On Monday, March 11, 100 students and community members swarmed the corporate offices of Transcanada in Westborough, MA, to hold a Funeral for Our Future. Transcanada is building the Keystone XL pipeline, which will stretch 1,700 miles across North America, from Alberta to the Gulf Coast in Texas. It will carry tar sands oil extracted from N. Alberta, for export to Europe and Asia.
The extraction process of tar sands has destroyed a massive portion of the Canadian Boreal Forest. An area the size of the UK has already been affected! The extraction process is in direct violation of the treaties signed between First Nations and the Canadian government, and the toxic waste water from the extraction has been found in reservoirs that many local communities depend on for drinking water. There are also the folks living in East Houston, very near the tar sands refineries, who have seen an increase in asthma and lung cancer amongst their youth, as a direct result to the carcinogens and toxins found in the exhaust that billows from the refinery smokestacks.
And then there is the effect that burning and extracting an oil deposit that has more stored carbon than we’ve burned in human history will have on climate change. In the words of NASA’s top climatologist, James Hansen, it would be “game over for the climate.”
President Obama has full veto power over the Keystone XL pipeline, but he isn’t taking a strong stance. We’re doing all we can to make it clear: if he won’t stand up to the fossil fuel industry and stop the Keystone XL pipeline, we will!
"Digging Us a Hole" by Melodeego
"1700 Miles of Pipe" by Farhad Ebrahimi