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Did you know that TransCanada is proposing to build a $7 billion pipeline through the Unites States that could threaten countless animals, ecosystems and communities? At LUSH, we believe that a multi-billion dollar project proposed by an unsustainable industry — one that could threaten your land, your water, your jobs, and your very livelihoods — is one that Americans should have the right to vote on!
Vist a LUSH store to vote YES or NO on the issue. Or, sign the petition at 350.org to join the 800,000 Americans that say NO to Keystone XL.
Who Is TransCanada?
TransCanada is a prominent North American energy company based in Calgary, Alberta whose primary focus is natural gas and oil transmission. TransCanada's major project is the Keystone Pipeline System.
The Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone Pipeline System is a $13 billion pipeline system designed to transport synthetic crude oil and diluted bitumen from the tar sands in northeastern Alberta, Canada to multiple destinations in the US, including refineries in Illinois and a Cushing oil distribution hub in Oklahoma. It consists of the operational "Keystone Pipeline" (Phase 1) and the "Keystone-Cushing Extension" (Phase 2), and two proposed pipeline expansion segments (Phase 3 and 4) called "Keystone XL".
The proposed Keystone XL is a $7 billion, 1,661 mile expansion of the existing Keystone pipeline system. If approved, it will carry up to 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day through six states, from northern Alberta to the Gulf Coast in Texas, where it will be available to international markets.
What's at Stake?
Pipeline leaks threaten to pollute freshwater supplies in America's agricultural heartland, risking jobs and compromising American health. The US has made great strides in clean energy, and building Keystone XL is a giant step backwards. TransCanada claims that Keystone XL will be the "safest pipeline in the US," but Keystone 1 has had at least 35 spills since it began operation in June 2010.
The Keystone XL Pipeline Project would put our...
The Keystone XL pipeline would cross 1,798 bodies of water, including the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers, and the Ogallala and Carrizo-Wilcox aquifers. The Ogallala Aquifer alone supplies 30% of US groundwater for irrigation and supplies two million Americans with fresh drinking water.
Pollutants from tar sands refineries contribute to a wide range of human health problems, including lung disease, asthma and cancer.
Compared to conventional oil, tar sands oil uses more energy to extract and refine, producing up to three times the greenhouse gas emissions.
571,000 workers are directly employed in the agricultural sector in the six states along the proposed route. Leaks or spills from Keystone XL could have devastating impacts on employment and the economy.
Setting the Record Straight
There are a number of myths about Keystone XL, which are commonly used to justify building the pipeline in spite of its immense threat to our land, economy and health.
Keystone XL offers the US energy security.
Keystone XL is a pipeline meant to bring oil to the international market, and the only way to address energy security is to decrease our reliance on oil and move to renewable energy. Keystone will actually raise gas prices for much of the country - we take the risk and bear the cost while TransCanada profits.
Keystone XL will support job creation.
While you might hear claims of 20,000 jobs, this is political posturing. Even the company won't back this claim, and the State Department found that as few as 20 permanent jobs was more likely.
Keystone XL will lover gas prices in America.
Exporting oil to overseas markets reduces US oil supply, which will actually lead to an increase in US oil prices.
Where We Stand
Keystone XL crosses the international border between Canada and the US, requiring TransCanada to obtain a Presidential Permit from the US State Department. TransCanada officially applied for the Presidential Permit in 2008. In January 2012 President Obama rejected the initial application on the grounds that an insufficient amount of time was given to fully assess the environmental impact of building the pipeline. Shortly thereafter, TransCanada announced they would be moving ahead with the Southern portion of Keystone XL, extending from Cushing, OK to Nederland, TX. On May 4, 2012 TransCanada officially reapplied for the Presidential Permit once again. The time to take action is now!
1) Sign the 350.org petition
Add your name to the more then 80,000 people that say NO to Keystone XL
2) Talk with your friends and family
Knowledge is power! Raise awareness in your community about this issue by talking about it with friends and family
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350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. They have also been key players in fight to stop the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.
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