Target: Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State
Goal: Reject oil company TransCanada’s new proposition to build a pipeline into Texas
TransCanada, one of North America’s largest energy companies, recently submitted a revised proposition of their Keystone XL pipeline project. The original project proposed building an oil pipeline from TransCanada’s base in Calgary, Canada, to the Gulf Coast of Texas. The pipeline would endanger the environment, habitats, and inhabitants that it crosses through.
President Obama rejected TransCanada first proposition and refused to give the company the permit to build such a harmful pipeline through our nation’s lands. However, TransCanada continues to press the Obama Administration by proposing a revised proposition, hoping to find a loophole around attaining the permit.
The newest proposition will include building two pipelines. The first pipeline, the northern segment, will connect Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska. The second pipeline will connect Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast of Texas. The second pipeline would allow the company to transfer the rich tar sands oil from the Midwest into the refineries in Texas to be exported internationally. TransCanada is relentless in its attempt to exploit our lands for more profit. It recently applied to the Army Corps of Engineers for the permit to start building the southern segment pipeline.
The pipeline would be extremely detrimental to the overall living standards in the U.S. It would carry tar sands oil, which produces extreme levels of carbon dioxide during the oil conversion process, across the states. On top of the carbon dioxide emissions, the conversion process, which extracts the oil from the tar sands oil, uses up huge amounts of water. This would leave the U.S. with polluted water sources, endangering our drinking water, wild animals, and their habitats. Not only is the pipeline dangerous for us, it is also harming the livelihood of the indigenous people who reside in Alberta. These are only some of the many consequences of the pipeline.
Tar sands oil is one of the dirtiest forms of fuel and it should not be allowed to endanger the habitat and the inhabitants of the land. TransCanada must not be granted the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline.
Dear Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton,
When the Obama Administration rejected TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline project, it was a huge win for our nation and its people. Our country should continue its efforts in supporting clean air and smart energy projects, not its opposition. TransCanada has attempted to find ways around attaining the presidential permit. They recently revised their original project, splitting the pipeline into two. They have also submitted permit applications for both pipelines to the Army Corps of Engineers, hoping that it would speed up the process.
As Secretary of State, you must ensure that TransCanada does not attain these permits. The pipelines would be highly destructive to our environment. Tar sands oil produces three times the amount of carbon dioxide in comparison to those of conventional oil and it is one of the dirtiest fuels in existence. Tar sands oil is made into oil through an extraction process that uses up huge amounts of water, which would leave us with filthy and polluted water.
The pipeline would harm our environment and the animals that live in it. It would also dent our progress in creating cleaner air and better energy. Please do not let TransCanada build their pipelines in our land.
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