Nathaniel Batchelder sent the following letter to 20 Oklahoma newspapers and five Texas newspapers, to mark a day of action against the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands from Canada to the Gulf coast.
KXL PIPELINE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Opponents of the KXL pipeline are not so much against oil as they are for a living earth, where humanity protects rather than damages nature.
The scientific consensus is that CO2 emissions must be reduced to prevent environmental catastrophe, and that means phasing out fossil fuels while clean energy sources are developed. Excavating the Canadian tar sands is an environmental disaster of huge proportions.
Fact is, global warming is real; it is human-made; and all humanity must participate in resolving this challenge. Unborn generations of the future are depending on us.
Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma City
At the hearing, Batchelder made a strong statement about the need for the EPA to