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Early this month, we were proud to help launch the anti-Keystone coalition, “All Risk, No Reward.” The coalition, which includes the League of Women Voters and other state and national environmental rights groups, aims to educate the public that the Keystone XL pipeline comes with a laundry list of health and environmental risks and is not in our nation’s interest. The LWVUS and our fellow “All Risk, No Reward” members called upon the U.S. State Department and now President Obama to reject the permit for the pipeline.
Since its launch on April 7, “All Risk, No Reward” has garnered strong media exposure in spreading its message on the devastating effects of the Keystone XL pipeline. Many coalition members – including the president of the League of Women Voters Nebraska, Linda Duckworth – were among the 200 anti-Keystone advocates who testified at the U.S. State Department’s public hearing last week in Grand Island, Nebraska. The coalition also helped contribute over 1 million public comments to the State Department’s review of the pipeline, which greatly diminished the pipeline’s negative effects and which has been deemed “insufficient” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
It’s been just over two weeks, but the message has been spreading that the Keystone XL pipeline is all risk, no reward. Here’s a quick run-through of some of what folks are saying.
Nebraska rancher Randy Thompson, Chair of “All Risk, No Reward”, announced the coalition’s launch with an op-ed in Nebraska’s York News Times:
“I’m a lifelong registered Republican, and you could call me an accidental activist. But after learning the facts about the risks and rewards of the Keystone XL pipeline, I had no choice but to do everything in my power to stop this export pipeline.”
The Huffington Post hailed the coalition’s “powerful” TV ads:
“America can’t afford another tar sands spill, and we certainly can’t afford Keystone XL,” Coalition Chair Randy Thompson said … . “TransCanada’s safety record alone is reason to reject the pipeline—and the fact that the U.S. gets no tangible benefit from the pipeline should make the decision even easier for President Obama and Secretary Kerry.”
Think Progress summed up the mission of the coalition:
“[All Risk, Reward] makes the case that the oil [from the Keystone XL Pipeline] will spill frequently as it is pumped through the U.S. on its way to be exported out of the country. This would not help American energy security and only create 35 permanent jobs.”
Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), a ranking member the U.S. Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, underscored the coalitions’ message by warning of the pipeline’s catastrophic risks of oil spills:
“Without any tangible benefit of energy independence or sustainable jobs, why would the United States shoulder the enormous risks to water, public health, and climate? Keystone XL is all risk and no reward.”
The Environment News Service, which covered the State Department’s public hearing on the pipeline, noted the strong presence of anti-Keystone advocates from “No Risk, No Reward”:
"Opponents of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline packed a State Department public hearing on its latest environmental analysis of the pipeline to warn that it is all risk for the United States, with no reward. More than 1,000 pipeline opponents – far outnumbering supporters – packed [the] hearing room.”
“All Risk, No Reward” has been in action for just over two weeks, and its success is already showing: Since its launch, its two videos have been viewed nearly 10,000 times. Together, we are spreading the message that the Keystone XL Pipeline is all risk, no reward, and it must be rejected.