Douglas Grandt <> To: Rex Tillerson <> Cc: Shane Steward <Shane.R.Steward@ExxonMobil.

com> Millions of Sandhill Cranes are at stake in Nebraska flyways. Don't put them at risk -- say "no" to Keystone XL

March 17, 2014 5:55 AM

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Dear Rex Tillerson, To be frankly honest, I am getting tired of writing to you! Your staff insulate you from the real world, inside a bubble. All of those involved in sorting, responding and ignoring letters are guilty of—and subject to prosecution for—"willful blindness" until/unless they begin to take the issues of climate and carbon seriously. That said, I will continue to write to you and hope that one of these days (soon) you will understand the message I try to communicate, and we will meet for coffee, and talk about solutions to the conundrum that you face. In the mean time, I will share that yesterday I drove west to the Platter River to enjoy Sandhill Cranes:

Your silence and passive aggressive refusal to meet a fellow Eagle Scout is frustrating, given the urgency that must now exhibit in all our efforts to rapidly move away from oil coal and gas. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions should be our number one priority. If you understood the truth, you would refuse to continue kick the can down the road. You know the hydrocarbon era is fading fast.

The Top 10 Quotes from Today’s Keystone XL Hearing
3/13/2014 // By Mollie Simon // Wildlife Promise Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a long-anticipated hearing on the Keystone XL Pipeline. This hearing aimed to explore whether the pipeline is in our national interest and included panelists such as esteemed climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, and Sierra Club Executive Director, Michael Brune. Also testifying were Karen Harbert, president of the Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, and General USMC James L. Jones. Opponents of the proposed pipeline argued that allowing Keystone to pass through the U.S. would be assuming a large amount of risk, with little pay off. The majority of this dirty tar sands oil would be exported, but not before passing through America’s heartland. Denying this pipeline would send a clear message that the U.S. does not want dirty tar sands oil passing through our communities. Here are some of the best quotes from today’s hearing! 1. ”We’re screwing our children, grandchildren, all future generations if we think we can use those unconventional fossil fuels.” –Dr. James Hansen

2. ”If we don’t approve KXL, much of Canada’s tar sands won’t be developed.” –Dr. James Hansen Proponents of the Keystone pipeline like to argue that this tar sands oil will be developed regardless. But the truth is that Canada has been exploring other options and is hitting significant opposition. For example, native tribes in western Canada have made it clear that they will not allow a pipeline through their native lands. 3. ”The choice is not whether to accepted increased risk by rail or pipeline, but whether to take the oil out of the ground” –Michael Brune 4. “It’s not about the pipeline. It’s really about tar sands oil. It’s carbon that’s the issue” –Senator Tim Kaine Tim Kaine gets it, this is not about the pipeline, it is about dirty tar sands oil that should remain in the ground. 5. ”People say that the Keystone pipeline is a no-brainer. I’m sorry; I guess my brain works differently.” –Senator Barbara Boxer Senator Boxer gave a strong testimony, citing the vast health impacts as one of the primary reasons to reject the pipeline. Accompanied by nurses from across the U.S., she talked about the health impacts of living near refineries. Often these places will have much higher rates of cancers and asthma, especially in children. 6. ”If you are in support of the environment, you are in support of the pipeline.” –Karen Harbert I think the large majority of environmentalists are going to have to disagree with Ms. Harbert on that point. 7. To which Senator Barbara Boxer responded: “When you said ‘If you are an environmentalist you are in support of this pipeline’, let me just say that is ludicrous on its face, please don’t speak for me, and please don’t speak for lots of folks who don’t see it that way.” 8. ”The world is looking at us. you’ve gotta be lowering your greenhouse gas emissions, not increasing.” –Senator Ed Markey 9. “The right strategy is to make it cleaner tomorrow than today. To grow the pieces [of our energy structure] that are not carbon and to take the pieces that are heavy carbon and reduce them in size and carbon intensity” –Senator Tim Kaine Tar sands is one of the most carbon intensive fuel sources. As we try to limit our overall carbon impact, it is important that we focus on reducing the most carbon intensive fuel sources. 10. ”We’re all on the same boat. We will either sink together or find a way to sail together”- Dr. Hansen

What KXL means for wildlife
We are all in the same boat, no matter your party (or your species!) you will be affected by climate change and dirty fuels projects. Keystone XL pipeline will cut through America’s agricultural heartland, the Missouri, Platte, and Niobrara Rivers, the Ogallala aquifer, habitat for sage grouse and sandhill cranes, walleye fisheries and much more. Migratory birds are especially at risk as many of their migration paths follow the proposed Keystone pipeline route. Habitat disruption in these areas would negatively impact these migrating species as well as the communities in the surrounding areas.

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