that somewhere will have to involve crossing the Missouri river.

Sure enough, how that can be done without imposing at least some risk to somebody’s drinking water is anyone’s guess. (Potential perils rerouted the DAP away from Bismarck, North Dakota, to begin with.) But the Trump transition team has pledged to see it through one way or the other – although it also reaffirmed protestors’ First Amendment right to peaceful, protected protest, at least for now.

via The Hill / Twitter

President Trump's appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was a mixed bag.

The theme of the event was climate change, but Trump chose to use his 30 minutes of speaking time to brag about the "spectacular" U.S. economy and encouraged world leaders to invest in America.

He didn't mention climate change once.

Keep Reading
The Planet
via David Leavitt / Twitter and RealTargetTori / Twitter

Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

Keep Reading

The Australian bushfires have claimed 27 human lives, an estimated 1 billion animals are feared dead, and thousands of properties have been completely decimated.

The fires were caused by extreme heat and dryness, the result of 2019 being the country's hottest year on record, with average temperatures 1.52C above the 1961-1990 average.

The area hit hardest by the fires, New South Wales, also had its hottest year on record, with temperatures rising 1.95C above average.

Keep Reading
The Planet