Minneapolis, Rochester mayors sign anti-Keystone pipeline letter to Obama

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede are among the 103 U.S. mayors who signed a letter urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

The president had earlier announced a new review of the project, but the mayors contend that any new studies will show the pipeline is not in the country’s best interest, because it will contribute to carbon emissions.

In the letter, the mayors also say:

  • They agree with the president that there are gaps and problems with the environmental review of the Keystone XL project to date.
  • They want a comprehensive review of the greenhouse gas impacts from this high carbon project, and a general evaluation of how the project will affect local community efforts to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, ratchet down carbon emissions and fight climate change.
  • They worry about pipeline leaks, recalling that the first Keystone pipeline experienced some 30 leaks in the United States and Canada in its first year.
  • They invite the Administration to work with local communities on creating a clean energy future that will provide solid and lasting energy and economic security by lessening our dependence on oil.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Joe Musich on 11/16/2011 - 04:42 pm.


    Try this link to this rumination. To end this project will require more then a couple of mayors objecting. However Rybeck is hooked into Obama. But will he commit?

  2. Submitted by Dale Hoogeveen on 11/21/2011 - 09:31 am.

    One part of the dirty oil charges against the Keystone XL pipe line is the high sulfur content that makes it dirty. That produces an extra degree of corrosion; it actually increases the acid content of what the pipeline is carrying.

    The history of oil pipeline leaks is far worse than the industry likes to admit. Those leaks involving dirty oil produce additional impacts including fatally toxic gases that have killed people already not to mention producing exceptional environmental impact.

    I would also suggest that there is another potential target customer audience, the ocean shipping industry, much of which uses extremely dirty diesel and does so under virtually no international regulation. With the ultimate end point being stated as Gulf Coast refineries and that dirty diesel being a traditional and easy refinement of this type of petroleum, I think there is reason to question why the source is to the north outside the country but the end point is on the southern coast causing the dirty raw material to cross the entire north/south stretch of the US to reach refineries that would have direct access to that kind of customer.

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