Hell no, Robo

15 Oct

So, there is a robo-survey out there right now that is basically feeding people lies about the Keystone XL pipeline, then asking them to push “1” if they support it and “2” if they don’t. If they say they don’t, they get fed some more lies. Here is the automated message:

“Good Evening.  We’re calling from Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence with a quick survey about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline that will deliver oil from our trusted ally Canada, to refineries in Texas.

The Keystone XL Pipeline will pay over $150 million dollars in Nebraska property taxes, be the safest pipeline ever built, and will reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil.  In addition, construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will create hundreds of family supporting, private-sector jobs for Nebraskans.

Now to the survey.  Do you support building the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska?  Please press 1 on your phone if you support building the Keystone XL Pipeline; Please press 2 if you do not support building the Keystone XL Pipeline; and Press 3 if you are undecided (repeat).

Thank you for your time this evening.  Please remember that the Keystone XL Pipeline will bring over $150 million dollars in local property tax revenue, create family-supporting jobs for Nebraskans, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil from countries like Iran and Venezuela.

This call paid for by Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence, P.O. Box 572, Boystown, Nebraska, 68010.”

 

Here is what is should say:

Good evening. We’re calling from a group that stands to milk some money or other benefits from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. We’d like you to respond to a survey about this pipeline that will transport a socially and environmentally destructive form of fuel, called tar sands oil, through our state.

The Keystone XL will endanger the Ogallala aquifer, which yields about 30 percent of the nation’s ground water used for irrigation. In addition, the aquifer system provides drinking water to 82 percent of the people who live within the aquifer boundary. The Keystone XL would also cut through and destroy a large portion of the Sand Hills. The cost of a probable spill and the destruction caused by this pipeline isn’t something we feel comfortable sharing, as it would probably demonstrate the fact that the potential benefits of this pipeline are outweighed by its dangers. In addition, Nebraska workers will probably only get about 1 out of 10 jobs produced by the construction of the pipeline, most of which will be temporary.

Now to the survey. Do you support endangering our water supply? Do you support how TransCanada has bullied our landowners and bribed our politicians? Do you want to support a form of fuel that is socially irresponsible, causes massive destruction and requires us to be dependent on Canada instead of cultivating real energy independence?

Press 1 if you don’t care about Nebraska’s future and have no problem with the serious threats posed by this pipeline. Press 2 if you want to see Nebraska keep its water supply safe and be a real leader on America’s path to energy independence. Press 3 if you are going to sit on the fence about this issue.

Thank-you for your time. Remember that this pipeline spells nothing but trouble for Nebraska and the United States. The oil from this pipeline will go on the world market and does not guarantee the United States energy independence of any kind.

This call paid for by Nebraskans for Temporary Jobs and dependence on Canadian crude oil.

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One Response to “Hell no, Robo”

  1. Marilyn May 27, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    How the hell does this group get by the do-not-call list? I hate robo calls, and no way to remove your number from future calls.

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