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This weekend, thousands of citizens locked hands around the White House and called on the President not to approve the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline project. Why? Because if we don’t learn to say “no” to projects that threaten the planet, it won’t make much difference when we say “yes” to projects that keep the planet viable.
Global warming is getting worse even faster than we thought. According to news reports, “The world pumped about 564 million tons more of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009. That's a 6 percent increase. That amount of extra pollution eclipses the individual emissions of all but three countries - China, the United States and India, the world's top producers of greenhouse gases.”
This has huge consequences. As the planet warms, the forces which drive severe weather events gather steam and set new records, something that NBC covered nicely on the evening news recently. Every time you hear weatherpersons declare their amazement – “we have never seen anything like THIS before!” – remember that THIS is exactly what the scientific community has been telling them to expect.
The pipeline would make more profitable the cooking of oil out of thick tar sands in Canada for sale in the US and for export. This process emits twice the carbon pollution of conventional oil drilling. As NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen has said: “exploitation of tar sands would make it implausible to stabilize climate and avoid disastrous global climate impacts.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss had an invitation for the President and the rest of us in a new video for Tar Sands Action: “Who can stop this mega-stupid mega pipeline? This is a great opportunity for you, Mr. President. We’re counting on you to make the right call.”
Read the letter that The Wilderness Society President Bill Meadows and others sent to the EPA on Keystone
For more information on Tar Sands Action, click here.