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Carbon Cycling in the News

on March 6, 2013

Most recently I learned about the Forward on Climate Rally in Washington,D.C. I was made aware of this on the news and by Mariah as well. I thought this was pretty interesting because I did not know so much about the pipeline. I was under the impression that it would be built in Canada and run up to Nebraska and it would be a safe and beneficial way to transport oil. This coming from TransCanada. The State Department supports TransCanada by saying that there is no major danger with the pipeline being built. However, after I read about both sides of the argument, I realized that this pipeline is not safe and would cause major damage. Also this would cause people along the pipeline route to lose their homes and farmers could lose their crops. Bill McKibben of used an interesting term to describe the pipeline as “one of the planet’s biggest carbon bombs”. Now that was a really intense way to describe it but I agree. If this pipeline were to break, this could cause an abundant amount of CO2 into the atmosphere and pose more threats to our environment. This actually would be a great addition to my presentation because since this is an ongoing issue, the highschool students are more likely to care about it and do their own research about it.

Jamie Henn, the Co-Founder and Communications Director of, wrote a blog about the rally and he had an interesting perspective on it. Reading his blog made me wish that I attended the rally. He described that the rally was able to unite most of the environmental organizations all over the nation. It’s amazing to see children are able to understand what is going on and take a stand on climate change. People of different races and ethnic backgrounds are able to come together peacefully and urge the President to uphold his promises to decrease climate change and endorse green energy.

Here is the link to the Forward on Climate Rally:

‘Forward On Climate’ Rally Brings Climate Change Activists To National Mall In Washington, D.C.

Here is the Link to Jamie Henn’s Blog:

40,000+ Join ‘Forward on Climate’ Rally in Washington, DC

Here is a link to TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline project:

Keystone XL Pipeline Progect

Forward on Climate Rally

Forward on Climate Rally


5 responses to “Carbon Cycling in the News

  1. evancoelm1 says:

    I actually never heard about this “Forward on Climate” rally. This is interesting, because the Keystone pipeline was an issue that was brought up multiple times this past election. The big argument here has to do with the fact that this pipeline perpetuates our dependance on oil and fossil fuels, plus its presence in the areas that it runs through could be bad for the area for multiple reasons. The other side will argue that we need to open this pipeline up to lower the price of oil, and create more jobs. Either way, I hope that people educate themselves in the carbon cycle, regardless of their position on this issue.

  2. mariahdavis says:

    ☺ I am glad you found the rally interesting! You are absolutely right when mentioning the abundance of CO2 after the breakage of the pipeline, and the possible threats that can take over our ecosystem. I think it would be a great idea to use this issue in your presentation and truly hope the high school students get interested and want to learn more from you. Jamie Henn’s blog should really be an inspiration to us all, 40,000 people is a huge deal. With vast rally’s of this amount, word can be spread so much quicker about not just the pipelines but climate issue, that lets face it, is affecting us all, as well.

  3. entomily says:

    The pipeline reminds me of the Appalachian Trail (hang with me, I promise that I have a point). So the wilderness surrounding the trail itself is generally owned- either as a state park or national forest- and is therefore considered protected and a safe haven for wild animals. But it is only a strip of landmass and is not necessarily the size required by larger predators and big herbivores (moose). A little development here and a little development there further shreds wild habitats into ribbons until there is nothing left. The potential pipeline is just another example of such a blade.

  4. I really like this website, which shows the largest oil spills in history:
    It’s funny how people think only about oil spills in the ocean. There have been many on land. How might an oil spill effect terrestrial environments and the carbon cycle?

  5. I also thought the rally was really interesting/wish I could have been a part of it. I don’t know so much about the pipeline so I will have to read up!


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