By Timothy Cama - 04/07/14 02:45 PM EDT
More than 100 scientists and economists sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryKerry questions whether Brexit will actually happen Budowsky: Save Europe, revote Brexit White House: We were prepared for Brexit vote MORE Monday urging them to block the Keystone XL pipeline project, saying it would worsen climate change.
“We must address climate change by de-carbonizing our energy supply,” the writers said. “A critical first step is to stop making climate change worse by tapping into disproportionately carbon-intensive energy sources like tar sands bitumen. The Keystone XL pipeline will drive expansion of the energy-intensive strip-mining and drilling of tar sands from under Canada’s Boreal forest, increasing global carbon emissions.”
Over its 50-year expected lifetime, the pipeline would produce the equivalent of 8.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. “These are emissions that can and should be avoided with a transition to clean energy,” the scientists and economists said.
Obama has said he will decide whether to grant a permit for the Keystone XL project in the coming months, taking into account a determination by Kerry about whether or not it is in the country’s interest.