Comment on DOS-2014-0003-0001
This is a Comment on the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Notice: Presidential Permit Applications: TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P, National Interest Determination
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The TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest.
TransCanada insists that there is little risk of a spill from the Keystone XL pipeline, and that it is prepared to contain leaks quickly and effectively. But TransCanada gave similar assurances about the current Keystone pipeline, which spilled 12 times in its first year of operation -- including a major leak of about 21,000 gallons in North Dakota. These leaks have not been nor can they be cleaned up, it is the nature of tar sands. The cost to air and water quality from spills alone should be enough to stop the pipeline, but, the risk to climate change greatly amplifies these costs to our air and water, our basics to life and health.
According to your own State Department, oil from Alberta’s tar sands is one of the most polluting kinds of oil, thanks to the energy cost of producing it in the first place as well as the pet coke and other byproducts that end up getting burned as well. The State Department notes that just running the pipeline for a year once built would result in the same greenhouse gas pollution as roughly 300,000 cars over the same time span, and that the oil carried by the pipeline could add as much as 27 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere each year, most of that from its ultimate use as fuel.
By your narrow criteria of risks to climate change the pipeline must be stopped. By all other measures of humanity it must be stopped. Our efforts must look to solar, thermal, fuel cell and wind; we lost 40 years which we must now gain back.
“When our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”
I thank you in advance for doing the right thing.
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Comment Period Closed
Mar 7 2014, at 11:59 PM ET
Tracking Number: 1jy-8afh-zhg8
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Date Posted: Feb 16, 2014
Submitter Name: S Miles