Scientists Call on President to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Published: Wednesday 16 January 2013
Thousands of concerned citizens will come to Washington, DC on Feb. 17, President’s Day weekend, to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Eighteen of the nation’s top climate scientists released a letter to President Obama today urging him to say no to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. 

“Eighteen months ago some of us wrote you about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, explaining why in our opinion its construction ran counter to both national and planetary interests,” wrote the scientists. ”Nothing that has happened since has changed that evaluation; indeed, the year of review that you asked for on the project made it clear exactly how pressing the climate issue really is.”

Indeed the past year has shown that climate change is here. A few months after superstorm Sandy flooded parts of the Northeast, NOAA announced last week that the average temperature for 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above normal and a full degree higher than the previous warmest year recorded—1988. 

The State Department is expected to soon release its supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) required for the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. The department’s previous pipeline EIS downplayed climate risks by arguing that the tar sands would be developed with or without Keystone XL and therefore the project had no responsibility for the additional greenhouse gas emissions that come from burning tar sands oil. 

But two of Canada’s largest banks, TD Economics and CIBC, have recently said that without added capacity, “Canada’s oil industry is facing a serious challenge to its long-term growth” and that “Canada needs pipe—and lots of it—to avoid the opportunity cost of stranding over a million barrels a day of potential crude oil growth.”

The Obama Administrations has promised action on climate change but if Keystone XL is approved, the Administration would be actively supporting and encouraging the growth of an industry which has demonstrably serious effects on climate.

Thousands of concerned citizens will come to Washington, DC on Feb. 17, President’s Day weekend, to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.



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2 comments on "Scientists Call on President to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline"

brad roon

January 16, 2013 12:55pm

Unfortunately, money talks (being legal speech and all) and puppets walk the way they have their strings pulled.

I see little chance of stopping this. Helll. Keystone was illegally evicting farmers in the midwest under eminent domain status (only govt has the "right", not private corpse-orations) when it was first shut down.

If the fix weren't in, do you think these greedy people running the corporations would spend a nickel on a project they thought wouldn't make it? They OWN our congress. Not every person, but enough to push their desires through most of the time.

Arachne646

January 16, 2013 9:48am

Just in case I hear again from the same people who say: "But the Canadians already have a pipeline to the Pacific Coast halfway built, and will sell their diluted bitumen to China, anyway, if we don't build the Keystone XL pipeline!"--No, the Enbridge Northern pipeline is still in the hearings stage, with demonstrations outside every venue where presentations are taken.

Our Canadian Prime Minister leads a Conservative government on a very tight leash, and is trampling the constitutional rights of our First Nations peoples to be consulted on the changes to the Indian Act and environmental legislation that he has pushed through in order to ease exploitation of the tar sands. You may have heard of Idle No More, a protest movement spreading beyond Canada and beyond indigenous peoples, which is adding to pressure from the province of British Columbia to stop the Enbridge North pipeline. Support Idle No More and stop the mining in Alberta's tar sands.