Our dependency on petroleum is filthy and has caused irreversible destruction, yet as a nation we are still trying to find ways to get deeper into the ground and pump more oil into our homes, cars, and industry.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1700 mile pipeline that if approved would pump 700,000 barrels of dirty, carbon heavy tarsands oil from Alberta Canada through the U.S. , to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The construction of this pipeline would have a horrible environmental impact. The tarsands pipeline will spill, threaten fragile environments, increase American dependency on oil, and it won’t created nearly the number of jobs it promised.
The current Keystone XL pipeline that had been up and running since 2010 has leaked more than a dozen times including one leak that dumped 21,000 gallons of tarsands crude. The new Keystone XL pipeline would carry 35 million gallons of oil every day. A pipeline carrying that much oil has the potential for any leak to be catastrophic. That much oil could begin passed through hundreds of miles of precious forests, landscapes, and bodies of water. For example, the Ogallala Aquifer is at risk for contamination if the tarsand pipeline is built , which is drinking source for millions of people. Also, the pipeline will aid in the destruction of Canada’s boreal forests. These ecosystems are too fragile to put at risk.
At what cost can we keep feeding our addiction to fossil fuels? How can we afford to use 3 gallons of water to produce one gallon of oil? The deeper we dig for oil, the more dangerous it is. Can we afford another ExxonMobil or BP spill? We need tell Congress Keystone XL is NOT in the public interest and we want to reduce our carbon emissions, invest in sustainable energy, and lessen the impact of climate change.
Great change has happened in our world because the people have come together to advocate and fight for change. Get to an action or a protest to stand up for our environment!