United States: USHRN Demands President Obama To Stop The Keystone XL Pipeline Project


Earlier this month the US Human Rights Network resolved to send a letter from the Network to our nation's leaders in support of the Mother Earth Accord and to strongly urge them to reject the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project and the expansion of the Tar Sands oil extraction project in Alberta, Canada.


We fully endorse the need to create good, long-term jobs for the unemployed workers of the United States but we remain convinced that this project will have little or no impact on the current levels of unemployment. Other proposals, including the President's proposed jobs bill and the development of sustainable energy projects will create jobs without threatening a vital aquifer for millions of residents and food producers or undermining the rights of the many Indian Tribal Nations which have expressed their firm opposition.


A basic tenant of human rights is that one human right cannot be asserted to the detriment of another. The fundamental human right to clean and safe drinking water for millions of people, and the Treaty rights of Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Nations must not be sacrificed for financial benefit of a few energy corporations.


Congress has recently approved a two-month payroll tax and unemployment extenuation bill that forces a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline within the next 60 days and it is widely believed that President Obama will sign it.


President Obama previously promised a thorough, transparent review of a new route after delaying the pipeline project in November of this year. This accelerated process will not allow for the clear-headed thinking that is necessary to evaluate the impacts and dangers of the Keystone XL Pipeline project.


The US Human Rights Network urges President Obama not to sign this bill and to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline project once and for all by removing it from current Congressional legislation, which is intended to provide tax relief and extended unemployment benefits for struggling families and to continue to support the development of clean, sustainable energy as a long-term solution to the US energy needs.


Source: U.S. Human Rights Network

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