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9 Nobel Laureates Urge Obama to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Nine recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize including the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have written a letter to President Obama. They urge him to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline which will affect “millions of people whose lives and livelihoods will be affected by construction and operation of the pipeline in Alberta, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas” and risks “contaminating the Ogallala Aquifer, the main source of fresh water for the Great Plains.”

“We urge you to say no” to the pipeline and “turn your attention back to supporting renewable sources of energy and clean transportation solutions,” says the letter (PDF) “This will be your legacy to Americans and the global community: energy that sustains the lives and livelihoods of future generations.”

The letter was signed the following Nobel Peace Prize laureates:

  • Mairead Maguire of Ireland (1976, co-awardee with Betty Williams of Ireland)
  • Betty Williams of Ireland (1976, co-awardee with Mairead Maguire of Ireland)
  • Adolfo Pérez Esquivel of Argentina (1980)
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa (1984)
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama (1989)
  • Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala (1992)
  • José Ramos-Horta of East Timor (1996)
  • Jody Williams of the United States (1997)
  • Shirin Ebadi of Iran (2003)
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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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