Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:57 PM
NickB79 (11,607 posts)
Scientists Call on President to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline
Nation’s Top Climate Scientists Urge President Obama to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline
OAKLAND CA -- 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.
I'm going to go on the record here as saying, if this gets passed by the Democratic Party, I will no longer be voting in the future beyond local elections. The construction of this pipeline would more than offset EVERY environmental initiative put forth by President Obama during his presidency to address climate change. As James Hansen of NASA stated last year: “Exploitation of tar sands would make it implausible to stabilize climate and avoid disastrous global climate impacts”.
This is my line in the sand. Fuck it, I've been jerked around far too long by politicians claiming to care about leaving a better world for my child.
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