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Volume 3 October, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Obama to Reject Tar Sands Pipeline
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Nine Nobel Peace Prize winners have written to President Obama calling on him to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is 2,000 miles of environmental devastation. The pipeline would transport toxic tar sands oil from under Canada’s Boreal forest (home to many North American songbird populations), to oil refineries in Texas.

Tar sands oil is dirtier and more corrosive than conventional oil. Current regulations will not prevent leaks and spills all along the pipeline, threatening rivers and communities all along the way.

Producing tar sands oil creates three times as much global warming pollution as conventional crude.

Across the world,  people have made it clear that the Keystone pipeline is a dangerous move in the wrong direction. Global luminaries, community leaders,  and prominent climate scientists are raising their voices in protest. More than 1,250 people were recently arrested in a sit-in at the White House,

You can send your own message to the president at www.StopTar.org.
 


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate (1989) – Tibet


Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Nobel Peace Laureate (1992) – Guatemala


Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate (1997) – USA


Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate (1984) – South Africa


Shirin Ebadi,
Nobel Peace Laureate (2003) – Iran


September 7, 2011

Dear President Obama,

We–a group of Nobel Peace Laureates–are writing today to ask you to do the right thing for our environment and reject the proposal to build the Keystone XL, a 1700-mile pipeline that would stretch from Canada’s Alberta tar sands to the Texas Gulf Coast.

It is your decision to make.

The night you were nominated for president, you told the world that under your leadership–and working together–the rise of the oceans will begin to slow and the planet will begin to heal. You spoke of creating a clean energy economy. This is a critical moment to make good on that pledge, and make a lasting contribution to the health and well being of everyone of this planet.

In asking you to make this decision, we recognize the more than 1200 Americans who risked arrest to protest in front of the White House between August 20th and September 3rd. These brave individuals have spoken movingly about experiencing the power of nonviolence in facing authority. They represent millions of people whose lives and livelihoods will be affected by construction and operation of the pipeline in Alberta, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

All along its prospective route, the pipeline endangers farms, wildlife and precious water aquifers–including the Ogallala Aquifer, the US’ main source of freshwater for America’s heartland. We are aware that Nebraska’s Governor Dave Heineman–as well as two Nebraska Senators–has urged you to reconsider the pathway of the pipeline. In his letter to you he clearly stated his concern about the threat to this crucial water source for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers. The aquifer supplies drinking water to two million people in Nebraska and seven other states.

We know that another pipeline that covers some of the same route as the proposed pipeline, and built by the same company proposing to build Keystone XL, already leaked 14 times over its first year of operation.

Like you, we understand that strip-mining and drilling tar sands from under Alberta’s Boreal forests and then transporting thousands of barrels of oil a day from Canada through to Texas will not only hurt people in the US–but will also endanger the entire planet. After the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, the full development of the Alberta tar sands will create the world’s second largest potential source of global warming gases. As NASA climatologist James Hansen has said, this is “essentially game over for the climate.”

There is a better way.

Your rejection of the pipeline provides a tremendous opportunity to begin transition away from our dependence on oil, coal and gas and instead increase investments in renewable energies and energy efficiency.

We urge you to say ‘no’ to the plan proposed by the Canadian-based company TransCanada to build the Keystone XL, and to turn your attention back to supporting renewable sources of energy and clean transportation solutions. This will be your legacy to Americans and the global community: energy that sustains the lives and livelihoods of future generations.

Sincerely,

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate (1976) – Ireland
Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate (1976) – Ireland
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Laureate (1980) – Argentina
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate (1984) – South Africa
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate (1989) – Tibet
Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Nobel Peace Laureate (1992) – Guatemala
José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate (1996) – East Timor
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate (1997) – USA
Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate (2003) – Iran

 


Adolfo Pérez Esquivel,
Nobel Peace Laureate (1980) – Argentina

José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate (1996) – East Timor

Betty Williams
Nobel Peace Laureate (1976) – Ireland

Mairead Maguire. Nobel Peace Laureate (1976) – Ireland

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