This unit we learned about the Keystone Pipeline XL. We learned about the different impact it will have on our environment and economy. The pipeline would increase tax revenue and create thousands of jobs. However in order to build this pipeline you would have to dig up the ground which could cause a change in the environment.
- Creates 9,000 American jobs
- Dig up ground
- Lower gas prices
- Tax revenue increase
- Obama has final say
Monologue #1: I Got My Job Back
*Enter TransCanada Headquarters
Hi, I’m here to see the CEO of TransCanada. No, I don’t have an appointment. He called me this morning asking to see me in his office by 10 a.m. Can you page him or something because you’re giving me a really hard time right now. Yes, thank you !
*Takes a seat
*Direct to Girling’s office
Hi Mr. Girling, nice to see you again. Good, good we’ve been struggling ever since I got laid off 2 months ago. Yeah, you should be sorry shouldn’t you. You know I had been working for this company for 6 years and you decided to lay me off. Why me? I loved this job more than anyone. I’ve worked for you for 6 years; 6 years and you just leave me and my family in the dirt like that. I think that was very selfish of you, but no hard feelings right. That’s great and all but what does the company receiving more money and benefits have to do with me? For real? Are you kidding me, I’m getting my job back.
You’re a really good man Mr. Girling. You know I’ve been going to church, because I had all this free time because you laid me off but besides that. I’ve been going to church and I learned that if you put God first you won’t come in last. I mean I want to just kill you and I hated God and I hated myself at one point for believing in him. Losing my job wasn’t the only reason for my madness though. After I lost my job my wife had to pick up another job to support my family. Do you know how that feels? To be a man and not be able to support your family? My wife and children don’t even look at me the same way. Daddy used to be their hero and now, ugh now, I don’t even know what they think of me. My son had to pick up a job after school. He’s not even doing as well as he used to because he has no time to study. The electric and gas was cut off about a week ago and I’m just so happy. I know it doesn’t seem like it but I am and thank you. My children only eat two meals a day and one of them comes from school. Thank you, thank you. Words can’t explain how I feel. Thank you!
Monologue #2: What about my crops?
*Farmer walks outside to face news cameras
Get off of my property, you are not allowed to be here. You want answers huh? Well, I’ll answer questions from only one news channel.
*Newscasters yell and raises hands
*News channel and Farmer enters house
My name is Jimmy and I farm for a living. When all my crops are done growing I go to local grocery stores to sell my produce. There is no other way for me to make money. It’s not even all about the money, I love farming more than anything in this world. If I lose that I really have nothing to live for. My mom and my dad died a few years ago. My wife left with my children. Farming is my only purpose.
Well’ it’s not that I really have a problem with the pipeline. I’m all for more jobs and all but the time they would take digging up the ground and all I could be growing my crops. If I don’t grow, I don’t have money to pay my bills. They would also be digging up my property which in the long run could ruin my land. To prevent them from building the pipeline I’m going to chain myself to the tree on my property. Arrested? How can they arrest me? It’s my tree, I helped my dad plant that tree when I was 7. I’d be damned if they even tried to tear it down. It’s also on my property. I paid this house off and I should have a right in this. You know what, I’m done! Get out of my house. I said no more goddamn questions, now get the fuck out of my house.
Monologue #3: Pros and Cons
*Skype call opens up with Oprah
Hi Oprah, again I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there with you today. My name is Sarah and I live in New Jersey. Well, I’m here on Skype with Oprah because I want everyone to know about the Proposed Keystone Pipeline. It’s 1,179 miles long and runs from Canada to the US. It was in operation as of 2010 and parts of the pipeline are already built. It was however declined once already. The pipeline would cost $7 million and would carry more than 2.6 million of oil and natural gas. Because Obama has the final say in this the pipeline can’t be built without his permission. That’s just some background information but here are the pros and cons. The proposed pipeline would create 9,000 jobs and create $585 million in taxes. We wouldn’t have to rely on other countries as much. Pipelines are the safest way of moving fossil fuels from one place to another and they are more efficient. TransCanada, (the company that’s supposed to build the pipeline) has one of the best safety records in the industry. However in order to build this pipeline you would have to dig up the earth. Environmental and personal safety also comes into play. If there were to be an oil spill it would ruin the lake in Nebraska. Many people rely on this lake for food. We just recovered from an oil spill in Gulf Coast and we can’t afford another one. The people would be in an uproar. Trust me I know how it feels to recover from something only to have something bad to happen again. It’s actually very recent, we finally recovered from super storm sandy and now the boardwalk burned. I know it’s very tragic isn’t it. But enough about New Jersey, if something tragic was to happen the people would be devastated. There are more pros out weighing the cons but in the long run this will only hurt us.
Oh, this pipeline doesn’t affect me whatsoever because I’m in New Jersey. The states that the pipeline is being run through are; Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas. Uh, that’s basically all I have to say. Thank you so much for having me, I appreciate it. Okay. bye bye.