When the news broke last week that President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline that would have brought oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico, many Vermont environmentalists cheered.
Among those were author and environmentalist Bill McKibben. His group 350.org has been speaking out against the pipeline, and McKibben even got himself arrested last fall while protesting the project in the nation’s capitol.
McKibben says the pipeline poses dangers to the region in Canada where the oil is extracted, and to the environmentally sensitive areas the pipeline would pass through. And McKibben says the nature of the tar sand oil as opposed to regular crude poses unique problems.
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