Join In: The People v. the Pipeline
As you know, the planet is steadily warming: 2010 was the warmest year on record, and we’ve seen the resulting chaos in almost every corner of the earth.
And as you also know, our democracy is increasingly controlled by special interests interested only in their short-term profit.
These two trends collide this summer in Washington, where the State Department and the White House have to decide whether to grant a certificate of ‘national interest’ to some of the biggest fossil fuel players on earth. These corporations want to build the so-called Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada’s tar sands to Texas refineries.
From the organizers, Tar Sands Action:
So, how will this Twitter chat work, and how can I participate?
First things first, if you haven’t yet signed up on Twitter — now would be a perfect moment to grab your account.
The way “Twitter chats” work is that people connect by using and following a specific “hashtag.” We’ll be using the “#noKXL” hashtag. A hashtag is simply a special keyword (often preceded by a # symbol) that you add to your tweet, which lets people know you’re responding to a particular conversation or issue and connects you with others around topics of common interest.
So, for example, a sample tweet to join this chat could be: “Hi, my name’s Paul, I’m tweeting from Utah, and can’t wait to connect with everyone who wants to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. #noKXL” (note the hashtag inserted at the end)
To see and respond to the chat’s latest tweets, visit this link, http://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23noKXL
The basic format will be a round of introductions, followed by a series of questions posed by the community for the special guests, which they and all are welcome to discuss. So, please, prepare a few interesting questions!
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