Wednesday, February 04, 2015

What does God think of Big Oil?

Religious groups voice displeasure with Senate's Keystone XL approval

Brian Roewe | Jan. 30, 2015
National Catholic Reporter

The Senate’s affirmative vote on the Keystone XL transnational pipeline Thursday came to the disappointment of numerous faith groups, who view the project as harmful to the environment and human health, both now and in the future.

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"This project will further degrade the earth and the integrity of the land in this country. We plead with you, President Obama to put an end to this ‘pipe dream’ once and for all," Sr. Patricia Chappell, executive director of Pax Christi USA​, said.

“Approving the Keystone XL pipeline signals to the world that we are not serious about reducing greenhouse-gas emissions,” said Sr. Patricia McDermott, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

McDermott, as did several others, pointed to potential harm the pipeline could have not only to the land but on the health of the indigenous people who live near the Alberta tar sands pits, and those who live near refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

“We see the XL pipeline as harmful to the earth and harmful to the most vulnerable communities whom we serve,” said Gerry Lee, director of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns.

“The project is wrong on many levels," Notre Dame School Sr. Ann Scholz, associate director for the social mission of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, said. "It threatens local ecosystems; endangers the health of local communities; feeds our addiction to fossil fuels; and adds to global warming which threatens our planet home.”

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