March 11, 2013

Obama: Do not approve Keystone XL

The White House will be making a decision in the next few weeks whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Please let the president know your thoughts on this subject. Here is a letter I sent to President Obama. 

Dear President Obama,

I would ask you to reject approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. 

The pipeline will only create 2,500 temporary jobs - and if history is any indicator - most of those jobs will go to Canadians. 

Tar sands oil spills will pollute our water. Tar sands pipelines have a history of many more spills than light crude pipelines. In fact the first Keystone pipeline had 12 spills in the first 12 months of operation. 

And tar sands spills are extraordinarily difficult to clean up. We are still recovering from the spill on the Kalamazoo River in 2010 with total cleanup costs of over 3/4 of a billion dollars. 

The tar sands oil will be shipped overseas and will likely increase the price of gasoline in the Midwest. The primary reason TransCanada wants to build the pipeline is to sell tar sands oil outside the US at world market prices.

Finally, tar sands destroys our environment, our clean water, our clean air and dramatically accelerates climate change. 

Best regards,
Mark Sandeen

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