Dear Congressman Lynch,
On Friday, in response to the Keystone dirty oil cabal the U.S. Senate expressed non-binding support for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Since you are just one of a very few Democratic members of Congress to support the Keystone pipeline, it is clear to us that climate change is on the ballot in the Massachusetts Senate race. Therefore, we think it is important to know what information you have been provided with by the supporters and lobbyists pushing Keystone.
In Friday’s Boston Globe, you reiterated your support for building a pipeline by a foreign oil company, TransCanada. You did not state this in the Globe, but you must know that the Keystone pipeline will pump dirty Canadian tar sands oil across 2,000 miles of Midwestern U.S. agricultural farmlands, rivers, and stream to refineries on the Gulf Coast for export to countries like China. And that it will accelerate the development of the Tar Sands and, through it, the climate change that threatens the Commonwealth.
The latest facts to come out about Keystone have further convinced us and a vast majority of Massachusetts voters that the Commonwealth’s next senator should oppose Keystone. Keystone supporters will not prohibit the export of Keystone’s dirty oil overseas, meaning that the pipeline will do little to increase energy independence. Likewise Keystone’s own consultant disclosed that the pipeline will create only 35 permanent U.S. jobs – and we don’t anticipate any Massachusetts.
Your support for a pipeline that will increase profits for a foreign oil company but not support U.S. energy independence may be in the best interest of oil company executives in Canada, but it is not in the best interest of Massachusetts residents.
Given those clear arguments against Keystone, it is important for voters to have transparency regarding the information Keystone’s have provided to you in order to win your support for Keystone and TransCanada. In light of the fact that you are running to be a Senator from Massachusetts, and not a Senator from Canada or the Senator of TransCanada, the voters of Massachusetts deserve to know which lobbyists and representative of those organizations supporting Keystone you and your office have met with, when those meetings occurred and what information they shared with you.
Will you please make this information public so that the voters can see what information was provided to you and whether it was consistent or inconsistent with the facts we know about Keystone?
Craig Altemose, Executive Director, Better Future Project*
Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Conference Minister and President, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ*
*Affiliation for identification purposes only. All are signing only as private individuals without any organizational backing.