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Urgent action needed to stop Tar Sands Pipeline.

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Rainforest Action Network (RAN) also has an online pettition
http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4435&track=homepage

The Scientific community is urging President Obama to shoot down the pending Canadian oil pipeline:  
A group of 20 prominent scientists have sent a letter to President Obama urging him to not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands crude oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. The letter begins:
"President Obama:
We are researchers at work on the science of climate change and allied fields. We are writing to add our voices to the indigenous leaders, religious leaders, and environmentalists calling on you to block the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada’s tar sands.
The tar sands are a huge pool of carbon, but one that does not make sense to exploit. It takes a lot of energy to extract and refine this resource into useable fuel, and the mining is environmentally destructive. Adding this on top of conventional fossil fuels will leave our children and grandchildren a climate system with consequences that are out of their control. It makes no sense to build a pipeline system that would practically guarantee extensive exploitation of this resource."
The Washington Independent has the full text of the letter.
http://washingtonindependent.com/114298/scientific-community-urging-obama-to-shoot-down-pending-canadian-oil-pipeline

Why Keystone pipeline will weaken the US
Andrew Nikiforuk writing for British Columbia's THE TYEE and republished on Energybulletin.net covers the economic reason why the pipeline is bad news for the U.S.
http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-05-27/why-keystone-pipeline-will-weaken-us
"Big, long pipelines don't create resilient communities let alone healthy energy appetites for that matter. And in the case of Keystone XL the pipeline will actually raise, not depress prices at the pump. Nor will it improve energy security by one gallon. In the end the pipeline will simply become a Tar Sands Road to China. That's right, China."
He sites the "blunt analysis comes from the internationally celebrated oil and gas consultant Philip Verleger"

The key points are:
•    The Keystone XL the pipeline will actually raise, not depress prices at the pump.
•    Allows Canadian producers to manipulate U.S. crude oil prices to extract another $2 billion to $4 billion from U.S. consumers."
•    Millions of Americans will spend 10 to 20 cents more per gallon for gasoline and diesel fuel…
•    American consumers will pay the price of this highway robbery. Food prices will rise because they reflect farm operating costs
•    The pipeline will disturb two thousand miles of farmland and place at risk the great Ogallala aquifer

http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-05-27/why-keystone-pipeline-will-weaken-us

Verleger's original op-ed in the Minnesota Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/otherviews/117832183.html

Sen. Bernie Sanders Offers His Support for Keystone XL Protest
Washington, DC — This morning, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) added his voice to the growing opposition to the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.
In a video message released by TarSandsAction.org, Sen. Sanders said, “Building this pipeline will keep America addicted to oil, and while it might be a good idea for Koch Industries, which supplies and refines large volumes of Canadian tar sands oil, it is a bad deal for our country,” said Sen. Sanders.
http://www.tarsandsaction.org/press/releases/

It is going to take a strong public outcry to stop a powerful and influential oil lobby from completing this dangerous project.  They're fighting dirty and according the Rainforest Action Network using fake twitter accounts to bolster support for the pipeline.  We must get involved to fight back.

The Rainforest Action Network reports the American Petroleum Institute and its oil lobby allies are behind a slew of fake Twitter accounts designed to prop up public opinion about the pipeline.

http://understory.ran.org/2011/08/04/breaking-tar-sands-pipeline-backers-resort-to-fake-twitter-accounts-to-show-grassroots-support/

The Guardian and Mother Jones also cover the story that Fake Twitter accounts used to promote tar sands pipeline:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/aug/05/fake-twitter-tar-sands-pipeline
http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2011/08/twitter-astroturf-oil-keystone-xl

What are the Tar Sands?

Tar sands consist of heavy crude oil mixed with sand, clay and bitumen. Extraction entails burning natural gas to generate enough heat and steam to melt the oil out of the sand. As many as five barrels of water are needed to produce a single barrel of oil.

The Tar Sands and Climate Change
Tar sands oil is the worst type of oil for the climate, producing three times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventionally produced oil because of the energy required to extract and process tar sands oil.

Additionally:
•    Increased greenhouse gas emissions associated with tar sands development is the main reason Canada will not meet its Kyoto reduction commitments.
•    In 2010, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions are projected be nearly 35 percent higher than 1990 levels.


Rainforest Action Network explains it further:
http://ran.org/content/what-are-tar-sands

More info is also available from Friends Of The Earth
http://foe.org/energy/tar-sands

On July 26th, The U.S. House of representatives passed H.R. 1938, the North American-Made Energy Security Act, to direct the President to expedite the consideration and approval of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, by a recorded vote of 279 ayes to 147 noes. The bill is set to move to the senate when they reconvene, but ultimately it will be up to President Obama through the Secretary of State.

Remember President Obama has the final say.

Please join FRIENDS OF THE EARTH and the RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK in calling on him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and focus on clean, safe energy alternatives.
http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2265

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) also has an online petition
http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4435&track=homepage

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