Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

Editorial opinion in The Advertiser on Feb 9, 2014 in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline misses a hugely important point, as does most commentary on the proposed pipeline project. Contrary to oil and fossil fuel industry interests which are confined to promoting short term growth within their industries, the President is charged with broader concerns including the long term prosperity, safety and security of the country. This has to include planning for adaptation to the effects of climate change and reduction of those effects where possible. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University makes the point that the recently released US State Department report on the Keystone XL fails to address the issue that if the US is to do its share to meet the internationally agreed target of no more than 2 degrees C average global temperature rise, then the country has to control emissions of greenhouse gases to levels that are within an emissions budget including limits on carbon. Development of conventional coal, oil and gas resources is already happening at levels which will cause average temperatures to exceed 2 degrees C. So any approval of a new pathway for development of large scale unconventional sources such as the Canadian tar sands would be a wrong step down the path that leads to the consequences of a destabilized global climate. Louisiana and its coast are especially vulnerable to these effects. If the President chooses to exercise his authority in the best interest of our country he will reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

Haywood Martin, Chair
Sierra Club Delta Chapter

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