Keystone XL Pipeline
The Canadian oil and gas company TransCanada hopes to begin building a two thousand mile oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Texas, known as the Keystone XL project. Tar sands are one of the world's dirtiest fuels, and the Alberta tar sands are estimated to contain enough carbon to raise carbon emissions in the atmosphere by 200 parts per million. That would boost the current level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by more than half. In fact it would widen the gap between the current level and the safe level of 350 ppm five-fold.
Unfortunately many are trying to portray the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline as a deadlock over "jobs versus the environment," when the fact is we have the opportunity to create a sustainable new energy economy that generates jobs and at the same time protects our health and brightens our future.
The Keystone XL pipeline would lock the United States into nearly another million barrels per day of this risky, high-carbon fuel.
- Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President’s Decision On The Keystone XL Pipeline, January 18, 2012
- Leahy Votes No On Bill Linking Keystone Tar Sands Project To Americans' Payroll Tax Rates, December 17, 2011
- Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline, December 17, 2011
Letter To Majority Leader Reid On Keystone XL Pipeline
PDF - December 6, 2011
Secretary Clinton's Response On Keystone XL Pipeline
PDF - October 31, 2011
EIS Conflict Of Interest Letter To Secretary Clinton
PDF - October 14, 2011
Group Letter to Secretary Hillary Clinton on the Keystone XL Pipeline
PDF -- July 15, 2011
TransCanada Tar Sands Letter to Secretary Clinton
PDF - October 29, 2010