Although he initially supported the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, MSNBC host Ed Schultz has spent the past several weeks talking to climate change experts and landowners in Nebraska about what it would mean for our country. He delighted opponents of the dangerous pipeline this week when he announced that he has changed his mind, and now believes that it should not be approved.
LCV’s own Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld was invited to be on the Ed Show several times to discuss why building the Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest, and should be rejected—as it’s all risk and no reward.
Tiernan and other Keystone opponents clearly had an impact, because earlier this week Schultz said on the Ed Show, “Mr. President, say no to this project. I turn this night on this program. I was wrong. But after researching both sides and listening to all the experts, I don’t think America needs to take this risk.”
Among his reasons for switching positions, this pipeline would be devastating for climate change and would bring a lot of unnecessary risk to the Ogallala Aquifer, which is our nation’s largest freshwater source for drinking and irrigation:
“The aquifer is feet deep,” Schulz said. “Not thousands of feet deep. I mean feet deep over this territory in Nebraska. This pipeline if it’s constructed just like every other pipeline, it will leak. It’s an absolute. It will leak. … So the question is this, America. Do you want to risk — does the President of the United States want to risk damaging the aquifer, and I’m talking about irreversible damage. This isn’t something the oil companies are going to be able to come in and fix the aquifer. No. When that oil, if and when it does get in there, now what are we going to do? You are going to make void the farm economy in this part of the country. That’s the risk.”
We applaud Ed Schultz for doing his research and realizing that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is all risk and no reward. He has made sure everyone knows where he stands on the issue. Now, it is your turn to voice your opposition to building the Keystone XL pipeline before the deadline on March 7th at midnight.