Thursday, March 6, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline decision coming soon?

President Obama will have to make his decision on whether the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project serves the “national interest”. The President has clearly stated that the Keystone project will be in the national interest only if it does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. Well, his own State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement acknowledges just that – it could accelerate climate change, and cause more CO2 to end up in the atmosphere.

As an Audubon chapter, we are most definitely concerned about the many environmental impacts of the Keystone project. For example the endangered Whooping Crane’s migration route passes directly over much of the proposed pipeline route for hundreds of miles; in addition, up to 300 miles of new power lines will add to the hazards of migrating cranes.

In our MCAS comment letter we ask the Obama administration to consider sustainability in his decision. Sustainability should encompass taking the long-term view of how our actions affect future generations, and making sure we don’t deplete resources or cause pollution at rates faster than the earth is able to renew them.

We ask President Obama, if he wants to move ahead in the national interest, that he should reject the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Read entire March 5, 2014 letter to Secretary John Kerry regarding the Keystone project.