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KXL Tar Sands Pipeline

March 1, 2013
State Dept. says KXL pipeline is just fine for the environment
The State Department said in an environmental impact statement that the XL Keystone pipeline “is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the rate of development in the oil sands, or on the amount of heavy crude oil refined in the Gulf Coast area.” It also said the US could meet its energy needs without the pipeline. Read the briefing on the report hereHere is the draft report. Here is an evaluation fact sheet.
The study said the annual CO2 emissions or equivalent equals "approximately 626,000 passenger vehicles operating for one year or 398,000 homes using electricity for one year.”  Read articles about it here and here and here
Climate scientist James Hansen criticized the report: "The total carbon in tar sands exceeds that in all oil burned in human history, and if the pipeline is built, ways will be found to extract more and more of it, burning fossil fuels during the extraction and destroying the local environment."  Michael Brune from Sierra Club said: "The State Department's analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal acknowledges that tar sands crude is 17 percent more greenhouse gas intensive than conventional oil. But State says that the overall environmental impacts of the pipeline are limited because, according to their analysis, the oil would be mined and drilled anyway." His full statement is here.   Oil Change International's response is here.  
By the way, in 2012, supporters of the pipeline outspent opponents 35 to 1. Those lobbying for the carbon-intensive project spent $178 million, including TransCanada, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Exxon Mobil Corp. ($12.9 million), Shell Oil ($7 million), and American Petroleum Institute ($5 million). 
Once the draft report has published, we have 45-days to comment. Our comments will be crucial
Send comments to: keystonecomments@state.gov or mail to:
 U.S. Department of State
Attn: Genevieve Walker, NEPA Coordinator
2201 C Street NW, Room 2726
Washington, D.C. 20520
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Climate rally Feb. 17, 2013 


Forward on Climate: Join us Feb. 17 in Washington, D.C., for what we hope will be the largest climate rally in history.  We were thrilled to hear President Obama say 
during his inaugural address,  “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” But he also said, “You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.”

So, let's be sure we shape the debate and lift our voices loudly enough to be heard above the bellowing of the wealthy fossil fuels industry. We will have to make Obama take action on global warming, starting with rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry dirty tar sands oil from Canada to refineries in Texas. Sierra Club, 350.org and many other organizations are sponsoring this event. Climate activists fighting tar sands oil extraction, fracking, mountaintop removal for coal and deepwater ocean drilling will speak as one for our planet. The rally is from noon to 4 p.m. (arrive by 11:30). CCIHC will be carpooling. Information and sign-up is here. Email CCIHC about carpooling at HoCoClimateChange@gmail.org

3/7/2012

Lakotas in S.D. Block Keystone XL Pipeline Trucks
Colorlines.com reports that five Lakotas on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota were arrested Monday after trying to block two tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their land. One activist reported that the "six-hour standoff started when the trucks refused to turn around claiming they had 'corporate rights that supersede any other law.' " Several dozen were part of the protest.


Extraction of oil from tar sands produces pollution equal to large power plant
2/22/12  The American Geophysical Union reports that scientists using satellites found elevated levels of pollutants at tar sands extraction sites in Canada. They measured nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide emitted in an area 31 miles around the extraction sites and found: "For both gasses, the levels are comparable to what satellites see over a large power plant - or for nitrogen dioxide, comparable to what they see over some medium-sized cities," said Chris McLinden, a research scientist with Environment Canada, the country's environmental agency. "It stands out above what's around it, out in the wilderness, but one thing we wanted to try to do was put it in context." 



We are joining a large 350.org coalition in sending you this BREAKING NEWS   noon 2-13-12:

 

The Senate is moving to approve KeystoneXL pipeline.

We have 24 Hours – Act to Stop Them Here:

http://act.350.org/sign/kxl/ 

Petitions will be delivered to the Senate on Valentine Day!


Send a Valentine Stop KXL message to your Senator!


Here are some of the messages we have been getting from coalition partners:


From Credo:


Dear Friend,

The Senate could vote as early as tomorrow on a plan to greenlight construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline! 

Despite President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline a few weeks ago, Republicans in Congress are once again engaging in hostage-taking, and some moderate Democrats appear to be playing along - so this bill could have enough votes to pass, and force this pipeline down our throats. 

To demonstrate a massive, urgent, grassroots backlash, three dozen groups have organized a 24-hour petition drive to the Senate. 

Help us get 500,000 signatures in 24 hours against Keystone XL. Click below to sign the petition: 

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/kxl_24hours/?r_by=34967-1207883-27GfW_x&rc=paste1


From  Energy Action Coalition:


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24 Hours to Stop Keystone XLBig Oil’s cronies in the Senate are trying to revive the Keystone XL pipeline — and we have 24 hours to stop it.

The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday, and once again, people power is the only thing that can stop Big Oil. That’s why people and organizations across the country are uniting for a 24 hour blitz to send 500,000 messages to the Senatedemanding they hold the line against Big Oil, and reject Keystone XL.

Help kick off the firestorm of action against Keystone XL by being one of the first to send your message to the Senate and sharing it with your friends.

Last fall we saw unprecedented organizing to demand President Obama stop Keystone XL — with over 1200 participating in civil disobedience, and rallies following President Obama across the country — and it worked. Now we need to turn up the heat on the Senate to preserve this victory.

24 hours from now, a team in Washington, DC will march into the Senate with 50 giant boxes, each holding 10,000 signatures (or more!). It will be a unified show of our power: our voices against the dollars of the fossil fuel industry.

Send a message to the Senate right now to help us get to 500,000 against Keystone XL in the next 24 hours.

Thanks for everything you’ve done already. Let’s make the next 24 hours a big, big deal.

Jeff Mann
Online Director
Energy Action Coalition


From Oil Change International


Friends -

We may have only 24 hours to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Yes, again - the thing just won't die. Please help us stop this pipeline, once and for all. 

The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday on a deal that would greenlight construction of the pipeline. After President Obama rejected Keystone XL last month, many Senators are rushing to resurrect it in order to protect their friends: Big Oil. As you read this, the oil industry is tightening the screws on the remaining Senators they need to get this thing passed.

To stop them, we need a remarkable response. That’s why for the next 24 hours the movement is uniting in a serious way to blitz the Senate with messages from across the country demanding that they reject Keystone XL.

Our goal is to collect and send at least 500,000 messages between now and the vote on Keystone. Dozens of organizations are working together, and we will be joined by bloggers, media figures, and our celebrity allies to make our message unavoidable.

We don’t have a second to lose. Can you sign the petition to the Senate right away and then share it with your friends?

Click here to sign.


The petition says: “Senators: Block any efforts to revive the dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.”

There is no way to build Keystone XL that does not accelerate production of the tar sands and contribute disastrous amounts of carbon to climate change. The only people benefiting from this pipeline would be Big Oil - every single claim about the positive economic impacts has been proven false by independent review.

For the next 24 hours, it’s all hands on deck. We’ve rigged together some online tools to help you email your friends, share the petition on Twitter and Facebook. But we also need you texting everyone you know, calling up your mother and asking her to sign on, shouting out the news from the rooftops.

24 hours from now, a team in Washington, DC will march into the Senate with 50 giant boxes, each holding 10,000 signatures (or more!). It will be a unified show of our power: our voices against the dollars of the fossil fuel industry.

Here’s the link to sign the petition again.

Thanks for everything you’ve done already. Let’s make the next 24 hours a big, big deal.

Peace,

Steve Kretzmann
Oil Change International

More info on the pipeline:

Big Oil Buying Votes in the Senate 
Subsidies to Keystone XL
Keystone XL: Game over for the climate
Keystone XL and jobs

From GCAN - The Greenbelt Climate Action Network

Friends-

 

Right now, the Senate is considering legislation that would resurrect the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. President Obama rejected this toxic disaster-in-the-making last month, and now Big Oil's representatives in Congress are trying to force its approval.

 

It looks like a deal might be coming together in the next 24 hours. I've just joined a huge effort to blitz the Senate with messages opposing Keystone XL - the entire environmental movement is coming together to send over 500,000 messages to Congress in under 24 hours. Can you join me?

 

The place to go to send a message is here: act.350.org/sign/kxl/

 

If you haven't heard of Keystone XL or don't know about the tar sands, here's the short summary: Keystone XL is a proposed 1700 mile pipeline connecting the Alberta tar sands with refineries on the Gulf Coast. The tar sands are North America's largest pool of carbon, and NASA's top scientist James Hansen says that exploiting them means 'essentially game over' for the climate. Keystone will ship tar sands oil across critical water supplies and sensitive ecosystems just so it can be exported to foreign markets from refineries in Texas.

 

The job benefits are way overstated, and overall it is just a scam designed to line Big Oil's pockets at our own expense.

 

Thanks a bunch.
Lore

Rainforest Action Network -  http://ran.org/

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has reared its ugly head yet again. This time, we have just 24 hours to stop it.


President Obama rejected Keystone XL last month, but now many Senators are rushing to resurrect it in order to protect their friends, Big Oil. The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday on a deal that would greenlight construction of the pipeline. As you read this, the oil industry is tightening the screws on the remaining Senators they need to get this thing passed.

To stop them, we need a massive response. That’s why, for the next 24 hours, the climate movement is uniting to blitz the Senate with messages from across the country demanding that they reject Keystone XL. Our goal is to collect and send 500,000 messages between now and the vote on Keystone. Dozens of organizations are working together, and we will be joined by bloggers, media figures, and our celebrity allies to make our message unavoidable.

We don’t have a second to lose. Can you sign the petition to the Senate right away and then share it with your friends?

There is no way to build Keystone XL that does not accelerate production of horrendously dirty tar sands oil and contribute disastrous amounts of carbon to the atmosphere. The only people benefiting from this pipeline would be Big Oil — every single claim about the positive economic impacts has been proven false by independent review.

24 hours from now, a team in Washington, DC will march into the Senate with 50 giant boxes, each holding 10,000 signatures (or more!). It will be a unified show of our power: our voices against the dollars of the fossil fuel industry.

Please send a message to your Senators right now and urge them to represent us, not Big Oil.

Thanks for everything you’ve done already. Let’s make the next 24 hours a big, big deal.

Amanda

For a cleaner future,

Amanda Starbuck
Energy & Finance Program Director
Twitter: @DirtyEnergy
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