As The Guardian points out, Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was the first senator to bring up the proposed Keystone XL pipeline—a major climate-related issue that the Obama administration is expected to make a decision on in the coming months.
“It would be very good thing if the president right now rejected the use of tar sands oil in the Keystone pipeline,” Kaine said. “Why would we embrace tar sands oil and backslide to a dirtier tomorrow?”
Environmental advocates have been urging the administration to reject the 1,660-mile pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas, on the basis that it would increase the country’s contribution to climate change. Oil from the tar sands produces more emissions over its lifecycle than conventional oil.
Leading anti-pipeline campaigner Diana Best discusses hearings in Nebraska that may mark Keystone XL’s last stand and a new Greenpeace warning that four proposed Tar Sands oil pipelines threaten water resources.
We are part of Creation, thus, if we break the laws of Creation
we destroy ourselves. We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have
no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which
sustains the continuity of Life. We recognize our umbilical connection
to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of life, not
a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to
communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in
the state of survival. We warned that one day you would not be able to
control what you have created. That day is here. Not heeding warnings
from both Nature and the People of the Earth keeps us on the path of
self destruction. This self destructive path has led to the Fukushima
nuclear crisis, Gulf oil spill, tar sands devastation, pipeline
failures, impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and the destruction of
ground water through hydraulic fracking, just to name a few.
In addition, these activities and development continue to cause the
deterioration and destruction of sacred places and sacred waters that
are vital for Life. – Chief Looking Horse (source)