Tar Sands & Keystone XL Pipeline

Canadian pipeline promising environmental devastation

The KXL pipeline will be the root of future environmental and as well as economic devastation.The tar sands in Northern Alberta are recognized globally as the largest oil deposit in the world. However, the extraction and refining of the oil results in the dirtiest and most energy intensive process ever seen. This potential pipeline, leading from Hardisty, Alberta to Houston, Texas is the largest industrial and most environmentally impactive project in history.  

It is too late to stop the tar sands. But the Keystone XL pipeline can still be halted!

Is the Keystone XL based on the thought that it will improve the quality of lives of your children, your grandchildren, and everyone else of the future? Or is this proposed pipeline only being built for the people of the present. Will this pipeline make the rich, richer and leave everyone else with toxic air to breath and dirty water to drink? Rest assured, everyone breaths the same air and drinks the same water, money will not make an exception to that.

The Keystone XL pipeline will only intensify the production of the tar sands, with an additional 830 000 barrels flowing a day. The government claims that this oil will be exported to the United States because we are "friends". However, the reality is that most of this dirty oil will be shipped to Asian markets, such as China as they are willing to pay a higher price than the United States. Money over friends right?

This pipeline will be active for only 50 years. Plenty of time for these politicians and contractors to suck out all the money from the tar sands. However, during that 50 year time period, there will be a social cost of the pipeline. The KXL will release more than 176 billion kilograms of green house gases annually. There is a yearly carbon tax of $5-$65 per ton, meaning carbon emissions from the Keystone XL could cost anywhere between $880 billion to more than $11.44 trillion dollars a year. There will also be billions of dollars spent on cleaning up the mess the pipeline will make during the 50 year period. In the past 30 days, there have been 13 oil spills, ten of which in North America. The Keystone XL pipeline will not be exempt from this pattern. Valuable ecosystems and water sheds will be destroyed, wildlife will be forever lost as their habitat become pools of toxins. There is no way to justify a pipeline that has the potential to destroy two countries just for a couple of bucks. The environmental and social cost outweighs the short-term economic benefits of the Keystone Pipeline.

The government is pushing for this pipeline to be built.

However, the government should be by the people, for the people.

We are the people, this pipeline will built on our land and we do have a say in the final decision.

People have been protesting the Keystone XL pipeline for four years, join the movement!