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Cleo Gorman & Ron Ackerman: Reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

To the editor:

We implore President Obama to reject the toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The world needs his leadership in the face of an unstable and uncertain climate future.

We need to phase out fossil fuels and to fire up both energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy sources. We must move America forward to reduce dangerous carbon pollution. Trans-Canada can not be trusted. Look at the destruction it has already brought to Alberta, Canada, the pollution of the Athabasca River and wildlife, the health of the Native First World Nations there and their lies about the safety of the pipline. Damage to the Sandhills and Aquifer damages us all.

On Feb. 17, 36,000 citizens rallied in D.C. to say the president is not alone in his stated concerns about the urgency of climate control. The EPA must set carbon standards for power plants. The climate movement is diverse with the retirees like ourselves and we need President Obama’s help.

Cleo Gorman

Ron Ackerman

Northampton

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