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Green Party: Katko Wrong on Keystone, Urge Climate Action and Divestment from Fossil Fuels 

In Climate, Corporations, Energy, Government, Katko, Media Advisory on February 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm

SYRACUSE, NY – The Green Party of New York expressed disappointment with Rep. John Katko’s vote in support of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Rep. Katko vote in support of the Keystone XL pipeline shows that he is blind to the climate crisis. It’s disgraceful that our representative in Congress would support further development of infrastructure to exploit the Canadian Tar Sands, the most intensive and dirty extractive projects on the planet.  This pipeline will further lock the world into massive carbon emissions, with inevitable spills like the one we saw last month which dumped thousand 30,000 gallons of tar sands oil into the Yellowstone River,” said Ursula Rozum, Green Party of Onondaga Secretary and a former Green candidate for Congress.

“The Keystone XL pipeline is the opposite of progress. Climate scientists tell us that to avoid catastrophic climate change, we have to ensure that 80% of the existing fossil fuel reserves remain in the ground.  We must to halt all new investments in fossil fuels infrastructure, and commit to a swift transition to renewable energy, ASAP. We should commit to 100% clean energy by 2030,” added Rozum.

The Keystone XL would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the GulfCoast. Oil from tar sands, or bitumen, is the dirtiest kind of crude of oil. Refining tar sands oil requires four times the energy and produces 5 to 20 percent more greenhouse gases compared to light crude oil. Northern Alberta is home to indigenous populations whose cultural traditions and livelihood are coming under attack because of the tar-sands operations.

The Keystone XL pipeline would cross farms, parks, wetlands, forests, conservation lands, protected wildlife areas, as well as tribal lands. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) has called the U.S. House’s authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline an act of war (http://boldnebraska.org/rosebud-sioux-tribe-house-vote-in-favor-of-keystone-xl-pipeline-an-act-of-war/). It has the potential to contaminate over 1,000 water­ways in­cluding the Ogalala aquifer, which supplies drinking water to millions of people in the midwest and is used for irrigation of vast acres of farmland.

Recent spills are irrefutable proof that pipeline safety cannot be guaranteed. Recent examples include the July 2011 and January 2015 pipeline ruptures that dumped tens of thousands of gallons of Canadian crude oil into the Yellowstone River and the March 2013 ExxonMobil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas. The derailment of tank cars carrying crude oil in July 2013 caused an explosion that killed 47 people in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

The Green Parties of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey have banded together against a proposed fossil-fuel pipeline through the region, calling themselves the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines, or GASP (https://www.facebook.com/StopThePipelines).

GASP opposes a plan by the six New England governors to spend $6 billion on the Kinder Morgan gas transmission pipeline, which would bring fracked natural gas to export terminals in Maine and Canada.

The Green Party is part of the February 13th Global Fossil Fuel Divestment Day which in New York State is pressuring Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to divest New York’s pension fund from fossil fuel investments.

Contact Ursula Rozum, Green Party of Onondaga, Secretary, (315) 414-7720, ursula.rozum@gmail.com

REPORT BACK: Citizens’ Climate Lobby meeting with Rep. John Katko’s District Director, Tom Connellan

In Climate, Katko, Report Back on February 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Submitted by Diane Williamson:

“Members of the Syracuse chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby met with Rep. John Katko’s District Director, Tom Connellan, as well as his Deputy Director, to make the case for a federal carbon fee and rebate law. CCL’s proposal, which already has bi-partisan support, involves levying a fee on all fossil fuel producers based on the amount of carbon dioxide pollution the fuel produces.

The fee is to be revenue neutral because all of the money will be rebated back to households to make up for rising fuel prices. For the lower two-thirds of income-earners the rebate will more than off-set the rise. Fossil fuels would eventually become more expensive than renewable alternatives. A “carbon tax” in any form is largely believed by environmental policy makers and economists to be the most effective way to address the problem of climate change. The fee and rebate proposal would also be good for the economy, both because of the monthly rebate checks and the growth in green jobs.

Connellan promised to report on the proposal to Katko, and he urged CCL to meet with the D.C. office. He was interested in the proposal, especially the benefits it promises for the NY economy but was concerned about possible harm to American businesses in the global market. The three-part legislation also includes a provision to tax imports from countries without a similar carbon fee program, addressing Connellan’s concern.

CCL’s mission overall is to build political will for meaningful climate change legislation and empower people to engage in politics. Please consider joining us! For more information see the national website, citizensclimatelobby.org, or email the chapter head, Kyle Thomas at kthomas@naturalsystemsengineering.com

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