The Wilderness Society welcomes the Administration’s decision to slow down the Keystone XL pipeline juggernaut long enough to address the looming catastrophe of climate change.
Last week, the Department of Energy announced that in 2010 we saw the largest ever recorded year-to-year jump in the emissions of harmful carbon pollution. This rate is above the worst case projections made by the Nobel-prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when it issued its last large report on global warming in 2007. At the time it forecast global temperatures rising between 4 and 11 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century with the best estimate at 7.5 degrees.
The destruction of carbon storing forests and the increase in greenhouse gas emissions from the production and ultimate use of the oil from the Canadian tar sands would impose an environmental insult on our planet from which our children may never recover.
The decision by the Obama administration to delay the Keystone XL pipeline keeps the forests standing and the climate safe for another day.