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Activists Gather in DC: 5 Reasons Why Obama Should Reject The Keystone XL Pipeline

The voters who re-elected Barack Obama expect him to create a legacy of action to stop climate change.

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5) The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline compromises our  energy security. The tar sands oil that will pass through the pipeline is  intended for the international market, making Keystone XL a pipeline that goes  through the U.S.—not  to the U.S. Furthermore, the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline continues to  feed our dangerous addiction to oil that compromises national security and places American troops in harm’s way.

Canada’s pro-industry energy regulator—the National Energy Board— just announced a sweeping audit of TransCanada’s Canadian operations. This is the latest in a long series of accidents, shutdowns and pipeline safety infractions that have hounded the Canadian pipeline operator TransCanada. Earlier this month, TransCanada was forced to  shut its leak prone Keystone I tar sands pipeline down for four days after finding an “anomaly”—a technical term for cracks, corrosion or other defects in a pipeline which may lead to a rupture. These incidents are not unique; TransCanada has a  sordid history as a pipeline operator.

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