Another Looming Cliff of Grave Conseq...

Another Looming Cliff of Grave Consequence

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Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jan 5, 2013
Another Looming Cliff of Grave Consequence

by Robert Redford, 01/04/13
Actor, director and environmental activist

The wake up call that Hurricane Sandy gave us was but one of many just in the last year. We can see that climate change is happening all around the country after the wildfires, droughts, floods and violent storms of 2012. So when President Obama said it was time to deal with global warming in his victory speech, that made perfect sense.

Why then would one of the first decisions after the election be to ignore the climate impacts of one of the dirtiest energy projects out there? That doesn't make any sense.

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is winding its way through a State Department environmental review process. The State Department messed up last time around. They didn't include climate and a lot of other concerns that people along the pipeline path have. After the President rejected this pipeline earlier this year and TransCanada reapplied for a presidential permit for the northern section, the State Department got another chance to get it right.

It begs the question then, why does it look like they are going to get it wrong?

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a disaster in the making. It will cause expansion of the expensive and dirty tar sands oil excavation up in Canada's Boreal forest. It threatens our own farms, and waters throughout our heartland. And it is going to make climate change worse as more tarry gunk is dug up, turned into gasoline and diesel and burned in cars and trucks.

All of this is for a pipeline that is meant to export tar sand oil overseas from America's Gulf Coast. Our heartland, aquifers and climate are meant to sustain us. Instead the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline means that we take all the risks - from pipeline leaks and blows to the aftermath of toxic pools of wastewater -- and Big Oil reaps all the benefits. Canadians know better - they haven't let new tar sands pipeline be built yet to either of their own coasts. In fact, the proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline to the west coast is considered dead by many.

It only makes sense to get the environmental review right. And that means taking a hard look at the climate impacts.


“We have 545 traitors.”

Since: May 11

Parts Unknown

#2 Jan 5, 2013
Robert Redford can afford gas prices at $10.00 per gallon. The rest of us can't.
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#3 Jan 5, 2013
According to your "logic" gas is $10 per gallon now, right ??? WRONG, oh so often totally wrong...

“We have 545 traitors.”

Since: May 11

Parts Unknown

#4 Jan 5, 2013
If we purchase our oil from only one source we leave ourselves open to price gouging and other abuses. We should use all means to switch to an alternative fuel source immediately. Until then, we need every drop we can get, from any source available.
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#5 Jan 5, 2013
Same moron who just wrote gas is $10 ??

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