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5 Reasons Keystone XL Pipeline is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons Keystone XL Pipeline is a Bad Idea
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NOTE: This is a guest post from Alex Ralston, Online Organizer at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Less than two weeks after President Barack Obama rightly rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, a bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would allow Congress to approve the pipeline.

There are plenty of good reasons to reject the pipeline; here are five of them:

1. It will spill. The State Department’s review of the project clearly says Keystone XL will spill oil. Not may, but will. The existing Keystone pipeline has already leaked 14 times since it began operating in June 2010, including one leak that dumped 21,000 gallons of tar-sands crude. Keystone XL would carry up to 35 million gallons of oil every day — so any leak has the potential to be massive.

2. It won’t be a major job producer. The State Department estimates that Keystone XL will result in only 20 permanent, operational jobs in the U.S and 2,500 to 4,650 temporary jobs. What’s more, after Keystone XL oil makes it to Texas, much of it will be exported beyond U.S. borders without paying U.S. taxes – never benefitting our economy or slacking our thirst for oil.

Help stop the Keystone XL pipeline by signing the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition.

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6:46AM PST on Feb 24, 2014

Care2 Causes editors: Why aren't we discussing this today (2-24-2014)?

Scientist Switches Position, Now Supports Keystone XL Pipeline

Steyer: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Get Canada Better Oil Price
In 2010, Steyer and his wife, along with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, signed the Giving Pledge to donate half their fortune to charity. Steyer is on the board of Next Generation, a non-profit that intends to tackle children's issues and the environment.
Marcia Kemper McNutt (born February 19, 1952) is an American geophysicist who is editor-in-chief of the journalScience. McNutt was director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and science adviser to the United States Secretary of the Interior.

12:54PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

wealth breeds greed.........
greed creates injustice and destruction.......

its easier to remain addicted and or become newly addicted to new oil rather than make the gifts of conservation and or changes that will lead to a cleaner healthier future for all life and the planet.......

6:00PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

"TransCanada didn’t bother to ask the people of this neighborhood if they wanted to have millions of gallons of poisonous tar sands pumped through their backyards," said Almonte. "This multinational corporation has bullied landowners and expropriated homes to fatten its bottom line."

On Monday afternoon Almonte and Collins were forcibly removed from the pipe by police and arrested. The police also arrested a third activist, Isabel Indigo Brooks, who was assisting Almonte and Collins inside the pipe, Tar Sands Blockade reports. The group says the three were were charged with misdemeanors of resisting arrest, criminal trespassing and illegal dumping.

5:20PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

Tar Sands Activists Barricade Themselves Inside Keystone XL
Another act in Tar Sands Blockade's ceaseless fight against TransCanada's pipeline

5:22AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

10:34AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Building the pipeline off the coast of BC is, and always has been a risk. There is an incredible amount of seismic activity in and around the BC coast (see links below) as well as the Japan quake/tsunami debris now hammering the BC coastlines. There is no way that Enbridge can secure all along the pipelines to ensure that either an earthquake and/or several tons of debris will not break the pipeline from either of these events. A pipeline off the Canadian west coast is a disaster waiting to happen and with Enbridge's abysmal record, it is a guarantee.

Seismic activity in and around the B.C. coast is increasing in frequency. The pipeline must not go forward.

2:21AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

now you have had your wee vent russell r i have to ask do you feel better for it?

6:42PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Self-congratulatory pats on the back are supposed to excuse your ill behavior? :rolleyes:

6:08PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

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~ ~ Now let me ask you something. This is all about the XL Pipeline, which I happen to be against, if you bothered to read any of the 255 post that are here, of which, I may say that, out of the 255 postings you happen to 255 person to make a comment, not about the XL Pipeline, but, about me. I take no offence when it comes from someone like you. Someone who just likes to

3:43AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

russell r why are you even a member here? go waste your own time and get your internet disconnected

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