Build­ing Tar Sands Pipe­line Would Be ‘In­sane,’ San­ders Says

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

S - line to ship the dirt­i­est oil on the planet from Canada’s tar sands re­gion to re­finer­ies along the Gulf of Mex­ico.

“The sci­en­tific com­mu­nity is telling us that we have a nar­row win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress the cri­sis of cli­mate change and to trans­form our en­ergy sys­tem away from fos­sil fu­els and into en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­able en­ergy,” San­ders said in pre­pared re­marks. “This leg­is­la­tion would move us in ex­actly the wrong di­rec­tion to­ward not only more de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els but on some of the dirt­i­est fos­sil fuel imag­in­able. That is in­sane.”

The loom­ing plan­e­tary cri­sis of global warm­ing caused by emis­sions of green­house gasses al­ready is caus­ing drought, for­est fires, floods, ex­treme weather dis­tur­bances and ris­ing sea lev­els, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port by a United Na­tions sci­en­tific panel. “It is im­per­a­tive, for the fu­ture well-be­ing of this coun­try, that we lis­ten to the sci­en­tists,” San­ders said.

The company push­ing the pipe­line, Tran­sCanada, has claimed that any­where from 9,000 to 20,000 ac­tual con­struc­tion work­ers would be em­ployed in build­ing the pipe­line, but no cred­i­ble stud­ies support -

in­stead to pass a mean­ing­ful in­fra­struc­ture re­build­ing pro­gram to ad­dress un­em­ploy­ment, which the La­bor those who gave up hunt­ing for work.

from fos­sil fu­els to en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, weath­er­iza­tion and sus­tain­able en­ergy. That is a pro­gram that will

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