Post Carbon Program Director Daniel Lerch was quoted in this post about four Portland women involved in the Keystone XL protest at the White House.
From the article:
"All sorts of people are opposed to this pipeline, including the Nebrask cattleman's association," said Merilee. "As well as Nebraska's Republican Governor and the state's Republican party."
Looking for further insight into the environmental destruction that would be caused by this protested tar sands action I contacted Daniel Lerch, a Program Director of the Post Carbon Institute who operated out of an office in downtown Portland before recently leaving to take a mini-sabbatical in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lerch responded: "Producing oil out of the Alberta tar sands is a terrible idea -- not just for the climate but also from the perspectives of energy efficiency (low energy returned on energy invested), environmental health (decimates local ecosystems), social justice (destroys local communities), and economic resilience (further locks us into the petroleum-fueled economy). New infrastructure supporting the fossil fuel production and consumption is being proposed all the time, and that needs critical attention --and if warranted, opposition-- as well. But the Keystone pipeline is one of the few options available for greatly expanding the global market's access to those massive tar sands deposits -- so stopping that pipeline would be both practically and symbolically (i.e., politically) important. The political aspect of this issue has multiple layers, of course, the biggest of which seems to be communicating to President Obama that if he's serious about climate change, actions need to follow the words."