Thanks for your efforts to protect our climate and our air. But it
will all be erased if we allow Canadian tar sand oil to be
developed. Tar sands create more pollution than conventional oil.
Getting the crude out of the sand takes a lot of fossil fuels, 2
barrels for every 3 barrels produced. What's more, the oil from tar
sands is heavy, high-sulfur crude and, if piped to Houston for
refining, as planned, would add tons of noxious gases and dirt to
Instead our energy companies should invest in other kinds of energy
that return more energy, clean energy. Wind, for example, returns 4
to 10 units of CLEAN energy for every unit of dirty energy
invested. Hydro-electric Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROEI)
can be 45. They are setting up hydro plant at Lake Livingston dam,
50 miles north of Houston. And the EROEI of being more thrifty with
our energy is enormous. But the EROEI for tar sands is estimated
at just 1 & half.
In spite of all this, oil companies have asked the Department of
State for a permit to build a pipeline for tar sand oil from Canada
to Houston-area refineries. The State Department has scheduled the
first Houston public meeting on the environmental impact for this
Friday, June 18th, 7pm to 9pm at Channelview High School.
Texas Sierra Club is leading opposition to this Keystone XL Pipeline
Project, but they need your help. Please attend the meeting to tell
the Department of State and the community, including , oil companies
and energy investors, that we oppose tar sands because we care about
clean air and a stable climate and sea level.
If you cannot come to east Houston on Friday, please send in this
easy online letter http://action.sierraclub.org/NoKeyStoneXL
This recorded, formal public meeting will be in Channelview High
School in the Auditorium of the New Campus, 1100 Sheldon Road,
Channelview, Tx 77530 on Friday June 18, 7-9pm. Directions from 610
east and I-10, east on I-10 past Beltway 8, exit #783 Sheldon Road,
left (north) on Sheldon-Dezavalla Road and go 1 mile.
For more information, see the attached flyer or contact Evelyn Merz,
713-644-8228 or 713-201-4061 (cell) or elmerz@...
Mannchen, 713-664-5962 or brandtshnfbt@...
Nan Hildreth 713-842-6643
Action is the antidote to despair....