VIDEO: Keystone XL tar sands "isn't oil. This is a pipe-eating, planet-cooking, water-fouling goo. You can't clean up tar."


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Van Jones:

This stuff is tar... It doesn't behave like oil. You can't clean up tar. ... That is pipe-eating goo. That is not oil.  This is pipe-eating, planet-cooking, water-fouling goo that nobody knows what to do with."

"There's a myth that says this oil is going to come to the United States, give us a lot more oil here. That's a myth. The oil is going through US to China. ... And we're going to shoot it across America farmland and America's water ways, why? So a foreign corporation, who has made no promises to sell any of it to us, can get it to the global market, mainly to China."

"If he honestly believes that this pipeline... is a good thing, he should call it the Obama Tar Sands Pipeline..."

I would like nothing more than to stop writing about the tar sands pipeline (scroll), but I can't. I have to do my part to make sure more people have the facts about this disaster-in-waiting.

This video goes a long way to get the message out, so thank you Van Jones.

To repeat, it’s the “biggest carbon bomb on the planet.” Think Progress and Jones both remind us that the project will create only 35 permanent jobs, but will emit 51 coal plants’ worth of carbon. Plus, much of the oil would be exported elsewhere. We’d be way better off investing in clean energy instead of a costly, dirty catastophe-in-waiting like the tar sands mess.

Despite the fact that in a recent Gallup poll, nearly half in the U.S. say government should do more to protect environment, and that 20 scientists pulled out of the project, and that the Arkansas pipeline rupture foreshadows devastating environmental impact, it looks like the State Dep’t. and the president are leaning toward approving Keystone, even though it would bring the dirtiest oil on earth through America.

Bill McKibben and NASA’s Jim Hansen both warn that it would be “essentially game over for the climate” if this crackpot project gets the go-ahead.

Via CNN, a few excerpts from an opinion piece by Jones:

This is the real scandal: President Obama said in his second inaugural address that failing to act on climate change would "betray future generations." Now, many expect that he is ready to do exactly that by approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

Last week, the pro-Keystone House of Representatives voted to take the decision out of Obama's hands. It may be unnecessary.

In fact, Organizing for Action -- the Obama campaign organization that speaks for the president through his Facebook and Twitter accounts -- recently told activists that because the president has not taken a position on the pipeline, they should take their objections elsewhere.

Even more scandalous: The White House appears to be basing its decision on myths.

This is one of those times that many of us are as critical of the president as we can be. Let's hope he gets the message.

Did I mention that Alberta Tar Sands Oil Is Already Flowing and Leaking Into the United States?