Big Oil Boondoggle Is Bad for Economy, Environment and Energy Security
Submitted by: American Sustainable Business Council
Posted: Jan 13, 2012 – 12:39 PM EST
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /CSRwire/ - The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a coalition of 45 business organizations, urged President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“Contrary to the claims of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Petroleum Institute and other pipeline advocates who threaten political retaliation if the pipeline is not approved, Keystone XL would not deliver on jobs, energy, safety or economic competitiveness,” said ASBC Executive Director David Levine.
“Keystone is a sneak attack on American’s wallets,” said Frank Knapp, Vice Chairman of ASBC and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce.” Its real aim is to import oil from Canada, refine it, and then export it to foreign buyers. For most businesses and consumers in the mid-west, the pipeline will serve up higher energy prices and higher food prices, since food prices include the price of energy and oil-based fertilizer needed to grow crops. That’s the last thing we need for real economic recovery.”
“The Keystone pipeline endangers the Ogallala aquifer -- the only clean and reliable water source for drinking and agriculture for much of the Great Plains," said Fran Teplitz, ASBC board member. "If this supply were contaminated by an oil spill, the costs to the public and business would be incalculable, and some of America's most productive farmland would be lost.”
“Keystone makes no economic sense for America,” said ASBC co-founder and Director David Brodwin. “Once we take into account the true cost of oil including subsidies, environmental damage, and military costs, oil is far more expensive than the alternatives. The best thing we can do for the American economy and for American businesses as a whole is to wean ourselves from oil as quickly as possible.”
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