Is Obama REALLY Serious About Climate Change – XL Pipeline

The State Department’s analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal notes that tar sands crude is 17 percent more greenhouse gas intensive than conventional oil, reports Sierra Club President Michael Brune at the Huffingtonpost. But the overall environmental impacts of the pipeline are limited, says the analysis, because, the oil would be mined and drilled anyway. That’s not accurate. Currently, almost 2 million barrels of oil are produced daily in the tar sands. While further extraction permits have been issued to oil companies, though, they first need transport capacity to proceed. And that’s where a pipeline is crucial. Railroads don’t come close. So, the analysis is not only inaccurate – it’s incredibly cynical, Brune notes. With logic like this, why bother to stop coal plants as  countries continue to burn it? Or replace fracking gas with clean energy?  As it is, real leadership in turning towards clean energy sources is happening outside Washington DC, but we have til mid-April to tell Obama speak out, and show the president that there is a national movement demanding he keep his climate promises. Send your message to the administration today.

 

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

 

Source

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-brune/keystone-xl-cynicism-on-t_b_2793161.html

see also:

Keystone XL pipeline report slammed by activists and scientists. Green activists and climate change scientists have slammed a new report from the Obama administration that raises no serious objections to building a massive and controversial oil pipeline. The Guardian

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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