Keystone XL is a proposed tar sands pipeline that would connect Alberta, Canada with Gulf Coast refineries that would carry 800,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil across the United States to be refined, exported and burned.
Tar sands oil has a massive carbon footprint — sometimes requiring more energy to produce than it creates — and Keystone XL is the key to making burning that oil economically feasible.
President Obama’s decision
Keystone XL requires a Presidential Permit to move forward, and the world is watching to see if President Obama will stand up to big oil and stop the pipeline, or continue down the path of climate catastrophe.
President Obama is expected to make a decision about the pipeline sometime in the first half of 2014, and he has said he’ll reject the pipeline if it means a ‘significant impact’ on the climate. That makes his decision simple: building a 800,000 barrel-per-day pipeline of the world’s dirtiest oil will mean more tar sands dug up and burned, and more carbon pollution.
Big oil is desperate to dig up and burn as much tar sands oil as they can. We’re taking on the tar sands across North America with grassroots-led campaigns targeting railways, refineries and pipelines new and old.
In New England we’re part of the Tar Sands Free New England campaign to keep Exxon from reversing a 50 year-old pipeline and running corrosive, toxic tar sands crude through it for export from Maine.
Next we’ll be ramping up local campaigns in the Midwest and West Coast as we steadily shut down all paths to expand the tar sands.
Key tar sands and Keystone XL reports
The State Department’s environmental review of the pipeline is deeply flawed and compromised by its affiliation with TransCanada contractors. Here is a comprehensive explanation of the report and its fatal flaws.
Keystone XL is the key to unlocking the tar sands. Get the full story, straight from big oil — without this pipeline, growth of the tar sands stops. Click here to see it in their own words. (.pdf)