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Uh, just because it always comes up, I am being as sarcastic as possible. The mining of the Athabascan tar sands in Canada and the proposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport the petroleum to be produced represents an environmental catastrophe. The oil contained is a heavy -- almost solid -- form called bitumen, and has to be dissolved with naptha to be removed from the surrounding material. This source of petroleum emits 15% more CO₂ than does conventional petroleum. Moreover, it cannot be mined safely: [link] [link]
Local environmentalists and the First Nations tribes in the region deserves our support. Write to the President and to Secretary of State John Kerry and urge them to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Original hand-written letters are best, even if they are brief.
The Honorable John F. Kerry
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500