San­ders to File Global Warm­ing Amend­ment on Tar Sands Pipe­line Bill

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

Sen.Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) yes­ter­day will file an amend­ment that would put the Se­nate on record ac­knowl­edg­ing that cli­mate change is be­ing caused by hu­mans and is a ma­jor threat to the planet. San­ders plans to of­fer the amend­ment to a bill that would force ap­proval of the Key­stone XL pipe­line. The con­tro­ver­sial project would ship oil from Canada’s tar sands re­gion in Al­berta to re­finer­ies in Texas along the Gulf of Mex­ico.

“The Amer­i­can peo­ple need to know whether Congress is lis­ten­ing to the over­whelm­ing majority of sci­en­tists when it comes to cli­mate change,” San­ders said.

“On this is­sue, the sci­en­tists have been vir­tu­ally unan­i­mous in say­ing that cli­mate change is real, it is caused by hu­man ac­tion, it is al­ready caus­ing dev­as­tat­ing prob­lems which will only get worse in the fu­ture and that we need to trans­form our en­ergy sys­tem away from fos­sil fuel. Do mem­bers of Congress be­lieve the sci­en­tists or not?” the se­na­tor asked.

San­ders has ar­gued against con­struc­tion of the pipe­line be­cause it would pro­mote greater ex­ploita­tion of some of the dirt­i­est oil on the planet and in­crease green­house gas emis­sions that cause global warm­ing.

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