- Environment & Energy
Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Approved
Today President Trump announced that he was approving the construction permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.
This approval marks a reversal in US policy, as President Obama had rejected the project in 2015, saying it would undercut our global leadership on climate change.
This pipeline would add 24.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to our atmosphere each year, equivalent to placing 5.7 million new cars on the road. The pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the US Gulf Coast every day.
Many livelihoods are threatened by this pipeline, including indigenous peoples, farmers, ranchers, and endangered wildlife. It crosses the Ogalalla Aquifer, one of the world’s largest aquifers, which supplies over two million people with freshwater.
However, there are still steps that need to be taken before construction can actually begin. The Nebraska’s Public Service Commission must issue a state permit before the project can move forward.
We hope that the Nebraska PSC will reject the state permit, and the pipeline will not be built. And we hope that our nation will embrace clean and renewable energy sources, rather than relying on fuels that are harmful to God’s creation, vulnerable communities, and future generations.