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NationalNursesUnited

Don't Pipeline My Patients!

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Nurses put together a fun video to amuse and educate about their opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Despite the fun, nurses are very serious about the health of their patients. That's why they oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline. And yes! Every person in this video is a nurse!

What is the Keystone XL Pipeline project, and why do nurses oppose it?

The Keystone project is a controversial proposal for a nearly 1,700 mile pipeline to send 830,000 barrels 875 miles across the U.S. every day of one of the world's dirtiest fuels, tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas. It would double imports of tar sands oil into the U.S. and facilitate its export to international ports. Major oil and other fossil fuel corporations in the U.S. and Canada, joined by other Wall Street interests and the federal and state politicians they influence are promoting the plan.

Opponents include every prominent environmental organization, other climate change activists, many farmers, ranchers and community leaders along the path of the proposed pipeline, First Nations leaders, most Canadian unions, and some U.S. unions, including NNU and the Amalgamated Transit Union.

The State Department January 31 issued a mixed final environmental assessment report generally viewed as giving a green light for the project. Since the project crosses international borders, the State Department and Secretary of State John Kerry are required to make a recommendation to President Obama, who has the final decision, as to whether the pipeline is in the U.S. national interest.

Why does NNU oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline?

NNU opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline because of the adverse health and environmental impact associated with extraction, transport and production of tar sands crude, as well as how the emissions will exacerbate climate change which affects public health more broadly.

NNU is also concerned about the overall effects of Keystone XL on the long term environmental, economic, and social consequences, the need for promoting a green economy for economic and health purposes, and how approval of the pipeline would further entrench the corrosive power of the fossil fuel industry in distorting U.S. public policies.

What are the health risks posed by the Keystone XL pipeline?

Extraction

Extraction of tar sands oil is far more difficult than conventional oil drilling. The massive amount of water needed to separate the extracted product, bitumen, from sand, oil and silt, is contaminated with toxic substances that cannot be returned to any water source that may end up in human drinking water. Nearly all is dumped in large pools that are home to cyanide, ammonia and other toxic substances which are already infecting neighboring clean water supplies. Communities living downstream from the ponds have seen spikes in rates of rare cancers, renal failure, lupus, and hyperthyroidism. In one small community of just 1,200 residents, 100 have already died from cancer. Canadian scientists also cite mercury pollution generated by tar sands production, citing its adverse impact on fishing and wildlife. Show less
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