I’ve decided that I shouldn’t spend money on a laptop when there are still so many children in need and adults aren’t provided with the basics. Hopefully someday children will be taken care of and adults’ll have the basics. Till then, this is goodbye. At least I know I’ll be on Tumblr in heaven. :) I’m gonna miss this. Bad. Good luck to you all.
My sentiments exactly. School is terrible but learning is awesome.
I couldn’t agree more…DAMN SCHOOL.
I learned more in two years as a free adult than I ever did in my several years of schooling.
And what did those years in school do for me? Nothing. They made my life miserable. A lot of my self despising ways were formed in school.
The only thing school taught me was that sometimes people try to control you.
US law says no ‘oil’ spilled in Arkansas, exempting Exxon from cleanup dues
April 3, 2013
The central Arkansas spill caused by Exxon’s aging Pegasus pipeline has reportedly unleashed 10,000 barrels of Canadian heavy crude - but a technicality says it’s not oil, letting the energy giant off the hook from paying into a national cleanup fund.
At least legally speaking, diluted bitumen like the heavy crude that’s overrun Mayflower, Arkansas is not classified as ‘oil.’ While the distinction might normally not mean much, in the case of the disastrous spill in Arkansas it ensures that ExxonMobil will not have to pay into the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
According to ThinkProgress, which has brought attention on the strange legal exemption, ExxonMobil has already confirmed that the compromised pipeline was transporting “low-quality Wabasca Heavy crude” from Canada’s Alberta region. That particular form of crude must be diluted with lighter fluids to evenly flow through a pipeline - it also contains large quantities of bitumen (commonly known as asphalt).
The end result is that both the US Congress and the Internal Revenue Service do not consider tar sand oil as oil at all, and thus exempt any company transporting the crude from paying an $0.08-per-barrel tax - which is the primary source of cash for the federal government’s oil spill cleanup fund.
The strange exemption of heavy bitumen crude from classification as oil dates back to a time when the extraction of tar sands on a large scale was thought improbable with then-contemporary technology. However, as oil companies developed the means to develop Canadian tar sands into a booming energy sector, the legal definition of oil has remained the same.
Funds from that same fund have already helped to clean up another spill caused by a ruptured pipeline. In 2010, more than 1 million barrels of diluted bitumen (crude oil) were spilled into the Kalamazoo River. To make matters worse, unlike conventional crude oil, bitumen heavy crude sinks. The ensuing environmental impact has made that Michigan spill the most expensive in US history, as toxic substances seeped into the surrounding soil.
There is also the fear that bitumen heavy crude could be more corrosive to pipelines than conventional crude. Lorne Stockman, research director at Oil Change International, told ThinkProgress that it’s past time for the law to be changed:
“The question is why we should continue this exemption given that it’s clear tar sands oil is more likely to spill because it’s more corrosive… and more and more tar sands is coming into the US.”
For its part the oil industry disputes the claim, and has produced scientific impact research that does not reflect higher corrosion by transporting bitumen heavy crude.
Judge Allen Dodson of Arkansas’ Faulkner County seemed to reflect the concerns of those impacted by the latest spill of heavy bitumen crude, saying: “Crude oil is crude oil. None of it is real good to touch.”
As the Obama administration deliberates on the Keystone XL, two spills happened in the past week: this one in Arkansas & another in Minnesota, where 15,000 gallons of tar sands spilled from a derailed train.
Despite this 14 year old girl being in need of urgent medical treatment and despite her parents paying their dues, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, an insurance company, is denying claims for treatment and healthcare she desperately needs.
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina’s revenue for last year was over $5.7 billion. Their CEO took home a bonus of $1.6 million. There is no reason for them to deny this family their right to coverage of a $240,000 bill, especially when their daughter needs it and could die without it. Please sign this petition and share it with those you think may be willing to add their signature to the 50,000-strong list of supporters.
Free healthcare for children is desperately needed.
The petition got signed by enough people, and it was successful!
“After more than 60,000 people signed Amy Gleason’s Change.org petition calling on BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina to cover life-saving treatment for her 14-year-old daughter Morgan, a representative from the company personally called Amy to tell her that they will reverse the denials of all of the IVIG treatments, and treatments through October of 2013 have been pre-approved and the $240,000 bill will be erased!”