Winnsboro, Texas is in the area called the "Piney Woods" of east Texas. Those corporate raiders are going to have to chop down thousands of
beautiful trees in order to build their precious pipeline.
As far as the legalized rape called "eminent domain", corporations have been using the courts of this country to forcibly wrest away land from their
rightful owners, if said land is where they want to build something.
I keep thinking about how Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, used the argument of eminent domain to take a bunch of homes and businesses,
saying that his Cowboys stadium was for the "public benefit"....which we all know is total garbage, as it costs a great deal of money to see a game
there, and there is no true benefit for all the public when it comes to a private business operating for profit. Tax dollars? How many of us see
real benefit from those?
I was aghast that he could have gotten away with such a thing, and yet, the courts seem to side with the corporations time and again, and rule against
the private land owners.
Benito Mussolini said, "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."
We can now see this happening on a daily basis. We see a corporation, not even based in the United States, who wants to build a pipeline for their
incredibly corrosive tar sands (which means there'll be many more leaks in this pipeline, since it is more corrosive than regular crude, and
apparently, they are having the pipes built cheaply in India and then shipped over here), and they claim somehow that this pipeline should be allowed
eminent domain because it benefits.....who??
But critics argue that Keystone will raise the price of oil consumed in the U.S., not lower it. That's because the current glut of oil created by
the bottleneck at the Cushing hub would allow Canadian producers to reprice their oil at the global benchmark, which is now about $15 a barrel higher.
The total increase would amount to some $2 billion to $4 billion a year, according to the company's own estimates presented in its application to
As a result of those higher prices, consumers in the Midwest could be paying 10 to 20 cents more per gallon for gasoline and diesel fuel, adding up to
$5 billion to the annual U.S. fuel bill, according to the Cornell researchers. They figure that just one year of those higher fuel prices cancels out
some or all of the jobs created by the project.
The article (which, I may add, comes from a mainstream media site), goes on to explain how any jobs generated by building this pipeline will only be
temporary, and last at the most a year.
It also states that:
...the flow of oil to the Gulf could actually lower the share of Canadian oil consumed in the U.S. because, once transported to Houston, oil
producers would have access to a global shipping hub in a tariff-free zone, giving them a financial incentive to export at least some of it.
Therefore, in essence, we have our own courts favoring a foreign corporation over citizen's property rights, for a pipeline which many fear will be
an environmental disaster, with no lasting impact on our economy, and in fact, will be a means to drive up prices at the pump.
Keep in mind that the 78 year old landowner signed no paperwork
giving the Trans-Canada corporation any rights for her land, yet our courts and
local sheriffs had no problem arresting her for trespassing on what is no longer her land in the eyes of the corrupted law.
This seriously worries me, because if a foreign corporation can simply take our land whether we want to sell it or not, and our courts and law
enforcement back up the corporation, and jail the citizen, what have we left in the way of property rights and freedoms?
Answer: WE HAVE NOTHING LEFT. The only reason my 5 1/2 acres hasn't been stolen yet is, no corporation wants it...yet. This poor woman's story is
a harbinger of what is to come.