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Demonstration Against Keystone XL Pipeline

 

A coalition of individuals and organizations, including 350.org, the Sierra Club, the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Energy Action Coalition, Greenpeace US, and many others, are planning to gather in Freedom Plaza in Washington DC to march to the White House in protest of TransCanada's propsed 1700 mile Keystone XL Pipeline rom the Tar Sands of Alberta to oil refineries in Texas.

 

In late January of 2012 President Obama, following the recommendaton of the US Department of State, denied a Presidential Permit to TransCanada.

 

On May 4, 2012, TransCanada reapplied  for a permit, with new proposed routes through the state of Nebraska. The State Department says it is "committed to conducting a rigorous, transparent and thorough review." of the new permit application "to determine if granting a permit for the proposed pipeline is in the national interest," taking into account many factors, including energy security, health, environmental, cultural, economic, and foreign policy concerns. 

 

Keystone XL opponents continue to reject the pipeline for many reasons, including concerns about oil spills, water contamination, and local environmental quality in areas traversed by the pipeline.  But the largest concern continues to be the tremendous amount of carbon emissions generated by the increased output of oil created by "dirty" tar sands mining.

 

According to 350.0rg's website:  "Keystone XL is still a crazy idea, a giant straw into the second biggest pool of carbon. Even if it doesn’t spill, it would add 900,000 barrels of oil worth of carbon each day to the earth’s atmosphere, or as much as the new auto efficiency regulations would save. It would, in other words, cancel out the whole long fight to increase auto mileage. Those tarsands are still the dirtiest energy on the planet."

 

Protesters are optimistic about their chances of stopping the permitting process once again, citing delays in Canada's "Gateway Pipeline" as an indication of the lack of popular support for the project as a whole. 

 

Meanwhile the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that the United States is now adding more oil and gas production than any other country in the world, and, combined with biofuels and natural gas liquids, will soon be producing more oil than Saudi Arabia and Russia.