Last Thursday the Republican-controlled Senate passed a bill (53 Republicans and 9 Democrats in favor) permitting the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline would be almost 1,200 miles long, beginning in Canada and weaving through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska to connect with existing pipelines to the Texas Gulf coast. It would carry approximately 830,000 barrels of oil per day.
The Keystone XL pipeline is a bad idea and President Obama should veto the bill authorizing it. Here are the facts:
- The vast majority of the oil that would be transported through the pipeline would be produced through tar sands development in Canada, one of the dirtiest and most environmentally destructive ways to produce oil.
- As a country and a world, we simply must transition from fossil fuel based energy to clean energy. Permitting the Keystone XL pipeline to be built would perpetuate our reliance on fossil fuels and simultaneously create billions of dollars of profits for the oil industry, which in turn would further impede the transition to clean energy.
- And, as to the economic benefit to our shrinking middle class, although construction of the pipeline would create a few thousand jobs, those jobs would be only temporary. The permanent jobs created by the pipeline would be a paltry 35!
President Obama: The Keystone XL pipeline is not in our country’s or our world’s best interest. Please do the right thing and veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill.