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'All Risks, No Reward': New Ad Campaign Calls Out Keystone XL

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A coalition of environmental groups in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline launched a new national TV ad campaign on Sunday morning, hitting many of the morning talk shows, to tell a broad audience that Keystone is "putting us at risk, while big oil-->

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Kit B (276)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:09 pm
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Two short videos at VISIT SITE, each 31 seconds.

A coalition of environmental groups in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline launched a new national TV ad campaign on Sunday morning, hitting many of the morning talk shows, to tell a broad audience that Keystone is “putting us at risk, while big oil gets the rewards."

"Oil spills. It’s not if, it’s when,” states one of the ads. The ads bring to light the likelihood of catastrophic oil spills, such as the recent massive leak from an Exxon pipeline in Arkansas, which has spilled thousands of barrels of toxic tar sands oil.

The coalition behind the ads includes the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Bold Nebraska, Oil Change International, the Nebraska Farmers Union and other groups.

“There is no reward of energy independence with this pipeline. Only risks to our land and water. The jobs will soon disappear, the energy independence will be on a ship to some unknown destination, but the scar on America’s landscape will be with us forever,” writes Randy Thompson, a Nebraskan farmer featured in one of the ads and chair of All Risk No Reward Coalition to Stop Keystone XL, on Sunday.

He continues:

Neither Nebraska landowners such as myself, nor American citizens across the country are prepared for these consequences. We rely on fresh water for drinking and for agriculture — and a spill in the Ogallala Aquifer would make both of these impossible. We’re talking about public health, environmental risks, lost agricultural land and enormous economic costs.

These are huge risks, and the benefits don’t come close to balancing them out. Americans are taking the risks while the oil industry and Canada are reaping the benefits.
***See videos at VISIT SITE***31 seconds each - just a minute of your time

By: Common Dreams Staff | Common Dreams

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:11 pm
Good. I posted it too.

. (0)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:12 pm
Thanks Kit.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:18 pm
Noted. Thank you, Kit. Very glad to see this. Huge grassroots movements are being built against these pipelines--we must continue their expansion.

David C (129)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:29 pm

JL A (281)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 4:40 pm
A message the people across this country need to make sure that at least Congress and the Secretary of State hear loud and clear. Below is one of many available petitions to POTUS on the subject:

Terry V (30)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 5:15 pm

Pollution is a Global Killer


Sherri G (128)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 6:17 pm
Anyone interested in talking to the leading environmentalist senator should contact or twitter @senatorsanders. I was very happy to see SF demonstrate against the Keystone Pipeline when the President visited there. What a joke for GOP to sell the Keystone based on jobs???? Surely we know better than believing this to be true! Plus, Canada calculated a route that would allow them to hide the money they make in non taxing countries. BTW everyone does kno.w that Starbucks, HP, IBM, All Oil companies, etc. do not pay greater than about 5% corporate taxes in this country. Then the GOP puppets and Corporations use talking points of being taxed at 35%. NO WAY they pay little to no taxes. The 35% nominal rate is laughed at by corporate America. We must continue the fight against the Keystone pipeline and thank you members who keep the cause alive until it is defeated. Thanks Kit

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 6:35 pm

There is a possible 10,000 temporary jobs in building this pipeline. My question, that I addressed in a note to the President, is not if there are temporary jobs, but if we are willingly to sacrifice our children and their children. This is the dirtiest of all possible forms of oil, it's traveling all the way to the coast for refining, it will leak. All pipelines do even when we can not see the leak, because it's hidden.

I'm reminded of the horrible practice of making de foie gras. Stuff that goose till he pops. The enormous amount of pure and reckless endangerment has no justifications.

Terry that video is excellent - thank for sending, 3 minutes of the real life mess of our planet.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:40 pm
Thank for the great news! Lord knows we need some good news. (N, P, T)

Mary R (280)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:13 pm
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