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THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE
TransCanada is trying to build the Keystone XL (KXL), an 875-mile pipeline that would transport up to 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands crude from Alberta, Canada. This pipeline is part of an effort by the oil industry to export millions of barrels per day of tar sands from Alberta through the United States to international markets. Yet, extracting tar sands is one of the most destructive and polluting projects on earth. Reliance on tar sands oil hinders our ability to reduce greenhouse gases in time to avoid runaway climate destabilization.
On November 14th, 2014, the Los Angeles City Council, led by Councilmember Paul Koretz, unanimously approved a resolution establishing the city’s position to oppose the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline on the grounds that ” it will carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels, tar sands oil, [it] could devastate ecosystems and pollute water sources along its route, including lands inhabited by Indigenous Peoples; and that Keystone XL will contribute dramatically to climate change given that tar sands fuel is
up to 19% more greenhouse gas intensive than conventional fuel.”
The latest United Nations International Panel on Climate Change reports says that to avoid warming of more than two degrees, the world needs to stop greenhouse gas emissions rising to more than 50 gigatonnes in 2030. A rise of more than two degrees will likely set off runaway climate destabilization, resulting in more frequent and extreme weather events, like those which have resulted in hundred year floods, fires, California’s thousand-year drought, severe property damage, and increasing loss of life around the globe. The Norwegian Refugee Council found that 22 million people were displaced by extreme weather-related disasters in 2013, three times more than were displaced by conflict; that’s 22 million climate change refugees looking for a new place to live. The construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the subsequent expansion of the tar sands oil market and the burning of all that fuel will likely freeze us on a path well above two degrees heating.
Given that the new Republican-led Congress has already announced its intentions to attempt to approve the project early in January 2015, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz has issued a challenge to other city councilmembers and mayors throughout the United States to join him and the Los Angeles City Council in opposing the pipeline:
Our goal is to sign on councilmembers and mayors from 15o cities (3 per state) by January 3rd, the date Congress will likely take up the bill.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
1) If you are a councilmember or mayor**, introduce a city or town resolution opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline, like the resolution approved by the Los Angeles City Council.
**If you are not a councilmember or mayor, reach out and ask or help your elected officials to do so.
2) Post and link your resolution to the “Cities Against the Keystone XL Pipeline” Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CitiesAgainstKXL
3) FOR ANYONE, ELECTEDS OR NOT: And/or simply post a photo of yourself holding a sign, large or small, with the name of your city and the hashtag #CitiesAgainstKXL
3) For extra impact, shoot your own quick video and link it to the Facebook page. Go to tinyurl.com and create a personalized link with your name or city’s name like KoretzStopKXL: https://www.facebook.com/CitiesAgainstKXL
4) Tweet about it with the hashtag: #CitiesAgainstKXL
Tools for City Councils to use:
Resolution to oppose the KXL:
Keystone XL Pipeline Resolution
Councilmember Koretz’s press release:
Koretz release — City Council opposes controversial Keystone XL Pipeline
More info and sign Sierra Club’s Petition to Oppose KXL:
As Councilmember Koretz says, “California’s drought [the worst in a millennium], which is getting more severe by the day, puts Los Angeles on the front lines of the climate crisis. We must stop building fossil fuel infrastructure that only makes matters worse. This is a defining moment for our generation and we must stand strong. The City Council took a unanimous stand to prevent further climate destabilization and give President Obama our support to veto any Keystone XL Pipeline legislation that makes it to his desk. I urge you to join us in this vitally important endeavor.”
THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE TEAM!!