Standing Rock Tuesday


The Trump administration quickly overturned the December 2016 decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to halt the construction of the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline — almost as quickly as Trump took office. Subsequent challenges in court failed to prevent the pipeline from being completed and going into operation. Rather than concede defeat, Water Protectors have shifted their focus and efforts to battling the oil and coal industry on different fronts.

On the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, the Water Protector camps are no longer standing, but some organizers who lived and organized in those camps are now shaping the movement to shift the reservation away from its dependence on fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.

In 1956, the Standing Rock Sioux sued the Army Corps of Engineers and was promised — as part of the settlement over the creation of dams on the Missouri River that stole part of the reservation’s land and resources — free electricity for the reservation. Instead, the reservation pays some of the highest rates for electricity in both North and South Dakota. Some residents pay $1,000 a month in electric bills, even as more than 40 percent of individuals on the reservation live below the poverty line.

In order to alleviate these steep electricity bills and the reservation’s dependence on electric companies charging high rates for usage, the reservation is working toward creating a mandatory renewable energy standard, where, by 2030, 50 percent of North and South Dakota’s energy will come from renewable resources, with a long-term goal of total renewable use. Currently, the majority of electricity in North Dakota is powered by coal.


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8 Responses to Standing Rock Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Just like the turds in the Federal Government to re-nig on their treaty the bastards.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Up to the CUB to listen to Ed Schweitzer and then back to the Hillside Cafe for an early soup & salad; 25 minutes.


  3. °¿º Carol says:

    David B. Benson says:
    April 9, 2018 at 8:58 PM

    That’s our Carol!


  4. °¿º Carol says:

    Jill came over and we caught up on a 3 Walking Deads. It’s been awhile since she came over. She was down for the count for two weeks with that flu. It left her constantly coughing up stuff and blowing her nose. I guess that is her body shoveling out the virus.

    It was nice to have my two granddogs over. Puppy Addy took a nap in my lap. That’s something she won’t be able to do when she’s full grown.

    All the news has been all day long, yesterday and today, is will Trump fire Mueller. I’m sick of the subject and turned the TV off. David Corn was the only one that said what I keep yelling at the pundits on the tube, that getting rid of Mueller doesn’t stop the investigation. Mueller hasn’t been working on that by himself.

    Weather still the same, sunny and cold. Woke up to snow this morning, it was pretty, the ground and the trees. It was all gone before noon. My South Dakota friend had 65° today. Since we generally get whatever weather she has, I’m hoping for a warm up. However, snow is on it’s way to my friend’s place in SD.


  5. Den says:

    Robot Boy caught in a loop, RESET!!


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