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Sunday, March 17, 2013
If the 95 percent or so of respected American scientists are even close to right, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry would be wise to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
The lame justifications being used to suggest that approving the pipeline would not cause harm to the planetary climate and would be a boon to the U.S. economy can be easily countered.
To the claim that if we don’t buy TransCanada’s filthy tar sands oil, TransCanada will ship it abroad to China, the reply is: There is no guarantee at all that this action would happen because there is serious opposition to this plan from Canadians and from the indigenous peoples, and the issue has gone into the courts.
Another claim is that 42,000 U.S. jobs would be created that would last at least several years. Yet many such estimates have been made before in similar projects and proved to be a boom-and-bust scenario.
The Sierra Club, with its 2.1 million members, and 117 other environmental groups have taken a strong stand against this pipeline. The Natural Resources Defense Council bases its opposition on solid scientific evidence that dredging, transporting and using this dirtiest fossil fuel known would have disastrous effects on the climate.
In the last century alone, the average temperature has increased by 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit. To quote from a March 8 news story, “Study suggests record global warming ahead”: “By the end of the century, climate warming models predict an additional increase of 2 to 11.5 degrees F, due largely to increased carbon emissions.”
For these reasons and because there is no other Earth, please consider the following request.
If you can write a letter or send an email, if you can make a phone call, or if you can get to D.C., please join thousands of other Americans who care and are speaking out to the White House.
Make your voice heard now, before April 22, during this period in which the president and the State Department are asking for public comment on this project.
Say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline for the sake of our children, and for their children. In community efforts there is strength.
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