Quantcast

Rocket Trike Diaries—Week One

Energy

Tom Weis

Welcome to Rocket Trike Diaries—a 10 week video tour of the 2011 "Ride for Renewables: No Tar Sands Oil On American Soil!" Join Renewable Rider Tom Weis as he pedals his rocket trike 2,150 miles through America’s heartland in support of landowners fighting TransCanada’s toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline scheme. Here are the video entries from Week One:

 

 

Video Entry #1: Keystone XL "Tour of Resistance" Launched

Harvard Ayers films Renewable Rider Tom Weis officially launching the Keystone XL "Tour of Resistance" in Loring, MT (pop. 11) on October 13, 2011. From Loring, he will ride 16 miles north to the U.S./Canada border before following the route of the proposed pipeline south to the Texas Gulf Coast.

 

Video Entry #2: Renewable Rider Crosses U.S./Canada Border

Renewable Rider Tom Weis briefly crosses into Canada before pedaling south across the U.S./Canada border at the beginning of the "Ride for Renewables: No Tar Sands Oil On American Soil!"

 

Video Entry #3: Renewable Rider Draws Line in Sand at U.S./Canada Border

Renewable Rider Tom Weis draws his own personal line in the sand against TransCanada's toxic "Keystone XL" tar sands pipeline proposal at the U.S./Canada border.

 

Video Entry #4: Spiritual Leader: American Ingenuity Can Power Our Future

Renewable Rider Tom Weis hears George Horse Capture, Jr., a spiritual leader of the Gros Ventre Tribe in Fort Belknap, MT, talk about American ingenuity and the need to protect Native and non-Native cultures from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. George blessed the event with a prayer, before Rose Main, Roberta Werk and Gertrude Werk set off on horseback for a solidarity ride with Weis.

 

Video Entry #5: Tribal Member Calls Oil "Tool of Greed"

Renewable Rider Tom Weis hears Ken Main of the White Clay Nation in Fort Belknap, MT state his opposition to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Calling oil a "tool of greed" that is draining everybody, Ken encourages all races to work together in support of renewable energy solutions: "We're meant to be happy... We shouldn't have to struggle and pay all these oil companies just so that we can live."

 

Video Entry #6: Imitation of Tommy Weis Pedaling Rocket Trike

Renewable Rider Tom Weis watches Robe Walking of the White Clay Nation in Fort Belknap, Montana playfully imitate him riding his rocket trike. Robe dubs it the "Tommy Weis meditation program."

 

Video Entry #7: Montana Mother to Obama: "You Are a Liar and a Coward."

Renewable Rider Tom Weis hears Ruth Marshall of Fort Belknap, MT call out President Obama on his "crimes against this earth." Saying, "people are getting sick, people are dying, they're suffering," she says we need to show some dignity and "stand up" to transnational corporations. Asking how much money it would take to give cancer to her baby, she says blocking Keystone XL may be one of Barack Obama's only chances for "redemption."

 

Video Entry #8: Tribal Member: "We Have the Owners Manual"

Renewable Rider Tom Weis listens to Jake Good Bear of the Mandan and Hidatsa Tribes of North Dakota share a prophecy of his Clan. Jake believes President Obama has a "sacred responsibility" to protect America, which he says the Natives used to call "ours," saying, "We know how to fix the problems in America because we have the owners manual."

 

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

By Brian Barth

Late fall, after the last crops have been harvested, is a time to rest and reflect on the successes and challenges of the gardening year. But for those whose need to putter around in the garden doesn't end when cold weather comes, there's surely a few lingering chores. Get them done now and you'll be ahead of the game in spring.

Read More Show Less
(L) 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.
(R) The measles virus pictured under a microscope. PHIL / CDC

The Pacific Island nation of Samoa declared a state of emergency this week, closed all of its schools and limited the number of public gatherings allowed after a measles outbreak has swept across the country of just 200,000 people, according to Reuters.

Read More Show Less
Sponsored
(L) Selma Three Stone Engagement Ring. (R) The Greener Diamond Farm Project. MiaDonna

By Bailey Hopp

If you had to choose a diamond for your engagement ring from below or above the ground, which would you pick … and why would you pick it? This is the main question consumers are facing when picking out their diamond engagement ring today. With a dramatic increase in demand for conflict-free lab-grown diamonds, the diamond industry is shifting right before our eyes.

Read More Show Less
Austin Nuñez is Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, which joined with the Hopi and Pascua Yaqui Tribes to fight a proposed open-pit copper mine on sacred sites in Arizona. Mamta Popat

By Alison Cagle

Rising above the Arizona desert, the Santa Rita Mountains cradle 10,000 years of Indigenous history. The Tohono O'odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Hopi Tribe, among numerous other tribes, have worshipped, foraged, hunted and laid their ancestors to rest in the mountains for generations.

Read More Show Less
The Navajo Nation has suffered from limited freshwater resources as a result of climate, insufficient infrastructure, and contamination. They collaborated with NASA to develop the Drought Severity Evaluation Tool. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Native Americans are disproportionately without access to clean water, according to a new report, "Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan," to be released this afternoon, which shows that more than two million Americans do not have access to access to running water, indoor plumbing or wastewater services.

Read More Show Less
Sponsored
Wild Exmoor ponies graze on a meadow in the Czech Republic. rapier / iStock / Getty Images Plus

By Nanticha Ocharoenchai

In the Czech Republic, horses have become the knights in shining armor. A study published in the Journal for Nature Conservation suggests that returning feral horses to grasslands in Podyjí National Park could help boost the numbers of several threatened butterfly species.

Read More Show Less

Despite huge strides in improving the lives of children since 1989, many of the world's poorest are being left behind, the United Nations children's fund UNICEF warned Monday.

Read More Show Less
At least seven people have died in a Bangladesh pipeline explosion. Youtube screenshot

At least seven people were killed when a gas pipeline exploded in Bangladesh Sunday, and another 25 were injured, the Associated Press reported.

Read More Show Less