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COMMENTARY · 21st January 2013
Sustainable Culture
They have BIG Plans for America; see how the Keystone XL will impact you and your children - check out this map and see how close to YOUR home the Keystone XL network of pipelines will be by 2035:

Oil Sands Truth:

Keystone’s Tar Sands Waste Said to Warm Climate More Than Coal

Refining Canada’s oil sands into gasoline may speed global warming more than previously estimated after accounting for use of a waste product, which can be burned like coal.

Opening a new front in a fight to persuade President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil sands from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, environmental groups yesterday released a study that found refining the heavy material will create 5 billion tons of petroleum coke, or petcoke, that’s used by power plants, aluminum factories and steel mills.

Compared with coal, petcoke is cheaper and releases more carbon dioxide when burned. Much of the U.S. supply is exported.

“Petcoke is the coal hiding in the tar sands,” said Lorne Stockman, research director for Oil Change International, a Washington-based advocacy group that works for a transition away from fossil fuels. Until now, “the emissions of burning petcoke has not been included in the analyses.”

Opponents of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s 1,661-mile (2,673- kilometer) pipeline are stepping up their efforts to stop the project as the U.S. State Department completes its review of a new route in Nebraska that avoids drinking water supplies. Obama rejected the pipeline year ago, citing concerns about water, and encouraged the company to reapply.


Top Climate Scientists Urge Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, Warn Approval Would ‘Undermine Your Legacy’

Eighteen of the nation’s top climate scientists released a letter to President Obama today urging him to say no to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

“Eighteen months ago some of us wrote you about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, explaining why in our opinion its construction ran counter to both national and planetary interests,” wrote the scientists. ”Nothing that has happened since has changed that evaluation; indeed, the year of review that you asked for on the project made it clear exactly how pressing the climate issue really is.”


No Biggie, Just 18 Climate Scientists Saying No to Keystone XL

For those of us who are downright scared about what the Keystone XL pipeline could mean for the climate, there are three main reasons to ask the president to say no to the pipe - approving it will open up the tar sands and create huge amounts of emissions; the industry is already feeling the squeeze, so approving the pipe gives them a lifeline; and there are powerful social movements made up from indigenous communities, young people, farmers, ranchers, and landowners that oppose it.

The first argument against the pipe isn't just supported by us treehugging types; no, it's backed up by the country's most prominent climate scientists who Mondaywrote to the president to ask him to reject KXL.

After he was reelected, the president declared that climate change was a top priority for him and that he intended to embark on a listening tour to solve the problem. Well, I hope he listens to these scientists, who include James Hansen, Michael Mann, and Jason Box - all men of rock solid reputations who have studied climate change for decades. They know what KXL would mean, and thank goodness they had the courage to tell the president.

Why Canadian Tar Sands are the Most Environmentally Destructive Project on Earth: