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February 22, 2012

More People Speaking Out Against Keystone XL

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As more and more people speak out against the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline - no matter how much Big Oil and its allies in Congress won't give up on it - we decided to highlight a few columns we've seen this week keeping up the drumbeat against this terrible project.


First up - none other than Ted Turner himself penned an editorial for CNN.com today called "Stop Keystone Pipeline Before It's Too Late." As it turns out, Mr. Turner has property in South Dakota that would sit very close to the proposed pipeline's path. From the column:

(B)eing that close has led me to examine more closely the potential risks and benefits of a project about which I have been highly skeptical from the beginning. After careful scrutiny, I believe it is not in our national interest to pursue it.

Meanwhile, another guest editorial ran in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Monday from Virginia Sierra Club Conservation Chair Steve Bruckner. Bruckner urges Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb to stand against the pipeline:

There's absolutely no reason Congress should be in the business of permitting specific oil-industry pet projects - and it shouldn't promote oil company profits above the health and safety of Virginia families. But soon, our senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner, likely will face that choice when a vote on Keystone XL occurs on the Senate floor.

The sad fact is that oil companies already have enough friends in politics. That's why it's critical that Webb and Warner put protecting American water and American families before big oil's agenda, and vote no on Keystone XL.

Finally, another editorial ran in Boulder, Colorado, on Sunday from a small business owner who sees some major problems with allowing sometime like Keystone XL to be built.


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