- Environmentalist Bill McKibben was among 100 people arrested on the weekend (Aug 20-21) for protesting against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. But why are climate campaigners so concerned?
- 3 Reasons Why the Tar Sands Pipeline Has to Be Stopped
Dana Nuccitelli, London Guardian | UK/OpEdNews.com
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Bill McKibben is leading what may be the largest green civil disobedience campaign in a generation, against the proposed construction of the 1,600-mile long Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada to American refineries at the Gulf of Mexico, and many are concerned about the associated impacts on the climate. Digging up new sources of fossil fuels will inevitably increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, and the tar sands result in higher carbon emissions than even conventional oil.
On 15 June 2011, the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Panel approved a bill to expedite a decision on the pipeline, possibly trying to rush it through before adequate environmental impact assessments are completed.
The project must be approved by President Obama in order to proceed, and the aim of the protest is to convince the president to reject the project.
If the Keystone pipeline is not approved, the tar sands oil may be stuck in place. As McKibben noted, "Alberta is remote, and its only other possible pipeline route — to the Pacific and hence Asia — is tangled in litigation."
3 Reasons Why the Tar Sands Pipeline Has to Be Stopped, Janet Redman, AlterNet
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- Video: Josh Fox for the Tar Sands Action