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I Keystone XL Grinds to a Halt n yet another blow to Big Oil’s plans to time when the threats posed by global warming are dramatically boost production of one of the growing ever more dire and urgent, according to the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels, the Obama Admini­ world’s leading climate scientists. A comprehensive stration has indefinitely delayed its decision on whether assessment based on more than 12,000 peer-reviewed to approve the studies released massive Keystone in March by the XL tar sands pipe­ Intergovernmental line. The move Panel on Climate follows a Nebraska Change concluded court ruling that impacts from that found Governor Dave Heineman had 10 Nobel laureates call on President Obama to reject Keystone XL. global warming are already being felt acted unlawfully in approving a route for the pipeline across every continent and all the world’s oceans, and across the state, a decision that has thrust the project that aggressive action to rein in carbon pollution must into legal limbo. be taken now to curb the most catastrophic threats. “This delay is definitely a setback for the tar sands Hundreds of thousands of NRDC Members and online industry,” says Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director activists have already signed on to our campaign to of NRDC’s international program, “but the effects stop the pipeline; recently they were joined by 10 of climate change are not waiting, and they will grow Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Archbishop worse in the months ahead. We’ll use this welcome Desmond Tutu, former President Jimmy Carter and reprieve to build on the widespread, growing public land mine activist Jody Williams. This remarkable opposition to the project and keep spreading the truth group was featured in a full-page print ad sponsored about Keystone XL, which is that it would drive more by NRDC calling on President Obama to demonstrate climate chaos around the world.” “bold leadership that will inspire millions” by rejecting The 2,000-mile-long pipeline would snake from the the Keystone XL pipeline. “These Nobel laureates are tar sands fields of Alberta to refineries on the Gulf people who, through the courage of their convictions, Coast, carrying some 830,000 barrels of heavy tar sands have made the world a better place,” says Casey- crude every day. Production of tar sands oil requires Lefkowitz. “They’re living proof of the kind of odds more energy than the production of any other fossil that we can overcome with perseverance. And in our fuel on earth — generating three times the carbon fight against this climate-wrecking pipeline, that’s pollution of conventional crude, for example — at a exactly what we’re determined to do.” 3

Nature's Voice Summer 2014

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