President Obama has promised to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline if it will drive significantly more global warming pollution and more climate chaos. We have clear and compelling evidence that the Keystone XL fails the President’s climate test. We already know that tar sands development causes more carbon pollution than conventional oil. And now a slew of experts from industry insiders to financial analysts all agree that the Keystone XL is the linchpin for Big Oil’s plan to more than triple tar sands production over the next 20 years — and the climate disruption that will follow.
The government of Canada surely knows this as well. Thus the recent reports that Canada is seeking approval of Keystone XL in exchange for a promise to make new climate commitments.
This fanciful trade-off is like embarking on a 20-year eating binge while promising to diet at the same time. Canada can’t have it both ways. Its skyrocketing global warming emissions are a product of uncontrolled tar sands development. It will never get a handle on the former until it reins in the latter.
In this case, the way the Obama administration can help North America solve our climate problem is by rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and calling on the Canadian government to cap tar sands production.
Instead of embarking on a tar sands binge and more climate chaos, the United States and Canada should be partnering on clean energy — ramping up the high-tech energy solutions of today and tomorrow.
That’s the saner environmental and economic choice for both of our countries. But we’re not going to get it unless millions of us demand it. Please make your own voice heard at . Watch my new video and send the President a clear message: reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and promote clean energy instead.
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