In an amazing turn of events, the XL pipeline has been delayed. This is great news for all environmentalists. It is buying humanity more time to convince the powers that be that the pipeline is the worst environmental decision currently in the ‘pipeline’, if you pardon my pun.
In a statement, Obama said he supported the decision. “Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood,”
This battle is not over yet though, it merely buys us more time to educate more people about this terrible plan of building this pipeline. We need to make a move to renewable energy much quicker than we have been. We all have access to wind & sun and we all have the ability to provide ourselves with our own power supplies without having to rely on energy being transported, shipped, piped from anywhere else to the detriment of health and safety of others; just so someone can make money. Lets base our future decisions on need not greed.
For those blissfuly unaware of this proposal you can check out some info on the Earthworks site along with a quick google search and you will be able to find many action groups on this if you would like to have your say and stand up to be heard.
The US Government also have some interesting information on their site, especially the environmental impact statement. Lots of reading, some of which explains the “low risk” of seismic hazards, landslides & subsidence. The report seems to lean in a very favourable way towards to the project, brushing over the real threats that face us should the pipeline go ahead.
The Tar Sands Action Group also had something to say about todays news.