Even with a president who recently professed a lofty goal of getting all cars off of oil, even with one of our stronger climate hawk senators as the new secretary of state, the State Department still released a joke of an environmental assessment of the Keystone XL pipeline, taking us one big step closer to approval of this project that should be a no-brainer of a rejection.
The U.S. State Department found the project is “unlikely to have a significant impact” on tar sands development [which ignores all the scientific evidence to the contrary].
Here’s exactly what we have in mind: The State Department is now considering the more than one million comments on its sham assessment opposing Keystone XL – including a very critical comment from the EPA. While we wait for the Administration to finalize its environmental assessment we will petition, rally, make phone calls, and comment through official channels.
Background info (nytimes.com):
Canada’s tar sands, deposits of sand saturated with bitumen, contain twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history. If we were to fully exploit this new oil source, and continue to burn our conventional oil, gas and coal supplies, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere eventually would reach levels higher than in the Pliocene era, more than 2.5 million years ago, when sea level was at least 50 feet higher than it is now.
That level of heat-trapping gases would assure that the disintegration of the ice sheets would accelerate out of control. Sea levels would rise and destroy coastal cities.
Background info (EcoWatch.com, inc. another petition):
• Keystone XL risks destroying more jobs than it creates.
• Keystone XL threatens to further poison the air of people living near tar sands oil refineries.
• Keystone XL jeopardizes the Ogallala Aquifer, source of one-third of America’s farmland irrigation water.
• Keystone XL endangers the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, which supplies water to more than 10 million Texans.