Anti Keystone XL Pipeline Rally in Washington DC today

Rally for Climate Change Awareness in DC today - Rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline is critical to all of us.

Today's rally for Climate Change Awareness in Washington DC is critical for all of us. For those of you who do not know what it is all about, here is a brief summary:  The Keystone XL Pipeline is proposed to bring oil from the Tar Sands in Canada, bisecting America, to ports in the Gulf of Mexico.  This "oil" is particularly high in carbon pollution and is extremely energy intensive to mine, refine and convert to oil products.  All Climate Scientists have repeatedly warned that if this pipeline is approved, and these tar fields are brought into full production, it will be "Game Over" for Global Climate Change.  The carbon pollution produced from this single event will push us well past the tipping point for slowing down climate change. The discussion will then change focus, as the fight to limiting the effects of climate change will be lost.  All discussions will then need to be focused on reacting to the new climate reality.  We will need to focus on building sea walls, accepting droughts, floods and storms of epic proportions, developing new methods of agriculture, building desalinization plants, water purification systems, and otherwise dealing with the new climate reality. Clean water will become increasingly scarce and significantly more expensive.  

This pipeline will benefit an extremely small minority of oil and gas companies. It will not create many permanent jobs, and will not drive down gas or oil prices for the rest of Americans.  The negative impacts however, will affect ALL OF US.

I applaud the efforts of all of those taking part in this rally in Washington DC today.  Bill McKibbon, Van Jones and many more are leading the efforts today.  Others can write a letter directly to President Obama or sign a petition, which can be found at www.350.org or at www.sierraclub.org  

If people knew how much this single decision will impact their lives, there would be an even greater groundswell of public support.

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Rene February 22, 2013 at 04:48 PM
We need the oil, and it will provide thousands of much needed jobs. There has to be a compromise somewhere. I want alternative fuels and sources as much as the next person, but the reality is we drive CARS that need GAS. Put a tax on the oil from this project to find reasonably priced alternatives, but until then, we need to lower our dependency on foreign oil and we need jobs.
OHW February 22, 2013 at 06:08 PM
"All Climate Scientists have repeatedly warned that if this pipeline is approved, and these tar fields are brought into full production, it will be "Game Over" for Global Climate Change." ALL Climate Scientists? Really? "Game Over for Global Climate Change?" Really? And what does "Game Over" mean? It won't change any more? This is hysterical, ignorant hype. What garbage
Eco Ed Schwartz February 22, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Rene, To be clear, this oil is not for US consumers, and it will in no way lower our gasoline costs. The reason for this pipeline, is to get it from Canada to the ports in the Gulf of Mexico, and ship it overseas, mostly to China. Canadian provinces will not approve moving it across their other provinces to their ports, due to the environmental impacts. In addition, if we did put a carbon-tax on this oil (which would not be acceptable to Congress) it would have to be so extraordinarily high to cover damages from carbon pollution, that it would sink the project anyway. Some of the compromises are to make and drive vehicles which use less gas (or ideally at some point, none at all), or improve public transportation and reduce miles driven per capita. Multiple SUV's per family is unique to the US, and we can do better. In my family, we drive a hybrid SUV, and a smaller and more efficient vehicle to run around locally with. We walk into town for dinner or shopping to get exercise and reduce miles driven. It's not ideal, but we need the bigger vehicle, and it is our compromise. Be creative and fun with your compromises, and enjoy your efforts! Good Luck!
Mike Kender February 23, 2013 at 03:46 PM
If the Keystone Pipeline doesn't get built, the Canadians' alternative is to ship the fuel to Asia, where it will be refined and burned under much waker environmental regulation than in the US. Also, the incremental carbon in tar sand oil is only about 10-20% above regular oil. Importing Middle Eastern oil from halfway around the world also adds carbon usage (fuel for the ships, not to mention the gas that the middle east flares off from its oil wells) so the true difference may be much less. Finally, the tar sands oil could substitute for coal in power plants, reducing the number of mountains in West Virginia that will be obliterated.
Ellie Gruber February 23, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Ed is correct; this oil will be exported; are we supposed to ruin our watersheds and create more co2 so that China will have a cleaner environment? I don't think so! Lets look at the scientific evidence that extracting oil from tar sands is much more dangerous than regular exploration. And the tar sands will NOT be an alternative for coal if the goal is to ship it overseas, right?


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