The Dalai Lama and eight other Nobel Peace Prize winners urged President Obama in a letter Wednesday to oppose the tar sands oil pipeline Keystone XL, noting that it was a “critical moment,” on which the administration could live up to its pledge to address climate change.
“The night you were nominated for president, you told the world that under your leadership — and working together — the rise of the oceans will begin to slow and the planet will begin to heal,” the letter said. “You spoke of creating a clean energy economy. This is a critical moment to make good on that pledge, and make a lasting contribution to the health and well being of everyone of this planet.”
The signers of the letter—all but one of which are from the international community—noted that not only does the Keystone XL project endanger a major water resource for two million Americans across eight states, but that it also sacrifices the well-being of the entire earth due to the fact that tar sands crude remains among the dirtiest forms of energy. If developed, the tar sands crude running through the Keystone XL pipeline will become the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Only the oil fields of Saudi Arabia would emit more.