I filed the following comment today on The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Notice: Presidential Permit Applications: TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P, National Interest Determination, Docket ID: DOS-2014-0003:
As a U.S. citizen I believe it would best serve our national interests, and the interests of commerce to deny the presidential permit to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. for these reasons:
1. We are a nation in transition with regard to energy, from existing fossil fuel repositories to more renewable sources of energy. The Keystone pipeline would not contribute in any substantial way to this transition, only exploit existing fossil fuel deposits.
2. Producing oil from the Canadian Tar Sands is viable only because of the high cost of oil on global markets. Such costs do not consider the cost to the environment, particularly the costs of extracting and using Tar Sands oil which produces CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions with it. Additional greenhouse gas emissions would have a deleterious effect on the greenhouse effect that sustains life on Earth. Keystone pipeline would hasten emissions by making Tar Sands oil more readily available to global markets.
3. I do not support the use of eminent domain in the United States to secure easements to build the pipeline for this Calgary, Alberta-based company. Foreign companies should have no access to the U.S. eminent domain laws, even if limited U.S. interests are served.
4. The precautionary principle should be employed in developing the Keystone pipeline, since there is a lack of consensus about how it might serve the public. There are clear and dangerous concerns expressed about the harm completion of the pipeline could cause to the public and to the environment. Applying the precautionary principle would result in not building the remainder of Keystone pipeline.