5 Reasons Keystone XL Pipeline is a Bad Idea

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 Ė 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.

3. It will threaten vast pristine landscapes, rivers and wildlife. Running between Alberta, Canada and the Gulf Coast of Texas, Keystone XL will cross nearly 1,750 water bodies, like rivers and steams, and risk contaminating the Ogallala Aquifer (the drinking water source for millions of people). It would also cut through the heart of prime wildlife habitat, including homes for at least 20 imperiled species.

4. It will expand the destruction of Canada’s boreal forests. Tar sands oil is the dirtiest oil on Earth. Producing oil from sand has terrible impacts on the environment, including the destruction of tens of thousands of acres of boreal forest, pollution of hundreds of millions of gallons of water — each barrel of oil from tar sands requires three barrels of water to produce.

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

5. It will dramatically deepen our addiction to climate-killing fossil fuels. Greenhouse gas emissions from tar-sands development are two to three times higher than those from conventional oil and gas operations. That’s exactly the wrong direction for reversing global warming. Scientists tell us we must reduce atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million or less. Today, it’s 391 ppm, and Keystone XL would certainly drive that up and worsen the devastating effects of global warming — from rising oceans to melting glaciers to extreme and dangerous weather events – that we’re already seeing around the world.

Simply put, it’s not in our interest to court oil spills, worsen climate change and jeopardize rivers, streams, drinking water, people and wildlife. Itís time to tell Congress to stand up to Big Oil and Gas and reject Keystone XL, permanently.

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

Related Stories:

Victory! State Dept. Denies Keystone XL Pipeline Application

Half of Canadians Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline

Oil Spills Expected If Keystone XL Pipeline Is Approved

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Center for Biological Diversity

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Ruth R.
Ruth R.10 months ago

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"Urge President Obama to Stop the Keystone Pipeline
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The Keystone pipeline encourages the development for many decades of Alberta's tar sands, some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet.

The United States can, and must, refuse to be complicit — refuse to be a partner — in harvesting this filthy fuel.

Keystone is about yesterday's power. We must focus — as engineers, economists, and parents and consumers — on tomorrow's power. Our goal is to power our country with energy that is clean, affordable, and sustainable."

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/victory-state-dept-denies-keystone-xl-pipeline-application.html#ixzz3OPx0TKYH

Ruth R.
Ruth R.10 months ago

Thank You for posting the article!

Larry S.
Larry S.1 years ago

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

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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.

Dave C.
Dave C.2 years ago

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.......

Russell R.
Russell R.2 years ago

"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.

Susan Allen
SusanAWAY Allen2 years ago

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

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.3 years ago


Teresa H.
Terri H.3 years ago

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.




Jay Williamson
Jay w3 years ago

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

LD B.3 years ago

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