— Tom Steyer, NextGenClimate
At his Georgetown University address this June, President Obama laid down a bold marker on the Keystone XL Pipeline: he would only approve the project if it does not significantly increase carbon pollution.
Since then, we’ve learned the following:
- Keystone XL is the only viable way to exploit the Canadian tar sands — alternatives like rail could never fully replace the pipeline’s volume.
- Because of this, Keystone XL’s completion will dramatically speed the extraction of dirty tar sands oil — increasing the rate of production by up to 36%.
- Accordingly, Keystone XL’s carbon impact is massive. The project would add more carbon to our atmosphere over its lifetime than the combined tailpipe emissions of every car in America for one year.
Now, just 6 months after the President’s promise, the conversation shifts back to Georgetown to evaluate these facts.
“Can Keystone Pass the President’s Climate Test?” is a summit co-hosted by NextGen Climate Action and the Center for American Progress Action Fund that will bring together top academic and private sector experts to look at:
- the pipeline’s carbon footprint
- whether that footprint can be meaningfully offset, and
- what impact the pipeline’s carbon pollution will have on climate change.
Tune in for the truth: the Keystone XL Pipeline is not in our national interest.