Six Green mayors sign on to letter from over 100 mayors opposing Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
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WASHINGTON, DC -- Six Green mayors have signed on to a joint letter to President Obama from more than 100 mayors expressing grave concerns about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The mayors, representing communities across the US, voiced relief at President Obama's decision to postpone the decision, as well as hope that the permit for the pipeline will be rejected when it comes up for review after the presidential election.
A summary of the letter, a link to the text, and a list of the mayors can be found online here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sclefkowitz/over_100_mayors_voice_concern.html
The Green mayors who signed the letter are Larry Bragman (Fairfax, Calif.), Bruce Delgado (Marina, Calif.), David Doonan (Greenwich, NY), Gayle McLaughlin (Richmond, Calif.), Jim Sullivan (Victory, NY), and Jason West (New Paltz, NY). (Mayor Bragman signed after the web site was published.)
"The delay in the Keystone XL decision is a victory for all those who protested and spoke out about the dangers of the pipeline," said David Doonan. "The small number of jobs created by the pipeline do not justify the health risks of a pipeline carrying tar sands crude oil from Canada to the Gulf. We can create far more jobs through a national public works program that includes conversion to safe, clean energy technology. Besides the Keystone XL pipeline, the Green Party has called for a ban on hydrofracking, mountaintop removal mining, and offshore oil drilling, all of which increase fossil fuel addiction and represent serious public health risks."
Richmond, with a population of about 103,000, is the largest US city with a Green mayor. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin made news recently when she enthusiastically welcomed Occupy protests to Richmond (http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2011/11/09/one-bay-area-mayor-welcomes-occupy-protests-to-her-city).
Mayor Jason West made national news in 2003 when he solemnized same-sex weddings as mayor in defiance of state law, drawing 19 misdemeanor counts (later dismissed) and a restraining order. Same-sex marriage was legalized in New York in July, 2011.
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