Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nobel Prize Laureates Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline

Nine recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, have joined the protest against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Resistance to Keystone XL spawned one of the largest acts of civil disobedience ever in the US. More More protests are being organized for September 26 in Ottawa and the first week of October in Washington.

The letter was also signed by Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, José Ramos-Horta, Jody Williams, and Shirin Ebadi.

In a letter to President Obama, the Nobel Prize winners asked the US President to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. In their letter, they say this is "a critical moment" to make good on his pledge to create a clean energy economy.

"We urge you to say no" to the pipeline and "turn your attention back to supporting renewable sources of energy and clean transportation solutions," says the letter. "This will be your legacy to Americans and the global community: energy that sustains the lives and livelihoods of future generations."

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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