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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.

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.